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
131 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (77)neighborhood gem (60)romantic (49)fit for foodies (33)good for groups (22)great for brunch (16)great for lunch (16)kid-friendly (11)scenic view (6)late-night find (5)great for outdoor dining (4)notable wine list (4)Show More
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
    • Food
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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
    Harry
    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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  • 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!
    FrequentDiner
    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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  • 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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    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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  • Great ambiance
    Quez
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food is well prepared in appropriate portions, served with excellent service. We'll go back
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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  • 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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    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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  • Not what it used to be...
    Johnny5NY
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food and service are not at all what they used to be a Gadsby's. The interior of the tavern looks like it needs a good cleaning, not to mention a new coat of paint. Food portions are now much smaller, and our entire meal was just barely warm, not even close to hot. It's obvious that the food is not being cooked to order. The quality of the food itself leaves much to be desired, as the prime rib I ordered was cold, served with no au jus or gravy, and the vegetables served with it were under-cooked and hard. The waitress, an older woman, seemed to have trouble remembering our orders, and made several mistakes that needed to be corrected. I suggest going just once for the ambience and history, but keep your expectations low.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    waiter was excellent food was amazing ambiance was perfect for the history major
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was average at best
    parisiensVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We ordered the jumbo crab cakes which were not flavourful. We also ordered their rendition of a Sheppard's pie. Both meals were served to us lukewarm. None of our food tasted really fresh.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • Delicious
    Delicious
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Best meal I have had in a very long time If I lived within 100 miles I would eat there often.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DC/Old town Alexandria GEM
    chapm265
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Our Dinner with my son, a friend & her son was spectacular! We loved all of our different orders. Found prices very good. My son's Filet was as ordered and wonderful. My Lamb chops were spectacular! The ambience of the restaurant was relaxing and gave us the feeling of a time period gone by. We all loved our evening there...enough said.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Like the Old Days
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    One in the party did enjoy their meal, first time to eat duck. Service was adequate, but not it has been in the past, superb. Would not recommend to another person because of the ambience is gone. Place is dirty, stairwell to the rest rooms needs repaired and painted. Food preparation area should be blocked from the view of the client. Will not go back, though we have probably been to the restaurant over two dozens times.
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  • Love Gadsby's Tavern!!
    Makomutt
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We really love this place! We always put it as a top place to visit when in DC. It is our favorite place to eat when visitng!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • 1700's entertainment.
    alosyu
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    One of the highlights was John Douglas Hall, walking around in costume, inhabiting the character from someone in the late 1700's. He would stop at the table and talk to us, in character. He had great repartee and also played the lute and sang.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eating with George Washington
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great food and wonderful service. The period characters who joined us occasionally throughout the meal were very entertaining!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Could be great
    LAspice
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Need a new chef. Food is just ok and for the price you pay it should be great!
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We looked up this on line and saw it had a lot of history surrounding it and wanted to expense where George Washingotn had eaten!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a great choice
    VALady
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Prime Rib, duck and crab cake were outstanding. Food was mostly excellent except for the Yorkshire pudding. So sorry they no longer have pecan pie. Been going here for many years but have not been recently. Was pleased to see that the historical character and ambiance is in still there. Now, as an older person with a disability, I wish there was a first floor rest room.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • Patriot's delight
    FoodSnob
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    A wonderful place to dine that has not dipped in quality since George Washington and Thomas Jefferson ate there. Great piece of Americana. Food fitting for a foodie.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Lovely bit of history
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Took my daughter for Sunday brunch. My breakfast dish was wonderful, her sandwich nothing too special. We did enjoy our time. Excellent service and the museum tour next store was fabulous. Our tour guide really knew her stuff. I would go to the restaurant again. Loved being in the midst of all that history.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner in History
    WorthVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Always take visitors to the area here as the historic nature of the restaurant and the consistently good food make it a special treat and is always remembered.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sen2007VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We were meeting up with friends on a brief visit to DC and dined here on a rainy midsummer night. The rain poured as we hopped off the King Street trolley, and made for great atmosphere and a very enjoyable evening. The quaint ambiance with pewter plates on wooden tables and a candle lit glow took us way back in time as the friendly waitress chatted in costume. The food was excellent- we were served jumbo shrimp in sherry laced sauce, tasty salmon in herbs and some real good meat pie.The scalloped potatoes were delicious! It was a good occasion and we were so engrossed in conversation that time just flew by. It was a privilege to dine in this historic tavern- and will be very memorable for us all!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced Tourist Trap
    WineAndDineVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    "George Washington ate here." That is perhaps the only notable thing about Gadsby's. The food is mediocre at best. I'm certain that the 4 adult entrees at our table (duck, meatloaf, lamb and tenderloin) all had the same sauce. Variety here is apparently not the spice of life. For the money, approx $26 per entree, would be much better spent elsewhere. Our server was very attentive -- but I had a very difficult time trying to reach the restaurant directly to add to our party size. They did not return phone calls or emails. Also our dining space was completely cramped. We were a group of 8 seated next to another group of 8. We were unable to totally back our chairs out to get up and the server couldn't walk in between the tables.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • weliketodine
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    To have dinner in a historic location was an experience. The food was great. Unfortunately, our server was not the friendliest.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blah
    GamerGirl
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The table we sat in had a great window view of the street, and the candles on the table led to some nice ambience. However, the food and service left a lot to be desired. First, my husband ordered the George Washington's Favorite which was supposed to have duck breast. Instead he got two overcooked duck legs. He was very disappointed. I ordered the Shellfish Newberg which left a lot to be desired. The shrimp were also overcooked. I think our dinners were lukewarm and overdone because they were sitting under the heatlamp for 30 minutes or so, since it took forever to get our dinner after we ordered. Also, our server was not friendly at all and seemed to disappear a lot.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This was my second time there, & while I still think it is a special place with good food, the service was appalling! Our waiter clearly didn't want to be there. The meal moved along at an acceptable pace, so we didn't feel entirely rushed, but he was rude & ruined the experience of enjoying this historically significant space. The while staff was fairly incompetent, hostess included, but since it was a national holiday, it may have been their "C shift" of service people. I was disappointed overall since I was bringing 4 people who had never been.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the history...
    PickyEater
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Unique atmosphere and historic feel. The food definitely leaves a lot to be desired. Plates, no matter what you order, come with the standard protein, a cone shaped pile of rice and bland, flavorless steamed vegetables. The menu definitely needs a refresh. I get that they want to be authentic and serve 18th century type dishes, but they could be doing more to spruce up the dishes.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Usually a nice experience
    Raquel
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Overall we have enjoyed our visits to Gadsby's. Our last visit, however, was unusual, and hopefully just a fluke. Every time we've visited in the past the servers are dressed in period attire, the food is served on cute metal plates, and there are nice bread varieties. This time, however, no period attire, regular white plates, and one type of not-so-great bread. Assuming these changes are not permanent, we'd gladly go back, but if they are, maybe we'll just keep our memories of the old Gadsby's.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Not all that
    TerriVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I was told what an amazing place this was so we drove out of our way on a recent trip to DC just to eat here. Everything was ok, but not exceptional. We were in a 200+ year old building but that was the end of the ambiance. I was told there were characters from the period that came around but we never saw anyone. Very disappointing.
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