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Dawson's Steakhouse, Sacramento, CA
Dawson's Steakhouse, Sacramento, CA
Dawson's Steakhouse, Sacramento, CA
Dawson's Steakhouse, Sacramento, CA
Dawson's Steakhouse, Sacramento, CA

Dawson's Steakhouse

4.7
4.7
1729 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

10:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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

  • Halloween Wine Dinner

    $150.00 per person

    Oct 26, 2024 only
    Celebrate Halloween with Dawson’s Steakhouse by attending our second annual Halloween Wine Dinner! Come in costume (if you'd like), sip and savor outstanding wines selected by our sommelier, paired with a spooky Halloween theme inspired five course dinner on Saturday, October 26th. $150 per person. Pricing does not include tax or gratuity. Seating is limited. Valet parking is complimentary. Advanced notice on any dietary restrictions required for accommodation. Reception with hors d'oeuvres and sparkling wine begins at 6:30 PM.
    Halloween Wine Dinner Photo
  • Palmaz Vineyards Wine Dinner

    $150.00 per person

    Sep 13, 2024 only
    Sip and savor outstanding wines from Palmaz Vineyards, paired with a regionally inspired five course dinner on Friday, September 13th. 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. Price does not include tax or gratuity. Valet parking is complimentary. Advanced notice on any dietary restrictions required for accommodation. Reception with hors d'oeuvres and sparkling wine begins at 6:30 PM.
    Palmaz Vineyards Wine Dinner Photo

What 1,729 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Good for business meals

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Good for special occasions

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Steakhouse

  • Sacramento

    Good for business meals

  • Sacramento

    Good for special occasions

1,729 Reviews
  1. kimberlyn

    Houston

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was an early dinner and the restaurant was quiet. But the service was great. The food was a miniature of great and satisfactory. Our choices were probably not the best. We had the deviled eggs and that was probably the best thing we ate. Next would be the Bibb lettuce salad. The onion soup was good enough. The choice of the burger was the biggest mistake. At least as fat as leaving all the condiments on it. It was charred, not my personal favorite, but it was cooked to order, medium rare. All in all I would come back, but would order a steak instead. The wine list was great.

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  2. MikeSue

    San Francisco

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was the first time we dined at Dawson's. It was wonderful! We had the Bavette steak and filet mignon - cooked perfectly. Service was perfect. Our server was Brandon - he gets a 9.9 out of 10 for his service. We will definitely return for an encore meal! Keep up the great work!

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  3. SheilaS

    Sacramento

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I had reservations for 2 last night. I made it clear that I was celebrating my man’s birthday and requested something special for him on the info I completed online, However, when I arrived, the host only recognized that we were there for someone’s birthday, and that was it. I was disappointed, but I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want to ruin our time together on his special day. Other than that, the food was delicious. He enjoyed his steak, but we had to order sides being that sides weren’t included with the meal. I found that to be strange due to the cost.

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  4. JudyM

    Sacramento

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dawson’s is the number one steak house in all of Sacramento area! The food is absolutely delicious. The service is out of this world. The ambience is beautiful and delightful.

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  5. SFNOrth

    San Francisco

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All three of us had the New York steak with black garlic butter. The sides were creamed spinach, tater tots and mashed potatoes. The steaks were perfection and the sides were very good. Mashed potatoes were silky and smooth and the creamed spinach was one of the best we've had. Dessert was Black Forest Tiramisu, which was good and carrot cake, which tasted amazing. The carrot cake is a must order. The wait staff was friendly and extremely attentive.

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  6. GregG

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great time for my sons birthday. Three of us got the pasta and I guess I just didn’t like it. The other 2 people did. My sons loved their food. We’ve been coming to Dawsons for 30 plus years for various celebrations. Can’t wait to come again.

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  7. NorCal

    San Francisco

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A great meal at Dawson's. The service was attentive, the food delicious. John was our waiter. He made the experience special. It's a pricey restaurant but the food is amazing and the portions are a good size. Wonderful place for a dinner downtown.

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  8. HowardY

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quality steaks, good sides and quick. Staff was great.

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  9. Ephrem

    Sacramento

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was exquisite and the service was impeccable and timely.

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  10. Winediva46

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Five stars! Waiter could have been more attentive

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    been here a few times & the service is incredibly great. the servers are great at recommending food & always checking in to make sure we’re good. this place is definitely a 5 star restaurant

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  12. ProfessorJake

    San Francisco

    549 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    549 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great dinner last night. First, we were seated in a comfy, centrally located booth in the dining room. The food was delicious. Their bread service is excellent! It’s so tasty. My wife and I both started with the onion and leek soup. Their French onion is a good one. Next, I had the 8oz. filet Mignon with the truffle butter and red wine sauce. It was perfectly prepared to my requested medium rare. For a side, I went with the loaded baked potato. It was huge! It was baked perfectly, though it would have benefited by being salt crusted, rather than plain. My wife just had a house salad, which she enjoyed. Excellent selection of wines by the glass. Service was professional, attentive, and friendly.

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  13. DavidA

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Food, great service! We plan on returning next year!

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  14. Prodiner1

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was awesome. He asked if we were attending the nearby event and made sure we were served promptly to make the show in time. Food was great. But our server put it over the top!

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  15. BryanK

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our dinners which were really good. Our server was attentive at times however when asked to take a group picture we were told by him to wait until the food is on the table for a better picture and he would take it later. The picture never happened. When asked for a certain cut with the prime rib , he said they were sold out but didn't have the courtesy to ask again. I didn't order the prime rib. I saw another complaint in another post prior to eating here about a server who wasn't very friendly but I thought it was just an off night. I don't hold grudges and still tipped him 20%. Hopefully this isn't a trend and he shows more respect for his customers instead of telling them how things should be done.

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  16. Sacdiner

    Sacramento

    50 reviews

    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dawson’s never disappoints. It’s consistently excellent food and outstanding service. This is certainly our go to treasure when we are in downtown and out for a special event.

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  17. YoloCat

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    To paraphrase an old Groucho Marx/Woddy Allen line: "The food here was so good, and large portions. Complimentay bread and butter...what a concept! Small salads were large. Steaks were perfectly cooked and very tasty. Accompanied by roasted head of garlic. Small sides were adequate for two. Mashed potatoes were lukewarm and nothing special. Loved the creamed spinach. Dessert menu was disappointing: too precious for a steakhouse and mediocre. Coffee was dreadful. They really need to change vendors.

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  18. SteakMan

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great steak and drinks. John our waiter was great.

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  19. KennethT

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server John was exceptional and attentive. He allowed my wife and I to enjoy a nice romantic dinner while also being attentive to our service. He was very knowledable and provided a great experience. Thank you for providing a great dining experience. Both steaks that my wife and I ordered were cooked to perfection. The whipped potaties and maple bacon carrots were delicious.

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  20. EricaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and fantastic service. We arrived on time and were promptly seated. On site valet was a plus

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  21. BPOS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had delicious food and thoughtful skillful service.

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  22. jokumbe

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was great to begin with and we were ushered in and on to our table within a minute of arrival. Our food came out on a timely manner and perfect to what I expected to enjoy or even better. Our wait staff were fully knowledgeable and enjoyed interacting with them throughout our time dining. Weill definitely go back

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  23. Chsanc2

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Typical steakhouse staples done very well. Service top notch and professional. Ambience was okay, but what do you expect for a hotel lobby restaurant? We have been coming for a few years and will be back!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The place was nice the service was great the food just needed a little bit more flavor for me

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  25. NhatT

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good customer service and very romantic inside

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  26. ArthurW

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fixe Prix menu and wine pairing was excellent! Great service.

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  27. Steph

    Sacramento

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Wine was fantastic. Food was alright but the service was great. Host, busser (older Spanish lady) and Brandon were awesome!

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  28. StephanieT

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It’s been awhile since I’ve been to Dawson. I tend to frequent Ella, Morton’s or Camden more. However, I went to Dawsons with my BFF before a show and it was fabulous! The service was excellent and the food was good! The ambience is more traditional, but it was a nice, casual evening and the vibe in the Hyatt hotel was cool! They have music every Friday and the bar was hoppin. Overall a great experience! We’ll definitely be back soon.

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  29. rg66

    Sacramento

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant, wonderful service and food was excellent.

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  30. DeeDee

    Sacramento

    113 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The best was our server Brandon! Very accommodating of my dietary needs. Food delicious and drinks good! Always look forward to sitting at “our” booth!

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  31. SueN

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dawsons is my favorite restaurant for a special occasion. I've never been disappointed. The food is always wonderful. So well prepared and service is outstanding.

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  32. DJDiner

    Sacramento

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent spot to have a great dinner before a Broadway show!!

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  33. RussellH

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the pleasure of being served by Artie. He was very attentive and made sure our evening was wonderful. The mushroom tart appetizer was a great starter to our wonderful dinner. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for wonderful food and a good evening.

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  34. CherMcC

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We dine out often and understand when restaurants get busy…however the inattention was glaring. Twice ignored by restaurant staff just trying to let them know we were here. The beautiful bar was staffed by a grumpy young man who refused to acknowledge our foursome when we arrived to have a drink. The gentleman who ultimately served us couldn’t be bothered to spend any time with us at all! $80 for four cocktails. The dinner…I had mentioned it was my husband’s birthday and a special night and was met with a nod and a mention of a complimentary dessert. This was very nice. The food itself took at least 45 minutes to arrive and it was cool, with one in our party having been served fish which was raw… The server apologized, and returned 25 minutes later with the meal. It was perfect, hot and done well. We mentioned to the server that the difference in having food served hot was exceedingly important for a 4 star experience. He wasn’t very happy with that…we were served attitude for the remainder of the meal. Please note this meal was over $900 including the 20% gratuity. There are fantastic restaurants in Sacramento. I think choosing another would be better for a special culinary experience.

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  35. BruceC

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very loud !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  36. Food

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My daughter and I came for her birthday dinner and drinks. The meal and entire experience was AMAZING! All thanks to Andy, whom always makes you feel so special and is understanding with allergies. A wonderful night for us, thanks to Andy.

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  37. EVNJr

    New Orleans

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dawson’s was outstanding as always. Ardy (server), Juan (busser), Ebony (host) terrific team. Must dine opportunity every stay at the Hyatt Regency. Looking forward to our next visit soon.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was outstanding and food was delicious. Portions were bigger than most and quality very good. Bison short ribs were delicious- lean and full of flavor

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  39. RonnieP

    Sacramento

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Our food was served an hour and 15 after we got there and our reservation was at 5 pm, my prime rib way smaller than the past the mashed potatoes was smaller amount that the past and the 2 halibuts were almost tasteless my 2 friends that I have taken multiple times in the past, all 4 of us were disappointed with the service and food. The waiter was covering too many tables and had to apologize to other clients, he was very gd to us.

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  40. SusanM

    Sacramento

    82 reviews

    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter, Ardy, was fabulous and the entire experience was A+.

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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 4.7 stars by 1729 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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