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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Absolutely delicious food that was filling!
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!
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!!
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 !
Thank you for a great night! Everyone was very friendly and helpful all evening.
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!
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.
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!
The outdoor patio was a lovely place for brunch. Highly recommend!! Food was interesting and quite delicious. The ambiance was impressive.
Outdoor space was great, food was amazing!
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.
The service at The Dawson was impeccable, some of the best I have experienced.
Another gem from Branko! The fish is always prepared well and you can’t beat the atmosphere outside at The Dawson!
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!
Great food and atmosphere. Highly recommend when trying to enjoy the night out, but want to avoid major hassle or noise.
Had a wonderful time. Service, drinks and food were great!! Try the chicken fried lobster.
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.
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.
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,
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.
Never ever disappointed!
Everything we’ve tried each time was super delicious.
Oysters on a wood - the best!
Still my favorite place to go!
DEliSH! food amazing, drink amazing and you can actually nab a seat! outstanding!
Awesome as always! Our server was so fun, the patio is beautiful, we had a great time :)
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!
Great food! Great time! Would recommend to anyone!
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
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.
the food, drinks, and service were all great.
I went there with family to celebrate the end of summer!
Lovely as always! Patio is so cute ! Drinks and food are wonderful. One of my favorite Chicago spots! Live music Sunday afternoons
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.
John was awesome!
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!
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.
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.
The small plates are delicious!
Great food and amazing service. I had the mushroom pappardelle, which was delicious. Our server was very friendly and helpful.
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.
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.
I love to try new places and love dishes with a twist. We enjoyed every item we ordered!