The Dawson

4.7
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1535 Reviews
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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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What 1535 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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D
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined a day ago
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 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great food and service

KF
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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!

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
2 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

JJ
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bacon flight - OMG - nothing more needs to be said!!

h
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time in at The Dawson and it was for my birthday dinner and it was great. The best thing was the service, we sat upstairs and it got filled pretty quickly but the service was exceptional! We got the chicken friend lobster for an appetizer and it was so good. I got the steak & frites and it was good but was surprised at how small the cut of meat & the price was compared to other restaurants that have the same steak & frites. Also the side of Brussel sprouts were AMAZING. Probably will come back!

PD
Northern MI
22 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit it was Wonderful! I had the Halibut it was swoonliciius! We will be back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very good! Will be back!

KK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the Dawson so much, I am going back with my co-workers in a few days for a Holiday dinner!

GR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was really good. It was large portions for California girl. Oyster, octopus and cauliflower were tasty

OT
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pretty place with great food!

C
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was amazing! Came here with my family and we can't wait to come back. My boyfriend and I also think it's our new fave date place!

SC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love this place!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience that exceeded our expectations

T
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Came on a rainy Tuesday night. It was warm and welcoming from the moment the hostesses greeted and seated us. Dining room was lively, perhaps a little loud for our group of four to chat without having to raise our voices a bit. Service was attentive. Appreciated that my water was being constantly refilled and dishes cleared. Waiter was polite and efficient, recommended a good bottle of wine for us. Food tasted great. The fish tacos to share was plenty for four, and we also had the burrata and the avocado hummus. And the fries. Best part of the night was when we left, we stopped to take a picture and the hostess offered to do it for us. She had us stand on the steps and then the other hostess whipped out a big bright light and aimed it at us so that our picture would look great without weird shadows or a bad phone flash. Thank you for being so thoughtful! Will definitely return, hopefully soon.

LF
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. The food was really good. We had the halibut , the roasted cauliflower and the avocado hummus. Each dish was amazing and had a savory sauce. The atmosphere of this place is elegant and cozy. I would definitely recommend this place.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and food was delicious. Highly recommend

OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always thanks Phu

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place great service great management

OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place to celebrate a birthday! Had a great time!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Our food was outstanding. Our waitress was mediocre at best!
Management stepped in to help her out, which was much appreciated. noice level was too much for the evening we were looking for. Big engagement party 10 feet away from us.

H
Chicago
45 reviews