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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

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.

Private Party Contact:
Ladan Golposhan: (844) 417-9551

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.

John J Jeffries at the Lancaster Arts Hotel Ratings and Reviews

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97% would recommend it to a friend

Local Ingredients (70)
Organic (57)
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Creative Cuisine (51)
Good for Anniversaries (51)
Good for a Date (51)
Fit for Foodies (48)
Romantic (44)
Worth the Drive (37)
Quiet Conversation (32)
Healthy (30)
Business Meals (28)
Authentic (28)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Seasonal (22)
Cozy (21)
Pre/post Theatre (21)
Notable Wine List (19)
Bar Seating (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Casual (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Fun (9)
Vegan (8)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Tapas (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Great for Brunch (3)
Great Beer (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Scenic View (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

The overall experience was below average. Food was not good. Service was fine. Ambience was not very good. Tough to believe this was a top rated restaurant in Lancaster. My recommendation is skip John Jeffries.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

My husband and I were celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary. Dinner was nice (our server, Henry was excellent)! After dinner we went to the bar for an after dinner drink, and was very disappointed. It was only around 9:30 p.m. and the atmosphere was almost depressing. The music was awful for a bar environment. When we asked the bar tender to change it, he said he couldn't because the owner wants his music played (even though the owner was not on the premises); very disappointed!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

John J Jeffries is a great restaurant that uses seasonal local foods to create their menu. They provide a small tasing of soup once you place your order; fantastic breads, amazing drinks and phenomenal food. The service is always superb! The servers are knowledgeable with amazing recommendations.

Tags: Organic, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful staff, waiter. Great dining experience. Highly recommended for a quiet romantic meal with your loved ones.

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic as always. We had family visiting from out of town and the first thing they wanted to do was to go to John J Jeffries.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Tried tartare for the first time and thought it was excellent. Would definitely recommend it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 5 days ago

Gorgeous hotel and restaurant, great service, delectable food, perfect for a date night or special occasion... would highly recommend!

Tags: Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Authentic, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Food and service were excellent. Would definitely go there again.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This was our first time at John J. Jeffries and we were beyond happy with our experience. It was a 4 course tasting menu and each dish was fabulous. The attention to detail and service was phenomenal! Great cocktail menu as well!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great farm to table restaurant. However, it just misses excellence with a few execution errors on food preparation. Menu is creative, and dishes are tasty. The wine selection is great. Their standout or signature dish is beef tartare. I would strongly recommend it. Service is excellent, and unlike most other restaurants, they do not skimp on desserts.
The only true negatives are ambiance and noise. The restaurant with its small eating space and brick walls is too loud. However, I would still strongly recommend this local gem to anyone. It is one of the elite restaurants in Lancaster.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Organic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We dined for New Year's Eve. The Prix Fixe Menu was superb. We enjoyed the wine pairing too. The venison was superb as was the mushroom soup. The lamb cut was a little rough but still delicious. All of the dishes were more than good. April was an excellent server. She received our highest recommendation. We treat New Year's Eve dinner as a very special occasion. John Jeffries did more than meet our expectations.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The prix fixe menu and wine selections were excellent! Would prefer more subdued lighting/candlelight for a fine dining experience in the restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food was very good, not nearly as expensive as originally thought, and the servers were very knowledgeable. The ambiance is nice and quiet. There were no children in the restaurant when my wife and I went. (Wouldn't recommend for families with kids. Caters to couples or business lunch/dinner.) Overall great experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent food, polite and professional service, exceptional kitchen. Can’t say enough good things about this place.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent server with resonant voice, charming personality, excellent knowledge of cuisine offered. Lovely intimate ambience. Fine service, neither too deliberate nor at all rushed. Just right. (The welcoming hostess had a decidedly cool vibe, as in, not overly welcoming. To us, it did not quite mesh with overall tone of restaurant. ) This was a very nice dining experience and we will look forward to a return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Tapas, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Exceptional food and service

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Phenomenal service and food. Will definitely come to this place again !

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The food was very good. It was a varied menu with some unique choices.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

The food was fantastic and the service was superior.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Delicious. Very good service and friendly staff. Will recommend and return.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Organic, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Have dined at JJJ many times and although my first review, it is a consistently great experience at all levels. One of the absolute best in the Lancaster / Reading area.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Organic, Local Ingredients
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Visiting area during Christmas holiday. Wow, wow, wow, what a fabulous dining experience, the food was excellent. Love the small plates!

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

We selected this Restaurant because they are organic & they have gluten free options. I must have mentioned we were celebrating our Anniversary when I made reservations because they wished us a Happy Anniversary & offered us either free Bubbly or dessert for our celebration. The waiter was very nice & took great care of us. We enjoyed the food & the atmosphere very much!!!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Organic, Healthy, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Exceptional food and atmosphere! Highly recommend for special occasions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Organic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 21, 2017

As you enter you are welcomed by a beautiful setting, a delightful marriage of antique cut stones and the luxuries of modernity. The menu offers a wide variety of mouth-watering dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. Each dish was exquisite - created with fresh, high quality ingredients. The service received was superb, with attentiveness and attention to detail above par.

Overall, I highly recommend this restaurant for any celebration or even just a nice evening out!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We returned for a holiday dinner since our last experience was so wonderful. Again, our server John was a gem. He paced our meal well, made helpful suggestions and is was in general, a delight. He is a big part of why we drove an hour to have dinner. The food was prepared beautifully and was delicious with one exception. Those that choose the lamb all commented it was a little tough. Everything else was a complete delight and we look forward to returning again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food here is amazing. Presentation was top notch and was a lot of fun for a party of 7. We were able to talk across the table at a fairly loud level without distutbing other diners. Service was impeccable, our waiter, Henry, accurately described all of the menu choices and was spot on with attentiveness. We will be back!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Organic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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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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vip
 (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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