John J Jeffries at the Lancaster Arts Hotel

4.7
2296 reviews
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$30 and under
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Organic
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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.






Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Organic, Contemporary American, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm -10:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Bar opens daily at 4:00pm
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Phone number
(717) 431-3307
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Carson and Sean Cavanaugh
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Private party facilities
Celebrate in sustainable style at John J Jeffries at the Lancaster Arts Hotel. Allow our chefs to help you plan a special menu for your private event. The charm of our restaurant, and architecture of the Lancaster Arts Hotel, provides a special and unique private dining experience.
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Private party contact
Ladan Golposhan: (844) 417-9551
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mullberry St.
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Parking details
Free parking in the Lancaster Arts Hotel garage.
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Special events & promotions
Prix Fix $89 per person, or $109 per person with optional wine pairings. This will be the only menu available during the evening, please call if you have any questions or concerns. New Years Eve Menu... First Course: Local Trumpet Mushroom Bisque Butter Poached Lobster & Saffron Risotto Crispy Pork Belly Love Tacos Poached Beet Carpaccio Second Course: Pan Roasted Black Cod Black Winter Truffle Mac-N-Cheese Lil' Ponderosa Ranch Grass-Fed Dry Aged Steak Tartare Winter Salad Third Course: Burke's Garden Farm Lamb Barnegat Light Dry Packed Sea Scallops Highbourne Farm Red Deer Java Steak Lil Ponderosa Ranch Grass-Fed Dry-Aged Beef Tenderloin Keiser's Farm Free-Range Pheasant Breast Vegetarian Lasagna Des! sert Course: Cranberry-Orange Sorbet Macadamia & Chocolate Tart Keswick Creamery Quark Cheesecake Flourless 72% Dark Chocolate Cake Local Artisan Cheese Plate *Menu subject to changes.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very busy Saturday night. We had to wait 20 minutes for out table because it was raining and they had to accommodate the outdoor guests first. No offer of anything to compensate. Service was slow to start. Food was delicious. I recommend with some hesitation. Maybe a weeknight next time.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Fantastic professional server! Excellent food with intimate setting but no noise.

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New York Area
104 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative and tasty offerings!! Always wonderfully presented!! You should not spend an evening in or near Lancaster without experiencing JJJeffries!!

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TE
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. The staff was attentive and the food was delicious. Highly recommend.

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Our waiter and the food were excellent, the ambiance was simply okay, but just before we finished a table of eight were seated and the noise level from that party was so great that we were pleased that we didn't want dessert in any event.

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Naples
12 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the John J. Jeffries meal did not disappoint. We had eight people in our party and our server and service was incredible. From the pork belly appetizer and salads to the desserts, we were all extremely pleased with our food. Thank you for making our birthday celebration so much fun!

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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Definitely stick with the local farms that they source from for meats and cheeses. Our dishes were very good. We had an excellent server -- others around us did complain that the service was not attentive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

India, was truly a great server, she put the evening over the top a huge thank you to her.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

There were some high points and low points. The service was very good. Some of the food was superb. Some was just so-so. The shrimp and grits were amazing.The swordfish was well prepared. The other foods were just ok. I think the prices are reasonable. The restaurant is a bit noisy. Could use some sound dampening.

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R
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Several large groups made for a noisy dining experience (on a Monday!)

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DD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly beautiful venue with outstanding service. Carl was our server and couldn’t ask for anything more... polite anticipating and thorough knowledge of the menu. Cannot wait to go back there again. Amazing farm to table experience.

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MD
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food here is consistently good and with creative choices. Staff was professional and attentive. Would highly recommend this restaurant if you are coming to Lancaster. Also nice to have free, convenient parking right there.

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EM
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Farm to table restaurant so menu varies with the season. Interesting selections available. Smoked pulled pork gordita was unique and delicious as was the ribeye steak. Wine list is limited but very good wine was offered. Waitress was friendly and provided excellent service. We have often stayed at the Lancaster Arts Hotel but this was the first time we ate at the restaurant and it did not disappoint.

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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely amazing dining experience! The service was outstanding - professional, helpful, mindful. The food was pure deliciousness - simply created with complex flavors, textures. The location and setting were beautiful. Highly highly recommend!

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MK
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is absolutely amazing. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere was second to none. I will definitely be going back in the near future. Can't believe I waited so long to go!

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KF
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited while in town on business and were looking for something different. They offered excellent food and reasonable prices. We would definitely go back when in town.

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AC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a wonderful dinning experience! The food was exceptional as well as the service.

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BW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Most try!

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SM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always excellent and the atmosphere is great for a quiet dinner with your loved one.

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Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my Birthday and I was offered either Champagne or dessert on the house. I chose the Champs. The service was great. Very friendly and knowledgeable. The menus is all local and sustainable, organic , very healthy and fresh. I had pork belly love with warm greens and fresh Striped Bass. Hubby had Greek salad and beef tartar, then the pork dish. Everything was delectable and perfectly prepared and served. We will definitely go again many times over as this place is right up my ally. Superb!

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AF
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was fabulous. After walking out of our previous reservations because of a rude staff John J Jeffries more than made up for our earlier disappointment. They did the complete opposite of the other restaurant which was give us choice seating, had printed menus, and poured water without spilling it everywhere. The food was fresh and cooked perfectly. We will definitely be returning!

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As newly diagnosed with celiac disease it was an incredible over the top treat to dine in such a fine restaurant and not have to worry about contamination!!

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Business dinner for seven. Service and food were both very good.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular dinner..from drinks to appetizers, entries, deserts and staff. highly recommended.

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PO
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Beautiful room and ambiance.

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1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a great place in terms of high quality food with expert chef preparation. We think the wait staff is amazing. The benefits of hiring graduate educated wait staff pays off. The conversations with each one is trimulating and creates an enriched dining experience. We not only recommend John J. Jeffries to others, but plan to increase our attendance there.
According to Zaggat research on what makes dining unpleasant, being too loud leads the way. That is NOT the case at John J. Jeffries. The low noise level makes conversations easy to enjoy. We'll be back soon!

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good, but just a tad disappointed that the advertised Restaurant Week special meal was not the same as what the restaurant had. This is not the first time that has happened. Also, the restaurant was quite drafty and cold.

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M
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for our anniversary. The food and atmosphere were perfect. Our waiter, Chad, was amazing. Highly recommend this place.

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very wonderful experience every time we visit! Food is fresh and superb. Service is attentive but never awkward or overbearing. Love John J Jeffries.

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RF
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my first visit to JJ Jeffries restaurant. I'd heard great things from friends, so I was ready to be delighted. But it was so much more than that … the unusual sip of soup, the dainty tastes of designer bread, the Caesar salad my friend and I split was the best I've ever had (no splitting the salad next time); the sea bass was cooked to perfection, paired so beautifully with the sautéed spinach, carrots and Shitake mushrooms. I couldn't resist the chocolate torte, loving each bite more than the one before.

Julie was attentive and described the offerings with passion. A finale surprise was meeting the owner's young daughter in her princess dress.

Thank you for the perfect meal. Worth every penny. I'll be back!

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Hostess was miserable and didn’t crack a smile or welcome anyone all evening. Ambience/setting lovely and would be great for dates. Bar (at hotel?) cool too. Food very good and flavorful but pork chop and steak a bit tough. Jim Bim Bop and desserts excellent! Servers were lovely but did not know how food was prepared but willing to find out (seemed lack of training).

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r
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was perfect in every way. Lamb Chops were outstanding. Service was great. Highly recommend.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted and shown to our table promptly. Service was friendly and helpful with appropriate suggestions. We were all very pleased with our meals which included some of the daily specials. One of our favorite restaurants in Lancaster.

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K
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food and service. Paid attention to celiacs disease note that I left with my reservation.

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DS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious. Noiser than ideal for a special dinner, but couldn’t be helped in the small dining area

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent staff and service!

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BO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and expertly crafted drinks in a nice, upscale setting. What’s not to love! Perfect for a night out with that special someone!

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DB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic dinner. Food was fabulous, staff was friendly.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took the wife out on a Valentine’s Day date. The food was outstanding probably the best upscale meal ever served.

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S
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner was excellent as was our server, Jaylene.
Portions on price fixed menu were on spot.
Ambiance of restaurant/bar is very nice.
Will definitely be going back
- we did have a loud talker to the right of us. Just made for some funny
conversation during dinner.....

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