The Dawson

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$30 and under
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American
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.
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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food that was filling!

JK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chose The Dawson on a whim when a college friend was in town. It was perfect for early Fall - we could sit outside, near the heaters, and were still warm. The outdoor seating area is idyllic and the food was incredible. Our waiter gave spot on recommendations, and everything we chose was delicious. Highly recommend the roasted cauliflower starter, but had a very hard time choosing just one thing!

JA
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and ambiance. Very accommodating to our large party. They may have been a little understaffed but our waiter was delightful and tried his best to keep up with all his tables. Great place!!

J
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful restaurant in a great location! Sat outside on a warm night! Beautiful! Had a great server in Charlotte took care of everything for us a party of 6!
Food was excellent chicken fried lobster roasted oysters!
Two of us ordered the scallop dish beautifully done! But for $30 only got 3 scallops what is there a shortage of them?
Funny I know !

BH
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for a great night! Everyone was very friendly and helpful all evening.

S
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A small group of us came to The Dawson on Saturday night for dinner + drinks. None of us informed the restaurant that we were celebrating a birthday, but they knew from OpenTable and brought out a delicious cheesecake dessert with a candle - how thoughtful! Dinner was fantastic. Be sure to try the chicken fried lobster!

TC
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food, service very attentive. Ambiance very cool, nice styling, outdoors was not open during our visit due to rain but one of the best features of this place is their patio.

CC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! I'll be dreaming about the Burrata & Brussels for weeks. The service also went above and beyond, surprising us with champagne on the house for our anniversary. Thanks for a great evening!

TC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The outdoor patio was a lovely place for brunch. Highly recommend!! Food was interesting and quite delicious. The ambiance was impressive.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Outdoor space was great, food was amazing!

HM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at The Dawson a number of times and they continue to out-do themselves! We were celebrating our anniversary and our server brought over two glasses of prosecco as we were seated, which was an unexpected and lovely surprise!
The mussels continue to be my favorite thing that I have had there, they are perfectly done, a little spicy and the broth is fantastic with the grilled bread.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service at The Dawson was impeccable, some of the best I have experienced.

h
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another gem from Branko! The fish is always prepared well and you can’t beat the atmosphere outside at The Dawson!

LN
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

came for a quick breakfast/brunch before going to an event at Revel Fulton Market. The food was amazing, drinks pretty good, and the ambiance made me want to cancel my other plans! Will definitely be back and plan on staying longer!

JM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Highly recommend when trying to enjoy the night out, but want to avoid major hassle or noise.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time. Service, drinks and food were great!! Try the chicken fried lobster.

JY
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met my brother here for dinner and was super happy with everything! Emily offered us exceptional service. He had mussels and I had scallops. OMG deliciousness! Stellar experience and 10/10 would recommend.

C
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was incredible and the service was great. Free shots for everyone because of a birthday. Food was unexpectedly very flavorful. Would love to go back and try brunch.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cocktails were delicious and the food was great too.Decent portions, everything was flavourful.Our waiter was very helpful advising us about the meals and drinks.Service was speedy,

AA
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

such a beautiful restaurant.. odd menu though - scrambled eggs on eggs Benedict, no pancakes/waffle options, very limited selection of items.. the ambiance at the restaurant did not match the food.. went many times a few years back and it seems to have declined majorly over the years. definitely would not recommend based on food.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never ever disappointed!
Everything we’ve tried each time was super delicious.
Oysters on a wood - the best!
Still my favorite place to go!
Thank you!

MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DEliSH! food amazing, drink amazing and you can actually nab a seat! outstanding!

SM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always! Our server was so fun, the patio is beautiful, we had a great time :)

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a great girlfriends’ brunch on the patio. Everything was excellent. Our waitress guided us through the menu, and our drink and entree selections were well informed. As a result, we enjoyed every sip and nibble. We enjoyed the ambiance so much that after our meal, we moved over to the bar for more drinks. Our bartender, Paul, welcomed us and took very good care of us. Great Saturday outing! Thank you!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great time! Would recommend to anyone!

H
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cocktails and beer list was great. We liked the salads especially the Dawson salad, the watermelon salad and the one with buffalo mozzarella. The Alaskan salmon special was great. For dessert we had a milk chocolate mousse parfait with plums. We ate outside and it was beautiful. They even started up the outdoor fireplace when the temp dropped a little

V
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the chicken-fried lobster. The dipping sauce was amazing. The burrata app would be on the menu for my last meal! The GTO cocktail was a winner. One of the best patios in the city. Had a great time.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food, drinks, and service were all great.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went there with family to celebrate the end of summer!

JE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely as always! Patio is so cute ! Drinks and food are wonderful. One of my favorite Chicago spots! Live music Sunday afternoons

JN
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed Sunday brunch at the Dawson. Overall a very nice experience - the space is well designed, very inviting, and their outdoor patio is great on a nice summer day. The service was prompt, friendly and knowledgeable. Food was generally excellent. Try the bacon flight. Definitely would come back.

CE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

John was awesome!

GJ
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great. Service, food, drinks, etc. It was our second time here and the 5th or 6th time for our daughter and her husband and they said they've never been disappointed. It was a little noisy but that's fine. Overall a great experience. It was my wife's birthday and they brought out a delicious parfait at the end. Thanks Dawson!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service at the inside bar was not great. Overall, it was a good space and very nice outside. A little pricey for a regular night out.

MS
Chicago
242 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the patio and the fish tacos to share but the handmade tortillas with the duck special were outstanding. Great, easy place in the neighborhood.

OT
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The small plates are delicious!

MM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and amazing service. I had the mushroom pappardelle, which was delicious. Our server was very friendly and helpful.

OT
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Awesome cocktails, delicious food, great service. Everyone went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed our anniversary dinner. One of our favorite spots.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was, quite frankly, awful. We ordered the mac and cheese, another pasta dish, and the steak frites. Steak was too fatty, the pasta was oily and slimy, and we asked for no bacon in our mac and cheese and it came out with bacon. Gross. Will not be returning.

MC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love to try new places and love dishes with a twist. We enjoyed every item we ordered!

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