Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.78mi
  2. Distance: 0.85mi
  3. Distance: 0.99mi
  4. Distance: 1.04mi
  1. Distance: 0.78mi
  2. Distance: 0.85mi
  3. Distance: 0.99mi
  4. Distance: 1.04mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.78mi
  2. Distance: 0.85mi
  3. Distance: 0.99mi
  4. Distance: 1.04mi
  1. Distance: 0.78mi
  2. Distance: 0.85mi
  3. Distance: 0.99mi
  4. Distance: 1.04mi

About The Dawson

The gathering place in Fulton River District, The Dawson features globally-inspired American cuisine and libations, that highlight the season's best offerings and diverse, yet approachable, ingredients and flavors. Known for its passion for creating inventive and award-winning cocktails and house made liquor infusions and syrups, the team at The Dawson specializes in libations with whimsical touches.

Acclaimed items and guest favorites include: Chicken-fried Lobster Tail, Bone-in Ribeye, Dawson Burger, Mac & Cheese, Bloody Mary, and featured Fish Tacos.

A nod to the contiguous Dawson Brothers Fireplace Plant of late 19th century Chicago, The Dawson's interior design draws inspiration from the history of the neighborhood and the industrial innovation of that era and offers an artfully stripped-down aesthetic, highlighting natural and reclaimed materials in unexpected ways throughout the establishment.

730 West Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

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

Hours of Operation:
Monday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm (Kitchen 10:00pm)
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 4:30pm - Midnight (Kitchen 11:00pm)
Friday: 4:00pm - 1:30am (Kitchen Midnight)
Saturday: 10:30am - 1:30am (Kitchen Midnight)
Sunday: 10:30am - 11:00pm (Kitchen 10:00pm)

BRUNCH:
10:30am - 3:00pm Saturday and Sunday

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

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 243-8955

Website:
http://www.the-dawson.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available nightly and all day on Sunday. Limited metered street parking is available.

Public Transit:
CTA Blue Line - Grand Avenue stop
CTA Bus - Grand Avenue/Halsted Street stop
CTA Bus - Milwaukee Avenue / Halsted Street stop
CTA Bus - Halsted Street / Grand Avenue stop

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Private Events Manager
The Dawson
312-372-4001
events@the-dawson.com

Send a Gift Card

Buy now and send it instantly by email, or print a card to give in person.

Private Dining

The Dawson is the gathering place in Fulton River District 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.

The Dawson Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (38)
Great for Outdoor Dining (29)
Special Occasion (27)
See All
Fit for Foodies (27)
Good for Groups (25)
Fun (24)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Romantic (18)
Hot Spot (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Cozy (13)
Casual (11)
Happy Hour (11)
People Watching (11)
Worth the Drive (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Seasonal (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Great Beer (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Authentic (4)
Business Meals (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Healthy (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tapas (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Sort by
S
969 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (Cincinnati)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food and drinks fun atmosphere!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

The Dawson is excellent! You will not go wrong!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Horrible noise level and only so so food. Skip it. Not worth the trip.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience1
service3
value2

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food, amazing service. Get the brussels sprouts!

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Fantastic cuisine! Definitely will return. Very good, friendly service.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Seated right on time which seems a lost cause at other hot restaurants. Outstanding service. Generous portions. Cavatelli delicious, enormous roast chicken, interesting salads. Ultra noisy.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Dinner was delicious and the cocktails were exceptional!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We were there early before a game, so the bar hadn't filled up yet. Craft cocktails were great Been there several times. Had the fried lobster app and decided to try the burger, which was delicious.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 28, 2017

This restaurant was spectacular! I work in Chicago and am always looking for places to take customers that are unique and leave an impression. The wine list was sparse, but very reasonable and had a wide enough variety to be good for every level of buyer and connoisseur. The food was excellent! Definitely, a return trip is in order!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

I had one of the best dinners I've ever had at The Dawson! We started with the chorizo fondue and the fried lobster, which we could have made a meal of, and if we went back, we probably would! Then I had the special- the gnocchi with duck confit, which was absolutely fabulous, and my husband had the bone-in filet, which he loved. We also split an order of fries, and the aioli was scrumptious. Our server was so pleasant and brought us Prosecco to celebrate our anniversary, as well as shots of their bourbon drip when we were finished. What a tremendous meal!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

It was overall poor. At one point my guest and I both ordered martinis and one was full to the brim, the other was filled 3/4. When we questioned the disparity we were dared by our waitress to take out our olives as if the weight was the cause. It was not- and so she proceeded to scurry away with no apology. Additionally we ordered a half dozen oysters and were brought a dozen- then questioned on it, then watched the oysters go back to the kitchen only to be returned to us. It was haphazard and sloppy- the food did not make up for the mistakes.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience2
service1
value1

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We celebrated my daughters birthday! Great time!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

It was extremely loud in the restaurant and we were barely able to hear each other across the table. We are both 32 with no auditory disabilities.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The best fries!!! Avocado toast was really good too. Love the atmosphere and the grand entrance.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

A bit too loud for a date but great for groups

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Everything was wonderful! My boyfriend and I️ also really appreciated the complimentary champagne! It made our anniversary celebration even better! Thank you!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Very comfortable seating —- tables not smashed together. Warm decor & atmosphere. Staff are very attentive! Bottles of wine are priced reasonably.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Numerous times during the meal I said YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM!!!!! Sooooo delicious! The chopped salad and mussels with coconut curry sauce were amazing! I didn't think I could be wowed by a salad. The sauce in the mussels was superb. For an entree I got the scallops which were tender and tasty. The tequila sangria was also a great choice!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fun, Business Meals
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Our dinner at the Dawson was amazing. There were 5 of us taking a friend from out of town to dinner. The scene was perfect, lively, happening, and energetic. The menu options were perfect and while somewhat limited for a vegan who was in attendance, there were at least a few options that worked and were delicious. The server was knowledgeable and friendly and everything we tried was amazing. The staff was very friendly and accommodating.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on November 4, 2017

Service was not good this time. Maybe we were too early at 6:00, but it took 20 minutes for someone to come by for our drink order. We had to tell the water guy that no one had been to our table.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service2
value3

 
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The drinks are very unique in that you wont find them anywhere else. They were delicious and we ordered one of each drink. Would highly recommend the Dawson for their custom drinks.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This has become an 'old-standby'. A large bar on the first floor gives off a vibrant feeling. A more subdued seating area is upstairs. The service is always first rate. I've never had a bad dish here. For appetizers/sides we had the mac & cheese as well as the octopus. Both were great, particularly the latter. The fried chicken was very good but not spectacular. My friend had the mixed grill which was terrific.

A great cocktail menu well executed.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was very good and the atmosphere was fun.

Tags: Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Fun
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great all the way around. Gotta come back. Delicious food

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Good open space to get together with friends. We did the brunch on Sunday, it had plenty of options for everyone and was pretty good

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great atmosphere and perfect for getting together to see old friends! Multiple servers were part of our experience which worked out nicely for our group size. The only thing that stood out to me that wasn't entirely great was the employee standing in the foyer. Employee wasn't the friendliest when guests asked questions which was a little bit of a turn off. Other than that, I would definitely recommend this spot!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Cozy, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value5

 
·Dined on October 26, 2017

Awesomnesss!!!! Will come again soon.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Super awesome that they had champagne for the birthday girl when we sat down

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Service was very slow. We waited 20 minutes before ever seeing a waiter.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service1
value3

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Our server was great and the restaurant is beautiful. We ordered the bacon flight and I was pretty underwhelmed by it. I also ordered the Brussel sprouts hash and that wasn't that great either. The 4 stars are for the rest of the table who said their food was good. The salmon bagel plate and bologna sandwich both looked delicious.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Absolutely loved this place. Super-friendly check-in. A bit of a snag after we sat down, but the managers took care of the issue spectacularly. Great drinks -- both the standards and their own creations. Then . . . the food. Approachable, with recognizable ingredients, but new takes, unlike anything we've had before. Loved the octopus and the lobster. Even the hanger steak was terrific. Can't wait to go back!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent food and service. We had your mussels which were the best I have ever had Also the beet salad was outstanding too.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Casual, Happy Hour
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Just sent in review but attaching a couple more photos! Great night great staff great food!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Quick Bite, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 16, 2017

I came here with a group of girlfriends. We were slightly disappointed when a few of the drinks we wanted to order were not available since they ran of a particular alcohol to make the drinks. In addition, they were also out of a few of the desserts. The food was good, however, like I said, we were disappointed that a few items on their menu were not available the evening we were there.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service4
value3

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food was a bit over buttered and under seasoned. Service was great and the desserts were outstanding!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We had a great brunch out! Our toddler loved it, too. The staff was accommodating to him without taking away from any other guest's experience. We were comfortable and well fed! Loved the chorizo hash; the mole on the enchiladas was a little too sweet for us; great Bloody Marys; the granola and yogurt was perfect for our 16 month old. Nice setting - would love to go back when it's warm so we can try the patio.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

went here for brunch with my little sister - ordered the brussels hash - pretty good but nothing wow, steak huevos rancheros - good, and my sister got the mac and cheese that she loved. the tea came in a cool mug and it was incredible. great service/location/prices for what we received.

Tags: Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

I paid $23 for 10-12 tortellini. The food tasted good but definitely wouldn’t spend that much for that little again.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value2

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Amazing services! Delicious meal!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

 
·Dined on October 10, 2017

Very nice atmosphere, great food, and outstanding service!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.