The Dawson

4.8
2059 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
The Fulton River District is home to The Dawson, an expansive indoor/outdoor, multi-level space providing a multitude of dining experiences. The Dawson includes one of Chicago’s best patios conveniently found in the middle of the city.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 2059 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
ambience
4.4
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Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MaeJ12
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great location and atmosphere. The halibut and the grilled oysters were the star. I wish the seasonal cocktails weren’t batched so I could request different variety, but otherwise it was a wonderful time and delicious experience.

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Pablo
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was unremarkable. Server was great. Not on the repeat list.

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AMH1
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, value and ambiance was terrific. Dined outdoor in lovely patio setting. Waiter very attentive. Food was delicious...especially the fried lobster appetizer. Recommending to friends and definitely going back!

JW
JoeW
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service delicious food and well crafted drinks!

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SephDeneen
Dallas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Dawson was great! Our hostess was friendly and very helpful. The food arrived on time and tasted awesome!
I enjoyed their signature cocktails, which were very well balanced and tasty. My date and I enjoyed the cheese curds to start, scallop and chicken meals, with a side of asparagus. The orange sundae was made perfectly as well for dessert. I would definitely come back or order takeout from this establishment.

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LisaT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed The Dawson, the food was really tasty, the drinks were great and I loved the atmosphere, especially the outside patio. The patio was well designed and I loved the touches of nature including trees and flowers etc.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Way overpriced for what you get. But that’s Chicago brunches for you. Service was also slow

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vipMeredithO
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and cocktails were delicious. We are obsessed with the fish tacos. I was so impressed by the service from the staff — it started lightly sprinkling outside, and they all jumped into action — opening the umbrellas to ensure all tables were covered. Great experience. The ambiance is on point.

SM
vipSarahM
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor space, fun cocktails and great food!

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NicoleO
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 2 best friends and I booked a reservation to celebrate my birthday. It was all of our first time there and we had only heard good things about The Dawson and wanted to experience it ourselves. We ordered so much food: the fried chicken lobster, empanadas, the super green salad, oysters, the grilled chicken and the rigatoni. It was all so good. The ambiance was wonderful and we really enjoyed ourselves.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food, drinks and service were outstanding, and the patio was really lovely. I’m interested to see what inside is like in fall/winter - we’ll definitely be back.

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viplandlockedinchicago
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful and our server was excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service and food as always

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
69 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The ceviche was refreshing and the patio well shaded.

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Sara
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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LauraR
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at the Dawson was immaculate. It was plated beautifully and served with an array of flavors. I had the garden as a cocktail and it was so good. Our service was also very attentive.

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vipLily
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just got together for drinks on the patio and it was great! Drinks were good and the patio area was very cute

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Peace
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Justin was very knowledgeable and friendly and the cocktails were on point.

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cocosnak
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a wonderful evening there, food was fantastic, atmosphere in the garden was great and the service was excellent.

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EmmaL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely time with two girlfriends celebrating a birthday on a Sunday night. This was my 5th time and I think each time I go get better. We were pleasantly surprised by the live music (so much fun!) and ended up staying close to 4 hours for cocktails, dinner and dessert. Our server Manny was extremely attentive and hooked our table up with whatever we needed. Our table shared the buffalo cauliflower, cheese curds and empanadas to start; I had the Garden Party cocktail. We moved on to the fish tacos - a must order when it's on the menu - and mac and cheese, finishing with the peanut butter fudge pie for dessert. Completely stuffed and had leftovers to take home. The weather was absolutely perfect and we had such a great end to the weekend on the patio.

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CatieD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to The Dawson and definitely won't be our last. The patio was beautiful and the food was delicious. There was a great band playing throughout dinner - they were engaging and entertaining and made the experience even more wonderful. We loved it so much, we're going to be booking our wedding rehearsal dinner there :)

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was perfect for a belated birthday celebration. We enjoyed our experience. The waitstaff (Victor and Manny) was attentive, and helped us with meal and drink options. We were extremely pleased with the food and drinks, and plan to return very soon. The band was also a nice touch!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks and vibes. The music was great. The outdoor patio was lovely on a nice summer day. It was rather pricey but that was to be expected. Overall it was a positive experience.

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CharisseH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great brunch in scenic atmosphere. Attentive wait staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a phenomenal experience at The Dawson. In particular, our waiter, Justin, was very accommodating and friendly. We always have a terrific experience when we dine here!

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vipAshleyH
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Entrees we’re delicious. Cheese curds we’re not- other appetizers like the chicken friend lobster are much better. Service was terrible. We were sat and waited close to ten minutes before someone acknowledged us and took our drink order. We received our drinks and then sat for another 10-15 minutes before the waiter returned to see if we wanted appetizers. Once we did get our food, the waiter never came back to check on us. We had to ask for the check and then he brought a paid tab over, not ours. Again, food was great but service was lacking.

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vipTamarS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Burger was amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So lovely. Great atmosphere, service and food!

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JennyL
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Our server forgot to place one of our orders and when we asked for an update he apologized and said it was too late because the kitchen had already closed. The only thing we were able to eat was the fish tacos and they were good but that definitely put a damper on the experience. To his credit he comped our wine but still very disappointing since we went out of our way to eat here.

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KimberlyM
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Dawson! Such great food and service! This is my new go to!

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SergiiG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing, they experiment with the menu and it appears it works!

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KateL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely friendly and quick service and brunch food was delicious!

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Rafa
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for a birthday lunch and the food and service was spectacular.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Me and my friend came here for brunch and had a super day. We enjoyed the pink bubbles and chicken & waffles. The staff were very attentive & friendly, can’t wait to go back!

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GesselB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very good food. Big portion sizes. Mac n Cheese was awesome!

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Kitten
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

This a great place for a casual dinner or cocktails with friends

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vipRenesThoughts
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good. Service was good but a little hard to hear with the noise. We were outside so not much you can do about it! Lisa was a great server. Farmer Salad was excellent. Halibut really good. Grilled carrots were so crisp and tasty. Look forward to returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, but the kitchen was backed up when we arrived. It’s worth the wait though

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the Dawson

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails and a beautiful patio

FAQs

The Dawson does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. The Dawson also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 243-8955.

The Dawson is rated 4.8 stars by 2059 OpenTable diners.

The Dawson does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://gagehospitality.cardfoundry.com/giftcards.php.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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