The Dawson

4.7
1098 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
The gathering place in Fulton River District, The Dawson features globally-inspired American cuisine and libations, that highlight the season's best offerings and diverse, yet approachable, ingredients and flavors. Known for its passion for creating inventive and award-winning cocktails and house made liquor infusions and syrups, the team at The Dawson specializes in libations with whimsical touches.

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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Monday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm (Kitchen 10:00pm)
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 4:30pm - Midnight (Kitchen 11:00pm)
Friday: 4:00pm - 1:30am (Kitchen Midnight)
Saturday: 10:30am - 1:30am (Kitchen Midnight)
Sunday: 10:30am - 11:00pm (Kitchen 10:00pm)

BRUNCH:
10:30am - 3:00pm Saturday and Sunday
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Phone number
(312) 243-8955
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Grand Avenue and Halsted Street at the Grand/Halsted/Milwaukee intersection
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Parking details
Valet parking is available nightly and all day on Sunday. Limited metered street parking is available.
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Public transit
CTA Blue Line - Grand Avenue stop
CTA Bus - Grand Avenue/Halsted Street stop
CTA Bus - Milwaukee Avenue / Halsted Street stop
CTA Bus - Halsted Street / Grand Avenue stop
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Special events & promotions
Private Events Manager
The Dawson
312-372-4001
events@the-dawson.com
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Gift Card
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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The Dawson is the gathering place in Fulton River District for globally-inspired American cuisine, award-winning libations and inviting decor. Featuring multiple spaces on two levels, including an expansive courtyard, The Dawson offers many options and is an event host's dream location.

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4.6
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5.0Dined 16 hours ago

Excellent Brunch.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We love The Dawson, and this trip was as good as all the others. We tried the chicken-fried lobster for the first time, and it was fantastic! The sausages were outstanding as always and the cocktails are interesting and delicious.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Had an awesome time, with wonderful food and unique drinks on Father’s Day. The outdoor patio was nice and the music was so so great!

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We had been to Dawson before and thought the food was excellent and had a nice atmosphere. Came back on Father's Day and unfortunately had horrible service. It is hard on a holiday but our waitress Monica would just disappear. took forever to get drinks,food. etc.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Father's day. My husband loves blues music so the live band was an awesome touch.

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2.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The location and ambiance of the place is great...can’t say the same about the food/drinks. The food was definitely pre-made and reheated when ordered. It was stale, salty, and lacked the sophistication required for the outrageous prices charged. Might go back for the nice patio, but won’t order anything off the menu.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Father’s Day brunch here! Diverse menu selection and something for everyone. The Boston crime pie was great!

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Great atmosphere and awesome patio! The food was good however I did not think it was worth the price. We ordered two apps which were nothing special. The main issue I had was the service was slow all night and after spending alot of money they told us we had leave because the patio was closed. A 15 min warning would have been nice instead of having us just end our night abruptly.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Repeat customer. Parents in town for weekend, sat outside on the patio. Food matches Atmosphere. Great summer spot

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2.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Food was good, but overpriced. We ordered two entrees and two sides for the main course, but our server never entered the steak into the computer. It then it took 15 minutes after the other entree for the steak to make it to the table!!! The server obviously didn't order the food on the fly since it took so long, nor did she tell a manager because they did not come to apologize. We are talking about a $50 steak, not a $5 burger! ...and someone that had to sit without food while the other person finished theirs! I would say this is all on the one server and not the restaurant as a whole...but management should be adament on knowing the mishaps.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Father’s Day lunch on Saturday

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Incredible ambience and food! We had a great time

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Really nice place, but the noise level was unbelievable too much! You literally needed to scream to talk to your table mates. Other than that it was cool, nice ambiance and good food. Not recommended for a date or a business dinner when you need to talk

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The Dawson salad and elote were great. Wished the elote was served off the husk (easier to share).

The entrees disappointed (ie - steak and cavatelli). They took a long time, of which we didn't mind, but steak wasn't cooked correctly and cavatelli on bland side and not al dente'. We didn't return to the kitchen as we don't like to complain.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

This was our third visit to The Dawson, and maybe our favorite. We got the patio, which is always charming. We made a meal of 4 small plates, and were happy that we did. Not that the entrees are bad -- they're great -- but the small plates are a great way to sample lots of things. We ended up full and happy. Love The Dawson.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We came here to celebrate our girlfriends recent engagement. The staff was so friendly and welcoming and made us feel so special! We were here for brunch and the food was amazing! We sat out on the patio, super cute atmosphere. Overall we all really enjoyed ourselves!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Fantastic dinner! Our server was very nice, and the cocktails were delicious too.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

SO WONDERFUL! Music, weather, bartender Chelsea!! Everything and Everyone was tops! Come here all the time, but brought a new patron with me today. It was a HIT!

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Fun outdoor patio...decent food but kind of pricy spent $27 for a salad with 3 scallops on it.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Met friends from out of town for brunch and had an amazing time. The hostess was incredibly nice and even gave us some tips on other places to go for the rest of our weekend. Highly recommended the bacon flight!

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

I met a friend for brunch early on a Saturday morning. The ambiance is fantastic, very hip, dark decor, which we loved!

Drinks:
-Gin & Tonic with Rosemary: refreshing and delicious
-Irish Coffee: strong, not too sweet

Food:
We both ordered the brussels sprouts hash with the chicken sausage. Could have done without the sausage patty, just didn't love it, but otherwise, this dish was amazing! The egg was perfectly poached and the combination of spices and vegetables was perfection! Could not more highly recommend this dish.

Service:
Average. Our waiter wasn't very attentive, but we were chatting, so didn't mind too much. We always had water though- the staff was fantastic about that!

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Too loud in bar area for dinner. People at tables next to Us were yelling to be heard whole evening. Food was great. Everything else great.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Generous portions of very fresh well seasoned fish, ll recommendations by waiter were on point and we had creative, excellent cocktails and food. We both loved our dining experience, highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Food delicious, servers were incredible. I don't know why I thought it was an upscale burger place, but wow it was so much more. Way too loud, you really had to shout to be heard inside, but they were so gracious they found us a table outside. Really, they couldn't have been nicer, and overall a very lovely place.

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4.0Dined on May 29, 2018

We went for our anniversary. Staff was super friendly and made our night very special. The patio is gorgeous and the food was very good. Great place for a relatively casual dinner and hanging outside.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

The wait staff was excellent, the food was delicious, and the atmosphere was lovely. I would definitely dine here again :)

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Food was great! Prices were high. Felt the waiter was somewhat arrogant.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We were seated very soon after the first members of our party arrived. Our server was incredibly attentive, accommodating, and knowledgeable. Great experience!

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Overall very impressed! Made the reservation 10 minutes before showing up. Lovely bar before being seated outside among the warm spring air and plants. Food was outstanding! I'll go back again surely.

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2.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Usually have a great experience but the last time was poor service and the food seemed off

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

The Dawson's atmosphere was great. We sat outside. It was a beautiful night and everyone seemed to be having a great time. Service was excellent. Food was phenomenal. I would definitely recommend. Very upbeat and fun.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Brussel sprouts for the win!!! And the cauliflower also was awesome. The burrata and also the Caesar salad were good but not the best out of what we ordered.
Staff is always pleasant and welcoming and the vibe strong and energetic! Love this place.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Amazing service. Food was also wonderful. Sit by fire with champagne. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Service was outstanding. We had the burrata and roasted cauliflower appetizers which were great. The pasta was fresh and yummy. The banana cream dessert didn’t disappoint. Overall wonderful dining experience.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Drinks were great and the food was pretty good too.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Wonderful patio and even more delightful menu. We loved everything we ordered including the cocktails!

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We sat outside on the covered patio. Was very comfortable even though it was cold and light rain with the heat lamps. Great view and ambiance!

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Fun. Hip.

Limited but good menu. More fish oriented but have solid, but few, non-fish items.

Great people gathering spot!

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

The price was a bit steep for small portions, delicious though!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Amazing experience!!!! Our waiter was great! The food was exceptional !!!

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