JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster

4.6
619 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.

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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!
Celebration of return to town for holiday with boyfriend.
We both enjoyed our meal tremendously and would return and recommend.
Thank you 👍🏻

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

Thanks for the wonderful review! We look forward to your next visit next time you are in town.

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AngelaS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice menu selections and atmosphere. The food was good and service as well. I would only suggest that they improve their beer draught menu; currently very limited.

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

Thanks for the very kind review. We only have limited space for the number of our draught beers but I will send this along to the Director of Bars if it's about the quality of draught beers versus the quantity. We look forward to your next visit.

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MrDowningtown
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I hate to say this, but when I went to pick up my burger, the bottom half of the bun was so saturated in grease I knew that it would not be a good idea. I ended up eating it with a knife and fork and it was fine. Still, overall, if I was in the area again I would not hesitate to go back to Dawson's.

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

Very sorry to hear about your burger. We hope to see you again and please don't ever hesitate to let us know right away if there are any issues. No matter how big or small your request is. Thanks for the 4 star review. Sincerely, Pete DiCarlo. Director of Operations/Owner.

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KathrynV
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bus boy all happy and swinging the cleaning rag in the air above his head yuck

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

Kathryn, I'm very sorry to hear about this. I'm happy that you enjoyed everything else but I will make sure that something like this doesn't happen again. We look forward to your next visit. Sincerely, Robert Lauhtenbacher. General Manager.

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vipCarpediem
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Well..been there many times before and this time not so good. Dirty silverware and dirty napkins. Also...the mixed drinks lacked alcohol. My partner and I only have one drink when out and really can tell if there is booze in it. Both did not. (or diluted) The brownie dessert was dry, and really lousy. (ice cream was good on top) 4 of us shared it and we all agreed it was old, dried out. Main courses were fine as were the vegetables.

I'd go back but they need to 'fine tune' things.

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

Hello, 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 Looking forward to speaking with you and finding out what happened with this visit. Sincerely, Robert.

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ShortOnTime
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We go here for birthdays because my son loves the candles they have.

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

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage! Those candles are pretty awesome.

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DianaW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the prime rib sandwich. Outstanding.
And our server, Summer was incredible!
Furthermore, they honored my husband bring a Veteran with a free meal.

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

Thanks for the wonderful review & to your husband for being a veteran & allowing us to live in this wonderful country!

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PhilM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice of Dawsons to offer $15 off each meal for Veterans Day. Also can truthfully say that I have never had a bad meal at Dawsons

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

Thanks for the very kind review & your continued patronage.

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NickC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went for a night out the food was good and the portion size I just right you definitely get your money's worth drinks are good as well

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on November 10, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value, good menu and food and service was excellent

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on November 10, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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DianaW
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been our go to place to meet friends. The staff is gracious and helpful and very friendly Food portions are extremely generous, especially the Texas tenders. Great rubs too!

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

Thanks for the amazing review & your continued patronage!! Can't wait to see you this Thursday.

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viplancaster
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ribs were outstanding! Cobb salad was huge! Great food and a place! You can always count on a delicious meal!

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

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place but a tad too dark.

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

Thanks for the 5 star review!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We came at a busy time on a Saturday night.
After waiting a few moments we were seated
Service was super fast and friendly.
Food was tasty

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on November 1, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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vipMARIANNEB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The Cobb salab has changed ! Normally it s a tower Cobb salad and now it s not. They said they don’t have time to do a tower as usual so…. I am sad to see they prefer profitability. Guests are not so important than before
But we like this restaurant and we will enjoy again

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

Marianne, sorry to hear about your disappointment with the way the Cobb Salad is now served. This has nothing to do with profitability, it has everything to do with trying to be able to staff our kitchen. We were very close to taking that salad off the menu because of staffing shortages. It is by far the most time consuming salad that we make and so we decided to keep it but do the new presentation. When we get back to norm we can look at putting back in tower form. Thanks for your patronage.

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JoeF
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I was surprised to find such an affordable lunch menu. Though on my visit I was not pressed with time, I could’ve easily had an enjoyable lunch within one hour or less. The food was good, the service was great!

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on November 1, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing

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

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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BenH
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at JB Dawson's was great. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. They were always ready with a drink refill, the check and to-go boxes before we had to ask.

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

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

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AnnetteP
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome! Would definitely return again and recommend highly!

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

Thanks for the wonderful review & we can't wait to have you back!

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AlisaS
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable setting and everyone was very happy!

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

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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viprebeccad
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. And LOVE we can make a reservation!

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

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!

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Francesca
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The lobster bisque was the best I have ever had.
The rest of the dinner was mediocre. The waiter the same.
Definitely would go back for the soup and maybe some drinks!!

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

Francesca, my name is Ryan Lobo & I'm the General Manager of this location. I would love the opportunity to speak with you about this visit because we are much better than what you apparently received. If you would be so kind to call me at 717-399-3996. Looking forward to speaking with you. Sincerely, Ryan

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PhilM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

JB Dawson's is consistently very good with both food and service.

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

Thanks for the very kind review & your continued patronage.

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Brittany
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was very good. The lobster bisque is a must try if you like lobster - delicious and a generous portion of lobster on top. The staff was all very friendly and helpful. We would definitely visit again when in the area.

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

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

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NaNa
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Drinks a little on the high side for the amount you get.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on November 10, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our serviced Brian was awesome! We had two toddlers with us and he was so great and accommodating with them!

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

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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PatriciaW
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was so nice. Enjoyed the food and the warm welcoming atmosphere. Very comfortable and the dinner was ready in a very short time. Overall it was great!

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

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

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vipMichelebop
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always awesome experience.

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

Thanks for the 5 star review & your continued patronage!!

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TinaE
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, wine and service! Thank you, Maverick!

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

Thanks for the wonderful review! Glad to hear Maverick took good care of you.

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MarcellaK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I visited Lancaster for the weekend and decided to give JB's a shot! We were able to secure a reservation for the same evening, and had a GREAT experience. Our server was polite, efficient, and checked in often. Our food was outstanding. We both ordered the rib eye steaks and they were cooked perfectly with amazing flavor. We didn't wait long for our food and it was a packed house that evening. We're from out of State, but love to visit Lancaster often, so we'll definitely be coming back again! Thanks for a most lovely and deeeelicious evening!

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on October 5, 2021

Thanks for the amazing review! We are so glad that you and your fiancé loved everything. Expect things to be great each & ever time you walk through our doors. We look forward to serving you next time you are in town.

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vipRuthG
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Service wasn’t great. Waitress was very rushed like she couldn’t wait to get rid of us. Food was good however my filet was over cooked. I ordered it medium rare and I received it medium well. The sour power was really tasty.

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

Ruth, 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. Looking forward to speaking with you. Sincerely, Robert.

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MollyM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I came in to the restaurant a week ago and was surprised that some of the prices were increased significantly in my opinion. I gave a less than complimentary review without asking about the change. Having talked to the Dir of Operations, I realized that the prices of lobster, crab, and steak have skyrocketed which accounts for the increase.

I sincerely appreciate his concern and rapid reply to my complaint. I failed to get the full picture and I am sorry that I may have left readers thinking less of the restaurant. JB Dawson's remains one of my favorite area restaurants in the Lancaster Area.

The food is always delicious and the perfect temperature, the ambiance is lovely, the servers are always welcoming and quick to meet your requests. I have never been at the restaurant that a manager hasn't stopped to see if everything is to my liking. I will continue to visit JB Dawson's on a regular basis. You should, too.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on October 5, 2021

Thanks for being so understanding and for being such a wonderful customer. We really appreciate it & can't wait to serve you again in the future. Sincerely, Pete DiCarlo.Director of Operations.

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KikiD
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great experience! The food was good, hot, and the portions were generous.
The service was outstanding. They all work together so your glass is never empty and they make sure you're well taken care of. We will be back!

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

Thanks for the very kind review. Glad to hear that you loved everything. We look forward to your next visit & hopefully a 5 star.

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JamesT
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The food was bland, the fish and chips had no flavor, the portions of all the meals were small given the price( the new norm I guess). The service was the lone bright spot, the server was very attentive and pleasant.

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

James, 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. Looking forward to speaking with you. Sincerely, Robert.

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vipKeithM
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Used to go to JB Dawson’s Christiana, DE location and always enjoyed it. Our visit to this one was great as usual and I’m glad that the ribs and chicken tasted exactly how I remembered!

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

Thanks for the wonderful review & for coming to the Lancaster location. There are no plans to ever re-open the Christiana location at this point. We really thank you for your continued patronage & we are so glad to hear that it was how you remembered.

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MollyM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
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.

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

Molly, thanks for your continued patronage and the 4 star review. I can tell you that all Crab, Lobster & Steak prices have gone through the roof so we have had to increase these prices a lot. We would love nothing more to decrease the prices back to where they were in the past. We really do appreciate your business and we completely understand your point of view but we are doing the best we can with all the struggles that we have had. Sincerely, Pete DiCarlo. Director of Operations

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EllexE
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time dining here, and we loved it. The reservation process was easy, the server was attentive, and the food was great. We're coming back.

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

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

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vipPresC
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
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 on September 25, 2021

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
Philadelphia
13 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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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 619 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.