The Dawson

4.7
1216 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Good for a Date
  • Group Bookings
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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Neighbourhood
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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
What 1216 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.2
Value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 5

Service was pretty terrible. Waiter was extremely inattentive. Had no knowledge of the special occasion even though i put it in the description

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EL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Lovely ambiance, but average food & drink for the price.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Music was too loud and tables were a little close.

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C
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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!

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BM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

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.

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JE
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

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.

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AW
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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!

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Their chorizo dishes keep us coming back. Drinks are very good and the atmosphere is spot on.

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Y
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I come here often and it is one of my favourite places to bring a friend.

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L
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

All the appetizers were amazing, fried lobster ummmmm!!! Everything was good

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c
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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N
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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CK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

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.

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KA
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love Dawson but disappointed they advertised on their website Camp Sunday sept 16th and it was cxld. Went there for the music.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!

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e
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Always a favorite before but finding it to be the same menu for food and the drink menu not as interesting. : /

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CA
Chicago
72 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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.

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RS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had about 8 people in my party. Waiter was very attentive. Great food and ambience

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PD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!

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c
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Decent restaurant. Good food, nice patio area. Would go back again.

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t
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved brunch at the Dawson. The coffee and cinnamon sticky bun was outstanding- and you can’t beat the patio vibes.

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MS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Amazing food and ambiance. Elote corn and fries are a must. Service was a bit slow however

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was incredible

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p
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food was pricey but beat our expectations! We got corn ravioli and sausages.

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n
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Food is ordinary and overpriced for the type of entries you will get. Multiple restaurants in Chicago. Keep searching.

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OT
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great server. I think her name is Monica. Know her stuff

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BT
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Appetizer and entrees were excellent. The server was very friendly and on top of things. Desert was just ok and the pour on alcohol was very measured, e.g. exactly 2 ounces.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server Troy was outstanding!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mart
Our server
Was outstanding! We had an awesome nite

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience. Host was also great

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AF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere with excellent craft cocktails and fantastic service. Had the halibut and it was to die for! Highly recommended by a local and it didn’t disappoint!

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m
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The Dawson was a perfect location for lunch. The outdoor patio is amazing and the service was great. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was very laid back. We will definitely be returning.

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EC
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Love the ambiance here. Our hostess , bartender and waitress were all very helpful and friendly I just didn’t love the food. In fact our whole table said the same. Nothing was omg delish and memorable. We went for dinner so brunch may be different. I’d probably go back for drinks but definitely not dinner.

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l
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing culinary experience!! They have a beautiful outside patio, a wide variety of creative libations, great tasting food and wonderful service! Highly recommended

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love this spot, and have been here multiple times. This time however, they went above and beyond in their customer service. We requested to move tables after we had been there for a bit (and with a baby stroller). With relative ease and accommodation, they quickly moved us in a very seamless manner. The manager and wait staff were tremendous. Not to mention the branzino was fabulous!

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KY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food was better than expected based on other reviews. Seafood was the best part of the menu from tuna ceviche to red fish tacos. Service and ambiance was great outside on the patio. A little loud but it was a lively and energetic atmosphere. Prices seemed a bit high but overall solid warm-weather dining option. We will go again!

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