About 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.

1464 Main St
Speedway, IN 46224
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:


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

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am. Sunday 11:00am-8:00pm

Cross Street:
15th and Main

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(317) 247-7000

Website:
http://www.dawsonsonmain.com/

Catering:
Full scale catering service for all events large and small. Full service food and beverage service. Off site private venue available.

Executive Chef:
Luis Pineda

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Dawson's On Main Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (27)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Comfort Food (16)
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Good for Birthdays (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Cozy (12)
Good for a Date (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Business Meals (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Fun (6)
Romantic (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great Beer (3)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Authentic (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Live Sports (2)
People Watching (2)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (Indiana)·Dined 9 hours ago

Food was delicious, bartender, Andy, was amazing! Favorite place to eat!

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·Dined 6 days ago

It was my wife’s birthday and it is difficult to believe that you do not offer a free dessert

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

It was great.

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·Dined on December 5, 2017

I had seen Dawson's advertised on TV during the 500 season and knew that I had to get over and check it out. Figured it would be worth a try for my birthday and I was not disappointed! The steak was DELICIOUS! :)

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had a rough experience. It began with our reservation not handled on time (a huge issue when you take insulin) and staff had very little understanding of how to handle disabilities. The item I went for, a staple on their menu, the Steak Suzanne theyvwere outvof mashed potatoes for... At 8:30 when they're open until one. I ended up chhosinf a baked potato and some soup as it was the only other option for me based on a medical condition and they had the gaul to charge me for something that was the result of their kitchen planning failure. Of course to top it off, both my steak and potato were undercooked and by this point I was unable to handle even saying anything so I just dealt with it so I could leave. My fiancee loved the port tenderloin and the rolls were great.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Very good experience. Will definitely be back

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Neighborhood place with extensive menu and moderate prices. Nice people to deal with. We went on a not to busy night and meals came very quickly. Certainly worth your stop if you are in the area.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Nice place with lovely waitress. Seemed busier than usual so service was slow. Note reduced menu on Sunday nights but still great variety

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent Goof, great service, generous portions

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Charge extra for house salad which is nothing special. No bread-just one little roll
served on dinner plate Like bread with salad. Also don't get crab cakes-not good.
Think for money spent, could have done better elsewhere. Will not return.

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Actually was at the restaurant twice in same day - early dinner then after an event in mid evening. Party of 2 early and 4 late.
Good liquor selection and Gumball Beer (which only folks from Indiana will know about and drool over). Excellent Caesar salads and Tenderloin, enormous plate of nachos, and adequate but uninspired fried seafood (which is hard to make inspirational).
Very reasonably priced. Excellent staff - hard, pleasant workers every one. Not crowded on a week night. Walking distance from Indianapolis Speedway.

Tags: Cozy, Great Beer, Casual, Happy Hour, Quick Bite
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Dawson's has never disappointed...until it came time to be on their service game. A group of us went to celebrate my wife's birthday, and I mentioned this in the reservation. Not knowing this, another member of our party asked for "something" for her birthday. Nada. The check came with nary a mention of TWO requests for acknowledgement of my wife's birthday. Note - we weren't asking for a freebie; just something - cake, dessert, something.

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We have been here before and it was a great experience. But this time I was really disappointed. We were waiting for our friends to show so we got our drinks. They showed up and the waiter took their drink order and brought them. He took our order and that was it! We sat there a good half an hour to 45 minutes without anything else. No salad, no appetizer and our drinks were gone. Still no service! After my friends seen our waiter watching whatever game was on, i got up to find him and couldn't. Finally I got the hostess and told her of the problem. She told us that they had a party of 16 and it backed up the kitchen! That's funny because we seen people getting their food and they were seated after us! A party of 16 kept our salads from coming out? My dinner tasted like it had been under the heating lights for quite awhile. I had the chicken mushroom pasta, it was dry on top and most the sauce wasn't creamy until I got to the bottom where the heat lamp couldn't dry it up. The rest of my parties dinners were good! Then a different server came up and asked if it was one check or 2? We told her 2 and she was off. Then my husband asked me didn't you want dessert? Oh yeah, creme brule! ( sp).When he brought the check we told him what we wanted. No creme brule! They quit selling it. So I got cheese cake. The cheese cake was very warm on the end, almost melted but almost frozen in the middle. I haven't been out for enjoyment for almost a year because of 3 major surgeries in 8 months and the 1st time that I get to go out and spend the evening with my husband and my very best of friends and to be so disappointed. I will think twice about going back for a special occasion!

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Dawson's was short-handed Saturday night and incredibly busy. Didn't matter--We'll wait for great food any time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

We always enjoy Dawson's. Being allergic to wheat & dairy makes choosing a good option a challenge but I did it. The only complaint would be to make sure you serve very hot water to make hot tea with. Tepid is just yucky.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Enjoyed the meal but wish we were seated away from the door, vied draft every time it opened—plenty of other tables. Plus I felt like they put the 2 of us in a booth (no padding just bench) when there were again, other tables we could have been seated at.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We picked this place totally by chance after not being able go where we had planned (Rick's Cafe Boatyard) due to a power outage. This was the closest Steakhouse that popped up and it had great reviews. We ordered the filet(medium) , garlic mashed potatoes and salad and would have sworn we were at Rick's except the bill was $20 cheaper. Food was great and the server was awesome. Would definitely recommend.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent food in large portions in the shadow of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The lighting made it a little hard to read the menu (and I'm 25), but that's the only thing I can think of that wasn't great.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The food was awesome! We will definitely be back !

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Dawson's on Main has great food, good service and a great neighborhood atmosphere. I go there often.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Wonderful service. Great food. Such an enjoyable experience.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great time. Our server, Justin, was first rate. We will definitely go back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 3, 2017

We had a very nice dinner. Everyone had a different meal. We were all pleased. The service was just right. The prices are very fair. It’s not flashy. Just good food served well.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 28, 2017

One can’t go wrong with Dawson’s on Main. The menu is varied and the food is great quality. I love that they serve Coke products too! I highly recommend it for lunch or dinner

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Service was slow, our waitress was spread out way too thin they need to assign their staff to one area and seat people accordingly.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Speedway favorite. Great family option after a day at the track.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We've always had good food here and our server was tremendous despite having several tables she was responsible for. Add in $4 tenderloins for Indy Tenderloin week and you have a winner. My sister-in-law's Beef Stroganoff looked great too. She confirmed it was.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Group of 6, menu choices were good, except for one who ordered chicken Parmesan did not care for it. . Appetizer came after salads

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Enjoyed a great evening. It appears you may have been short on servers...lots of open tables, but a wait time of 30+ minutes. Not discouraged....we will be back! Awesome bartender (Ron) while we waited...great guy!

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Nick was our server and he was very nice but extremely slow. The bartender was even slower, we waited on our drinks forever. Food was good but service was slow and disappointing.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 8, 2017

In town for a business trip. Found a description with menu listing online and decided to try. Great food, casual comfortable atmosphere, affordable. Would certainly go back when in the area.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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·Dined on August 30, 2017

This was our first visit to Dawson on the Main and we were not disappointed. The hostess & staff were very attentive. Our server was prompt, polite, and very accommodating, however not annoying. Our meal was delicious, correct temperature, and presentation was lovely. I highly recommend the Beef Stroganoff. We will be returning.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 29, 2017

huge potions, tasty food, friendly servers, devour options offered great value

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on August 29, 2017

We have been going to Dawson's on Main since it opened. It has great food. The service is always super and the atmosphere is great also. Sorta reminds you of the TV show "Cheers" in the bar area. We have taken many of our friends there throughout the years.

Tags: Live Sports, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Casual, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 29, 2017

It was our first time. We sat outside, so couldn't say what the inside was like. We enjoyed outside because we had a 1 year old with us that needed space to freely roam around and not disturb others.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 29, 2017

The servers are very friendly and the recipes are family ones.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 28, 2017

I have to Dawson's on several visits to indy... Best i can say is inconsistant meals and customer service.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

We recently celebrated a family birthday, and the private room was a great option for the size of our family. Like always, the food was wonderful.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We went to Dawson's on Main during Devour Indy week. The meal was phenomenal! Very rarely (if ever) have I been so surprised and delighted by a meal. While we don't consider ourselves foodies by any stretch, my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed each course and the small touches that made each dish a Dawson's original. The pride in presentation was very apparent. Due to the special Devour Indy menu, we were able to order an appetizer, 2 salads, entree (including sides) and 2 desserts for an extremely reasonable price ($50). While we weren't able to finish our meals that evening, we enjoyed the leftovers for lunch the next day. The service overall seemed a touch slower, but that may have been due to timing (dinner rush on a Saturday evening of Devour Indy week) and that we were a small party of 2 while there were several larger parties nearby. Overall, we were thrilled with the experience and will definitely return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Great service.

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