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John J. Jeffries

300 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603-2938
+1 717-431-3307
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good19%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
300 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603-2938
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As part of a getaway weekend we made a dinner reservation 3 weeks in advance. When we arrived, the only available table was right next to the bar. The bar was packed and extremely noisy, to the point we couldn't even talk. When we asked...More

Thank Kevin S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very creative and the verse menu utilizing local and seasonal ingredients. Enjoyed selecting from the various cold and hot small plates to create our own Tapas menu. Full entrees available as well.

Thank George L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

John J. Jeffries is a superb combination of a sustainable locally grown foods and haute cuisine, that is the trademark of the place. Their menu includes sophisticated and exotic flavors intertwined for your palate's delight. You definitely should make space to try their dessert menu....More

Thank travelscapes1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I had dinner at John J Jeffries prior to going to a show at the Fulton Theater. We had heard so much about it, but were unfortunately disappointed in our meal. Because it's farm to table, the choices are limited unfortunately. My...More

Thank Valerie S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Knowledgable, curtious wait staff and located in the Arts Hotel with ever changing exhibits. Chief’s varied creations sure to please every palate!

Thank Dale H
Reviewed 16 February 2018

We ate here with two other couples on a Thurs night. Our waiter was excellent. He explained the menu offerings. When I asked if I could get the chicken without the sauce (due to the cilantro) he offered to get another chicken entree for me...More

Thank Brenda S
Reviewed 11 February 2018

We were pretty disappointed when we went to John J. Jeffries. We were staying at the Lancaster Arts Hotel for a quiet weekend getaway and we had heard so many great things about the restaurant. None of that was realized... We had to wait quite...More

Thank Shari W
Reviewed 8 February 2018

We have dined here twice. Once on our wedding anniversary, and again on my birthday 8 months later. Not only are the meals and service exemplary, and the ambiance warm and inviting, but if you eat at JJJ on a special occasion the staff is...More

Thank joanie4719
Reviewed 4 February 2018

People rave about the food here. My husband had liver and onions, "the best in years" and I had carpaccio, perfectly made. I have never had a meal that wasn't among the best I've eaten at restaurants.

2  Thank Leslie M
Reviewed 27 January 2018

While staying at the groovy Lancaster Arts Hotel my wife and I had a chance to dine here. We did not want to dine in the main room so we sat at the bar. For us it was perfect. Our Bartender/Mixologist/Liquid Chef, Frank Fontaine, not...More

Thank Lawrence O
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2 November 2017|
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Response from mariasmomonkent | Reviewed this property |
Sorry that I don’t know that, though it felt like a place of integrity....
David F
16 July 2017|
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Response from Misty B |
There is no children's menu. This is, as the previous response noted, an adult restaurant. I don't recall seeing children there.
John G
20 February 2017|
Response from Ben_Theretoo406 | Reviewed this property |
I can't honestly answer that, as we ended up dining at the bar, rather taken with the supremely gracious and entertaining bartender. The actual dining room is deeper within the restaurant. I do recall points of light among... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 30
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 300 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603-2938
    (Mullberry St.)
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Lancaster County  >  Lancaster
  • Phone Number: +1 717-431-3307
During renovations, workers found in the floor beams a signed inspection stamp--November 5, 1890--with the name of tobacco inspector John J. Jeffries. We named the restaurant after him.

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.
All of our meats are raised locally, confinement-free on fresh green grass pastures. No hormones, antibiotics, steroids or forced-fertilization occurs.

Our produce is local organic or chemical free. We use local grass fed cream, butter and eggs.

We also provide sustainable seafood and support sustainable fisheries.
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