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John J. Jeffries

300 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA
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Ranked #6 of 503 Restaurants in Lancaster
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Mullberry St.
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.
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274 reviews from our community

85% Recommend
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English first
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

My cousins were visiting in the area and I was charged with finding a restaurant that we could have a meal and chit chat. The John J. Jeffries was everything we could have wanted. Our waiter, Hunter, was truly accomodating including getting a drink to settle my cousin's tummy. He took a number of pics for us and handled our... More

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New York
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Go here. It is the cleanest, freshest food for miles. Wish we had gone here on the first night of our trip- we would have been back each night. Food is beautifully prepared and delicious. They use quality ingredients, locally sourced and many organic choices. Service was excellent and for a high-end restaurant, they were very kid-friendly. Many great choices... More

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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
173 reviews 173 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I arrived with a dinner reservation at 7:00 on a Saturday, assured that this was one of the best, if not the best restaurant in Lancaster. The reception desk was crowded with parties being turned away, or sent to the bar, due (I presume) to having no reservation. The dining room was only 1/4 full when we... More

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Hardyston Township, New Jersey
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58 reviews 58 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

May be the highlight of our quick stop in Lancaster. Superb! A little put-off when we arrived and realized the restaurant was situated in a hotel. Hostess was a bit less than organized. Everything changed once we got seated. Nice outdoor area and extremely attentive service. Loved our waiter - very knowledgeable of the menu and the locally sourced produce.... More

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Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My wife and I recently visited this restaurant and enjoyed the experience. Our waiter was excellent-very attentive but not overbearing. I ordered the liver and fried onions as an appetizer-some of the best I have had. My wife ordered the home made soup combination which was very flavorful. The main courses-were good but not exceptional. The pork dish was good... More

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Mount Joy, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Had a quiet romantic dinner last week with my better half. She grabbed a $12 cocktail before I arrived....note to self, arrive first... I would categorize this as a low end upscale place but for Lancaster it gets a higher ranking as we don't have much on the scale of a big city. Having said that this city is full... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Lovely menu with locally sourced ingredients. The wine luster was a nice surprise! Also had a fun time in the bar for cocktails! Bartenders Frank and Matt are a hoot.

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Manchester, NJ
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

*High quality food *Creative and eclectic organic menu *Wonderful service *Outdoor dining is a special treat *Fabulous cocktails!

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York, Pennsylvania
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We decided on small plates. Our server sequenced our food in the right order, bringing out one plate at a time. We savored every bite of the cheese plate, all local with fresh berries. We were overwhelmed with the amazing summer salad and caprese salad. Nothing was ordinary, the tomatoes were heirloom and colorful. The steak tartare was the whole... More

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Sitting outsde on the patio was lovely and definately a good choice. Interesting menu, 4 of us shared 3 small plates for appetizers. The beet salad was large and tasty, we all liked the meatballs and the fried eggplant was good but small. I had the salmon and it was good but I ordered it done and it was a... More

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