JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster

4.3
534 Reviews
$30 and under
American

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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.

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
What 534 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.4
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CameronA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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!

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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 5 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded 5 days ago

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 7 days ago

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We liked the food a lot!! And loved the ribs special for Monday’s! My boyfriends drink (covid crush) was average and seemed slightly overpriced. Overall great service and super yummy food!

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

thanks for the wonderful review! So glad that you loved everything.

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MichF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We had a reservation here for Valentine’s Day dinner. We were seated immediately and all of the staff were very pleasant and attentive. Almost every time someone walked by, they asked if we needed anything.. which actually made it a bit annoying. The prices would’ve been reasonable if the food wasn’t such a disappointment. We had the lobster bisque, a chicken entree and a chicken sandwich. They were all alright at best and didn’t taste fresh. Sadly, we both agreed that we should’ve skipped JB’s.

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

Hello, my name is Robert Lautenbacher & I'm the General Manager of this location. I'm very sorry to hear about this visit. We pride ourselves on great food & great service & we obviously dropped the ball on both. I would love the opportunity to speak with you about this visit as we are 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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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service.

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

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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Vinny
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster Bisque! The BEST around!

We got the Cajun Ribeye and the Filet Oscar. The steaks were OK. They were good but I would rather make my own at home. Overall the food was great and the service was fantastic. I can't wait to go back and try something different.

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

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

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Husband and Wife dinner

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

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious as it always is. Service was great. This is one of our favorite restaurants in the area.

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

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!!

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DanielT
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Hostess had no mask on at desk....only when actually seating customers.
In fact she was cleaning menus with NO mask in place. A call to health department was warranted for sure!
Salad was beyond bad.....no lettuce just piles of fake cheese. Every mouthful tasted plastic. Perhaps the unhealthiest salad I have ever encountered...no vegetables or lettuce!
Traveling form out of town...but would not recommend or return.
Made huge issue of time constraints for COVID but those waiting not social distanced and the lack of mask at hostess station told the tale of how careful you ARE NOT being.

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

Daniel, my name is Robert Lautenbacher and I am the General Manager of JB Dawson's Lancaster. This review is beyond disturbing to me and I would love the opportunity to be able to speak to you about it. I could go into detail about this but I can only have 500 characters maximum. I would love the opportunity to be able to speak to you about this over the phone. Please call me at your earliest convenience. Sincerely, Robert Lautenbacher General Manager JB Dawson's - Lancaster 717-399-3996

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vipPatB
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary and don’t know how they knew but the ice cream was a nice surprise. This is one of our favorite restaurants. Food and service is always good. Highly recommend this restaurant.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on February 3, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful restaurant & your continued patronage!!

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CMac
Philadelphia
4 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
2 reviews
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
14 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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CVB123
Philadelphia
3 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
38 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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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 4.3 stars by 534 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.