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
197 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (150)special occasion (139)romantic (104)neighborhood gem (87)great for outdoor dining (74)vibrant bar scene (38)notable wine list (37)good for groups (22)hot spot (21)late-night find (12)scenic view (6)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Fabulous
    Sonia
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Fabulous all around. We arrived late due to difficulty parking, but after a few minutes at bar we were quickly seated. Service was superb. Food was excellent. Especially outstanding were the heirloom tomato gazpacho with marinated fresh shrimp and the honey lavender crene brûlée. Wahoo was very good; Jim bim bob was good but next time I will order something more local.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This ranks among the best restaurants I've eaten in anywhere. Having lived in or near NYC, Boston, San Francisco, and Philadelphia, and being a fan of fine dining that's saying something. Very imaginative menu using locally sourced, organic foods. We stayed with the small plates, ordering four which as it turned out was one more than we might have but it's hard not to try everything. What I saw of the large plates looked equally amazing but I'll have to wait for a return trip, which is definitely in the works.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food Superb, Service Subpar
    foodie4liiiife
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Came to JJJ with my special someone to celebrate our recent engagement. The menu options were so unique! We could've made a meal by just sharing the small plates. Particularly loved the duo soup and peach tres leches cake. The farm to table connection is apparent by featuring Linden Dale cheeses and Skinny Park Juice teas. Unfortunately our waiter was lackluster compared to the waiters at the two tables adjacent to ours. He didn't offer any suggestions and showed little enthusiasm for this unique Lancaster dining establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Destination!
    Bailey
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It seems that JJJ's is the spot we continue to choose to celebrate our special occasions. Love the ever changing menu, the creative food choices, the quality and freshness of the food and the atmosphere. The service has always been consistently excellent. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A+, after we were seated
    ZzzTheDay
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I arrived 15 minutes early for my reservation was told there was one party of 2 waiting ahead of us. Great! We took a seat at the bar and ordered two glasses of wine within 15' of the hostess. After enjoying the wine I notice lots of people being seated and asked the hostess if she had forgotten us. She honestly said that she had, and seated us within 5 minutes of that, 30 minutes into the evening. She just seems to be a frantic person, had trouble with the computer system, and was assisted in seating by a 12 year old girl who wasn't dressed for a nice restaurant. The house cab was not very good. The food (the salmon over rice and seasonal veggies) was fabulous. Service was great. -> Stand near the hostess! The 'line' is her waiting list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!!
    GoodEats
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Fabulous locally sourced food. Love that everything is made from scratch without chemicals/additives. Menu changes seasonally, so there's always something new. Portion sizes are larger than most fine dine restaurants. It's our favorite restaurant in town….it's real food, prepared the real way!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Enjoytheride
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Very nice, interesting menu, and great service by Hunter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit disappointing.
    KennyVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This restaurant has two dining areas. They sat us in the small room in the front by the door which had no ambience at all. We had a great waitress who was professional and knowledgeable. However our main courses turned out to be very disappointing. Although the chef wants to be very innovative the dishes are very midiocer.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All Good.....
    Diner56
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner. The food was fresh and presented beautifully. Understated ambiance. Sophisticated but approachable menu. Service started out good but we had a real gap in the middle of our experience. A shame because it is the only thing that was a glitch. A definite be back for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellent
    Rozz
    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
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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
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    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We'll be Back
    SoCalFans
    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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • 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
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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
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    • 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.
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    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.
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    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.