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“Don't pick the pork.”
Review of John J. Jeffries

John J. Jeffries
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Ranked #10 of 607 Restaurants in Lancaster
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Bar Scene
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Mullberry St.
Description: 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.
Reviewed 9 November 2017

My husband & I dined here for the first time Saturday night with great expectation of a 5 star meal. We both had the Farm Pork with salsa and red sauce. They were tasty however; the sauce covered the chop so heavily that you couldn't see the large bone or the unpleasant amount of grizzle. Very disappointed.

Thank 19QueenBee88
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

Ben and Mrs Too stopped for dinner at this restaurant located in our hotel after a concert at the Fulton, and were frankly disappointed over our dinner. Unlike the first time we dined here, we found ourselves assailed by far too much sermonizing about “green”, sustainable”, and “organic” to make us feel welcome. Ben is an old Virginia farm boy, and probably knows considerably more about agriculture than do these two chefs. Mrs Too, on the other hand, is a New England city girl whose four grandparents were all born in Poland and who consequently knows peasant food when she finds it.

We are both quite devoted to healthy eco-friendly cuisine, but are decidedly not fanatic about it. Serving up a dish of mediocre lamb hash with a $36 price tag, or a green bell pepper filled with perhaps half a cup of rice (probably not organic, and certainly not local) with two or three ounces of ground beef while asking $22 for it is quite presumptuous in our view. Even though it is topped with genuine Colby cheese, it simply does not fit our lifestyle.

We realize we are in a small minority among the many diners who seem perfectly happy at Jeffries, and wish them all the good fortune they deserve. Nonetheless, we will go back to Historic Revere Inn on future visits to Lancaster County. These folks do a good job, especially in the bar/lounge, but it is definitely not for us.

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Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

My wife and I went to John J. Jeffries on a whim liking the description of Farm to Table. Wow were we pleased and impressed. To start with, Sergio our server was attentive, friendly and seemed delighted with our choices. I’m not a fan of Liver, but my wife who is said it was perfectly cooked and delicious. The Octopus in my salad was also perfectly cooked, not easy, and the pepper vinaigrette left my mouth tingling. The winner of the night was the Pork Gorditas, pulled pork on a pumpkin Johnny cake with stone ground grits, chimichurri , creme Fraiche and a roasted tomato sauce. It worked beautifully and I could have licked my plate. The braised Lamb was also beautifully done. The restaurant is beautiful, the service is top shelf, the wine list matches the food and the desserts are house made and delicious. Thanks to Sergio and all the staff...

Thank Karl R
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Reviewed 29 October 2017

Staff were a little slow and almost disinterested. Scallops, soup, lamb and pork - not convinced that the description in the menu was actually borne out by what arrived on the plate and I found the menu a little restricted.

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Thank hayman2
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Reviewed 24 October 2017

We were delighted with the varied and excellent menu. Everyone at the table loved their choices, from lamb to scallops, to clam chowder. Excellent!

Thank Terry Z
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