JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster

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$30 and under
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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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CMac
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good and the wait staff very attentive. Have always enjoyed a dining experience at this establishment!

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ckauffman
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and great experience as always! Love the cornbread!!

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Danr
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant was excellent on all counts, food was perfect, quick service and wonderful environment to enjoy.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another terrific meal and wonderful service from the staff, especially Morgan.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on March 13, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!

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LisaMc
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A friend and I had lunch there on a Sunday. We got there when it opened so it was not crowded. The booth was comfortable and we could talk and catch up. We both enjoyed our food very much. I had a salad with chicken. It was too large a portion but it was very good. It was pricey for a salad but it was large and had meat on it so I understand why it was priced that way. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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Jill
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food1service5ambience4

I order a special which was a red curry chicken and rice dish. When served to me, I cut open the first bite of chicken and the chicken was not fully cooked. I sent it back. The servers were great and handled the situation perfectly...but, nonetheless, the chicken was not fully cooked and not safe to eat.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on March 13, 2020

Jill I really appreciate your 4 star review & I can promise you that this is definitely unacceptable. I am very sorry to hear about this even though the team took care of the issue. I will be in touch with you in the next day or 2. I'm away today but will be back in the restaurant Saturday & Sunday. Sincerely, Robert Lautenbacher. General Manager.

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KenM
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very pleased with the service and food quality. will return when I visit lancaster again.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on March 11, 2020

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

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food is very good.we have been here a number of times. Everytime they get new wait staff it's a challenge.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on March 2, 2020

Thanks for the very kind review & your continue patronage.

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MatthewzMom
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our first time here and we will be back again! The food was amazing, we had baby back ribs with crabmeat. And the spicy wings were so good too!

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on March 4, 2020

Thanks for the very nice review & for finally giving JBD's a try. We look forward to your next visit.

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LindaA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

excellent 'connection' lunch with friends that haven't seen each other in 36 yrs. Staff was very accommodating to give us a corner table where we were free to converse and not distract other diners. Excellent venue for our get together!

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on March 4, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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CelesteV
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal. It's great how all the staff work together.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on March 4, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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RobinW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant experience, hadn’t been there in awhile, very pleased.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on March 6, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review! Welcome back.

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RogerH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was given a gift card to J B Dawsons. The ease of making reservations with Open Table was great. We had NO wait to be seated. Service was good and options of food ordering was quite large and varied. Portions were large and flavorful. The meal we chose was very tasty but too spicy for my liking. Next time I will try a different main course.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on March 2, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review! Happy that you have finally found JBD's. We look forward to your next visit.

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KenC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

J B Dawson's never fails to impress! The team work among the service staff is something unusual to dining and very effective. Everyone is on their game and makes a big difference in the dining experience. That topped with outstanding food makes for a great evening!

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on February 26, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continue patronage! We work very hard at what we do so it's always great when someone notices and comments on it. We look forward to serving you again soon.

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MarkL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, this was the third time me and my wife have been at J.B. Dawson’s and will continue to dine at this establishment.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!

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Birdman
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of our favorite places to eat. Like the setting and service. Good value.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thanks for the very nice review & your continued patronage.

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DianaW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation for 5:30. Lots of open tables when we walked in at 5:15. Hostess said we would be seated at 5:30? Don't understand that, why did we have to wait?
Otherwise, the food was excellent..We had a menu special which was steak medallions and garlic mashed potatoes.
We used a 20% discount coupon which was even better!
Overall, a great dining experience.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review! I'm confused as well as to why you wouldn't have been sat when you came in since we weren't on a wait. I will make sure that we address this with the host staff. So glad to hear that you loved everything. We look forward to your next visit.

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Dani
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go here because we love every dish we get here and how generous their portions are. In addition, the lowest level of service you will get is good service, and that's on a bad day for them. They're usually great. We love how they work together as a whole team to serve their patrons. Our most recent server was spectacular: he was attentive but not overbearing, and he was personable and funny without it feeling forced. We had a lovely, delicious dinner and left with full stomachs and full to go containers too. Their price point is where I wouldn't want to take my kids to eat there, but only because they don't yet appreciate how good the food is. It is absolutely worth the price, especially when you figure in atmosphere and service.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on February 19, 2020

Dani, thanks for the amazing review & your continued patronage! We work very hard at what we do & it's all worth it when we see a review like this. We look forward to serving you again in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

It was very nice. However, my husband was not happy with his meal, even after they remade a crabcake. It just fell apart :(

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on February 20, 2020

Thanks for the very nice review. I'm very sorry to hear that your husband didn't love his meal. I would love the opportunity to speak with you about this visit. I can tell you that our crab cakes have very little filler so they can fall apart easily but I'm not sure if that was the issue. Please call me at 717-399-3996 or send your contact information to jbdawsons@yahoo. Looking forward to speaking with you. Sincerely, James Lukens. General Manager. I will be in tomorrow & Saturday.

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NikkiM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything and everyone was great! The food and drinks came quickly.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on February 19, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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ChristinaR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food was good but service was not. It was very small not alot of room. Felt very uncomfortable. Won't go back there again.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on February 24, 2020

Christina, my name is James Lukens & I'm the General Manager of this location. I would love the opportunity to find out where you were sat and what happened with the service. We pride ourselves on great food & great service and it sound like you only received 1/2 of that commitment. 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, James.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was great! Food was excellent!

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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viplmelko
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Valentine's Day Dinner was perfect. We expected crowds, but it was perfect at the 8pm time we arrived. The stuffed lobster was delicious. The service was attentive and fast.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on February 19, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review & for spending such an important occasion with us! We look forward to your next visit.

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SarahS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food Ashley was our server thank you

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on February 19, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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ErnestF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a reservation for 5:30 they sat us down 10 minutes early excellent service excellent food everybody in the establishment was very nice and friendly I would highly recommend this restaurant to anybody in the area the food was very delicious and we are looking forward to a return visit

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on February 19, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review! So glad to hear that you loved everything. Looking forward to your return visit.

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JimD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, generous portions, excellent service, pleasant low light atmosphere, minimal noise. Worth the money spent.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on February 19, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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GeraldineF
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable evening Steve’s baby back ribs could have been a lot a little warmer but they were delicious. They did give a little money off of our bill thank you

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review! Sorry to hear about the ribs but I'm very happy to hear that you were taken care of. Don't ever hesitate to let us know if something isn't just right in future visits.

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AndrewB
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was very good. We will definitely be eating there again. Not good if you’re counting calories.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on February 14, 2020

Thanks for the very kind review.

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vip2coasts
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I love this place but our last two visits haven’t been great😕 Heat doesn’t work well so you have to eat with your coat on. But, worse, the food has also been lukewarm at best. I sent it back on one visit and was treated so well! But, next time, food was cold and I didn’t want to become known as « that customer. ». French fries were old and small like they were the end of an order. And the cole slaw was bland and a bit musty tasting.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on February 17, 2020

Hello, my name is James and I'm the General Manager at this restaurant. I'm very sorry to hear about your recent experiences dining with us. We take pride in delivering great food and service to all of our customers and it seems we fell short of those expectations during your last couple visits. I would love the opportunity to discuss this issue further. If you would be so kind as to call me at 717-399-3996. Sincerely, James

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vipPresC
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always good.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thanks for the very nice review & your continued patronage.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my wife an I favorite place for many years. Always a pleasant experience

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!

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FredC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit to JB Dawson’s and was not disappointed. Food was excellent and wait staff was extremely attentive. I look forward to visiting again either when I am in Lancaster or in other towns that have a location. Definitely will be a repeat guest!

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review & for finally giving us a try! Expect things to be great each & every time you walk through any of our doors.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Service was excellent. Everyone was very pleasant

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

The food was fantastic. The service mediocre.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on February 3, 2020

Thanks for the very nice review. I'm very sorry to hear that the service was mediocre. We pride ourselves on great food & service so I'm very sorry to hear that we didn't provide both ends of our commitment. If you would like to speak further, please call me at 717-399-3996 or send your contact information to jbdawsons@yahoo. Please don't hesitate to speak to a manager next time if things aren't perfect. Sincerely, James Lukens. General Manager.

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LauraS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always food was great. We love coming here. Love the teamwork between all employees. We had seafood and chicken all were great. As always doggie bags had to go home. They were great 2nd time round too.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on February 6, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!

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RobbyM
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

It started out great with a delicious appetizer, but the Joy ended there. My steak was low quality, probably grade “good” or standard meat, but definitely not prime or choice. A delmonico with no marbling. Tough as shoe leather and no taste. Also, I ordered it medium and it came out raw inside...had to send it back for extra grill time. My date had little good to say about her selection as well. Didn’t bother with desert after the expense and disappointment of the main course.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on February 6, 2020

Robby, my name is James and I'm the General Manager at this restaurant. I'm very sorry to hear about your recent experience dining with us. We take pride in delivering great food to all of our customers and it seems we fell short of those expectations during your last visit. I would love the opportunity to discuss this issue further with you and if possible would like to make up for your previous experience. If you would be so kind as to call me at 717-399-3996 I would greatly appreciate it.

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bellgirl80
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection of food. Everything I have had there is delicious. Wonderful atmosphere and great times with friends. Will definitely be coming back in the future!

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on February 4, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review & we can't wait for your next visit!

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ReynaM
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We waited for one hour with a reservation! Never again will we come! That’s ridiculous with a reservation.
REyna Merrifield

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on February 4, 2020

Reyna, my name is James Lukens & I'm the General Manager of this location. I'm so very embarrassed by this review. This is completely unacceptable. I can promise you that this is definitely not the norm & I would love the opportunity to speak with you again about this visit. If you would be so kind to call me at 717-399-3996 or send me your contact information to jbdawsons@yahoo. I really hope I get the chance to speak with you about this. Sincerely, James.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love that all the tables are booths which helps to maintain lower noise level. Erin, our server was amazing! She was at our table quickly, answered our questions and we didn’t wait long for our food! It was a Saturday night so noise level was actually better than we had anticipated for a busy night! We had a great experience and highly recommend this place!! Would also like to have Edina’s our server again!

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on January 30, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review! Erin is one of our very best that we have. You can always ask for her in the future. Looking forward to serving you again soon.

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SarahK
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Erin was amazing! It was me and my boyfriends first time actually eating here. Definitely would love to come back!

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on January 30, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review & for finally giving us a try! Erin is wonderful but expect things to be great each & every time you walk through our doors.

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JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster is rated 4.5 stars by 519 OpenTable diners.

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