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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
  • 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
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "fantastic fish and great service management very accessible as well"
    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!"
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Great service, great food. Our favorite place when visiting Chicago."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Enjoyed everything. Grilled grouper was a little overdone."
    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."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "You will enjoy this wonderful dining experience. The fresh seafood is delightful and the service is exceptional."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Excellent crab bites and seafood platter. Service fast and friendly."
    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."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Very much as expected. Good seafood, well prepared. Helpful and attentive staff in a pleasant, traditional atmosphere."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Service was great and so was the food................................................."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Consistently good food, and service. Had the salmon. It was fresh and flavorful."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Loved our seafood selections, blue crab,halibut and grouper"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Expensive but worth every penny! We will definitely go back the next time were in Chicago."
    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."
    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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Shaws consistently serves up great food and great service."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Needed a place to have dinner with my daughter to celebrate a successful summer internship in Chicago. I found Shaws Crab House on Trip Advisor and was so very glad I chose it ! Our dinner was fabulous and our waitress was wonderful!!! Will definitely return if I am ever in Chicago again! We both had a combination dinner of Fillet, Shrimp & Scallops. The fillet melted in our mouths and both the shrimp & scallops were delicious!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We had a great dinner at Shaw's, the food was very good, particularly the lobster bisque. The seating was a little tight between tables, which is our only complaint about the experience. Our server was fantastic and very helpful. We will definitely come back."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "A great Chicago institution - great service and wonderful seafood!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We walked in on a Friday evening to sn electrified venue! Lifted our spirits."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We are New England residents and are never sure we can get good seafood "inland" The seafood rivaled anything we can get along the water in Massachusetts. I chose the Surf and Surf - 8 oz lobster tail and Red Crab legs Fresh, sweet and more food than I could eat. So happy Shaw's war recommended to us."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "it is a very classic USA restaurant of good leve: very busy with many customers, solid appearence and pretty good food (the clamchowder, that I like anyhow, was extremely good as well as the tuna fish, among the rest). The service is reasonable, but the waiter was more a kind of routine person without any idea about the wine questions I was asing him. A comment, more for opentable than about the restaurant: your price indications are by far underestimating the actual cost: we paid 215 $ for 2 starters, 2 entrées (no crabs nor lobsters), and a bottle of medium wine; not close to the $$$ note."
    Dined on 8/15/2014