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“Greatest Find in Lancaster”
Review of John J. Jeffries

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Ranked #2 of 579 Restaurants in Lancaster
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, 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.
Rockville, MD
Level 5 Contributor
93 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Greatest Find in Lancaster”
Reviewed October 25, 2009

John J. Jeffries is a must-visit if you're in Lancaster. My husband and I went in late July 2009 for an early anniversary dinner and were ecstatic. The restaurant's philosophy of local sourcing is sound and well executed. We're from the DC metro area and found the price-value ratio dead on. (We had a similarly priced but lesser quality dinner the night before in nearby Strasburg.) The quality and ingenuity in the kitchen were evident through all the courses (their steak tartare was the best I've ever had anywhere in the world) and the service was spot on. My only complaint is the wine list. Such great food deserves the high quality wines, intelligently paired. We were frustrated by the predominance of Pennsylvania selections. The wines just simply didn't do the food justice.

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Savannah, GA
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“The Best!”
Reviewed September 29, 2009

John J. Jeffries is the best! Everytime we are in Lancaster we visit the restaurant and found everything the best....service, food, atmosphere. Can't wait for the next time we are in Lancaster.

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Minneapolis, MN
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“The best restaurant in the country. Period.”
Reviewed August 31, 2009

My boyfriend and I are both gourmands and excellent cooks, and we just had the pleasure of eating here. What AMAZING food! We travel for work all over the country, and we've sampled some of the best restaurants in the US, but John J Jeffries is tops. The food was incredibly fresh, inventive, and prepared with terrific skill. The flavor combinations the cooks come up with is unbelievable. They are truly culinary masters.

The service was impeccable. From the waitor to the bartender (who let me sample several different beers), the service was top notch. They knew their product, and they obviously had a passion for it.

The ambience was terrific. Understated, classy, elegant, and comfortable.

And the food was quite cheap considering the quality, preparation, ingredients, and portion size.

We loved the restaurant so much that we are altering our next travel arrangements to take us to Lancaster.

If you love food, go here!

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Lancaster
1 review
“Our favorite restaurant- by far- in Lanacster”
Reviewed August 31, 2009

We've been to JJJ quite a few times and have had nothing but amazing food and great service.

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Corrales, NM
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“What a Great Find!”
Reviewed August 8, 2009

Lovely ambience, interesting menu, exemplary service. Based on renewable resources, the menu is fairly simple but each item is well done.
The beef and bison is grass-fed so be aware that it will have great flavor but is a little less tender than usual restaurant fare.

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