The Dawson

4.7
1130 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top Tags:
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
The gathering place in Fulton River District, The Dawson features globally-inspired American cuisine and libations, that highlight the season's best offerings and diverse, yet approachable, ingredients and flavors. Known for its passion for creating inventive and award-winning cocktails and house made liquor infusions and syrups, the team at The Dawson specializes in libations with whimsical touches.

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Monday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm (Kitchen 10:00pm)
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)

BRUNCH:
10:30am - 3:00pm Saturday and Sunday
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Phone number
(312) 243-8955
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Grand Avenue and Halsted Street at the Grand/Halsted/Milwaukee intersection
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Parking details
Valet parking is available nightly and all day on Sunday. Limited metered street parking is available.
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Public transit
CTA Blue Line - Grand Avenue stop
CTA Bus - Grand Avenue/Halsted Street stop
CTA Bus - Milwaukee Avenue / Halsted Street stop
CTA Bus - Halsted Street / Grand Avenue stop
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Special events & promotions
Private Events Manager
The Dawson
312-372-4001
events@the-dawson.com
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
1,130 reviews
4.7 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
77%
Very Good
17%
Good
5%
Fair
1%
Poor
0%
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Great patio and awesome food! Little pricey, but everything was excellent!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Service started out a little slow because the waiter had several large parties. Could have used more wait staff. But he picked up the pace, gave a great recommendation on a cocktail and finished strong. Food was great!!

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

The service was not very great this time. Took a really long time to get beverages/food. Overall, it's a great place to get drinks/food. Little pricey.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Clean and vibrant environment, food was amazing!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Another great experience at The Dawson. Love the GTO cocktail & the chicken fried lobster. The patio is beautiful. Everything about this place is a good time.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

I learned about The Dawson from channel 2 news 2 Saturday's ago. I thought it would be fun to experience the "adult" camping. It met all my expectations. However, I would say the bug juice was very strong....

Thanks for a great experience.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Awesome food!

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

The food was outstanding. The restaurant and decor are very beautiful. Loud atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Love everything about this place! Will be back on my next visit to Chicago.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Excellent experience all around. From the host greeting and friendly staff, great patio, and professional service. Appetizers were so good that we never even got to the main dishes this time. I highly recommend the Dawson.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

The steak was amazing!!!

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Great Crafted Cocktails. (wish they had more choice) Solid menu.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

My husband and I came to The Dawson for an anniversary dinner, and it was everything we imagined and more. We know the food was great, but the service was outstanding. We were greeted with a free bottle of champagne, and a "happy anniversary." Everything about our night was exceptional.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

We were celebrating my birthday at the Dawson, our favorite place for special occasions....we had our wedding reception there so it’s always a fun trip down memory lane when we visit. Food was amazing as usual. Drinks were on point. Sitting outside is so pleasant at the Dawson, and our server even brought us some birthday drinks. All around awesome place. And please try the fish tacos. Wowza

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Our waiter was awesome and the service was excellent!

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

I’ve been to the Dawson a few times before, but only for brunch and once in the winter for dinner. All of my previous visits were so-so on the food aspect (stellar service each time though). This time, it was summer. Our party of 6 sat on the patio, which was beautiful and quiet and covered with vines and potted plants. The summer food and drinks were outstanding. Tuna ceviche was fresh and delicious and served with housemade corn tortilla chips. The burrata with fresh greens and pickled strawberries was wonderfully balanced. I had the Dawson salad with their chicken fried lobster on top for my entree - very good and very filling without being heavy. We had a LOT of their cocktails- and each was better than the last! The GTO was the crowd favorite drink. Will definitely be back this summer.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Decided to go to The Dawson based on the menu, offering Branzino dish and also meat dishes, that would satisfy the range of tastes of our party. We ate inside and enjoyed the comfortable booth. The appetizers were very tasty - Octopus and the meatballs.

Very relaxing atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Food is great but it staff is let us angry

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Celebrated a dear friends birthday, Everything was EXCELLENT. From the location to parking, the patio tables the lighting, even the bathroom wallpaper. All of our dishes were amazingly fresh and flavorful. Such a lovely find with wonderful service. Our server Johnathan was the best!

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

We ate outside on a gorgeous summer evening. I'd say that this is a fabulous place for a girl's night out or a bachelorette party stop - they have these fantastic drinks served in a disco ball. Probably not somewhere I'd go for a real foodie experience since the menu was sort of limited and didn't make nice accompaniments. But it is a blast and great variety on the menu.

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1.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Don’t come here to eat. Drinks are okay but the food was terrible.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Celebrated my boyfriend’s birthday. Will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Great food, fun atmosphere, great service

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

My boyfriend took me here to celebrate my birthday. We’ve been before but it was winter and the outdoor patio was closed. We loved it so much that we are now thinking it would be a great place to host corporate private events with our companies.

Food is always delish! Ambiance was spectacular. I mentioned that the noise level was moderate but we didn’t really notice it at our individual table. We love the drinks here. They are really great quality. I just can’t say enough great things. We are the grilled cauliflower, Red fish tacos to share and split the delish burger ....

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Five of us met on a Sunday afternoon for brunch. We started with cocktails, which were all good. Mine was a bourbon concoction, whose name I do not remember, but I do remember loving it! On to brunch, we split a bacon flight and cinnamon roll. Plus our meals! Truly the bacon flight and sweet roll were the best ever! Everyone was happy with their meals and I thought the Brussels Sprout Hash was excellent. The only hitch was the service,which was spotty. Our server did not check back with us often enough and we had a very hard time hearing him. The restaurant was not banging loud, yet we really had difficulty hearing what he was saying. Fortunately we were able to flag down hostesses and bus people. I would definitely go again!

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Beautiful outdoor area, and good food. Service was a bit slow but we didn't mind enjoying the patio. Would definitely return!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Excellent Brunch.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

I scanned the reviews before reserving a table at The Dawson and will join in those commenting on the noise level. It is very loud inside the restaurant; just be prepared.
We had a reservation and the table inside was ready for us, but we waited about 45 minutes for a table outside (the hosts said that they don't take reservations for the patio.) We were glad that we did. While still "energetic" it was not oppressively loud. If the weather is good, try to sit outside. We all enjoyed our meals and the staff was attentive but not intrusive.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

We had s really good time and our servers were attentive.

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3.0Dined on June 24, 2018

We sat inside which was fine but I think it would've been nicer outside or upstairs.
Food was fine, nothing great for a vegetarian.
The service was incredibly slow that day. We saw our waiter maybe 3 times, so it was frustrating.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

The Dawson is the place to be on a Saturday Night!
Loud, raucous and wonderful food.
Service with a smile and always professional!!!

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

We love The Dawson, and this trip was as good as all the others. We tried the chicken-fried lobster for the first time, and it was fantastic! The sausages were outstanding as always and the cocktails are interesting and delicious.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Service was incredible! They knew we were there for an anniversary and welcomed us with some complementary champagne. The food was a bit on the pricy side, but we were pretty price inelastic given the occasion.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Had an awesome time, with wonderful food and unique drinks on Father’s Day. The outdoor patio was nice and the music was so so great!

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We had been to Dawson before and thought the food was excellent and had a nice atmosphere. Came back on Father's Day and unfortunately had horrible service. It is hard on a holiday but our waitress Monica would just disappear. took forever to get drinks,food. etc.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Father's day. My husband loves blues music so the live band was an awesome touch.

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2.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The location and ambiance of the place is great...can’t say the same about the food/drinks. The food was definitely pre-made and reheated when ordered. It was stale, salty, and lacked the sophistication required for the outrageous prices charged. Might go back for the nice patio, but won’t order anything off the menu.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Father’s Day brunch here! Diverse menu selection and something for everyone. The Boston crime pie was great!

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Great atmosphere and awesome patio! The food was good however I did not think it was worth the price. We ordered two apps which were nothing special. The main issue I had was the service was slow all night and after spending alot of money they told us we had leave because the patio was closed. A 15 min warning would have been nice instead of having us just end our night abruptly.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Repeat customer. Parents in town for weekend, sat outside on the patio. Food matches Atmosphere. Great summer spot

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