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The Exchange, Lancaster, PA

The Exchange

4.3
4.3
563 Reviews
$30 and under
American
A high-energy cocktail lounge amidst the Lancaster sky, The Exchange redefines your view of this historic yet Hip City. We are a 21+ establishment after 4pm. You must present a valid physical ID at the door.

Sip from an extensive craft cocktail menu complemented by thoughtful wine and local beer selection; savor a menu of inventive small plates by critically acclaimed Chef Ryan McQuillan; and socialize at the The Exchange: Your favorite gathering place.

RESERVATIONS AND WALK-INS: Reservations are encouraged during peak times and weekends. Walk-ins are always welcomed on a first come, first serve basis. If you're looking to make a reservation, please find us on The OpenTable App, or call us during business hours.

INCLEMENT WEATHER: Please be aware that outdoor seating is not guaranteed, and your reservation is subject to cancellation in any case of inclement weather or unsafe wind conditions on the roof. If we are unable to move your reservation inside, we will contact you.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 44 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (717) 207-4096

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ryan McQuillan

  • Neighborhood

    Lancaster

  • Parking details

    The Exchange offers a public parking lot, attached to The Lancaster Marriott.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 563 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Lancaster County

    Best Ambiance

  • Lancaster County

    Fit for Foodies

  • Lancaster County

    Good for Groups

  • Lancaster County

    Healthy

  • Lancaster County

    Special Occasion

  • Lancaster County

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Lancaster County

    American

  • Lancaster County

    Most Booked

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  1. e

    engelb

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    After getting to the 12th floor, service was great. But the employee working on the ground level manning the elevator was the most miserable person we’ve encountered at a restaurant. Food and drinks were great.
  2. m

    mattl

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    Reservations were full except 4 PM. We went at 4 and 8. Both times it was 1/4 full but took 15-20min for server to come to the table. Expensive for no reason as well
  3. SS

    SamS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    WAAAYYYY too expensive. $20 for 4 shrimp is insane
  4. JG

    JayG

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    We ate there on a Sunday/Fathers Day evening. They were very understaffed. One bartender. One waiter. Took about 15 -20 minutes just to get drinks. Requested certain seating due to an anniversary dinner but they did not accommodate. Food and drinks were good and scenery were good. Thats about it.
  5. KG

    KeithG

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Exchange was a perfect way to end out weekend trip in Lancaster. Our server was very friendly and had great suggestions! We only had gotten a few shareable items, but the food was good. The cocktails were exceptional as well! We sat outside, which was beautiful, but the wind prohibited the fires to stay on. Still a lovely place!
  6. BG

    BeckyG

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    We have stayed multiple times at the Lancaster Marriott and always wanted to go to the Exchange. We finally were able to go and I wish we never did. Ordered the Exchangable cheese tray and it was less than desirable...especially at 28.00. We than ordered the Spring pizza...NEVER AGAIN! There was barely any vegetables and the entire pizza was covered in sunflower seeds. The crust was burnt and were hardly ate it. I also found it interesting that we made reservations for 7:00pm and another couple we met downstairs tried for a 7:00 reservation...they only have 4:00 or 7:45. We got there at 7 and there was hardly anyone in the restaurant. It was not busy, yet they had no availability. I would not recommend this place...there are a lot more great restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.

    The ExchangeResponded on June 17, 2022Becky, we have forwarded your concerns to both our Culinary team and Management staff. We are saddened to hear that your experience was less than ideal. Thank you for taking the time to leave us constructive feedback. We hope you will give us another chance in the future once we have had time to improve upon your concerns.

  7. JM

    JerryM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    Service was a bit slow at first. Waiter didn’t get to me and I had to ask for water
  8. JT

    JeffT

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks. Small plates to share. Great place to see the view and watch the sunset. Recommend you make a reservation. There are fire tables and heaters if it's cool outside. Some indoor seating.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great. The staff was super accommodating. The food was great. The atmosphere was outstanding.
  10. TB

    TinaB

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Service was very slow
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Relaxing atmosphere with friendly staff. Great value for the view that comes with your meal.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Wait times were relatively long. We’re served nachos with completely stale chips and a pizza completely burnt on the bottom. The chairs are also extremely uncomfortable.
  13. CR

    ChristineR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Try the vegetable pizza! A great place to unwind after the work day.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    They were out of everything.
  15. JT

    JTO1965

    Philadelphia

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Get together in Lancaster.
  16. PC

    PhyC

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous time at the Exchange, celebrating my birthday. Fabulous service, food, and a fun atmosphere!
  17. E

    Elaine

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Drinks are overpriced and not that good. Our service was not good at all.
  18. JH

    JohannaH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The food, drinks, and service were great and it is a beautiful location. However, I would have given 5 stars if they had umbrellas to protect from the sun outside! Other than that it’s a great location probably best to sit outdoors at night or at the bar and under shade.
  19. JS

    JohnS

    Philadelphia

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A true Lancaster treasure. The views are beautiful! The ambiance is so swanky cool! The drinks are deliciously different. The food is fantastic, fun, upscale and definitely shareable.

    The ExchangeResponded on June 4, 2022Thanks so much for the review! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us and hope you'll be back soon!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Moe was an excellent waiter! Made our night a great experience. Very attentive, professional, and optimistic!
  21. LB

    LoriB

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Food was very good, and the view looking over the city was beautiful. The server started out good but then left us hanging. Water glasses needed refill, and he left dirty plates in front of us when he took the check.
  22. AD

    AndreaD

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    First trip to Lancaster with my husband and we weren’t impressed! The drinks and food were ok, but didn’t wow us nearly as much as the view. We won’t be back for the overpriced food and drinks!
  23. K

    Karen

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great cocktails Small plates that can be shared easily.
  24. m

    miaanne12345678912345678

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    The service was less than ideal. Staff is not accommodating and couldn’t be bothered for a simple birthday request. They made you feel like a bother. For such an expensive and high end place they did not deliver the same quality service.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Loved the ambiance. Service wasn’t great but overall it was a nice and quiet and relaxing. Great views.

    The ExchangeResponded on May 28, 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave us constructive feedback. We are currently focusing on elevating our level of service while we continue to grow our team. We hope you'll return in the near future to see the strides we've made. Have a wonderful day!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Was an overall great experience. Food was wonderful. The service was slow, but it was busy. The atmosphere is so nice and the drinks were superb as well! Will definitely return!!!

    The ExchangeResponded on May 28, 2022We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us at The Exchange and hope you'll return soon!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a beautiful atmosphere for a light meal and a few drinks.

    The ExchangeResponded on May 28, 2022Glad you enjoyed. Thank you!

  28. JG

    JuneG

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Pizza was horrible! Crust was burnt around the edges and bottom. But not baked thoroughly to the sauce & cheese.
  29. L

    Luca

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Our first time there always wanted to go. the views are great. Our server, Nate, was very attentive and friendly. The food though was a little disappointing . I realize it is just finger food but it was not to my liking

    The ExchangeResponded on May 28, 2022Luca, we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and have passed on your kind words to Nate! Have a wonderful day!

  30. B

    Bree

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lovely ambiance, fantastic views! Would be nice if the water glasses were larger and a water bottle could be left at the table. Had to track down our server to get water refills. Margherita pizza was okay, tacos were delicious. Overall, good experience although a bit pricey. Also, parking can be a nightmare!!! Arrive early
  31. KL

    KristiannaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fabulous! Just sad we couldn't sit outside.
  32. J

    James

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience5
    Ordered fries as an appetizer, short rib tacos for me, and a pizza for my girlfriend. Tacos came out first, fries 15 minutes after that, and pizza 15 minutes after that. Were told that we did not appreciate that this was a Tapas restaurant. Apparently, the concept of "appetizer" was lost on them as was the idea of starting the 30-minute pizza 15 minutes before the 15-minute tacos. Laughable now, but it wasn't last night. Restaurant pretty much empty, by the way.
  33. KG

    KendallG

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience5
    The location of The Exchange as well as the scenery and decor were beautiful. Unfortunately that’s where the positives end. We ordered these two cocktails showed below and they were just mediocre. The one was a mezcal and the other one is a spicy tequila. For costing almost $20 each they should’ve had a lot more flavor. For entrées we ordered truffle and crab fries, shrimp skewers and fried Halloumi cheese. All three of these dishes were saturated in salt. The Halloumi cheese had a weird spongy texture. The best part of the meal were the espresso martinis and watching the sunset. I recommend the exchange for cocktails and ambience but I would forgo the food.
  34. M

    Marina

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    The food was delicious but unfortunately the staff specifically our waitress was so rude which sort of ruined our experience. We wouldn’t come back for that reason alone.
  35. LB

    LindseyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome venue. Loved the open air concept. excellent food and drink
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at the exchange, awesome low key spot. Enjoyable view the food was awesome 10/10
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  38. AB

    ArtB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very hip and friendly rooftop lounge with friendly service. Good views of Lancaster. The menu is very eclectic and delicious!

    The ExchangeResponded on May 4, 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. Have a wonderful day!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Food was amazing. We ordered the brownie for dessert, but that was the only disappointment. It was frozen in the middle. Brussel sprouts were gout of this world.
  40. JH

    JenH

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fun atmosphere, drinks and food options.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

The Exchange is rated 4.3 stars by 563 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 44 times today
Google Map for The Exchange

25 South Queen Street Lancaster, PA 17603

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Lancaster

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    The Exchange offers a public parking lot, attached to The Lancaster Marriott.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ryan McQuillan

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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