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

John J Jeffries at the Lancaster Arts Hotel Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.johnjjeffries.com
  • Phone: (717) 431-3307
  • 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 (717) 431-3309

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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Quite honestly it was a lot of money for a mediocre meal"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The small plates appealed to the older diners in my party. The steak tartare is delightful and very flavorful. The main entree pheasant dinner was so delicate and the various textures of the side dishes complimented the meat. The lavender flavored creme brûlée satisfied the sweet finale to a memorable dining experience."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Our food was delicious and portion size was great. Just don't order lemonade! I was charged $3.50 each for a cup of lemonade! (I'm pregnant so I had to pass on the wine list). Not even a free refill!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The menu is wonderful...interesting recipes ...all with local flavor. The food delivered perfectly on our expectations! The waiter was nice....but not super attentive. The bill was reasonable for the occasion..."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My husband and I chose this restaurant for its farm to table menu. We had a great time and every bite was fantastic. Our waitress was very busy yet took the time to talk and share info about the restaurant...as if we were the only people there. Look forward to retuning!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This is a great farm to table restaurant. Option for small plates if you like variety. All food was excellent with the exception of the deserts being ok. The restaurant features some great character with a 100+ year old building yet newly renovated as you would expect in a high end restaurant. I'd highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We always enjoy coming to John J. Jeffries. We love their specials, as well as their main menu. We look forward to our next visit there! Thanks for the great food, service, and ambience!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Dinner outside was as close as we get to perfect: fabulous food, friendly and professional service, and value for our bucks. The evening was balmy and peaceful, except for the roaring of an air conditioner."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Great room with nice art to go along with there good food. Olivia our server was on the ball and very pleasant and informative.n Kudos"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Tried this place based on reviews online. Excellent service. Food was very good. Jim Bim Bop appetizer had great flavors and texture. Braised beef was fall apart good. Farm fresh ingedients. Wine and drinks went well with dinner. Only issue was kids running around patio from not one but two tables. Parents issue, not the restaurants but not a kid friendly restaurant or menu either."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This is the 2nd time I have dined at John J Jeffries. This time we sat outdoors shaded under a tree, which was lovely. The food is delicious and the service impeccable. The menu selection is thoughtful as the ingredients used are fresh, local and there a significant presence of pastured, grass fed meats or wild seafood. Not only are you enjoying a fabulous meal, you are also really nourishing your body."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • " The food quality was superb, portions were generous, and the selections were different but appealing. Our server was very polite, friendly, courteous and helpful. She answered any questions we had about the entrees. We appreciated the fact that everything was farm to table fresh, and grown or raised locally. The choice of a sparkling wine or a free dessert for my son's birthday was a nice touch. The only thing I found lacking was the atmosphere, which I thought was very average. I appreciated being able to reserve a table online, and was very pleased when the time slot we wanted was available. It was very easy to book."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • " John J Jeffries .... excellent food, excellent service..... had our son there from New York and he gave John J Jeffries high marks!! Thank you for a wonderful dining experience! we love dining outside but the evening we went the outside dining was closed due to weather."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This was our second trip to John J Jeffries. We both tried different items; again everything was outstanding. Mussels, mozzarella salad, risotto, berry salad, house cocktails. Our only regret was that we didn't savor the same things we tried the first time--no room. We will have to go again."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We went for our anniversary dinner and was blown away. We had several small plates and could honestly not decide what we loved best. It was all great. Steak tartare semed to be specialty (it was very special) as was the local tomato salad, scallop serviche, and the soft taco. We had two desserts and they were both great. The service was attentive and spot on. We will be back."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary at John Jeffries and were very pleased with our dining experience. The staff was friendly, helpful, attentive, every thing that you want when going to dinner. The menu was very interesting and a bit different, can't say enough good things about the "pork belly". We very much enjoyed our dinner and hope to be back, soon."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Creative and absolutely delicious farm to table ! Great service."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "we had dinner with friends, we all had a fantastic experience, food and service excellant. Will be goin back"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We are from DC and scout restaurants based on their reviews and reputation, typically we are on target with picking a good place for Date Night (which is once a week), but This Particular Friday we were really disappointed in this Lancaster Establishment and wont be back - Late Seating us with our reservation - Appetizer Tomatoes & Mozzarella was good but nothing t - Cut of Meat (steak) I ordered was Chewy, I didn't eat it gave it to my fiancé who will eat anything and the portions were small for the price $32 for Four Scallops - I would not recommend this restaurant to a friend - Hard to find something on the menu that I wanted"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This was my second experience dining at John J. Jeffries. Both were for dinner. I love the menu. Being very conscious of the food that I eat....where it comes from and how it gets to the table is very important to me. So I like the vegetarian options and the fact that the poultry and meat entrees are organic and/or farm raised, grass fed, etc. I've enjoyed both of my dining experiences. Also, very good, knowledgeable staff."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The reviews we read before we picked this restaurant were spot on. The food and service was excellent. We had our 4-year old with us and she enjoyed the meal too. The lobster bisque was flavorful and creamy while the shrimp risotto, beef tartare and pork kimchee salad were awesome. The highlight of the meal was the lavender-honey creme brulee."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The side dishes are wonderful creations using fresh and delicious vegetables. The cod was wonderful."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I arrived at restaurant opening. Unfortunately I was not asked if I wanted to sit outside and on hindsight it would have been a good night for that. It was disappointing to discover, after I was seated, that i could have been outside. Just did not think of it on my own. Should I have to? I ordered two small plates - a strawberry salad which was wonderful and a shrimp plate with risotto. The shrimp dish was much too salty for my taste. And the accompanying sauce was quite rich. I wanted a seafood dish but only had the choice of a totally raw Turf and Surf (which I did not want) and the shrimp dish. My bone to pick with the chef would be - how about offering a seafood small plate that is minimalistic and very healthy, perhaps salmon."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We absolutely loved our dining experience! Nga was a wonderful server as this was our first time at JJJ and she was patient, kind and helpful with us. I was slightly underdressed for the restaurant as I didn't have time to change before dinner and I was never made to feel out of place. The food is truly amazing! We sampled a little bit of everything and it was all wonderful. So, when you go, get what pleases you as you won't be disappointed! This is definitely a cut above other restaurants and the small plates are superb! Do not miss ordering them before your meal, or order them alone if your appetite is on the lighter side. The flavors are amazing. Thanks JJJ for a wonderful evening."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Wife and I wanted a simple dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The small plates also known as appetizer are actually filling. I ordered pork belly which was amazing and wife had steak tartar also a good dish. Great starters, for our large dishes I ordered the lamb steak which tasted so.tender and fresh and wife had the broiled beef. Very juicy and tender. Service was excellent, we asked for a picture to be taken and she also offered.us champagne to celebrate once we told her our occasion. Overall fantastic dinner and services."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Our first visit but not our last. Great food. Great service. Enjoyed the entire experience. We even made some new friends."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I took a friend there for her first time. She loved the bar, the table, the food, the ambiance, and the service. I love places that are different, and this place does not let you down. The small plate and large plate menu is perfect and the dessert was great...Love it!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "All around an excellent restaurant, food and service are fantastic. Staff very knowledgeable about the menu, and great bar staff. They also serve French press coffee, something others don't do (A real nice touch!)."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We always come to JJJ when my family comes into town. Excellent food & service. Very interesting drink and food menu which makes for a fun night out of trying things you can't get anywhere else. Love, love, love!!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This is a fantastic restaurant in the heart of Lancaster City. The service was fantastic - great wine and dinner suggestions, knowledgeable on the menu items, and very attentive. The food was cooked perfectly. My wife and I started with a cheese plate, which featured some great local cheeses paired with fruit, crostini, nuts. I then had two small plates that were very good: a lobster bisque and beef tartare. A few months ago, I had a plate of beef tartare at Thomas Keller's Bouchon in Las Vegas. While I still prefer the Bouchon version, the plate served at John J. Jeffries was spiced well and held it's own. I finished my dinner with the chicken plate; the chicken and sides were cooked perfectly. Overall, it was a great experience."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Hostess made us wait at the podium for about 5 minutes until they decided were were going to sit. Server was more of an order taker he was cold and did not describe any of the items to us. Food did not meet our expectations, it was lacking in flavor and presentation."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I wanted to go to John J Jeffries because the food is organic and locally sourced - my husband and I were so pleased when everything we had turned out to be delicious too. The spinach and strawberry salad was so fresh and flavorful. I had the lamb with cauliflower and potato mash and grilled vegetables - wonderful. My husband had the braised beef and he loved it. Desserts were equally delicious. I had the tres leches cake and my husband had the cheesecake- both yummy. Service could not have been better. It was an overall great dining experience. We are looking forward to returning."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great food and great atmosphere. My only complaint would be that the wait staff is constantly in your face. I wasn't able to have a conversation with my wife on our anniversary because every 2 minutes the waitress was asking us if everything was ok, or if we needed anything, or refilling water or something."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "From the moment my fiance and I walked into the restaurant, we felt the professionalism and welcoming feel from the staff. As a first timer at this restaurant, I was impressed to say the least. The hostess gracefully seated us and the flowers that I had delivered prior to were perfectly placed on the table as requested. Kimberly, our server, was relaxed and very professional. From her first introduction I knew this experience was only going to get better! Excellent service, excellent drinks, excellent food (dry-aged sirloin!!!) and let's not forget the desserts! Amazing experience for our one year anniversary, would certainly recommend. Will be returning in the fall this time for the hotel for our wedding night. Can't wait!! Thank you JJJ!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "John J. Jeffries came well recommended and the meal we had was quite nice, but ... I was not impressed by the flavors in any of the four small plates and dessert we shared. The food was well prepared; but there simply was not the expected star quality. The shrimp in the shrimp and grits were quite small. The lobster in the lobster risotto was a bit chewy. The beef liver was quite flavorful and acceptably tender for beef - not calves - liver. The Jim Bim Bop take on Korean Bi Bim Bop was interesting - especially the use of Forbidden Rice instead of white rice - and nicely spiced; but lacked the variety of ingredients found in the traditional dish. The Trigger Cake dessert was like the rest of the meal; good but not especially notable."
    Dined on 6/10/2014