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Dawson's Steakhouse

4.7
4.7
1426 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Established in 1988 and located in the heart of downtown Sacramento, Dawson’s Steakhouse has been a local favorite for over a quarter of a century and considered one of the best restaurants in Sacramento. Dawson’s serves farm-to-fork cuisine sourced locally and seasonally to reflect the richness of the Valley. From fresh seafood to California grass-fed beef, Dawson’s Steakhouse offers a contemporary twist of steakhouse classics and some bold originals. Enjoy fresh, local food, craft cocktails and exceptional service for an unforgettable dining experience at our landmark, AAA Four Diamond Sacramento restaurant. Treat Yourself!

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 9 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Wine Bar, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (916) 443-1234 ext. 0

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Alexis Gutierrez

  • Private party facilities

    Our private/semi-private upper area of Dawson's restaurant can be curtained off and accommodates up to 14 guests comfortably. In our Vines restaurant located next to Dawson's we do offer private dining for up to 40 guests. Please call the restaurant for more information.

  • Private party contact

    Jay Yoon: (916) 321-3600

  • Neighbourhood

    Sacramento

  • Cross Street

    12th and L Street

  • Parking Details

    Complimentary 3 hour self parking with ticket validation and $5 valet parking with validation.

  • Public Transit

    Half block away from the K and 12th Lightrail station

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,426 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Steakhouse

  • Sacramento

    Best Service

  • Sacramento

    Best Ambience

  • Sacramento

    Good for business meals

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service good food good location
  2. LB

    LisaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, drinks and service was amazing. They paired the wine very well with the food.
  3. G

    Golfer

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was exceptional salad steak mushrooms. A great old fashioned steak house.
  4. K

    Kristined

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fast and friendly staff. Excellent customer service.
  5. B

    Bombhole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ardy was awesome and gave us a wonderful quality experience. He was very busy but was incredibly attentive, kind and funny.
  6. AP

    ArlettaP

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The prime rib crostini was absolutely amazing! The devil eggs really was surprising and delicious! The obvious was excellent the service was on point and the food was just absolutely outstanding!
  7. S

    Suanbot

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had great service and the food was delicious!
  8. D

    David

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dawson's had been on my list for years but kept slipping for one reason or another. Finally had the chance to go during Sacramento's annual "Dine Downtown" week, where local restaurants develop a three-course prix fixe ($45) menu (there are usually 1-2 options for each course). Dawson's menu looked particularly good so figured this was the best time to give it a go. Parking was super-easy (it's inside the Hyatt Regency) and the ambiance of the restaurant was great. Our server (Arby) was the perfect balance of personable and professional. The pacing of ordering and receiving our drinks and the courses was spot-on. The salad course was very good (albeit slightly overdressed) and the main (hanger steak) and dessert (key lime cheesecake) were outstanding. I opted for the wine pairing which worked very nicely with the food options I'd selected. Everything was great and I'll definitely bump it higher on my list as the regular menu looked really really nice too.
  9. KC

    KeithC

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Special pre-theater prix-fixe menu and attentive service (and discount valet parking) makes for a special and hassle-free evening out.
  10. CL

    CareyL

    Sacramento

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great meal at Dawson's with excellent service. We love dining at Dawson's before attending Broadway Sacramento. Staff is attentive without being obtrusive, the meals are prepared to perfection, and the servers are very knowledgeable about the menus as well as the wine list. Since this is a special treat, we don't mind splurging a bit to enjoy a great meal.
  11. K

    Kevin

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Delicious
  12. AR

    AnnaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Good service; good food! Eat here every time I’m in sacramento! Our server jen(?) remembered us! OMG! Love her too!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    The food is moderately good however has too much salt content. Service at the table was slow. I would almost rather eat in the bar where the service was much better.
  14. SN

    SusanN

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wait staff excellent and attentive. Food excellent. A bit noisy but it was very busy.
  15. RM

    RobertM

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The lamb is to die for. Prime rib is excellent and the special "play" menu (offered on the days there is a play a the theater) is a great deal for a whole event.
  16. DS

    DustinS

    Sacramento

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been here a couple times and it was great both times. I never order the pork chop anywhere but I sure am glad I decided to here. It was delicious and cooked perfectly. The sides were all flavorful and we all left full and happy. Great cocktails too!
  17. R

    Romo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our specific reason for dinner at Dawson’s was a Broadway Series at the Community and Arts Center. Upon the arrival at Dawson’s, our host informed us that the show was canceled. He let us know our reservation could be cancel too. I appreciate his honesty. We decided to stay. We had a wonderful dinner and evening.
  18. KG

    KomalG

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is quiet and perfect for a cute date night as well as to celebrate a special occasion. The food is also impeccable. I would highly recommend this hidden gem.
  19. RH

    RaymondH

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Dawson Steakhouse is a nice selection for great service and ambiance. The wait staff was amazing. Unfortunately, being the Crab Cake Connoisseur I am, I was not impressed with the Crab Cakes that were served from such a high end restaurant like Dawson's, moreover, the price. Real Dungeness Crab is the meat and potatoes of a crab cake. I know the excellent Chef's at Dawson know this. Just a little heads up for all my crab cake connoisseur's out there.
  20. M

    Mye2022

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very attentive to what we need and made our time special.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wife birthday and New Year’s Eve
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We spent Christmas Eve there and the food was delicious. The lobster chowder is the best I ever had. The dessert was a very cute Christmas log. The staff was friendly and the service was fast. The only thing I didn’t appreciate was the lack of holiday decorations. That would have made it a great experience. But food is totally worth it.
  23. S

    Sassysenior

    Sacramento

    28 reviews

    2.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Very disappointed by the kitchen; as seniors we wanted to share a meal. The chef refused to accommodate us and would only offer us a second plate so we would have to divide the meal at our table. So very unprofessional and arrogant. We were prepared to pay an up-charge for the kitchen to split the salad and entree, but they would not split our meal for us in the kitchen and we didn’t want to take the chance of ruining our dress clothes. Will not return.
  24. AS

    AdrianS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Christmas Eve Prix menu. The starter and main course choices were fantastic. The dessert was a piece of art.
  25. SD

    StacyD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice service. Top shelf! Food fabulous. Drinks Devine
  26. LP

    LarryP

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you want a great steak, great service and great ambiance……..Dawson’s has it…..
  27. DD

    DiningDiva

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious as always! Wonderful service - just there when you need them but not intrusive. Great drink selection too.
  28. RS

    RitaS

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabuous food. Great service. Quiet surroundings, Near the convention center for performances. Great parking
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such great time at Dawson’s!! It has such great ambiance, the food was delicious and the service (Ardy) was excellent! Such a great choice for a special celebration.
  30. FR

    FRANKM

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Andy was a great food server and very knowledgeable. The food was fabulous. Good Job!
  31. GR

    GRAS

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Brandon was an amazing waiter and made the dining experience fun.
  32. CL

    CindyL

    Sacramento

    108 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pre-theater dinner. Staff was expecting a lot of folks and was prepared. Really like the pre-theater menu, which we ordered off of: Caesar salads, veggie pasta, prime rib and Gelato dessert. Only $50 per dinner! Great deal. My friend ordered a lemon drop- and she's very particular about them. She drank the entire thing, which almost never happens. My Manhattan was perfect. Staff was super busy but attentive and stayed on top of everything including water. Love dining here!
  33. JB

    JackB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and the selections were amazing. We will return soon
  34. DH

    DHealthy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was terrific We we're not there for the NutCracker but the theater menu option was offered they let us know the flow of the restaurant Communicated well food was very very good I guess I have had just as good for less $$$ but don't get me wrong we dont regret the special evening expenditure at all love the scallop starter and wedge salad (the best ever) Coffee was great. Pumpkin crème brûlée was awesome mushroom side was great I am just so partial to Sutter st mushrooms and 5th st steakhouse in Chico for mushroom Creamed spinach was awesome his filet was cooked perfect and my delicate squash pasta was unique and different a very healthy sized portion
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The water was very attentive and curious. The food was amazing!
  36. A

    Alice

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well...I love Dawson's...the staff and especially Artie! He is a gem.
  37. BM

    BrittM

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Three of us had the halibut and my grandson got the rib eye all were perfectly cooked and served with truly delicious sauces. Our waiter Art was right on target in helping us each choose the best wine for our very different tastes. I’m so looking forward to my next dinner there.
  38. LM

    LisaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Brandon was excellent. When we are back in town we will go to Dawson's again for sure!
  39. OH

    OliviaH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic, service was even better and they were busy.
  40. S

    Sldubois

    San Joaquin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have a food allergy and this place is always so helpful and easy to order. It’s always such an enjoyable meal.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Dawson's Steakhouse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (916) 443-1234 ext. 0.

Dawson's Steakhouse is rated 4.7 stars by 1426 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for Dawson's Steakhouse

1209 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    12th and L Street

  • Neighbourhood

    Sacramento

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Wine Bar, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Complimentary 3 hour self parking with ticket validation and $5 valet parking with validation.

  • Public Transit

    Half block away from the K and 12th Lightrail station

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Alexis Gutierrez

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (916) 443-1234 ext. 0

  • Private party facilities

    Our private/semi-private upper area of Dawson's restaurant can be curtained off and accommodates up to 14 guests comfortably. In our Vines restaurant located next to Dawson's we do offer private dining for up to 40 guests. Please call the restaurant for more information.

  • Private party contact

    Jay Yoon: (916) 321-3600

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