Dawson's On Main

4.7
760 reviews
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$30 and under
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Steakhouse
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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Indiana
251 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch! Devour menu is amazing! Fabulous, friendly service. The food was perfect. All around great and I highly recommend!

JM
Indiana
78 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had never been here and were very happily surprised by our experience. The food was excellent and my wife’s fish was one the best ever! Our server, Joe was incredible and helped make our evening great. We have a son with autism so these parents note out are very important to use. It is about a 35 minute drive yet Joe and the food will have us making the trip again and again. A fantastic evening!

DM
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience! Wonderful waitress. I definitely recommend reservations for evening dinner

P
Indiana
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fabulous dinner at Dawson’s. Its so much fun to take friends there for their first visit. Like tonight, the are just blown away by the delicious food, fantastic table service and friendly atmosphere.

LE
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with my wife and son for his birthday and really enjoyed food, service and look. Thank you for a good time

LM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoy Dawson’s - it’s a favorite whenever we’re in the area. The booths are comfortable, the food is delicious and the wait staff are exceptional. I enjoy the salads (especially wedge with blue cheese or chicken with pecans). Recently I had an ahi tuna sandwich that was also very good.

KB
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted with a smile the instant we walked in. The waitress came and took our drink orders a brought them in a very timely manner. Our food was fantastic ! My husband ordered a steak well done it came cooked to perfection . my son and I had the Cajun blackened pasta tender noodles both chicken and sausage in the dish.when we come back we plan to visit Dawson's again!

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

They were busy so the service was slow

DE
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak in town! Waiter was very nice and an awesome person.

OT
Indiana
70 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The Friday and night prime rib is outstanding and enough to share. We add a wedge salad and get the signature soup and we have an outstanding meal.

d
Indiana
39 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner was very good. Server let us take out time to order and responded when needed.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was great..had everything ready for our large party when we arrived.. Excellent service great food.. Thank you!

JA
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We went on Sunday for lunch. I had checked out their menu online prior to going, only to find that they have a special menu for Sunday's. The selection was limited. I got the white fish and fries. I had planned on soup and sandwich. The fish didn't hit the spot for me. It was greasy and kind of mushy.

RM
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish they had more options on draft beer. Mostly IPA.

A
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is great and the food selection and quality are outstanding. Dawson's is a great choice whether you are simply looking for a good meal or celebrating a special occasion.

JJ
Indiana
31 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We always enjoy Dawson's. Just one issue, however. Our server kept calling me Bud and my wife "Honey". Not appropriate, just saying. Keep it more professional than that, please. Other than that, we totally enjoy Dawson's.

d
Indiana
39 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been to this restaurant many times and never disappointed. Food was very good. Joe, the server, was very friendly and engaging.

PJ
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious - service was excellent.

EB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love this restaurant! It’s a frequent date night for us. The food is so good!

CF
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service!

SL
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our meal as usual. Went with another couple and had an enjoyable evening. Bartender/waiter is fun and efficient. Food was great and beer was too!

CD
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service was very good

I
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Seated quickly. Strategically placed us in bar due to noise in main DR
Food came out quickly after order
Despite pointing out I am GF plate came out with a roll on it. I was able to move the food touching it and not eat it. Steak (blue cheese) was painfully salty. The sale and potato were good

OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dawson’s is fabulous and never disappoints

JJ
Indiana
31 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time at Dawson's in a very long time. We totally enjoyed the food and the service was very good. We will be back again soon!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on Friday 6/21 and was happy to know prime rib was the special. Great cut of steak and at a great price. Device was also impressive. Liked it so much we came back the next day and I got the prime rib again. Can’t go wrong with Dawson’s

LV
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, food and drinks were OUTSTANDING!!! This place never disappoints! One of our fav ❤

P
Indiana
31 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It just does not get any better! You have to try it to believe it! Steaks, seafood , meatloaf, and all things delicious.

w
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our only wish is that we had more room in our stomachs to enjoy the prime rib, calamari steak, and dessert! Always a pleasure dining at Dawson's.

MD
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jeremy was awesome, he remembered us from a prior visit. Food was excellent, as usual!

P
Indiana
31 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, everything was delicious & the food was outstanding. I’m always amazed at the depth of the menu - New item, bLasagna, was ordered by one of our guests and he said it was as good as any Italian restaurant . My husband got Prime Rib and it was perfect. Several of the ladies had terrific seafood. My son-in-Law had ribs and they were piled high and terrific . The linguini and meatballs got high marks and even the kids’ chicken fingers platter looked really good . Did I Mention the surprising choices of home made soups ? “Gourmet all the way” at diner prices. Service was fast, friendly and precise . PS No matter how full you may be , don’t miss the German Chocolate cake.

DD
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We go all the time and always love the food, service, atmosphere. This time was just meh.
Waited an extra 45 min for seating with a reservation. No big deal, things happen. In our group of 6, 2 entrees had sides mixed up and one steak (special) ordered MR was brown allll the way through. Ok, they replace it and when it comes out it is dark red and ice cold. I know the chefs here know how to cook a steak properly. I expect it. Disappointed.

PR
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service and food exceeded our expectations. We had a exceptional server too- she was absolutely top notch.

GA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and fast service. So friendly and great food

TD
Indiana
23 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome server and great food options. Thank you.

MP
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

Our waitress was extremely rude and over charged us. The food however was delicious.

OT
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can't find anything on the menu that is not fabulous. There food is above good and consistently that way

JA
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We did make a reservation due to Indy in May. We ordered appetizers as our meal the crab cakes and beef tips were fantastic. The wedge salad was delicious. This is always a go to place in Speedway. And, you never know who will be there in May!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an amazing dinner. The food was good the service was even better. They were cordial and fast!

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great. No problems. They had the bar door open to where we were sitting, but closed it shortly after and I'm not sure why. Didn't bother any of us that were in there. Always good food and friendly servers!!

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