I get asked all the time, “What’s the best restaurant in Berks County?” The truth is, it’s impossible to choose “the best” restaurant – how do you compare great barbecue to fine dining? But with more than eight years and 400 reviews under my belt, I definitely have my favorites. Here are 10 that are on the top of my list. All of them are on the list for different reasons, but those are the reasons we keep going back.

Andy Peppers
Limekiln

I can’t say enough good things about Andy Pepper’s. The tiny eatery shares a building with the Limekiln Post Office and is out of the way for most people, but worth the visit for their inventive – and always delicious – breakfast and lunch.

chicken florentine pasta from Austin's

Austin’s Restaurant and Bar
West Lawn

This is a long-time favorite of ours. In our experience, Austin’s always puts out consistently good food – including some of my favorite ribs – with seasonal specials that never disappoint. And because the restaurant’s servers work as a team, you can get anything you need quickly.

A white brick wall painted with a yellow fork and the words "Fork & Ale"

Fork & Ale
Douglassville

This is a restaurant and bar that has impressed on every one of our visits. Fork & Ale serves what can best be described as elevated bar food – burgers and sandwiches that are just done a little better and hearty dinners that have a fine dining flair to them.

The interior of the sunroom dining area with high top tables and cushioned benches at the Greenhouse Cafe

Greenhouse Cafe
Wyomissing

I have liked the Greenhouse Cafe since it opened, but in 2021, the Greenhouse Cafe earned a place as one of my favorites, thanks in large part to the restaurant’s Soup CSA where I enjoyed 10 different soups across 10 weeks. But it’s more than just the soup that lands it on my list. It’s the ambiance, the service, and the fact that it is the best plant-based restaurant in Berks County.

Photo of a large wooden statue of a knight outside of Stokesay Castle in Reading, PA

The Knight’s Pub
Reading

Stokesay Castle – and specifically the Knight’s Pub – is a uniquely cool venue. It straddles the line between pub and fine dining, and what I appreciate most is that it is family friendly. Julie and I have dined at the Knight’s Pub for date nights and we’ve taken our pre-schooler along for a family meal. And the food and service is always excellent.

Photo of a banner hanging on a storefront that says "Let's Taco Bout It" with image of two cartoon tacos in a wrestling match.

Let’s Taco Bout It
West Reading

Let’s Taco Bout It is a family favorite, especially for my son. At two-and-a-half years old, his favorite food just might be Let’s Taco Bout It’s version of Mexican street corn. And we are all big fans of the restaurant’s “Luchadors,” oversized mash-ups of tacos and quesadillas.

A margharita pizza (pizza topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil)

Mangia! Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
Mohnton

Mangia has been a family favorite. For a while, it felt like we were visiting every week. They have an extensive menu of pastas, sandwiches, and pizzas, but what sets Mangia apart for me is two dishes: the Pasta al Parmigiano Reggiano and Cacio e Peppe. These dishes are prepared tableside with pasta tossed in cheese wheels imported from Italy.

Photo of a pizza topped with cured ham, shaved cheese and arugula

Nonno Alby’s
West Reading

Nonno Alby’s has delicious wings and burgers, but the pizza is what lands Nonno Alby’s on this list. The restaurant’s artisan wood-fired pizzas are our favorite in Berks County. I’m particularly fond of the namesake Nonno Alby’s pie with sauteed rapini, Italian sausage and red pepper flakes.

A photo of a room with a stone wall one on side and a long dining table with wooden chairs

Savory Grille
Macungie

Our favorite fine dining in Berks County can be found at the Savory Grille. Though this country inn has a Macungie address, we are happy to say it is within Berks County’s borders. Savory Grille serves top-tier foods and their patio dining area can’t be beat.

empty dining room at Squawk Cafe in Wyomissing

Squawk Cafe
Wyomissing

Some of the best breakfast around, Squawk Cafe focuses on two things: sweet French toast and savory breakfast burritos. We’ve tried several variations of each, and Chef Patrick has never disappointed us.

What are your favorite Berks County Restaurants? Share your favorites with us by email at berkscountyeats@gmail.com or on our Facebook page at facebook.com/berkscountyeats.

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