John J Jeffries at the Lancaster Arts Hotel

4.6
2200 reviews
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$30 and under
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Organic




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
What 2200 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We were all extremely happy with our dining experience there from the wait staff to our food selections. Especially loved the array of vegetables included in all our small plate selections. The oyster stew was some of the best my husband has ever tasted! The pretzels instead of crackers added to the stew was an additional touch enjoyed by him as well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Notified restaurant that it was our anniversary and they offered us complimentary rosé or dessert. Wait staff was very nice and food was amazing!

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ST
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a wonderful meal my wife and I had. Everything served is farm to table, all locally grown. The server was very well educated on the items on the menu. His suggestions we're very helpful and well received. The venue itself is very interesting as it is located in a converted tobacco wearhouse with a lot of exposed brick. I'm looking forward to my next trip to Lancaster and John J. Jeffries.

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CS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here twice, and both times have loved it! The food was delicious and the service was excellent! I chose to celebrate my birthday at John JJ effries with my husband and parents. We all had a really great time!!

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c
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Solid meal, good values on the wine list

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, everything was wonderful. The staff and the service were outstanding. The food was excellent. We can’t wait for our next visit.

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MD
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place with outstanding service, great welcoming expertise and good knowledge of the menu and recipes.
The food was great quality and not boring, complimentary focaccia and carrot muffin were definitely a plus.

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RW
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the menu was very unique. Highly recommended!

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B
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I spend all our special occasion dinners here. They have a great menu of locally sourced food that covers meat-eaters to veggie-eaters.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous...Would definitely go back again

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J
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant in the heart of Lancaster. It’s in a hotel and doesn’t look like much from the outside, but the food was great! Definitely a pricier location as Lancaster goes, but fabulous for a special occasion or a date night. Great setting for quiet conversation, delicious food, and top-notch service!

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SO
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John was great! Really made our anniversary special.

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DK
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upscale restaurant with excellent food, great service.

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BP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience was perfect for our quiet dinner for two. The food was delicious and interesting. Best of all, our service was outstanding. Casual and yet very professional.

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PM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Went for a dinner with our F and M college student on parents and alumni weekend. The restaurant called to confirm the night before and informed us about the prixe fixe menu. Not cool to find out the night before on a very busy weekend when the availability to change to another restaurant was essentially non-existent. We hoped for the best but were disappointed. The $55/person was overpriced for the meals. They were average at best. The dining room was lacking in ambience and was located in the bar behind a curtain.

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SB
New York Area
116 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice restaurant at the Lancaster Arts Hotel. Service is friendly and professional. Food is farm- to- market and seasonal. Pretty good but not outstanding. Atmosphere is casual and befitting the converted warehouse it occupies along with the hotel. Wine list is pretty good and well priced. Pricing is middle-of-the-road.

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OT
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful as always. Best Tartare in town.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was my first time at Jefferies. We arrived early so the dining room was not too busy - so
it was quiet - which I enjoyed. The food was very good and Chad - the waiter was excellent.
Prices were reasonable- so it was an enjoyable evening.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

This is her usual go to spot when we are in Lancaster. Unfortunately tonight was definitely an off night. Starting with my initial appetizer my meatballs were severely under cooked. My entrée of skirt steak and potatoes was superb. My wife’s trout on a bed of squash and I believe it was orzo was OK but not super memorable. The worst part of the evening was the complete lack of attention by our particular server. With only one refill to my glass, constant disappearing looking for any sort of follow up to what was being served was between 15 and 20 minutes per go around. So I seriously had to stare at under cooked meatballs for 15 minutes, then wait for new ones. I had to ask a second waitress for more water, more ice tea, and it was becoming increasingly frustrating all the way to the dessert. And after staring at an empty dessert plate for 20 minutes I finally had to ask another staff member if my waitress could bring the bill. I would understand if every table was full but when we were eating our dessert there were only four occupied tables left in the restaurant. I hate to write this place off, and I will chalk it up to a one off. My wife and I consider this one of our favorite places to eat, and I hate to see this one incident represent the direction of the restaurant.

Food was great.
Service of ONE particular waitress absolutely horrible.

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k
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I dine at John J’s not infrequently and it never disappoints. Consistent and delicious.

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JH
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This was our first time dining here, I have always wanted to try it because it has great reviews. Parking is a bit of a pain, but they took us to our table right away. Service was very good, our server was very knowledgeable. It was a nice atmosphere. Our food was just ok for the price I thought. My husband had the meatballs, they were great. I got the pork dish. It was basically a pulled pork sandwich without the roll. It was picnic food at the cost of $26.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my grandmother’s 90th birthday. Everyone left happy...especially the birthday girl :)
Thank you!

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K
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal. Love to celebrate special occasions here.

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D
Philadelphia
68 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This restaurant is one of the most comfortable environments ever for dining. The meals are creative and from farm to table. The food was great and the service was very good. Prices are moderate.

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ML
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming here for our special occasions. This time was for our first anniversary. The steak with onion reduction was to die for and the pumpkin creek brûlée was better than I could have imagined!

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K
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I wanted to find a great place to take my husband to celebrate his birthday. I picked well!

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AF
Richmond
40 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal! Jerk chicken was perfect. All four of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals. The pumpkin soup was smooth and flavorful. The meal was a hit from start to finish.

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LB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose John J Jeffries for a birthday celebration and couldn’t be happier that we did. Our waiter, John, was awesome and made a great recommendation for an appetizer that we shared. The food was well prepared and delicious. Loved the farm to table menu that listed the farms where items originated.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing! Got to meet the owners super nice people! Chat was a great waiter - he knew all his stuff really well!

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NB
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for eating fresh and local. Romantic outdoor dining.

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EB
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in Lancaster! The food was fantastic and the service was excellent. Everyone was friendly and attentive. Will definitely be back.

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CR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great overall experience for a special occasion. Exceptionally well done meal.

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MT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Great food! Great experience! I highly recommend it!!!

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g
Philadelphia
112 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Farm to table approach. Thoughtful presentations. Very flavorful dishes

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our new favorite place. We know we will enjoy our food, and can always find new flavors to try. We just love it here!

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S
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely as always! The service was thorough, but non-fussy; the food was delicious and inventive.

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L
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food. Server Heather excellent!!
Atmosphere very good.

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OB
Jacksonville
13 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was pricey but absolutely excellent!! We would go again

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CS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary there. Everything from special accommodations for gluten free guests, attentive and knowledgable waiters, delicious food and our special anniversary treat was superb! Wonderful evening!

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SD
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter John was absolutely fantastic.
He has so much style and grace as a waiter.
Very professional.

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