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

Shaw's Crab House - Chicago Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.shawscrabhouse.com
  • Email: leye20@aol.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: Seafood, American, Sushi
  • 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 (312) 527-2722
  • Entertainment: Live Music in the Oyster Bar 3 Nights a Week!
    Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday Nights, 7pm--No Cover!
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "We had Easter brunch there and everything was so great. The only complaint we have was the seating was way to close. It was hard to get in and out of our chairs and to the buffet. It seemed like they were trying to cram as many people in there as possible. Food was great, service was great and atmosphere was great."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I cannot say enough good things about Shaw's. Their Easter brunch selection was amazing... Anything and everything you could want! And I am all for a giant dessert table that I can take part in at any time of day. Every single thing we tried was delicious, and I would eat there again in a heartbeat! "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Perhaps Easter brunch was not a good time to try this restaurant for the first time. The food was less than average and over-priced. Even though we had reservations, they were late bringing us to a table. You could not walk between the tables without asking people to move their chairs. The buffet was complete chaos and you stood in lines a long time. There was absolutely no organization!!! The waitress couldn't even navigate around the tables to get to the people she was serving. It seemed as though the restaurant jammed as many people as they could into the place without any consideration to their comfort level. I would not recommend this place to anybody. Huge disappointment!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Then come and get it!! I eat it by the pounds here. It's so delicious. My mouth waters every time I even think about going to Shaws. Yum!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Our family went to Shaw's for Easter brunch and it was exactly what I had hoped for. Great selection of delicious choices for all ages. It was a little spendy, but I knew that going in. We arrived for a 12:30 reservation and were seated immediately. At that time, the buffet lines were pretty long, especially the cold bar. By the time we finished the lines had shortened considerably. The food was excellent and we hope to go back and enjoy the Shaw's Sunday brunch again for a future special occasion. Our server was delightful too."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Enjoyed the seafood, including oyster and king crab legs. A little congested at times but overall, lines went smoothly. A great dining experience!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The food was fabulous and the service was amazing! Our server replaced the walleye when I ended up not liking it. I am always hesitant to waste or send food back, but she insisted that I not keep my food if I did not like it. When it came time for dessert, my husband and I couldn't decide between the key lime pie or the ricotta cheesecake. I wanted the ricotta cheesecake, but my husband won out as key lime pie is his all-time favorite dessert. She brought out the key lime pie but also brought out the ricotta cheesecake and told us to try both with the cheesecake on the house! Simply amazing!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Recent mother daughter trip to Chicago and we decided to treat ourselves to some fine dining seafood. Good choice with choosing Shaws. Although a bit on the pricey side we were both pleased with our dinners. Service was great and our meals were so fresh! Not somewhere I could afford as a regular dining option but a nice place to be treated like Queens! "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "A group of 4 of us went on a Friday night for dinner, made reservations.. We were running 15 minutes late due to traffice so we called in just to make sure there wouldn't be any problems... There weren't any problems upon arrival. Our server was great and patient with our group, answering any questions we had about the menu. Our food was all very good and came out in a timely manner. Great experience :)"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Great service, good food. A little on the old school end for young groups. Feels like your in 50s chicago."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Came from two states away, will miss it! Amazing service and food. Highly reccommended. Will need to open your wallet for good food though ;) Thanks for a memorable night! Get the Bloody Mary if you aren't in the mood for wine!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "One of the best seafood places in downtown Chicago.Been there many times."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We eat at shaws frequently and they are always great. The food is amazing, the service is great. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We were recommended the restaurant and were not disappointed at all. It was a special start to the weekend - great food, great atmosphere and service. Would definitely come back! "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "On our trip to Chicago we decided on shaws due to it being close to our hotel and we love sea food! This place was awesome! The food could not of been better and neither could our service. Being that this was for my birthday, I was happy that it was far from a disappointment:-) We will go back with our future trips to Chicago."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Excellent food and service... Nothing will disappoint!!!!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite Chicago restaurants. Although I no longer live in Chicago, I will always come back to Shaw's. Great food, service and ambience. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "We had a great waitress, whose name I did not catch. The smelts were fantastic: The Catch Of The Day. Get it? Many thanks."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "The service was unbelievable. We were never rushed even though the place was packed. Food was great from start to finish. I will go there every time I am in Chicago."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Every time we go to Chicago, we walk over from our hotel after checking in for dinner at Shaw's. We have been taking our daughters since they were young and they have always enjoyed it. The menu makes it possible for each person to find just what they like. The service is always perfect, the kitchen is fast, and the food is always excellant. Looking at what I have just written, it almost looks like this is pretty much a place that sets the standards for restaurants. If you love seafood like we do, it is."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "First of all, I have been here a few times and always enjoyed it.. however today I went for lunch and not so much. It was really stuffy in the main dining room for lunch, and they don't have any specials for lunch... which I find to be odd. I ordered the clam chowder bowl of soup which was pretty good and a wedge salad which was awful! There was ONE tomato on the salad. ONE. The bacon bits were just that.. TINY BITS.. not even recognizable to be bacon.. and way too much dressing. For the prices they charge, I would expect a little more of a better eating experience. The staff is friendly. Kudos to y'all!"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "The staff, the food, the ambience all created the perfect setting for our romantic night out. Absolutely perfect!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I have been coming here for a long time and the quality is good, but prices seem to have gotten out of line for what you get. There are more reasonably priced alternatives around."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "It was the first spring night in Chicago, so people were out enjoying the weather. We went on a Friday night, had reservations but waited a little. Not a problem since there was a lot of activity and a bar area to wait. The dining room was large and had a high energy. Tables were close together but since it was so busy we couldn't hear our neighbors. The food and service was great. The scallops were excellent, but portion was small. Our waiter sensed that it wasn't enough for my husband as he searched for his potatoes on the plate. The waiter quickly arrived with a side order of mashed potatoes! Would return if I ever get back to Chicago, hopefully soon!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Excellent food and great service! The guys do need to wear a collared shirt."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Food was great and the tuna tartar with avocado was over the top! Have been to several "hot new" restaurants this trip and Shaw's was better and more consistent than any of them. Noise level was not bad for a busy Friday night. We could actually have a conversation. Server was knowledge and personable. Prices reasonable for the quality received."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Dining at Shaw's is always a highlight of a business trip to Chicago."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I brought a group of clients to this restaurant and had an incredible meal from the service to the food! All of us (9) had fish or seafood and it was incredible to say the least. I go to shaws about twice a year but this was my first experience treating a group of people to a meal. I had the scallops, amazing. Clients had salmon, swordfish, halibut, crab cakes, lobster, Etc. They all said it was perfect. Wine list is amazing. Best Chicago seafood restaurant without a doubt!!! Excellent job lettuce entertain you restaurants, shaws is a winner!!!!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Food was fabulous. The wait staff was even better than the food. We increased our group size without difficulty and had a great evening. Perfect venue to reconnect with friends."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I was a regular at this place back in the late 80's. We had reservations and were immediately seated at a nice big round table for 6 (There were 5 in our party) I ordered their "Surf and Surf" which is an 8oz. Lobster Tail & 1.5lbs of Alaskan King Crab legs. Sides here are A La Carte as with most fine restaurants. I'm quite picky about my food and service as I think it should be when choosing to pay the price for high end dining. Shaw's Crab House did not dissapoint! All in all a great experience. If you enjoy seafood and fine dining as much as I do you should definitely have Shaw's in your preferred restaurants speed dial!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Food is very good but overpriced for quality. Tuna was supposedly seared raw but was overcooked. Wait staff was very friendly but even with a reservation and empty tables we had to wait almost 20 minutes to be seated."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Sunday morning brunch was the perfect way to end a weekend in Chi town. great atmosphere, service, food and cocktails. The oyster bar, kinda like a old school lunch counter, can do the trick for any meal. im so glad I went."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "First time for the Sunday buffet! Won't be my last."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Excellent food and excellent service! Go big on the stone crab!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "If you like seafood, this brunch can't be beat anywhere! Fabulous!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The quality of the food at Shaw's Sunday brunch is the best that I have had at any buffet. Service was excellent as well. While not cheap, it is a good value. I will try to visit there again if I'm in Chicago."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "They were slow with our reservations, and our waitress was really slow. We were there for three hours."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Large well known establishment, service was excellent on large crowded Saturday evening. Oysters Rock was excellent and the Yellowfin was superb. we will be back"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was our third time dining at Shaws and it is SUPER frustrating when you make a reservation and the restaurant is NEVER on time! We have always waited an additional 30 minutes from our set reservation. When you plan an evening out, arrange for a baby sitter, and we make it on time, the expectation is the restaurant be on time!!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Reservations through "Open Table" could not have been simpler nor more efficient. This service is second to none. The special occasion was passed on to the restaurant perfectly, and it makes me want to dine at restaurants only signatory to "Open Table". Shaw's took over where Open Table left off, and made it a perfect "special occasion" dining experience. Hard to say which was better, the food or the service. Five stars to both of you. Thanks, Dale Payne"
    Dined on 4/5/2014