JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster

4.4
549 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 549 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.4
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4.3
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4.1
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TomD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 27 March 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
1 review
Dined on 22 March 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 26 March 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review!!!

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vipJenn
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on 20 March 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 24 March 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 13 March 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 17 March 2021

Thanks for the very kind words.

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TinaM
1 review
Dined on 13 March 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 17 March 2021

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

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TonyM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday dinner for my daughter

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

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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vipKathrynV
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place always a pleasant experience

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

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Had the ribeye and it was awfu

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Okay...nothing spectacular.

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

Thanks for the 4 stars!

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DuaneB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our party of 4 were celebrating a special occasion. The majority of our meals were prepared well except for the one meal of braised ribs which were overcooked and the brussels sprouts were soggy. My rib-eye steak was cooked to perfection and the green bean almondine was one of the best I have ever had in a restaurant. The manager helped us to get better seating from where we were initially placed in a high traffic area. We will return!

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

Thanks for the very nice & thorough review. We are very sorry to hear about the short ribs being overdone as well as the brussels sprouts not being great. Please don't every hesitate to let a manager know right then & there so we can take care of the issue. We look forward to serving you again soon & hopefully you will have no more issues. Sincerely, Pete DiCarlo. Director of Operations/Owner.

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vipSandrar
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Server was attentive. Will return!!

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

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

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DeborahA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Disappointed with my favorite food there. The chicken tenders were heavily breaded and soggy. Seem to remember a much lighter breading and they were always crisp. Other than that, dinner was good.

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

Deborah, my name is Robert Lautenbacher & I'm the General Manager & I'm the General Manager of this location. I'm very sorry to hear about your favorite meal. I can tell you that the breading can be tricky at times but at no point should they have been soggy. 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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JasonM
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Food did not taste good. Need better bbq sauce. But ok atmosphere

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SamanthaT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner - had the prime rib and filet Oscar - amazing!

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on 7 March 2021

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

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KevinC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing night with the love of my life. 10/10

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on 7 March 2021

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

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CameronA
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2021
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!

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on 7 March 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review! So glad to hear that you loved everything. Expect things to be wonderful each & every time you walk through our doors.

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NicoleL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 20 February 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 20 February 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 on 24 February 2021

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

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

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster
Responded on 22 February 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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EdsonL
1 review
Dined on 17 February 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 15 February 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 19 February 2021

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

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MichF
1 review
Dined on 14 February 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 20 February 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 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service.

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

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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Vinny
1 review
Dined on 13 February 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 19 February 2021

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

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Husband and Wife dinner

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

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 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 10 February 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!!

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DanielT
1 review
Dined on 30 January 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 4 February 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 28 January 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 3 February 2021

Thanks for the wonderful restaurant & your continued patronage!!

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CMac
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 15 March 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 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Danr
1 review
Dined on 12 March 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 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!

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LisaMc
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 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 7 March 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 13 March 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 6 March 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 11 March 2020

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

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 29 February 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 2 March 2020

Thanks for the very kind review & your continue patronage.

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MatthewzMom
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 29 February 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 4 March 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 29 February 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 4 March 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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CVB123
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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FAQs

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (717) 399-3996.

JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster is rated 4.4 stars by 549 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 bookings at the moment.