How many times in your life have you entered a restaurant, only to leave once the maitre d’ alerts you to a long wait time? A dining experience has got to blow your socks off if you’re going to stand around waiting for an hour, or if you’re going to call weeks in advance for a reservation. Here are a few restaurants in Pennsylvania that can be difficult to get into, yet are absolutely delicious and worth your efforts.
1. Talula's Table, Kennett Square
Talula's Table is not only the most exclusive restaurant in Pennsylvania, but it has a reputation for being one of the toughest reservations in the country. The gourmet farm-to-table restaurant takes reservations one year in advance for its single table, which feeds one party per day. The restaurant even has its own
2. The Squeeze-In, Sunbury
The Squeeze-In isn't exclusive in terms of your needing to make a reservation, but rather in terms of actual square footage. Good luck fitting yourself and a few friends inside this historic hot dog joint; the squeeze is well-worth it, though, to the many dedicated customers who have eaten their hot dogs at the orange counter since childhood.
3. Lautrec at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington
Laturec is one of the fanciest, most expensive restaurants in the Pittsburgh area. A meal for two can easily creep towards $1,000 for an eight course meal complete with wine pairings recommended by an in-house sommelier and a complimentary bon bon cart that completes the experience. Reservations are, of course, recommended.
4. Laurel, Philadelphia
Laurel is often lauded as one of the best restaurants in Philadelphia and one of the best 100 in the nation. Its interior is small, and reservations are difficult to snag— so difficult, in fact, that
one Yelp reviewer encouraged her readers
by writing, "As Audrey Hepburn told me once: "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!'"
5. Franco's Lounge, Restaurant, & Music Club, Williamsport
Franco's is a wildly popular Italian restaurant in Williamsport that often has live music and entertainment. Due to its small size, if you want to get a table during peak times, making a reservation is a good idea.
6. Bolete, Bethlehem
Many critics hail Bolete as the best restaurant in the Lehigh Valley. Located in a renovated farm house, its cozy interior is quite intimate, and reservations are required. Be sure to book in advance to enjoy this sumptuous cuisine.
7. Shady Maple Smorgasbord, East Earl
See that? That's lots of people waiting to eat at the famous Shady Maple Smorgasbord. You will wait in line to pay, and then to be seated, but after that, be prepared to be overwhelmed by great food— especially if buffets are your thing. The huge gift shop and farmer's market make the experience well worth a wait.
8. Café La Maude, Philadelphia
Café La Maude attracts a huge brunch crowd in the City of Brotherly Love. Reviewers go wild over their extensive selection of menu items and the friendly waitstaff who are accommodating even during the busiest of times.
9. DeLuca's Diner, Pittsburgh
Another delectable brunch spot, DeLuca's is located on Pittsburgh's famous Strip. It was once featured on the show Diner's Drive-ins, and Dives. Open since 1958, you can spot a long line outside of DeLuca's each Saturday and Sunday morning.
10. Tired Hands Brewing Company, Ardmore
Tired Hands Brewing Company is the spot to be in the Main Line if you like beer. Even if you're not a brewery connoisseur, their food is also to die for. You can expect to wait about an hour to be seated, depending on when you arrive; they do not take reservations.