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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.

730 West Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654
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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

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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

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (46)
Good for a Date (45)
Special Occasion (36)
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Fun (35)
Good for Groups (34)
Fit for Foodies (34)
Handcrafted Cocktails (30)
Neighborhood Gem (30)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Vibrant Bar Scene (20)
Romantic (20)
Hot Spot (19)
Casual (19)
Bar Seating (17)
Happy Hour (17)
Great for Brunch (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Cozy (13)
People Watching (12)
Late-night Find (11)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Authentic (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Great Beer (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Business Meals (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Healthy (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Seasonal (4)
Tapas (4)
Live Music (3)
Scenic View (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

A bit too loud for a date but great for groups

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

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

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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
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 (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
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 (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
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·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.

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 (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
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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
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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
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·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
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 (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
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 (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
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Awesomnesss!!!! Will come again soon.

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 (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
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 23, 2017

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

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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.

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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!

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 (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
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 (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
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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
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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!

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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
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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
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 (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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Amazing services! Delicious meal!

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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Very nice atmosphere, great food, and outstanding service!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 9, 2017

From the hosts to the service to the food to the atmosphere, everything at the Dawson was pretty amazing and we'll definitely be back!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Tapas
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Good food, nice outdoor dining area, leans toward pricey side. We shared 3 small plates and one entree. The desert put us over the top. Limited pricey wine list. Good service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Fun times!

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 (Fayetteville)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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-
PS:
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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The Dawson is amazing and the service is fantastic!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Loved this place! Beautiful outdoor patio. Impressive whiskey selection. Great food. Friendly staff. Will be back again! Thank you!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 25, 2017

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Had a beautiful dinner date on the patio. Despite it's location, you don't feel like you're in the middle of the city sitting outside and the vibe is fun. We enjoyed our food and service was fantastic!

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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Great food, service and ambiance.

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