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“Excellent food, wine, service”
Review of John J. Jeffries

John J. Jeffries
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Ranked #6 of 600 Restaurants in Lancaster
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
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Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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.
Reviewed September 5, 2011

We were visiting Amish Country for 2 days, and we had Amish food/restaurant the other meals, so wanted to do something "nicer" for one meal. Found reviews for this restaurant on Trip advisor, so we decided to check it out, and am so glad we did. Their food is farm-to-table so everything was super fresh and so delicious. They have an extensive list of "small plates" which I especially enjoyed because I like variety in my meals. I ordered the beef tartare - which you have to be careful where you order since it's raw beef - and jim bim bop, which is a slight twist on the korean bi bim bop. SO DELICIOUS. The beef tartare was so fresh and perfectly seasoned. Just simple scallions, onions, pepper, salt... nothing to take away from the beef, and everything to enhance it. Absolutely delicious. The jim bim bop was REALLY good, too, especially the type of rice they used. My husband ordered the tomato sampler - since it's farm to table, the chef uses whatever is in season and it was heavy tomato season - and the gordita. Gordita was so good. Shredded pork, rice (same type as used in the jim bim bop), creme fresh, some salsa- type, all on tope of johnny cake. SO GOOD. We were absolutely STUFFED by the end but had to try to pumpkin spice creme brulee. I don't normally like creme brulee, but it sounded so good, we had to try it. Again, was not disappointed. To top it off, after eating enough to over stuff us, 2 glasses of wine, and beer, the entire bill came out to $80. $80!!! We're from NYC, so our version of what is "normal priced" is a little off, but $80 for all that was just absolutely shocking. Super fresh, delicious food with drinks... unbelievable. I will definitely visit again and will recommend to everyone.

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Reviewed September 3, 2011

We went to John Jeffries for the first time on a gift card for our wedding anniversary in summer 2011. The service (with just the right amount of "flair") could not have been better. Atmosphere on the outdoor porch at sunset under a tree was lovely (and indoors looked posh as well). "But" we felt the food did not quite hit the mark. Some was very good (for example, the double soup appetizer-- nice!), but for entrees, the menu selection struck us as limited and most were "meat" based, which would not have been our preference in summer (a single fish entree offering-- salmon). Maybe we just didn't know our way around the menu, or perhaps hearty fare is JJ's strength (?). We understand the menu to change seasonally, so perhaps check it out first and see if you're tempted. We'll do so also and are certainly open to giving JJ another try, perhaps indoors this winter.

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Reviewed September 1, 2011

We ate at the bar after traveling all day. Art the bartender was our only wait staff for drinks and food, and he was attentive, interesting to talk to but also respectful of our privacy. And he recommends good wine and pours a great martini. The food was exceptional--all local produce and farm-raised meats. The presentation was even classy, with hefty linen napkins placed below our plates to make our "table." Highly recommend this nice restaurant in a very sophisticated, funky boutique hotel, The Arts.

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Reviewed August 15, 2011

Everything was perfect! Beautiful surroundings, unique, quiet and sophisticated. Servers and staff were top notch. Food was creative and delicious. Ordered 5 or 6 "small plates" to share and that was more than enough food for the two of us, plus gave us a great opportunity to sample everything. Very memorable evening. Can't wait to return. Thank you!

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Reviewed August 6, 2011

I ate at this restaurant because I was staying at the Lancaster Arts Hotel, where it's located. The ambience was pleasant, if a little dim for eating alone (I was trying to pass the time reading a local brochure). Exposed brick and large wood beams an columns evoke its original use as a tobacco warehouse.
My server was extremely helpful, describing several of the dishes and offering wine suggestions. Other servers were also pleasant, and the other guests seemed to be having a nice time. I ordered one of the specials - local heirloom tomatoes - but although they were fresh and tasty, I was underwhelmed by the presentation. Two or three tomates had been cut into wedges and doused with a balsamic dressing. That was it - nothing special to look at for $9!
My main course was excellent, but too much of a good thing. I had the pork gordita with black rice on a corn cake. It was very tasty, but a smaller serving (with a smaller price) would have been preferable. All of the ingredients were great, but the large helping was not so attractive or manageable. One hates to leave food when paying "big city" prices. A dinner for one with one glass of wine was around $55.

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