Gadsby's Tavern
Gadsby's Tavern

Gadsby's Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.gadsbystavernrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 703-548-1288x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday: Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American, Prime Rib
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Manager 703-548-1288x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cameron Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Gadsby's Tavern
Gadsby's Tavern has been offering fine dining since 1770. Enjoy lunch and dinner in one of the elegant Colonial dining rooms. The one-of-a-kind Gadsby's Tavern experience awaits you.
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Gadsby's Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
132 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (74)neighborhood gem (55)romantic (53)fit for foodies (31)good for groups (23)great for lunch (20)great for brunch (19)kid-friendly (9)late-night find (5)scenic view (5)notable wine list (4)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Not An Historic Occasion
    Catman
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Beautiful historic tavern in Old Town Alexandria, but service and food was mediocre. Hosts were indifferent, and the single waiter for our room was overworked. I had [Shepherd's Pie], not as good as others I've had in the area. Cute place, but needs to improve, and not take patrons for granted.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • More than a historic landmark
    noblepursuits
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Although Gadsby's is known for it's historical significance, we go there for the food. The menu has an Early American theme, but the food appeals to a modern palate and is beautifully presented. I was part of a foursome and we all ordered something different, including a couple of appetizers. Everyone talked about how wonderful the food was. I think the meatloaf took the prize, with the hot biscuits with ham and creme freche appetizer taking a close second. I highly recommend it for a romantic evening or a small group. The service was excellent too - attentive, but not rushed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lucky find
    Sandim25VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We took a self-guided tour of Old Town Alexandria, and this historic building was one of the stops. Since it was lunch time, we decided to try it. No one was disappointed. Good good and service was top-notch. Try the Hessen beef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Hamstergirl
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This used to be a choice place for food, ambience and elegance. No more. It has shrunk to the level of an all-night diner. Guests used to be required to dress properly. This has been replaced by tennis shoes and sweat shirts. The waiters used to be attired in colonial garb, while colonial music was played by live musicians. The colonial atmosphere is gone, replaced by shrieking kids and left-over food piled on the tables (where are the waiters to clean up?) The food is still quite good and the prices reasonable. However, this does not justify spending an evening in a run down bistro that seems to compete with Macdonald's and the Silver Diner for ambience. George Washington definitely would not go back for an encore.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A charming step back through time
    kurtcooks
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This is my fourth visit to Gadsby's Tavern. As usual the food and beyond were great. We were promptly seated for a 730 reservation and our waitress service water at our wine list immediately. We dined with another couple (first time visitors)and we all had a wonderful time. My wife and I shared George Washington's favorite which is half a roast duck, we also had a wonderful grape salad and the meal came with cornbread. It was all very delicious. The service was good but the waitresses very quiet. Whenever I visit Washington DC I usually visit this restaurant and will continue to do so in the future.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A step back in time!
    Britt121PA
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Gadsby's was a treat and a surprise! We needed a place for dinner on a whim and when we walked in and started learning the history of Washington, Jefferson, and others visits through time, there was no where else in the city we'd rather be. Great staff and service, dinner was amazing. The salmon and risotto are both something we'd order again and again. Excellent evening!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gadsbys
    washington
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I was surprised to find a group of noisy children at the tavern at 8:30 pm on a week night. The tavern has historical significance with some employees playing the part. Food is good and waitress was friendly and engaging.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming restaurant with great food
    JanineSVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The décor and ambiance was like stepping back in time! And the food was terrific - the crab cakes and salmon are recommended.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    JWBadger
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This was our first time at Gadsby's Tavern and were taking out of town guests there for dinner. We had a wonderful meal and the service was excellent.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sadly over rated
    thelunchlady
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I was so looking forward to taking my daughter to Gadsby's Tavern after a long day sightseeing at Mt Vernon. I booked online after checking reviews about historic places to visit/eat. The live entertainment was fine. The food was just nothing to write home about. I ordered the crab cake ,the sides were good but the crab cake was horrible. My daughter ordered the duck. Hers was OK but overall the whole dish was too sweet. We both felt like the food was just mediocre, even commenting to each other that the "quaint historic tavern" was the hook but they probably do not get many return customers.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classic charm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The ambience, place setting, menu all make for a great evening.,the specials are all old world cooking that gave someone a different choice than traditional restaurant fare. 😭recommend the puff pastry appetizer and the beef bordelaise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I had only been here once before and had agreat experience. This day my reservation was not there. Thankfully they were completely empty at lunch time. There was one waitress and service was extremely so. Was hoping to impress out of town family. They missed the mark this time. Would only return if going with a group that wanted to go.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Food & Service
    Torita
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We have been so excited to eat here & when we arrived the restaurant was almost empty. Yet nobody came to the hostess stand and there were 2 other parties waiting too. The turnover appetizer was good, but our entrees were not edible. My husbands salmon was raw, not under cooked but actually raw and cold. My duck had no seasoning and had been cooked incorrectly- it was dry and so tough and chewy, I got choked. Duck is hard to dry out, but they did. We told the server and a manager never came by! Our drinks weren't refilled and staff was huddled at the bar behind us. This place reminds me of those we see on Restaurant Impossible, so sad.
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  • excellent colonial food
    HungryVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    love the menu choices--wish we there had been a colonial musician that night--it adds so much to the ambiance
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Adequate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    It is a historic building which is interesting . The service was poor, waited forever for drinks. Food was adequate, nothing special.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • IntrepidFoodie
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had reservations for our party of 3. Upon arrival, were seated promptly, but at a table right in the way of a key entry/exit door to the restaurant. Had to get up & move out of the way--including moving our chairs to the other side of the table when parties entered the building (esp for a gentleman in a wheelchair so doubt this meets ADA standards). At 4th interruption, I asked the manager to move us so that we could "enjoy" our meal which he did. Irritated our server. Mgr offered complimentary dessert to help offset issues. Final issue was being served regular instead of de-caf coffee after dinner which resulted in my being awake most of the night. Very disappointing experience overall and we will not be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Culpeper Gal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The reservation got us right in. The service was pleasant, the food was good. Beware of the parking - I saw signs for 2 hour parking and was able park nicely in one around the corner from the restaurant - then to see a ticket on my windshield for "abuse of meter" What meter?? Must have been one of those remote parking stands somewhere ...
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a treat
    FirstChapter
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We wanted to spend quiet time with some guests from florida. The candlelight colonial style dinner was perfect. Banana bread pudding was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Historic Dining
    EmilyInOhio
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I absolutely loved my visit to Gadsby's Tavern. Set in Old Town Alexandria, our Founding Fathers wined, dined, and danced here. This historic establishment boasts a lovely ambiance, staff clothed in period-wear, and soft music. The prime rib was a bit tough but flavorful, the potatoes were delicious, and the wine list was impressive. The owners obviously take great care in maintaining the historic integrity of the tavern. I'll definitely be back when I'm next in town!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Historic Location
    djt902
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Great historic location to take out of town guests and the food is good too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is. Let down!
    Terrible
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I was very excited to come here and dine where are forefather has dined! We had a reservation and had to wait 30 minutes and they tried to put us outside on picnic tables. That was not the atmosphere we came for so ended up waiting some more! Our server wAs rude and inattentive and the food was tasteless ! The risotto Newburg was hideous and was a pike of unseasoned rice with the seafood picture piled next to it that bland and supposed to have a cherry cream sauce! The sauce was like a teaspoon underneath it all. Even the veggies were raw! Quite a let down!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice dinner
    minorfoodie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Everyone enjoyed their dishes (lemon chicken, crab cakes, filet mignon, and duck). I found my filet dinner a bit unwieldy with the filet so big it had to cover the mashed potatoes draped over the mashed potatoes. Our desserts (the trifle and the buttermilk pie) were EXCELLENT. The dining room does provide a very special historical setting. The service was good with two exceptions - the waiter forgot the soup one person ordered, and they should have offered to clear the bread basket and bread plates because our table was very full with 2 bottles of wine ordered. Overall it was a nice dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food
    Rower4736
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food was incredible. Every dish my family had was delicious and perfectly cooked. It's a bit pricey, $22-35 per plate, but it's worth a trip.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Time Travel to Dinner
    PaulandSarah
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Dining at Gadsby's is like time traveling to colonial and revolutionary America for lunch or dinner. The ambiance can't be beat (especially if you enjoy history) and the food is suburb. The prime rib is outstanding and the service is gracious and hospitable, just as one would expect from a place that used to house George Washington for the night.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • A Historical Gem
    honestpuck
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We came here on our first anniversary after having had our wedding reception at Gadsby's Tavern. It was a great place for a reception and a great place to have an anniversary. All the servers remembered us from last year! And it was great to have a private dinner in such a beautiful and memorable restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming Historical Dining
    Rums
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Gadsbys is a charming historical restaurant . The food, ambience, service and history make this redtsurant a must. However, if I lived in the area I would go there because the food was very good . I had the best Cosmo I've ever had the night we ate at Gadsbys. Loved this place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Historic, costumed, and great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    When choosing a restaurant in Alexandria VA, why not dine where George Washington actually dined. Gadsby's does not exclusively trade on its history and costumed wait staff, they also serve excellent food for a reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambience Slow service
    HarryVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Loved the Chicken pot pie and the setting can't be beat -- especially for history buffs. But waiters seem to be unaware of people's needs vis-à-vis time constraints. First timers should be sure to go next door and get a tour of the Tavern life a couple of centuries ago.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The peanut soup was great and the roast beef with red cabbage terrific. I'm not sure that Washington had a hamburger when he visited, but it was excellent. The waiter seemed overwhelmed with only four tables to serve. Most annoying was the indifference to arriving patrons, who waited for a host or someone to seat them -- not a good start to dining experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gadsby Great!
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This is a charming, over two century old restaurant that we stopped at on a spur of the moment. The waitress was very nice, as was her service. The food was really good, my husband and I LOVED our entrees. He had a prime rib and I had a filet. They were both cooked perfectly and were excellent cuts of meat. The side dishes were also excellent and abundant. e got dessert to go because we were stuffed and it (bread pudding and banana pudding) traveled well and tasted delicious! I was really looking forward to the good old fashion French Onion Soup, unfortunately both bowls were less than desirable because they were a bit cool versus bubbly hot! But that was the ONLY downside to our visit. We will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hi Hopes but Disappointment
    Special1
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Anniversary dinner in a romantic setting. That was the best . Soup was cold, meat not cooked to request, waiter just putting in his time. Nothing special. Very average at best.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Aging Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Been many years since being at Gadsby's Tavern. Food was pretty good, but the restautant has aged and not in a good manner
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Gadsby's Tavern is the restaurant we are at the night my husband proposed to me. We go on the anniversary of our engagement every year. We also tend to bring visitors from out of town who LOVE getting to eat somewhere historic. My children love the kids menu--the Mac and cheese, pig in a poke and fish and chips are their faves!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere, lousy food
    Foodie3886
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I had the French onion soup and meatloaf. The French onion soup was pretty good. The meatloaf and mashed potatoes however were incredibly salty!! I barely ate any if it which says a lot for someone who always cleans their plate
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great ambiance
    Quez
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food is well prepared in appropriate portions, served with excellent service. We'll go back
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    special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food was great but I love the old man who comes in and greets the guests in his early American dress and accent.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time
    gator
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Mixes neighborhood history with culinary history and great food. Staff are friendly and helpful and food is always good. Its a nice touch to any visit to Old Town for anyone with an interest in history.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DeeDee
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I just love this place! Authentic historic building, excellent food, great ambience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the history and the food
    DRad66VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My husband and I were in Old Town Alexandria for a get-away weekend, and decided to try this historical restaurant. In addition to the history and the charm that comes with it, we were pleasantly surprised at how delicious the food was during our visit. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrible service tourist trap
    stillhungry
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We arrived @5:45 for a 6pm reservation with 5 of the 7 in our party, no one was at the host stand to greet/seat us. We informed the waitress that the remaining 2 were delayed in traffic. We ordered appetizers which took nearly 30 min to arrive. The 2 remaining people arrived just as we were finishing appetizers, we ordered entrees 1hour later we inquired about our entrees & requested that the children's cheeseburgers be served immediately. We also asked to speak w/a manager about the service. The manager never appeared, the waitress tried to blame US for the slow service. 2 hours after we were first seated, we left without our entrees. This used to be a unique dining experience in Old Town, now it is a poorly managed tourist trap.
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    • Noise LevelModerate