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John J. Jeffries

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Tue, 2/19
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings

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Hickory Smoked Trout Caesar Salad
Local Lettuce, Parmesan Cheese, Croutons, House made Chimichurri- Caesar Dressing
jjj's Greek Salad
LiLocal Lettuce, Olives, Pickled Onion, Poached Mushroom, Dove Song Goat Feta and Fresh Herb Vinaigrette
Local Artisanal Cheese Plate
Fruit, Almonds, Crostini
Picnic Basket
Joe the Butcher Beef Sticks, Baby Swiss, Pickled Cauliflower, Hammond's Pretzel and Dijon Mustard
Surf & Turf
Shave​ Raw Dry-Aged Beef, Hickory Smoked Barnegat Light Scallop, Herb Relish (yes its raw!)
Lil Ponderosa Grass-Fed Dry-Aged Steak Tartare
Hawaiian Kanpachi Crudo
Fresh Lime Juice, EVOO, Pickled Onion, Cilantro and Soe's Spice
Lil' Ponderosa Ranch Grass-Fed Beef & Pastured Pork Meatballs
Marinara Sauce, Organic Colby Cheese, Fresh Herbs
Organic Button Mushroom Bisque
Crème Fraiche
Chef's Tacos of the Day
2 Soft Corn Tacos, Cabbage, Salsa, Sour Cream, Chimichurri
Vegetarian Dosas
Fermented Black Eyed Peas, Lentil, Quinoa and Jasmine Rice Crepes. Layered with Red Quinoa and Spelt Berries mixed with Seasonal Vegetables, Marinara Sauce
Fritz Farm Acorn Fed Heritage Pastured Pork
Mac-N-Cheese, Microgreens Salad, Hickory Smoked Onion Reduction Sauce
Lil Ponderosa Farm Grass-Fed Dry-Aged Beef Steak
Fried​ Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetable, Hickory Smoked Onion Reduction Sauce
The Truth:Grass-Fed Dry Aged Beef Tartare
Local Lettuce, Olives, Pickled Onion, Poached Mushrooms, Dove Song Goat Feta and Fresh Herb Vinaigrette and a Side of Fried Potatoess
Tonight's Responsible Seafood Catch
Sautéed Greens, Mushrooms, Brussels Sprouts, Reduction Sauce & Lemon Beurre Blanc
Pecan Meadow Farm Duck
Potato Au Gratin, Seasonal Vegetable, Reduction Sauce
Lil' Ponderosa Ranch Grass-Fed Beef & Pork Meatballs
Miatake & Trumpet Mushroom Risotto, Tomato Sauce, Parmesan Cheese
Pan Seared Sea Scallops & Creamy Potato Casserole
Hickory Smoked Bacon Bits & Bread Crumb Topping
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
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Dinner, Late Night
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We love this place for dinner. Food and service are exceptional. Cozy atmosphere. Off street parking. Bartender spot on and always a pleasure to talk to.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Ljw30
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very average food with a very high price. So average, I can't remember what I had. Look around Lancaster for places that don't bill themselves as "Farm to Table" or "Gourmet" because they are just not there.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Tricia B
Reviewed January 9, 2019

I have been to John Jeffries four times; the first two in a group meal for a financial presentation and the food was quite good. But the last two times, recently at the end of 2018, I found the menu too limited and the food...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Abderrahim K
Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

Jeffries has been a go-to restaurant since it first opened as our first farm to table experience in Lancaster. There are very few places to find tartar as good as here, both for quality and confidence in its preparation. Menu changes with seasonal availability, tends...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Pamela N
Reviewed December 15, 2018 via mobile

I stayed at the Lancaster Arts hotel and went for dinner during my stay, this restaurant offers some excellent dishes with spot on flavouring! This is a must visit when in Lancaster!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank KennethPman
Reviewed December 11, 2018

I was with a party of 8 for dinner on a Saturday night. I made reservations a week before and we had were able to get a 8 pm reservation. The setting and the table placement was perfect. To serve a table of 8 is...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank bskibones
Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

Had dinner there with family. Not many tables but still felt private. Had many small Plates. Everything was good but not my kind of dining. You will not get full here. All in all a nice experience

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank weluvocmd
Reviewed December 11, 2018

I was given a gift card to the restaurant and took a friend to share the experience. Located in the Lancaster Arts Hotel the lobby was delightful and beautifully decorated by local artists. The dining room is minimalistic, tasteful and has a beautiful ambience. Now...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Cathy W
Reviewed November 28, 2018

The best place we went during our week in the US. We arrived late and it was not an issue for them to serve us. The food was amazing and the waitress really friendly. Don't hesitate to go there!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank jrobaye
Reviewed November 12, 2018

Amazing food and great and friendly service. Had the cheese plate ... WOW! Great atmosphere and great time chatting with others at the bar and the servers.

Date of visit: November 2018
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December 30, 2018|
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Response from IrishFan-80 | Reviewed this property |
Yes in parking garage & lot.
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.
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