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Dawson's Steakhouse

4.6
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$31 to $50
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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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 999 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Stina
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic all the way around. Great service. Great food.

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FoodieS
Sacramento
47 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Another fabulous evening with our favorite waiter of 20 years, Ardy!!

Ardy is superior in ever way. Truly a credit to his profession and Dawsons could not be
more fortunate to have him.

The same applies to Danielle! She is exactly the perfect person to have greet people. She is friendly, professional and fantastic at her job.

Great food and fabulous service.

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JaysonC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and our waiter Ardy was the best

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vipROSAP
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints.

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RichardF
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal at Dawson's. The atmosphere is great, not too loud, and the staff are top notch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was fantastic. When we gave her feedback that some of the food wasn’t up to standard, she immediately removed those items from the bill. We will most definitely return soon. Every server we encountered was top notch...helpful, knowledgeable, ready to please.
I am retired from Disney, so my expectations are extremely high. They all passed with flying colors.

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MariaQ
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, our server was very attentive and had us out of the restaurant when we asked to go to our concert.

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vipTedinEDH
Sacramento
22 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arty is the best server ever! He makes every occasion feel special!

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vipJaeC
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Soufflé was not done properly
Tomahawk was not available although our reservation was at 7:15

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vipMostlyBusiness
Austin
20 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jenn is always fantastic! Great food and wonderful staff. Excellent wine recommendations.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, experience was great! Loved that we were able to go outside by the pool afterwards to relax and hang out for a bit before going home. Great way to end the night.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat by the kitchen, wasn't loud. Service was great. Thought the plates served were perfect for the steaks.

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Bill
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While I have eaten here in the past and the lamb was overcooked, this night everything was perfect. The only piece of advise I would give someone is as soon as you get your meal is cut into the protein and make sure it's not over cooked.

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JillR
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our Valentine’s dinner at Dawson’s. Bar and wait staff are engaging and superb. Never disappointed when we go there. Top notch all around.

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JulieD
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was exquisite service by ‘Ardy’ for a special Valentine’s dinner. Everything was perfect; waited on as if we were royalty! All of the special little touches mean so much; from water, to drinks, to appetizers on through to dessert-dining bliss. It’s beautiful, it’s special, a Sacramento gem!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Ok restaurant but in a hotel, next time going back to Ruth Chris...

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viplagden
Sacramento
42 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Arty, you do a fantastic job each time we come to visit

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BrianH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience5

Overall not a bad place just a lot of little things like my girlfriend and I were sat in the front and it was slow so it was nice but about halfway through dinner they sat a 6 top of loud people right next to us it would be fine but the entire restaurant was empty. We also ordered a bottle of wine and didn’t get it the service let us know the wine would take longer because it was in a different place but didn’t find out that it was out of stock till halfway through dinner. I don’t think it was server’s fault. I ordered the tomahawk for two and the server got us the ribeye instead. the server miss heard but that is why the server should have read back the order for confirmation. Overall a ok experience just a lot of little things

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CatherineD
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed it immensely! Joseph, our server, was very courteous and discreet. The meal was wonderful and well paired with the wine.

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MichaelW
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

For a Saturday night there was hardly anyone there so there was no ambiance at all. The wait staff was decent and the food mediocre

The fish of the day was dry and nothing else on the plate was particularly good either.

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SharonU
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I appreciated the quiet atmosphere because I was having dinner with a friend I hadn't seen in a long time. We could talk easily. The food was very good and the service was excellent. I would definitely recommend to others.

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Herman5005
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, great service, interesting menu. . .

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vipROSAP
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server named Ardy helps make our dining experience extra special as he is attentive and ensures everyone in your party have an exceptional dining experience. The food is excellent never disappointed. Ask for Ardy he is the best server I have known. I dine at many restaurants for business and pleasure. Ardy is truly the best!

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vipMalcolmH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience4

The onion soup was cold , the waiter forgot part of the entry order and he tried to be funny. I was extremely disapointed because of all of the previous wonderful meals that we have had there, Everyone has a bad evening once in a while

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience. I love Dine Downtown and look forward to trying new restaurants. We will certainly go back. Brandon was awesome, service was top notch. He knew the menu.

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vipGina
San Francisco
85 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were impressed. New York strip steak prepared well. Creative dessert. Great service. Definitely recommend. Free garage parking up to 3 hours with validation.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and extraordinary food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
37 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. And the service is second to none.

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SamGG
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining at Dawson's and the experience was great. Great steak and an outstanding upside down pineapple cheesecake. The service is top notch! Five star resturant. Definitly will return again. Sam and Sylvia.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Arde is a fantastic waiter. He remembers our specific preferences, and works very hard to ensure that every detail is met to perfection! Thank you, Arde!

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StevenB
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food never disappoints here. Our server Ardy catered to our every request and in a timely manner - he took extra special care for us, and he definitely deserves recognition!

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vipPat6653
Sacramento
22 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First visit, won’t be last; excellent food and service.

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KarenJ
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here, and we had such a pleasant experience. Service was excellent and timely. We took advantage of the #dinedowntownsac event and were so happy with our choice.

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vipMothernlaw
Sacramento
52 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The dine Sacramento meal was ok. I wasn't overly impressed. The service was good, the restaurant is formal inside, but I think it will just mean giving it one more try and order from the full menu.

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RedsWorldWideTravels
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After trying this spot for the 1st time during Dine Downtown in 2018, we brought some foodie friends and came back for 2020. And we are sure glad we did! Artie was the best waiter we could have asked for, making us laugh, providing recommendations and taking extra special care of our DD for the night with cocktail looking Shirley Temples' and Arnold Palmers', even when no one mentioned that she even was! I was surprised to see a 6 year Whistle Pig in the Manhattan but it was just as smooth as predicted and the Stag's Leap Chardonnay & the Synthesis Cab matched my appetizer and entree perfectly. The food didn't disappoint this year either. We tried everything on the menu and I would go back and get it all again. The flavors were unique but were well blended in each dish. I never would have guessed a hotel would house such a hidden gem.

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Remlap
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit. Dine Downtown promotion. We enjoyed it very much and will dine at Dawsons again.

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julieb
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was spectacular, seating in the elevated area is so nice and private. Only one wee thing, and we didn't mention to the waitress, the $10 potato we split was just warm, not steaming hot like one would expect. The meat entrees were done exactly as requested.

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Antman8354
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for anniversary dates or if you just wanna dress up!

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JillR
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve dinner was outstanding as was the service. Ardy is best waiter ever. Recommend this restaurant highly. Steaks are phenomenal.

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JosephD
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

New Years Eve Dinner. Quite busy but the Service remained Excellent.

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Dawson's Steakhouse is rated 4.6 stars by 999 OpenTable diners.

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