The Dawson

4.7
1849 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
***Due to current city restrictions on seating availability and our desire to share The Dawson's patio with as much of the community as possible, we ask guests to observe the following reservation policies:
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.
Our patio is currently heated, tented, and airy. This means we are able to accommodate all reservations in inclement weather. We recommend that guests dress in proper winter attire to assure comfort while dining.
We greatly appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you.***

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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 1849 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLeslieB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance.

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vipTRuss
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The current brunch menu is extremely limited - 2-3 savory and sweet options a piece is all. The food was very average at best - little to no added flavor on the breakfast classic dish. The service and ambience were all just fine, but much to be desired from the food itself.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was cold - service was slow- requested indoor dining was sat outdoors. Bad experience

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vipTracyL
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have lunch and was able to sit inside! Great food and service was spot on. Love the ambiance and will definitely be back.

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MRad
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great ambiance. Hope I can go back again soon.

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vipJJCrayCray
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only our second time (but within a few days it was so good the first time)...this time we brought friends that also enjoyed it. Zach was our server both times, coincidentally enough, and he was great! The food and drinks are delicious. The ambiance is also enjoyable, all things considered. We will be back frequently!

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RoshanK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place. Great food .loved it. They have the tented ‘igloo’ option which is really convenient

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food! Appreciated that they had a well heated patio. Our server was just okay, not super attentive but it was a busy night. I’ll try them again.

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vipGaryWG
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great burger amd very good service. Outdoor dining and a bit cold.

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getUsername
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service!

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vipKunTse
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server that my guest and I got was really nice to gave me free champagne glass even though I wasn’t big of it since the kitchen employees got my food order wrong. Told my server that I didn’t want cheese and pickles on my chicken sandwich. My guest wanted me to get new one, but I told him that it was okay and I decided to take off the cheese out by using knife and fork. With covid going on, restaurants workers are having hard time. I also know it can be stressful/disappointing when it comes to making sure the food is correct order since I worked in restaurants fields before.

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EricD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Dawson has always been a special place for my family so it was the perfect location to celebrate our wedding. Jimmy in particular made the evening extremely special and we were so thankful the celebration was so special. I would recommend The Dawson so everyone for either a nice dinner out or a special event. They are so kind and easy to work with.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waiter, very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! The menu only has a few entree options but the food quality is excellent!!! Recommend the steak they cook it to perfection

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AngeleeS
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent the staff was great.. the environment was nice & chill good vibes overall

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BetsyB
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The set up with the heaters and tent were great - clearly a flow of fresh air and tables nicely spaced. The staff were conscious of maintaining space and minimizing contact while being friendly and attentive.

The food was delicious and the portions really generous for the prices.

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JoGa
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service were great! It was a bit chilly due to the fact that they kept the tent open to the outside market even though the market was closed. Other than that, great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall1food3service5ambience1

It’s in a dark tent. They have a huge outdoor patio and was prepared to sit outside with one of their many heat lamps, not sitting in a dark plastic tent with no windows.

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MichelleA
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a great a COVID approved place to dine! Brunch with my friend was delicious, and the staff and manager made us feel very welcome.

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vipMarisolA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. They are very accommodating! I highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stephanie the hostess is incredible

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John
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very comfortable outdoor dining area, and great drink menu. I had the shepherds pie and hit the spot!

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JTDG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great outdoor arrangement to deal with Covid restrictions. Felt very safe, yet the atmosphere was cozy and intimate regardless of the conditions. Like a ski resort kind of feeling. Service was fantastic!

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vipLeslieB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! They were super accommodating with my stroller, and I truly appreciated that!!

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vipdaveH
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for brunch in the outdoor tent. They had good ventilation and enough heaters to keep it comfortable. The breakfast burrito was very good with a little extra crema. The breakfast tostada was tasty. The chileciles was good but too spicy for me. A pecan cinnamon roll went by and I wished we had ordered that. Under the circumstances, an enjoyable brunch

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NancyC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was very friendly and attentive he’ll give her some shoes that are

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CourtneyS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal and drinks ever!! Loved every bite and sip!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s was very nice. They did their very best with the constraints of Covid 19.

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AngelicaCatherine
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fabulous place for my boyfriends bday :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal in a great Covid-safe outdoor patio.

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Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great prices and amazing service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server on the balcony was amazing!! Great recommendations and very attentive!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Their outside tent was freezing, they didn’t move any of their heaters inside the tent and kept the tent flap wide open.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Ambiance was like we were in a tent in someone’s backyard. No decor, nothing. We asked to sit in a warm area and were sat in the back corner by zero heat?? We asked to have one more drink and were told “our time was up” when you had several tables open. Just overall a crappy experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steven was fantastic! Made our night!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time as per usual!

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SamC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Dawson. Great drinks and food. They have done a lot to make sure they are staying safe while remaining open during this time. I feel safe when I am there. I recommend bringing your heavy winter coat and even a blanket depending on where you sit - it does get a little chilly, but we are eating outside in December!

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vipAmyK
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun first stop at the Saturday market then on to brunch. Food, service atmosphere and menu are all terrific. Would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We only had drinks, but it was a great time! We'll definitely be back for food another night.

The ambience was great! All seating was outdoors in a tented area. One side of the tent was open for increased airflow, but there were heaters spread around the area and it was much warmer than I expected for a cold winter night.

Service we also great. All servers were wearing masks and practiced social distancing as much as possible. Overall it felt very safe and I was impressed by the measures The Dawson put in place.

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DanielO
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were outside under an open tent, people were social distancing, wait staff wore masks, tables were cleaned after each use . . . . . so no concerns about health. Food and service were great.

FAQs

The Dawson does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar, 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 4.7 stars by 1849 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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