JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster

4.6
583 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
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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MollyM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

On my last visit, I noticed that the prices have been raised and I was shocked. It's a significant hike for me. My friend and I used to come weekly, but, we've decided to curtail that habit. We will still visit the restaurant but not as frequently anymore.

The soda price has gone to $3.00 and a cup of soup cost me $8.00. I find that ridiculous.

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vipPresC
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a great place and you can actually see managers walking around and caring. Food is always great. If I had to say anything I wish they had better appetizer choices.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded 4 hours ago

Thanks for the very kind review. We are always looking at other options to add to the menu. Any specific items that you would like to see?

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Bonnie
Cancun
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. Our waitress, Celeste was the best.

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

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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AlisaS
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall experience was great!

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

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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AwesomeDinner91221
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wow!!! We had been at their sister restaurant (Austin's) in West Lawn and so decided to give JB Dawson's a try. The service was top notch and the food was incredible. Very enjoyable evening. We won't hesitate to come back again.

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

Thanks for the wonderful review & your patronage to our concepts. Can't wait to have you back & you can try our Coastal Grille in Wyomissing. You will love that one as well if you haven't already been there.

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Klapkin
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is great. The salad was big enough for 2+. My husband loved his short ribs and I had fall off the bone baby back ribs
We will be here again!

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

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

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RichardJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

I love JB Dawson’s, been going there for years but this was the worst service ever. Waiter forgets drinks, and water, consistently. It was utterly ridiculous.

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

Richard, my name is Robert Lautenbacher & I'm the General Manager of this location. I would love the opportunity to speak with you about this visit because this is definitely not the norm as you know. If you would be so kind to call me at 717-399-3996 or send your contact information to jbdawsons@yahoo.co Sincerely, Robert. I will be back at the restaurant this Saturday or you can call me at our Langhorne location Friday. That phone number is 215-702-8119.

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Bren
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We started out well but when the appetizer came out and we sent it back, service went down drastically. One thing for good service is to remove plates after customers are through and surely before dessert comes out. Didn’t happen. Also never let a customers glass be empty, we had to remind we needed refill. I was so looking forward to a great night out to celebrate my birthday but was disappointed.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on August 23, 2021

Bren, my name is Robert Lautenbacher & I'm the General Manager of this location. I would love the opportunity to speak with you about this visit because we are so much better than what you received. If you would be so kind to call me at 717-399-3996 or send your contact information to jbdawsons@yahoo.co Looking forward to speaking with you and finding out what happened with this visit. Sincerely, Robert.

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vipDaddywags
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

No complaints. Very efficient service. Food is consistently quite good. I have eaten here fairly often and never had a “bad” meal.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on August 13, 2021

Thanks for the very kind review & your continued patronage.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

While the food was excellent and the server was attentive and polite, we couldn’t help but notice the meal was very rushed. Based on that I probably would not return or recommend this restaurant to anyone

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on August 13, 2021

While I'm very happy to hear that you loved the food & your server was kind, you shouldn't ever feel rushed. 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. I look forward to speaking with you. Robert Lautenbacher. General Manager.

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vipTeresaC
Pittsburgh
27 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service 🥰

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on July 30, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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PatB
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on June 29, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We always have an excellent dining experience at Dawson’s. Service is great. Food is fantastic! The only reason I gave a 4 in that area is the server snatched my plate up and was gone before I could stop her- I wasn’t finished. She never asked if she could take my plate first. I think she is new so ….

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on June 25, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review & we are so sorry that happened. Definitely should have asked before clearing your plate. Will definitely speak with the staff about this. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated a birthday

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

Thanks for the great review!

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MollyM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

JB Dawson’s is my favorite go to restaurant. The food is always excellent and there is lots of spacing between tables for those who still worry about Covid. I highly recommend Dawson’s to all of my friends and take out-of-town guests there for dinner frequently. A must try!!!

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on June 18, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage. We look forward to serving you again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 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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MollyM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
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
3 reviews
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
2 reviews
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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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 4.6 stars by 583 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.