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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: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
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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  • 38
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  • 9
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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
Excellent and Expensive

Second time for dinner here in the past few months. Every aspect is really quite excellent: service, attitude, food, presentation, interiors. Definitely liked the bibimpap. It seems a little peculiar that two high end restaurants are right next to each other. As far as we know, the two have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Upscale food at upscale pricing. Great presentation but the same taste you could get at a more reasonable price. Great atmosphere and ambiance.

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Albany, NY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Second time for dinner here in the past few months. Every aspect is really quite excellent: service, attitude, food, presentation, interiors. Definitely liked the bibimpap. It seems a little peculiar that two high end restaurants are right next to each other. As far as we know, the two have different owners. The only attribute with John Jeffries that may dissuade... More 

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Thank IT-Expert
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

They have a good wine selection, though not great. Good wine pricing. Salad was good, NY strip steak was quite good bit overpriced. Deserts were very good. It's also a nice atmosphere in an old tobacco warehouse. Overall, a really good restaurant but overpriced for the quality. Beyond the atmosphere, there's nothing memorable about it.

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Thank Petethekid
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a surprise to find such an exquisite dining experience for a party of gluten-free vegetarians and a pescatarian. First, the atmosphere was splendid with intimate seating and lovely low lighting. The wine list was extensive and we loved our choices of a local Riesling and an Argentinian Malbec. Sergio, our server, was gracious, knowledgeable and helpful. Always a pleasure... More 

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Thank Fanofsrilanka
San Francisco, California
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing seasonal farm to table dishes! I cannot say enough about our meal at this fabulous restaurant! The shrimp and grits, the pork belly love and the lamb shank were all to die for...and their prices were reasonable. Take my word since I live in a very expensive city! We loved what this wonderful restaurant had to offer in terms... More 

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Thank 128CarpeDiem
Lancaster, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had the pleasure of eating here for the first time and realy enjoyed it. The ambiance is really nice and the food even better. I love shrimp & grits but haven't had really good ones in this area...I have to go to South Carolina for the best ones!! But I took a chance and ordered it here, and it... More 

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Thank AmishLou
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been meaning to try this arts hotel star, and chose it instead of our normal go-to restaurant for celebrations. We had a great experience! The decor somehow combines the heritage of the previous tobacco warehouse with upscale dining, creating a casual yet distinctive ambiance. In particular, my husband's Surf & Turf appetizer - based on ultra-thin, plate-covering dry-aged... More 

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Thank Dianna W
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had the best experience entertaining folks from a metropolitan environment with a exceptional farm to table dinner. The evening was well received by all and we will definitely go there again. The servers were knowledgeable, attentive and efficient, which is always a plus. I would recommend this restaurant.

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Thank Linda M
Pennsylvania
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30 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We went for their fixed price New Year's Eve dinner and were disappointed overall - portions small, a lamb chop completely uncooked on one side, and serving the wrong wine in the wine flight. There were positives - nice venue, the food was tasty and service generally good. However, the total experience was well below what it should be on... More 

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Thank clgs1
Bay Village, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Hidden in the Lancaster Arts hotel, we found this little diamond. Terrific bar keeper Frank. See photo attached. Our fam of four loved the ambiance, the humor of Frank, the drinks, the food diversity and quality. All four entrees were served simultaneously. Four very happy diners.

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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
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic

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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