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
142 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (78)neighborhood gem (58)romantic (49)fit for foodies (34)good for groups (23)great for lunch (20)great for brunch (19)kid-friendly (11)scenic view (5)late-night find (5)notable wine list (4)great for outdoor dining (3)hot spot (1)Show More
  • I go to Gadsby's Tavern for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/28/2009
    I go to Gadsby's Tavern for its lamb chops and ambiance. The lamp chops are a decent size, unlike other restaurants where small is purportedly better, yet they are as delicious as any lamb chops I have had elsewhere. The Tavern has preserved its historic charm and straight forward menu; the service is consistent and friendly. The maitre d' lives locally and remembers you. One can usually tell whether a restaurant is dedicated to being either a tourist or a local destination. Gadsby's Tavern is both because it is simply a fine restaurant cloaked and has done nothing to glorify its significant history other than to present it authentically. Occasionally diners are treated to a wandering musician or character.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our server was excellent;
    NonicknameVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2009
    Our server was excellent; very personable and welcoming. She offered to take pictures of our group for us. Can't remember her name, but she was from El Salvador. Kudos. Gadsby's goes after the tourist trade. Was a little quiet when we dined.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We were visiting Alexandria
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/26/2009
    We were visiting Alexandria for the first time and wanted to eat at Gadsby's because of the history of the place. We arrived early in time to enjoy the historical tour of the building then grabbed dinner as soon as the restaurant opened. The mini crab cakes were great as well as the ham bicuits with the raspberry sauce! Yummy! Most of us ate the Gentlemens pie, which was very good. My wife had the Shellfish Newburg which she said was delightful. Overall the experience was wonderful even though they were short on help. Our waitress told us on Sundays they don't schedule as many people, but they were very busy! Our waitress couldnt spend as much time at our table as she wanted because of her work load.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gadsby's Tavern was an ok
    GatorMom
    Dined on 7/23/2009
    Gadsby's Tavern was an ok experience. The puff pastry and ham and biscuit appetizers were amazing; however, our dinner was just ok. The wine list was passable, but not great. The beer selection was poor. The service was good, but nothing exceptional. This is a great place to go if you want to spend a little too much for ok food, but have a cool colonial/tourist experience. I would not go back because there was nothing amazing about the place, but I did not have a bad experience. I live in the area and feel like I have had better meals for the price that we paid. Also, it was loud. A man walked around singing and it was annoying. I was glad that he did not come to our table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was nice and historic. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/22/2009
    Was nice and historic. The waiters could act more like the time period. Delisous food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Gadsby Tavern was a highlight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/19/2009
    The Gadsby Tavern was a highlight to our trip to the DC area. Wonderfully historic environment. Absolutely delicious food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice! Food was very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2009
    Very nice! Food was very good and atmosphere was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was a wonderful place for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/10/2009
    It was a wonderful place for a special occasion. 4 different entrees were ordered and everyone enjoyed their selection. Portions were a nice size.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • There was a sense of timelessness
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/3/2009
    There was a sense of timelessness and warmth that swept us away into a world of past mystery and heritage as soon as we stepped inside. We were greeted and escorted to our table by someone who could have been from the era of our forefathers that energized our anticipation and exceeded our expectations. Somewhere in the background soft music intriquingly had us looking around, expecting to see our thoughts of yesteryear brought to life. It was wonderful, then the food arrived and our experience got even better as each morsel encouraged us to take the time to savor the moment. Outside a local guide gathered his historical tour group by latern and we found ourselves immersed in a magical place, filled with adventure.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was our last weekend in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/3/2009
    It was our last weekend in DC and an experience that we are glad we had. A very fun restaraunt to go to in Old Town Alexandria. This place has lots of character and the food was very good. Make sure to get reservations. We called on the night that we wanted to eat several times and never got in.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My wife and I went for our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/2/2009
    My wife and I went for our anniversary and were very pleased with the meal. The service was excellent, the staff was friendly, and the food was extremely good. We are not the sort of people to eat at fancy restaurants much, but will certainly be back. Incidentally, the ambience and atmosphere of Gadsby's Tavern seem good for a couple having a special dinner together. It doesn't seem like a good place for children under 10, nor a good place for prom-goers or other teenagers (the atmosphere is nice, but not particularly festive in that sense). It's probably best for people over 30 or folks who prefer a quiet and relaxing dining experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great historical experience;
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/1/2009
    Great historical experience; friendly staff, and fabulous food and fun!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • it's possible that we were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2009
    it's possible that we were there on a busy night, or that the restaurant was understaffed that night, but the service wasn't very attentive at all, and the meal (for 6 people, 2 courses) took over 2 1/2 hours to be served. the quality of the food was merely ordinary, and they were out of some items on the menu. if there were specials, we werent' apprised of them. all in all, a subpar experience, and one that would have made us a lot more unhappy had we not had a gift certificate that covered most of the cost of the meal.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service and food were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/22/2009
    The service and food were great. Air conditioning wasn't so great and the restroom didn't have it at all, but after all it is in a building that is over 200 years old!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a WONDERFUL dining experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2009
    What a WONDERFUL dining experience. The service was wonderful - The FOOD WAS OUTSTANDING!! Oh my goodness - who would have thought that meatloaf could make me swoon!!!! Gadsby's Tavern made this Father's Day unforgettable!! We cannot wiat to go back!!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The venue was good. There
    RichVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2009
    The venue was good. There was minor difficulty in finding our reservation but not too bad. The waitress was terrible. Attitude and forgetful along with a lack of attention. The Host was somewhat active with our table in an attempt to make up for it. While not noisey, there was a constant distraction from a family with a young child that was being allowed to go in and out the side door with regular slamming, wherein The Host should have interviened to stop the practice but did not. It turned into a zero tip evening. Disapointing when you strive to show out of town guest a good time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A "must dine" when visiting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/13/2009
    A "must dine" when visiting Old Town Alexandria. The history, the ambiance, the food - all combined to to create the perfect evening. We took the visitor center ghost tour afterward and learned even more about the the history of the town and tavern. If you only have one meal in Old Town, this is where you must go. Make a Reservation!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It's a tourist destination
    TwoCoasts
    Dined on 6/7/2009
    It's a tourist destination and that's what I was doing--hosting tourists, including two 12 year olds. Gadsby's used to make a little more effort with the period dress, telling stories about the tavern, etc. Now they are just phoning it in. The food was very average and the service left a lot to be desired. Of course, the kids still enjoyed it but what do they know...they're 12!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Upon arrival we not even in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/6/2009
    Upon arrival we not even in thke door and the host was pushing us to get in and very abruptly asked if we had a reservation. The atmosphere was very diasppointing, for a heritage site restaurant there was no indication that it was different than any other restaurant. Our server was unhelpful and smelt of cigarettes I will not return to this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husband and I dined at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/5/2009
    My husband and I dined at Gadby's Tavern many years ago. We moved out of old town when we had children. We returned to celelbrate his birthday. The maitre'd was very kind and gracious expecially when we arrived an hour early. The food was excellent. The service however was substandard. I understand that we were dining in a 18th century environment but did not expect the service to be 18th century as well. The waitress did no presentation or suggestions. Food was placed in front of us with no comments. She did follow up. I have had much better service when I have gone to TGIF's where I dine very infrequently. Fortunately the food was excellent. The atmosphere lovely too.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had made a request to have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/4/2009
    I had made a request to have a bottle of champagne waiting at the table. Gadsby's did not receive the message. In any case they handled the issue perfectly. The food was great and the service fantastic.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had been once before and
    Juli
    Dined on 5/20/2009
    We had been once before and the food was much better the first time, but it is a fun tavern set in a colonial atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You get what you pay for and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/22/2009
    You get what you pay for and what you pay for at Gadsby's Tavern is the history of the building. Servers were mostly inattentive and acted like they were doing us a favor by waiting on us. The service got bumped from 1 star to 2 only because my water glass was never empty. The food is overpriced and mediocre, but that is to be expected. The glazed duckling that I ordered (Washington's favorite according to the menu) was in fact a duck breast that was cooked past even the point of well done. The shellfish newberg looked like frozen shrimp served on top of canned crab meat. If you're a history buff or are entertaining guests that have less than adventurous tastes, then Gatsby's is definitely worth doing once. Otherwise, not so much.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This historic restaurant was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/14/2009
    This historic restaurant was a great experience. The food was outstanding and well worth the cost and the area of Old Alexandria a great place to walk around and experience while you are there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love it. this is the third
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/13/2009
    love it. this is the third time we go and we love it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gatsby's is always a great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/11/2009
    Gatsby's is always a great place to go to enjoy old style Virginia faire. The food is fresh, and the beer and wine are always good with an ambiance that is romantic with its historical flair.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a great time at Gadsby's.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/6/2009
    We had a great time at Gadsby's. The restaurant had a great atmosphere and was a highlight for our family vacation. We were visiting from Minnesota and Gadsby's let us take a step back into history and how it might have been in "Old Town" Alexandria. I would recommend Gadsby's to everyone.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food with good choices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/6/2009
    Excellent food with good choices for selections at Gatsby. We were there on a Monday night and were disappointed at the lack of atmosphere. The greeter was not in period costume nor very friendly and no music as we had experienced on our last visit years ago. We still would return when in the area. This was our "big" night out of the trip to the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was great and I love
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/4/2009
    Food was great and I love being in true historic places. The noise of a private party was a little annoying, but not a major problem.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Ben Franklin-esque actor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/3/2009
    The Ben Franklin-esque actor who entertained the diners was either charming or irritating, depending on how interactive you like your meal. The service was good, though the food wasn't altogether good. May have been good by colonial standards, but for those of us with 21st century standards, a bit lackluster. The tables aren't too close together and the ambiance is nice-- very historic and quaint.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was marvelous,the
    Dbar
    Dined on 4/3/2009
    The food was marvelous,the ambience was wonderful, the service attentive without being overbearing. The "entertainment" was an actor in early 19th century garb who is a comedian, singer and historian all spoken in gentle authenic 1809 vernacular. I'll go back any time I'm in the area! We had a 10 year old boy with us who shares our opinion--he loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tour bus came in and completely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/2/2009
    Tour bus came in and completely crowded the place. Watch out!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gadsby's is a trip back in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/25/2009
    Gadsby's is a trip back in time to the 18th century. The menu features authentic cuisine from George's time (Washington that is).
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  • Dinner at Gadsby's was great.
    cms20024
    Dined on 3/21/2009
    Dinner at Gadsby's was great. The food was well prepared and Mr. Hall entertained with his well-preserved colonial wit and lute playing on display for all. Our group of four feasted on oysters oreganoto, prawn cocktails and peanut soup (yes, peanut soup!) for appetizers, with each app well worth trying. For our entrees, we went with duck confit and a few beef dishes--all of which were spot on. And then a nice dessert parfait. The lone drawback was that we waited a bit longer than usual between the apps and the entrees, but Mr. Hall filled in that gap with some wonderful chatter and music. We greatly enjoyed our meal and we will certainly be back often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We did end up coming to this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/21/2009
    We did end up coming to this restaurant so I'm not sure why they gave it a "no-show". Great atmosphere and a great restaurant for history buffs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very cute place, great atmosphere.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/13/2009
    Very cute place, great atmosphere. Enjoyed the bread and the appetizer we had (baked brie en croute). But couldn't finish my crab cakes as they were so overly lemon-y that it ruined the taste of the crab.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was fantastic, a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/11/2009
    The food was fantastic, a little pricey, but worth it for a special occasion. While the servers were dressed up in period costumes the attutide was def. from this century. I was expecting a little more warmth and a lot more smile with the service. Has a very hard time giving even 15 percent tip!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service was good, reasonable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/7/2009
    Service was good, reasonable priced wine list, ate in the big dining room which was pleasant. High point was the entertainer a combination colonial musician and stand up comedian in costume, with sparkling banter.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambience - candlelit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/1/2009
    Great ambience - candlelit historic venue with excellent food. The filet mignon was incredibly tender and we both loved the lemon infused bread and butter basket. Staff wore period clothing, service was adequate not outstanding - the food was the star here. The manager circulated and made us feel welcome. We'll definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We greatly enjoyed our dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/19/2009
    We greatly enjoyed our dinner at Gadsby's last week with friends from out of town. It was a treat to enjoy dinner where Washington, Jefferson and others had enjoyed a tankard and supper in Colonial times. Long tapered candles set under a hurricane lights the dinner dining room. I truly don't remember anymore light. It was very intimate. The wine list had a great variety that I wasn't expecting. I recommend Gadsby's Tavern to anyone sightseeing our Nation's Capital and the surrounding area as a perfect end to a perfect day.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate