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About John J Jeffries at the Lancaster Arts Hotel





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.






300 Harrisburg Ave
Lancaster, PA 17603
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Organic, Contemporary American, Farm-to-table

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm -10:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Bar opens daily at 4:00pm

Cross Street:
Mullberry St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(717) 431-3307

Website:
http://www.johnjjeffries.com/

Parking Details:
Free parking in the Lancaster Arts Hotel garage.

Executive Chef:
Michael Carson and Sean Cavanaugh

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

Private Dining

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.

John J Jeffries at the Lancaster Arts Hotel Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

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95% would recommend it to a friend

Local Ingredients (69)
Organic (55)
Good for a Date (50)
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Special Occasion (49)
Creative Cuisine (47)
Good for Anniversaries (46)
Fit for Foodies (43)
Romantic (40)
Healthy (39)
Quiet Conversation (38)
Worth the Drive (31)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Seasonal (28)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Notable Wine List (23)
Authentic (22)
Cozy (22)
Good Vegetarian Options (22)
Business Meals (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Bar Seating (17)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Good for Groups (13)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Casual (10)
Fun (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Great Beer (6)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Vegan (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Beautiful restaurant and comfortable atmosphere for a memorable dining experience. The selection of unique dishes was excellent and delicious.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation
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 (Columbus)·Dined 5 days ago

Overall wonderful experience. The food came out in a timely manner and it was wonderful! Great cocktails as well.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

This was our third time eating at John J. Jeffries. Each time, the seasonal/local menu has outdone expectations. Our waiter, Henry, was both knowledgeable and friendly. The menu was highlighted and our questions were answered. My wife ordered the Pork Gordita and I had the steak, both wonderful.

This is a great location for special occasions and dates.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Organic, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We shared five small plates as our dinner and they were very generous with portion and wonderfully delicious. Our server was attentive, professional, and friendly.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Our favorite restaurant! Fabulous yet again! The fresh food choices are amazing.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Organic, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The food and service was outstanding. We were visiting in the area and wish the restaurant was closer to home as we would be regulars!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

We really enjoyed our dining experience. Food was wonderful, ambience was great, service was good. All around great experience. We will, and have, recommended the restaurant to others.

Tags: Hot Spot, Organic, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Menu specialty was a cut of beef. It was excessively fatty even more so than an ordinary chuck roast from the supermarket. We returned it after only a few bites. We did, however, get comped for the cost of the entrée.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

One of our two favorite restaurants in Lancaster. The food is excellent, innovative and good value. Service is very good. Only minus is it can be noisy.

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

I do believe that we had a relaxing and enjoyed the food as well as the service.
The food was very well presented.
The only comment I would make concerning the food is that there are people who do not like spicy food. At the same time it was a joy to be served my food minus the spice.
I am not sure why many restaurants today think they need spicy, and tell you sorry but it was made that way and should be as accomidating as you were.

Tags: Special Occasion, Organic, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Only issue was their “slightly dirty” martini was way too dirty. A new clean martini replacement was provided. GREAT service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 28, 2017

You could tell that the food was made with fresh ingredients and the service was phenomenal!! We will definitely ear here again!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Our server, Angela, was one of the best servers I've had. Local sourcing of food can cause this, but ran out of all pork dishes by our 7pm reservation on a Saturday night. Too bad, there were some lovely choices we were interested in. Noted a creative twist on many enjoyable ingredients!

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Excellent food and service, although the drinks from the bar seemed watery. We will go back just for the Tartare and the pork. Excellent waiter.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Paleo Friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

John J Jeffries is by far our favorite restaurant. We celebrate our anniversary every year eating here. The food, the service, the wine are all the best.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tapas, Organic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

It was my wife and mine 39th anniversary and we had a gift card so we decided to use it. The food and service were excellent. I would absolutely recommend to my friends and family.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Best restaurant meal I have had in Lancaster. Food was interesting and well-prepared. Service was professional.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The pork belly is incredible, and the service is very good. It's pricy but a culinary delight.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

My wife and I enjoyed our first anniversary dinner at the always impressive John Jefferies. It was an incredible experience and our second visit was as enjoyable if not better than the first.

We had mentioned online that it was our anniversary and both the host and server were both aware of our anniversary and we received complimentary sparkling drinks.

We will certainly return once again!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

JJJ was a must on places I needed to visit since graduating from F&M in 2015. Fortunately there was a wonderful selection to chose from for their three (3) course dinner for $55. There was 2 of us accompanied by a wonderful Riesling from Lehigh Valley. $170 including taxes and tip. The salmon cake was above average and the NY Strip Steak was cooked perfectly rare. A wonderful Pumpkin Creme Brule to top it off. For $55 I got responsibly sourced food cooked by a great chef. Cannot ask for anything more. A steak in NYC cost $55 so to get a full meal for the same price was wonderful. Highly recommend for anyone looking to bring a date.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Organic, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food was very mediocre.

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

This was our first visit to John J Jeffries. It’s a lovely restaurant with pleasant staff and an enticing menu. We will surely be back for future visits.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Organic, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Our food was great, our service was excellent.

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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Went for the wife's 30th birthday. Server greeted us and we never seen her again. I've heard many great things... Chili was cold but aged beef was really good and filling. I don't know if we will return but glad we tried it out.

Tags: Local Ingredients, People Watching
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Lovely place, exquisite food, thirst-quenching cocktails, attentive service, much louder than expected (I had trouble hearing my server describe the dishes)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great food, great drinks, and great service! Happy to see it busy

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

We had the pumpkin and sweet potato bisque, the Jim Bim Bop, and the 'lil Ponderosa Ribeye (the available cuts of steak vary daily). Everything was incredible! The bisque was great with just the right amount of creaminess. The Jim Bim Bop was a great take on the Korean bibimbop. The kimchi was a little more tangy than a traditional kimchi but it complimented the spicy pork. The steak was grilled as close to perfection as they could have gotten it. I will definitely visit again the next time I'm in Lancaster.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 11, 2017

One of the best meals I have had in Lancaster, very good stuff!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Birthday meal was very nice on outside patio

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 7, 2017

A beautiful dinner out. I love Open table or I would never have known of this gem. I had the beet salad which was scrumptious. My guest had the chowder which was yummy. I had the strip steak and he had the stuffed pepper. He had pumpkin cake with ice cream and I had pumpkin crime brûlée. I had the white wine blanc ,low in sulfites. Service was excellent,we had a great waitress. It is a classy restaurant but you don't have to dress up. I would go back in a minute since it's a farm to table restaurant inside a hotel.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

'Our recent Date-Night Outing -
'What a wonderful experience to indulge in The John Jeffries Restaurant !
The service experience - Greeting - seating - dining service & attentiveness in a welcome quiet professional presentation that enhanced - well prepared cuisine in creative presentations that add to a dining experience that you will long appreciate the evening or afternoon of 'Very Well Done' !

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

We had out of town guests visiting and they were blown away by with their meals, as were we! We will definitely be back and highly recommend your restaurant!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Another very good experience. Service was a little slow and it took awhile to get our bill but the food as always was excellent!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We greatly enjoyed our experience. Our server was outstanding, and the food was extremely well prepared. Too often "farm to table" gets overdone, with an extravagant list of ingredients in a dish, rather than focusing on the preparation of the basics. My ribeye steak was prepared perfectly, with excellent broccoli and quick fried fingerling potatoes. My wife's pork shank was very well done with a nice roasted spaghetti squash and broccoli. We would highly recommend the food and the service and would love to come back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Our favorite local restaurant. It was a bit annoying that they sat a couple right beside our table when there were tons of other tables around us. Otherwise amazing!

Tags: Organic, Gluten Free Options, Healthy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We chose this place without looking at the location, and ended up driving way out of the area where we were staying (Leola). We are so happy we did. The food was absolutely delicious and we had a really nice experience. To start, we were very happy with the wine list, as they had a few gems that we don't usually find. We ordered two appetizers that I would recommend- the scallops were awesome and the pork belly was even better. For our meals- my boyfriend ordered the steak tartare, which I thought was exceptional - fresh and bright. I ordered the deer which was equally delicious and very flavorful. Dessert we went with the pumpkin creme brûlée, and the honey lavender creme brûlée - both were everything we hoped they would be. Would definitely return if in the area & recommend to someone visiting!

Tags: Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Organic, Seasonal, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 26, 2017

JJJ is our favorite restaurant! We love that we can choose anything on the menu and trust that the ingredients were carefully and consciously chosen by the chefs themselves! The water even tastes good...because it is filtered. Most of the ingredients, even all of the poultry and meats, are locally produced on local small farms. I am gluten intolerant and they use gluten free ingredients whenever possible. They always graciously give us kimchee to us in addition to the bread because I can't eat the bread. We are spoiled by JJJ! Keep up the good work! There is only one recommendation....I would love to see a vegan option in the large plates!

Tags: Late-night Find, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Organic, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Consistently great, imaginative food!
They understand gluten free, for sure!
Love local, organic food!

Tags: Organic, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Excellent service and local organic offerings. Great way to support the local and eat a delicious meal.

Tags: Organic, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

I've eaten there twice now and both times were truly special. The wait staff was tremendous and the local farm to table menu is creative and truly delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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