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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
  • "Great food and wonderful service. The period characters who joined us occasionally throughout the meal were very entertaining!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Need a new chef. Food is just ok and for the price you pay it should be great!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • ""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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The food was good but the lack of air conditioning or ineffective made the food difficult to enjoy!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Very good meal, great experience, lovely service. Fun place to dine."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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
  • "The places knows its niche - very nice and wonderful food."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • " 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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