J. Lawrence Downtown

4.7
324 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Located in the heart of downtown Bethel Connecticut in the historic opera house building, j. lawrence downtown offers American fare along with craft cocktails, craft beer and wine.
We offer two outdoor patio's weather permitting and socially distanced indoor dining and take out.

Support J. Lawrence Downtown during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 324 people are saying
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NicoleC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I love this great local place. Great food and cocktails.

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kerrym
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Went for brunch, sat outdoors. Menu looks good but our eggs were served ice cold and the "avocado" they serve with everything isn't avocado but some kind of pre-packaged guacamole. The shareable warm donuts were warm and delicious though. Heat lamp by us was broken so we were also cold throughout the meal.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, so sad they are selling. Thanks for all the delicious food and drinks over the years :)!!! Best of luck on your new endeavor!

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GaryC
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and priced right. Wish they were staying open. Hope the new owner doesn’t change anything. Keep menu and chef.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outgoing and friendly staff, pleasant atmosphere, enjoyable well-prepared food. What’s not to like?

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience here, while trying a new place with a new friend. We were greeted and seated quickly. The full menu made it tough to choose and the food was absolutely delicious. Also really enjoyed their mocktail options. Cool atmosphere/ambiance; noise level was standard-to-quiet and we had no issues hearing each other in our conversation. Will definitely be back!

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CarrieM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time at J. Lawrence. Food, service and ambiance awesome! I have to be gluten free and the breakfast burrito was absolutely delicious

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Damon
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a pleasure to once again dine outside at J. Lawrence Downtown. Be sure to get there before they close up shop at the end of the month!

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BrittanyM
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! The food is always amazing and we love that the menu changes from time to time. The outdoor sitting area is lovely, well lit and the outdoor heaters make it super comfortable now that it’s getting chilly. The love music was wonderful to listen to while we ate. Would recommend this place to anyone!

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Marv
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food is great love it
the mimosas especially jlaw is amazing

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vipRapptor
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First, it was great to have parking available. The patio seating was nice - better than most in-town restaurants.
The food is very good with some of their own creations. Their version of a French Dip was excellent.
Based on the ones we had, all the cocktails are absolutely fabulous, and we are going back to sample more of their creations. For example, this was the best Daquiri I have ever had (and that is saying a lot). Just extraordinary!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Live Music was good but too loud for a dining experience — made it difficult to have a conversation. Just needed to be turned down a little bit. Otherwise great!

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BiancaC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff, great service, delicious food. The prime rib French dip sandwich was amazing! Nice ambiance, sat outside, beautiful weather and very comfortable with heat lamps. Also, music by the live band (Mental Health) was great too!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, fun cocktails and good food.

PM
PML5
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place with the best food every time. Nice outside seating option.

CM
CountryMousse
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our visit to J Lawrence. We sat outside in a lovely area in front of the restaurant, they have some heaters but they weren’t on during our visit. Our burgers were outstanding and our server was helpful and polite. Great beer selection on tap. I hope to return to this delightful spot soon.

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LindaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great...the atmosphere is great...the staff is very friendly and attentive. This was my second time there. Looking forward to going back.

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BarryH
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, reasonably priced. Outdoor setting was very nice with live music.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Server visited table asking for order to often. Felt rushed.

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EllenB
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff was great.... the food and selection was good. the price was average

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Gabby9945
Atlantic City
23 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

J Lawrence does not disappoint! Delicious American / bar food with excellent cocktails. The live music on the patio was an added bonus! Will definitely be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and service !!

JS
JulieS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

j. lawrence downtown, in the heart of Bethel, is a terrific place at which to have dinner! They are supportive of live music and feature it several nights a week. We were there to hear friends playing on a Tuesday night, which is also their 1/2 price bottles of wine night, plus it was the debut of their specialty fall cocktails! We sat at a table out on the patio on a lovely September evening. The service is friendly and attentive, and the food is delicious! We had the j. law Cajun shrimp tacos with side salads, and a side order of wonderfully roasted asparagus! We highly recommend j. lawrence downtown for a wonderful dining experience!

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Heidi
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

The BEES were out of control.. The biggest problem was that we ordered 3 items and after watching numerous tables come in, eat, pay and leave our food still didnt arrive. So we asked.. the food finally arrived and it was ice cold, hard as a rock and the cheese sauce for the pretzel had a layer of hard cheese on top of it. The waffles were burnt and what we got told was there was a miss fire in the kitchen. They offered to make the food for us to take home but after sitting there over an hour swinging at bees so as not to be stung.. we gladly said no. Very disappointed in the entire service

JM
JeffreyM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was excellent and well executed without being pretentious. The service was great and it’s really an excellent place to enjoy any meal.

LM
LoriM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a party of 14 for a birthday 🎂! Food, and drinks were flowing, the wait staff was GREAT, attentive, and went above and beyond!! The price for 14 people was affordable for too quality food!!! Brussels, shrimp, and the beet hummus A++

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic venue. The food is amazing, the staff are wonderful, and the band was so much fun!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we’ve had in awhile, even after fine dining / white tablecloth. Great service, ambience, food, cocktails, highly recommended!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, service was good. Desserts were excellent. Definitely will return

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LauraA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going to J Law has never been a disappointment! Love the vibe and energy let alone the food. I can’t say enough about this place except GO THERE

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saturday brunch, chicken waffle sandwich was on point! Service was impeccable, we had a table for eight and experienced zero issues. Staff is super friendly and the food was delicious! A++++++

JB
JustinB
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food, great service, amazing brunch! If you’re in Fairfield county, I’d definitely recommend going.

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GaryZ
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. First time visit. Will not be the last. Sunday brunch. Bottomless Mimosas. Food excellent. Service outstanding. Sitting downtown on the sidewalk, priceless. Great atmosphere. Brought friends to catch up. No pushy for us to leave. Let us relax and enjoy our Sunday Highly Highly recommend. .

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ChristineC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The brisket French dip sandwiches were terrible, shoe leather. I would go again and try something else but very surprised

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service! Food was delicious and staff was very attentive from start to finish! J. Lawrence exceeded my expectations! They saved my day by allowing us to have my sons 21st birthday with a few hours notice. They let me bring balloons and out side cake. They are so nice and felt like family. Thank you J. Lawrence, Allie and staff for saving the day!

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Bernadette
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have stopped counting the amount of times I have eaten at JLAW but every single time it does not disappoint. The service & food & atmosphere is just amazing so I keep going back. Their brunch menu & drink options are too good to pick just one. Plus, Jay has THE best bloody marys in the area!! I highly recommend you run do not walk to enjoy it if you have not already.

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JoeF
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went in for a Sunday brunch, the food was really good, service was great. It was a beautiful day with the doors open with a cool breeze.

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CatherineR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so really good

RA
RonniA43
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time. Food and service great! Music great!

JP
JulieP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second time within a week that I dined at J. Lawrence. Both times the food was exceptional, the service was wonderful and I was able to have a nice conversation with family and friends. Highly recommend the Bang Bang Shrimp and chicken tacos.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from J. Lawrence Downtown using the Order Online button. J. Lawrence Downtown also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 616-5949.

J. Lawrence Downtown is rated 4.7 stars by 324 OpenTable diners.

J. Lawrence Downtown does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/j-lawrence-downtown-186-greenwood-ave/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.