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: (312) 527-2722
  • 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: Private dining space with rooms with space for up to 12, up to 30, up to 80 and up to 150/400 for a full Oyster Bar or Main Dining Room buyout! Call 312-527-2722 and ask for Kate or Ruthann
  • Private Party Facilities: For groups of 14 or more, we recommend getting a large party menu available through our catering director.
  • Private Party Contact: Kate Van Fossan 3125272722x
  • Entertainment: Live Music in the Oyster Bar 5 Nights a Week!
    Sunday-Thursday, 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 $14 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
808 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (461)good for groups (353)fit for foodies (342)romantic (197)neighborhood gem (190)vibrant bar scene (167)notable wine list (156)hot spot (147)great for lunch (145)great for brunch (126)kid-friendly (56)late-night find (47)scenic view (15)great for outdoor dining (5)Show More
  • great to celebrating romantic occasions!
    ABluvz2EAT
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    I took my husband here for his 30th birthday as a surprise. We both had always wanted to go here and so it was our first time. Needless to say, my husband was so excited, surprised, and impressed with my choice of dining spot. We both had the surf and surf and it was divine. The wait staff was very attentive and friendly. They made sure to make my husband feel special on his milestone birthday which added to our wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    Kesacat3
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    From the moment we enter the restaurant until we leave...Shaw's does not disappoint us. Oysters are a fun beginning and the other choiices are abundant. Even the steaks are exceptional. The wines offer a sufficient choice and the services adds to the quality of experiences. Try it once and you'll find the experience will call you back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    The food was incredible. The oysters, hot appetizers, and the crab legs met every expectation. If you want to send a message to someone that they are special this is the place to do it!!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never fails to deliver memorable meals.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    I took a Japanese business colleague here at his request and was very glad I did. Best crab legs in Chicago, impeccably prepared, grest oysteroysters and very prompt service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Adam Has A Sense of Humor!
    John
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    As usual the food was wonderful and our server, Adam, was very knowledgable and he also has a great sense of humor!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good
    Tomo
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Sea foods was very fresh and very delicious. In particular, I recommend raw fish.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dinner!!
    Stickybeans
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The waitress said that the scallops would be the best we had ever eaten, and she was right!! Just wonderful food. Also really enjoyed the AuGratin potatoes. A must for seafood lovers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch at Shaws
    MarieChristine
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Went to Shaw's on a quick getaway with my husband. We both really enjoyed the crab, the sushi was quite good, and we ate more shrimp, and crab that you can shake a crab leg at. The host and servers were lovely, the environment unique, and it was a very memorable experience in Chicago. Highly recommend that if you are in town, stop by and get a feel of Chicago's heydey and enjoy some great seafood.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always
    MWSeemVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    A superb Sunday Brunch, highlighted with oysters on the half-shell, shrimp on ice, cold crab claws and legs, and some excellent sushi. Followed by fresh salads, and then a full buffet of hot foods; from steamed crab legs to roast beef to crab cakes to excellent crab macaroni/cheese. The caramelized bacon is perfect. End the meal with selections of various desserts, appropriately sized for ending the best buffet in Chicago...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    GalaGal
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Great management, staff, service and food. Very smooth operation. What a pleasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service, lovely setting.
    DrDarth
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We had reservations for four on Saturday night and when we arrived, there was a long line. However we were seated on time. The decor is "old school" and very comfortable. Attentive and very knowledgeable wait staff. The surf and surf, king crab legs, scallops and grouper were all outstanding. We very much appreciated the subdued noise level. "Hip" restaurants could take a lesson here. Soft surfaces are much better and allow conversation without shouting. Probably one of our best Chicago dining experiences. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just the best
    ShellyVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This is our family's go to restaurant in Chicago. Great in every way
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite in Chicago
    JimWVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We have had dinner here before and try to go when in Chicago
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for foodies!
    Tara
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We celebrated my husbands birthday there on a friday night and it was perfect! The place is fancy but friendly. The food is delicious...everything from soups, appetizers to main courses. Our server Patrick was great, cute helpfull and friendly...The place was packed and had a really good vibe...good for celebrations, special occasions, groups and romantic dinners...We will definately come back !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good See Food
    Schorse
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Typical Chicago Surf and Turf. You better book a table as it tends to be very busy. It's not a fine dining place but very good food and a lifely athmosphered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Nantucket Scallops
    Buckeye85
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We love the Nantucket Scallops! We try to get back every year when they are in season.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awkward Seating
    Tinasch
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The food was really good, the service was outstanding! My only gripe is the tables are so close together. We sat near the corner and was practically seated with another couple. We definitely couldn't hold a private conversation. The seating was just very awkward.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall ok!
    luvfinediningVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Service, oysters and crab excellent! Maine lobster tail overdone! It had been under the heat lamp too long making it chewy! Good wine list!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over rated with poor service.
    PDS81
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The dinner started out with good appetizers of calamari and oysters on the half shell. We then waited almost 40 minutes for our entrees of Shaw's seafood platter and Whitefish that were fairly tasteless, uninteresting, and served lukewarm. One of the managers was very apologetic and did send a mixed desert platter to our table. The deserts were similar to the entrees. Uninteresting and served lukewarm. The restaurant was not overly busy. Maybe they were just having a bad night.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great seafood
    mdiner
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Always loved this place, and will return again. Waitstaff is very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Food is outstanding, and brunch is a must, if you've never been.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TheHalls
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Everything was good. We We're here for lunch. Everything except the desserts they are very (emphasize the very small!)
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fantastic
    TAK42796
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Shaw's is always fantastic. It is a Chicago classic and definitely worth the visit. The menu is extensive and it makes it difficult to choose. You can also hear live music in the oyster bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood
    Bobbingontheriver
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Best selection of seafood I've ever seen. Also, the lobster bisque is terrific, and I couldn't believe I ate all of that king crab and oysters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Sunday brunch buffet
    sandiVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Stopped by here Sunday and almost left because of the big buffet, but then we looked at the buffet and were amazed at the selections! So much food, and so much variety. Its not cheap at $55 per person, but its a steal for what you get. Go hungry and stay awhile with a bottle of wine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch
    Chicagodiner
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I've been here twice for brunch and I truly believe it's the best brunch buffet you'll find.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Duahgter's visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My two daughters were in town for business with All State....they have never been in cold weather or even seen snow! My wife and I wanted to take them to the best seafood place in Chicago...Shaw's certainly filled that bill and then some. Our waiter was super suggesting things and answering our questions
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good. Something for all.
    MomSaysVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Have a little. Have a lot. Good drinks, sushi, oysters, fish, steaks, sides, desserts. Never disappointed. Expert service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exellent as always!
    Barry
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Another wonderful experience at Shaw's! That's why we come to Chicago!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Very good seafood and handles large groups with ease.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding AGAIN
    hardtoplease
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Shaws never fails to deliver. We were seated right away and all of the staff treated us like royalty. The crab legs melt in your mouth. Will we be back -----------------oh yea.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shaw's Crab House, Chicago
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Shaw's is a classic. Food and service are always excellent. The place exudes reliability and relaxed confidence. Dining there is always a treat of the highest order.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food!
    LowvalueVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We loved the food. Service was a little slow, but the menu had a large variety and he crab cakes were great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great crab!
    Nicky
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We shared a couple of the platters and a crab between the 4 of us and it was perfect. Amazing crab! Would def recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Experience
    MKEtraveler
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I have been to Shaw's several times over many years and they consistently have the best seafood in the country and the best service. The meal was well paced, the food and service excellent, and the location distinctive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go to Joes!
    SneezeVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Crab cake was wonderful ! Main courses were just ok. I've certainly eaten better scallops and cauliflower purée was pasty and salty. Also unattractive presentation. My husband's fish was just ok. Spinach was great. Maybe we would return for appetizers only.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid and consistent seafood in classic atmosphere
    BillNVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Having had either lunch or dinner at Shaw's every time I've been in Chicago in the past decade, I was surprised to recently learn it's only 30 years old. It looks and feels like a well-maintained classic from deep into the past century. Solid, enjoyable experiences are to be had at the oyster bar, the drink bar, or the main dining room. It hasn't disappointed us yet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nantucket Scallops!
    SuperpamVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We went to Shaw's Crab House for a bon voyage dinner for my nephew, and we were happy to discover that the Nantucket Scallops were in season. Two of us ordered them and they were melt-in-your-mouth delicious. The mac&cheese side was the same, delicious and could have eaten the entire dish, but the au gratin potatoes were not tasty. The ambiance is very New England and a bit stuffy, but the food and service made up for anything lacking in the decor department. It's pricey, but felt like the meal was worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great food
    nomi2623
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    This is the second time I have been here. Both times I have taken my love here for his birthday. He loved it so much the first time, I felt this place would be his birthday dinner every year as a tradition. The food is great. Perfectly cooked, both the entree and the cold dishes. Drinks were made great and they comp a nice Birthday dessert. It's just great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only perfect...
    NancyBVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Shaw's was, as it always is, sheer perfection. Great service, fresh and delicious seafood, and a warm, inviting atmosphere, it simply does not get any better. Every time I visit Chicago, Shaw's is on my must do list. This trip it was for lunch. The chowder was the best I've ever had, the oysters were fantastic, and the seafood salad was loaded with goodies and could easily have fed two people. Can't wait to go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good
    eattomuch
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    It's just a great restaurant which has been around for years and always pleases. Whether it's dinner in the main dining room or lunch at the oyster bar the service and food is tops.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.