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Dawson's Steakhouse

4.8
4.8
1280 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
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 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. Treat Yourself!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Wine Bar, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (916) 443-1234 ext. 0

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Alexis Gutierrez

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Jay Yoon: (916) 321-3600

  • Neighborhood

    Sacramento

  • Cross street

    12th and L Street

  • Parking details

    Complimentary 3 hour self parking with ticket validation and $5 valet parking with validation.

  • Public transit

    Half block away from the K and 12th Lightrail station

  • Additional

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

Experiences

  • Martin Ray Wine Dinner

    $150.00 per person

    Jul 15, 2022 only
    Sip and savor outstanding wines from Martin Ray Vineyards paired with a regionally inspired five course dinner on July 15th. Guests will be seated at large communal tables with other guests for the dining experience. Representatives from the winery and Chef's culinary team will walk guests through the wine pairing process, menu writing process, cooking techniques, and also cover the wine making philosophy behind the featured winery. Seating is limited. $150 per person, valet is complimentary. Advanced notice on any dietary restrictions required for accommodation. Reception with hors d'oeuvres and sparkling wine begins at 6:30 PM.

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What 1,280 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good food and top tier service.
  2. MB

    MattB

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and great food. We’ll return.
  3. LL

    LivingLife

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    The steak was over cooked on the outside and rare in the middle, it tasted like you were eating charcoal. The Garlic Parmesan tater tots were over seasoned we could barely eat them and the vegetables were horrible. With that being said are waitress was really good and the restaurant was nice but the food was so disappointing, will not be going back.
  4. S

    Seniorfoodie

    Sacramento

    142 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    142 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great to have Dawson’s back!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good place to eat especially if staying at Hyatt Regency
  6. M

    Michelle

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brandon our server provided the best customer service! We will definitely be back. Food was so delicous. Shout out to the Chef!
  7. P

    Padelford

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter and the staff were very accommodating of my wife who’s recovering from COVID and having digestion issues.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience at the restaurant was very positive. The food was very good and cooked perfectly to order. We shared everything and thoroughly enjoyed it.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the New York strip and my boy friend had the prime rib and it was 10/10 so good. Service was amazing. I recommended the NY strip with the wild mushrooms for a side. Mashed potato’s were pretty generic. But everything was packed full of flavor!
  10. NL

    NikkiL

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Steak was ok, the bernaise sauce was different. The roasted chicken was good but the sauce, polenta and mushrooms didn’t taste good. Too many flavors and not a cohesive dish. The server only came to the table 2x.
  11. k

    kennethw

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    As usual Dawson’s shines. The food is fantastic, and the service is world class.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The hospitality was amazing! Try the rack of lamb it was delicious
  13. JP

    JohnP

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ardy is tops, food was very enjoyable, the staff makes the evening!
  14. M

    Marco

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great place to eat for an extra-special occasion. Service was perfect. Food was excellent but not fussy.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my girlfriends birthday and they provided amazing service dessert on the house. It was a busy 7 o clock dinner time and the service was quick and attentive. Food came out in reasonable time and was cooked to perfection. Overall was very pleased with my evening.
  16. M

    Mopatron

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a gorgeous date here. Highly recommend for a great night out
  17. DD

    DeeDee

    Sacramento

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A perfect before the Symphony dinner. Service was fabulous. Our server could not have been better. She took our orders and paced the service perfectly. This was the first time my granddaughter has been to Dawson’s. So fancy, she said; I said not fancy; but the way a restaurant should be for special occasions. Can’t wait to go back!
  18. JV

    JuanV

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone in the restaurant were extremely friendly and attended to all of our needs.
  19. MV

    MarissaV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was absolutely delicious. Definitely recommend the 21 day aged steak rare well worth the price .
  20. MO

    MOMule

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the service was meticulous our waiter was very patient and kind, and he had a great sense of humor. From wine to prime rib to dessert, we had a great experience.
  21. SO

    ShirleyO

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter Ardy was very informative and friendly! The food was delicious. The ambiance was great! The only downfall is having to pay for parking.
  22. BD

    BarbaraD

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waiter was very courteous and his wine recommendation was excellent. The good was outstanding.
  23. SH

    StephenH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It seems that Dawson's has managed to hang onto or return quality staff, a sadly rare situation in these turbulent times. Our waiter was everything you look for in a waiter and all the food on the table was the best I've had in a restaurant in 2-3 years. In our house Rib-eye is the steak we eat, grilled or pan seared I love it. The Rib-eye we had a Dawson's was cooked to the proper state of doneness, tender, and with a finish I will forever try to replicate, just fantastic. We arrived a few minutes before they opened so we went to the bar there in the lobby of the hotel where, we were able to obtain a pair of martinis that were absolutely perfect.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to the theater across the way. They had set a Prefix menu for the occasion so they could help get the order out quicker. Also would be great for a date night if you wanted a slower experience.
  25. KG

    KathyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    There was a delicious special for ordering accommodating the theater.
  26. S

    Sacfoodie

    Sacramento

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fish at a steakhouse? Absolutely. My halibut was perfectly cooked and served with a delicious artichoke cream sauce. I will order that again. My husband had the aged steak, which he orders every time we dine here. Arte is the best server, so knowledgeable and efficient, with an equally great personality. He makes dining a joy. Nice selection of wines by the glass and by the bottle. Always our favorite dining place before the theater.
  27. C

    Choppot

    Las Vegas

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The salads were fabulous but both Filets were cold. Good choice of wines by the glass.
  28. M

    Martie

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was unbeatable. The food was superb. Everything about the night was perfect. Never had to ask for a thing. Our server was there before we could think about anything else. The food was wonderful and the ambience very romantic.
  29. o

    optionsnot

    Sacramento

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our 5:30 reservation worked out perfectly before the broadway series show at 7:30! the service started out a little slow but that was because the restaurant and bar were crazy busy! once things settled down a bit the service picked up and everything was fine. excellent drinks and the food, as the 4 of all had different selections were excellent!
  30. CL

    CareyL

    Sacramento

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another outstanding dining experience at Dawson's! We had reservations for 5:00 and were seated promptly. The restaurant was fully booked for that evening and was filling up fairly quickly, but service was never less than stellar. All the wait and bus staff work as a well-oiled team. I had the fish special (halibut) and my husband had the pork chop (plus a side of mashed potatoes - a favorite!). Although the restaurant is somewhat pricey, you do get what you pay for -- high quality food and stellar service. We love coming to Dawson's for a special treat!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brandon our server was outstanding. He was accommodating and timed our meal perfectly with the show we were going to next door. Wonderful food, sat in a very comfortable booth and relaxed and enjoyed our meals.
  32. DJ

    DavidJ

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable evening. Everything went according to schedule. We got to our next event in plenty of time.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is always the best every time we go everybody loves it.The waiter was so good and very helpful and was on it all night
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baja California

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The service from Brandon was great. Priced a little high compared to similar restaurants. But the overall experience was very good.
  35. DD

    DeeDee

    Sacramento

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good! Love the theatre special menu! Just perfect! Our server John was the best!
  36. LS

    LynnS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner choices and especially if you are going to the play. ServerJohn was amazing . Loved it, will definitely return.
  37. JB

    JeffB

    Sacramento

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice steak house. Good drinks in a nice setting.
  38. CC

    CathleenC

    Sacramento

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food2service5ambience5
    The service was fabulous, as usual, but the chicken dinner needed help. The chicken itself was good, but the remainder of the plate needed help. The mushrooms, which I usually love, had a very odd taste, asparagus was ok, but the rest of the plate needs a redo. Very mediocre.
  39. F

    Foodie2

    Sacramento

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Besides the food being consistently excellent, we have had the pleasure to have Jennifer as our waitress many times! She is awesome and has great recommendations. We will return because of the service staff and the food!
  40. P

    Phillip

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience is a 10 out of 10, I'll give you my money again.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Dawson's Steakhouse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (916) 443-1234 ext. 0.

Dawson's Steakhouse is rated 4.8 stars by 1280 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Dawson's Steakhouse

1209 L Street Sacramento, CA 95814

Additional information

  • Cross street

    12th and L Street

  • Neighborhood

    Sacramento

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Wine Bar, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary 3 hour self parking with ticket validation and $5 valet parking with validation.

  • Public transit

    Half block away from the K and 12th Lightrail station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alexis Gutierrez

  • Additional

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

  • Phone number

    (916) 443-1234 ext. 0

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Jay Yoon: (916) 321-3600

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