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Fri, 9/17
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$5 - $30
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Reviewed July 11, 2021 via mobile

This familiar, comfortable restaurant has an inviting menu that offers gourmet selections of all the classic steak and seafood entrees. Quality was on par with variety, and the overall flavor of the meal did not disappoint for any individual inconsistencies. On a Saturday evening, the...restaurant was bustling busy, and advanced reservations were definitely required. Our group of eight barely fit in even with a reservation, and we felt like we had been bumped as we waited a long time to have our orders taken and our drinks refilled. There was a plating mishap between how steaks were cooked and accompanying sides, and the server’s response to the problem was unexpectedly brass. This was probably due to pressure on the staff with all the large dinner parties but unsettling that customers could be treated carelessly. Our main server, however, was friendly, and the whole staff worked well together running laps to keep the table moving after food was served. Dawson’s definitely deserves a return visit to experience more of their specialties, and Speedway’s Main Street offers a slick location to share a fine dinner with family or friends and pace up and down the revitalized, historical street afterwards.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 5, 2021 via mobile

A couple of people recommended Dawson’s and we were glad they did. I got the recommended Pork Tenderloin and it was amazing! (And humongous!). Add in the fact that we had two meals and a beer for less than $30 and it was even better!...Service was a little slow, but they were really busy and the wait staff were hopping and very friendly.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed May 28, 2021 via mobile

Here for my first Indy 500. Two meals at Dawson’s (so far) with my wife. Two thumbs up from each of us. Cobb salad was great, the house salad by itself was above the norm. The meat loaf & sausage sourdough sandwich, with onions and...peppers, was a meal to last. Tried the jalapeño potato cakes, not too spicy, very flavorful. Wait staff friendly, very accommodating. Pricing very reasonable.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed May 13, 2021 via mobile

The staff was friendly and attentive! The Breaded Pork Tenderloin and Jalapeño Potato Cakes were on point!! the United Dining #SweepstakesEntry did not sway my opinion.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed April 30, 2021

Oh my word! These calamari steaks are AH-mazzzzzzzzzzzzzing! I love calamari, but I've never had "steaks" they were fried just right...oh my goodness! This is the first time I've heard of this place, I googled food near me and looked at the menu, and said...I'll this out..And I'm glad I did..I went here for lunch and got the calamari steaks and the salmon wrap which is also DELICIOUS. Surprisingly it had ALOT of salmon..I couldn't eat everything, plus I'm on a fitness journey and doing very well. My co worker had the spinach and artichoke dip which she was okay because she's used to it being more green, but she stated the grilled chicken wrap was very good. I can't wait to dine in! I had to go inside to pick up our food, atmosphere was "happy" I was prompltly greeted. The guy at the bar was very nice!More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed April 11, 2021 via mobile

Nice people and excellent prime rib. My wife and I met a great couple at the bar during our hour wait. The pour on my Black Label rocks was almost to the rim of the highball. We split the 14oz prime rib and a salad,...plus potatoes and asparagus. We left very satisfied. It’s not trendy, big city, posh or self absorbed. It’s just right.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed October 23, 2020

Food is OK...4th time to visit on 4 years..service has been slow everytime....doubtful that we will return

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed September 5, 2020 via mobile

We had heard such great things about this restaurant and the menu looked good before we went (we always look them up ahead of time). The food was just ok - I had the salmon and it was way overcooked and came out very dry....It was a big portion and I was able to actually half my meal and take some home. My husband ordered chicken Parmesan and enjoyed it and was also able to take a half portion home. In general the service was slow and it took at least 30 minutes - if not a bit more- to get food that shouldn’t have taken too long. People around us ordered after us and received their food much earlier than we did. Would I go back? Jury’s out on that. If I have LOTS of time to kill, maybe.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed March 13, 2020 via mobile

Stopped here after a tour of the Indianapolis Speedway. I had the fried fish, they had the chicken Parmesan, and my son the popcorn shrimp. The kids menu popcorn shrimp was a lot of food. And it wasn’t the freezer stuff, it was legit shrimp....Our service was wonderful, the food to take a little while to come out. But overall very good experience.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed February 25, 2020 via mobile

Made reservations to celebrate an employee retiring from our company after 34.2 years of service. Upon making reservations I was reminded ofa special event taking place that evening. When we arrived we were greeted with smiles and enthusiasm. (It was Mardi Gras celebration!) The large...party in front of us was clearing, and the employees got busy cleaning and setting up for us! After being seated Jeremy quickly approached and took drink orders and appetizer orders. He brought at a mixture of apps, that did not disappoint. Refreshed our drinks and took dinner orders. When dinner was severed everything was PERFECT!! No mistakes and everything was cooked as ordered. With a large variety of choices, and some special chef creations, there was something for everyone to order. Special shout out to Willie in the bar, who always goes above and beyond to make sure things are perfect! Forgot to mention, we had a party of 15!!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Response from Daniel R | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend be it especially on weekends.
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They have a French-onion mushroom soup that is awesome
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Yes, Dawson's on Main offers takeout services.

Dawson's on Main is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4