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.View Private Dining Details
Celebrate Mom with food and drink specials in addition to our regular menu.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Join us for celebratory Easter food and drink specials in addition to our regular menu.
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Really enjoyed the cocktails and ambiance. The food was good, but some items higher priced than expected. Overall highly recommend!
Everything was great but it was way too loud for a conversation.
Waitress was extremely disengaged and had trouble take our orders in a sufficient amount of time. Disappointed with my “Avocado Toast” and overall not satisfied with the service. Place is beautiful, however!
Horrible service, and extremely small menu. There were only 4 items listed u fee entrees and none of them sounded appetizing. The food came cold and tasted extremely bland. We only saw our waitress when she took our order and brought our food. Overall very disappointed with this establishment and would most defiantly not recommend eating here. The bar seemed ok though.
I come here all the time and typically really enjoy it. I brought friends visiting from out of town yesterday for a special occasion, and even though we had a reservation we had to wait over ten mins to even get in, and on top of this the the restaurant made us sit in a strange upstairs dining room (which I’ve never seen before in 20+ times I’ve been there). The room was extremely hot then extremely cold, dark with low ceilings, and a much more informal bar scene than the actual restaurant downstairs. When we asked to have a table in the normal area the hostess was super unfriendly and told us it’d be over an hour wait. When we asked for it to at least be less hot upstairs (it was abnormally hot), the hostess had an attitude about this as well. Have hosts with a service mentality and let people know in advance if they have to sit in a substandard area, even with a reservation (I never would’ve brought my friends to this restaurant had I known we’d be sitting in an 85 degree or 55 degree dark informal bar room. Very weird Saturday night dinner). *the server and food were good, which is typical Dawson, but the beginning of this experience and the ambiance made me think twice about returning. VERY disappointed with this experience.
Fantastic and consistent. We started off with the appetizers of cauliflower which was delightful Indian spiced, meatballs which the recipe is no longer the same as previous times but equally unique, and the old favorite of chicken fried lobster. We continued with the pork chop which the sauce we were told takes up to 30 hours to make! You can feel the complexity and taste the love! I even used some of the sauce on my bone in filet! The restaurant uses solid ingredients, plans out dishes and executes! It is always solid meal! Pricey but not insane! Vibrant and energetic and the people in the restaurant were all having a great time! May have a little hard time hearing if you go during popular dining hours.
Had a wonderful meal with a friend pre-theater on Friday 3/16. The service was excellent: the server and bus staff all were attentive and prompt. Really great. Thank you.
I've dined at The Dawson many times and it is always a great experience with great food and excellent service. I'll be back!
It was my turn to pick out a Restaurant for our Anniversary and I chose here. We saw it once when we were driving in the area and I made sure to save this for a restaurant for us to try. I looked into the menu and atmosphere and I thought it was very cozy and creative. We arrived and it was just as awesome as the pictures! Our server, Derrick and his Shadow (I forget his name, but, he was in training) were very friendly and accommodating. We will definitely be back for those Mussels!
Slightly above mediocre considering the price.
Great experience. Food, staff and ambiance was very nice.
Extreamly noisey to the point where you cannot hear yourself think, or carry on a conversation with the person across the table.
Came in for dinner on a Friday evening around 8 pm. While the decor was pretty , the noise level felt like we walked into a club. After finding out our table is in the second floor, I though great, must be where all the dinner parties are, leaving the first floor for your after work Friday day drinking crowd.
Nope. Not the case.
Still, all of us figured ok, it's loud but we're here and let's just get a cocktail or two to help us get through till dinner is served. We did just that and the drinks were great, hence my happy hour recommendation. The server was not available right away but a manager dropped by to get our drink order which was nice. The noise level kept rising. We had a second round and ordered food: mussels, bass (fish of the day), burger, and scallops. All was of the main entree option. The food arrived and much to our surprise the scallop dinner was basically an appetizer- 3 scallops folks, $30.00, that's all.
After the manager came by to check in, we kinda joked (not really) how we had to share our food with the scallop orderee, wishing we didn't have to. He mumbled and walked away, classic.
With so many great restaurants who have stellar service and serve delicious food, it's a real shame for this place not to be upfront with customers or rectify something which was clearly not cool.
3 scallops for $30.00. Not worth it.
We ordered the burger and the cavatelli. Both were good. The fries with the burger were cooked perfectly, and were the best I've had in a long time. We also ordered the sprouts and the mac and cheese as a side. The sprouts were tasty, but the mac and cheese was dull. Overall pretty good experience except for the noise level and the lack of light. For reference, the candle looked obnoxiously bright.
I love this place. But sometimes it gets so noisy I wonder if I should look for other places!
The Dawson puts an interesting twist on everything they serve, which makes it a great change of pace from a million burger/steak spots around the city. This is a favorite spot in the summer when the patio is open, but it's warm and inviting in winter as well. It's a great feature that we never order anything that we can get in essentially the same presentation elsewhere--the recipes and presentation are original and enjoyable. The beer list is somewhat limited, but the choices are always solid. Servers are accommodating and the tables are spaced comfortably.
Food was good. Service was okay.
Loved The Dawson! We went for brunch. It was our first time there and we'll definitely be back.
We had a fantastic meal, will definitely return!
Tuna Ceviche was one of the best dishes I have ever tasted. Great Menu. Cool drinks.
We came here for Valentine’s Day and it was a great experience! Friendly staff, delicious food and accommodating to my dietary restrictions. Will definitely be back!
Good food. Good service. Great ambiance loved the food
Was a great place for a Date. Nice candles and ambiance plus an attentive server who was there when needed but not too much.
We went to The Dawson for a birthday diner this past weekend. I requested either a round or an oval table for our small group of 5-6 girls. The restaurant gave me a call just to make sure we were on same page as far as seating goes. Our waiter kicked off the night with complimentary prosecco. The food was great and the waiter was attentive without being intrusive. We chose not to go with restaurant week menu as it did not look as appetizing as everything else on their regular menu. We had mostly seafood dishes and they were all delicious. I would recommend this place to friends and family and will be back there myself I'm sure.
We were there to celebrate my cousin’s birthday. I always have such a great experience here so I wanted to treat her to dinner.
We've had an amazing server. Very friendly, very attentive but not overly chatty. Treated us for Birthday drinks. Food was great and I loved the flavors. Very good selections if you like open fire broiled/cooked dishes.
Crowd was so so, though. Not my style per see, but I see why the restaurant is attractive for friends gatherings.
Nice drinks selection.
I would recommend this place for a B-Day dinner, a date. It is a little too noise for a quiet conversation, but there are pockets of tables where you can chat without screaming across the table.
Great experience and food. Hangar steak and pork chop both delicious as were the cocktails. Service also great. Highly recommend.
The Dawson is my favorite dinner spot. Good vibes, great old fashioned’s, and the best app list on the block. Go here.
Went to dinner during restaurant week. Ordered off the regular menu. The place was very clean and neat. Very romantic setting. Great handcrafted cocktails. The food was fantastic, beautiful, and so delicious! Would highly recommend for dates, girls night, birthdays, anything ! Dim lit, so maybe not to good for business dinners.
Love this place! We went for brunch and it was amazing! It is a really cool spot and all of the staff was really friendly and helpful. Will definitely be back!
Food was great!
I came last year for Restaurant Week so I was excited to come again. This year's menu vs. last year's menu was a disappointment, so I ended up ordering off the regular menu. The food is always amazing, and the service is excellent. It's a beautiful space so it's always a pleasure to be there.
We booked for a date night. First impression, cool “barn doors” at entrance but very elegant when you walk inside. Our server “Q” from Michigan :) was awesome and personable. I cant say enough good about the quality of the food. Every dish we had was superb. Not overly salted at all, fresh, balanced, and impeccably presented. We had the cauliflower, tuna ceviche, Texas redfish tacos, and split the burger.... yum 😋 as for drinks, we didn’t catch his name but they just have an excellent mixologist because the margaritas were perfectly balanced. Love, love, love this place. Our new Chicago local favorite.
The food was great and the service was even better. The Dawson has a great feel and look to it. The signature hot cocktails were very good and they have a good tap list as well.
Arctic Char was outstanding! The beer and cocktail list was excellent.
Delicious dinner choices, especially the Dawson Salad and the branzino. Foo, our server, was attentive and efficient. We will be back.
Food was delicious. However, charging $1.00 for each large ice cube is ridiculous !!
Great meal! Dawson is always my go-to for brunch. The Bloody Mary bar and smoked salmon dish were great. This time we sat inside because of the below 0 weather, but would recommend the patio once it gets warmer.
Came to The Dawson for the first time on New Years Eve. It was expensive for just okay food. I would probably go back for casual drinks but would eat elsewhere.