The Dawson

4.7
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1778 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 this summer, 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.
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.***

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What 1778 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The steak was a bad cut, extremely fatty. Everything else was tasty.

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AlleyJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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!

LH
LindaH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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!

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vipEmily
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

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!

MR
MyraR
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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SarahS
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Sit outside if you can. The difference is night and day between inside and outside. The atmosphere outside is great. Inside is dismal.

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SpencerBrown
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here with a date for drinks and had an overall spectacular experience: great drinks, service, and ambiance. Order the spicy margarita..

JH
vipJulieH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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KaylaG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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Craig
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great experience, however the tables next to us were a little loud. Made it tough to have a great conversation.

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vipSpecialk
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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EduardoQ
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved it, a tad expensive but great over all. Definitely would go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect outdoor dining experience during the craziness of COVID.

LB
vipLyndsayB
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Oysters were everything!! Outdoor patio really nice ambience. Will be back!

AW
vipAndrewW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been a huge fan for years! Great food, staff and vibe! Go enjoy the patio before it snows!

KH
KathleenH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite patios in Chicago. The service and food is top notch . We always feel welcome and taken care of here.

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Sabrina
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipMichelleV
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and the service was exceptional! We sat on the patio that was beautifully decorated for fall.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waitress, drinks, and food! Get the fried lobster bites!

LL
LauraL
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

PO
PeaceOutChicago
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a pretty place (we we're going to be married here), great food service. Thank you

JS
JacquelineS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Atmosphere was great. Food and cocktails were delicious. Service was great. Heaters outside helped keep us comfortable. Will be back!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fabulous experience! The dishes were all divine (and great for my gluten free needs); will definitely be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic, minus the rat running around the patio...while understandable, still kinda put a damper on the experience

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vipChiz
London
21 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JL
vipJLS84
Fayetteville
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great safety protocols, and a round of drinks on the house for my birthday. Perfect night!

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jamurr
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor patio space, great service at the bar and at the table, and a delicious meal. Highly recommended.

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vipGloria
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

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.

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Dalhia
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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vipChicago1008
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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.

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vipLindsay
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipchicagolucy
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had a great time & experience in this neighborhood gem! ✨ love the outdoor patio!!!

BH
vipBHDorsey
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dawson was incredible with great great service and yummy food!

RC
RichardC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to the Dawson with my girlfriend and our kids. It was really good service and food. Thank you!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

FAQs

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.

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