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

4.1

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (36)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Worth the Drive (18)
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Comfort Food (17)
Good for a Date (15)
Cozy (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Good for Groups (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Business Meals (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Kid-friendly (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Fun (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Authentic (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Healthy (3)
People Watching (3)
Romantic (3)
Great Beer (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Live Sports (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Seasonal (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 11, 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 10, 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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·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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·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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·Dined on December 22, 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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·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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·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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·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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·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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