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The Dawson

4.7
1066 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Special Occasion
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

Special Offers

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Celebrate Dad with food and drink specials in addition to our regular menu.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

What 1066 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Brussel sprouts for the win!!! And the cauliflower also was awesome. The burrata and also the Caesar salad were good but not the best out of what we ordered.
Staff is always pleasant and welcoming and the vibe strong and energetic! Love this place.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Amazing service. Food was also wonderful. Sit by fire with champagne. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Service was outstanding. We had the burrata and roasted cauliflower appetizers which were great. The pasta was fresh and yummy. The banana cream dessert didn’t disappoint. Overall wonderful dining experience.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Drinks were great and the food was pretty good too.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful patio and even more delightful menu. We loved everything we ordered including the cocktails!

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

We sat outside on the covered patio. Was very comfortable even though it was cold and light rain with the heat lamps. Great view and ambiance!

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Fun. Hip.

Limited but good menu. More fish oriented but have solid, but few, non-fish items.

Great people gathering spot!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

The price was a bit steep for small portions, delicious though!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Amazing experience!!!! Our waiter was great! The food was exceptional !!!

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This place is so noisy that I couldn't hear the person speaking across the table. The food was average and not worth the money

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Amazing time and great food, service on point. 4/5 for sure. Reasonable valued, cocktails 5/5.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great experience. Beautiful space. Very accommodating!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We had an outstanding late Sunday lunch. The cocktails, food, service and atmosphere were all outstanding. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu, and offered great suggestions for drinks to pair with our food choices. The sausage entree was unique and delicious; hubby greatly enjoyed the house-made tortellini. We will definitely return to try out the beautiful outdoor area.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Came here for Sunday brunch with my brother. Our plans were somewhat last-minute, so I was pleasantly surprised to be able to get a 1 p.m. reservation for brunch on Sunday morning. The weather was gorgeous and we sat outside, which was wonderful. Really excellent service and ambiance, and great Bloody Mary's and coffee. We split the bacon flight, the chicken-fried lobster, and the avocado toast. The bacon flight was awesome, albeit, a LOT of bacon for two people (I took the leftovers home, though). Chicken-fried lobster was also delicious and the avocado toast wasn't bad. Would definitely recommend and will definitely be going back!

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

They weren’t able to accommodate dietary restrictions but were at least nice about it.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

It was my friend’s birthday and they really took care of us!

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2.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We got seated quickly and the wait staff was very friendly. Food was decent, but overall the drinks/burgers are overpriced. Our margaritas were pitiful. The tiniest margaritas I’ve ever seen, not even filled half way in the cocktail glasses. Pretty disappointing since we planned on drinking their all night.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Wife and I went for a casual dinner that wasn't super fancy. We sat outside and received excellent service and great food. The occasional motorcycle that went by drowned out conversation but was fleeting and did not hinder our night. We definitely plan on going back again.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

I live a couple of blocks from Dawson but had never been there until this week. The food and the service were excellent. Had roasted cauliflower, which you now find everywhere, that was a little different and excellent. The fish taco ($48 but plenty for two) comprised a wood roasted piece of unadorned fish with tortillas and sides of slaw, guac, and a tomato salsa. Simple but very good. The only fish I like (slightly) better is the Lena Brava specialty (same price for perhaps a tad less fish at LB).

Dawson caters to a young crowd and is a bit loud/noisy for my taste (a lot of that going around in restaurants these days). Though it is not inexpensive, it does provide good value and large portions, which may be why they can attract so many young people.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

I had the Branzino, which was prepared very well. The chicken fried lobster was advertised as a hit but I didn’t like it. The ambience was very pretty and lively but pretty loud.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Still a high favorite in Chicago. Bartenders are top notch - impossible to find more knowledgeable folks, and there's no snobbiness about it. Never had anything on the menu I didn't like.

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Aside from the food being pungently salty, everything else was just right. Food alone has great flavor! The Dawson’s added salt was overbearing.

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Our service was fantastic, from the initial greeting from the wait staff, to the speed of the food coming out, to the taste. Our server made fantastic recommendations and we weren't disappointed with a single item we got. Excited to go back again soon to try the things we missed, and the cocktails! Great ambiance on the patio - perfect for a date, or friends get together.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Highly recommend, food , staff and ambiance were great.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Meal is very GOOD! Service is so lovely!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

The food was delicious! Our waiter was very charming! Cocktails were terrific! A good time!

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Everything was great. Food delicious, warm and pleasant atmosphere, great service. What will be my suggestion to servers “be less assertive cleaning the plates and glasses after guests.” A bit more time to slowly enjoy the meal will be greatly appreciated.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Service was exceptional and I’m a former server at a fine-dining restaurant! Food quality was excellent and impressive. Drink selection was beyond our high standards. Will visit again!

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Loved the ambiance --great space and decor. We went for brunch and the food was delicious. Will definitely return and recommend to friends.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We had such a blast at brunch! The Dawson is a beautiful bright space inside & out. You don't even notice how close you are to a busy intersection and the highway.

Our waiter was lovely and had perfect timing - such a great sense of when to let us chat and when to order. All of the food was excellent and beautifully plated (shout out to the cinnamon roll, avocado toast & steak & poblano eggs!). I can't wait to go back to sample the rest of the menu!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Our brunch was fantastic!! The food was so good. I got the avocado toast, it was perfect for a nice spring day.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Celebrating Graduate School acceptance

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Excellent experience overall. Strong cocktail menu and creative menu. Favorites were the chicken fried lobster and the brussel sprouts

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We used to live in the neighborhood and frequented The Dawson regularly, then moved to the suburbs. We had had a night to ourselves so we went in for dinner and forgot just how much we love this place. We’ve probably eaten dinner there ~20 times and never had a bad experience and the food is always great. I had the whole branzino tonight and it was fantastic, I’m glad they brought the whole fish back to the menu!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Grace was awesome!

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2.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We have been a few times and sadly this was our worst experience. The menu changed and the fried chicken option was gone, bummer. The fried lobster was pure breading, not worth $18. And basil Hayden was out of stock... the serviced seemed overwhelm and maybe even lacked common sense? She did end the night with a free sample of some gross bourbon but overall, lack luster.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We went to the Dawson for out anniversary dinner. We made a reservation, and we were a little disappointed with where we were seated - the large restaurant was relatively empty but we were sat very close to other guests, giving our experience a less intimate feel. Still, as the night went on we were impressed with the food and drinks. We ordered the oysters and the prawns to start, and for entree we each had the Hanger Steak. I've been thinking about the food ever since we left and I certainly plan to go back. I'd love to go when the weather is nicer since they had a beautiful patio that is known to have live music during the summer.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Amazing service

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We had a business dinner and needed it to be at a sound level we can talk over. After being seated at one table that was not going to work. The staff took us to a much better table and the dinner went off with out a hitch. Might have landed a deal worth about $2,000,000.00. Client loved the hipness of Dawson....When ever I am selling in store displays or point of purchase services I am going to The Dawson !!!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

The hangar steak was incredible! Great atmosphere

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