About The Dawson
Awarded a Bib Gourmand in 2014 and 2015, The Dawson is a casual neighborhood hangout features an energetic series of bi-level indoor and outdoor spaces. Each unique area is approachable, yet versatile in offerings, as well as experience. The menu presents a new American cuisine characterized by simple flavors with a farm-driven Midwestern sensibility by chef Shaun King. The beverage program of house made sodas, cocktails, craft beers and wines creatively complements chef King’s menu. 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 restaurant.
offers an artfully stripped-down aesthetic, highlighting natural and reclaimed materials in unexpected ways throughout the restaurant.
Hours of Operation:
4:30PM - 10PM MONDAY (BAR UNTIL 11PM)
4:30PM - 11PM TUESDAY - THURSDAY (BAR UNTIL 12AM)
4:00PM - 12AM FRIDAY AND SATURDAY (BAR UNTIL 1:30AM)
4:00PM - 10PM SUNDAY (BAR UNTIL 11PM)
10:30AM - 3:00PM SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
Grand - Halsted & Milwaukee
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Grand Blue Line across the street
Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
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The Dawson Ratings and Reviews
My book club met here for brunch on Sund ...
My book club met here for brunch on Sunday and had the most incredible experience. The staff and service were exceptional and handle an oversight with such class and professionalism I was blown away! The food was excellent as well. I'm a loyal customer and plan to come back again and again. You will not be disappointed!
Ordered a Ild Fashioned and they said it ...
Ordered a Ild Fashioned and they said it would be a dollar more for a square ice cube.
Didn't have the first bottle of wine, out of stock.
Old fashion took over 30 min to make.
They ran out of our second choice of wine after one bottle.
Nothing special with the food. Overpriced in general.
Only thing I would change is the server. ...
Only thing I would change is the server. She was not concerned with our interests and offered items to increase her check. We had enough food left over for the entire table, all 8 people, and didn't need to order certain items. She should've had a bit more consideration to what would fit our needs.
First, our server did not come speak to ...
First, our server did not come speak to us for at least 10 minutes after we were seated. I had to ask a busboy who would be taking care of us and then she turned up. When we let her know that we had theater tickets and needed to leave by a certain time (we still had 1 hour and 15 minutes to dine), she sort of panicked and said we needed to order everything right away because they take a long time to prepare their food and she didn't want us to be late. That was thoughtful, but ALL the food--AND WE ORDERED MANY THINGS--arrived at the same time about 15 minutes later! It's hard to believe it was prepared to order. We liked the food but it couldn't overcome the serving errors.
I love the atmosphere of this place as w ...
I love the atmosphere of this place as well as the wine list...however, I'm not sure if we were being pushed out, but out waitress was beyond pushy as far as rushing us to order. We ordered apps and drinks and there wasn't more than 4 minutes that passed over the course of 4 hours that she didn't come by. While I appreciate an attentive waitress, I don't appreciate one who simply takes away our menues after, in her opinion, it seemed as if we weren't going to order more food. It was very off putting.
Went for brunch on a pseudo-rainy Sunday ...
Went for brunch on a pseudo-rainy Sunday. The best thing about this place, in my opinion, is the patio area. Due to the weather, we had to sit inside. It seemed like the outside was just as big as the inside. The food was good. I had the BEALT sandwich. The was pretty big. My friend got the pork mac and cheese. That portion was HUGE. Delicious - but huge. We had some drinks with brunch so the bill came out higher for brunch that the prior night's dinner (which also included drinks) so that was the only down side.
I was pretty bummed out that we weren't ...
I was pretty bummed out that we weren't assigned to sitting out on the patio.We also didn't receive our drinks till we were done with our dinner.They def made it up by a round of free drinks and a bottle of champagne.Overall the experience was great and we enjoyed our time there.
I was very excited to try the Dawson and ...
I was very excited to try the Dawson and thought it would be a great place to take a friend who was visiting from out of town. Unfortunately, the experience was not what I had expected. We waited over 45 minutes after our reservation time to be seated. There were multiple tables that were seated ahead of us even though they arrived well after we did. When the staff realized their mistake, they brought over a round of drinks but by then we were all very hungry. The appetizers were all very good, however most of our entrees came out cold. We sent one of the entrees back, but it did not come out much better the second time. The staff was nice enough to remove that meal from our total bill. Overall, I enjoyed the outdoor patio but was very disappointed in the service and quality of food.
Food was delicious, but a little pricey. ...
Food was delicious, but a little pricey. The outdoor area is great - very cool vibe. Dishes were perfect for sharing. The mussels were fantastic - served with grilled bread -delish! We also got a whole chicken that was more than enough for 3 - in fact, we had leftover lunch for another 2! Also, the corn palote was great.
This restaurant is very nice for the unu ...
This restaurant is very nice for the unusual location at Grand and Milwaukee. But it gives them tons of space for I'm sure a reasonable rent. The patio area is huge and comfortable. Decor is very rustic but attractive; however, there's not enough shade outside yet--need some awnings guys! Food was good, especially the avocado toast and the cinnamon rolls. Parking is surprisingly problematic; they do valet but it's $12. Then there's some pay street parking at $4 per hour(!) but just drive around a little and you can find free parking. It's weird.
We went here for a much needed date nigh ...
We went here for a much needed date night, couldn't ask for a better experience!
Our waitress was friendly and wonderful, the busboy was quick to fill our glasses and take plates, and the food was amazing! The Dawson made our night so special!
We went here for the first time with ano ...
We went here for the first time with another couple and loved it. Fun live music, amazing cocktails and great food. The roast and chicken fried lobster and oysters were fab. Our waitress was terrific and made good suggestions for us. The outdoor patio is SO worth the visit, it's very cool and we really enjoyed sitting outside in such a fun spot. Highly recommend, we'll be back.
The outdoor patio was so peaceful and ar ...
The outdoor patio was so peaceful and artistically landscaped. I liked the seating arrangement in front of the fire pit and there was also a garden perfect for photo ops. The server was really friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. It was a really good vibe.
Loved it. Great indoor / outdoor setting ...
Loved it. Great indoor / outdoor setting. The umbrella covered patio and the upstairs balcony were great. Brunch menu was different and the food very satisfying. Our waiter was terrific. Knowledgeable. Professional. Friendly. Not sure what it would be like on a Saturday nite but it would be good to find out.
The outdoor dining is what we decided to ...
The outdoor dining is what we decided to come here for and are so happy we did! Our waiter, Kevin, took great care of us and contributed to the great meal and experience we had. We would definitely come back here again!
The service was fantastic. The hostess, ...
The service was fantastic. The hostess, server and buser were on their game. However, the lamb rack tasted like it was frozen, dethawed and grilled without seasoning, the sides served with it were better than the actual lamb. The pork belly lettuce wraps were good but literally just pork belly cubes in a lettuce bibb. They put bleu cheese in my MIL's Greek salad and the server acted like that was totally acceptable. The music was techno versions of hit songs. Wish it were just the hit song, I felt like I was eating at Forever 21. Beautiful interior, well trained staff, disappointing food. I won't be back.
We went there for dinner before a concer ...
We went there for dinner before a concert @ Northerly Island, food atmosphere and the service were top notch. We were scheduled to go to The Gage but my sister recommended as it is the sister spot to the Gage. Great suggestion, we had an enjoyable time and will be heading back.
Absolutely fabulous...great service, out ...
Absolutely fabulous...great service, outdoor tables with enough room between not to feel 'squeezed'. Brunch was terrific, very nice variety on the drink menu. I'm a big one for music, not loud crazy but good background, mood setting and for a lovely outdoor lunch PERFECT..highly recommend, will go back for dinner, soon,
One of the BEST restaurants around. Not ...
One of the BEST restaurants around. Not only is the food awesome they run like a well oiled machine. We haven't experienced this kind of service at a restaurant in a long time. If you haven't been there, go!! Their speciality cocktails are inventive and the food is to die for. Run there now! Tell Michael (the manager) we sent you.
Now this is special!
A delightful surprise on our first time visit for a birthday celebration. The service was amazing - attentive but not hovering. Prosecco start off with mussels and saffron bread, squid and salad. Birthday dessert treat from the house. It was all wonderful. I would say it's a 20 something spot, but we didn't mind. Our server was very personable and efficient. A great experience and we will definitely be back.
The Dawson Does It Again
I have been to The Dawson many times, and it is generally my "go-to" no matter what the occasion. When I have friends visiting from out of town, I always make sure that we come to The Dawson at least once while they are in town. My friends, Kati and Jonathan, had just gotten married in Santa Fe and had taken the train to Chicago on their way back to Baltimore. I could think of no better place to celebrate. They were both blown away by The Dawson's food and beverages. I look forward to celebrating special occasions (or just any ordinary day) for many years to come at this extraordinarily fabulous eatery.
Great outdoor spot
The hostess was fabulous! Our server, however, didn't seem to want to be there and wasn't helpful with the menu. She took away our empty drink glasses and walked away without asking if we'd like another. I joked that the hostess' enthusiasm made up for our server's lack of enthusiasm.
I can't believe it's taken me so long to go there. I love the outdoor area, the cocktails were really good and there is something for everyone.
We will return!
I visited with three others for my girlf ...
I visited with three others for my girlfriend's birthday. We had attended the Time-Out Mac and Cheese Smackdown and had been wanting to visit the restaurant to sample more of what they had. The award-winning mac and cheese is still brilliant. The hummus is also very good.
The entrees were more hit-or-miss; the chicken and halibut were excellent, with simple, standout flavor. The pork and lamb were far more complicated. It was difficult to get some of each ingredient in a single bite, so they were bit inconsistent. The pork cut was also fatty and unevely-cooked, so, while the dish was still good, there wasn't enough pork to go around with all the other ingredients.
Service was attentive, cheerful, and very helpful.
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