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Dawson's On Main
Dawson's On Main

Dawson's On Main Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.Dawsonsonmain.com
  • Email: Hillchris20@yahoo.com
  • Phone: (317) 247-7000
  • 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: Steakhouse, Seafood, American
  • 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, 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 (317) 247-7000

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 16th 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Dawson's was just what me and my love needed! Wonderful service, great staff and wonderful food. All around a great experience!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The location of this restaurant on quaint Main Street in Speedway attracts a big lunch crowd. We have always had great service here, great food, and the ambience is nice due to an ecletic mix of stained glass, wood, and even a small fountain in back of the main dining room. My favorites on the menu are the homemade soups, the black and blue salad and the fish and chips. Of course, they have an excellent tenderloin since that is the state sandwich of Indiana."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I would recommend dawson's to anyone. They have great food, reasonable prices, and the staff is always friendly. I've only been there for dinner, and it would be great for a romantic evening or dinner with the family."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We love the food. Everything I have tried has been good."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Justin was our bartender/server. He did a fantastic job!! When I ordered my salad without onions, he went as far as to hold the "tomato relish" which included onions and replaced it with a chopped tomato. Our filets were cooked to perfection, juicy and tender. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My Red Hat group (13) had reservations. We were seated in a private dining room which was very nice. The room was too warm for most of the evening which made it unpleasant. The ceiling fans were on but made little difference. It took a long time to place our orders. The restaurant seemed very understaffed in the front of the house. We had to ask to order desserts, we weren't asked if we wanted a second glass of wine, and it took forever to get our bills. Thankfully, we had a lot to talk about and enjoyed each others company but I'll have to think twice about bringing a large group there again."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Your new policy of not serving bread to the table is cheap. How much does bread cost that it is now rationed out to certain customers ?"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Was in Indy for the weekend...a short getaway for me and the hubby. We don't get away often so we really wanted the weekend to be special. We found Dawson's on Open Table. The food was really good and we enjoyed it and the prices were fairly good as well. The only problem I had was that I had requested a intimate table. And the table we got was far from intimate. We were seated right next to the front door in a small booth. Anybody who came in could look right at us and we could feel the breeze from the outside anytime anybody came in or out. It was dimly lit which was nice but it wasn't exactly what I was looking for in the romantic dinner department."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Dawson's on Main is definitely a place I would return to. I have to say that it was by far the oddest experience I've had while dining out. At one point within 10 minutes of each other an elderly lady (a customer) came up to our table and ran her hand across it for no apparent reason, a boy walked in to the restaurant which is somewhat classy with a McDonald's cup and started talking to other patrons and a server (not ours) walked past and touched me on the shoulder (not grazed). These things weren't things that would make me avoid the place, rather they gave me and my date (our first) some things to chat about. While they were definitely odd, the food was outstanding. The service left something to be desired though. I would return."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This was a nice restaurant with very good food. Not incredibly fance, no need to get super dressed up. But still very nice. Enjoyed it."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I was looking for a new place to take my wife, we wanted a quiet place where we could enjoy each others company and a great meal. Our dinner was great, the service was awesome . I plan on a repeat visit !"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Menu selections are creative/different/interesting -- wanted to try a number of things; difficult to choose. Food portions are generous. The service is very friendly and attentive without being bothersome. Decor was warm and attractive. Online reservation system was great. Though a first time patron, I WILL be back!!"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "It's was Valentines Day out on the town and Dawson's was a great OpenTable find. The place was super cozy and very well designed with a brick interior, the perfect blend of dark lighting and candlelight on a snowy night. Tucked into a side street in the old (think 1950's?) part of downtown Speedway it reminded me of the restaurants on the brick street in downtown Zionsville. The food was great, which we expected based on the reviews. What we didn't expect were the 5 star potato cakes. I'm not sure, but they appeared to be mashed red potatoes with cheese and bits of peppers, made into a cake and lightly battered and fried. It's worth going there for the cakes alone. They also had a great selection of local craft beer on tap!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was amazing,received food very quickly.They we slow at taking our order at first but overall well worth the value"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Able to secure a reservation and get a seat in the bar at a high top table. The atmosphere was great and seats were comfortable. Our server was superb. The menu has a lot of variety and gave everyone in the party something to choose from. The food is excellent. The ambiance was great, even in the bar. The noise level was not an issue. It is a cozy bar."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Went here for a Valentine's Night Meal very good food and service. Would go back again!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We came from east side and were surprised how nice the area was and the restaurantwas. Good food...ok prices. Portions were plentiful."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Reserved table was ready upon our early arrival. Server was engaging and attentative without hovering. The portions were ample and the food was very well prepared. Parking is convenient and plentiful."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We were looking to have an evening eating a great meal in a place that we didn't have to contend with shouting to be heard or too much hustle and bustle or kids screaming and running around. And we found it at Dawson's on Main. The service was great and the food was outstanding. Two of our party got the prime rib special which was cooked just as they liked and the portions were more than enough. My husband and I had the ribs and they were very tasty. Messy...but tasty (probably hand cleaner towelettes would be a good suggestion!). The atmosphere was quieter and relaxing and we highly enjoyed ourselves."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "My family of 5 stopped at Dawson's on Main and could not have been more pleased. Something for everyone on the menu and the plates were filled to the edges! I can't recall how many containers of left overs we brought home for lunch the next day. We will definitely be back. All 5 of us enjoyed our meals and we all got something different. Tenderloins were amazing!!!"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "We went on a very snowy night and it was packed! Everything was wonderful. Greatly enjoyed the seafood special, daughter loved her steak, and hubby enjoyed the ribs. Have to say the carrot cake was on of the best I have ever had!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "A favorite of ours and friends. We eat here on several different occassions. Friendly staff, great serves, and great food choices."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We ate here for the first time in December at my office Christmas party. The food was great. We took some friends from out of town this past weekend. My husband's steak wasn't quite as good as it had been at the Christmas party (a little too well-done), but everyone else loved their meals!!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Very much enjoyed the experience early new year's eve. Even with the limited menu, we enjoyed the food very much and had the usual great service. Would recommend you check it out if you have not been there...."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "great steakhouse/seafood offerings in speedway. we were surprised by how good the food and service was. we will be back."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "We had a meeting/Christmas party. The original reservation was for 6 but needed to be increased to 10 at the last moment. They were able to handle it with no trouble. The food was great everyone enjoyed their meal. The service was good,very attentive."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Not pretentious, just a good solid meal. Everything was well prepared, the waiter was helpful, the drinks were good. Good value for money. What else can I say?"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Dawson's is a nice, cozy, warm restaurant with many entrees and delicious food to choose from. Service has always been very good here and you do not feel rushed at any time. It is more of an experience where you can go and enjoy the evening with family or friends."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "We had a great time at Dawson's. There was a group of us and we all agreed the food and service were excellent!"
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "On a business trip and stopped in for a late lunch. Service was great. The salmon salad was excellent."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "This was my first time at Dawson's, I went based on a recommendation from family friends. The menu and food/ wine was excellent but our service was terrible. The waitress was extremely slow and walked past our table several times without acknowledging us or asking if we needed anything. I understand having busy nights having worked in the restaurant industry before, but she didn't even apologize for being busy or forgetting things. It was extremely unprofessional, and not what I was expecting at all."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Dawson's doesn't disappoint. Great food, pleasant servers. I appreciate this great choice for lunch in Speedway."
    Dined on 10/30/2013
  • "I was looking for a lil place to take my husband for date night and this place did not disappoint. The food was absolutely excellent."
    Dined on 10/21/2013
  • "Every time we eat at Dawson's we have not been disappointed! The food is always delicious & the portions are huge! We love the crabcakes!!! We always recommend the restaurant for special occasions or bring visitors when they come to town."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "We enjoyed our meal and the great, attentive service we received. Both of our meals (sirloin and prime rib) were cooked to perfection. We have been going to Dawson's for years, have turned many friends and family on to them, and are looking forward to our next visit there!"
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "This was our second visit to Dawson's and the first for the couple who joined us. All agreed we will be back. Fabulous tuna sandwich, the walleye special was out of this world, great salads. Attentive service."
    Dined on 10/15/2013
  • "I took an "Out of town" business friend to Dawson's and was a great spot for good food and good conversation. The novelty of being in Speedway added to the event greatly. The calamari appetizer was exceptional, even to the international taste of well traveled diners."
    Dined on 10/15/2013
  • "Can't believe we have never been to Dawsons in Speedway and this won't be our last time. Sat outside on the quiet main street so it was lovely. Attentive service and a great variety of meals, salads, appetizers. Shrimp paresan outstanding and the scallop appetizer exquisite. A bit disappointed in the Calamari "Steak" as unlike the appetizer we had at their Brownsburg restaurant these were pieces of fried calamari....good just not what we expected. That said, lovely place and we will be back."
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "First time visit....nice seating outside, but not the best ambiance inside (could use some updating). Everyone in our group enjoyed their meal. The crab cakes, steak Susan, and pot roast were all well made and tasty. The dessert menu could use some alternatives to different types of cake. The turtle brownie wasn't available so we passed on dessert. The noise level was fine for conversation and the service was attentive without being intrusive."
    Dined on 8/19/2013