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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

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.

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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4.7

service

4.7

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4.6

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4.4

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96% would recommend it to a friend

Local Ingredients (75)
Organic (58)
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Special Occasion (53)
Creative Cuisine (50)
Good for Anniversaries (46)
Fit for Foodies (44)
Romantic (39)
Healthy (36)
Quiet Conversation (36)
Worth the Drive (33)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Seasonal (30)
Business Meals (27)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (24)
Authentic (23)
Cozy (21)
Notable Wine List (21)
Good Vegetarian Options (20)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Bar Seating (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Comfort Food (10)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Casual (9)
Fun (8)
Vegan (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Great Beer (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Tapas (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We totally enjoyed our evening. For some of the party it was their first time there and they loved it.

Tags: Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

We were in town for a wedding and chose this restaurant for dinner the night before. The food exceeded our expectations. Service was top-notch. Highly recommend this for an excellent experience all around.

Tags: Comfort Food, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 8, 2017

A Lancaster favorite for us. Great menu with lots of small plates, innovative and local-sourced foods. Absolutely first-class.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Outstanding service and food. Good value. A nice little treasure in Lancaster PA!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Exceptional food and service at John J. Jeffries - we are never disappointed when we dine here. We love the locally sourced ingredients and the chefs are superb. Outstanding beef and pork options, and an intimate, relaxed vibe makes this a place we'd like to return to again and again.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This is a truly unique tasting expert. The ambiance is also great.

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always delicious, great prices and romantic atmosphere

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Been to JJJ a number of times and always come back. Pork Belly Love always a winner. Great flavor combinations and specialty drinks.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

The atmosphere was very nice as well as the setting, food and service were outstanding, several original drink options - will definitely recommend!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Good ambience, great food and a win all round. Definitely makes for a good meal out, for a date, with friends or with a larger group gathering.

Tags: Seasonal, Organic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Our meals were great as always. The best in local food in Lancaster, keep up the great work,the staff is to notch.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Much better than most Hotel Restaurants, small intimate space, outstanding service, interesting menu options. May not win a Michelin star, but very good.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food was amazing!!!!! Great atmosphere! Great evening!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Vegan, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great ambiance, great food, great service. Most hotel based restaurants are overpriced tourist traps with lackluster food. I'm happy to say that this place is an exception. Food was delicious, service was exceptional, price was reasonable considering the quality, and the place was quiet enough to actually be able to carry a conversation with your dinner partner. I'm definitely planning on dining there again whenever I'm in the area.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Organic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

This was our second time here. We love the variety and that the menu is different each time. We have not been disappointed with anything thus far. Service is always friendly. We will be back! If you are looking for a special night out this is the place! If you want to go when it isn’t packed I’d go at 5:30. By 6:30 it was packed and a little loud, but I am sensitive to background noise. Thanks for a great night!!

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Spent a lovely evening here. The food and ambiance was delightful. Will certainly come again!

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Really enjoyed this restaurant. Great ambiance. Service was excellent. Food was awesome.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

At time of reservation, I noted it was our anniversary. When our waitress Angela came to our table she immediately wished us a happy anniversary and offered a complimentary glass of champagne or dessert. As it was our first time there, Angela explained the restaurant concept and the menu. Throughout the night she was very attentive and friendly. Food was great. We had the scallops and brisket. Restaurant was packed on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Would definitely recommend to others. The quality of the food and service was worth the cost.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We really enjoy everything about John J Jefferies. It's my wife and my favorite place in Lancaster County to dine.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

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 on November 13, 2017

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 on November 12, 2017

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food was very mediocre.

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