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About The Dawson

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.

730 West Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Farm-to-table

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

Cross Street:
Grand Avenue and Halsted Street at the Grand/Halsted/Milwaukee intersection

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 243-8955

Website:
http://www.the-dawson.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available nightly and all day on Sunday. Limited metered street parking is available.

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

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Private Events Manager
The Dawson
312-372-4001
events@the-dawson.com

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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.

The Dawson Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (32)
Special Occasion (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
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Good for Groups (20)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Fun (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Great for Outdoor Dining (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Romantic (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Cozy (13)
Hot Spot (13)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Casual (10)
Happy Hour (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Comfort Food (8)
People Watching (8)
Great for Brunch (6)
Business Meals (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Seasonal (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Authentic (3)
Great Beer (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tapas (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Arctic Char was outstanding! The beer and cocktail list was excellent.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Delicious dinner choices, especially the Dawson Salad and the branzino. Foo, our server, was attentive and efficient. We will be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food was delicious. However, charging $1.00 for each large ice cube is ridiculous !!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great meal! Dawson is always my go-to for brunch. The Bloody Mary bar and smoked salmon dish were great. This time we sat inside because of the below 0 weather, but would recommend the patio once it gets warmer.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Came to The Dawson for the first time on New Years Eve. It was expensive for just okay food. I would probably go back for casual drinks but would eat elsewhere.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, People Watching
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My favorite spot in the River West Area. Food is fantastic, cocktails even better. Always friendly and welcoming staff. Fun events, live music every now and then, and the best outdoor bar/patio in the area. When the weather is even remotely warm it's my favorite place to go for a cocktail and sit outside - they even have a large outdoor fireplace for cool nights. Just an all-around great spot.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Fun, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Que, our waitress was awesome but the food was less then desirable

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We have dined here a few times & loved it, but had a not so great experience this time /: One if our party had a food allergy & after the food arrived & we started asking questions, it was clear our server spent all of his time grooming his mustache rather than learning the menu. This definitely will make us reconsider the Dawson in the future...especially when we already thought the prices were above where they should be.

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Better than expected, mussels were good size, burger was warm. Was slightly understaffed however it was a Monday night

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Went for Sunday brunch; baked goods were delicious, great bacon, hot brown is a good option. Coffee not great, room was overall very noisy. Server was good

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 16, 2017

I had the burrata, chicken fried lobster and burger and it was all amazing! Service was slow but it was a great atmosphere. Definitely recommend

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Everything was fantastic, including the service. The ONLY thing that I didn’t enjoy about the venue was the noise level. We had to yell to have a conversation. Other than that, great.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Great food and drinks fun atmosphere!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The Dawson is excellent! You will not go wrong!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Horrible noise level and only so so food. Skip it. Not worth the trip.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great food, amazing service. Get the brussels sprouts!

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 6, 2017

My wife and I are geezers. The Dawson is close to our apartment, so we go there from time to time. We usually complain about the noise and laugh that we are the oldest in the restaurant -- usually by 40 years! On December 6, 2017, we decided to have dinner there and just to roll with the noise and have fun.

An excellent Manhattan got the fun rolling.

The food is usually good. On December 6, it was outstanding. The dates rolled in bacon appetizer was unusual and tasty. Me wife had great salad that was large enough to furnish us lunch the next day. (Geezers like that!) My cavatelli was excellent. The portion was large enough that I could have taken a box, but I ate it all.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Fantastic cuisine! Definitely will return. Very good, friendly service.

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Seated right on time which seems a lost cause at other hot restaurants. Outstanding service. Generous portions. Cavatelli delicious, enormous roast chicken, interesting salads. Ultra noisy.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Dinner was delicious and the cocktails were exceptional!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We were there early before a game, so the bar hadn't filled up yet. Craft cocktails were great Been there several times. Had the fried lobster app and decided to try the burger, which was delicious.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 28, 2017

This restaurant was spectacular! I work in Chicago and am always looking for places to take customers that are unique and leave an impression. The wine list was sparse, but very reasonable and had a wide enough variety to be good for every level of buyer and connoisseur. The food was excellent! Definitely, a return trip is in order!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

I had one of the best dinners I've ever had at The Dawson! We started with the chorizo fondue and the fried lobster, which we could have made a meal of, and if we went back, we probably would! Then I had the special- the gnocchi with duck confit, which was absolutely fabulous, and my husband had the bone-in filet, which he loved. We also split an order of fries, and the aioli was scrumptious. Our server was so pleasant and brought us Prosecco to celebrate our anniversary, as well as shots of their bourbon drip when we were finished. What a tremendous meal!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

It was overall poor. At one point my guest and I both ordered martinis and one was full to the brim, the other was filled 3/4. When we questioned the disparity we were dared by our waitress to take out our olives as if the weight was the cause. It was not- and so she proceeded to scurry away with no apology. Additionally we ordered a half dozen oysters and were brought a dozen- then questioned on it, then watched the oysters go back to the kitchen only to be returned to us. It was haphazard and sloppy- the food did not make up for the mistakes.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We celebrated my daughters birthday! Great time!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

It was extremely loud in the restaurant and we were barely able to hear each other across the table. We are both 32 with no auditory disabilities.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The best fries!!! Avocado toast was really good too. Love the atmosphere and the grand entrance.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

A bit too loud for a date but great for groups

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Everything was wonderful! My boyfriend and I️ also really appreciated the complimentary champagne! It made our anniversary celebration even better! Thank you!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was fantastic but overpriced. We had a group of six and were seated in the bar, even though we arrived early and the dining room didn't appear to be full. The bar is lovely and the mezcal cocktails are excellent.
Our server was indifferent. She didn't seem enthusiastic about anything on the menu or her job in general (but everyone can have an off day)
Overall it wasn't a bad experience. It just could have been much better, and we spent a fortune.
Living in the neighborhood, I have lots of options, so I doubt I will go back (although that mezcal cocktail was soooo delicious)! On second thought, I will go back in the summer and check out the outdoor garden. I'm all for giving places a second chance....

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Very comfortable seating —- tables not smashed together. Warm decor & atmosphere. Staff are very attentive! Bottles of wine are priced reasonably.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Numerous times during the meal I said YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM!!!!! Sooooo delicious! The chopped salad and mussels with coconut curry sauce were amazing! I didn't think I could be wowed by a salad. The sauce in the mussels was superb. For an entree I got the scallops which were tender and tasty. The tequila sangria was also a great choice!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fun, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Our dinner at the Dawson was amazing. There were 5 of us taking a friend from out of town to dinner. The scene was perfect, lively, happening, and energetic. The menu options were perfect and while somewhat limited for a vegan who was in attendance, there were at least a few options that worked and were delicious. The server was knowledgeable and friendly and everything we tried was amazing. The staff was very friendly and accommodating.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Service was not good this time. Maybe we were too early at 6:00, but it took 20 minutes for someone to come by for our drink order. We had to tell the water guy that no one had been to our table.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The drinks are very unique in that you wont find them anywhere else. They were delicious and we ordered one of each drink. Would highly recommend the Dawson for their custom drinks.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This has become an 'old-standby'. A large bar on the first floor gives off a vibrant feeling. A more subdued seating area is upstairs. The service is always first rate. I've never had a bad dish here. For appetizers/sides we had the mac & cheese as well as the octopus. Both were great, particularly the latter. The fried chicken was very good but not spectacular. My friend had the mixed grill which was terrific.

A great cocktail menu well executed.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was very good and the atmosphere was fun.

Tags: Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Fun
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great all the way around. Gotta come back. Delicious food

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Good open space to get together with friends. We did the brunch on Sunday, it had plenty of options for everyone and was pretty good

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great atmosphere and perfect for getting together to see old friends! Multiple servers were part of our experience which worked out nicely for our group size. The only thing that stood out to me that wasn't entirely great was the employee standing in the foyer. Employee wasn't the friendliest when guests asked questions which was a little bit of a turn off. Other than that, I would definitely recommend this spot!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Cozy, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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