J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark

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48 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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Casual

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar in Newark, Delaware works to provide a quality menu that uses only the freshest ingredients. The company was founded in 1996, but the location in Newark is the newest addition.



The restaurant offers a range of food from appetizers to entrees. Some of the top options on the menu at J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar include the Philly cheese steak flatbread, southern fried chicken, baked lobster mac and cheese and mashed sweet potatoes. Some of the favorite choices for dessert at J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar include brownies, including a gluten free option, apple walnut cobbler and New York style cheesecake.


What 48 People Are Saying
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JS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had reservations, if not, was a long wait. Service was great, enjoyed a nice meal and evening. Will be back again.

BM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed my appetizer and entrée. Everyone was pleasant from the hostess to my server who was training. I would definitely come go back!

MF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If your looking for a great steak and some great side options this is the place to go. The maple butter that they use on their bread is addictive. I like that the serving staff all work as a team so you can stop anyone that works there and ask for something. Each time we asked for something we were given a smile and the item was brought quickly. The managers that work here are hands-on and walk the floor assiting their staff and making sure that the patrons have everything they need. The bathrooms are very clean which is a plus.

LB
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dawson's is located in a shopping mall, so its focus has to be casual dining. Accordingly, it has created a relaxing well decorated atmosphere with more of a pub or lodge feel. The menu is varied, but not extensive, tasty and well prepared. Prices take into account that many diners will have children to feed as well. Altogether, it far exceeds a typical mall restaurant.

LM
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Melody provided excellent service!!! Service was speedy and the food was good. It was my first time there.

TW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The filet mignon was cooked perfectly and was delicious, as were the sides that same with it

B
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

JB Dawson's is one of our staples for restaurants. Food is always good - service with the teams always works out well.

I often recommend to friends.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Birthday celebration. Unfortunately Birthday girl’s dinner order did not come out correct. Ordered a Cajun ribeye steak and received a sirloin. They took it back and 10 minutes later brought out the correct one but the rest of the table was almost finished with their meals

JW
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We stopped here on our way back from a funeral. We were seated promptly and bit waited awhile for our server. It wasn’t really busy at all.

Server was good at explaining the menu and specials and took our order quickly when he got to our table. Our food was brought out by other servers and none of them asked if we needed anything else or paid attention that our drinks were empty. We had to flag down our server again.

Food was mediocre at best. Got crab dip appetizer that didn’t have much crab and mostly cheese. Entrees were “ok” but not even hot. Child macaroni & cheese was basically pasta with cheese whiz poured over it. My chicken Oscar has little taste.

Disappointed in the experience

N
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

The crab dip and the cake dinner was very salty 2nd time I ordered same thing.

B
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have dined at the JB Dawson's many times. This is my wife's go to restaurant - I enjoy it on occasion. Food was terrific - I had shrimp penne pasta; she had sliders.

Just a casual Sunday afternoon is a scorching Delaware heatwave.

Always a good choice.

M
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

An old J Alexander’s that had started to deteriorate. Empty on a Saturday night which is never a good sign.

AV
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food. Great service. It was a little warm in the restaurant but it was during a heat wave. Would go back again. Menu had good choices.

LM
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food and good service, but difficult to have a conversation due to the noise level.

h
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our first time dinning at J B Dawson's. A pleasant surprise. First rate service, and five star food. definitely on our return list.

EM
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After reviewing the reviews online of multiple restaurants at the mall we decided on Dawson’s for our trip home. I normally don’t ever complete surveys but, The shrimp appetizer was larger than expected with good flavor. The ribs fell off the bone and the salad was an interesting tower, which was creative.
We finished the night with the chocolate chip cookie sundae which was pretty fantastic. Great evening out, thank you

NN
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was friendly and efficient! She checked on us several times to fill our water, and to ask if we needed anything. In addition, the atmosphere in this restaurant was so comfortable. Also, our server recommended the desserts to us, which we ordered, because of her recommendations. We had a wonderful dining experience at Dawson’s! We’ll be back!

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 9 July 2019

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Seated quickly. Knowledgeable server. Food was cooked perfectly. We will be back again soon!

d
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had numerous servers who were not attentive. I found hair on my plate. My chicken sandwich was raw in the center, got no apologies for any of this. Will not be returning.

LS
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wish this place was in my area.....

PB
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

For the price of the steak expected it to be a good cut of meat but it was extremely fatty. I could have gone to Texas Roadhouse for the same steak and half the cost.

JJ
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy an opportunity to come here. The staff is always amazing and welcoming. The food is absolutely worth the value and they make amazing drinks as well!

OT
Raleigh
52 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Cobb salads were ok - the corn bread was dried out and burnt with really weird textured butter - I would skip that next time. Service and atmosphere was what you’d expect.

GP
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

First timers! We loved the atmosphere! Felt like a steak house. Our server was lacking. My cocktail was God awful....pineapple martini....sour and had a bad after taste. Wouldn't get that again. The server was nice but while we kept waiting for different things...he was chatting up another server in booth behind us. Grrrrrr
The seafood was excellent as was the black beans rice and cold slaw. What the server did was very appreciated.....he brought my daughter an on the house dessert for finishing her cancer treatment with the approval of Stephanie the manager! Thank you. We'll return! And takes an hour for its to get there!

TH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service . Quality food. Had a booth at the bar and the service was exceptional. We were visiting from Maryland and the online views were excellent . Recommend this venue when the college town is over crowded as well.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice food was good

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation.

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p
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The Ahi tuna appetizer was dry tasting. The portion size for my scallop and shrimp entree was small. We were hungry and on a time crunch so we ate it and muddled thru. My entree tasted good- it was just small in portion and the shrimps and scallops were very small in size. Left still feeling hungry. I don’t think I will go back. The service was fine- they table share- so lots of people to check on you and refill a drink, etc.
The restaurant was pretty empty- but they sat all their guests near each other- and we were right outside the kitchen- when it would have been. I ER to have been away from the noisy kitchen and other patrons at tbkes that were available.

J
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

A usually enjoyable experience, this was not the case on Mother’s Day. We waited way too long for food to be delivered, one meal was too cold to eat. Asked for it to be reheated, and by the time the dish was delivered to the table everyone else was finished eating. Another dish obviously sat under a heat lamp too long, the crabmeat on top was crunchy, and the rest was lukewarm. Manager did apologize for how long it took to get the dish heated up, but what consolation is that when we waited almost 30 minutes for out meal, then just as long for the reheated dish. Our reservation was also messed up, I had to show the hostess our confirmed time, they had us listed for 30 minutes later. (Our cold dish was compensated)
Don’t go here on holidays! Will give them another chance based on past experiences.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We dined here on Mother’s Day weekend.The food was mediocre. I wouldn’t dine there again. Prices are high potions are small. Food was cold we sent most of our meal back for a do over.

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Mothers Day Dinner

R
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Anniversary

OT
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were seated at the reserved time. Waitress was attentive and the food was very good. The coleslaw had no taste, but the waitress was quick to ask what other side she could bring. We had a good time.

GF
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We brought my in-laws to JB Dawson's because we loved their crab cake sandwich. My husband and I still do however, the crab cake was a just little too spicy for my 88 year old mother-in-law. The manager comped her meal and we ordered her a bowl of lobster bisque which she enjoyed ver much. Love the brown bread and maple butter with the meal. Service was excellent. This would have been a 5 star rating except that the chef might want to lessen the old bay or whatever the spices are in the crab cake so that it may cover a wider range of preferences...We will be back.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 1 May 2019

GraceF! Thanks so much for the awesome review! We will definitely check with the kitchen to ensure the Crab Cakes are being made properly. They are certainly not meant to be overwhelmingly spicy. Either way, we love hearing about great experiences and hope to see you again soon!

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DM
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

This was my first visit to this restaurant. It was my bestfriend birthday so I decided to treat her here because I heard great things about the food. Overall I really liked the restaurant, the quality of drinks, appetizers and food. My server was very attentive and made sure we had everything we needed. I would have given all 5 with my experience which was awesome but it boiled down literally to a baked potato lol. Please have a few available for lunch instead of having to wait until after 4pm other than that it was great.

TW
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although our reservations weren't checked, we were seated right away. Our booth was very clean and the wait staff was very prompt. Our food was absolutely delicious. I can't remember what wife and kids had, but my Panko-crusted crab cakes were great. I had garlic whipped mashed potatoes and Cole slaw. We live in Baltimore, Maryland, but we often shop at Christiana Mall and will return to dine.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was great.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 1 May 2019

Thanks for the 5 star review!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

It was very disappointing. My crab cakes were expensive and it was just a pile of crab with bread crumbs. My salad was drowning in dressing. The staff was lovely and attentive but the food was not at all worth it.

e
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent continuous food and service. I have been dining here for the past 5 years and never disappointed.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 9 April 2019

Eddieb, Thank you so much for the continuous patronage and the great 5 star review, however I do hope you meant to say that you're "never" disappointed! Please feel free to ask for me the next time you're dining with us. Sincerely, Randy Oxman, General Manager.

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a
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A chain nothing special

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 3 April 2019

Amiandai, Thanks for the great review!

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