Shaw's Crab House - Chicago
Shaw's Crab House - Chicago

Shaw's Crab House - Chicago

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.shawscrabhouse.com/
  • Phone: 3125272722
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday Lunch: 11:30am - 2pm; Monday - Thursday Dinner: 5:30pm - 10pm; Friday - Saturday Dinner: 5pm - 11pm; Sunday Dinner: 5pm - 9pm.

    Sunday Brunch Buffet: 10:00am - 1:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Yves Roubaud
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Call for details
  • Private Party Facilities: For groups of 20 or more, we recommend getting a banquet menu available through our catering director.
  • Private Party Contact: Dana Armon 3125272722
  • Entertainment: Live Music in the Oyster Bar 3 Nights a Week!
    Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday Nights, 7pm--No Cover!
  • Special Events: Now serving Hotel-Style Sunday Brunch featuring classic breakfast fare, Chef prepared omelets & waffles and Shaw's specialties. Save room for the decadent sweet table!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet $12 Lunch and Dinner
A word from Shaw's Crab House - Chicago
Big and Bustling, Shaw's Crab House stands as a monument to fish and seafood. Besides the usual popular dishes, Shaw's management team is passionate about presenting treats such as Pacific salmon, fresh king crab, and smelt during their short seasons. Reservations made through Open Table will be for Shaw's Main Dining Room. If you would like to dine in the Oyster Bar, all seating is on a first come first serve basis.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Shaw's Crab House - Chicago reviews from OpenTable diners
735 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (422)good for groups (289)fit for foodies (257)romantic (175)neighborhood gem (163)vibrant bar scene (140)great for lunch (139)notable wine list (135)great for brunch (122)hot spot (115)kid-friendly (59)late-night find (32)scenic view (9)great for outdoor dining (4)Show More
  • Seafood delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We were celebrating my wife's birthday and see loves seafood. I had salmon and she had surf and turf. I typically do not trust steak at a seafood place, but it was very juicy and flavorful. For the appetizer we had the cold combination and everything was great from the shripm, oysters, crab, and lobster. We will definitely dine at Shaw's again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had been recommended to dine here and were excited to be able to try different types of seafood than we get at home. We had oysters, Alaskan crab and a variety of Santa Barbara crab. Mains were grouper and shrimp. The 2 varieties of crab were dry, but we are unsure whether this was due to over cooking, being prepared hours earlier or indicative of the type of crab. The grouper and shrimp were wonderful. Service was awful. Starters arrived within 5minutes of ordering, mains arrived before our starter plates had been cleared. Turning our table over was the priority. Our wine glasses were not refilled. My husband's main plates were cleared while I was still eating. The service no to the standard of a restaurant where the meal cost $260.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great oysters
    JaeML
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Two of us had a pleasant dinner ... Oysters and garlic shrimp were great, wouldn't recommend the crab cakes, but the green beans were awesome. Still one of my very favorite Chicago restaurants.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JeanVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We have been to Shaw's many times and love it. But we were a bit disappointed in the Brunch. While there was lots of very yummy items, by Noon, the seafood (cold and hot) tasted less than fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent seafood and brunch
    Luvfood
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    One word: amazing! This is our first time brunching at Shaws recommended by a friend and we were blown away! The food is so fresh and so good! Everything was just perfect! We love it and would recommend everyone to experience it in Chicago!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food! Excellent Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Went for my anniversary and we made reservations, literally seated us as we walked in. They keep their word when they confirm a reservation, expect to be seated at that time. Great service and the food is excellent. They truly will accommodate you in any way (substitutions, extras, etc). Prices are high but well worth it. Great special occasion fine dining!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • legacy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    very old and tired decor. Service is outstanding, food pricing is a little high even at Chicago standards. Call you food was excellent, but it is clearly a seafood joint rather than beef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • shaws crab house chicago standby
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    quality and sevice you can trust time and time again. A chicago institution.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The reviews were great however my experience was average. The asiago cheese rolls were the highlight of the night. Our server provided incorrect information about one of the dishes so when it arrived there was disappointed but he later apologized. The food was prepared in a timely manner and the cocktails were very good. So overall the food was okay as was the service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great but prices are high
    Anne
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This is a great place but the price is high. 3 crab claws were $84. If you are ok with the pricing than you would have a nice time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traditional Seafood House
    TrnrmomVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Seafood in Chicago? Yes, most of it is flown in, but the specials are fresh. And the preparation is very well done. Our party's consensus was that the seafood pasta, yellowtail tuna, & steak stood out. Good bread, excellent key lime and blueberry peach cobbler.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to eat
    Njoygoodfood
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Was recommended by a friend. Excellent recommendation. Service and food was great. A little pricey, but worth it. Easy to get reservations. Nice spot for a couple or group
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    fantastic fish and great service management very accessible as well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great seafood!
    Foodie84
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Great seafood, well-prepared in the heart of downtown Chicago! The service was impeccable and started off with rolls that could have been prepared by my Grandmother. They were delicous, flaky and moist and topped with cheese. The restaurant was full on a Monday night and I understand why. Best seafood in the heartland!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic brunch!
    Olivia
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I love this place. I've been to the brunch a handful of times and I'm never disappointed. So delicious and fantastic! Live the Bloody Mary bar too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Service
    jaybird
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    There were 6 of us in the party and when we arrived on a Saturday evening, our table was waiting for us with no waiting. While a bit pricey, the food was exceptional from the entrees to the side dishes and service was absolutely top notch. Excellent choice for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Delicious!
    PlazaResidentVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great service, great food. Our favorite place when visiting Chicago.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dishes
    Vivanola
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Enjoyed everything. Grilled grouper was a little overdone.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 1st time at Shaw's. Will be back
    Chicago
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our server Mike, was outstanding. He was knowledgable about the restaurant and the menu. We had a great night with great food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening!
    woohooVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Celebrated a birthday and had great food; mussels were probably the best we ever had, oyster rockerfeller and king crab were very good. Service was excellent, everyone was very attentive. The place was packed and the next door Oyster Bar was buzzing. Thumbs up, loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely Fantastic!
    DWW3
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    You will enjoy this wonderful dining experience. The fresh seafood is delightful and the service is exceptional.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Srumptious Shaws!
    MoonRiver1VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I had been working a lot of hours and decided to splurge on a dinner at Shaw's. Although pricey, the seafood is absolutely scrumptious! Make sure you make a reservation as they are always packed and it is easy to understand why. Great service; great everything - one of Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants finest!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bethel
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Excellent crab bites and seafood platter. Service fast and friendly.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • shaws/dinner 8/22/14
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Started out with an order of 12 oysters in oyster bar--6 from east coast, 6 from west coast. The west coast ones were not good--a rather unpleasant taste. Dinner was good however, the st george scallops were not cooked quite enough.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crabs galore
    4foodwilltravel
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The place makes good on its title. Soft shell crab was a gem of a dish; king crab legs were good but Boston has one up on them. Lobster was excellent and overall experience above satisfactory.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and atmosphere
    Nigel
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Very much as expected. Good seafood, well prepared. Helpful and attentive staff in a pleasant, traditional atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Robert
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Service was great and so was the food.................................................
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great
    Simplestuff
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Consistently good food, and service. Had the salmon. It was fresh and flavorful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very nice!
    bestseafoodspot
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Being from MD, we were surprised to find a seafood friendly spot of quality in Chicago. Additionally, our server Eric was so attentive and flowing with what we look for in a restaurant, "anticipatory customer service". Worth a revisit during our next trip!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a solid choice
    rak350
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I had a conference in the area and took a group of business associates to dinner @ Shaw's. It had been a couple of years since I last dined there. I was happy to see the food quality was still there and everyone enjoyed their meals.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent as always
    foodloverVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I have been here many times and taking out of town family out for fun. You can't go wrong here. I am as picky about the atmosphere as the food. Oysters....great as always. Clam chowder....excellent. We also had the Tuna Tartar and spicy tuna roll sushi. One person in our group With Pouilly- Fuisse bottle of French chardonnay. It was all amazing. So that should tell you about the atmosphere.....retro which in my mind is the best.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shaws is still excellent but...
    TBAISD
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food, as always, was outstanding. Some service issues however: 1. The host kept trying to put couples (like ourselves) in a cramped table with a large party next door (he didn't say no when I asked for another table but he did give me "the face") 2. We told the waiter my husband needed gluten free foods. He ordered a salad and it came full of croutons-we sent it back without any problems.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delicious food
    pjinchicagoVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Loved our seafood selections, blue crab,halibut and grouper
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience!
    Nokian
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This place is just plain awesome. You enter to a jazz classy surrounding with friendly hostess that appoint you a electronic device that buzz when your reservation is ready if any delay. You can go have a drink to the bar with a tv or 2 if you wanna watch a ball game Then when its ready they bring you to the tables side again with red comfy leather seats. The room has romantic/old school look and feel. Music is also nice. food and waiting was also prompt and omg was it good. This open table last minute reservation was superb and it made our day. One of the best clam chowder we've had and the big crab legs were excellent and already half opened so i didnt even have to use the clamps. Expensive but not out of reach at all. Well worth it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still good after all these years
    Katie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We are "old timers" at Shaw's & have been going there since the '80's. The fresh fish selections are really fresh. The halibut and salmon were perfectly cooked. The sides are always good. I just wish I had room for dessert!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great experience!
    onetuftiger
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I live out of town, but try and go to Shaw's for Sunday brunch when given the opportunity. We always start with a Bloody Mary and "doctor" it up ourselves at the bar. The food was as good this time as it's ever been, especially enjoying the cold seafood bar with shrimp, crab legs and sushi. The breakfast bacon was amazing along with other breakfast items...I wasn't even able to make it to the waffle and omelet bar. I finished with steamed crab legs, a slice of beef tenderloin, and an amazing cup of lobster bisque. My only complaint at all was our table was at the entrance of a room, and thus very busy with customers and servers jostling by the table...try and get a table if possible back in the room. All in all, a great experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb restaurant!
    Happycustomer1
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Expensive but worth every penny! We will definitely go back the next time were in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner was great.
    Duke
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The seafood was great. As good as any that I've eaten on any coast. I had grilled halibut and my wife had crab cakes. I will definitely go back. It is a little noisy and crowded, therefore I would not call it an intimate dining experience. But sit back and enjoy the food along with your fellow diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressed out of town visitors
    healthyfoodie13
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a delicious, fresh dinner here. Lovely wines, all varieties of fish and seafood, prepped in a variety of manners: raw, broiled, baked or sauted. variety of sauces and dips. relaxed timing and lots of good fun!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go to Schaumburg location
    NotATourist2010VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Liked the Schaumburg restaurant better. This one is a bit of mill and pricey for what you get. Bar tenders are nice, waiter a bit pretenious. I loved the Dinner in the Schaumburg location and the wait staff was great. We went here for our anniversary and thought the food at this location was ok and felt treated as a number. If I went to this location first I would of never returned to Shaw's. Will return to the Schaumburg location, but not downtown.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.