JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster

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At J.B. Dawson's, we strive for excellence in our food, service and atmosphere. Our high quality menu begins by... using the freshest ingredients, like our hand cut steaks, fresh ground hamburgers, fresh seafood and home made soups, sauces,dressings and desserts.
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PB
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

CM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and services

n
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time.. really enjoyed our meal and service

SO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our anniversary but had our son along and it was nice that he ate for free! He LOVED the fireworks “candle” in ice cream and he already has plans to return on other special occasions.

AM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

My son had a cheeseburger; he said it was "good".
I had a baked potato, green beans, and the 4 oz. filet mignon. The potato and beans were excellent. The steak was a little overcooked, tougher than it should have been, and had some very "chewy" parts; very disappointing.
My wife had fettuccine with crab or shrimp, I forget which. She ate some and brought the rest home; yesterday she heated it and then threw the most of it out as "not very good."
You have an excellent reputation, but it wasn't borne out by our meal.

M
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Haven't been there in long time. Would go again. Food was very good for price (we went for lunch). Could be a little brighter, but ok.

TB
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server Maya was excellent! She was super sweet and upbeat. Food was good.

OT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu . Food is great.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my Wife's 50th birthday. I had the ribs and crab cake, wife and daughter had the filet oscar. Son had the Texas Tenders and his girlfriend had the crab cake sandwich. Ordered the chocolate chip cookie sundae for dessert. Food and service was outstanding as always. I have eaten here numerous times and have yet to be disappointed. This is not the cheapest restaurant around but it is worth the extra cost IMO.

KM
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lots of good food. I just wish the menu would have been a little more specific on the corn bread. It had jalapeño peppers in it, but no mention of them on the menu.

CE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love their steaks. We always get the Maui and Cajun ribeye! The place is darkened and relaxing. It’s an enjoyable experience every time we go on a date.

OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Husband ordered steak..nothing special...ribs and lobster bisque were excellant...really hate when restaurants use an ice cream scoop for mashed potatoes..Just subtracts from the overall

C
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service.

DG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For several years we have used Dawson's as the gathering location for family members traveling from different directions. We are never disappointed by the great food, excellent service and cool vibe. Hopefully this will continue to be our meeting spot for years to come!

G
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I’ve been going to JB Dawson‘s for years and even longer to Austin’s in Reading. Today, the salads were extremely small for $15. The salads used to be really big and worthy of your money. Now, not so much. The size was very disappointing for the money.

J
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jay was an amazing waiter and we appreciateed his service...Big Thanks to Jay.... especially being the start of my birthday weekend...

C
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. The waitress that served us was very very nice and very attentive to our needs. It was our first time there and we picked the restaurant from all the other reviews and they were on point. We had the salmon and my boyfriend had the prime rib. Both excellent choices.

PD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat at Dawson’s whenever we’re in The Lancaster PA area. Always excellent service and food. As a person with Celiac, I especially appreciate the gluten free menu and the waitstaff’s knowledge on gluten free food preparation.

JB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were early for our reservation and they sat us right away. I love their ribs, French fries and cinnamon apples. My favorite meal. We go there whenever we want great rubs.

BC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. The food is always great and service is wonderful. Manager keeps checking if everything is okay or if we need anything. We will always return and recommend to others.

ST
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, staff, and atmosphere. My husband & I had a great first experience! Thank you!!!

TW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Poor service - wait staff inattentive at best. Food arrived after 30 minute wait.
Wont return

JU
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ALWAYS enjoy our experience. Its not cheap, but it is still a good value for what you get. Great Staff, Food is excellent. Highly recommended!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Visited for my son’s birthday. He was surprised with the sundae with the sparkler/ flare that finished the meal. A pleasant evening.

t
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I had the lobster bisque which which was velvety rich and creamy. I could have licked my bowl clean. I followed the soup with a ham and chicken club sandwich, that left much to be desired. I guess it is easier to just have the kitchen staff cut the sandwich into square quarters than train staff how to properly wedge cut a sandwich. When did the middle piece of bread vanish from a club sandwich? Just throwing lettuce tomato, ham, chicken and cheese between two slices of bread completely changed the flavor profile of the sandwich. There is an art to building a sandwich...yadda, yadda...yadda. I did mention the lobster bisque.

DW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their food is always consistently good. We love the Texas tenders which are great to share. The crispy chicken salad is also outstanding, and pricing is fair. The servers are phenomenal and the manager almost always stops at the table to inquire about the service and food quality. It’s a “go to” place for us, and we frequently take guests who are from out of town,

K
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got to the restaurant an hour early, so the hostess ended up pusging our reaervation up to 6:00pm. Our waitress was phenomenal. She made sure she kept the bahama mamas coming. The setting of the restaurant was beautiful and the music was great. A big plus to me was when our waitress said that all the waitresses and waitors worked together. Its always nice to have a helpping hand when it comes to waitressing. The food was absolutely amazing. I love how you get the stick fries instead of the normal size fries. Please keep those fries! Thank you for an unforgettable experience. We Will definitely be back.

G
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

First of all We made reservation in order not to wait! It was 7:15pm on Monday, July 8th not a Soul was waiting to be seated and the Host told us it would be a five minute wait. I repeat no one else was waiting for a table and there were plenty of unoccupied tables, it was 7:15 on a Monday night! We should never have had to wait, We had reservations! But there we were waiting 5 minutes for a table. Then we the most bizarre experience I have ever had in a restaurant. The Manger came over and said Ashley would be our server, and then he took our drink and food order. We thought that was fine because maybe Ashley was busy at the moment in this otherwise half empty restaurant. He also inform us that they all work as a team and Ashley would be over soon. Then or dinner was served by two men servers from the kitchen, still no Ashley! Then we were done with dinner and a women server asked if we would like a box for our left overs. She never said she was Ashley, but just got us the boxes. We never saw her again. Then the manger came over and served us our desert.Still no Ashley. When we were finished another women server came over and only asked if we wanted the check which she got for us. She never said " Hello I'm Ashley. Sorry I haven't been over yet" So in our minds Still no Ashley! For all we know Ashley never came to our table and if she did she never identified herself and if she did come to our table she never appeared till we were finished and needed the bill. Ashley must have been so busy in this half empty restaurant to have neglected us so!

ND
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is are tenth visit in three months. Travel 35 miles one way. Service and food outstanding.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on July 9, 2019

Thanks for the great review & your continued patronage!

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RS
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

It was just okay. The people were fantastic service-wise, but everything else was just mediocre. The wine my husband ordered was on the brink of being old and just didn't taste the best.

H
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Server was slow getting to us duration of dinner. I was able
To pin point the Manager easily due to him being on top of everything & very hands on. Meals were very good, but disappointed in the amount of protein received for the price. (Pasta dishes) Not a huge menu selection.

MM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Dawson's always provides a great meal and a good menu selection. Brought three friends along who had never been to Dawson's and everyone enjoyed their meals. One of my top choices when I am in Lancaster.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on July 9, 2019

Thanks for the great review & your continued patronage!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Left full and cannot wait to return

K
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Colorful and flavorful dishes. Something for everyone. Gluten free menu. Super sugary flour free brownie

RK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fresh and delicious. Consistently impressed with their food quality. Big menu too.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Father’s Day

JM
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience and JB Dawsons! The food and service was great and highly recommend to anyone!

OT
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We celebrated a graduation complete with sparkler dessert. Steaks were delicious & perfectly cooked!!!!

k
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal. Good atmosphere

D
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

JB Dawsons is one of our favorite places to go for steak and special occasions, although it's casual enough to visit anytime. The food is excellent, the service is always prompt and friendly, can't be beat!

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