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“Great restaurant” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fenz Restaurant

Fenz Restaurant
Ranked #30 of 567 Restaurants in Lancaster
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: The restaurant features a contemporary bistro-style menu, formed from the idea that casual dining can be stylish, and that some of our favorite comfort foods can benefit with the remix of contemporary flair. In addition to revised classics, the menu includes small plate "tastes" to share or enjoy with a cocktail. Daily specials from Chef Daniella Ward complete the culinary scenario by offering inspirations of the moment, influenced by the season.
Lancaster PA
Level Contributor
42 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

My friends from North Dakota were visiting Lancaster and invited me to join them for dinner at the FENZ, a Lancaster restaurant I had never visited but heard alot about. Excellent food and a great, friendly and somewhat comedic server named Skip!!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Vic P
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English first
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
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67 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Good stuff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

We have eaten at FENZ twice and we will go back again! Very good food and we have had excellent service both times.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Nash S
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Always satisfied”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

We like eating at the bar upstairs. Service is always great. Food is reliable. A nice place with a professional business crowd but still maintains a casual feel at the bar

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Misjudge47
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Virginia
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80 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“"You may want to put a muzzle on some of your guests"”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

We reserved and were seated at a nice table for two. Another table near us had four guests. Then, 3 couples entered and were seated at a large round table between us. Recent escapees from the trailer park, they were loud and louder. Not until we finished our entrees and asked for our check did the waitress offer to seat us at another table for dessert; and admitted that the other table of guests had complained, too.

So whose job is to say something to loud and ill-mannered guests? The manager! Even at the risk of offending them.

By the way, I ordered veal that was so dry it had the texture of my mother's pot roast that I referred to as a child as "stringy meat." Couldn't eat it--didn't care! Just wanted to find the exit sign.

Oh, the title...parting words to the manager as we blew through the door.

Visited July 2013
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3 Thank WineloverVirginia
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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94 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Very Good, Open Late- Has a Little Bar Scene”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013

Fenz kinda has it all going on. The people who work there are VERY nice- we met the owner who was just super, the host who seated us was helpful on the phone with directions (we live in another town), and most pleasant. Our server was great, and our meal was excellent. We had a couple drinks, an app, salads, and entrees. It wasn't inexpensive, but everything worked- it felt good, and was tasty, too. It's a nice place with good food, and a relaxing sort of casual atmosphere.

The app we chose was their fresh bruschetta. REALLY good, on nice home made bread. I had the watercress, arugula & strawberry salad- but Cynthia had the spinach/beet salad- which was the winner of the two salads. She then had their house meatloaf and mac-n-cheese. Odd for a high end-y restaurant? BUT it was DARN good, and reheated well the next day. I had shrimp & polenta, and it was GREAT.

The atmosphere is comfortable and kind of relaxed- just right for having a couple drinks and a nice meal. There is an upstairs bar with a small scene going on- there was a good amount of action over there, but it wasn't annoying, loud, or wild- sort of just right. We were seated far enough away that it didn't bother us, and in my opinion, it adds a bit of extra zing to the place.

AND because the bar is open later into the evening, the kitchen runs all night- full menu til something like 11:00 PM, which is almost unheard of, then the "bar menu" til closing time, in this case, 2:00 AM! This is deal for us, because we both often work late- so supper can be much later than when many people eat. When we were at Fenz, for example, we sat down around 9:30.

Our overall Fenz experience was above average. I hope you go, and find it as welcoming, comfortable, and as wonderful as we did!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TomBanksJr
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