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John J. Jeffries

300 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA
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Ranked #6 of 504 restaurants in Lancaster
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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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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85% Recommend
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English first
Hardyston Township, New Jersey
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58 reviews 58 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

*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 NEW

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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Alexandria, Virginia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We ate on the patio which is quiet and relaxing. We each had excellent meals that were nicely prepared and there were really good gluten free options. I am dairy and gluten free and was able to enjoy an appetizer and nice meal. They didn't have any dessert options (sorbet which I don't like). That would be my only suggestion... More

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Oxford, Pennsylvania
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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Great food, including vegetarian fare. I ordered the stuffed pepper entree. Surprised when only one pepper was on the plate and I was starving after dinner. I would also suggest adding more wines by the glass to the menu. My husband received the wrong appetizer and was told after the fact that they ran out of the dish. The waiter... More

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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52 reviews 52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

When you ask for dish from the menu, you have a right to expect it to be delivered as advertised. Not so at dinner last evening. I ordered an appetizer described as 'Lancaster Fried Lancaster County New Potatoes and Pork Kracklin with Herb Aioli". Imagine my disappointment when a plate of fried potatoes arrived with a dish of a suspicious... More

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