John J Jeffries at the Lancaster Arts Hotel
John J Jeffries at the Lancaster Arts Hotel

John J Jeffries at the Lancaster Arts Hotel

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.johnjjeffries.com/
  • Phone: 7174313307
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm -10:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
    Bar opens daily at 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Sean Cavanaugh and Michael Carson
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: John J Jeffries offers several options for private dining and conference opportunities. Please call us to speak directly with our event coordinator or to schedule an appointment.
  • Private Party Contact: Chef Cavanaugh 7174313309

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mullberry St.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Free parking in the Lancaster Arts Hotel garage.
A word from John J Jeffries at the Lancaster Arts Hotel
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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
John J Jeffries at the Lancaster Arts Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
201 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (144)special occasion (143)romantic (110)neighborhood gem (87)great for outdoor dining (79)notable wine list (40)vibrant bar scene (39)good for groups (21)hot spot (19)late-night find (13)scenic view (6)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food and service was excellent. My only complaint is that we were seated with families with little children that were voiving their sreams that night. There are two seperate rooms. They should have been more thoughtful and put us in the other room. They offered to move us, but that is a pain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best food in Lancaster
    nsmnsm
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Amazing food, great service and creative bartender! Highly recommend to anyone needing a really amazing meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exciting menu, but falls flat!
    JustJez
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My wife and I had dinner there while on vacation. The menu and concept sounded great! However, the appetizers (steak tartare and calves liver and onions) tasted "off." The steak meal was good and cooked well, but my wife's coffee encrusted lamb steak tasted like what I would imagine a hardworking laborer to taste/smell like. It was nasty! The best part about the meal was my "Dougie's Dark and Stormy" to which I had 2!!! Not to mention the next day, my wife and I had some stomach issues!!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular as always
    ingrid
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Greaest chicken meal my date ever ate and I had the delicious Johnny Cake! Very creative and a feast for the taste buds.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We'll be Back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This fine restaurant offers a unique menu to satisfy everyone. The quality of the food was outstanding & the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The menu has such variety, it is difficult to make a choice. We tried several small plates to share at the table and all were excellent. The fish large plate dinners were nicely presented with a nice mixture of flavors. Two desserts shared around the table finished the enjoyable meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special!
    Dininguru
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We had often gone to the Belvedere Inn in Lancaster but needed a change. What a wonderful change it was! Great service, food and ambience. We sat outside on a warm summer night and feasted on locally sourced and wonderfully prepared food. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    Savory4Me
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Fast becoming my new favorite restaurant. They take the ordinary and make it extraordinary. Best farm to table restaurant. The amber jack prepared exquisitely!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner at JJJ
    Melben10
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a wonderful meal at JJJ. Food was delicious, service was fairly attentive (servers cover for eachother), and the overall setting was pleasant. It was a varied crowd though. I think we were expecting a more fine dining audience, but there was a few children and some casual patrons in attendance. Could be due to move in weekend at the college. Overall we definitely will return. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    Pirateof7c
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We shared small plates and everything was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lancaster Gem
    vpflyr
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    If you want locally-sourced, high quality ingredients that are carefully prepared and thoughtfully paired with the accompaniments, then this is the place for you in Lancaster. We loved everything...and we have a somewhat picky 11-year old who cleaned her plate. Service was impeccable. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended
    jbatch2013
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    My party of 4 had a very nice dinner experience. Sergio and the rest of the staff was very attentive, Sergio was very personable. Food was excellent. Aside from what we felt was an excessive wait to be seated by the hostess, JJJ hit it out of the park.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Excellent choice of local organic food. Great variety in menu. Nice portions in the "small plate" selections. Great value for the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fun celebration
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    delightful evening.. unusual food.. sometimes to an extreme.. but fun and very INNOVATIVE
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great farm to table choices
    TomL
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is an outstanding restaurant in the heart of Lancaster. Creative and delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts that used in-season ingredients throughout. Local meats and vegetables are prepared in with the flavor of "ethnic" dishes from Asia, the Mediterranean and more. The outside eating area was private, pleasantly quiet and roomy. I would recommend the outside option if the weather permits - you will never know there is a busy road nearby. I'm looking forward to a return visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • John J Jeffries dinner
    luvfreshfood
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My husband and I had a date night here. It was a wonderful evening all around. The food was incredibly delicious, the outdoor dining area is beautiful and the staff was very friendly. It was interesting for us that we know many of the farmers that produce the food. They source all fresh, seasonal food. You won't find anything artificial here!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, lovely setting
    KBarMVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was delicious and inventive. Outdoor patio was delightful, although the inside dining room looked nice too. Wine list was reasonable. Only complaint was that the server knew very little about the wines on the wine list, other than offering a taste of one that was available by the glass. We would definitely eat here again when in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfection
    Rachel
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I haven't stopped thinking about my dinner here and am already planning a trip back just so I can try more menu items. This place is great for a date or maybe even better for a larger group--you can order lots of small and large plates to share. Love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out!
    Reviewer2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    So happy with this pick. Amazing food and the service was great. We sat outside in the courtyard and it was perfect. Definitely will be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!
    Prazx2
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We loved JJJ so much that we intend to go back within the week (we're on vacation and cant miss out on going twice - it will be a while until we can get back.) The food was farm fresh and amazing! We tried lots of small plates so we could try more. You know the chefs are amazing when they can make liver and onions a dish that you'll order the second time around (we weren't sure if we'd like it, but just had to try it! It was phenomenal!) The staff were super friendly and helpful when we just couldn't narrow down our options and even coursed things out for us, so we tried thw best dishes together. (My husband and I just shared everything.) My recommendation: if youre in the area - Go to John J Jeffries!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service far exceeded the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Our server was excellent-friendly, very attentive without being overbearing and quite knowledgeable of the menu. The appetizers were very good-I had the liver and fried onions and thought it was excellent. My wife had the soup combo which was also very, very good. The main dishes were a little disappointing. The pork plate had the pork a bit tough and the cod dish had the cod a little slimy on the inside. Overall we enjoyed the meal but would probably not rush back to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceptional Experience
    fatandhappy
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My wife and I are locals but haven't been to John Jeffries in years. We had an excellent waiter that jumped right in to tell us his favorites and was pleasant and timely throughout the evening. We were hungry, but when you get a night out without kids, you want the evening to last! We stuck with ordering small plates which were creative, delicious and fairly priced. Ordering two separate small plate orders, we were able to share and extend the evening. It also gave us a great exploration of the locally sourced offerings. Great experience and would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • loveorganic
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The PEI mussels and soup were wonderful; the tacos a little disappointing, they were mushy, but had good flavor. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hunter is awesome!
    LancHomeGirlVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Our server was Hunter, and he's the best! I always enjoy dining at JJJ's, and especially when the weather is perfect to sit outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Favorite Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    JJJ was one of the first spots we went for dinner after returning to the US from a year in Greece. The food and service were as good as we remembered, and we liked knowing that the food came from local farms. We also were happy to see that the wine list also included some local wines that were quite good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A memorable dinner
    FreshNFine
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The food was absolutely delicious, unusual, fresh, and plentiful. It was attractively served, and well timed. The atmosphere is very comfortable -- nice seating, quiet noise level, a sense of privacy, but a bit dark. The service was very attentive but not annoyingly so. Only 2 minor complaints -- we had to request olive oil (as opposed to butter) for the bread, and the waiter's assurance that the wine I ordered was not sweet turned out to be not quite so, although I enjoyed it, and I'm sure I could have sent it back for something else if I'd wished. Nonetheless, these were very minor matters in what was otherwise a truly outstanding dinner that lived up to our recent experiences of food in France. It was different, but at as high a level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous Find From Out-of-Towners
    atruefoodie
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My daughter and I were recently in Lancaster on a mother-daughter shopping trip and dined at John J Jeffries. We arrived 15 mins. early had no problem waiting at the bar enjoying their signature margarita which was outstanding. Our table was ready at our reservation time and we were quickly greeted by our waitress who explained the menu and specials. My daughter decided on 2 small plates . . . a cucumber/tomato salad with mozzarella and also the tacos. I opted for the a pork dish which consisted of a Johnny Cake topped with pulled pork. My meal and my daughter's was absolutely outstanding. We could have come back the next night but decided to try another restaurant. Outstanding food and ambience. We loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JJJ scores again
    Curleykids
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    While my wife and I have dined at John J Jeffries on previous occasions, the dinner this past Sunday evening reminded us to consider it more often, even though it is almost 30 miles from our home. The food was delicious, especially since we focused on items from the local farms. I never realized potatoes au gratin could be that good! In addition the service was excellent -- elegant but congenial. While we had our own server to focus on our table, when he was busy with other tables, another server subtly moved in to take care of the next move. Over all, the entire experience was a delightful way to celebrate our wedding anniversary.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    lawyermommy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have not been to this restaurant in a few years, and decided to revisit. The food is very good, I appreciated the vegetarian options. Was surprised that the vegetarian stuffed pepper was $20 and only had one pepper, would suggest adding another pepper or moving the dish to small plates, I was starving after dinner! The server was very good even though he brought the wrong appetizer, he apologized when he realized his error and did not charge us for the dish. The female bar tender at the bar was miserable and ignored us most of the time which kind of put a damper on our romantic night out, but the drinks were good and well, I guess we all have bad days. If you are a foodie, you will love this place, give it a try!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My wife and I continue to love this restaurant. The food is always fresh and excellent. They do a great job of uniquely combining foods without over doing it. My wife went vegetarian and had a great stuffed pepper. I had the steak and it was cooked perfectly. The staff also did a great job of recognizing my wife's birthday and giving us a very nice table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • rayjan.foodies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    WOW! What a find - delicious!! Everything anyone could want in a great restaurant - terrific staff, marvelous ambiance, unique menu... All in our party loved it! We'll be back next week with more family to celebrate another birthday! Wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect "girls" evening!
    Marianne
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Spent a girls weekend at the Lancaster Arts Hotel and enjoyed one of the best meals any of us had ever had at the adjacent John J. Jeffries restaurant. The weather was extraordinary for late July, so we ate on the outdoor patio surrounded by lush flowers, a trickling waterfall, and soft lighting. Every one of our appetizers, entrees and desserts was perfection -- truly fresh, beautifully presented, and delicious. Our server was always nearby should we need anything, but was careful not to be intrusive as we had way too much to chat about since we don't get together often enough. All in all, there was not a single negative to the evening . . . and I'll be returning soon, with my husband this time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Of My List
    ImpressMe
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Have not been to JJJ for a year and have no idea why. The food was imaginative, service impeccable, and outdoor venue awesome. Always leave the restaurant feeling that I ate an inspired and healthy meal. Food, no matter how fine, will never warrant a return visit without similar service and their service is "spot on". The wait-staff performs as a team - a grade A professional team. When in Lancaster do yourself a favor and visit this outstanding restaurant and, weather permitting, enjoy the outdoor venue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Farm to Table in Lancaster
    Dining101VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This was my first time at Johm Jeffries in the Lancaster Arts Hotel. Continuously changing menu based on available local foods. Many small plate options and this is how are table proceeded to try a number of terrific dishes including the steak tartar. The Tres Leches dessert was one of the best I have had. Do yourself a favor and try this excellent restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mid-week dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Our guest loved it! They hadn't eaten at J J Jeffries in a while, and they were delighted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • our favorite
    anomouse
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Although there are a plethora of eating establishments ethnic and otherwise, in Lancaster, pa., we have found it difficult to find a restaurant that can surprise us serving excellent food with a varied and creative menu. JJ Jeffries is the only one we frequent on a regular basis. We are particular, and are disdainful of restaurants that insist on rather boring menu's, devoid of any sign of creativity. In fact, most non ethnic menus are suspiciously alike.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • time and again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    My fourth dinner at JJJ. This place is always a home run, the food is exceptional, and the local aspect makes me happy. Our server was informed and accommodating, always there when we needed him and not there when we wanted privacy. The fried green tomato and ceviche small plates were outstanding, matched by the long-roasted beef dish which we shared for the main course. The bar made the lemonade berry drink for us with champagne only, as we don't drink spirits. Sat outside by the stone wall, in view of the fountain, such a lovely setting, and out of direct sunlight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small Plates FULL Flavor!
    Remo
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    As always my wife and I ordered several of the ever changing small plate options to maximize the FULL John J. Jefferies experience. It always seems like every single bite you can taste every single ingredient, always, always, always fresh and THE best quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great choice
    New2area
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We were meeting old friends for dinner in Lancaster. Unfamiliar with the area we found the John J. Jefferies restaurant online and it turned out to be a fabulous choice. Farm to table, local wines, delicious food, perfect service and reasonable prices. We would definitely return when next in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So delicious!
    PBfromSBVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    One of the best meals I've had in years! Every bite was exceptional and the service was excellent. Deserves all five stars.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.