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Gadsby's Tavern
Gadsby's Tavern

Gadsby's Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.gadsbystavernrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (703) 548-1288
  • 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: American, Steak, 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) 548-1288

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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Diner Reviews
  • ""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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "To have dinner in a historic location was an experience. The food was great. Unfortunately, our server was not the friendliest."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Very good meal, great experience, lovely service. Fun place to dine."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Gadsby's was recommended to us by family members who had dined there previously. We had a lovely evening, thoroughly enjoyed the ambience and food, and would highly recommend this restaurant to others. It was also one of the highlights during our stay in Alexandria and while visiting DC."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Dinning at Gadsby's is a treat when I meet family and friends in Alexandria. The food is always good (great for the price) and the unique atmosphere is a nice change of pace from standard restaurants. On this particular evening I arrived early with my family and decided to have drinks in the courtyard while waiting for our other guests. It was such a beautiful night we had our meal outside too (a rare treat when days are usually much hotter). The wine, food, service, and company were all excellent and our whole party felt right at home! Kudos to all the staff for treating us very "Presidential" and making our dinning experience one to remember!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The food was good but the lack of air conditioning or ineffective made the food difficult to enjoy!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Limited menu recalling tavern fare of George Washington. Nice ending to our day with grand kids at Mt. Vernon. Portions large. Enjoyed prime rib and glazed duck dishes. Kids liked mac & cheese w pig in poke. Deserts not exciting."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The food and ambiance were great, and the prices were quite reasonable. I highly recommend the lamb. My colleague and I, however, were not expecting the "in character" fellow and it made us feel rather awkward. Especially as he assumed we were on a date, and made some raher suggestive (but funny) comments. If we had realized that was going to happen, I think we would have rolled with it more easily."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This old tavern has been maintained in the original building with attention to details. The service is prompt and properly solicitous. The meals were excellent. The wine list is sufficient. The conversation with the resident colonial was fun and entertaining. He made interaction easy. We had a great time."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "If they servers the quality of food since Washington's time with the great service. They should then keep up the great work. Don't miss your chance for great food by candle light."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I expected more, plus I noted that is was a special event. 40th wedding anniversary for my Parents and did not even receive a congratulations."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The places knows its niche - very nice and wonderful food."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • " we were looking for something to do on a Sunday morning and found Gadsby's Tavern on the Opentable website and thought we would give it a try. we like the old historic taverns and we were not disappointed. the food and service were great, the price was reasonable and the historic details were very interesting, had a Williamsburg charm to it. we will definately be going back again an hopefully this time we can take in the museum."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Food is good. I love their Sunday brunch and make a point of heading over then after church. Great value and great taste."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Had dinner with my son, loved the historic feel of the place. The food was great, service was outstanding. Also tried some local beers and a beer that was Thomas Jefferson's recipe. Would love to eat hear again."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I have been waiting for years to eat at my family's namesake Tavern. Wish we could have been here sooner. One word....... Unbelievable! Highly recommended. Be sure to take the time to visit the museum next door. If you visit the museum first, you will get a lot more out of your meal with regard understanding who all ate and stayed at the tavern. Pretty amazing to dine where some of our Founding Fathers sat and ate. For lunch, I insist you try the John Gadsby burger. You will not regret it. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The restaurant is quaint and has a historic feel. Not many people during lunch on a Wednesday and the service was just fair. Pewter plates were removed from the table when our meals were served on plain old restaurant plates; not sure what the point of the pewter plates were if they didn't even use them as a charger. I had the peanut soup and roast beef sandwich - both were tasty. Second party member had a grilled chicken sandwich that she said was good. Third party member had the wedge salad that had no presentation - was missing items stated on the menu; not very appetizing looking for a wedge of salad. This was my second visit to this restaurant and I would bring out of town visitors again due to the historic aspect."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We had a larger group and, through good fortune, ended up arriving very early for our reservation. The staff was incredibly gracious and accommodating. The excellent food was the icing on an already terrific cake. I would definitely take guests here again."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Our first visit to Gadsby's Tavern was May 2014 for our sons rehearsal dinner. Everything was perfect! The atmosphere was vibrant on a Friday night. The following month, my husband had a conference in the area and we decided to go to Gadsby's for dinner. Both our meals were fabulous. He had crab cakes and I had the filet mignon with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Everything was cooked to perfection. We will definitely return when we are in the area again."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "The place is historical and the servers even dress up as people from the 1700's. We were so excited. But when we got our food, it was horrible. So not worth any price."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Atmosphere is wonderfully colonial. They offer colonial style dinners that offers a taste of the past."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We've been going to Gadsby's for thirty years, and I marvel at the presence of John Hall, staff and the great food which is makes it a superb environment!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Talk about bringing back good memories Gadsby's does it for me. Eighteen years ago I visited this restaurant with friends while in DC for a meeting and loved the food and the ambiance so much that when my husband and I decided to visit Old Town Alexandria this year I had to visit this place again. From the appetizers to the desserts everything was perfectly prepared. We enjoyed the fried oysters and wedge salad for starters and had the prime rib and lobster, crab, and shrimp risotto entrees. The service was impeccable and the staff was very accommodating The old colonial charm of the establishment intrigued us and took us back to another time. We highly recommend this restaurant and plan to return whenever possible."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This little find was Amazing. One block off of King to North, take the tour of Gadsby's Tavern/ Hotel first to set the stage for your meal. Much history of Alexandrea is related to this local tavern/ restaurant. The food was reasonable in price and excellent in taste ( best burgers my kids had while on Vacation) I had the crab cakes which were also excellent."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This interesting restaurant is actually an original tavern from 1770. It was a favorite of George Washington and Patrick Henry and Washington celebrated many birthdays here. It's very authentic and even has a small museum adjoining the tavern. But I bet Washington and his crowd did not feast on food and wine as good as we had. The wine selection, although small, is very good. And the food was also very good. I had roast beef; she had the jumbo crab cakes. I highly recommend you visit this restaurant. You can find better food in Old Town Alexandria, but it won't have the history to go with it."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "There were many reasons we enjoyed this restaurant. The 18th century early American architecture along with elegantly prepared food made the night pleasurable. Our group had a great time laughing and enjoying the unique food and setting. We had an entire room to ourselves on the Thursday night that we went. Knowing that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both frequented Gadsby's Tavern made the experience that much more special."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We found this restaurant through a reccomendation from a friend who was there before. He said the food was excellent . It was. I had lamb chops that were to die for. Also the service was very good. You could also go to the museum they have which featured things from the 1700's because George Washington stayed there and gave his last military review there also . "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Very good food - charming and quaint atmosphere Actor who portrayed John Douglas Hall was enjoyable and Made our evening. He made our anniversary even more special by Singing a special song just to us - brought tears to my eyes. Our only complaint was lack of personality of our waitress. Was very cold and only offered us coffee after we had dessert. Would definitely go back and recommend it to others. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We had two referrals for Gadsby's Tavern and wanted to give it a try. We had family in from out of town and thought it would be educational and a nice meal. You could tell the floor was old, older table and chairs, servers were in kindof a costume. Nothing on the menu to tell you anything about the place, nothing on the walls except pictures of ducks, flowers, etc. It was fun trying the different beers. Other selections were limited. We went for Sunday lunch - food was good - but not great. There are so many other great places to eat I will probably not be back here."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Great date night with exceptional food and wonderful staff!!!!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We expected a nice meal, but my prime rib and my wife's salmon were both near perfect! We came for the experience and left marveling about the food. A great night altogether."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Gentlemen's Pye and bread was absolutely delicious. Ambiance is nice and servers dress in costumes representative of George Washington's time. A little slow to close bill. Lump crab cakes were disappointing, otherwise excellent. Group to a little noisy, not too bad. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Our wait staff verged on being obnoxious. He constantly circled our table very quickly and was over anxious to grab our dishes for each course before we finished eating. The restaurant only had 3 tables filled and no one was waiting. He actually ruined our visit and our meal by rushing us out the door. We felt so uncomfortable we went somewhere else for coffee and dessert. Exact opposite of our last visit to Gadsby's which we enjoyed immensely."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We expected ambience in this historic restaurant, but the excellent food was a great surprise. While the table are VERY close together, we did not feel overly squished. Really enjoyed the evening"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I love Gadsby's because the entire experience, take me back in time. I've taken my sweetheart there a couple of times, and we've both loved it."
    Dined on 5/11/2014