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J. Lawrence Downtown

4.8
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120 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Located in the heart of downtown Bethel Connecticut in the historic opera house building, j. lawrence downtown is where friends, family, and community come together to enjoy elevated food & drink.
We offer two outdoor patios and socially distanced indoor dining.

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  • The Weekend Wind Down!!

    Starting Jul 26, 2020
    Ready to start the week? Join us for our "Weekend Wind Down!" We will be offering live music on the Greenwood Ave side patio along with $8 j. lawrence craft cocktails every Sunday! Seating for watching the music will be limited, but the j. law cocktails will be available at all seating areas! Cheers! Book your reservations and enjoy music & cocktails.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 120 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.7
Value
Noise · Moderate
99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DanielleK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great service , food and especially ambiance ! loved the patio :)

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Kaitlin
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

I wasn't really impressed with the food. It tasted fine but I think I could have made it just as good at home, which isn't what I'm looking for when I'm going out to eat. I had a cocktail which was very strong and still tasted great. I might try this place for brunch eventually but I wouldn't go back for dinner.

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sjcny
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food - social distancing precautions in place - attentive service

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MeganS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

We love JLawrence! Local spot for us that we frequent and its easy to get to, right in Downtown Bethel. Today's brunch we sat indoors (they let us know when arriving outdoors there was an issue with bees). We both got the mimosa special: today was pineapple, generous pours. Got the pretzel to share, always great. My boyfriend and I have probably tried everything on the menu at least once, but today he got the Eggs in Purgatory skillet which he liked, lots of egg and potatoes and spicy. I got The Cure breakfast sandwich, also very good. Reasonable prices. Volume depends on the time of day. Weekend brunch definitely draws a crowd so good idea to make a reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friend and I went here for brunch and had the best time. Everyone was so nice, food was great. It was an all around amazing experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance....

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SusanaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambience- music outside- food was fantastic and service was great

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is always amazing and the atmosphere is so relaxing.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing. From the ricotta toast, to the pub burger, to the donuts, it was all top notch. In fact, I’m just about to order the same meal again tonight. I’ve been thinking about how good it was for the past few days. Definitely recommend!

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SusanW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love JLawrence! Excellent food and friendly staff.

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isabelleM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Everything was great, just disappointed as the entree special wasn’t available anymore and service was a little slow. Overall great.

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Kerry
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had an awesome time! Fast service, good food and drinks, and nice staff. First time going out to eat in 6 months and it didn’t disappoint.

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MerredithC
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We celebrated my 40th birthday there this week. The location in downtown Bethel near the train was very nice, the food was terrific, the drinks perfect, and skillet cookie amazing. Staff was very accommodating & friendly. Highly recommend!

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DavidD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We enjoyed having real glass glasses outside. Food was good service good overall nice evening out.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great experience And great food.

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GailB
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Wonderful ambience, good food and service. Worth a visit.

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BeccaC
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a blast at brunch! Our server was amazing! I was worried that sitting outside would mean less attention from our server (as we often experience at other restaurants), but she was incredibly on top of her game, even though it was quite busy. The food was incredible! The drinks were strong and tasty. Can’t wait to go back again!

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AleeceP
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place, I would highly recommend coming here. We came here to celebrate my fathers birthday, so we were a larger party no problem making a reservation online. They have a great outdoor seating section, though we chose inside due to the forecast calling for rain. We were sat in a room to ourselves which was so nice! Live music was playing right outside the door, which was nice. I loved the menu so many great different options. For apps we had the burrata, edamame potstickers, tots and one of the specials all really great. Dinner I had the greenwood Milanese which was amazing! My husband the steak also amazing and cooked perfectly. The cocktails, wine and dessert all good as well. Our server was great she was attentive and friendly. Looking forward to a return visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

J Lawrence is one of best restaurants around. The food is always awesome, and the staff is very attentive and nice. They are doing a great of keeping it sanitized and covid safe. They always have a great tap selection and are constantly rotating new beers. This is our go to spot!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely delicious!! Brunch was fabulous! We especially enjoyed the chicken and waffles and the loaded bloody mary.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Loved it! We were too close to the live music but still great!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall1Food5Service1Ambience5

I made a reservation for five people outdoors and they refused to give me a table that was bigger than a table for four. They wanted to put a chair on the corner of a square table and told me all tables larger were reserved

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Kyle
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great beer and great food. Don’t have too much options but they have twists on common dishes

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great experience on the front patio. The protocol was clear and everything looked clean and we were strategically staggered. Food was very good. I’d recommend this place to all.

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LenE
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I saw Justin Chan several times before at J Lawrence and this was the most enjoyable both in accommodations and sound quality.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary dinner💗 Overall great experience!!

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ThereseM
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food, service and ambiance was great! Bella Blue was providing entertainment which was quite enjoyable. Would definitely recommend you try J Lawrence if you haven’t been there before. You will be glad you did.

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andrewr
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great food and service. The outdoor seating area is fantastic. The food and drink menus are always full of great surprises. Our go to place!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and service will be back soon

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PattiA
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

We were seated outside, which was ideal for us. However, we were directly under the speaker, which was a bit loud. Service was quick, friendly and attentive. Ordered chicken and waffles, unaware that it was dark meat. Probably would not have ordered it had I known. But everything else was so wonderful. We will be back.

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KMaldonado1111
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice outside seating, sidewalk of downtown Bethel. One unpleasantly was the loud beeping of the crosswalk alarm. Annoying. Food was tasty. A bit pricey for basically “pub” food. But was delicious! Fun craft cocktails!

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PatD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, drinks and service. We had crab and artichoke dip to start with our drinks - the Paloma is very good. Dinner for me was an amazing lobster roll - probably my all-time favorite - fresh lobster, light mayo and good flavors on a soft toasted roll. My husband had filet mignon with a very good sauce. I can't tell you much more - it was gone so fast. We had bread pudding for dessert. It was a very sweet ending to a great anniversary dinner. J. Lawrence doesn't disappoint.

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was great! Very nice and welcoming staff, food came to the table very quick and was delicious. Outside seating felt cozy and homey on a summer night. Definitely coming back!

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vipConnieM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service and food were very good. We were there when they had live music which was excellent.

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KathyB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The outdoor seating is really nice! The staff makes sure all tables and chairs are cleaned when patrons leave! Food is delicious! Great spot for brunch, lunch, or dinner!

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ColinH
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Downtown Bethel in summer has an almost European flair with great restaurants and shopping within walking distance. J Lawrence is an update on the old Opera House and offers a small but high quality menu. The food was excellent and great value. On arrival there were printed menus, but later we were supposed to use a QR code bring it up on a telephone, however this did not provide any useful information. We were fortunate to dine there on an evening when Billy Michael's band was playing and they are wonderful musicians with amazing stamina, playing a two hour set with no break.

On the other hand, the location is noisy with many motorcycles and sports cars demonstrating their exhaust sounds. While we enjoyed the band, the constant noise and music did not make for a relaxing time. Often we could not even communicate with the servers because of the sounds.

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RandyE
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service, was great, food excellent and entertainment even better. Had a great experience.

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LaurenH
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my first time there and I was very impressed. Everything from the cocktails to appetizers and dinner were delicious. Can’t wait to go back again.

J. Lawrence Downtown
Responded on 13 August 2020

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your experience with us. So happy to hear you enjoyed your fist visit! We look forward to seeing you again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for brunch and it was fantastic! The service was exceptional and the food incredible. They took all precautions and safety during the pandemic very seriously. The noise level was moderate because we sat outside and it’s right by the road so you can hear traffic, but it was never too loud or annoying. Everyone in my group is already talking about going back there!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently awesome staff, food, ambiance- and safe on these Covid times

J. Lawrence Downtown
Responded on 13 August 2020

Thank you for the kind words and taking the time to write a review.

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FAQs

J. Lawrence Downtown does offer delivery in partnership with Toast. J. Lawrence Downtown also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 616-5949.

J. Lawrence Downtown is rated 4.8 stars by 120 OpenTable diners.

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