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Characters Pub

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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38 N Christian St, Ste 100, Lancaster, PA 17602-3287
+1 717-735-7788
11:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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111 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We love the new ownership group! Nice, friendly, great drinks and terrific food. It is back to being one of the top restaurants in the Lancaster area. Nice job.

Thank travelfaninpa
Newark, Delaware
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An authentic old town pub. The people are friendly, the service is great, excellent selection of craft beer and good food.

Thank johnesawyer
New York City, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Great venue, fantastic atmosphere staff are friendly and helpfull. would recommend this to friends and family

Thank emilynorris77
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

I love a place that not only serves up great food for a good price and offers a full bar, but also is actively involved in the community. Characters, named after the large caricatures of movie stars on the walls, offers a wonderful atmosphere, a sort of upscale, neighborhood gathering place, while at the same time prepares some innovative and... More 

Thank Cathwren
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Great place to grab a drink or dinner! It is small and out of the way. Friendly bartenders and good food.

Thank Diane M
Mechanicsburg, PA
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156 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

We were there on a weeknight for happy hour and dinner. Sadly, we had the place to ourselves. We sat at the bar, but the adjacent dining room appeared to be pleasant and comfortable. The bartender was highly professional. The entrees offered were creative and tasty. The pricing was reasonable. This is not a destination restaurant, but it is a... More 

Thank MidlanticBoomerGuy
Lancaster, PA
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

Cool downtown Lancaster bar featuring local ingredients and cold beers! Delicious Maryland style crab cakes!

Thank Mike O
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

A bar restaurant tucked in one of the original old streets near Orange Queen streets. Needed Google Maps to find it. A nice atmosphere with both pub and finer fare food. I thought a little pricey, but not outrageous. Nice décor. I met with my book club there for drinks and dinner. Had an overall good time. Clean and good... More 

Thank Diane B
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

There is no parking, so pedestrians only. Food and service is OK, but one is hungry and thirsty by the time they get into a seat.

Thank RedBikeMike
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31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

This downtown gem offers great tasting food in a relaxed atmosphere. The prices are reasonable for the location, too.

1 Thank Michelle M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 38 N Christian St, Ste 100, Lancaster, PA 17602-3287
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Lancaster County  >  Lancaster
  • Phone Number: +1 717-735-7788
A favorite of locals, Characters Pub is hidden gem in Lancaster City with great food in a cozy atmosphere. Tucked behind the Courthouse where Christian and Grant street meet Characters Pub is only steps away from the Lancaster Marriot and Convention Center and the Hotel Lancaster. We offer a wide selections of sandwiches, burgers, salads and seasonal entrees. Special events, parties and receptions are held in our urban chic Windows on Queen space.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?