The Exchange

4.6
247 Reviews
$30 and under
American
You must be 21 or over to enter after 4PM.
Very Limited Regular and Bar Seating Available. Please be aware that if you book outdoor seating that 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 due to limited sitting, we will contact you.


A HIGH-ENERGY COCKTAIL LOUNGE AMIDST THE LANCASTER SKY, THE EXCHANGE REDEFINES YOUR VIEW OF THIS HISTORIC YET HIP CITY. SIP FROM AN EXTENSIVE CRAFT COCKTAIL MENU COMPLEMENTED BY THOUGHTFUL WINE AND LOCAL BEER SELECTIONS; SAVOR A MENU OF INVENTIVE SMALL PLATES BY CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED CHEF RYAN MCQUILLAN; AND SOCIALIZE AT THE EXCHANGE: YOUR NEW FAVORITE GATHERING PLACE.

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT YOUR TABLE WILL BE RESERVED FOR 90 MINUTES. YOUR SERVER WILL LET YOU KNOW IF ANY CHANGES CAN BE MADE.

IN ORDER TO PURCHASE ALCOHOL TO CONSUME ON SITE, GUEST ARE REQUIRED TO PURCHASE A MEAL IN THE SAME TRANSACTION.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 247 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.8
ambience
4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Kent
Adelaide
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit. There was no one at the Ground Floor to direct us, but we found our way easily.
Staff was excellent - from reception to seating to server.
Food was very good. WE had a selection of Exchanges and 2 Large Plates.
As first-timers, we were delighted with the amount of food on both Exchanges and Plates, but ... we really did not need the Plates. The server might have given us a head up about the generous portions on the Exchanges. That would help us to order better.
We will return!
Thanks.

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Scregg
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience4

I had out town guest for the weekend and wanted to take them somewhere nice. We waited 20 min for server to come to the table, We finally got our appetizer 30 minutes later, we were going to order dinner and more drinks but decided to go elsewhere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great place really nice. Staff were great, food was delicious view and atmosphere was great

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JessicaL
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place to go out in Lancaster! Beautiful views and great food and drink.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience5

With my parents for a night out as a Christmas gift to them, but we requested a table outside and when we arrived they said they could not sit us outside. I booked my reservation 3-4 weeks in advance snd it was very disappointing. We had dessert and drinks, but my mom and I wanted coffee, but they did not have coffee or tea. That seemed strange to me. I think this is the first bad review I have ever put on open table, but the whole experience was totally frustrating.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Our server was great and the food was good. According to COVID precautions, there was a 90 minute time limit which we had no problem with. With 10 minutes left on our time, we were given a “warning” that we would have to leave soon. Also not a problem. The irritating part came when we were leaving and noticed a couple who had arrived at the same time we did and were seated just before us still enjoying their (full) drinks. It looked like they had no intention of leaving any time soon. Not sure why the rules don’t apply equally to everyone.

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Melissa
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing server named Maurice. He was attentive, personable and provided outstanding service. The food was awesome! We had the crispy rock shrimp which was one of the best dishes I’ve ever had. We also had a pizza, I believe it was the spring Bianca and that was amazing as well. I would absolutely recommend this spot. The vibe was awesome as well.

JM
vipJohnM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Part of the draw is sitting outside but high winds made that impossible. I had the Margherita pizza. The crust was soggy not crisp. The tomato sauce was pink & runny, not red. It looked like watered down sauce from a jar. Not sure what the cheese was. If it was mozzarella, it was grated so finely that it lost the texture I associate with that cheese.

Won’t be back

JS
JudyS
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service in a very nice and interesting restaurant. The menu is a bit limited but the food was very good.
Beautiful scenery all around.

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Samantha
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Great atmosphere. I would definitely recommend it to others.

JJ
JimJ
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Exchange in Lancaster was an excellent venue to sit and relax. The food, while good, takes a long time to be cooked and come out, but was very enjoyable. Do not go there with the expectations of having a full meal....instead, the idea is to sit back, drink a little, take in the sights and sounds, and as an added extra bonus, enjoy the food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Took my dad out for his big sixty-two. We all had a great time enjoying the pizza and cocktails. Definitely one of the best views in Lancaster city.

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Grace
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the vibe and thought the price was very reasonable.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sunset! Great place to share with your girlfriends

JP
vipJenniferP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Awesome food! Great views and ambience. Wait staff rushes you out. We were halfway through our drinks and someone asked us if we wanted to go bags. No one was behind us and we probably would have dropped another $100 on alcohol. Pretty dumb

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food was mediocre at best for the price. The atmosphere and view is worth every dollar.

JT
JamieT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular experience from start to finish. The outside rooftop is heated, the appetizers and drinks are exceptional, and the server was attentive and knowledgeable. Thank you for a wonderful experience!

SY
SarahY
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome views, great drinks! Service was good.
Will definitely be back

CM
vipCraigM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience4

The food tasted good. The waitress was nice but it was overall the worst customer service I've had at a restaurant in a very long time, even during this last year of COVID. Just a terrible experience I'm sad to say, as if they were doing us a favor by letting us eat there. I guess when you are fully booked you don't have to care about customers.

PF
PhillyFoodLover
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was really nice to go there and celebrate a 21st birthday party. The servers were very accommodating with balloons and bringing our own dessert. The food was great but the cocktail options were lacking. Realizing that they have a full bar and can create really any drink, it would have been nice to have a longer and more varied cocktail list with more than 5 options.

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Grace
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous vibe and location. Love the ever-changing menu so you can try new items every time you visit. Very fun place to celebrate a special day/evening.

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MariaT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The view and service was amazing. The food was ok. Drinks were great! The pizza was good, plenty for 2-3 to eat and reasonably priced. Loved the atmosphere, tables/chairs, and view. Menu is limited. Definately a cool place to check out.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Went to get pre dinner drinks for my husbands birthday. Made reservations for outdoors but was not able to sit outside due to the wind. Was slightly disappointed when we got seated indoors in the corner by the bathrooms and not near the view. I went to ask to get seated elsewhere but then all the tables were taken. Not a huge deal. Our server was fantastic. She was friendly, personable, and accommodating. Drinks took a little bit to come out to us. We went there an hour and a half before our dinner reservations but only had time to try one drink each. Overall, I would recommend this place to others.

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JeanE
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

the atmosphere is very quiet but very limited food menu.

ML
MadisonL
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Could have been more on menu, prices were a bit high. Otherwise good

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Nofooliduli
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Do to social distancing We were seated at a cocktail table right next to the hostess. It was like we where at a place while our table was getting ready. We could not order to much food as it would fit on the table. Jessica our waitress was great. We may give it a try again when restrictions are lowered.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for a girl’s dinner with my daughter. We loved it! Our waitress was friendly & attentive, the food was fantastic as were the craft cocktails. We can’t wait to come back!

PK
PatriciaK
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolutely wonderful experience, can't wait to return!

LK
LisaK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding view, wonderful drinks, and delicious food.

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AlandraS
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, phenomenal cocktails, and views. Will be back for sure.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a lovely anniversary experience with complimentary champagne. Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I enjoyed a wonderful Valentine’s Day as our first experience at The Exchange. The Brussel sprouts were amazing, the margarita pizza delicious, and the s’mores dessert so tasty! Our server, Jessica, was so awesome!

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Enrique
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Staff is not friendly and gives a bit of attitude. Menu is nothing impressive and is very scarce. We went for lunch and they were already out if what seemed to be the only thing eye catching on menu. We ended up leaving but not before the waiter told us that the appetizer was already put in . Rather than apologizing for the bad experience we were forced to pay it and take it to go. The restaurant is nice with a nice view but it is more of a lounge. No dining tables. Also expect to feel pushed to buying a drink cause they wont stop asking.

All in all would not recommend to anyone unless you want a good photo op

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PAULN
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My only complaint is that they hurried us out. I understand that they are trying to accommodate as many people as possible during Covid but felt a little rushed. Waitress couldn’t have been nicer about it and I understand but bear in mind the clock is running from moment you sit down

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JessicaS
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress Jess was amazing!!! Thank you so much for everything!

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vipmelissar
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Everything was fabulous except that my husband’s meal came out long after everyone else was served.

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vipTerry
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The rooftop view is stunning restaurant is unbelievable. A very small menu but very well done. Excellent choice of cocktails and wines.

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Daniel
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply fantastic. I took my girlfriend here for her birthday lunch. We had originally reserved an outside table for safety reasons, but it was exceptionally cold and windy, but even sitting inside, there is plenty of space to spread out and not feel unsafe. The food was exceptional. We started with a brussel sprouts app, with bacon and candied pecans which was phenomenal. She ordered the hot honey fried chicken plate and loved it. I had pasta alla vodka and it was simply perfect. To boot, they brought out a wood fired s’mores pizza with a candle for her birthday. That dessert is heaven on earth. You won’t regret dining here.

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MichaelS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was decent, they just need to maintain a solid level of consistency and no resting on laurels. As an example, the doorman needs to be a bit more attentive, and not respond as he’s doing me a favor!

MW
MadisonW
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was very good with a great ambiance. the pickled chicken nuggets were to die for

FAQs

The Exchange is rated 4.6 stars by 247 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.