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About Dawson's - Hyatt Regency Sacramento

Established in 1988 and located in the heart of downtown Sacramento, Dawson’s Steakhouse has been a local favorite for over a quarter of a century and considered one of the best restaurants in Sacramento. Dawson’s serves farm-to-fork cuisine sourced locally and seasonally to reflect the richness of the Sacramento Valley. From fresh seafood to California grass-fed beef, Dawson’s Steakhouse offers a contemporary twist of steakhouse classics and some bold originals. Enjoy fresh, local food, craft cocktails and exceptional service for an unforgettable dining experience at our landmark, AAA Four Diamond Sacramento restaurant.

1209 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Continental

Hours of Operation:
Bar
Mon-Friday 4:00PM-10:00PM
Saturday and Sunday 5:00PM-10:00PM

Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:30PM - 10:00PM

Capitol Hour: Monday- Friday: 4:00PM - 6:00PM (at Bar at Dawson's only)

Cross Street:
12th

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(916) 321-3600

Website:
http://www.dawsonssteakhouse.com/

Parking Details:
Complimentary 3 hour self parking and $5 valet parking with validation.

Public Transit:
1 1/2 half block away form the K & 12th Lightrall station

Executive Chef:
Michael Grande

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Don't forget to book your table for the annual Thanksgiving Day Brunch at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento!

Private Dining

Our private/semi-private upper area of Dawson's restaurant can be curtained off and accommodates up to 14 guests comfortably. In our Vines restaurant located next to Dawson's we do offer private dining for up to 40 guests. Please call the restaurant for more information.

Dawson's - Hyatt Regency Sacramento Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.5

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4.6

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4.5

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4.1

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91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (30)
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Notable Wine List (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Cozy (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
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Comfort Food (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Casual (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Dawson's is the epitome of a top ranked steak house. Ambiance very energetic but nice sort of like a really good restaurant in San Fransisco. If your at a convention at the Hyatt and are getting your expenses reimbursed, it is a really good choice. It is very expensive and the menu is all al a- cart. Between my wife and I , had a three top shelf drinks and a glass a 91pts wine. , That totaled close to $50. Total bill with tip around $160 with tip. Therefore, recommend this as a special event type of restaurant. Anniversary, birthday, whatever.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 5 days ago

The halibut was dry, but served with a beurre blanc sauce and small potatoes that was delicious. My friend loved her prime rib, but the whipped potatoes arrived cold. Our server was really busy and we couldn't get her attention so we finally told the assistant server when she arrived to clear the table. She offered to bring a new serving, but we were done with dinner at that point. We asked to order wine when our dinner was served, but by the time she returned to take the order and it arrived, we were done with dinner.

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Dawson’s is always a great dining experience. The food is fabulous, the service is top notch and the atmosphere is elegant, quiet and comfortable.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent service, thoughtful and creative chef and overall great food

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We came to Dawson's prior to our attending "Beautiful" down the street at the Community theatre. Lots of choices for main courses, and their wine menu is excellent. Enjoyed our meal.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I have been a season ticket holder for Broadway Sacramento for 11 years. For about 8 years now I dine pre-theater with Ardy as my server. You know it just doesn't get any better! From the moment I walk in to the moment I leave I am treated as a valued guest!!! Not to mention the food is spectacular! The Creamed Spinach I have at each visit :) I was with my best friend and we shared everything so we wouldn't have to leave anything on our plates and trust me we didn't!

We had the Baby Gem salad with shaved apples and & apple butter, YUM! Our entree choice was the Scallops with a cauliflower and currant chutney! To die for! For dessert the Bananas Foster Tart...there wasn't a speck left!

Dawson's is always my # 1 choice with Ardy being the BEST SERVER in SAC! Can't wait until my next show!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The food was delicious and portions were very generous. The waitress was very knowledgeable about the wine list and menu pairings. A very relaxing atmosphere and great place to go before the theatre show.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We ordered scallops.. semi tasteless not a good char on edges. Baked potato 3 small pieces of bacon/ sour cream. Lamb chops were good not great, Tiny beet salad, but most of all we ordered bananas foster and had it taken off our bill sssooo bad!
It’s to bad the place seems nice

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 5, 2017

On this visit we were disappointed with the Prime Rib. It was not "prime" and should have been for the price. It was also way undercooked. We ordered medium rare and we received lass than rare. We didn't have enough time to have them redo the order so we ate what we could. The plates were nicely presented and the crab cakes were wonderful. Salad was way overpriced for a dinner accompaniment and the dressing was rather blade for "Caesar."

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We enjoyed craft cocktails by knowledgable bartenders prior to dining & were seated for dinner according to our reservations on that exceedingly busy Friday night. We received outstanding attention & service at our lovely table from the hostess seating us to our water glasses that remained filled & onto the terrific, personable care from our server. We lacked for nothing & the courses came perfectly timed with additional wine we ordered coming to our table in a timely manner. Our experience at this popular dining destination was stellar adding to the unforgettable musical theater performance afterward. I highly recommend Dawson's for all it's fantastic offerings.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Happy Hour, Fun
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Dawson's has a distinctive ambience--dark wood, elegant setting, etc., and it seems especially well suited for fall/winter dinner gatherings. It was performing at a peak level in spite of a fairly crowded pre-theatre rush. All four of us were impressed wth our entrées and the side dishes.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Pre play dinner, excellent!

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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Good food, great service, terrific ambiance. I have always had a wonderful dining experience when I visited Dawson's. The restaurant doesn't open until 5: 30 pm, so it is a dinner destination. I chose it to enjoy a pre-theater meal. The menu is not expansive but there are sufficient options to accommodate most appetites. Prices are a bit higher with entrees in the $30-$40 range and sides priced separately. Wine range is between $12-$20 a glass. The restaurant has a warm, cozy vibe but the best part, beyond good food, is the customer service. It is efficient and attentive without being intrusive. If you want a special night out and can afford to spend a bit more on yourself, then this is a great restaurant to go to.

Tags: Disabled Access, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Normally, we love Dawson's. It's kind of our "place" for special occasions and date nights. We have been here at least five times. We typically spend $200+ on dinner at Dawson's.

This is the first time I have been so severely disappointed in my experience. Everything started off normally, although I thought our oysters were slightly fishy for my taste -- but boyfriend loved them. Then the mains and sides came and this is where I was let down. Both of our filets were much too rare. Not one to send things back, we overlooked this minor issue. Then we tried our sides, mashed potatoes and creamed spinach, and they were salty to the point of in-edibility. It took a lot for us to say something, and when we did we basically had to convince our server to take the items back and replace them. Now, mind you, my boyfriend usually loves these mashed potatoes more than his own mother's, so the salty (almost powdered-tasting I thought) potatoes we received were so disheartening. We received replacements and yet again, were disappointed by being served virtually the same thing. We didn't eat our sides at all.

To add insult to injury, the kitchen staff (in full view) were loudly laughing and joking the whole time -- it felt like they were more concerned with having fun than providing quality food. Our server badmouthed other servers and the kitchen staff and was more focused on telling us entertaining stories than making sure we were satisfied. The excuse for the mashed potatoes was that the woman who used to make them is pregnant and no longer makes the dish. (Recipes? Standards of taste?) Being a very slow Monday night (at one point we were the only diners), I really expected more. Nothing was comped or discounted, no apologies were offered, and the manager on staff couldn't be bothered to make an appearance.

I have never written a review of any restaurant until now and am truly compelled by sheer disappointment.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The steak was cooked to perfection. The wild mushrooms were amazing. Our waiter Jen was perfection. Such a great meal. Would definitely eat here again.

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 28, 2017

First time at Dawsons. We'll be back. Food wAS EXCELLENT AS WAS THE WINE LIST.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Waiter was very attentive and friendly. Food came at a good pace and was delicious.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

We were seated by the bar and near a table of business group so it’s noisy. Food was good but too pricey. Ambience was not good for a date, we were not given the option to choose for a better seat

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was amazing, the prime rib was perfect! It was a perfect setting for a romantic dinner.

Tags: Disabled Access, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Excellent restaurant with great food wine and service . Very reasonable wine list. Sometimes the noise from the bar was a bit distracting. Otherwise an excellent evening.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We had an open evening visiting Sacramento and were struck by Dawson's internet messaging of fork to table and local grass fed beef. So we decided to try it. The food was very good and also you pay for it. I loved the Lavosh bread they serve in the bread basket and their fresh creamed spinach was great. It turned out that they had only one grass fed beef item--a disappointment and a little misleading from what they advertise. I would go back to this restaurant but also might be tempted to try another spot next time I am in Sacramento.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 5, 2017

This was one of the best steak dinners I have had. We all had the small filet and an enhancer of lobster, shrimp or scallops. My husband, son and I enjoyed a very special meal for my 12 year old's first trip to Sacramento. Our server, Catalina, was outstanding.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Man cave. Ladies, wear a sweater.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Artie was the best waiter. So attentive. We had a wonderful time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Review would be 4 1/2 stars in the 4 star categories above if it was available. Only gripe was my wife asked for extra potatoes in lieu of the peas that came with the chicken dish ($30 with a small breast and some cut up thigh meat; along with a few pearl onions, a couple of small potato chunks and some peas; not a lot of food for that price but given who they're up against I still gave them a "good" rating for value); wasn't given any; and then when that was pointed out the waiter tried to claim that she had been. (She got two small bites of potatoes, same as I did with the same dish). He was otherwise impeccable; attentive without being intrusive, often a fine line, and when he saw she was upset by his explanation, he asked if there was something else he could bring, and we wound up sharing some yummy mashed potatoes on the house. A lot of restaurants could learn from how he handled the one glitch we experienced, quickly recognizing he had approached the situation the wrong way by trying to somehow pretend the obvious wasn't true. The quality of all the food was excellent; on a par with a recent trip to Hawks. Not quite as elegant a venue but very classy in its own right.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

My server was particularly sweet. I really enjoyed your facilities and your restaurant is so conveniently placed. Thank you for great service, recommendations, ambience, and food .

Tags: Tasting Menu
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Loved it!! Had a great time and food is phenomenal .

Tags: Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Service and recommended wine by And were outstanding. Food was excellent, especially the creamed spinach and lemon cheesecake.☺

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Traditional steakhouse with wood panels and all.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2017

The service was #1. Friendly gave great suggestions, I had the crab cakes and a salad. Salad was excellent crab cakes were ok. Not the best from my experience but certainly not the worst. Only 2 small cakes for the price so if you want to share with more than two people order a couple. Had a really yummy Pinot and again the hostess and our server were so nice! Would definitely eat there again!! Good cocktails as well.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Great food and excellent service! We were waited by Scott and he was excellent!! Thanks Scott... plus the food was very well prep... overall everything was an A+

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on August 23, 2017

The staff and waitress were very attentive. The food was excellent.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 20, 2017

A fantastic experience. Our food was perfect - the prime rib was the best we have had in a long time. We ordered appetizers, salad and split a dinner. The service was attentive without being overwhelming. Each course was served at exactly the right time and pacing. The wine suggestions were incredible. We liked the red blend so much that we later bought two bottles to take with us. Thank you for a lovely evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

It's rare to find a convenient restaurant with great menu, friendly, knowledgeable staff and cozy ambiance. Good Show, Dawson's!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 16, 2017

Everyone was warm, welcoming, and friendly from the beginning to the end. Rick our waiter was Awesome!! It was our 30th Wedding Anniversary and We were from Maui Hawaii! Every Moment was Special because of your wonderful Staff!! Mahalo!! Thank You!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Was very disappointed with the bone-in ribeye. Tough, chewey and not a prime piece of beef. Caesar salad was good, the fries were good but not why I came to the restaurant. My wife's New York was good. Martinis were excellent. Waiter apologized and gave us a dessert compliments of the house. I don't see a reason to come back.............

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Amazing staff! From the hostess to Carrie the bartender to the server (Arby), they are top-notch and wonderful.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Had a wonderful dinner on a busy Saturday night. Our waiter was very responsive to our requests. The food was outstanding and was well worth the money.
Would return again in the future

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Full disclosure, I've worked in the industry in NYC at many high end restaurants and steakhouses, im also an aspiring chef and specialize in cooking beef.

While the service was very attentive and we never waited for anything, it was smothering. The server was going a mile a minute and constantly checked on us, being overly meticulous. We were a very laid back party and they need to be able to read people's needs. Some people need to be pampered and spoken to at length every two minutes, but we did not, and our body language / responses should have made that clear.

As for the food.... the oysters were not properly shucked and still connected to the shell. The horseradish pulp was old and lacked any essential oils, it had barely any bite. The ceasar salad was a good try, but the dressing was too thick and there was far too much shaved cheese and capers. The capers were also clearly old and lacked the salinity of fresh capers.

Now to the steak... oh boy. There's many ways to properly cook a steak and there's different opinions. Restaurants are limited to the equipment they have, some use inflated broilers, some traditional salamanders, some roast whole sub primals, slice and reseat to order, some use cast iron at different temperatures (low to cook through, high to sear). It doesn't matter so long as you properly cook the steak. When your steak is "banded", meaning that at medium rare it's raw in the middle with 1/2 - 3/4 inches of well done meat surrounding it, it means you most likely broiled it the whole way without resting it so that you cook and sear all at once, and I'm sorry, but that means you don't have a clue how to properly cook steak. If you're a steakhouse, that's kinda important. To be blunt, it was probably the worst steak I've had in years.

Bring your steaks to temp low and slowly, rest it TWICE, then sear it hard.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 3, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner. Our server was great and right -on with her recommendations. However, service was slow.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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