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Plain & Fancy

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$$ - $$$
American, Dutch
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3121 Old Philadelphia Pike, Ste 1, Bird in Hand, PA 17505-9630
+1 717-768-4400
11:30 - 20:00
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

New barbecue and brews available in former Plain and Fancy Family Restaurant. Former items from Family Style dinner still available as build-your plate option, just not all inclusive. Bus group Family Style still available upstairs. Barbecued pulled pork, chicken, Turkey and Beef Brisket available with sides (Mac and cheese, fries, baked beans, Cole slaw, etc). Local craft beer and sodas... More 

Thank Edward H
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57 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I live about 5 miles away and decided to try the new BBQ rest. At Plain n Fancy. Food was very good. Brisket, pulled pork was the meat choices. Oh, the corn bread muffins were excellent. Great beer choices also.

Thank Scotrvmarine
Dendron, Virginia, United States
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52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came expecting the wonderful family eating experience we had so enjoyed in the past, it's gone. The food was good, but the experience was not the same. I could have eaten at a place like this back home.

Thank Laura R
SteveSmith2433, General Manager at Plain & Fancy, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting us Laura! More 

Houston, Texas
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77 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Smoke House BBQ they are called now. A good place to park for "refueling". The new menu is not long, so every item on it has been perfected. Everything with "BBQ" in the name is a must - it's simply delectable. A decent selection of craft brews is also available. Very quick and polite service.

1 Thank lubger
SteveSmith2433, General Manager at Plain & Fancy, responded to this review

We appreciate your "love" for the new Smokehouse BBQ and Brews! More 

Cornwall, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

All of the food is locally grown. Plain and fancy is now also called the Smokehouse shop. Their menu is BBQ, but they still serve some of the plain and fancy favorite dishes. The main dining room downstairs in no longer family style, but they still offer family style upstairs for the bus tours. They are very accommodating to your... More 

Thank jenstahl27
SteveSmith2433, General Manager at Plain & Fancy, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! More 

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48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So sad to hear it has closed. I loved eating and meeting others. Amish food was amazing. My children will be so sad to hear.

Thank Rachael C
SteveSmith2433, General Manager at Plain & Fancy, responded to this review

Rachael, Plain n Fancy's Lancaster County Favorite meals are featured in the new restaurant as well as the original feast. More 

Columbia, Maryland
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

This is not a bad review of the place, it is about that it is changing to a different type menu and atmosphere. March 2017 it was closed for renovations. It is going to reopen as Smoketown BBQ and Pub. I was told they are going to keep some of the traditional PA Dutch dishes. Didn't find out is they... More 

2 Thank DavefromColMD
SteveSmith2433, General Manager at Plain & Fancy, responded to this review

Thanks for you curiosity Dave. You are correct in the fact that Plain & Fancy Restaurant is evolving. After several decades of serving all you can eat family style dining, the majority of our guests have told us that they no longer care to sit with strangers because of personal hygiene concerns and they are also concerned about the tremendous... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Six of us visited the last Saturday night in October. We had to wait to be seated. Am I cynical that they have a big shop next to the waiting area? We managed not to spend anything there, but only just. Lots of knick knack type things. Restaurant was absolutely exactly what we expected. We had the meal where you... More 

Thank Lysander222
SteveSmith2433, General Manager at Plain & Fancy, responded to this review

Thanks so much it was a pleasure serving you! More 

Wilmington, Delaware
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Every year for about the last 10 we have celebrated Thanksgiving with our Family, and no one was ever disappointed. My wife and I also frequent plain & Fancy many times for lunch or dinner. Their ala cart menu is IMO better than the family style. If your ever in the area try it out.

Thank David K
SteveSmith2433, General Manager at Plain & Fancy, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words! More 

Orlando, Florida
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

They say you cannot go back. I seem to remember this place from years ago and it was either busier or better. What a shame that our fellow American Amish Bretheren are exploited to such an extent. Still the food was okay, just not a good as it could be. I seem to have a better cookbook than they do... More 

Thank alexisaudet

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
American, Dutch
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3121 Old Philadelphia Pike, Ste 1, Bird in Hand, PA 17505-9630
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Lancaster County  >  Bird in Hand
  • Phone Number: +1 717-768-4400
Farm To Table Since 1959. Amos, Ben, Manny and Elmer, are our Amish neighbors who supply us with sweet corn, tomatoes, watermelon, cabbage, broccoli, squash, peppers and onions, and have helped us go from "farm to table" for over 50 years. Plain & Fancy is home to Lancaster County PA's original Amish Farm Feast. This full course, pass-the-platter dinner includes appetizers, entrees, sides, breads, desserts and beverages. Or, sit at your own private table and select from our a la carte menu.

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