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About The Dawson

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

Cuisines:
American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Farm-to-table

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

Cross Street:
Grand Avenue and Halsted Street at the Grand/Halsted/Milwaukee intersection

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 243-8955

Website:
http://www.the-dawson.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available nightly and all day on Sunday. Limited metered street parking is available.

Public Transport:
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

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 Events & Promotions:
Private Events Manager
The Dawson
312-372-4001
events@the-dawson.com

The Dawson Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.6

Service

4.5

Ambience

4.6

Value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (32)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Special Occasion (19)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Worth the Drive (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Casual (8)
Cozy (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Brunch (6)
Business Meals (6)
Comfort Food (5)
People Watching (5)
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Notable Wine List (2)
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

We came here for Valentine’s Day and it was a great experience! Friendly staff, delicious food and accommodating to my dietary restrictions. Will definitely be back!

Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Good food. Good service. Great ambiance loved the food

Tags: Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Was a great place for a Date. Nice candles and ambiance plus an attentive server who was there when needed but not too much.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We went to The Dawson for a birthday diner this past weekend. I requested either a round or an oval table for our small group of 5-6 girls. The restaurant gave me a call just to make sure we were on same page as far as seating goes. Our waiter kicked off the night with complimentary prosecco. The food was great and the waiter was attentive without being intrusive. We chose not to go with restaurant week menu as it did not look as appetizing as everything else on their regular menu. We had mostly seafood dishes and they were all delicious. I would recommend this place to friends and family and will be back there myself I'm sure.

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We were there to celebrate my cousin’s birthday. I always have such a great experience here so I wanted to treat her to dinner.

Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value3

 
 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We've had an amazing server. Very friendly, very attentive but not overly chatty. Treated us for Birthday drinks. Food was great and I loved the flavors. Very good selections if you like open fire broiled/cooked dishes.
Crowd was so so, though. Not my style per see, but I see why the restaurant is attractive for friends gatherings.
Nice drinks selection.

I would recommend this place for a B-Day dinner, a date. It is a little too noise for a quiet conversation, but there are pockets of tables where you can chat without screaming across the table.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great experience and food. Hangar steak and pork chop both delicious as were the cocktails. Service also great. Highly recommend.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The Dawson is my favorite dinner spot. Good vibes, great old fashioned’s, and the best app list on the block. Go here.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Went to dinner during restaurant week. Ordered off the regular menu. The place was very clean and neat. Very romantic setting. Great handcrafted cocktails. The food was fantastic, beautiful, and so delicious! Would highly recommend for dates, girls night, birthdays, anything ! Dim lit, so maybe not to good for business dinners.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Love this place! We went for brunch and it was amazing! It is a really cool spot and all of the staff was really friendly and helpful. Will definitely be back!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was great!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I came last year for Restaurant Week so I was excited to come again. This year's menu vs. last year's menu was a disappointment, so I ended up ordering off the regular menu. The food is always amazing, and the service is excellent. It's a beautiful space so it's always a pleasure to be there.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 24, 2018

We booked for a date night. First impression, cool “barn doors” at entrance but very elegant when you walk inside. Our server “Q” from Michigan :) was awesome and personable. I cant say enough good about the quality of the food. Every dish we had was superb. Not overly salted at all, fresh, balanced, and impeccably presented. We had the cauliflower, tuna ceviche, Texas redfish tacos, and split the burger.... yum 😋 as for drinks, we didn’t catch his name but they just have an excellent mixologist because the margaritas were perfectly balanced. Love, love, love this place. Our new Chicago local favorite.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 24, 2018

The food was great and the service was even better. The Dawson has a great feel and look to it. The signature hot cocktails were very good and they have a good tap list as well.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Arctic Char was outstanding! The beer and cocktail list was excellent.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Delicious dinner choices, especially the Dawson Salad and the branzino. Foo, our server, was attentive and efficient. We will be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Food was delicious. However, charging $1.00 for each large ice cube is ridiculous !!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great meal! Dawson is always my go-to for brunch. The Bloody Mary bar and smoked salmon dish were great. This time we sat inside because of the below 0 weather, but would recommend the patio once it gets warmer.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch
Food3
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Came to The Dawson for the first time on New Years Eve. It was expensive for just okay food. I would probably go back for casual drinks but would eat elsewhere.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, People Watching
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My favorite spot in the River West Area. Food is fantastic, cocktails even better. Always friendly and welcoming staff. Fun events, live music every now and then, and the best outdoor bar/patio in the area. When the weather is even remotely warm it's my favorite place to go for a cocktail and sit outside - they even have a large outdoor fireplace for cool nights. Just an all-around great spot.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Fun, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Good for Groups
Food1
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Que, our waitress was awesome but the food was less then desirable

Food2
Ambience5
Service1
Value3

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We have dined here a few times & loved it, but had a not so great experience this time /: One if our party had a food allergy & after the food arrived & we started asking questions, it was clear our server spent all of his time grooming his mustache rather than learning the menu. This definitely will make us reconsider the Dawson in the future...especially when we already thought the prices were above where they should be.

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Better than expected, mussels were good size, burger was warm. Was slightly understaffed however it was a Monday night

Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Went for Sunday brunch; baked goods were delicious, great bacon, hot brown is a good option. Coffee not great, room was overall very noisy. Server was good

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch
Food5
Ambience5
Service2
Value4

 
 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 15, 2017

I had the burrata, chicken fried lobster and burger and it was all amazing! Service was slow but it was a great atmosphere. Definitely recommend

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Everything was fantastic, including the service. The ONLY thing that I didn’t enjoy about the venue was the noise level. We had to yell to have a conversation. Other than that, great.

Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Great food and drinks fun atmosphere!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The Dawson is excellent! You will not go wrong!

Food2
Ambience1
Service3
Value2

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Horrible noise level and only so so food. Skip it. Not worth the trip.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great food, amazing service. Get the brussels sprouts!

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 6, 2017

My wife and I are geezers. The Dawson is close to our apartment, so we go there from time to time. We usually complain about the noise and laugh that we are the oldest in the restaurant -- usually by 40 years! On December 6, 2017, we decided to have dinner there and just to roll with the noise and have fun.

An excellent Manhattan got the fun rolling.

The food is usually good. On December 6, it was outstanding. The dates rolled in bacon appetizer was unusual and tasty. Me wife had great salad that was large enough to furnish us lunch the next day. (Geezers like that!) My cavatelli was excellent. The portion was large enough that I could have taken a box, but I ate it all.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
Food5
Ambience5
Service5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Fantastic cuisine! Definitely will return. Very good, friendly service.

Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Seated right on time which seems a lost cause at other hot restaurants. Outstanding service. Generous portions. Cavatelli delicious, enormous roast chicken, interesting salads. Ultra noisy.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Dinner was delicious and the cocktails were exceptional!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining
Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We were there early before a game, so the bar hadn't filled up yet. Craft cocktails were great Been there several times. Had the fried lobster app and decided to try the burger, which was delicious.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 27, 2017

This restaurant was spectacular! I work in Chicago and am always looking for places to take customers that are unique and leave an impression. The wine list was sparse, but very reasonable and had a wide enough variety to be good for every level of buyer and connoisseur. The food was excellent! Definitely, a return trip is in order!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I had one of the best dinners I've ever had at The Dawson! We started with the chorizo fondue and the fried lobster, which we could have made a meal of, and if we went back, we probably would! Then I had the special- the gnocchi with duck confit, which was absolutely fabulous, and my husband had the bone-in filet, which he loved. We also split an order of fries, and the aioli was scrumptious. Our server was so pleasant and brought us Prosecco to celebrate our anniversary, as well as shots of their bourbon drip when we were finished. What a tremendous meal!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
Food3
Ambience2
Service1
Value1

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 21, 2017

It was overall poor. At one point my guest and I both ordered martinis and one was full to the brim, the other was filled 3/4. When we questioned the disparity we were dared by our waitress to take out our olives as if the weight was the cause. It was not- and so she proceeded to scurry away with no apology. Additionally we ordered a half dozen oysters and were brought a dozen- then questioned on it, then watched the oysters go back to the kitchen only to be returned to us. It was haphazard and sloppy- the food did not make up for the mistakes.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We celebrated my daughters birthday! Great time!

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

It was extremely loud in the restaurant and we were barely able to hear each other across the table. We are both 32 with no auditory disabilities.

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