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John J. Jeffries

300 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603-2938
+1 717-431-3307
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good19%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“steak tartare” (19 reviews)
“pork” (46 reviews)
“gorditas” (17 reviews)
Open Now
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM Hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
300 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603-2938
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Reviewed 2 days ago

"John Jeffries" is an upscale restaurant in the Lancaster Arts Hotel - located in downtown Lancaster. The focus is on “local, sustainable and organic”. They have a nice selection of small plates and entrees. We had a large group and everything we tried was very...More

Thank riny
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a hamburger, it was done just the way I liked it, the service was very good...our server was very helpful.

Thank red492013
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Because we don't eat meat (fish is OK), it can be a challenge to find fine dining with a good selection of meals. John Jeffries is one of those restaurants that fulfills our needs. My wife and I both chose the special: octopus and lobster....More

Thank Leonard L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Bar is very popular and restaurant normally full. Nice selection of small plates plus entrees allow for pretty much every budget and appetite although this is not at all a low budget restaurants. It isn't a family restaurant but can accommodate children. VERY high noise...More

Thank Carol M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It was a Saturday evening and we arrived without reservations. We were told that the restaurant was sold out but we could sit at the bar, which we decided to do. We had some wine and ordered from the small plates menu. The food was...More

Thank Beverly D
Reviewed September 7, 2018

We went there this evening with friends. Nice atmosphere and very friendly staff. My friend and I ordered the pork tacos; a real winner. They were extremely good with complex flavors and texture. We thought there were great things to come. They forgot to bring...More

1  Thank MikeNSX
Reviewed September 5, 2018

We've always enjoyed top-notch service, food, and ambiance. I even tried the beef tar-tar (which I would not have done had I known what it was) and I actually loved it! You will pay more for your meal, but you get what you pay for...More

Thank Nathan J
Reviewed September 2, 2018

Anniversaries are special so John J. Jeffries sees us often. Their food is like no other, and their wait staff matches its quality. The atmosphere only enhances the richness of our celebrations. We're so lucky and proud to have John J. Jeffries in our community.

Thank SZQ5
Reviewed August 31, 2018

We have been to this lovely intimate restaurant in Lancaster, PA on several occasions. What we enjoy most about John J Jeffries is the food is locally produced and the menu is updated frequently. Our server Angela greeted at our table and very professionally walked...More

Thank Craig N
Reviewed August 27, 2018

I love any place that can tell you where their ingredients come from, and John J. Jeffries certainly delivers. The food was excellent and waitstaff as well. We arrived 15 minutes before the kitchen closed (due to conflicting times online). After speaking with the staff...More

Thank Frank R
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November 2, 2017|
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Response from mariasmomonkent | Reviewed this property |
Sorry that I don’t know that, though it felt like a place of integrity....
David F
July 16, 2017|
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Response from Misty B |
There is no children's menu. This is, as the previous response noted, an adult restaurant. I don't recall seeing children there.
John G
February 19, 2017|
Response from Ben_Theretoo406 | Reviewed this property |
I can't honestly answer that, as we ended up dining at the bar, rather taken with the supremely gracious and entertaining bartender. The actual dining room is deeper within the restaurant. I do recall points of light among... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$30 - $30
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 300 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603-2938
    (Mullberry St.)
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Lancaster County  >  Lancaster
  • Phone Number: +1 717-431-3307
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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