J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark

4.2
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85 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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.


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What 85 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.4
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.2
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Seafood pasta awesome; crab cake mostly bread and crumbled apart

M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

This was our second time eating here and the food was awesome both times. The service is slightly odd as several wait staff attend to each table so we get asked the same questions and told the same information multiple times.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks for the wonderful review! The service should be seamless even though you have different staff members taking care of you. We will talk about this. We look forward to your next visit.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Very short wait fast service. Great service. Good service.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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J
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

Just ok this time around. Was there to celebrate hubby’s bday..The food wasn’t as good as it normally is. The chicken was fried way too hard. My 3 yr old didn’t even eat it. Our server was nice, but the experience wasn’t as great as prior visits.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded 2 days ago

Hello, my name is Fatema Estrada and I'm the General Manager of this location. I'm very sorry to hear that this visit wasn't as great as previous visits. I can promise you that nothing has changed. I would love the opportunity to speak with you. If you would be so kind to call me at 302-369-4000 or send your contact information to jbdawsons@yahoo. Looking forward to speaking with you. Sincerely, Fatema.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

The atmosphere was great for just a night out with my wife. Food was good and the ambience was cool. Drinks were a little weak but overall had a great time.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience4

The service was greats but my fiancé and I didn’t really enjoy our meals disappointed with everything. Even the drink she ordered was watered down. Twisted shrimp appetizer were small for the price point . I ordered the shrimp and scallops it was just ok the mashed potatoes were bland and room temperature . I would not eat there again.

R
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great and so were the staff made us feel like family will be coming back soon

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded 6 days ago

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

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b
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Waited 15 minutes past our reservation time. I ordered the “Roasted veggie bowl” which was basically a dish of white rice and 2 large pieces of Bread. There was a total of 2 button mushrooms and 1 slice of zucchini and a few stalks of asparagus for the veggies. It was all white bread and white rice.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Excellent service and food was great!

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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SP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first time at this restaurant. The service was great and the food even better.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks for the wonderful review & for finally giving JBD's a try!

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t
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Waitresses all awesome especially Kaiya who was Informative, honest and thoughtful. Food delish as always and cocktails too. Perfect Friday night.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!

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JF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great. Everyone works together. Great food. Great value

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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h
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific food, service is the best. They are the friendliest people. Very attentive to your request. Their Maui ribeye steak, and the Salmon Oscar are" soooooo good! "

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review! You have pretty much said it all. We look forward to your next visit.

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S
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had great meals, good food prepared the way we asked, service was good, and they were very accommodating for my wife’s mobility issues. Even found us a table where her rollator could be parked right next to us.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on January 31, 2020

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

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CJ
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

Great service but the food was only mediocre. Had the prime rib which was tough and lacked flavor. The baked potato was cold in spots...hot in others. I won’t be back for a business meal.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on January 25, 2020

While I'm thrilled to hear that the service was great, I'm very sorry to hear about the quality of food that you received. We pride ourselves on great food & great service. We pride ourselves on great food & great service & you only received 1/2 of our promise. I would love the opportunity to speak with you about this visit. If you would be so kind to call me at 302-369-4000 or send your contact information to jbdawsons@yahoo. Looking forward to speaking with you. Robert Lautenbacher. GM

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j
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great time and the food was very good. I have always liked it there.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on January 25, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!

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v
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food, quiet atmostphere, reasonable price, what more could you ask for in a restaurant attached to the mall.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on January 9, 2020

Thanks for the very nice review. We look forward to serving you again.

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S
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Had dinner there New Year's Eve. Had a reservation, and waited quite a while for a table, but understandable, as they were very busy. Food and drinks were excellent and we had a great waitress.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on January 9, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review! Very sorry to hear that you had to wait longer than your reservation time. We will make sure that we speak about this with the staff. Thanks for being understandable & I'm so happy to hear that it was worth the wait. Sincerely, Pete Dicarlo. Director of Operations/Owner.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went here for New Years Eve. Great service and menu! Offered a special NYE menu but also allowed us to order from their regular menu.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on January 1, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review! So happy you joined us on such a special day.

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JC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience5

The waitress stopped coming to our table after some time so we had to wave down different waiters . Decided it would be a bad idea to order anything further. We paid with cash so we didn’t have to wait for anyone to run our card.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on January 9, 2020

Hello, my name is Fatema Estrada & I'm the General Manager of this location. I'm very sorry to hear about your service because we pride ourselves on great food & great service. I would love the opportunity to speak with you about this visit. If you would be so kind to call me at 302-369-4000 or send your contact information to jbdawsons@yahoo. Looking forward to speaking with you. Sincerely, Fatema.

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RB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience5

1st visit. We had the New Years Eve specials. Stuffed lobster tails, and steak and mashed potatoes. Both meal were EXTREMELY salty! !! Our server and the manager were great at addressing our needs.

N
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Talk about a perfect night!!!! Cute date night spot with good music, excellent service and food was amazing!!

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on December 31, 2019

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

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WS
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Having reservations was Good.
Walked in the Door and was spotted right away.
Good Service

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on December 26, 2019

Thanks for the very nice review.

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d
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Very nice service from the hosting staff, servers, and management. The issue was that our meal arrived a minute after our salads arrived. We asked for the entrees to be returned to the kitchen. We were told the side dishes were replaced (not sure) but the salmon and crab cakes seemed to have been just kept warm. Nonetheless, we accepted our fate. The salmon was ok but the crab cakes were too dry with way too much filling and very little crab. Staff worked to solve our issue but it was not the best of dinner experiences.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on December 12, 2019

Hello, my name is Fatema Estrada and I'm the General Manager of this location. I'm so sorry to hear about this experience because this is definitely not the norm when it comes to J.B. Dawson's. I would love the opportunity to speak with you about this visit. If you would be so kind to call me at 302-369-4000 or send your contact information to jbdawsons@yahoo. Looking forward to speaking with you. Sincerely, Fatema

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MK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Service was awful and the wait long! Also chicken was terrible in the entree. The drink was delicious but that’s about it.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on November 25, 2019

Michelle, my name is Fatema Estrada & I'm the General Manager of this location. I'm completely embarrassed by this review. We pride ourselves on great food & great service. I would love the opportunity to speak with you about this review because we are so much better than what you received. If you would be so kind to call me at 302-369-4000 or send your contact information to jbdawsons@yahoo. Sincerely, Fatema.

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KB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

JB's never disappoints. Once again in for the weekend to visit my kids at University of Delaware and it's a stop we always make every time out there. Food and service is excellent!!

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on November 20, 2019

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!

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KP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

The food was fantastic! The dining area is a little run down and could use some freshening up.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on November 20, 2019

Thanks for the very kind review.

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j
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Always consistently delicious! Managers are always on the ball and service is great.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on November 18, 2019

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!

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MW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was excellent, as always. Service was a bit lacking. Never got our bread, nor our second appetizer. My friend's husband had to wait about 30 minutes for the beer he asked for. But, all in all, I will definitely be back to JB Dawson's. Their food is excellent.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thanks for the very nice review although it sounds like we didn't deserve it. I would love the opportunity to speak with you about this visit. If you would be so kind to call me at 302-369-4000 or send your contact information to jbdawsons@yahoo. Looking forward to speaking with you. Sincerely, Fatema Estrada. General Manager.

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MA
Key West
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was the first time we went to this restaurant and was not disappointed. I ordered the seasonal lobster mac and cheese and it was very good, a big portion also. Hubby got the rotisserie chicken and said it was very tender. We will be back to this restaurant again....very nice ambiance

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on November 18, 2019

Thanks for the wonderful review! So glad to hear that you finally gave us a try and you weren't disappointing. Expect things to be great each & every time you walk through our doors. Looking forward to your next visit.

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F
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was great and the food was amazing. I would definitely come again and highly recommended! I’ve recommended people come for the crab dip especially!

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on November 6, 2019

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

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SN
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great we had a wonderful waitress and the manager came by to say hello. It was great we will go back.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thanks for the great review!

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ML
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food very good. Lobster bisque and crab corn chowder were both excellent. Very filling. Our server Sierra was excellent. She was really personable, made some great suggestions and was overall a very friendly, hospitable person.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on November 5, 2019

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

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KB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We come here 3-4 times a year when in town to visit our kids at University of Delaware. It has never disappointed and the family enjoys coming here for a nice meal away from campus

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!

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l
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Experience and Food

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thanks for the great review!

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JS
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

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

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thanks for the very nice review. Looking forward to your next visit.

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BM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

Had a brand new server, he did a great job, a little nervous but to be expected on his first day but overall he did a great job. The food on the other hand was NOT good. The crab dip was way too salty, I’ve had a better burger at shake shack for a 3rd of the price, and the fish tacos were nasty. Fish tasted spoiled and the shells were stale, we couldn’t finish our food. We ended up going somewhere later to get food since we were still hungry. We will not return there ever again!!

MF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thanks for the amazing review & your continued patronage! We work very hard at what we do & it's wonderful to see that you appreciate it. We look forward to serving you again in the near future.

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LB
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thanks for the very kind words. We couldn't agree with you more about we are not a typical mall restaurant.

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