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John J. Jeffries

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300 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA (Mullberry St.)
717.431.3307
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: During renovations, workers found in the floor beams a signed inspection...
During renovations, workers found in the floor beams a signed inspection stamp--November 5, 1890--with the name of tobacco inspector John J. Jeffries. We named the restaurant after him. We’ve designed our menu based on local, seasonal, sustainable and organic agriculture and delicious recipes. Please join us and taste the difference of local farm-to-table sustainable cuisine in one of Lancaster's best fine dining restaurants. As the Chefs and Owners of John J Jeffries, we believe you will find our passion for supporting local businesses and preserving the land we live on, to be contagiously obvious in how we run our restaurant. All of our meats are raised locally, confinement-free on fresh green grass pastures. No hormones, antibiotics, steroids or forced-fertilization occurs. Our produce is local organic or chemical free. We use local grass fed cream, butter and eggs. We also provide sustainable seafood and support sustainable fisheries.
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Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 208
    Excellent
  • 74
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Evening, Awesome Food!

Dined here on a Friday evening. Had a cocktail at the stylish chic bar while we waited for our table. The lighting is lovely and atmosphere inviting. I wish we just sat at the bar and ate, always next visit. Now onto the good eats...Hubby started off with the lobster bisque and his big plate... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
Smitchik
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NJ
via mobile
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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327 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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NJ
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

Dined here on a Friday evening. Had a cocktail at the stylish chic bar while we waited for our table. The lighting is lovely and atmosphere inviting. I wish we just sat at the bar and ate, always next visit. Now onto the good eats...Hubby started off with the lobster bisque and his big plate was the steak with chimmichura... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The food was mediocre and we grew quickly tired of being told where the food was grown and by whom. As long as it is local, I really don't care where Frank grew the greens I was served - no matter how cutesy they make his farm sound! However I do care that the recipe the chef used was not... More 

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lancaster, pa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The food is good, a bit on the pricey side, but the cocktails are really really small. What's up with that?

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Cottleville, Missouri
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The service was pleasant and helpful. The chefs compliment root bisque was a delicious start to the evening. Too bad it wasn't on the menu for ordering. All food was delivered hot and looked appetizing. The taste was fantastic! Everyone in the group was exceedingly pleased with the taste. The portions were generous even for the oversized appetite. Nice atmosphere... More 

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Canton, Connecticut
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92 reviews 92 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We just enjoyed a dinner at this great restaurant. Our waiter was excellent and made some great recommendations. He recommended the poached beet & sprouted lentil salad and it was simply sublime. My husband also ordered the sherry mushroom soup and said it was the best mushroom soup he'd ever had. He got the venison and I got the salmon... More 

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PA
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40 reviews 40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

food is outstanding, atmosphere is very, very nice, service is excellent. we've been here many times and have never been disappointed. it is our first choice when dining out. don't miss it if you are traveling to lancaster!

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

With inventive cocktails and a fresh farm-to-table menu John J Jeffries doesn't disappoint. The mushroom bisque was light, delicate and flavorful, and the winter salad's combination of blue cheese, dates, clementines, among other ingredients, made it a sweet, juicy, creamy treat. Our party also enjoyed the Shankers (small tacos), pheasant and the lamb shank - the meat fell off the... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

The farm-to-table food was fresh, perfectly prepared, and the service was excellent. The Winter Salad was fresh and the dates and cheese were just right. I had the beef taco small plate, which was also delicious, and the chocolate pate and caramel mousse for dessert, which I believe might have killed me had I finished it, so I brought it... More 

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Westchester County, NY
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We stayed at the Lancaster Arts hotel for the night and decided to try their restaurant because we had read reviews. We were not disappointed! The menu was interesting with game and local produce and it is a farm to table restuarant. The service was profesisonal and friendly and we really enjoyed our meal. One aside. This in no way... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We went here for dinner before going to a show at the Fulton Theater. The food was very good and the service was excellent.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 300 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA
    (Mullberry St.)
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Lancaster County  >  Lancaster
  • Phone Number: 717.431.3307

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

During renovations, workers found in the floor beams a signed inspection stamp--November 5, 1890--with the name of tobacco inspector John J. Jeffries. We named the restaurant after him. We’ve designed our menu based on local, seasonal, sustainable and organic agriculture and delicious recipes. Please join us and taste the difference of local farm-to-table sustainable cuisine in one of Lancaster's best fine dining restaurants. As the Chefs and Owners of John J Jeffries, we believe you will find our passion for supporting local businesses and preserving the land we live on, to be contagiously obvious in how we run our restaurant. All of our meats are raised locally, confinement-free on fresh green grass pastures. No hormones, antibiotics, steroids or forced-fertilization occurs. Our produce is local organic or chemical free. We use local grass fed cream, butter and eggs. We also provide sustainable seafood and support sustainable fisheries.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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