The Dawson

4.7
1802 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
***Due to current city restrictions on seating availability and our desire to share The Dawson's patio with as much of the community as possible, we ask guests to observe the following reservation policies:
Each reservation will be given an appropriate time slot to enjoy their meal and company, based on their party size—90 minutes for parties of 1-2 guests and 2 hours for parties of 3-6 guests. We may ask for your table back at the completion of your meal.
Reservations cannot be guaranteed for guests that are more than 15 minutes late, but we will do our best to seat such parties as soon as possible.
We are not able to accommodate guests indoors, so in the event of inclement weather, reservations will be rescheduled. As restrictions are relaxed, we look forward to honoring reservations rain or shine.
We greatly appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you.***

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1802 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great patio and amazing food. Definitely my favorite spot in town.

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LexiS
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so thankful to get out to the Dawson. The backyard was warm with the fire and heaters and so beautiful with the lights. It felt SO safe as they spread everyone out well. The food and drinks were amazing and they even let us order the scallops off menu, which were absolutely incredible! The host was so so so accommodating and attentive even though we were 15 minutes late for our reservation. Thank you!!!

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CaseyG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Waitress was very nice & polite

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KatieM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such great service and it’s so pretty! Jimmy was the best!

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Jen60642
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date spot with a beautiful patio. The food is a little expensive but it is meant to share. The cocktails are all delicious. The whiskey and wine selections are also great. And I love how the patio reflects the seasons; right now, it’s decorated full of fall.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent patio

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Erika
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We sat outside on the patio, with the fire going and wine flowing, it was a lovely night.

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AllenS
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance . Server was great and tuna was fabulous

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EmmaR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious cocktails and plenty of heaters outside!

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ChristopherC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor setup, good service, food was great too!

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KevinT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A glorious patio weekend capped of with attentive and socially responsible service.

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vipJennyA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This outdoor space is beautiful in the fall. Great service, food and drinks

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous, perfect vibe

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great music, and the all around atmosphere was one of a kind! Def recommend this place as one of my top ten go-to’s

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vipSusanL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While situated on a busy corner of Chicago, the Dawson's patio does a great job of creating a cozy, secluded oasis complete with delicious, crafted cocktails and exquisitely-presented entrees. Our server, Reese, was super attentive and we left our Sunday late lunch with full bellies and big smiles - we'll definitely be back! The whole roasted chicken was so AMAZING!! Succulent sections of juicy poultry, served with two oven-fired pita rounds, a heap of fresh parsley-tomatoes-cucumbers, a chilled bowl of Tzaziki sauce and peppery-red salsa -- delish!! Next time, I'm gonna hit that giant burger that I kept watching go by...

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SydneyS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was great with the patio and the fire pit going. Noise level wasn’t too loud and the staff was very accommodating. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely perfect! From the outdoor fireplace, great ambience, to the incredible service and dishes! Can’t wait to come back!

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LindaG
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful romantic atmosphere on the back patio. Incredible customer orientation!

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CaseyG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great first time experience at Dawson!

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Chris
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

The food and drinks were good and the ambiance was great! Unfortunately the service took a long time and the waitress was a little curt and rude.

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Zachary
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Made a reservation here for my anniversary, I requested to be near the fire outside and a regular table. We were seated at a high top table by the bar, right in a dark corner. We had a fence between us and busy street. If you're going for drinks this would be a fine place, but don't go for anything special.

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vipAnnaO
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Dawson is always a great place to dine! The service is always spectacular and the food delicious! We enjoyed the garden - so relaxing - and even purchased Dawson throws/blankets to keep us a little warmer. And always good to have a visit from Billy!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat by the fireplace outside - it is a beautiful setting!

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Maggie
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for a birthday dinner, specifically wanted outdoor dining and was so impressed with the patio space. Tables were truly spaced out, there were plenty of space heaters (3 surrounded our table) plus there is a gorgeous fireplace at one end of the patio space. Loved the fall festive decor. The food was delicious, 10/10 recommend the lamb shank pot pie!

Thank you for a lovely experience in these COVID times!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The steak was a bad cut, extremely fatty. Everything else was tasty.

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AlleyJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and drinks were excellent! Vibe in here is great...whether it's happy hour with friends, a date, or celebrating with a group - highly recommend for all!

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LindaH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a cold damp Friday night and we sat on the patio. We were made as warm as possible by the lamps and we enjoyed the food and atmosphere. A riotous birthday party kept us entertained. They did their best!

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vipEmily
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Extremely slow service. We sat inside and it was as if there was no service inside. We waited so long to get even our drink order in and but they rushed us with the bill. We tried to flag someone down to place an order an appetizer order that came AFTER our dinner....
I would go back and give them another chance, but woof....they should really fix the service problem. Rude, rushed and honestly, quite awkward. Food was great though!

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MyraR
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the steak and potato fingerlings and they were the most delicious cuts of steak we had in the city so far! Amazing service and drinks have a kick.

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SarahS
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The restaurant is beautiful, but the service wasn't great. Our waitress was not very friendly. She wouldn't answer any of our food recommendations and only returned to the table every 30 minutes. We even saw a couple of tables leave during our time there. The food seemed a bit overpriced for what it was but was delicious. I think you can get the same ambiance but overall better experience elsewhere in Chicago

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Sit outside if you can. The difference is night and day between inside and outside. The atmosphere outside is great. Inside is dismal.

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SpencerBrown
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here with a date for drinks and had an overall spectacular experience: great drinks, service, and ambiance. Order the spicy margarita..

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vipJulieH
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor patio is adorable. We sat next to the fireplace which was perfect on a chilly morning. The only thing better than the ambiance was the food. I highly recommend sharing the fish tacos as a table--a pound of the most amazing fish with fresh taco toppings--delicious!

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KaylaG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will be returning to the Dawson again and again! Service was great, the atmosphere was so cute for fall, they had plenty of heaters too! The food was amazing, cannot wait to have more!

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Craig
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great experience, however the tables next to us were a little loud. Made it tough to have a great conversation.

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vipSpecialk
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice surprise. Patio area is quite nice, lots of heaters, would be great during the summer. Food was great. Creative cocktails. Service was very good. We will be back, probably next spring.

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EduardoQ
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved it, a tad expensive but great over all. Definitely would go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect outdoor dining experience during the craziness of COVID.

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vipLyndsayB
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, heat lamps made sitting outside so enjoyable and Trent was incredibly hospitable! He along with the delicious Ahi Tuna is why I’ll be back again very soon :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Oysters were everything!! Outdoor patio really nice ambience. Will be back!

FAQs

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

The Dawson is rated 4.7 stars by 1802 OpenTable diners.

The Dawson does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://gagehospitality.cardfoundry.com/giftcards.php.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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