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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (37)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Worth the Drive (24)
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Comfort Food (23)
Good for Groups (19)
Good for a Date (19)
Cozy (18)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Business Meals (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Special Occasion (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Kid-friendly (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Fun (8)
Happy Hour (6)
People Watching (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Authentic (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Romantic (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great Beer (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Live Sports (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Indiana)·Dined 2 days ago

We started in the bar while we waited for a table. The bartender was great and our dinner was absolutely delicious!

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 (Indiana)·Dined 3 days ago

A quality dining experience. Service and food were both very good. Menu has a nice variety of selections. Several at the table had steaks while others enjoyed seafood. Overall a fine restaurant.

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 (Indiana)·Dined 5 days ago

This was the first time ever at Dawson's and I must say, I was impressed. Not that I was expecting anything less, it is just when it is a first visit, one is not really sure what to expect. It is a very unassuming place that has food with big taste and that is very affordable. The staff is very accommodating and willing to do what is asked of them. We will definitely be going back to Dawson's.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined 5 days ago

Went for Valentine's day, great Valentine's day menu!! Food was fantastic, service was fast and friendly. Cajun beef tips appetizer was amazing and I would order just that for a meal if they had a meal size version!! Horseradish crusted sirloin was cooked to perfection.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Bar Seating, Fun, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a wonderful Valentine's Day meal who had a limited dinner menu but the portions were well worth the price. The service was wonderful and the ambiance was very nice. We were pleasantly surprised and will be repeat customers.

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 (Indiana)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food and great service on Valentine's Day. They had a limited menu which I think worked well to keep food coming at the appropriate pace. We were served by a great waitress who was helpful but not overly attentive. Had to look for parking but found it on a side street after two passes. I would definitely recommend this as a date night restaurant or just a meal with friends!

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 (Indiana)·Dined 5 days ago

Nice, cozy resturaunt with a relaxed but upscale feel. Servers were great, food was good (the steaks were a little dry). Nice place for a dinner for two or a group of friends. I would definitely go back again.

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 (Indiana)·Dined 5 days ago

Valentine’s Day

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 (Indiana)·Dined 5 days ago

Great experience and great food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I booked a table thru OpenTable, got a confirmation, got ready and drove there only to find the restaurant is closed!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Devour menu was quite a value. App, salad, full dinner size entree with 2 sides and a full size dessert.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Our party of 4 had a fabulous time Friday evening. Everyone loved their food...especially the beef stroganoff. Was worth our drive,will definitely return.

Tags: Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Live Sports, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great evening Just a little noisy. Took friends who had never dined there before. Just wished your Sunday dinner menu was the complete menu.
We all enjoyed our meals but would have liked to full menu. You had a pretty full house. Our friends had looked at your menu online & were a little disappointed that there were not more entrée choices.
We will be back Always enjoy Dawsons.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We drove to Speedway because the Devour Indy specials looked good. The service was great. The crowd was somewhat older as befits the neighborhood. Interesting beer choices. The menu was more pub than gastro-pub, but the food was good and the portions large. However, the vegetables were salty to my taste and the appetizer dip was served with chips that were also salty enough to detract from the taste of what otherwise would have been an excellent dip. It isn't what I'd consider a destination place, but I wouldn't hesitate to go back if I were in the neighborhood.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 27, 2018

it was a saturday night & devour was going on so they were very busy. even with reservations it took them 15-20 min to seat us. it took a long time for each course . we had a second destination to be at and we were almost late.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Fun
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Always great food and service. Enjoy the devour menu very much!! Thanks for all you guys do to make food amazing. Service is always helpful and friendly!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 26, 2018

It was a wonderful place for a girls night out. The food was great! Out wait staff was attentive and didn’t rush us. Would recommend going for good food and a nice place to socialize with friends.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great service as always!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Found through an online review site and it was everything we hoped it would be. GREAT food & reasonable prices. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 10, 2018

The food was excellent, service great. Lots of choices on the menu. My friend loved the many martini choices that were offered.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We always love Dawson’s, but not been there for quite a while. All I can say is “they never disappoint !!!”

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Bar Seating, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Our meals were great and the waiter and servers did an awesome job. Just very disappointed for our group of 8 to have been seated at the 1st table just inside the entrance. It made for a very cold (temps were single digits)experience , especially when patrons were entering/exiting. There were plenty of available tables throughout the restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 31, 2017

A group of 8 met for New Year's Eve dinner. Although Dawson's offered a limited menu, there were plenty of delicious entrees to choose from. Steaks are always good. Tony's chicken was tasty with a gouda cream sauce and shrimp on top of two chicken breasts. Very generous portions.

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Went here for New Years Eve dinner. They had a special menu for the night but it was varied and there were several selections. Great service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food was excellent. Service was great. Friendly, comfortable atmosphere

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Casual, Cozy
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 30, 2017

As usual, outstanding service and great food made for a great evening. Parking is never an issue, the menu has a variety of options, and the prices are very reasonable - all the reasons Dawson’s has become our restaurant of choice for meeting friends who live on the opposite side of town from us!

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Good was exceptional.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Huge portions, food and service better than chains or pubs. Chicken parm, meatloaf, salad, soup, and fish and chips all good choices

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Comfort Food, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Service was prompt and courteous. Food was great. Price was right.

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Live Sports, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Authentic, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Casual, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Love Dawson on Main! Service , Food quality, taste and presenation always superb. Cozy atmosphere and prices are reasonable.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Always fresh and excellent food. Love the atmosphere in the bar. Great bartenders and servers. It’s the absolute best tenderloin sandwich around per our friend. I love the salmon salad. Pizzas are excellent too. Never had a bad meal. Pear martini and Ruby Red martini the best.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Best to have a reservation as they have great food and it’s a small place so you may have a wait without one. Staff is always very friendly and the food, so so good. The chicken parm is my favorite and it’s huge so I have lunch for the next day!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Our server was excellent! Food came out super fast. Pleasantly surprised at the reasonable price of our cocktails. Overall a terrific experience.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great variety of food items on the menue...diff to select. Love the Sangria. Will come again!!!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We always enjoy meeting friends here for a yummy dinner and great service .
Nice to know quality of food is dependable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great place! Very good food and the service was great. They were extremely busy so tinthe holidays but we were well taken care of.

Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great food and service. Value for the money. Lots of selections on the menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Ordered Turtle Cheesecake and instead they substituted Sea Salt Carmel cheesecake.
Also nothing on the menu indicated that the meatloaf was made with a spicy sausage.
One person had requested that the dressing be on the side and that was ignored.
Otherwise all the other food was excellent. We had wonderful service and great staff.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 13, 2017

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

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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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