Acclaimed items and guest favorites include: Chicken-fried Lobster Tail, Bone-in Ribeye, Dawson Burger, Mac & Cheese, Bloody Mary, and featured Fish Tacos.
A nod to the contiguous Dawson Brothers Fireplace Plant of late 19th century Chicago, The Dawson's interior design draws inspiration from the history of the neighborhood and the industrial innovation of that era and offers an artfully stripped-down aesthetic, highlighting natural and reclaimed materials in unexpected ways throughout the establishment.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 4:30pm - Midnight (Kitchen 11:00pm)
Friday: 4:00pm - 1:30am (Kitchen Midnight)
Saturday: 10:30am - 1:30am (Kitchen Midnight)
Sunday: 10:30am - 11:00pm (Kitchen 10:00pm)
10:30am - 3:00pm Saturday and Sunday
CTA Bus - Grand Avenue/Halsted Street stop
CTA Bus - Milwaukee Avenue / Halsted Street stop
CTA Bus - Halsted Street / Grand Avenue stop
The food and service were both excellent. The staff and owners make a point to help your dining experience be as comfortable as possible.
Although I went there alone to celebrate my birthday I felt agmost friends. My waiter, Jonathan, was amazing! I will be sure to experience it next time with friends. A great find!!!
The food was great, but the service was bad. We had 3 different people approach our table several times to clear away plates and dishes we were still eating. The restaurant was not busy on this Tuesday night and we were not there near closing time.
Great place for super cool vibe and excellent food. Our server was so good, and made great recommendations. All food was tasty with the exception of the Brussels sprouts we had to send back for being undercooked. Everything else was excellent - cool trendy decor - lots of spaces upstairs and down to sit, would totally recommend for dinner.
Great food and energy! Very noisy inside. Outside terrace is excellent in season.
I have never had a more interesting tortellini dish than I did last night. Omg the flavors and textures were a perfect blend and the tortellini was so delicate. Bravo!!!
Excellent service and food. The bar area is very noisy and our original table was very close on the ground floor. The hostess was kind enough to relocate to us a table on the second floor with a little more privacy. Very enjoyable evening..
This place never misses . Excellent
The Dawson was absolutely fantastic! We had delicious cocktails, especially the bourbon one! The food was so, so delicious! The pastas were outstanding and so were the asian meatballs and rice noodles in the broth. We had been meaning to try The Dawson for so long and I'm glad we finally did! Everything was delicious, the service was excellent and we will absolutely be back!
Such a great evening, Anna was a tremendous bartender and offered great suggestions for dinner.
Waiter Mitchell was great!
For some reason we were seated in bar area and conversation was more difficult than an expensive meal with out of town guest should be. Hard to talk without raising voices. Food was good tho.
All around fabulous experience for my birthday!
Corner casual high end fare in a nice pub environment. Super loud so be prepared. Service is friendly and helpful.
Service was pretty terrible. Waiter was extremely inattentive. Had no knowledge of the special occasion even though i put it in the description
Fantastic place, consistent, creative and excellent food. Great and friendly service.
All and all wonderful neighborhood gem that should be known to people living in other
neighborhoods and those visiting Chicago.
This is my third time a friend and I Fly from New York to have brunch with another firend from Milwaukee to have a delicious brunch at The Dawson. It’s become a must stop place in Chicago even if we’re only in town for few hours.
Love the bar and hosts!
Lovely ambiance, but average food & drink for the price.
Music was too loud and tables were a little close.
We sat outside on the last warm night of the season. Not to many people outside but it's such a lovely patio that it was still nice. It was my friends birthday and we shared the cauliflower appetizer, excellent, and the red fish tacos. We get the whole fish and taco fixins a lot and it's always excellent. Too much fish, we could't even finish. Thanks Dawson for another great meal!
The covered outdoor space had the ambience of a secret garden in the middle of the city. The food was delicious. I’m a vegetarian, and there was only one veggie entree option. Our server Joy was magical. She really elevated our dining experience.
Overall, I would say we had an okay time. The vibe was cool, and I liked the decor. The food items we thought were going to be amazing were just okay, and the items we thought would be just okay ended up being our favorites. Service was very slow, and at times it felt like our server forgot about us. We were there to celebrate my birthday, so were hoping for a little better service than we received. I did get a glass of champagne and complimentary dessert which was lovely, but wasn't enough to entice me to come back again in the future. I had really been looking forward to trying The Dawson, as I had heard many wonderful things, and I was a little let-down by our experience.
The brunch was lackluster and more options would be great. Not a lot of gluten-free options at all which was a bummer. The staff was great and the restaurant is super cute. I wouldn’t go back for brunch, not the right menu.
The food and drinks at the Dawson are delicious. The ambiance is magnificent. I loved it so much, I decided to host my wedding reception here.
A friend recommended this for our girls weekend in Chicago. The service was outstanding the food was great. It was spot on. The photo is of the special which was duck. We had a great time!
Their chorizo dishes keep us coming back. Drinks are very good and the atmosphere is spot on.
I come here often and it is one of my favourite places to bring a friend.
All the appetizers were amazing, fried lobster ummmmm!!! Everything was good
It's been awhile since we have had dinner at The Dawson and we were really really impressed this time. In the past, we liked it and have thought the food was more than solid but this time it felt like they have raised the bar. My gin cocktail was fantastic. We had a bunch of vegetable dishes as starters that were substantial in size and very high quality, flavorful with great presentations. Our group of three split two entrees because we were so filled up from the starters. Our server was accommodating, made great suggestions and established an easy-going vibe from the beginning. And, on top of that, The Dawson's dining room on both levels is fantastic looking - at once visually interesting and cozy. We will return a lot more often for dinner. So glad we came again.
Amazing find in the area! Modern decor and fantastic outside dining area! Food beyond delicious, served in an unique sophisticated way. Would recommend without a single hesitation.
Fantastic brunch with friends! The food, service and location was phenomenal. I'm currently in a boot and on crutches and they were very accommodating. I appreciated that. Must visit for sure.
The food was pretty good as well as the cocktails. The service was great and I loved their outdoor seating area. I will go again with my husband and friends.
Mixed reviews - ambience and vibe was cozy and intimate. We had a table on the patio which was super cute with string lights. Cocktails were their strong suit. The food, however, was just okay. My steak had little no to flavor/crust and the brussel sprouts were pretty hard and difficult to eat. The chicken fried lobster had great flavor but it was just two super tiny pieces. Nothing that made us say wow or want to rush back here again.
Always love Dawson but disappointed they advertised on their website Camp Sunday sept 16th and it was cxld. Went there for the music.
The patio is a lovely place to brunch. Aside from the occasional city sounds, it was a very relaxing and peaceful ambience. The host was also very friendly and helpful. She checked my bags for me which was appreciated after traveling and lugging it around all morning. The bloody Marys and lox were amazing as well. Great brunch all around!
Always a favorite before but finding it to be the same menu for food and the drink menu not as interesting. : /
Fun vibe, tasty food. Outdoor area was wonderful for one of the last summer evenings for outdoor eating. Looks like they have heat lamps though so we’ll see if we can eat outside in the fall too. Burger was juicy, Branzino was cooked perfectly (although the waiter should have offered to filet it for me), steak frites was flavorful but tough.
Had about 8 people in my party. Waiter was very attentive. Great food and ambience
Brunch is always so good! I had the avacado toast! Been there a handful of times. It's one of my favorite outdoor patio spots! Great outdoor seating, people watching, cocktails a d great food and music!