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300 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA
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Ranked #7 of 513 Restaurants in Lancaster
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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English first
Westchester County, NY
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

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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Avondale, Pennsylvania
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51 reviews 51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I've gone to John J. Jeffries twice now and have loved the experience both times. The first time we went we were able to sit outside behind the building in a nice patio area. We really enjoyed the food! We received small appetizers courtesy of the chef after which we decided on our dinners. The dinner menu is carefully put... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The service at JJJ was beyond perfect. The hostess apologized when we had to wait a few minutes. She then came and offered us a "less choice" seat if we didn't want to wait. We waited an additional 5 minutes and then had a prime location-tucked to the back. While waiting we leafed through the Lancaster Arts Hotel doodle albums--an... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

Love the local, organic options. The menu is varied and changes according to availability. This is a lovely restaurant for any occasion.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

This is an upscale (definitely not cheap) restaurant attached to the Lancaster Arts Hotel. Despite having all tables filled, the environment was quiet and intimate. I took my partner here for her birthday. We sometimes have difficulty with choosing a restaurant as she is an adventuresome eater while I am a very picky meat and potatoes man. I was surprised... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Stopped going here a few years ago for no particular reason but started again in 2014. They are doing a great job. I was never a lover of farm to table but they are doing something right. One of a very few Lancaster restaurants where you feel a little more cosmopolitan. The crowd is more hip and the food, well,... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

John J Jeffries is one of our favorites. The seasonal menu doesn't change quite as often as we might like, but everything is executed perfectly and the cocktails are a real experience. Even ordering hot tea is a fun experience as you choose from a large selection of loose teas to brew in a French press as a whole pot.... More 

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Medford, New Jersey
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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This was the first time in this restaurant, I will be back if I come to Lancaster again!! Being in Lancaster, there are several farm to table restaurant options to choose from. My wife and I chose this even before we knew it was part of the Lancaster Arts Hotel where we stayed for our anniversary. Menu items creative and... More 

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Lawrenceville, New Jersey
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We've been here many times and most of the menu items we've tried are quite good. We've had some excellent meals here. Sometimes, though, there were misses and last night was one of the biggest. The server told us there was a Greek salad that was not on the menu so we both started with that. Instead of Romaine, it... More 

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Additional Information about John J. Jeffries

Address: 300 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA
Phone Number: 717.431.3307
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Lancaster County  >  Lancaster
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
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30

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