The Dawson

4.7
1871 reviews
$31 to $50
American
***Due to current city restrictions on seating availability we ask guests to observe the following reservation policies:
Each reservation will be given an appropriate time slot to enjoy their meal and company, based on their party size—90 minutes for parties of 1-2 guests and 2 hours for parties of 3-6 guests. We may ask for your table back at the completion of your meal.
Reservations cannot be guaranteed for guests that are more than 15 minutes late, but we will do our best to seat such parties as soon as possible.
Our patio is currently heated, tented, and airy. We recommend that guests dress in proper winter attire to assure comfort while dining if on the patio.***

Support The Dawson during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1871 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ChadN
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Quality cocktails and beers in a great atmosphere is the reason I come here. Food and service are also good, but prices are not cheap.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First dinner out in a while. Food and drinks were really good! Service was excellent. I liked the vibe very much and was presently surprised that they had kids options. I highly recommend for a date night!

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vipbrunchedout
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The only truly memorable part of our experience at the Dawson were the cocktails, otherwise the service was subpar and the patio seating was awkward. We went for happy hour and ordered appetizers (oysters and the grilled artichokes) and drinks out on the "patio" - which right now is a large, very dark tent with vents that blow air far too hard and hot if you're sitting nearby. Would probably sit inside until it gets warmer out. The oysters were good, the sauce on top really made the dish. The sauce served with the artichokes on the other hand had minimal flavor, could definitely have gone without ordering this.

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vipBobbyM
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the Dawson

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Wonderful staff.

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LizC
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was great, the service was strange as it was pretty infrequent and we didn’t really have a designated server

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Our waitress was great but the drinks were terrible. Appetizers were bad and we closed our tab after and went somewhere else.
Marg was watered down and then we ordered a tequila lemonade and they came out with a shot of tequila and a cup of lemonade 😑

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Food is way overrated. Cheese curds were disappointing. Friend chicken did not have that brittle crispy skin you want. Drink and service were great, however.

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Kostya
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Everything was great, food was really good. Only thing that ruined the credibility is the in- built gratitude charge. You can not pick the tip you give, it is a set price and wayyyy above what it needs to be.

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vipSusie
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, inventive menu choices for brunch. Service was wonderful. Food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Safe protocol, delicious food, and great service.

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vipFoodie60532
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from the second I walked in and until I left. Hostess, waiter, bus boy were all great. Food was on point. I’ll be back.

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BrianaS
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I enjoyed our time at the Dawson. Everything was perfect and we can't wait to come back again.

Best,
Briana

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vipKate
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

felt barren aesthetically. not comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Treated me like a queen for my birthday! they served champagne and dessert!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and drinks!!! 10/10 would recommend

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vipRoxannC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I was extremely pleased with the food! Is was amazing. Drinks not so much! But overall I really enjoyed my dining experience

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vipNikki
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was executed well and was well balanced. It could be a little more innovative but the flavors were good. Atmosphere and service were nice.

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Brrrrrrr
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience1

What a disappointment! The images are dated; the first floor is barren and has zero ambiance. Bench seating was uncomfortable and it was so cold, we couldn't remove our coats. The cheese curds were delicious, but I would not recommend this place to anyone.

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vipAnnaK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and perfect for a lunch with the ladies

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StephK
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on a dinner date here. It was perfect. Delicious food. Great service. Fun atmosphere. Felt safe and comfortable, even with COVID-19.

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vipLaurieK
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious dinner and sat at a table inside on the cusp of the outside area- so we were warm but it started to get a bit chilly near closing times! We had great service too!😍

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vipLeslieB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance.

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vipTRuss
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The current brunch menu is extremely limited - 2-3 savory and sweet options a piece is all. The food was very average at best - little to no added flavor on the breakfast classic dish. The service and ambience were all just fine, but much to be desired from the food itself.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was cold - service was slow- requested indoor dining was sat outdoors. Bad experience

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vipTracyL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have lunch and was able to sit inside! Great food and service was spot on. Love the ambiance and will definitely be back.

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MRad
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great ambiance. Hope I can go back again soon.

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vipOnly1JJM
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only our second time (but within a few days it was so good the first time)...this time we brought friends that also enjoyed it. Zach was our server both times, coincidentally enough, and he was great! The food and drinks are delicious. The ambiance is also enjoyable, all things considered. We will be back frequently!

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RoshanK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place. Great food .loved it. They have the tented ‘igloo’ option which is really convenient

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food! Appreciated that they had a well heated patio. Our server was just okay, not super attentive but it was a busy night. I’ll try them again.

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vipGaryWG
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great burger amd very good service. Outdoor dining and a bit cold.

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getUsername
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service!

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EricD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Dawson has always been a special place for my family so it was the perfect location to celebrate our wedding. Jimmy in particular made the evening extremely special and we were so thankful the celebration was so special. I would recommend The Dawson so everyone for either a nice dinner out or a special event. They are so kind and easy to work with.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waiter, very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! The menu only has a few entree options but the food quality is excellent!!! Recommend the steak they cook it to perfection

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AngeleeS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent the staff was great.. the environment was nice & chill good vibes overall

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BetsyB
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The set up with the heaters and tent were great - clearly a flow of fresh air and tables nicely spaced. The staff were conscious of maintaining space and minimizing contact while being friendly and attentive.

The food was delicious and the portions really generous for the prices.

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JoGa
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service were great! It was a bit chilly due to the fact that they kept the tent open to the outside market even though the market was closed. Other than that, great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall1food3service5ambience1

It’s in a dark tent. They have a huge outdoor patio and was prepared to sit outside with one of their many heat lamps, not sitting in a dark plastic tent with no windows.

FAQs

The Dawson does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar, Postmates and Uber Eats. The Dawson also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 243-8955.

The Dawson is rated 4.7 stars by 1871 OpenTable diners.

The Dawson does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://gagehospitality.cardfoundry.com/giftcards.php.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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