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Lawson's Bar & Bistro, Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Lawson's Bar & Bistro

4.7
4.7
469 Reviews
£26 to £40
Bistro
Stacey Lawson and Paul Fields are not only delighted but thoroughly excited to announce the opening of their restaurant. Stacey and Paul sensed something was missing from the Lincoln dining experience. Paul had always had a passion to open up an independent restaurant and as a local girl Stacey recognised that although Lincoln is a historical City and a very dynamic and growing City, there was a clear need for a relaxed restaurant experience that combined history with modernity.

So, after much thought and research, after travelling across the United Kingdom, Paul and Stacey realised that Lincoln lacked a restaurant that acknowledged the quality of classic 1990's bistro cuisine, whilst also offering an informal and exciting dining experience. Head Chef Paul Fields understands Lincoln dining, for the last ten years, Paul led the team at Browns Pie Shop and Restaurant, Steep Hill.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Bistro

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Wed–Fri 12:00–14:30 Sat 12:00–16:00 Sun 12:00–17:00 Dinner Wed–Fri 18:00–21:00 Sat 17:30–21:30

  • Phone number

    01522 520202

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Area

    Lincoln

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 469 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.7Value

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  1. FC

    FezCP

    Lincolnshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Theis was the second visit to Lawsons in Lincoln, we chose to partake in the 2 course lunch menu which is without doubt one of the better ones around. The staff were very attentive without being too much in your dining space. The choice for the 2/3 course lunch is varied and extremely great value. I would not hesitate to reccomend this restaurant to my friends and family if they were visiting and looking for great food, service and value fir money.
  2. SL

    SarahLincs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely lunch menu and very good value. Lots to choose from and great variety of meat and non meat dishes. Good portion sizes and all delicious and very fresh. The staff are attentive and friendly - will be back for sure.
  3. GK

    GeraldK

    Lincolnshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Lawsons to celebrate my fathers 92nd birthday. We were greeted by friendly accommodating staff and shown to a lovely table. The service was excellent as was the food and the ambiance. I would happily recommend this establishment for a special occasion without hesitation. Four clean plates at the end of the meal were testimony to this.
  4. ER

    EileenR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. Food was delicious. Good choice on menu. Excellent value for money with the 3 course lunch deal. Highly recommended! Will definitely return!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Lincolnshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food. Friendly staff. Wonderful ambiance. A wonderful evening.
  6. AW

    AngelaW

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant, food is always of a high standard. Excellent presentation. All staff members give professional attentive service. It's a pleasure to dine here.
  7. VP

    VictoriaP

    Bedfordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really lovely bistro. Fantastic service and food. Lovely atmosphere too.
  8. P

    Phillipo

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Pleasant,good value lunch. We sat outside on the back terrace which was lovely and quiet. Service was very good and nothing was too much trouble.
  9. NW

    NatashaW

    Lincolnshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience1
    Service was poor Tables too close together The couple behind us were on the phone very loudly and it spoilt the atmosphere. No staff member asked them to come off there phone !! My chicken Kiev was bland no flavour very disappointed. Vegetables we’re too Al dente. My chicken liver parfait came with a slice of toast that was just dropped on the plate and one leaf of salad no presentation at all .
  10. RD

    RachelD

    Lincolnshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food and very good staff, food was extremely well presented
  11. EL

    EmmieLou

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hearty delicious food, quick polite officiant service, would visit again and recommend, thank you :)
  12. LG

    LizG

    Lincolnshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had read good reviews about this bistro and it has lived up to our expectations . Friendly staff and good service. Not a large menu but I think enough choice and the food was excellent
  13. A

    Angels44

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals we have had for ages, excellent value for money for a 3 course lunch and fantastic staff and service
  14. RJ

    RobJ

    Lincolnshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Quality and choice of food was exceptional, great service and great location.
  15. S

    Sara

    Lincolnshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food always looks and tastes amazing. Service is very good also, staff are lovely and waiting time between courses isnt too long. Lunchtime menu is great price for the quality of food and service you get.
  16. RM

    RebeccaM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always go for their set price lunch. Unbeatable value and delicious food!
  17. DL

    DebbieL

    Lincolnshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, perfect portion sizes. Attentive and friendly staff and nice outside area where we sat with desserts and drinks. Great evening overall in a lovely venue.
  18. SS

    SarahS

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is an excellent restaurant, the food and service are second to none, great choice of food and wine, always delicious.
  19. N

    Nanda

    Lincolnshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    If I could recommend only one restaurant in Lincoln, it would be Lawsons. The food is amazing and it is by no means in the pricey side for the quality of food they deliver. A 3 course meal lunch at Lawsons costs just £18pp so it costs the same for lunch as getting 2 pizzas.
  20. YB

    YvonneB

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great little restaurant with lovely food and great value lunch menu
  21. p

    peterh

    Lincolnshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    i had fish &chips, fish was very good chips not so good ,but overall good lunch
  22. JP

    JaneP

    Lincolnshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service and surroundings. The food was great very tasty but the chips were slightly over cooked. Still tasted good though. We will go again definitely.
  23. JB

    JoanneB

    Lincolnshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent. The food outstanding and good value for money. We weren’t rushed and was well looked after. We would definitely recommend.
  24. M

    Monkey

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Had the set lunch menu (2 courses). There was a good range of options and the food was tasty and well presented. Excellent value for money also. My only minor quibble would be that some of the serving staff seemed to be inexperienced and afraid to engage with the customers.
  25. DB

    DanielleB

    Lincolnshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food and staff very friendly and not too expensive would recommend
  26. CL

    ChrisL

    Devon

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a delightful evening meal with outstanding food and excellent service and would happily eat there again in the future.
  27. SM

    SallyM

    Lincolnshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first visit to Lawsons, it certainly will not be my last. Having never been, you never know what to expect, so you sit there avidly watching other peoples food being served, it took all my strength not to got and start eating with random people as I simply could not wait for my food to arrive. I chose the baked soufflé for my starter, delicious, truly spectacular and belly pork for my main, it was beautifully cooked, the right sized portion and the crackling utterly perfect. I would highly recommend. The staff were utterly lovely, the right amount of time to choose, the right amount of time to pop over when your food was there to ask if everything was ok, absolutely fantastic. The ladies toilets smelt Devine too, lovely and clean, plenty of soap, toilet rolls, hand towels. Well done Lawsons, probably the best meal I have had for a very long time.
  28. PH

    PaulaH

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, excellent service, reasonable prices. Great lunch menu, enjoyed it very much!
  29. JG

    JulieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can only say that the experience at Lawsons was outstanding. The staff are amazing, very attentive and professional and yet discreet . The menu choice for the set lunch menu an excellent mix and had something for all and the food was amazing. A lovely experience, will be returning and cannot recommend highly enough
  30. KB

    KarenB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food in a nice cosy atmosphere. Would return.
  31. T

    Thacker

    Lincolnshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and service from an attentive team.
  32. AB

    AriannaB

    Lincolnshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, excellent food as always, cannot recommend this place enough
  33. JH

    JohnH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had lunch food and service were great. There is a more extensive menu for the evening, which looked interesting.
  34. L

    Lass

    Lincolnshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, great selection of food. We had all three courses !! Good value overall. Will definitely return.
  35. KP

    KunziPainter

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Really lovely and well presented food with attentive, friendly waiters. Went here for a casual birthday lunch for my mum and we all had an enjoyable lunch, agreeing to return.
  36. TM

    TimM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    First time at Lawsons. One of the party had dietary issues and Chef handled this perfectly and was very knowledgeable. We will certainly dine again.
  37. SW

    SarahW

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Honestly, I live about 2.5 hours from Lincoln, but I will continue going back just for Lawsons. The food here is amazing. I had prawns to start and they were so delicious, with sweet chilli and tomato very very tasty. Followed by the stuffed chicken. I asked for the triple cooked chips instead of new pots which was happily accommodated, with a side of Stilton sauce. Really so very good that I can’t rate highly enough. The staff here are also a credit to the restaurant, every ask was catered for, even when I was trying to Shazam a song that was playing, it wasn’t working so the waiter went and found out the name and title for me :) This is our 2nd visit and will definitely not be our last. Thankyou for a lovely evening.
  38. B

    Bluemoon

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    A nice place in a great location, but we were seated downtairs with one one other table taken, even on a Friday evening, so there was little atmosphere. Service was good, but sadly let down by very average food. Cured salmon and tarragon mayonnaise, with no taste of tarragon at all, but the salmon was nice. Both mains were presented nicely, but poor quality. Overcooked, dry salmon, and pork belly with lots of unrendered fat, and served with inedible mash complete with a skin, and very bland vegetables. Not great, I'm afraid.
  39. m

    matb

    Gloucestershire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    One of the best meals I've had in ages. Great menu and lovely wine which they allowed me to try before buying. Awesome.
  40. RG

    RebeccaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant in a lovely location. Food was excellent and very reasonably priced. Service was excellent

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

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Lawson's Bar & Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 469 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Lawson's Bar & Bistro

8-9 The Strait, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN2 1JD

Additional information

  • Area

    Lincoln

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Wed–Fri 12:00–14:30 Sat 12:00–16:00 Sun 12:00–17:00 Dinner Wed–Fri 18:00–21:00 Sat 17:30–21:30

  • Cuisines

    Bistro

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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