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JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster

4.7
4.7
721 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Steakhouse, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–7:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (717) 399-3996

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Lancaster

  • Cross street

    Harrisburg Pike

  • Parking details

    We have the mall parking lot.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 721 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Lancaster County

    Best Value

  • Lancaster County

    Good for Groups

  • Lancaster County

    Special Occasion

  • Lancaster County

    American

  • Lancaster County

    Most Booked

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  1. CG

    CherylG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always great, we love to go there at least once a month
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We were saying my husbands birthday. The food was delicious and the service great!
  3. B

    Blanc

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Be prepared. Servings are very large which is fine if you don’t mind taking 1/2 home. Service was excellent but 2 separate managers literally stopped at our table 5 times to be sure everything was okay (which it was, every time). Waitress was very good and checked frequently also. The number of interruptions actually was a little annoying since we never had a complaint.

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded 5 days agoThanks for the very kind 4 star review! We are very sorry to hear about the number of times the managers stopped by. We will make sure to address this with them. We look forward to your next visit.

  4. RJ

    RichardJ

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    JB Dawson is an outstanding place for a very nice meal. The service is great, the staff is very attentive and always around to assist immediately. They have excellent options for food and drink. This is my favorite place and the only reason I go to Park City.

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded 7 days agoRichard, thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage! The staff works very hard at what they do & it's always very much appreciated when guests such as your self recognize it. Thanks again & we look forward to your next visit.

  5. PB

    PatB

    Philadelphia

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always. We had great food and service as always.

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on June 20, 2022Thanks for the wonderful review and your continued patronage!

  6. MV

    MisterV

    Philadelphia

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was there for my birthday with a couple friends. The ribs were great, flavorful and tender. Had been there before but this time was much better

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on June 17, 2022Thanks for the wonderful review & for giving us another try! We look forward to your next visit.

  7. JR

    JasonR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food, however the server did not know that all day Sunday they have baked potatoes.

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on June 15, 2022Thanks for the wonderful review but we are very sorry about the server not knowing about the baked potatoes! Quite embarrassing.

  8. JL

    JaniceL

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seated quickly. Our server was attentive. The bread and butter is fantastic. I had the Chicken Oscar, my husband had the Filet Mignon Oscar, and our friend had Prime Rib. All were perfectly done and delicious. The only reason that I only gave 4 stars for value is because there is a $3.00 up charge for premium sides. I had 2 - the baked potato which was huge and broccoli. Don’t understand why a baked potato should cost $3 more than garlic mashed, and $3 more for two very small stalks of broccoli seemed outrageous. All in all, we would highly recommend dining there.

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on June 15, 2022Thanks for the 5 star review! I'm glad to hear that you loved everything and we look forward to your next visit. We will look into your concern about the sides but our baked potatoes are much more expensive than our mashed potatoes especially when people add the butter, sour cream, cheese & bacon. Thanks again for the 5 star review.

  9. C

    Crt001

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to celebrate a birthday!

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on June 9, 2022Thanks for the wonderful review!

  10. JS

    JSC2022

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    We ate there on a Saturday night. My wife enjoyed her meal (ribs, fries, baked beans) very much. Unfortunately, my meal did not compare favorably. My sandwich came with tomato and onion after I asked for it not be on it - no big deal, but my soup was completely forgotten. When I mentioned it, the server seemed surprised that I had not had it. It arrived way too hot - like it was extra microwaved since it sat for awhile and was way too salty. I will acknowledge that my chicken sandwich was very tasty. The atmosphere seemed inviting and other families were celebrating birthdays and special occasions. Our server, you could tell, was very new; she forgot my wife's wine, the drinks (ice water and ice tea) arrived with no ice, she did not check back after delivering the drinks, and took nearly 15 minutes to run the credit card for the bill (as she forgot it was in her apron). She was extremely sweet, young, and overwhelmed. The management probably could have helped her more as others of her tables experienced similar problems. We would give it another opportunity.

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on June 6, 2022Hello, thanks for the 4 star review but I'm very sorry to hear about this experience. I would love the opportunity to speak with you about this visit because 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 Lautenbacher. General Manager.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delectable and the ambience was cozy. Our server was very personable we were very pleased and enjoyed our time there. I think this week be our new favorite restaurant.

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on May 31, 2022Thanks for the wonderful review & we hope so too!

  12. TC

    TeresaC

    Pittsburgh

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service & atmosphere!!

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on May 30, 2022Thanks for the wonderful review!

  13. KY

    KatiY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love it here. Best filet at any restaurant. Food is always above average

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on May 30, 2022Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!

  14. DW

    DianaW

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, huge portions, servers are gracious. Always satisfied.

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on May 27, 2022Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!

  15. KB

    KarenB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and drinks. Service excellent. Great place! Loved atmosphere!

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on May 26, 2022Thanks for the wonderful review!

  16. T

    Truxal

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The restaurant is quiet and tastefully decorated. We received a small loaf of fresh pumpernickel that was very tasty immediately after ordering. I had shrimp and scallops, which were done just right and nicely seasoned. My wife had jambalaya with gluten-free pasta, which was delicious. The price was very reasonable, and service was very good. We will be back.

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on May 23, 2022Thanks for the wonderful 5 star review! We look forward to your next visit.

  17. SO

    ShortOnTime

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a nice time there. We love the Twisted Burger and bonus that kids eat free on Sundays. My son has loved going here for birthdays every year because of the sparklers.

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on May 23, 2022Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage! Your son has very good taste.

  18. PL

    PatL

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner and service as always. Able to reserve a table online.

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on May 18, 2022Thanks for the wonderful review!

  19. SV

    StevenV

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We come to JB Dawson’s for the atmosphere and food quality. The service is always outstanding! The manager rounds on guests and is just a nice guy. He never forgets our names! We come to JB Dawson’s when we want a relaxing meal with awesome food and service!

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on May 17, 2022Thanks for the amazing review & your continued patronage!

  20. MM

    MarilynM

    Philadelphia

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place. Wish we lived closer. There for dinner before a show at the AMT. the salmon, fish and chips and burgers were great.

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on May 16, 2022Thanks for the wonderful review! We wish you lived closer as well.

  21. DC

    DianeC

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Both of our entrees were delicious, steak and shrimp pasta sauté. Service was great and quick. We also enjoyed lobster bisque for an appetizer and apple crisp for dessert. I would highly recommend J.B. Dawson’s.

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on May 16, 2022Thanks for the wonderful review! Looking forward to having you back.

  22. OR

    OwenR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very satisfied with everything and will return again

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on May 11, 2022Thanks for the wonderful review!

  23. SR

    StaceyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our service and food was excellent. It was a little loud in there but it was a full house for Mother’s Day so that was to be expected.

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on May 11, 2022Thanks for the wonderful review!

  24. JK

    JosephK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The appointment was right on time. Excellent Food and Service.

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on May 12, 2022Thanks for the wonderful review!

  25. RZ

    RebeccaZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time for Mother’s Day last weekend!

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on May 12, 2022Thanks for the wonderful review!

  26. JG

    JaneG

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was good. Our waitress was okay. She did not get my mother’s order correct. I ordered soup and salad and my mother ordered the Caesar salad with grilled chicken as an option. When her lunch came it appeared she was given half Caesar salad with a chicken sandwich. My mom did not fuss and ate the chicken separate without the bun and said it was fine. Our waitress, once she delivered the food did not come back to the table to check on us and we had long finished when she did come back, the place was not busy at the time we were there. When she took the bill with the credit card I was still waiting ten minutes later and had to flag down another staff person to see if they could find her, and despite it being shared they work as a team this staff person did not seem happy, she finally appeared with my card and we then left. So was not impressed with waitress.

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on May 11, 2022Jane, my name is Robert Lautenbacher & I'm the General Manager of this JBD's. I would love to thank you 1st for the very kind 4 star review but I would love the opportunity to speak with you about this visit because we are so much better than 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.

  27. MK

    MaryK

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was well prepared and delicious. We had beef short ribs and fish.

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on May 9, 2022Thanks for the very kind 4 star review.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting the Lancaster area for our anniversary! Food was great and very accommodating staff. Our waiter was new on the job, but did an excellent job. Don’t recall her name. Definitely will be back

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on May 2, 2022Thanks for the wonderful review & we look forward to your next visit.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was so excited to dine at the JB Dawson’s Lancaster location, as I used to live near their Langhorne location and was a regular there for many years before moving out of the area in 2019. I was so impressed that after 3 years, a different location, and all the challenges that restaurants faced with Covid, the food, the quality of service, and the consistency from the Langhorne location that I remember was all a perfect 10!! Outstanding job and my only request is that you please open a new location in State College! 😁

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on May 3, 2022Thanks for the amazing review & your continued patronage to JBD's! So glad to hear you loved both locations. We look forward to more visits but I don't think we will be opening a location anytime soon. But never say never. Sincerely, Pete DiCarlo. Director of Operations/Owner.

  30. AM

    AmyM

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delay in getting seated with reservations otherwise food and service was good.

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on April 27, 2022Thanks for the very kind 4 star review. Very sorry to hear about the delay in your seating.

  31. JK

    JimK

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great night.

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on May 9, 2022Thanks for the very kind 4 star review.

  32. DS

    DebraS

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good but not very warm. I had the crab cake and ribs. Noisy as there were a lot of children seated around us. Took too long to be seated even though we had a reservation. I would go there again but probably for lunch when it isn't as crowded.

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on April 27, 2022Debra, thanks for the very kind 4 star review. I am sorry to hear about the food not being hot. I would love the opportunity to speak with you about this visit because this is definitely not the norm when it comes to JBD's. 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 Lautenbacher. General Manager.

  33. SB

    StacieB

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It’s a little dark inside but also creates privacy. Food and drinks were excellent. Lobster bisque and grilled scallops were my favorite. The Bloody Mary with bacon, shrimp & olives was another table favorite. Servers were pleasant and worked as a team. Management checked on each table. Overall fantastic experience

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on April 27, 2022Thanks for the wonderful review!

  34. V

    Vacationing

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    The food was very good. The shrimp & scallops were cooked perfectly. They have a gluten free menu! Everyone was friendly that we encountered. The server did not come to check on us. Had to stop someone else for drink refills also had to go up to check on my to go order before receiving it. I’d recommend them for takeout but not to dine in.

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on April 27, 2022Hello, I am sorry to hear about your service that you received on this visit. I would love the opportunity to speak with you about this visit because this is definitely not the norm when it comes to JBD's. 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 Lautenbacher. General Manager.

  35. r

    russellh

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great. Service was timely and efficient. The manager was present any very personable and although we didn’t need help he seemed willing to help with any issues we may have had. I would definitely recommend.

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on April 27, 2022Thanks for the wonderful review!

  36. DT

    DottiT

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was attentive and we received our food quickly

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on April 27, 2022Thanks for the wonderful review!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easter with 92 year old Mother. Awesome dining experience!

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on April 27, 2022Thanks for the wonderful review! WOW 92!!!

  38. TC

    TeresaC

    Pittsburgh

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brendan was awesome!!

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on April 14, 2022Thanks for the wonderful review!!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a night out with the kids. One of my family’s favorite restaurants. It never disappoints. Staff was extremely nice.

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on April 14, 2022Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!!

  40. KV

    KristaV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent and the good was better than the service. The steak was prepared perfectly!

    JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - LancasterResponded on April 6, 2022Thanks for the wonderful review!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 4.7 stars by 721 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Lancaster

491 Park City Ctr Lancaster, PA 17601

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Harrisburg Pike

  • Neighborhood

    Lancaster

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–7:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Steakhouse, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We have the mall parking lot.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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