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John J. Jeffries

300 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA
717.431.3307
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Ranked #7 of 492 restaurants in Lancaster
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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English first
Paramus, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

This place was awesome - service, ambiance, food all top-notch. Husband and I ordered several small plates because we wanted to taste everything. Farm to table menu with winning combinations and presentation. Our server, Gna, was incredibly knowledgeable about the food, the history and was a total pleasure. Housed in an old refurbished tobacco warehouse - part of the Lancaster... More

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Princeton, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We were in Lancaster this past weekend for a special getaway. I made advanced reservations to dine at Jeffries. It was our first time here, both the bar and restaurant area is quite nice and inviting. Our server was excellent and explained JJ farm to table concept and made some suggestions on the choice of entrée’s. For appetizers I had... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

It was our first time eating at this establishment. The server was knowledgable of the food. He gave great suggestions. We had great food and the service was wonderful. A definite must for a romantic evening. Well go back for sure.

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Sewickley, Pennsylvania
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47 reviews 47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

This is a fine restaurant, with a good decor, fine service, and very good food. And, in a beautiful building! My vegetable salad, recommended by the waiter, was excellent. My entree , chicken on a rice, tomato, spinach, carrot base, surrounded with a bean sauce, was superb. The dining room seemed a bit loud, but the overall dining experience was... More

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Lancaster, pA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

This is one of our favorite restaurants in town. Quality of food, presentation and ambiance is excellent.

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Montreal, QC
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

This experience began poorly and then improved. We had booked a table for four and were then joined at the last minute by a friend. As one of our party was our seven-year old son, we figured it wouldn't be too hard to fit a fifth person around our table. The receptionist gave us a hard time about it, but... More

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Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I went to the John Jeffries restaurant because we had heard positive reviews of it. We arrived a bit early and sat down at the bar. The bartender greeted us immediately and served us with a friendly smile. We were seated in the restaurant promptly at our appointed time. The dining room is very attractive and was... More

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

There is not much to say except that we really enjoyed the high quality of the food, the service was top notch and the atmosphere is unmatched in Lancaster. This is a "must do" in Lancaster.

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Lancaster, PA, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

As a person involved in agriculture, I really appreciate the commitment that JJJ has made to using local agriculture product in the dishes on its menu. Personally, however, I am not much of an explorer when it comes to food and I find the menu kind of funky. Portions are also a little smaller than I usually am used to.... More

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We have been back several times. Innovative menu, amazing flavors, use of local farmers/producers, etc.

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