Elizabeth’s An American Bistro embodies a dream that chef and owner Elizabeth Long-Furia brought to life over 19 years ago. Elizabeth’s has become a dining destination in central Pennsylvania and has incorporated catering and baking services to help our patrons celebrate their many life events.
From traveling through central Europe at a young age, Chef Liz grew passionate about seasonal, regional food. Her fascination with cooking became sharpened as she studied in Italy and did apprenticeships in France and the USA. She honed her skills in Philadelphia, Houston and New York restaurants before coming to Lewisburg. She learned the advantage of creating dishes made beautiful, by following classical techniques and staying true to fresh ingredients. She fell in love with ethnic and regional food, enhancing the variety of food with local and seasonal ingredients. Chef Liz, along with her staff, has pushed Lewisburg dining with infused impeccable standards, consistent attention to detail, welcoming ambiance and warm professional service.
Opened in August of 1997, Elizabeth’s is an 85 seat upscale American Bistro set in historic Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Elizabeth’s strives to serve innovative American cuisine. Elizabeth’s has set forth the cooking philosophy to let the food speak for itself while enhancing natural flavors in each dish and staying true to ethnic roots. Our practice is to serve the freshest seasonal, local and organic produce. We keep health in mind, as well as artistic flare, as we create dishes with passion and care.
Along with careful attention, we invest great pride in our craft. Pastas, hearty artisanal breads, and desserts are made daily in-house. Coffee is roasted and delivered weekly by a local expert.
Because of our friendly relationship to customers, and our dependable professionalism, we are known not just as a local restaurant, but also as a part of the community. The business has grown by word of mouth and referrals since it opened. In 2008, 2010 and 2011 Elizabeth’s received first place on Central PA Magazine’s hotlist, a reader’s poll on the best restaurants in the area. Community involvement is one way we maintain our local reputation and is an integral part of our philosophy. We enjoy building relationships with our local businesses. We offer a dinner and a movie package with the town movie theatre (directly across the street). Our floor manager and owners stop regularly at every table to check on customer satisfaction, which often times gives light to special requests. Our use of comment cards opens a venue for direct feedback by which we appropriately adjust our business; we correct problems before any bill is presented.
To best serve our diners, we have developed menus built around seasonal and local products. We have established an enduring relationship with our purveyors and farmers such as Landis Poultry, a local environmentally friendly farm, which has provided us with free-range chicken for twelve years.
But we lose no responsiveness because of our particularity towards produce. Balance and pricing is in the forefront of our menu design. We make sure our over-all menu is adaptable to every customer’s taste: one may wish to go course by course, or to make a dinner out of an appetizer and salad. The flexibility of our menu, as well as our kitchen staff, makes a decision about a meal fun, easy and exciting for the customer.
In addition to our standard menu items, we offer daily specials that keep options fresh and true to seasonal ingredients. By printing our menus in-house we have the opportunity to control food cost and easily offer the best the market has in ingredients. Our chefs blend ethnic diversity, a variety of ingredients and several cooking techniques to produce a menu that is eclectic, yet true to our regional cooking philosophy.
The nightly, three course tasting menu is paired with a wine flight that may be purchased by a two or four ounce pour. Elizabeth’s serves special menus of tapas and sushi seasonally. These menus have helped us to become an affordable neighborhood bistro, where casual diners can come regularly without submitting to mundane dining. Elizabeth is more than just a restaurant where people celebrate special occasions.
Come and enjoy the experience with us.