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The Dawson

4.7
4.7
2356 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
The Fulton River District is home to The Dawson, an expansive indoor/outdoor, multi-level space providing a multitude of dining experiences. The Dawson includes one of Chicago’s best patios conveniently found in the middle of the city.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 59 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

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

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–1:00 am Sat 10:30 am–1:00 am Sun 10:30 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 243-8955

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    The Dawson is the gathering place in River West 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.

  • Private party contact

    Events Manager: (312) 372-4001

  • Neighborhood

    River West

  • Cross street

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

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    CTA Blue Line - Grand Avenue stop<br />CTA Bus - Grand Avenue/Halsted Street stop<br />CTA Bus - Milwaukee Avenue / Halsted Street stop<br />CTA Bus - Halsted Street / Grand Avenue stop

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,356 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great overall experience. Music was a little loud.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service1ambience4
    I like the restaurant but they charged me $24 dollars for tito’s martinis which is very overpriced. Also the server was not friendly at all.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Some dishes were good- pork chops Salad not good at all.
  4. MA

    MaximeA

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a great time at The Dawson! We came for my wife’s surprise 30th Birthday! Everything was outstanding: the service, the food, the ambiance. Highly recommend it for little group gatherings.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional service and food. They elevated classics.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Paid 18 bucks for them to add only 3 shrimp to my salad, which was kinda ridiculous, that’s 6 dollars a shrimp. Other than that the food was great, service was great, awesome patio
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Helena greatly enjoyed your establishment’s lower level
  8. BO

    BarbaraO

    Chicago

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    STAFF IS VERY POLITE AND VERY FRIENDLY. VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT FOOD AND WINE. THE DAWSON NEVER DISAPPOINTS
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Barcelona

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    A bit overpriced
  10. LS

    LarryS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It could not have been better. The service was impeccable. Food outstanding!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pleasantly surprised at the live music. Great food, excellent service, which these days is harder to find.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    It took 40 minutes for a server to come to our table. Water bused, yes, but no one else. Others around us were acknowledged and served. Right before—it took 30 minutes to find the valet parking guy—the same happened when we left the restaurant. We live close by and chose Sunday dinner because they were having live music The music was great and fun. The food was average. The fried lobster had been little lobster flavor. The empanadas were OK, but no Cafe Tola! My mojito was good the Cobb salad was average. Just nothing special and it’s a shame, because the ambiance is fantastic
  13. R

    Regularlettucediner

    Chicago

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for late lunch with my daughter. Sat outside in the garden. Food, service ambiance were great. Band showed up round 4:15 and they were excellent. Would definitely return.
  14. T

    Tnosh

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our servers and the host are the best thing about coming here! They are always super warm and attentive
  15. l

    lesnkoc

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We were hosting ‘Out of State’ guests. Always love going to the Gage, thought we’d try the Dawson. Food and service was wonderful. Our reception and seating was not so nice.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrible god awful service
  17. MH

    MaureenH

    Detroit

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    loved the atmosphere and food was great
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Was amazing, gave us free champagne for my birthday
  19. MR

    MelissaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Outstanding. We had a group of 12 professionals and ordered alot of food, drinks, many appetizers. The bill came out to an average of $89 per person. It's a great place with fantastic ambiance, especially outside. My only feedback would be to have the waitress check on the table more often. There were times I had to flag down for drinks and forks but still a wonderful experience.
  20. EA

    EmilyA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    The patio is beautiful and food was delicious! Unfortunately, the service was quite slow and we ordered two drinks plus one entree that were not available (even though they were on the menu). The live band was awesome but made for an incredibly loud environment. Overall, the food and drinks were great but the aforementioned hiccups made the value not quite as high as it could have been.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff
  22. L

    Lynne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Service was quite bad. We were sat at a table for about 10 minutes without a server coming by. We were then asked to move elsewhere to accommodate another group. No big dea about that - we were fine with moving. The issue was we subsequently waited another 20 minutes for a server to come to the new table and eventually had to ask for someone to take our order.
  23. M

    Mrsb

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing chicken fried lobster!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came for brunch on our weekend getaway. The Dawson was perfect.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Everything was great for the most part except the Wagyu. I ordered rare and it had a good sear but it needed a little more time on each side to firm it up. Other than that everything was lovely. My friend doesn’t normally like seafood and loved the chicken fried lobster
  26. CW

    CarolineW

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Delicious food - extremely loud.
  27. YB

    YolandaB2008

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waiter was great and very knowledgeable about the drinks and wine. He gave good suggestions on the food too.
  28. AG

    AriG

    Denver

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tuna ceviche and patatas bravas were amazing!
  29. M

    Mila

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Dawson is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. Great food, cocktails and ambiance -- any time someone comes to visit, I take them here.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Live music was too loud, wasn’t expecting it to be there in the first place. We were basically yelling at each other to hear over the music the entire meal. Food was ok for the high price point, drinks were definitely over rated and over priced
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, Manie is the best
  32. CC

    CarolineC

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, food & libations!! Can always count on a great time at the Dawson!
  33. CM

    CherylM

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent, especially the appetizers. The halibut entrée is well seasoned accompanied by sweet corn kernels. The summer cocktails were outstanding. I love the patio, you could talk to your guests without screaming. The staff is knowledgeable and offer great selections.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place!! Our favorite spot for brunch. While there are numerous options in Chicago we keep returning here as the food is delicious, drinks are amazing , the staff and service are extraordinary. This is every single time we visit, consistency is key. Thank you for making this my happy place xxoox
  35. M

    Malmak

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks are great and the patio is very nice, even off of a somewhat busy street.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    The patio is everything!!
  37. KH

    KristinH

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing cheese curds!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful patio and delicious food!
  39. KR

    KimR

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dawson is always great!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    man food was good and it was some mishaps that were corrected quickly! the manager was so on point! our server was polite and very attentive just like the manager.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Dawson using the Order Online button. The Dawson also offers delivery in partnership with 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 2356 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 59 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for The Dawson

730 West Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654

Additional information

  • Cross street

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

  • Neighborhood

    River West

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–1:00 am Sat 10:30 am–1:00 am Sun 10:30 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

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

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    CTA Blue Line - Grand Avenue stopCTA Bus - Grand Avenue/Halsted Street stopCTA Bus - Milwaukee Avenue / Halsted Street stopCTA Bus - Halsted Street / Grand Avenue stop

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 243-8955

  • Private party facilities

    The Dawson is the gathering place in River West 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.

  • Private party contact

    Events Manager: (312) 372-4001

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