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“Good lunch buffet with large selection”

Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord
Ranked #3 of 15 Restaurants in Bird in Hand
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Buffet, Reservations
Description: Smorgasbord buffet, menu dining, and take out meals. Nestled amid the Amish farmlands of Lancaster County, this Mennonite family-owned business features farm fresh meats, poultry, fruits and vegetables from nearby farms and Grandma Smucker's favorite Pennsylvania Dutch recipes. Family-friendly with a Noah's Ark Kids' Buffet and breakfast, lunch and dinner smorgasbords, this local favorite has been a landmark for more than 40 years.
Reviewed January 10, 2017 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch on our way through the area and decided to try the smorgasbord so we could taste a bit of everything. This is a nice family restaurant, with lots of seating. It was spotlessly clean and the service was outstanding. We were made to feel welcome by both the people in the gift shop area and our server. The salad bar was excellent; it was very fresh, with a wide selection of components. There were several soups to choose from, and they all smelled really good, but we didn't try them because we needed to have room for the buffet. The buffet had many standbys like turkey and mashed potatoes, as well as some things I had never tried, like ham balls. I will say that, while good, nothing on the buffet was outstanding or really unique except the baked corn, of which I could've eaten an entire bowl. We expected desserts to be really good since they sell baked goods there, but they were just okay. There was a variety of puddings which were all just this side of not-quite-yummy, though the lemon sponge pie was pretty tasty. We tend to like big flavors in our food and there weren't any here, but everything was fresh, clean, and good.

They had a choice of the buffet or a soup/salad/bread option, and the breads we tried were tasty ( and included an offering of a few cheeses) so I think if we returned we would probably stick to that rather than the buffet. I would give the buffet food here 3 stars, but the salad bar, the staff, the reasonable prices ($15 for Saturday lunch buffet) and the charm of the restaurant definitely earns them 4. Watching the horses and buggies go by out the window definitely helped as well.

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Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

Enough choices that you are bound to find something you'll like - baked corn, ham balls, broasted chicken and riblets were nice - everything we tried was quite good. Nice dessert selection - liked the Watergate (maraschino cherries + whipped cream?). Good coffee too ( note you get cold beverage OR coffee). Very nice and attentive waitress. We plan to come back! $15 for smorgasbord, or $10+ for most separate meals. Enough food for single meal that you might want to split it if you aren't that hungry ... otherwise go for the smorgasbord!

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Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

Good food, Great prices.The staff was very polite, efficient and attentive! Nice gift shop area. Good shows too!

Thank Laura S
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Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

Good service and good food! The soup and salad bar is very good. The ham, stewed tomatoes, and mac and cheese from the buffet are my personal favorites. Definitely give it a try if you are in Lancaster!

Thank Gabriella C
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Reviewed December 28, 2016 via mobile

At $20+ per person for buffet, the quality varies wildly from very good (fried shrimp) to mediocre (doughy fried chicken) to terrible (watery chicken pot pie, with no noodles, all potatoes and nothing but gristley chicken parts). Salad bar and dessert was terrific. For the price, would have been nice to have been offered a cup of coffee. Great selection and great atmosphere but you can't shake the feeling you're eating cafeteria food.

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Kenn B, Manager at Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2017

Dear ChowChowPippin, thank you for telling us about your experience. I am glad that you enjoyed the fried shrimp and the salad bar, but I am sorry that you found the chicken and chicken pot pie unsatisfactory. We strive to provide an excellent dining experience with farm-fresh, locally-grown ingredients. We also do have a wide selection of menu items you may enjoy. I hope you will give us another try in the future.

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