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Opened in 1998, The Belvedere Inn has always been a fun and relaxed place to enjoy life, food family and friends, old and new. This Victorian Italianate style city mansion was built in 1869 by the late John S Rohrer, a tobacco dealer from Strasburg to entertain his guests while visiting the city. He incorporated a belvedere, meaning "beautiful view," on top of the mansion for his guests to view downtown Lancaster. Today, the legacy of Mr. Rohrer lives on and the hospitality continues with The Belvedere and its staff. The Belvedere Inn is an award-winning restaurant in Lancaster, PA, known for its delicious contemporary American cuisine and elegant dining atmosphere. Our menu selections offer
PRICE RANGE
US$31 - US$50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Seafood, Contemporary, American
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Jazz Bar
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Reviewed 7 September 2021

We found this place at the last minute as a replacement for a reservation that had been canceled by another restaurant because of the floods. Apparently, a covered bridge is leading up to it and it was considered a risk... What a lovely surprise! We...could not believe the Belvie bread which we ordered for everybody — it was incredibly tasty. As a matter of fact, we are trying to recreate it at home here in Geneva, Switzerland. The Lobster Soup and the Wedge salad were also perfect. For the main course we had chicken piccata, grilled scallops, crab cakes and one party went for a T-bone steak. He was slightly disappointed (chewy), but everybody else was super pleased with their choice. We went for a red from Washington state — amazing, up with the best French wines. There was no room for a dessert anymore, unfortunately. The price was very reasonable, considering the excellent quality of the food and service. We’ll be definitely back next time we are in the area.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 6 September 2021

The title of this review sums it up. Our food was cold, over seasoned and the steak was so tough it was like eating a tire. The waitstaff was cold and didn’t really seemed to concerned about the steak issue. Again, disappointing experience.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 5 September 2021 via mobile

Not as good as previous meals. Ambience is nice. Received a personalized card for our anniversary. Many couples in our room were celebrating their anniversary also. Our grilled Caesar salad was excellent. My husband didn’t care for his seafood stuffed flounder but he didn’t complain....I had the fillet mignonette which was properly seasoned and cooked but it didn’t seem like it was 8 oz. the crime brûlée was good but not exceptional and my husband said his chocolate trio was just ok. The server, Jimmy, gave us our bill when he served the dessert not after. We felt rushed for such a nice place and we were out the door in about an hour and that was eating 3 courses. Will probably not return.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 30 August 2021

Absolutely loved everything about this charming restaurant located in the city of Lancaster. As you approach and walk up the steps and open the front doors, it is simply old world meets whimsy meets goth. Loved it! Especially the leopard carpet...how much fun is that??...But, the food! OUTSTANDING! We were seated upstairs and our server Brittany was very nice and knowledgeable. We started w/ the grilled Cesar salad. Talk about presentation! That alone is worth the $12- price tag on this very large and very artful and delicious salad. Note: there is an up-charge for anchovies. My husband LOVES anchovies. Not big deal however I do think the server should probably mention it. Dinner: I had the vegetarian risotto curry w/ the pineapple and all sorts of yummy veggies, I added grilled chicken for my protein. It was FABULOUS! Presentation was beautiful and an incredibly large portion. Seems to be a theme *wink...in a very good way. My husband had the chicken piccata and it was 2 large boneless chicken breasts w/ mashed and fresh perfectly al dente asparagus spears. Yum. No room for dessert. We left with take home trays. Oh, and the focaccia bread is freshly made and a nice little nibble. We thought the prices were very very reasonable, especially for the quality and quantity and would absolutely return next time we visit the area! Delicious. Decadent. Delightful. DO GO!! HIGHLY recommend.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 13 July 2021 via mobile

I thought the decor was unique with a 50s cigar-lounge vibe. As an example, there was a 3D Audrey Hepburn picture on the wall of the downstairs bar which I thought was cool. We had drinks first at the bar before dinner and Will -...the bartender - was fantastic. So friendly and helpful. At dinner, Lindsay was equally excellent. She recommended the Lobster and Crab dip and it was so creamy and flavorful. She also mentioned that all the salads can be had at half size, which was a great offering by the kitchen as some second course salads can be too large. I had the Wedge and it was very good - and just the right size. My husband had the lobster bisque- very good. He also had the 4-hour short rib and said it was delicious but just a bit dry. I had the Risotto. The description did mention the curry flavor but, for me it was too much. However, it had a ton of vegetables and was not a heavy risotto. Nicely done Belvedere! We would like to return and try other menu items if we pass through Lancaster again.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 6 July 2021

Recently visited the Belvedere for a hoped-to-be special birthday dinner. Was very disappointed. Even worse, the prices are very high; this is possibly the worst price-to-value ratio for any restaurant I have visited, EVER. The first thing you notice is the decor. It is trying...to be dark and Victorian, but instead it looks like a bad funeral parlor. The worst thing is the leopard print carpet (I am NOT kidding) which is not very clean. This carpet was fashionable maybe in 1975, but not today. Drinks and wines are extremely expensive. Lots of $15 cocktails. The wine list tops out at $685 a bottle for the Heitz Cellars. I ordered a Stella Artois draft beer which arrived flat and had to be sent back. For appetizers, my companion had the Lobster Bisque at $9 a cup which was just average. I had the Signature Grilled Caesar Salad at $12 which was a huge mistake on my part. First, the waiter asked me if I wanted anchovies and I said yes, not realizing they were $2 extra. Do they really need to nickel-and-dime us at these prices? The Caesar had no flavor of parmesan cheese, which it is supposed to have, and the attempt at grilling didn't work. For dinner, my companion had the Veal Oscar at $36, which was a tough cut of veal, but the crab topping was pretty good, and it was accompanied by cold mashed potatoes. I had the special Ribeye Steak at $44, which was disappointing; lots of fat and gristle. It was cooked correctly to order, however. It was accompanied by fried potatoes that tasted like breakfast fried potatoes from a diner. I mentioned earlier my flat beer. The waiter had promised to remove that from the bill after I complained, but when the bill arrived, the charge was there. I had to complain again to get the charge removed. How anyone could ever recommend this restaurant is beyond me, especially at these prices.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 4 July 2021

Have been to the restaurant a few other times preCovid. Remember fun victorian decor then. Now it looks like a combination of whore house and funeral home. Leopard carpet a all accessories including chandeliers in flat black with a mirrored wall around the fireplace. We...made reservations on line and I should have said no stairs so they had to find a table downstairs which they did after a few minutes and three hostesses ( in training) clogging the entrance. We got to our table and waited awhile for our water, no bread after cocktails came until we were almost through with them. My Aperol spritz was good, bf beer was flat. They comped a bottled version. But I had to remind them of it when the bill came. Lobster bique was good. Ceasar for bf also good but they asked him if he wanted anchovies. He said yes but never mentioned they would show up on the bill for $2. It was like they dumped a half cannof them on the salad. The parm was skimpy and not flavorful. Bf had a great ribeye. Best I ever tasted, so was it worth $52? Maybe. I had an above average veal oscar with hollandaise and lots of lump crab but could have done without the weird sweet sauce I tasted. Mashies were overly stiff but tasty and asparagus ok until I got a woody end in my mouth. Had wine for bf at dinner and prosecco for me. Service a little above average. Price for dinner for two $160. A little pricey for Lancaster. Not many affordable options on the menu. Perhaps a couple of apps. I knew it was higher end, but their pricing wasn’t reflected in the quality except for the steak and crab on the veal.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 21 June 2021

Father's day dinner. The restaurant itself is cool looking, good ambience and good drinks. The food was just ok. The appetizers (escargot and mussels) were plentiful but completely locked any taste. My filet was awful, while it was cooked correctly it was the toughest cut...of meat i have ever experienced, completely inedible. Carrot cake was good but the piece was so tiny it felt like they left the rest of it in the kitchen and charged $10 for it. Service was not what I expected for this type of restaurant, very casual, not bringing bread, not bringing bread plates for appetizers, not checking in enough etc. Overall it was very disappointing.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 30 May 2021

This restaurant is one frequented for any special occasion whether it’s a birthday, promotion or just a seasonal change. We will find any reason to go visit and dine at The Belvedere Inn. Located in downtown Lancaster, there is ample parking in the garage not...even a block away. The food is always delicious without a complaint or correction needed. More importantly the service is always top notch. We have had multiple servers, but Jen is always our go to. She goes above and beyond to ensure the experience is spectacular.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 17 May 2021 via mobile

First visit. Rating average due to service. Charming old house and really cool interior too. As other reviewers noted the food is very good-however our server pretty much ignored us the whole time we were there while spending a lot of time at his other...tables. Other servers looked very attentive. Constant unprompted apologies for forgetting us without any improvements. Less than impressive first experience. All our food came out by food runners (other servers seemed to deliver the food to their own tables) and we were never checked in after our meals arrived, cocktails were not cold and my seafood was lukewarm at best (must have been sitting in the back awhile). Despite this we do want to try it here again and hope to see better service.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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macvin
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Response from Brian E | Reviewed this property |
I would agree with the business casual. I think a nice pair of jeans with a collar or a blouse would be fine with shoes, but not sneakers or beach sandals.
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Response from gregoryr0301 | Reviewed this property |
Would say business casual would be safe.
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Response from debbiea451 | Reviewed this property |
We didn't bring kids and wouldn't suggest you do. No kids there during our visit and Don't remember seeing kids menu, etc
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The Belvedere Inn is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5