Dawson's On Main
Dawson's On Main

Dawson's On Main

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dawsonsonmain.com/
  • Phone: 3172477000x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Luis Pineda
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full scale catering service for all events large and small. Full service food and beverage service. Off site private venue available.
  • Private Party Facilities: Full Service golf course pavilion with a seating capacity of 250 people for meetings and weddings. Full service kitchen and bar on site.
  • Private Party Contact: Chris Hill 3172477000x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 15th and Main
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Dawson's On Main
Dawson's on Main, not your typical neighborhood restaurant. We offer bold flavors, fresh ingredients and a warm atmosphere. A menu of steaks, seafood, pastas, sandwiches and other specialties make Dawson's perfect for family gatherings, business meetings or romantic nights for two. In addition, we offer a banquet room for larger parties and outside patio dining. We offer a full selection of specialty wines, classic bourbons, or the ever popular variety of Indiana craft beers. We are located one block south of the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Dawson's On Main reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (32)good for groups (23)special occasion (18)great for outdoor dining (14)kid-friendly (9)great for lunch (9)fit for foodies (7)notable wine list (6)romantic (6)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (3)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Our Favorite Place
    JustUs
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Dawson's On Main is my wife and I's favorite restaurant. The food is always excellent, and there's a wide variety of steaks, seafood, chicken, pasta and more. The servers remember us, even though we might only visit every couple of months. We often share an entrée, and they always bring an extra plate and don't seem to mind at all that we're sharing. Try their German Chocolate Upside Down Cake. It's heavenly. If you come early, there's an antique mall next door that's fun to look around in.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night
    ddrchick02
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Perfect place for the perfect date! The food is incredible and so is the wine! I will definitely be coming back soon!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    1HappyCustomer
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Dawson's on Main was the perfect place for an anniversary celebration for my sister, her husband, my husband and I. Wonderful atmosphere, great food, friendly service and reasonable prices. I would recommend it to anyone seeking a relaxing and enjoyable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not WOW
    IndyguyVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We had a good meal. Nothing outstanding. The food was good but not wow. Our waiter, who was extremely nice, seemed to be spread too thin as he was waiting tables inside and outside. Our appetizer came out wrong but we were given a 10% discount for the error.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • on my favorite list
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    great service excellent food nice decor clean well maintained the steaks was cooked to order by temp peppercorn meatballs rock must try them
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • XiLegend
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    No matter what you get to eat, the Peppercorn Meatballs are the bomb!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dawson's on Main
    Ml5024VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We have been to this restaurant several times. Good wine list, good food. Tonite the service was off but that is not the usual situation
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Race
    Rufatto
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    great food, great service considering that it was the weekend of a motorcycle race at the IMS. Great service
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The wait staff were horribly groomed and foul language was rampant. The food was great, service poor. Wait staff should greet people with "Welcome, how may I serve you", not "What can I get you guys".
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and service
    Chloe
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Again, our extended family met here for supper. All of us were pleased with the food and the service. Excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable business lunch
    Rich
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Enjoyable lunch. The outside seating option is something I'll come back to experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very tasty food and nice decor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I ordered Steak Susan, which was even tastier than expected. The steak was cooked just as ordered, and the broccoli and mashed potato sides were also very good. The roll served was hot and appeared to be freshly made (crusty outside and tender inside). All of the food had a fresh taste (not processed). This rates for me as a highly recommended food experience and is a good price for this dining. I live in Broad Ripple and have eaten at most of the restaurants there, so I know. Here, I sat at a table outside, which was nice except for the continuous noise coming across the street. The constant steam exhaust noise got annoying after awhile and was constant throughout my 1 1/2 hours sitting there. But, I would sit there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    Chloe
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Our extended family get together every Friday. We ate at Dawsons last Friday - the food was excellent, the service was excellent and Dawsons is now one of our favorite places
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad?
    n8dgitee
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    My wife killed a gnat in her salad. Could've come from anywhere but she still had to do it. Her chicken was smothered in stuff and I had to excuse myself to remove two pieces of artichoke hearts from my teeth with my difficulty. I had pork chops which were good but would have been better without the chutney. Potato cakes were very good. And half priced wine was a nice surprise.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience at Dawsons!
    likemeseafood
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had a group of 10 at Dawson's on Fri eve, 7-11-14, and it was tremendous! Friendly, hard-working waitress, great food, nice atmosphere...couldn't ask for better meal & venue!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • anniversary dinner
    grandma6
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    A great dinner for our anniversary. A busy place even for a Thursday night. Our waiter Jonathan was very attentive. Best dishes - lettuce wedge (order the mini), the scallops, the signature onion soup, crab cakes, steak, pot roast.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Debra
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Always a fun place for any occasion, we eat here 2-3 times a month, would go more, but not real close to home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • really good
    westside
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    A friend recommended for anniversary dinner - we did not want to hassle with Avon or Castleton traffic - what a gem. Food was great and it is an attractive, well staffed restaurant - I would definitely pass on the recommendation. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hoppin'!
    CaptFidel
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    This place was hoppin' for lunch! I'm glad I made a reservation through OpenTable, because they had a wait list by noon. Great food and the service was sharp and attentive. I will certainly plan to come back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lunch
    luvcolts
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Service was great. Food was just ok for me. Would go back to try something else.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KTelVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My wife had the crab cake dinner and it was excellent. I had the tuna and it was very good. My wife had a watermelon martini that she really enjoyed, and I had a glass of house cab that met my expectations. As usual, great food at a reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Ron!!!!
    Bake0922
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We went for my bestfriends bachelorette party dinner, and Big Ron was amazing!! The food was delicious, fast and affordable!! I would recommend this restraunt for any occasion big or small!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 70 reviews are from the Dawson's On Main reviews archive.
  • Food and Service worth a long drive
    DanGVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We live on the other side of Indianapolis, so it's about a 40-mile round trip for us. There are at least 25 restaurants within a 10-mile r.t. So why bother to go to Dawson's. For one, they have just introduced a new menu with great variety. Second, EVERYONE on the staff has a friendly smile. The food quality is good and the interior well appointed. There's an expanded outdoor seating area too. What amazed us was that our server was just on her 6th day of a new job, yet she provided flawless service. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints
    MargueriteM
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I have been dining at Dawson's on Main for several years. The service, food, drink selections, and ambience are always exceptional. It is a great place to meet up with friends for drinks, or for a family dinner. Parking is never an issue. Staff make you feel at home.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thursday Night Guys night
    Debra
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    My husband, step son and other guys they hang out with, always go to dinner, this is one of there favorite places to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thoroughly impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Food was exceptional and plentiful. Remodeled Main Street with view of Motor Speedway - great location. Very friendly hostess and waitress. Will come back again and again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Group outting
    lcla1000
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went there with a group of 6 and every ones food came out at same time and everyone enjoyed their food and was very good and hot.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    First visit on Mother's Day and my whole family was very impressed. We will be returning!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • West Side Surprise
    luvgreatfood
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We northsiders don't have a monopoly on great restaurants. Discovered this gem on Open Table and it's the ideal place to dine for ANY reason. Great food prepared to perfection and attentive waitstaff. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unhappy Mother's Day
    Maddog
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had a made a reservation for 7 for Mother's Day lunch and when we got there the hostess was rude and told us that she had seated us in the bar because she didn't know we had children in our party. She claimed that Open Table doesn't give them enough information and they've had problems with them ever since they subscribed. I told her that it was a poor decision to seat Open Table reservations in the bar if they weren't sure of the parties ages. They had a very expensive limited mother's day menu which I wasn't aware of. Everything was $25 and up. They didn't offer any bread before the meals were served and service was terribly slow! They need to step up their game if they are going to try and host special occasions!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Overall everything was great, I think there could have been better management organization for being open on a Sunday. This is not a normal buisness day for the restaurant and some of that showed in the services. Would go back again cause food was great!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • waldo
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    server was fantastic and the food was good. would eat there again and would recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All around good
    madtad1
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Only get to Indy/Speedway a few times a year and Dawson's is always on our list as a must for dinner! Best tenderloin sandwich in town and their other dishes are great too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great meal! Something for anyone.
    Looper86
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We went the day of the first Grand Prix 5/10/14. Food was fantastic, I had the ribs and my wife had the steak with blue cheese. Friends had stroganoff. All was excellent. The bar was loud but that was probably driven by the level of intoxication of other patrons who had attended the race. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luv2eat
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Very good all around. The place was hopping as usual for May in Speedway. Despite the very busy night all went well for my modest gathering. We were not rushed even though there was a very large crowd waiting for a table. Food was great and served hot. Ample to eat for everyone. I use this restaurant as my once a year "special" dining experience but now know they have an early bird menu which will make it available to me more often. I only wish I could find a few coupons to help out. They seem very scarce.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice hit or miss place near IMS
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Been to Dawson's on Main three times in the last ten days. I am in town for Speedway activities for the month of May. The first visit was spectacular. Food and service were spot on. The second visit was not as pleasant, and if not for the first visit, I would not have returned. Our menu choices meant that the food was mediocre at best. The order was wrong and the service slow. The third visit, on Friday night of the Festival on Main was enough to keep me coming back. The food was excellent, although the service was somewhat lacking. A note to the chef...please use much less St. Germain in the glaze on the pork shank, which is not Osso Buco BTW. Overall, a convenient restaurant to the Speedway with decent food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back ...
    Earlboxer
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We found Dawson's On Main by accident, but we plan to return when we visit Indy for an annual event in 2015. It was awesome.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Nice relaxed dinner near the airport. Very good food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nicely done
    Phred
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    This was chosen as an alternate to the overbooked (and overpriced) downtown Indy scene for our anniversary. This was a MID WEEK experience and I doubt they had their 'A' team going. The steak was just one hair shy of absolute perfection, the caramelized onion-mushroom-bleu cheese topping was delicious. The Salmon was very nicely done and tasty. I know this is going to sound weird, but whoever did the fresh carrots... certainly the best in any restaurant that I have ever had. So well so that both the wife and I were surprised...not too soft, not too firm... flavor.... hmmmm that detail alone would score well. So if you're looking for somewhere that can present food that is well prepared without being pretentious this is it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great GEM in renovated area!
    Rolls
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We'll be back! So many great menu items to try we can't wait to go back. Quality of food was excellent. We made reservations, but opted to sit in the bar instead, as it looked very comfortable. Had a great time!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.