We were looking for a new
We were looking for a new place to eat and actually found the restaurant on line. What a GREAT experience. The food was terrific and the atmosphere was unique and different from all of the "glorified fast food restaurants". Pricing was perfect too. We will definately be back and refer the restaurant to our friends. Only negative comments that I do have is that at times it seemed a little loud.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
The staff at LJ's were at
The staff at LJ's were at their best again last night. We can't wait to come back.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Never Expected this Find
Who would have thought Hagerstown, MD would have a restasurant of this caliber. Definitely not a place you would accidently stubmble onto as it is hidden away on a side street. Wait staff was extremely well trained and attentive. The open kitchen gives you a view of what really happens when your order is placed. The scallops were prepared to perfection. My wife had the special, a veal chop medium rare. She says it was one of the best meals she has had in quite some time. Another "back to."
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was excellent as
The food was excellent as was the service. We enjoy this restaurant.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
You have to try their Burger
You have to try their Burger night special...great burger and a glass of Wine only $10 it can't be beat by ANY place in Hagerstown!
3/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Kat Lounge is tops!
Our party of four raved about the service, the exquisite meals from appetizers to desert! It was absolutely one of the best dining experiences we have ever had.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a great meal and the
Always a great meal and the staff is excellent, thanks James!!!
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food and service at LJ's
The food and service at LJ's is always superb. Alex ( the owner) checks every order and insists on perfection. Lonnie (the chef and a CIA grad) is always innovative in the kitchen.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great restaurnt, rivls the
Great restaurnt, rivls the best in DC and Baltimore
Terrific service. A definite must when you want something special
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this place!!
I have never had a bad meal. We did the 5 course chef's menu with wine pairing!! Highly recommend!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Of Most Importance
To me, the demeanor of the wait staff are the difference between a good dining experience and an excellent one. I want to single out Kristen, with her smiles and attention to detail, made our dining experience a memorable one. The auxillary waiters were great as well. This was our first experience at LJ's and it won't be our last.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
the best place around
In an area that is something of a culinary desert, LJ's is a true oasis. Thanks to all who make it possible-- and keep up the good work!!
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
LJ's is the Kat's Pajamas
I've been going to LJ's since is was 12 years old. It's a great place, but usually once a year makes it a special trip for us. The food is always good and I like to see the chefs use of a seasonal menu. LJ's is one place everyone should dine at, at least once in their lifetime. The food is superb and the restaurant is extremely appealing to the eyes as well.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Don't be ordinary
LJ's is one of my favorite restaurants. It sometime requires courage. The menu changes often, and it is eclectic. This evening, after considering many of the Asian and North African-influenced dishes, I settled on an appetizer of fried green tomatoes and porter braised pork belly with a lovely mashed cauliflower side. At LJ's, you can go in lukewarm on a dish, order it with confidence, and trust that the experience will surprise you and, perhaps, enrich you. Take your meat and potatoes friends, order a side of garlic potatoes and a hanger steak for them, and then get crazy. And if your friends want a "balsamic" with the house salad, offer to eat theirs as it comes--lemony, parsley-enriched, velvety. It is a blessing.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place! Great Food!
We wanted to go someplace for our 10th wedding anniversary. Not being from the area, I made reservations here based on the reviews online and LJ's and The Kat Lounge DID NOT disappoint! Everything was perfect! The hostess made us feel right at home and wished us a happy anniversary as did our waiter! They even went as far as to print our anniversary on the top of our menu! Our food was spectacular as was the wine pairing with my meal! The pricing was spectacular as I have eaten at worse places for much more!
Overall I can't say enough about LJ's and The Kat Lounge! I will definitely be returning when I am in the area again! Thanks for a great 10th Anniversary dinner!
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Took friends for a nice dinner in Hagerstown (foodie types). They were more than impressed and cant wait to come back and go to LJ's again
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great as always
This is a great place because of its consistent food food and service. Never fails to impress.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went on Friday night around 7:00. I would recommend reservations as they were pretty full. We were seated right away. Sofa type seating is a little odd and my wife and I had to change places because I sank down so far in it. Service is top notch. Bread, rolls and butter are great. We had the duck egg rolls and they were very good. We also tried the ox tail soup and is was only ok. The ceasar salad is very well done, mild and tasty. My wife had the chicken and it was awesome. I had the flat iron steak and it was wonderful. The scalloped potatoes are real good. We would definetly go back.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice settings and very good food. The service was excellent.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is THE BEST place to dine for a special occasion or just because you want to have great food, attractively prepared, and to have very attentive service.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellant restaurant a fun
Excellant restaurant a fun place to celebrate a special evening!
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
LJs is a great place, tucked out of the way, don't let the building or location fool you! Food and service are consistently the best in the area.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I were on vacation in Williamsport MD and looking for a place to have dinner for a little date. The was the top-rated suggestion on Open Table in the nearby area. What a wonderful surprise it was. Great ambience, Knowledgeable server, eager bussing. Great food!!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first visit to
This was our first visit to the restaurant and a party of four. The restaurant's menu was it annual Mediterranean Festival featuring share plates. When you think of sharing plates, you would expect enough on the plate to share between a least two people; the portion sizes were VERY small. For example, the Loukaniko which was their Greek made sausage was the size of half a hot dog for $10. We ended up ordering 9 plates and decided to go elsewhere for desert. Although the food was good, the price verses portion was not.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Place in town
LJ's is by far the best place to eat in Hagerstown. The atmosphere, food and service is excellent. Great martini's and wine list. I've never had a bad meal at LJ's.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first time dining at LJ's. Their July Mediterranean themed menu provided many unique options that did not disappoint! They have the best wine selection in town and offer many pairings. The prices are higher than we'd spend on a typical dinner out, but realize that you're paying for the best service in town as well! The staff was friendly and knew the menu backwards and forwards. The owner himself came to our table to ensure that everything was perfect for us. We can't wait to go back to LJ's!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
After living in Bethesda for 20 years I only had one restaurant that could meet my expectations. Finally, I have found LJ's that exceeds my expectations expectations!!!!!!!!!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Greek Month
Our visit was during LJ and Kat's annual Greek month and it was definitely worth it. It provided my family to order many items from the menu and have each party member try them as they went around the table. While a few dishes were forgetable like the lamb flatbread and loukaniko, others like the canalope and goat cheese, rockfish, and dumplings were more than impressive enough to make up for those other dishes. We were served nothing that was not delicious. I will definitely return with my wife either during French Bistro month in October or during a normal time period.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous crab cakes!
The main courses, crab cake and sesame tuna, were superb. I grew up near the Chesapeake bay. Up until now, mom's crab cakes set the standard. These crab cakes were on a level all their own. The home made bread was a treat and so was the crème brûlée.
On the downside, the salad was served already dressed with an extremely salty concoction - an unfortunate end to some nice greens. The French fries served with the crab cakes were limp, warmish and covered in old bay.
The ecstasy outweighed any disappointment in the salad and fries.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still Craving Pimento Cheese
I have been to LJ's many times and I have never been disappointed. The service is wonderful, the appetizers melt in your mouth (pimento cheese and homemade crackers are to die for), the food is absolutely fantastic and if I could afford it, I would eat there every other night! Love, Love, LOVE LJ's!!!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have dined with Alex and the incredible staff at LJ's many, many times. They have never failed to please , and many time astound, with the impeccable service, eclectic menu and warm and friendly environment. Worth the travel from wherever you are.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great Find
Excellence Bar None. Service,attention to detail, top that off with an excellent meal, we'll be back.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ideal for our anniversary dinner
My wife and I went to LJ's on a Tuesday night for an anniversary dinner. We arrived at the same time as a bus full of 25 elderly people from a nearby retirement community, so we were afraid service might be slow, but we were pleasantly surprised by the fine job the staff did with the sudden crowd. This was our first time at LJ's so we had nothing to compare things to, but my wife very much enjoyed the veal entree and I thought the salmon was fantastic. We shared the peach dessert with some very good coffee to finish our evening. Portions are small but well-presented and, most important, delicious. Service was relaxed but attentive. We will definitely go back.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
A big surpise in Haegerstown
We live in DC and were traveling to PA and went on line for restaurants along the way and Haegerstown was a good stopping point. Have to say that since we have lived in DC and New York we were not expecting much. This place was a real delight. Dining room is very comfortable with an open kitchen, not at all intrusive but gives it a more urban feel while still allowing diners to talk and enjoy the evening. Wait staff was exemplary. Interesting menu with some real standouts, lobster salad, and the sirloin was a fantastic piece of steak. We liked it so much we went back on the return trip and ate in the bar. Has a decent wine list and very good cocktails. This place would be a standout anywhere but especially so for where it is located.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Generally good, but one big miss
We dined here while traveling through Hagerstown. Found restaurant online, selected it based on website photos and info giving the appearance it was a high-end place suitable for celebrating a birthday, plus positive reviews on Yelp. Atmosphere was nice and 1/3 of the customers appeared to be regulars. Lobster bisque was great; unique flavor and perfectly cooked lobster bits. One dining partner had cashew crusted chicken dish on waiter's recommendation. Dish was a bust, no cashew flavor, tasted mostly vinegar from corn "side" that was cold and didn't match menu description. Sirloin and fries were great. Crab/bacon/veal dish looked skimpy. Pineapple upsidedown cake served cold, but in a skillet so you expected warm, and had an odd flavor.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just keeps getting better
We have been frequent dinners at LJs for several years. The food and service just keeps getting better and better. The menu changes often and while some favorites remain, there is always something new to try. Hats off to the crew at LJs. French menu for the month of October!!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
New Menu is Good, Not Great
The month long totally changed menu featuring all French Food is good not great- some things- escargot, Beef Bourginon were excellent- Rainbow Trout was very good, Lobster Bisque was really bad
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
I Love This Resturant !!!
Brunch was excellent!!! The quality of the ham was perfect. The eggs were cooked exactly right! No small endeavor. Heather, our waitress, was very accommodating. We had to request that one of our order be cooked in an exact manner and it was done to perfection. What more can I say, we planned our next dinner while we were having brunch.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
best in Hagerstown
upscale good food, excellent service, a different approach to fine dinning, be prepared to be pampered, and if you have special dietary needs they will do their very best to meet them and make your experience tops
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love this restaurant. Easily
I love this restaurant. Easily equals the great restaurants of DC and Baltimore. Interesting, eclectic menu that changes frequently. Excellent service. Special menus and various times of the year. Truly a gem. Best restaurant in Hagerstown.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
great place for a romantic dinner
The best place in Western Maryland. I am always impressed with the service.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great service, great food, great date night spot that will stay in the rotation!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM