JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster

4.5
568 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Excellent food slow service.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on May 27, 2021

Thanks for the great review but we are very sorry to hear about the service. We pride ourselves on great food & great service so please don't hesitate to let a manager know of any issues on future visits.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend and I go weekly and it’s our favorite restaurant. I also use their pick up service which is great!

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on May 28, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was good but the crabcake was small, more like a side of crab imperial, and our server was very slow. We saw the other servers on the team more than our actual server. Food seemed a bit overpriced but tasty.

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EdwardW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

The restaurant is very nice inside. Surprising since it is in a strip mall.
There was confusion with the staff. Our first waiter took our drink order and we never saw her again. The second waiter asked what type of white wine and if you wanted your Appletini made with Gin/Vodka. Never had it made with Gin! So, some much needed training. Sat down at 5:15PM. By 6 PM; the Manager had come by the table 3-4 times to ask how everything was. The waiter put the check down before we were even finished our meal. Then started to remove plates, etc. I could not understand why we were being rushed. Upon leaving; there were plenty of empty seats and not 1 person waiting to be seated. So, overall this left a bad taste in my mouth. Positive; the Tower of Cobb salad was outstanding. Crab cakes were very good. Caesar Salad was drenched in dressing; ask for it on the side. And can't you use real Parmesan cheese? The salad was served with the pre-shredded, cellulose coated cheese. Blah!

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on May 12, 2021

Edward, my name is Robert Lautenbacher & I'm the General Manager of this location. I'm very sorry with your recent experience. We pride ourselves on great food & great service. I would love the opportunity to speak with you about this visit. If you would be so kind to call me at 717-399-3996 or send your contact information to jbdawsons@yahoo. Looking forward to speaking with you. Sincerely, Robert.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This was our first time and the food was delicious. My only disappointment was the attentiveness of our waitress.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on May 2, 2021

Thanks for the very kind review. Sorry to hear about your service as we pride ourselves on great food & great service. Please don't hesitate to get a manager involved if things aren't perfect in future visits.

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MontieF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the place! Atmosphere was upscale. Love the cherry wood tones. Went at 4...thank goodness...just beat the crowd. Appropriate table spacing due to Covid. HUGE portions! He got chicken planks. I got fish and chips. Delicious! Can't say enough good. We were on vacation. Wish lived closer!

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on May 4, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review! We wished you lived closer as well. We look forward to your next visit.

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AnnH
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service and ambiance were great. The food was excellent!

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on May 2, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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GailM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner was great took brother and his wife (their first time at JB Dawson's). They really enjoyed the food and had a good time. You can always count on JB Dawson's for good food!

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on May 2, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!! So glad your brother & wife are now fans like yourself.

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LaurenK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Amazing service! Great food and experience. Will come again.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on April 26, 2021

Thanks for the very kind review. We look forward to your next visit.

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CarolT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We unexpectedly had someone to join us and the hostess was very nice and accommodating. She assured us that it was not a problem to add them.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on April 26, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good meal at JBs. Their hamburgers are the best in town.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on April 21, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!

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FeliciaW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have to say best service I have ever seen and omg there bread and maple butter left me and my husband were speechless

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on April 20, 2021

Thanks for the amazing review!!!!

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AngieG
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love their gluten free macaroni and cheese and burgers. Wish there wasn't such a huge upcharge for the bun, but my kids like it. The GF sundaes are HUGE!

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on April 20, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!!!

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DesertFlower
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

This is a beautiful place inside. I think we hit an off night. The manager was very gracious to help us. We would go back AND still recommend them. The Thursday Prime rib special is great!

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on April 19, 2021

Hello, my name is Robert Lautenbacher & I'm the General Manager of this location. I can promise you that it was an off night if things weren't perfect for you. I would love the opportunity to speak with you about this visit. If you would be so kind to call me at 7171-399-3996 or send your contact information to jbdawsons@yahoo Looking forward to speaking with you. Sincerely, Robert.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elise was our waiter and she did an outstanding job.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on April 17, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review! She is one of our very best.

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vipWendyC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated my friend’s birthday and the server made it special by bringing an ice cream sundae to the table as a surprise.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on April 16, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review! Happy Birthday to you!!!

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Joshrrrr
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we get there is top quality. One of the best burgers I’ve had. I get mine well done and it is still juicy and tender. We had seasonal guacamole. It was prob the best I’ve had. Chips were fresh, warm and salty.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on April 15, 2021

Thanks for the amazing review! We really appreciate it.

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JakiaT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere and food and the pinneapple drink

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on April 8, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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JamesG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and service. A little too dark. Need more lighting.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on April 2, 2021

Thanks for the very nice review.

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TomD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

JB Dawson's never disappoints. We love going there. So happy to be back after "The End of the World"

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DianeJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

wonderful experience after being home bound for the last year ! Food was super
and portions were very big. Excellent experience.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on March 26, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review!!!

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vipJenn
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love eating here! Texas tenders are the absolute best. Steak done to perfection as well. If only it were closer to home!

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on March 24, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!! Glad it's worth the drive.

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Bobby
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Order was promptly and cheerfully taken. Delicious loaf of bread served until dinner order was received. Food was excellent. It was a very busy evening, but all personnel were very courteous.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on March 17, 2021

Thanks for the very kind words.

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TinaM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and great service! Great menu variety.
One of the few places we feel comfortable going to during Covid restrictions. Accepting reservations is the key!

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on March 17, 2021

Thanks for the amazing review! So glad to hear that you loved everything.

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TonyM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday dinner for my daughter

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on March 17, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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vipKathrynV
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place always a pleasant experience

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on March 16, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Had the ribeye and it was awfu

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Okay...nothing spectacular.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on March 11, 2021

Thanks for the 4 stars!

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DuaneB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our party of 4 were celebrating a special occasion. The majority of our meals were prepared well except for the one meal of braised ribs which were overcooked and the brussels sprouts were soggy. My rib-eye steak was cooked to perfection and the green bean almondine was one of the best I have ever had in a restaurant. The manager helped us to get better seating from where we were initially placed in a high traffic area. We will return!

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on March 9, 2021

Thanks for the very nice & thorough review. We are very sorry to hear about the short ribs being overdone as well as the brussels sprouts not being great. Please don't every hesitate to let a manager know right then & there so we can take care of the issue. We look forward to serving you again soon & hopefully you will have no more issues. Sincerely, Pete DiCarlo. Director of Operations/Owner.

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vipSandrar
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Server was attentive. Will return!!

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on March 9, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review! Can't wait to have you back.

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DeborahA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Disappointed with my favorite food there. The chicken tenders were heavily breaded and soggy. Seem to remember a much lighter breading and they were always crisp. Other than that, dinner was good.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on March 9, 2021

Deborah, my name is Robert Lautenbacher & I'm the General Manager & I'm the General Manager of this location. I'm very sorry to hear about your favorite meal. I can tell you that the breading can be tricky at times but at no point should they have been soggy. I would love the opportunity to speak with you about this visit. If you would be so kind to call me at 717-399-3996 or send your contact information to jbdawsons@yahoo. Looking forward to speaking with you. Sincerely, Robert.

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JasonM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Food did not taste good. Need better bbq sauce. But ok atmosphere

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SamanthaT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner - had the prime rib and filet Oscar - amazing!

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on March 7, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review! So glad to hear that you loved everything.

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KevinC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing night with the love of my life. 10/10

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on March 7, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review! Can't wait to have you back.

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CameronA
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing and the servers were really nice. The atmosphere of the restaurant was stunning and I will absolutely be returning!

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on March 7, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review! So glad to hear that you loved everything. Expect things to be wonderful each & every time you walk through our doors.

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NicoleL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was horrible. This tall guy with a checkered shirt and headset (assistant manager, manager, owner?) was rude. My waitress, Christin was rude and nonattentive. Never asked how we were doing. I asked 3 times for butter and she told us we could ask any one else walking around for help too. So I asked the tall guy with the checkered shirt, who acted like he was too good to get it. He told Christin, you got it right? Obviously Christin didn't have it. He went around asking other people if they were doing ok. Avoided our table like the plague.

Christin brought my birthday dessert over, plopped it on the table and unethusiatically and quietly stated, Happy birthday and just walked away.

I asked checkered shirt what is their protocol for birthdays and he, in a condescending and attitudinal manner, repeated the question back to me. I further explained, like when you go to Friendly's or some other restaurant. He then only looked in my friend's eye, who didn't ask the question and stated they don't sing happy birthday, you just get ice cream.

The only person there with genuine energy and concern for our experience was a bald guy with a headset.

Unhappy birthday to me. The food isn't that good to me. There are plenty of other places to choose from. I do like the sparkler in the ice cream tho. Added a nice touch to the horrible service there.

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Heff
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very pleased with the quality of the food and the services. We were immediately sat based on our reservations. Food was served very fast! All staff was helpful and our waitress specifically told us to "just ask anyone, they'll help you." Portions were GREAT!

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on February 24, 2021

Thanks for the amazing review! So glad to hear that you loved everything.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and quality of food! Will definitely be back again.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on February 24, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review! Looking forward to your next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on February 22, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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EdsonL
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The food wasn't as good for the price you pay. I wouldn't recommend.

FAQs

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (717) 399-3996.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster is rated 4.5 stars by 568 OpenTable diners.

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.