The Dawson

4.7
1233 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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
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

Private Dining

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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What 1233 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Louisville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were both excellent. The staff and owners make a point to help your dining experience be as comfortable as possible.

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YM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although I went there alone to celebrate my birthday I felt agmost friends. My waiter, Jonathan, was amazing! I will be sure to experience it next time with friends. A great find!!!

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AK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was great, but the service was bad. We had 3 different people approach our table several times to clear away plates and dishes we were still eating. The restaurant was not busy on this Tuesday night and we were not there near closing time.

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h
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for super cool vibe and excellent food. Our server was so good, and made great recommendations. All food was tasty with the exception of the Brussels sprouts we had to send back for being undercooked. Everything else was excellent - cool trendy decor - lots of spaces upstairs and down to sit, would totally recommend for dinner.

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ST
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and energy! Very noisy inside. Outside terrace is excellent in season.

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MC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had a more interesting tortellini dish than I did last night. Omg the flavors and textures were a perfect blend and the tortellini was so delicate. Bravo!!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food

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BC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food. The bar area is very noisy and our original table was very close on the ground floor. The hostess was kind enough to relocate to us a table on the second floor with a little more privacy. Very enjoyable evening..

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OT
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never misses . Excellent

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DS
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Dawson was absolutely fantastic! We had delicious cocktails, especially the bourbon one! The food was so, so delicious! The pastas were outstanding and so were the asian meatballs and rice noodles in the broth. We had been meaning to try The Dawson for so long and I'm glad we finally did! Everything was delicious, the service was excellent and we will absolutely be back!

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B
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great evening, Anna was a tremendous bartender and offered great suggestions for dinner.

Thank you

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C
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Waiter Mitchell was great!
For some reason we were seated in bar area and conversation was more difficult than an expensive meal with out of town guest should be. Hard to talk without raising voices. Food was good tho.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around fabulous experience for my birthday!

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HM
Chicago
127 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Corner casual high end fare in a nice pub environment. Super loud so be prepared. Service is friendly and helpful.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Service was pretty terrible. Waiter was extremely inattentive. Had no knowledge of the special occasion even though i put it in the description

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DL
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place, consistent, creative and excellent food. Great and friendly service.
All and all wonderful neighborhood gem that should be known to people living in other
neighborhoods and those visiting Chicago.

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EL
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my third time a friend and I Fly from New York to have brunch with another firend from Milwaukee to have a delicious brunch at The Dawson. It’s become a must stop place in Chicago even if we’re only in town for few hours.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the bar and hosts!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Lovely ambiance, but average food & drink for the price.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Music was too loud and tables were a little close.

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C
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We sat outside on the last warm night of the season. Not to many people outside but it's such a lovely patio that it was still nice. It was my friends birthday and we shared the cauliflower appetizer, excellent, and the red fish tacos. We get the whole fish and taco fixins a lot and it's always excellent. Too much fish, we could't even finish. Thanks Dawson for another great meal!

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BM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The covered outdoor space had the ambience of a secret garden in the middle of the city. The food was delicious. I’m a vegetarian, and there was only one veggie entree option. Our server Joy was magical. She really elevated our dining experience.

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B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Overall, I would say we had an okay time. The vibe was cool, and I liked the decor. The food items we thought were going to be amazing were just okay, and the items we thought would be just okay ended up being our favorites. Service was very slow, and at times it felt like our server forgot about us. We were there to celebrate my birthday, so were hoping for a little better service than we received. I did get a glass of champagne and complimentary dessert which was lovely, but wasn't enough to entice me to come back again in the future. I had really been looking forward to trying The Dawson, as I had heard many wonderful things, and I was a little let-down by our experience.

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JE
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The brunch was lackluster and more options would be great. Not a lot of gluten-free options at all which was a bummer. The staff was great and the restaurant is super cute. I wouldn’t go back for brunch, not the right menu.

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TJ
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks at the Dawson are delicious. The ambiance is magnificent. I loved it so much, I decided to host my wedding reception here.

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Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A friend recommended this for our girls weekend in Chicago. The service was outstanding the food was great. It was spot on. The photo is of the special which was duck. We had a great time!

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their chorizo dishes keep us coming back. Drinks are very good and the atmosphere is spot on.

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Y
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I come here often and it is one of my favourite places to bring a friend.

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L
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All the appetizers were amazing, fried lobster ummmmm!!! Everything was good

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c
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's been awhile since we have had dinner at The Dawson and we were really really impressed this time. In the past, we liked it and have thought the food was more than solid but this time it felt like they have raised the bar. My gin cocktail was fantastic. We had a bunch of vegetable dishes as starters that were substantial in size and very high quality, flavorful with great presentations. Our group of three split two entrees because we were so filled up from the starters. Our server was accommodating, made great suggestions and established an easy-going vibe from the beginning. And, on top of that, The Dawson's dining room on both levels is fantastic looking - at once visually interesting and cozy. We will return a lot more often for dinner. So glad we came again.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing find in the area! Modern decor and fantastic outside dining area! Food beyond delicious, served in an unique sophisticated way. Would recommend without a single hesitation.

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N
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic brunch with friends! The food, service and location was phenomenal. I'm currently in a boot and on crutches and they were very accommodating. I appreciated that. Must visit for sure.

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C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was pretty good as well as the cocktails. The service was great and I loved their outdoor seating area. I will go again with my husband and friends.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Mixed reviews - ambience and vibe was cozy and intimate. We had a table on the patio which was super cute with string lights. Cocktails were their strong suit. The food, however, was just okay. My steak had little no to flavor/crust and the brussel sprouts were pretty hard and difficult to eat. The chicken fried lobster had great flavor but it was just two super tiny pieces. Nothing that made us say wow or want to rush back here again.

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KA
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love Dawson but disappointed they advertised on their website Camp Sunday sept 16th and it was cxld. Went there for the music.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The patio is a lovely place to brunch. Aside from the occasional city sounds, it was a very relaxing and peaceful ambience. The host was also very friendly and helpful. She checked my bags for me which was appreciated after traveling and lugging it around all morning. The bloody Marys and lox were amazing as well. Great brunch all around!

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e
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Always a favorite before but finding it to be the same menu for food and the drink menu not as interesting. : /

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CA
Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun vibe, tasty food. Outdoor area was wonderful for one of the last summer evenings for outdoor eating. Looks like they have heat lamps though so we’ll see if we can eat outside in the fall too. Burger was juicy, Branzino was cooked perfectly (although the waiter should have offered to filet it for me), steak frites was flavorful but tough.

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RS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had about 8 people in my party. Waiter was very attentive. Great food and ambience

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PD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch is always so good! I had the avacado toast! Been there a handful of times. It's one of my favorite outdoor patio spots! Great outdoor seating, people watching, cocktails a d great food and music!

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