Each reservation will be given an appropriate time slot to enjoy their meal and company, based on their party size—90 minutes for parties of 1-2 guests and 2 hours for parties of 3-6 guests. We may ask for your table back at the completion of your meal.
Reservations cannot be guaranteed for guests that are more than 15 minutes late, but we will do our best to seat such parties as soon as possible.
We are not able to accommodate guests indoors, so in the event of inclement weather, reservations will be rescheduled. As restrictions are relaxed, we look forward to honoring reservations rain or shine.
We greatly appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you.***
The steak was a bad cut, extremely fatty. Everything else was tasty.
Food and drinks were excellent! Vibe in here is great...whether it's happy hour with friends, a date, or celebrating with a group - highly recommend for all!
It was a cold damp Friday night and we sat on the patio. We were made as warm as possible by the lamps and we enjoyed the food and atmosphere. A riotous birthday party kept us entertained. They did their best!
Extremely slow service. We sat inside and it was as if there was no service inside. We waited so long to get even our drink order in and but they rushed us with the bill. We tried to flag someone down to place an order an appetizer order that came AFTER our dinner....
I would go back and give them another chance, but woof....they should really fix the service problem. Rude, rushed and honestly, quite awkward. Food was great though!
We had the steak and potato fingerlings and they were the most delicious cuts of steak we had in the city so far! Amazing service and drinks have a kick.
The restaurant is beautiful, but the service wasn't great. Our waitress was not very friendly. She wouldn't answer any of our food recommendations and only returned to the table every 30 minutes. We even saw a couple of tables leave during our time there. The food seemed a bit overpriced for what it was but was delicious. I think you can get the same ambiance but overall better experience elsewhere in Chicago
Sit outside if you can. The difference is night and day between inside and outside. The atmosphere outside is great. Inside is dismal.
Came here with a date for drinks and had an overall spectacular experience: great drinks, service, and ambiance. Order the spicy margarita..
The outdoor patio is adorable. We sat next to the fireplace which was perfect on a chilly morning. The only thing better than the ambiance was the food. I highly recommend sharing the fish tacos as a table--a pound of the most amazing fish with fresh taco toppings--delicious!
We will be returning to the Dawson again and again! Service was great, the atmosphere was so cute for fall, they had plenty of heaters too! The food was amazing, cannot wait to have more!
Great experience, however the tables next to us were a little loud. Made it tough to have a great conversation.
Nice surprise. Patio area is quite nice, lots of heaters, would be great during the summer. Food was great. Creative cocktails. Service was very good. We will be back, probably next spring.
Loved it, a tad expensive but great over all. Definitely would go back.
The perfect outdoor dining experience during the craziness of COVID.
The food was excellent, heat lamps made sitting outside so enjoyable and Trent was incredibly hospitable! He along with the delicious Ahi Tuna is why I’ll be back again very soon :)
Oysters were everything!! Outdoor patio really nice ambience. Will be back!
Have been a huge fan for years! Great food, staff and vibe! Go enjoy the patio before it snows!
One of our favorite patios in Chicago. The service and food is top notch . We always feel welcome and taken care of here.
The hostess that was working the night I came in was great!!! She sat my date and I outside and told us that we were sitting at one of her favorite tables. The patio was gorgeous and there is a wood fireplace and heaters all over which made for perfect temperature on the patio! Our server did not come around often, but he most likely did not want to interrupt, not a big deal. The cocktails were delicious! All in all, it was a great night!
The food was outstanding and the service was exceptional! We sat on the patio that was beautifully decorated for fall.
Great waitress, drinks, and food! Get the fried lobster bites!
Just an excellent restaurant! The service is outstanding, and the food was incredibly delicious. Drinks were very expensive, but it’s Chicago. Overall, the Dawson is a great spot to go out for any occasion! We can’t wait to come back.
I do appreciate how careful they are being with masks. The server let us know that we are to put our mask on anytime a employee approaches our table. This sounded like a simple task, but we were literally approached by 5 busera
Such a pretty place (we we're going to be married here), great food service. Thank you
Atmosphere was great. Food and cocktails were delicious. Service was great. Heaters outside helped keep us comfortable. Will be back!
It was a fabulous experience! The dishes were all divine (and great for my gluten free needs); will definitely be back!
It was fantastic, minus the rat running around the patio...while understandable, still kinda put a damper on the experience
The Dawson’s patio is magical. Outdoor fire place is beautiful and smells great. Lighting and seating is just right. Food is absolutely outstanding. Highly recommend the fish tacos, tuna ceviche, elotes, and fish tacos.
Delicious food, great safety protocols, and a round of drinks on the house for my birthday. Perfect night!
Great outdoor patio space, great service at the bar and at the table, and a delicious meal. Highly recommended.
I thought it was pricey for a Tuesday evening, no occassion dinner. Wine was $14 a glass beer $8 (the least expensive for both). The whole grilled chicken we ordered was delicious.
It was a beautiful night and the patio was beautiful.
Enjoyed our dinner at The Dawson. Nice menu. Food was as good, plenty of flavor, decent size portions. Sangria was not as expected, but very good. Service was great. A bit pricey, but would still return.
Great patio! I wish the brunch menu was as big as it was last year, the brunch is so good! Miss the bacon and hash!
The Appetizers were much better than the entrées. We purchased a number of entrées and we were disappointed by the dryness in both of the items we purchased. The value of the entrées were overpriced in comparison to overall taste. The next time I return this establishment it would be just for appetizers and drinks.
Buffalo cauliflower was amazing. Fish tacos fed three of us with a request for more tortillas. The sides with the tacos were fantastic. Leave room for the cheesecake; it was heavenly.
we had a great time & experience in this neighborhood gem! ✨ love the outdoor patio!!!
We had brunch on the patio this past weekend and it was lovely! The seasonal cocktail which has a brandy base was awesome! Love the heaters out there too! Perfect little Saturday brunch!
Dawson was incredible with great great service and yummy food!
I went to the Dawson with my girlfriend and our kids. It was really good service and food. Thank you!
Really satisfied. Food was delicious. We had the fish tacos and the Dawson salad. Tacos were not assembled. You’re supposed to do that yourself from a big fish fillet, perfect for sharing. Cocktails were good too.
You can order delivery directly from The Dawson using the Order Online button. The Dawson also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar. The Dawson also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 243-8955.
The Dawson is rated 4.7 stars by 1778 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.