The Dawson

4.7
1409 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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.
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KH
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The team was amazing and so generous - thank you to Billy L especially for making our anniversary celebration so special w champagne and a dessert!

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Delicious drinks and food. Love the outdoor patio.

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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Love the live music on the patio!

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CK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The setting is lovely for a warm summer night. The food is ok, they have an expansive cocktail, wine and beer list - but much of it is higher end bottles.
Would go back for cocktails and appetizers. Reservations were easy to make. The inside is just as pretty as the outside but it was near empty outdoor seating was full but not packed.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent customer service and great patio dining!

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Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The patio area is gorgeous. Great ambiance. We ordered the burger and scallops. Both were very delicious! Our scallops came out a bit later than the burger due to a minor miscommunication which was no big deal to us. However, the manage came over and apologized because he said it wasn’t up to their standard of service. He comped the scallops and one round of drinks. He didn’t have to do that but it shows how seriously they take good service. We will definitely be going back - not just because of that but because of the great atmosphere and awesome food!

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LM
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely loved everything about The Dawson! The food was amazing, the service was delightful. A little too expensive for me but I would definitely recommend for out of town guests again! Thank you for a great brunch!

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JH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The Dawson is consistently good food-wise and in terms of ambiance. This time we had a huge miss with service. Our waitress seemed totally disinterested and was missing for long periods of time. Our drink glasses sat empty pretty consistently and we founds ourselves constantly trying to flag her down.

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JN
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for outdoor seating. We were skeptical about the chicken-fried lobster, but had to try it. It was awesome.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiter and service!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our dating anniversary and we were brought champagne glasses with a congratulations. The service was excellent. The table next to us just happened to have been married earlier that day, which they were celebrating quietly. When the waiter found out, the manager brought a dessert and told them “dinner is on us.” That gesture said a lot about this place. And the food was seriously good, too.

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ML
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, and tasty food. The ambiance of the outside courtyard is nice. Menu is a little pricey, but a great experience overall.

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great meal, really cool ambiance especially on the patio!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food service and environment! Great place for a date!

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S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Nice. Nice. Nice. nice. Nice. Nice. nice. nice.nice really nice.

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MG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, as always. Can’t wait to go back.

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BJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. It was a little loud. Very good service.

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D
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Nice looking place. Food was good but overpriced. Same with the drinks.

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Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent squash blossoms and cheesy cauliflower. Good service at the bar.

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Indiana
19 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was OK. A lot going on with a lot of combined flavors that we weren’t blow away by. Service and ambiance are great. Drinks looked good.

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B
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was very attentive during our long brunch. Great drinks with entertaining names. The menu could have been a tiny bit larger but overall it was great - especially the bacon flight.

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m
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dawson never disappoints. Sat outside on a nice Saturday night. Danielle our server was amazing - sweet, knowledgeable, fast. Had shishito peppers, roasted cauliflower, octopus and meatballs. All deelish. The meatballs had a Vietnamese Thai vibe going on and they were really great!! Dawson continuously combines great service, nice atmosphere, and top notch food.

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GK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Their french toast is AMAZING. Best I've ever had. Very limited menu.... The spinach and asparagus salad was not like by 2 people who ordered it. Burgersaand fries were very good. The egg and biscuit and gravy dish is different from most southern food places - huge biscuit the size of a dessert dish and less flaky with maybe herbs in it? I tried a bite of someone else's and wouldn't order it myself.

Outdoor patio is gorgeous, but you could get stuck in the sun and half of our party was and made for a sunny and hot lunch! The cinnamon roll (big enough for a table of 6-7 to share) is yummy, but the icing is more of a whipped cream than cream cheese, which I prefer.

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a
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Dawson is always a great time. The food and drinks are solid, service is great, and the patio is so beautiful and fun. We've been here many times, and will continue to make it one of our go-to places.

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FG
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my wife’s birthday and our server Emily was so attentive to our needs. She made my wife feel so special and as we enjoyed our meal, my felt the need to share her experiences online while we dined which made it even more enjoyable! Thank you all for such a wonderful moment.

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DJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such an amazing Father's Day dinner at The Dawson. I saw their email blast come through about the live music and made a reservation right away. The music was so enjoyable - we sat and enjoyed wine for almost an hour before we even ordered food. The food was so good, we almost ordered seconds of a couple of appetizers instead of entrees. We didn't feel rushed once and truly enjoyed our time. It was such a memorable Father's Day!

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EW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Using Open Table's search filters I found Dawson's. I was looking for a place celebrating with a special Father's Day menu, that would be presumably kid-friendly if they were into hosting Dads. Unfortunately, the special menu they offered wasn't enticing. We didn't order off it. And there was no kid's menu... my toddler had to eat pretty fancy mac n' cheese (for his liking). They also didn't have slings for car seats and there wasn't a great place to put our infant as a result. Also $48 fish tacos? That's ridiculous.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Dawson! It’s always our go to for a chill night out with friends, celebrating a family occasion, or date night. Great vibe and never overly pretentious. Great, healthy and delicious food options.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time at The Dawson! Enjoyed my time there and the food was delicious! Great service!

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PG
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

The ambiance and service were the only things I thought was good. I ordered a martini at the bar waiting for a my friend to arrive and if had kniw what kind of glass they served it in I wouldn't have ordered one. They serve the Martinis in a champagne glass and it just wasn't appealing. We ordered a bottle of Pinot Noir at the table and it was very thin and an odd color. We had a glass of a shiraz blend after that and it was also not very good. Both of us are red wine drinkers and we both thought their wine selection was under par. We ordered the octopus appetizer and it was just not that flavorful. As an entree I ordered the Mushroom Pappardelle. It had really good flavor but the temperature was lukewarm. My friend had the scallops and hers was not hot either. The one thing we absolutely loved was the Shishito Peppers side dish that is enough for two people. It was amazing! Its unfortunate because the hostesses and servers are very friendly and accommodating but the food needs much improvement.

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JA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Dawson was such an amazing restaurant! The space is very cool and open. The service, food, ambiance and everything was amazing! Highly recommend and I will definitely be going back!

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P
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our service was really exceptional. Our server John went out of his way to provide the best possible attention, which wasn't easy because we had some picky eaters and one of our diners didn't speak English very well. The brunch menu was not huge, but everything we ordered from the BLT to the French toast, Machaca and Chicken-fried Lobster was delicious. The only complaint was way too much icing on the cinnamon rolls, but we scraped it off and loved every bite. We'll definitely come back.

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LS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fish tacos were amazing!

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JE
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The Dawson has one of the best patios in the city and the food, drinks and service are consistently good. It's a go to for us in the summer.

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Des Moines
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Steak Frites could of had more favor and more steak, and less frites.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance but food came in small portions of mediocre taste.

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NP
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fun place with great food! Great for outdoor dining!

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KT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great girls brunch, sat outside and really enjoyed our time! The only thing was that we got there towards the end of brunch and one of the entrees we wanted to order was sold out. What we ended up getting was very delicious!

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Service was terrible. Food was great.

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CM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate our way through the menu and everything was incredible including their wine!

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