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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.
Chicago, IL 60654
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)
10:30am - 3:00pm Saturday and Sunday
Grand Avenue and Halsted Street at the Grand/Halsted/Milwaukee intersection
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking is available nightly and all day on Sunday. Limited metered street parking is available.
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
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
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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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Ate at The Dawson for a celebratory dinner after finishing the Chicago Marathon. The food was really good; the octopus was my favorite! Our waitress was awesome; she recommended a really good bourbon cocktail (No Man's Fool) that I enjoyed. Overall, I would highly recommend this place!
I visited The Dawson for a late Saturday dinner and I really enjoyed this establishment! I would recommend the mussels, Mac and cheese and mashed potatoes. Delicious food, focused menu, chill but romantic ambiance and phenomenal service. I will definitely be returning!
Eat and drink before you go....
I take my husband out for brunch every Sunday and so always on the lookout for new places to add to our Sunday rotation. One of our favorite restaurant groups own Gage, Acanto and Beacon Tavern so when a friend mentioned there was another restaurant to their credit I knew it would be next on the list.
I made a reservation and in the note, (as I always do if its a first timer) asked for a charming table. We arrived and were quickly seated in a corner by the window overlooking the patio---just lovely!
We commented (to each other) why such a pretty place was basically empty at primetime Sunday brunch-
We arrived around 12:45 and Dawson never had more than a handful of people the entire time (2 hrs.)we were there.
We were greeted by a lovely server (don't know her name) and ordered drinks (a mimosa for my husband and a glass of chardonnay for me)-given menu's and at that point very happy.
The drinks are expensive by all standards but that's Chicago-some of that expense is compensated for (in the other restaurants in this group) by a very generous pour and so we expected the same at Dawson. Not so- I had about an inch and half of wine in my glass of $16 +.
By now, we are ready to order and our charming waitress has left for the day and now we have Alla. I ordered the avocado/burrata dish and my husband made up an american breakfast from the selections on the menu. The food was unremarkable and actually not enough.
We did order another round of drinks but then asked Alla about the pour as it compared to Gage, Acanto's.....8oz pour and she just looked at me and said- yeah, they do that we don't, we pour 5oz.
From that moment on, we became invisible to her. At some point she did bring the check and we we're ready to go.
Chicago has a long list of restaurants to try---you gotta kiss a lot of frogs before you find those places deserving of your return. Dawson is a frog, we'll not be back.
Don't let the facade on Grand Ave fool you - a beautiful garden, candlelit inside dining room and excellent food and drinks awaits inside! There's something for everyone - fish, meat, veg in fresh, seasonal preparations. The roasted whole fish is fantastic. Vegan salad loved by non vegans. Always delicious, never disappoints!
Loved the chicken fried lobster - definitely a must order. Also recommend sharing the red fish taco plate for the table - as we were sharing several plates overall the tacos were great for splitting among 4 people. We weren't super fans of the meat plate - some of the cuts were pretty fatty.
Food and atmosphere were great. Fun drinks and a very nice outdoor patio. Definitely would come back. The lively environment made it a fun gathering for our birthday dinner. Street parking can be difficult on the weekends but at least there's valet for $12.
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