The Dawson

4.6
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$30 and under
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American
The burgeoning Fulton River District is home to The Dawson, an expansive, multi-level space providing a multitude of dining experiences under one roof. The globally-inspired American cuisine highlights the season’s best offerings with a diverse array of ingredients and flavors on all brunch and dinners menus including items from a wood-fire grill that churns out a variety of different flavorful, meats and veggies. Since inception, The Dawson has been known for its creative and culinary driven cocktail program that specializes in libations with whimsical and drinkable touches.

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.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.6
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. We ordered a few plates but by far our favorite was the Spanish octopus highly recommended trying that if you’re reading this. For dessert we had the hazelnut chocolate mousse thumbs up. Our server Nick was awesome. First time here and definitely coming back.

g
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good. The prices were fair given the quality (high prices but good quality and decent serving sizes). Good variety on the menu. It's the type of place that can accommodate vegetarians and meat eaters alike. My wife and I split an appetizer of mussels and a dessert of hazel nut chocolate mousse along with two entrees and we were sated.

PC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience2

The volume in the restaurant was very very loud. Very difficult to hear.

LA
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Cute Brunch place with some good food options. I love a place with bottomless mimosas

JG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Dawson was great, our server Fu or Foo (excuse any misspelling pls) was outstanding! Truly an awesome server and even honored our anniversary with champagne(thank you!)
The burratta and Brussels app is a must try,

We will be back!

B
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I went to The Dawson for Valentine’s Day and had a great experience! The fried lobster, fries, burrata and Brussels, green beans, and chocolate cake were all delicious. The restaurant is very modern and stylish and service was great.

MJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The ambiance and service was great; however, the food was extremely salty, expensive for the quality, and small portions. I would not go back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service and great cocktails!

a
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Good date spot! Came for restaurant week. Duck wings and burrata were good! Paella was ok! Desserts were great! Black sesame ice cream . Flourless chocolate cake parfait

T
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a spectacular dining experience, food and service is on point. Very noisy, though, so be mindful of that.

CS
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice brunch option in River West. Food and service was good. Bit noisy for a casual conversation.

KO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great! I definitely would come back. The only downside was it was so crowded it was very loud and the service was a little slow -- to be expected though when it is this crowded.

b
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Food was good, not great

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Usually love this place but was disappointed! We went for restaurant week and 1/3 options for the main dish were sold out. Nothing to replace it. Even when I asked if anything else was available. Therefore I couldn’t do the restaurant week menu. My husbands steak was tough. Good cocktails though.

OT
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The service was outstanding and the drinks were amazing! Out appetizers were also really amazing but the entree portions were TINY for $35+ per plate! I'd recommend just doing drinks and apps here - the meal was not worth the cost. Our steak fries was itty bitty and way over done. We had the restaurant week sampling - duck wings were amazing, tortillini was really chewy and salty - gross! Dessert was just ok. My drink was amazing though!

K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I am always a big fan of the Dawson, especially their weekend brunch in the Summer, but their dinner menu for restaurant week was on point! Food was delicious and you got quite a bit, so for $36, it was an amazing deal. Would definitely recommend checking it out, especially for restaurant week.

CN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Sunday Bottomless Burlesque Brunch was a wonderful performance. There was plenty of staff to be seen but my personal service for a table of 1 was very overlooked, that definitely determined whether or not i would take advantage of the bottomless drinks. Dawson please keep this Sunday Series around!

D
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

A bit pricy for the offerings but the food is good, drink menu is solid. Unfortunately, our service at brunch was just meh...

SF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great food and service

KF
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Visited for restaurant week, was delicious! Totillini were AMAZZZZZING.

JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Server and service was awesome as usual. Food perfect drinks outstanding.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Absolutely brutal halibut. I have had several times and is the dish of choice usually at the Dawson, but was incredibly dry and tasteless. Very disappointed.

V
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went here on a double date night and had an extraordinary evening. The night started well with a couple drinks at the bar and the old fashions are highly recommended. We then sat down upstairs and started with the empanadas and octopus, the octopus was good a little overly charred but the empanadas were great.

The main course's that everyone had were great, the pork chop and bone in filet in particular were amazing and cooked perfectly. We finished the night with some drinks and the cobbler dessert was great to be shared with everyone.

The server was great and did a good job of managing everything throughout the course of the night.

Overall a great place for a date night and would recommend.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for my boyfriend’s birthday, Charles was great! Excellent cocktail and food recommendations, had a really nice time, thanks!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a perfect evening with great service and food/beverage selection. I would highly recommend this for any occasion.

AL
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and wine, service was attentive without being overbearing. Space is VERY LOUD but if you can tolerate it the food is worth it. Lamb shank was amazing as well as the burger and steak frites.

TR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Too loud, could not carry on a conversation, the food was good but far too expensive.
The bar service was excellent. Because of the cost and noise level it kept me from ordering a lot more off the menu.

CJ
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Bottomless mimosa brunch was a hit!

s
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and fabulous staff!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was really good and the mimosa bar was lovely!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Dawson was an awesome experience! I’m already planning to come back this month.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our friends birthday and the food and drinks were delicious! Everyone was so nice to us. We’ll definitely come back

D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful brunch w friends, had several food allergies and server and kitchen were amazing. One of our favorite brunch places