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The Dawson

4.8
4.8
2291 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

The Fulton River District is home to The Dawson, an expansive indoor/outdoor, multi-level space providing a multitude of dining experiences. The Dawson includes one of Chicago’s best patios conveniently found in the middle of the city.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–1:00 am Sat 10:30 am–1:00 am Sun 10:30 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 243-8955

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    The Dawson is the gathering place in River West for globally-inspired American cuisine, award-winning libations and inviting decor. Featuring multiple spaces on two levels, including an expansive courtyard, The Dawson offers many options and is an event host's dream location.

  • Private party contact

    Events Manager: (312) 372-4001

  • Neighborhood

    River West

  • Cross street

    Grand Avenue and Halsted Street at the Grand/Halsted/Milwaukee intersection

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    CTA Blue Line - Grand Avenue stop<br />CTA Bus - Grand Avenue/Halsted Street stop<br />CTA Bus - Milwaukee Avenue / Halsted Street stop<br />CTA Bus - Halsted Street / Grand Avenue stop

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

To Share

  • Chilled Oysters

    devilish mignonette, lemon

    • 6 For$22.00
  • Hamachi Crudo$21.00

    mint-jalapeno salsa, persian cucumber, pickled chile, shoyu vinaigrette

    • Chistorra & Patatas Bravo$16.00

      basque style chorizo, fried yukon chips, aleppo pepper, parmesean, chilli aioli

      • Grilled Octopus***$25.00

        black garlic vinaigrette, pickled shimeji, piparras, charred lemon

        • Sticky Duck Wings** ***$19.00

          salsa macha, honeycomb, pickled ginger, lime, scallion, toast

          • Mussels$20.00

            gochujang, coconut broth, pickled fresno, toast, charred lime

            • Buffalo Cauliflower**$12.00

              sweet and tangy buffalo, almond, breadcrumb, blue cheese dip

              • Empanadas$12.00

                housemade chorizo, chihuahua cheese, serrano-dill aioli

                • Chicken Fried Lobster$24.00

                  banana pepper, spicy ranch, lemon

                  • Wisconsin Cheese Curds$12.00

                    beer battered, curry ketchup

                    Wood-Fired Grill

                    house specialties made over open fire

                    • Coal Fired Carrots**$12.00

                      sunchoke hummus, pimento relish, sherry glaze, mint

                      • Shishito Peppers$12.00

                        black mojo, crispy fresno, curly scallion, charred citrus

                        • Lamb Chops$48.00

                          grapes, olive, mint, lamb jus

                          • The Dawson Burger* ***$18.00

                            lettuce, tomato, pickle, griddled onion, american & cheddar cheese, satyr sauce, brioche bun

                            • Grilled Fish Tacos***$48.00

                              perfect to start or share; market fish, chile cascabel salsa, guacamole, creamy coleslaw, flour tortilla

                              • Catalpa Grove Pork Chop*$34.00

                                braised lentil, apple, bacon, crispy shallot & garlic, demi glace

                                • Wagyu Skirt Steak* **$48.00

                                  macha potato, santa maria salsa

                                  • Chef's Cut of the Day*

                                    frites, truffle garlic aioli

                                    • MP

                                  Salads

                                  Add to Any Salad: steak $21, chicken $8, shrimp (shellfish) $16

                                  • Beets** ***$16.00

                                    fennel, citrus, sumac, arare, poppy seed vinaigrette, pine nut crunch

                                    • Baby Gem$16.00

                                      grilled baby gem lettuce, point reyes blue cheese, roasted tomato, bacon, buttermilk vinaigrette

                                      • Super Green$16.00

                                        tuscan kale, spinach, arugula, avocado, quinoa, pepita, green goddess

                                        Entrées

                                        • Rigatoni$24.00

                                          Housemade fennel sausage, vodka sauce, grana padano, basil. Available Vegetarian

                                          • Halibut***$36.00

                                            asparagus, cherry tomato, lemon beurre blanc

                                            • Butter Chicken Pot Pie$24.00

                                              peas, carrot, yogurt, garam masala curry, housemade naan crust

                                              • Lamb Shank$34.00

                                                basmati rice, almond, pickled cucumber, dates, chile, herbs, lamb jus

                                                • Coconut Curry**$24.00

                                                  cashew curry, crispy cashew, cauliflower, ginger, basmati rice

                                                  Seasonal Cocktails

                                                  $15

                                                  • Day Dreams & Bubbles

                                                    vibrant - tart - spritzer; grey goose vodka, strawberry, rhubarb, lemon, fever tree tonic

                                                    • Peas & Quiet

                                                      bright - tart - pisco sour; control pisco, sugar snap pea, st. germain, lillet blanc, citrus cordial

                                                      • 24 Karrot

                                                        fresh - crushable - margarita; espolon blanco, ilegal mezcal, carrot, lemon, turkish honey, aleppo

                                                        • Kentucky Sun

                                                          lush - floral - old fashioned; basil hayden bourbon, falernum, gentian liqueuer, lemon

                                                          • Trinidad Tango**

                                                            rich - herbal - tiki; lustau east india sherry, angostura, lime, orgeat

                                                            GHG Single Barrel Selections

                                                            • Russel's Reserve, Lawrenceburg, KY$12.00

                                                              rich - chocolate - spice

                                                              • Maker's Mark, Loretto, KY$12.00

                                                                french oak - caramel - toasted nuts

                                                                • Whistlepig 12 Year Bespoke, Shoreham, VT$16.00

                                                                  marsala cask - honey - lemon balm

                                                                  • Herradura "King of Kentucky", Jalisco, Mexico$12.00

                                                                    reposado tequila aged in king of kentucky barrels

                                                                    Spirit-Free Options

                                                                    • Pomegranate Mule$8.00

                                                                      pomegranate juice, orange oil, ginger beer

                                                                      • Dawson Bramble$8.00

                                                                        seedlip grove 42, seasonal fruit, lime

                                                                        • Bubbles Please$6.00

                                                                          TOST sparkling 'rose wine'

                                                                          Rosé All May

                                                                          • 75 In Pink$14.00

                                                                            dry - floral - french; hangar | rosé vodka | cocchi rosa | sparkling rosé

                                                                            • Frosé$14.00

                                                                              rich - floral - frozen rosé; la neveran rosé | st. germain | aelred melon | honey | lime

                                                                              The Rotating Drip

                                                                              • Easy Speak$16.00

                                                                                velvety - rich - manhattan; aberfeldy scotch, cynar, chai tea tincture

                                                                                Dawson Classics

                                                                                • Some Like It Hot$15.00

                                                                                  tart - refreshing - spicy; tequila, lime, orange, agave, habanero

                                                                                  • G.T.O.$15.00

                                                                                    bright - herbacious - The Dawson favorite; gin, carpano classico, grapefruit, lime, thyme, hops

                                                                                    Draft Beer

                                                                                    • Right Bee, 'Rosé' - Cider - Chicago, IL (6%)$9.00

                                                                                      • Off Color 'Beer for Tacos' - Margarita Gose - Chicago, IL (4.8%)$8.00

                                                                                        • Cruz Blanca 'La Floradita' - Rosé Wheat- Chicago, IL (5%)$9.00

                                                                                          • Dovetail 'Lager' - Lager - Chicago, IL (4.8%)$8.00

                                                                                            • Krombacher 'Pils' - Pilsner - Germany (4.8%)$8.00

                                                                                              • Metropolitan 'Dynamo' - Vienna Lager - Chicago,IL (5.8%)$8.00

                                                                                                • Moody Tongue 'Orange Blossom' - Belgian Blonde Ale - Chicago, IL (5.4%)$10.00

                                                                                                  • Dovetail 'Hefeweizen' - Wheat - Chicago, IL (4.8%)$8.00

                                                                                                    • Hubbard's Cave 'Hopsurd' - NE IPA - Niles, IL (8.5%)$10.00

                                                                                                      • Moor's 'Session Ale' - IPA - Chicago, IL (5%)$9.00

                                                                                                        • 3 Floyds 'Robert The Bruce - Scottish Ale - Munster, IN (7.5%)$9.00

                                                                                                          Last updated: May 13, 2022

                                                                                                          What 2,291 people are saying

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                                                                                                          4.8 based on recent ratings
                                                                                                          • 4.6Food
                                                                                                          • 4.7Service
                                                                                                          • 4.7Ambience
                                                                                                          • 4.3Value

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                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                            4 reviews

                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            4 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined 1 day ago

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            First time do I brunch at the Dawson and I will be back!

                                                                                                          2. m

                                                                                                            my925

                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                            8 reviews

                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                                            8 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined 1 day ago

                                                                                                            overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                                                                            I've been to The Dawson a few times - this last visit was not very impressive. Our server was not very attentive - we had to ask the food runners for things multiple times and get a manager's attention to order. Fish tacos were not nearly as good as I remember them being and are definitely overpriced. Octopus was not cooked well enough and still had the gelatinous layer between the skin and meat which was texturely gross to everyone at my table. Elotes and Super Green salad were both good. Sadly, overall an expensive dinner that was not really worth it.

                                                                                                          3. r

                                                                                                            rmndll

                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined 1 day ago

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            We just moved to the area & decided to try out The Dawson for my birthday dinner. They offered us complimentary champagne & received such great service! The food was amazing, the drinks were TOO good & the ambiance was perfect for our date night/birthday dinner. Definitely coming back & recommending friends & family to visit!

                                                                                                          4. r

                                                                                                            rlern

                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                            125 reviews

                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                                            125 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined 2 days ago

                                                                                                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                            excellent service, very friendly staff, and a great outdoor space. the food was very good, but, a very limited menu

                                                                                                          5. K

                                                                                                            Kimberly

                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                            6 reviews

                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            6 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Enjoyed this place so much! The food , the drinks and the staff were amazing! Love to be back soon!

                                                                                                          6. D

                                                                                                            Deborah24

                                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            2.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                                                            overall2food1service2ambience3

                                                                                                            The food and service needs ton of work. The food was very lacking.

                                                                                                          7. OT

                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                            3 reviews

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            3 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service3ambience5

                                                                                                            Food was amazing! Love the drinks. Perfect birthday dinner, provided us complimentary champagne and ice cream to celebrate.

                                                                                                          8. EM

                                                                                                            EMA1

                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                            9 reviews

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            9 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                            Chose it because it belongs to the same group as other of our favorites in the city. The Dawson did not disappoint. Attentive service, nice ambiance, excellent selections. The menu had several delicious options, we sampled several (delicate fish, excellent meat cuts, etc). Congratulations to The Gage Group, another great local.

                                                                                                          9. DJ

                                                                                                            DavidJC

                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Always good experience at the Dawson

                                                                                                          10. OT

                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Mother’s Day and birthday

                                                                                                          11. o

                                                                                                            olga

                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                            13 reviews

                                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                                            13 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                            overall3food3service4ambience5

                                                                                                            Great ambiance/design and service, food/drinks were fine nothing amazing for the price. Improvement on food would make it a must go.

                                                                                                          12. OT

                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Was great! Food delicious and service was good.

                                                                                                          13. OT

                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                            7 reviews

                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            7 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Service & food was amazing. Emily the manager made sure to take great care of us.

                                                                                                          14. TD

                                                                                                            TrisD

                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                            13 reviews

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            13 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Great food and service. Loved the vibe.

                                                                                                          15. OT

                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                            Los Angeles

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Our waiter was beyond accommodating! My irish coffee was a bit strong and when I asked for creamer to lighten it- he brought me a brand new drink instead. Such a fab experience!

                                                                                                          16. SD

                                                                                                            StefaniD

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Highly recommend The Dawson! One of the best restaurants in Chicago.

                                                                                                          17. OT

                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                            San Francisco

                                                                                                            8 reviews

                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            8 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Excellent food and service! We had a table of 5 and everyone was happy with EVERYTHING!

                                                                                                          18. AN

                                                                                                            AndrewN

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Food was delicious and our server was knowledgeable and friendly

                                                                                                          19. a

                                                                                                            aacreativ

                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                            4 reviews

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            4 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                            This was my second time visiting the Dawson and just like the first time everything was excellent. The service the food and the drinks! We ordered the buffalo cauliflower, the sticky duck wings, fried lobster and the fish tacos. Everything was delicious and our server Justin was great as well. He gave us great recommendations and was so patient and answered all of our questions. Next time I’m in town, I will definitely be back!

                                                                                                          20. OT

                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                            Food was so delicious and waiter was amazing

                                                                                                          21. EH

                                                                                                            Eddie2Hands

                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Our server, Lisa, gave us tremendous recommendations as this was our first time dining at The Dawson. Loved the modern farmhouse ambience and design. We all loved the different spaces to dine. The owner, Bill, came around to welcome us and check on our experience. Nice touch. The food was very, very good. Portion sizes were appropriate. We will dine here again.

                                                                                                          22. OT

                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Great service, wait staff was amazing! 4 stars for Jonathan!

                                                                                                          23. OT

                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                            3 reviews

                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            3 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Special recognition to Matt our server for making our anniversary memorable. His recommendations we perfect for brunch.

                                                                                                          24. H

                                                                                                            Harcm

                                                                                                            Washington DC

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            We had a lovely brunch.

                                                                                                          25. T

                                                                                                            Travelaholic

                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                            17 reviews

                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            17 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Great service. Outstanding food. Definitely going back.

                                                                                                          26. OT

                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                            4 reviews

                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            4 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Alfonso is a great server and we loved having brunch here for a mother daughter weekend together!

                                                                                                          27. O

                                                                                                            Outalot

                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                            7 reviews

                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                            2.0

                                                                                                            7 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                                                                            overall2food3service2ambience2

                                                                                                            Very slow service and overpriced for what you get.

                                                                                                          28. OT

                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on April 14, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                            We celebrated our anniversary at the Dawson and had such a lovely experience! Our waiter brought us champagne to start off, and had a great recommendation for wine. Other staff was constantly coming by to fill our water and wine glasses. Gorgeous space and easy to read menu without too many options (which I love). The food was unique with lots of Indian-fusion types of items (my favorite). I gave four stars on food because the spice and uniqueness was wonderful, however, there was overall flavor missing - hard to explain. I’d still go back and try other dishes. I really loved the variety of the rooms and patio, too. I know I’ll be back for cocktails in the summer!

                                                                                                          29. OT

                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                                                                            overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Food was fantastic, everything great. Only comment is about the burger being undercooked. I ordered it medium but it was very pink, more like rare for both myself and dining partner who also ordered the burger.

                                                                                                          30. RK

                                                                                                            RajeK

                                                                                                            Atlanta

                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Women supply chain event!

                                                                                                          31. OT

                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                            3 reviews

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            3 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            This was the second time we have dined at The Dawson, and on both occasions everything was outstanding. We'll surely be back.

                                                                                                          32. d

                                                                                                            dori

                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                            28 reviews

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            28 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            We went for my husband's 65th birthday and could not have made a better choice. The food and service were truly outstanding. We will surely be back many times. Highly recommend!!!!

                                                                                                          33. BT

                                                                                                            BeeTee

                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                            10 reviews

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            10 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            We had an amazing experience here. Tried six dishes, everything was absolutely fantastic. The cauliflower and the wagyu in particular were amazing. The cocktails are very creative and quite stiff. It is a bit pricy so it will have to stay a special occasion venue for us sadly.

                                                                                                          34. OT

                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                                                                            overall4food3service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Ambience was great. Service was extremely well. Very limited vegetarian options.

                                                                                                          35. OT

                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on April 4, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Absolutely loved the date here. The oysters were amazing, but most importantly our waiter was the nicest waiter I have ever had ever.

                                                                                                          36. KW

                                                                                                            KirstenW

                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            The wait staff and hostess was amazing. Delicious food and great ambience!

                                                                                                          37. C

                                                                                                            Charles123

                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                            117 reviews

                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            117 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Just outstanding - I cannot recommend enough. We’ve been in a funk recently with Chicago restaurants but no longer! The Dawson will be our new go-to. Charred broccoli appetizer, empanadas, hamachi crudo, skirt steak, cheesecake dessert - all terrific. Plus, great martinis. Love the spice, details and care that goes into everything they prepare. Also, the service was wonderful. Our server was so friendly and kind. Will be back!!!!

                                                                                                          38. MC

                                                                                                            MlkChoc1

                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                            6 reviews

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            6 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                            This place is great! I would like for them to have more vegetarian entre options and to revisit their Brussels sprouts recipe. But that’s minimal, overall excellent choice.

                                                                                                          39. K

                                                                                                            Kdb12

                                                                                                            Phoenix

                                                                                                            10 reviews

                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            10 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                            Excellent service by Lisa. Went out of her way to make our group feel special. They were busy, but our drinks were kept full and the food choices were very good.

                                                                                                          40. SD

                                                                                                            SeanD

                                                                                                            Chicago

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                                                                            overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                            They had no apple juice for brunch!!

                                                                                                          Safety precautions

                                                                                                          • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                                                                            • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                                                                            • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                                                                            • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                                                                                            • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                                                                            • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                                                                                          • Physical distancing

                                                                                                            • Limited number of seated diners
                                                                                                            • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                                                                                            • Extra space between tables
                                                                                                          • Protective equipment

                                                                                                            • Waitstaff wear masks
                                                                                                          • Screening

                                                                                                            • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                                                                                          FAQs

                                                                                                          You can order delivery directly from The Dawson using the Order Online button. The Dawson also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Dawson also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 243-8955.

                                                                                                          The Dawson is rated 4.8 stars by 2291 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                                                                          Google Map for The Dawson

                                                                                                          730 West Grand Ave Chicago, IL 60654

                                                                                                          Additional information

                                                                                                          • Cross street

                                                                                                            Grand Avenue and Halsted Street at the Grand/Halsted/Milwaukee intersection

                                                                                                          • Neighborhood

                                                                                                            River West

                                                                                                          • Hours of operation

                                                                                                            Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–1:00 am Sat 10:30 am–1:00 am Sun 10:30 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm

                                                                                                          • Cuisines

                                                                                                            American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Farm-to-table

                                                                                                          • Dining style

                                                                                                            Casual Dining

                                                                                                          • Dress code

                                                                                                            Smart Casual

                                                                                                          • Parking details

                                                                                                            Street Parking

                                                                                                          • Public transit

                                                                                                            CTA Blue Line - Grand Avenue stopCTA Bus - Grand Avenue/Halsted Street stopCTA Bus - Milwaukee Avenue / Halsted Street stopCTA Bus - Halsted Street / Grand Avenue stop

                                                                                                          • Payment options

                                                                                                            AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                                          • Additional

                                                                                                            Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                                                                          • Phone number

                                                                                                            (312) 243-8955

                                                                                                          • Private party facilities

                                                                                                            The Dawson is the gathering place in River West for globally-inspired American cuisine, award-winning libations and inviting decor. Featuring multiple spaces on two levels, including an expansive courtyard, The Dawson offers many options and is an event host's dream location.

                                                                                                          • Private party contact

                                                                                                            Events Manager: (312) 372-4001

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