Get to know who we are.

At J. Wilson’s we believe that the devil is in the details. That’s why we feature sustainable, locally-sourced offerings with a modern twist.

Since 2001, we’ve shared our passion for good food, friends, and hospitality above and beyond. Our name is a nod to Mr. John Wilson, who founded another famous Lawrence establishment, Johnny’s Tavern. We got our start there in 1978 when Rick bought the Tavern from Johnny himself.

We want you to feel at home in our space. Our promise to you is food so good you’ll want to lick your plate, your knife, your fork, and your fingers. And drinks so good you’ll definitely want another. 

We truly appreciate you and invite you into our Lawrence, KS restaurant family.  Call for your reservation with us today.

Rick & Nancy Renfro, Owners
Jailene Faves, General Manager
Bruce Owens, House Sommelier
Managers, Servers, Culinarians & Support Staff

We met Rick and Nancy, the owners and made a lot of amazing friends that we plan to come back and have brunch with. Everything about this place is amazing! The food, atmosphere, employees and even the customers are awesome!”

– CW, Lawrence KS


Local and sustainable are key ingredients in
each dish created by our talented chefs.


Boutique wines from sutstainable vineyards,
local craft beers, and favorites from local distilleries.


Our semi-private dining rooms are best suited for groups from 12 to 40 guests. Your event manager will handle all the details while you focus on enjoying your event. Choose from cocktails + appetizers, a family-style buffet, or full-plated meals all filled with fresh from-scratch food. Our expert sommelier will pair hand-selected wine with your custom menu to match your taste + mood. Let us focus on the details and ensure that your event is inappropriately good.

I previously went here for dinner and had the salmon which was amazing and the staff was amazing, but I went for brunch this morning and sat at the bar and truly had the best time….This is seriously the best restaurant in Lawrence and I would eat here every day if I could.

– EF, Lawrence KS


Monday 11am–9pm
Tuesday 11am–9pm
Wednesday 11am–9pm
Thursday 11am–9pm
Friday 11am–10pm
Saturday 9am–10pm
Sunday 9am–9pm

Brunch Hours: Sat & Sun 9am-2pm

Find us near 6th & Wakarusa.