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
785 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (453)good for groups (327)fit for foodies (291)neighborhood gem (187)romantic (179)notable wine list (156)vibrant bar scene (155)great for lunch (140)hot spot (135)great for brunch (120)kid-friendly (61)late-night find (37)scenic view (12)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • great find.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Restaurant takes you back in time where great service an attention to detail matters. Management and staff very friendly and accomodating
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The restaurant has amazing food with excellent service. We were in town for 3 nights and this was our favorite place to eat. We will be going back every time we visit Chicago
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost great...
    Munchkin514VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Our party of 8 was greeted and seated right on time. The server was knowledgeable about the food, wine and beers, and in the right place at the right time. Food was served at the right pace and well-presented. Appetizers and sides were generous and delicious. My only concern was that 5 of us ordered the grilled halibut and all 5 found the fish a bit overcooked and dry. A seafood restaurant as busy as Shaw's should have perfected the art of cooking fish just right. We'll be back but may not be quite so accepting of less than wonderful entrees.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Exemplary
    TheWindyCityVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We come here at least three time a year because everything, and I mean everything, is always right. My wife's pometini, my martini, the wine, the food, the service, - everything - always exemplary!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loonnngg dinner
    Randy
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Not the place you want to be if you want to have a nice dinner in a modest time. 2.5hrs and with a toddler! Svc was slow and food upset my wife's stomach. Not likely to go back or take customers there for business. Sorry, it could be much better for far less than 400.00!!!! My kids were awesome for understanding. Valet was great!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Really fresh oysters!
    Sophia
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    As stated above... Oysters were definitely the outstanding part of our meal. Very fresh and worth the $$$. Service was good too. No complaints but I probably won't be back for a full dinner, just oysters and wine for me!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Place not to Miss
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    During our three-night Chicago visit, we had dinner there twice. I AM the FOODIE in the group (write rest. reviews in CA) and LOVED my Oysters Rockefeller!!! And, the Key Lime Pie is over the top. Crab cakes were a hit, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    chicagofoodie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    It's been a few years since we last visited Shaw's Crab House and all I can say is that it's as wonderful as the last time we ate there! The food, as always, is outstanding - fresh, expertly prepared, and generous portions. Our cocktails were perfect and the wine list offered many choices. The service was excellent - attentive without being obtrusive. The restaurant has great ambiance and decor - retro without being cartoonish, a very natural old school charm. We also loved that we were able to have a conversation without having to compete with loud music and other diners (and this was even in a full and busy dining room). Overall, an outstanding experience - we'll definitely return to this fabulous restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crying baby night?!?
    JZMjzmVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Was surprised to have dinner at Shaws disrupted by crying, screaming babies at 7 PM on a Saturday. Disappointed that none of the wait staff either said something to the patrons or to the manager if they didn't feel it was their place. When we asked out waiter if they get many screaming babies, he said no and explained these were new parents out for the 1st time w/an 11-week old. I am sympathetic to the parents, but do not think my dinner should have to be impacted. Maybe their 1st night out should have been someplace more casual? My company was great, we had fun, but neither of us are eager to go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    TMassey
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Awesome as always. A little noisy but good service. Sign up for their email list and get $25 off $50!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • worth every moment. service excelle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    It was most enjoyable.We were a party of four and everyone had a great time.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • justherman
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I visited Shaw's for my anniversary after having been away for 30 years. The crowd was busier, the food as wonderful as I remembered , and the general experience was beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • expected better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Atmosphere is amazing. Old style supper club feeling. I fully expected to see Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra walk though the door! Our server was just okay. Didn't feel neglected exactly, but felt more like an afterthought I guess. I will say the secondary staff was terrific. They were on top of things. Had the grilled halibut and it was disappointing. Tasteless. The clarified butter had a funny aftertaste too, maybe burned?? I would try them again though. I have a feeling they can do much better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I liked our server quite a bit; she was attentive and have me my dessert for free after learning it was my 30th. The kitchen dragged a lot; it didn't seem ridiculously busy for a Friday night, so I'm not sure what the problem was.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hopping diner-esque bar happyhour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We went for a 5pm happy hour and upon arrival asked to be seated in the more lively pub/diner. It was separate from the formal dining room. The energy was great, service was pretty good, prices comparable with every thing else in river north. (Not cheap, but can't really beat the location/quality/atmosphere).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We had a party of 5 people for my son's 9th birthday. We really enjoyed our dinner at Shaw's. The service was top notch and the food was great. We will certainly be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable
    Lawyer34
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Had a great meal. Loved the oysters and the fish. Ambience from a bygone era. A great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Old Style Chicago!
    Martin
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I love this place not only for the fantastic food, but the overall décor and ambiance speak Old Style Chicago at its Best! It's a great place for business or personal enjoyment and has the best seafood in the city...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended!!
    Izzyluvsfood
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Went to shaw's after a recommendation we received from a local couple as we walked down north michigan ave... Fabulous fish & seafood with great service!!! Close to chicago theatre as we were headed to a show!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    FoodlvrVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Went for the seafood brunch. It was fantastic. Nice hot and cold selections, Great service, etc. looking forward to the next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Oysters, oysters, oysters!
    HedyVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    On Sunday noon I wanted oysters and where else but to Shaw's. I did not know they had a Sunday brunch and what a brunch it was. All the seafood you could possibly want plus everything else you would normally find in a Sunday brunch. Fabulous! And I had my fill of various kinds of oysters. A little pricey but worth it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great brunch place
    livetoeat21
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Had a wonderful time at Shaw's Crab House in Chicago! There were seven of us in the group and made our reservation thru Open Table. They called us back to confirm our reservation the day before and was all ready for us when we arrived the next day - no waiting at all! Our waitress was very friendly and accommodating and the food was very good. There were hot and cold food buffet along with a very delicious dessert buffet. We would definitely come back when we visit Chicago again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CREDITBOSS
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    2 experiences so far for me & my girlfriend dinner was great and the breakfest brunch is amazing from the food & drinks all the way to the staff which makes it great starting point for our sunday fun day.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Brunch
    MsDineAlotVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We keep coming back for brunch on Sunday's. Love it! A great variety of food. Love the sushi! The service is impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a good lobster
    Veronica
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Loved the lobster and the service was great. The ambiance was excelent . Dont forget to make a reservation as it is quite full at dinner time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another wonderful experience
    SueandAl
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our favorite go to place when in the city. Location is convenient to shopping and the river north area. Great neighborhood for music after dinner. Be sure to have the sushi and lobster bisque, always top knotch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shaws Chicago
    Baxtem
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Outstanding fresh seafood, oysters, crab appetizers and yellow fin tuna. Brad our waiter most helpful ( 17 years at Shaws ) You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Excellent food, great service and our 5 year old loved the crab legs! Well done Shaws.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    reminds me of an "old" (in a good way) 1920s-1930s restaurant - very nice atmosphere and nice staff. Food was good. even though there was a 3 page menu, the fish/shellfish selection was limited.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    snc215
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was mediocre. I ordered halibut steak which was supposed to be grilled and arrived baked, overlooked, and under seasoned with the consistency of sawdust. When I returned it I waited 20 minutes for a replacement. I decided on salmon. The salmon was undercooked and under seasoned. I did have a teaspoon of sauce in a tiny dish on the plate which lasted for one bite. I did not send it back but left immediately and will not return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome venue!
    hanschdude23
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Brought my boss from out of town here and we had a great time on a Thursday night with live blues music, great booze and delicious fried garlic shrimp, sushi and raw oysters. Yum! We highly recommend this as a fun place with awesome food and wonderful service! A real Chicago gem!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Evening!!
    Cabeza
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Best meal we had in Chicago. Would go back next time we visit Chicago. Simply delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Too much hustle and bustle .. They tried to serve us some one else's food. They kept setting huge trays down near my head. Very uncomfortable. Too hurried.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Early dinner at Shaw's Crab House
    LarryBen
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We happened to walk by Shaw's Crab House on our first visit to Chicago in more than 30 years and thought it looked like a good place to get some seafood. It's entrance is on a rather gloomy lower-level street, but it's a much more extensive restaurant than it appears from the outside. My wife made a complete meal of a crab cake appetizer and salad, while I had an excellent yellow fin tuna. She said it was the best crab cake she can remember eating (and we lived in Alexandria, VA, from 1992-2000 and often ate in my home town of Annapolis!).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of Hype
    FishVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This is a famous place. It was my first time and everything was okay. I will certainly give it another chance.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food2diefor
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Service was on its game, the quality of the food was a 5 star. Overall enjoyed Shaws
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • If Fish is you thing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Shaws is a Classic restaurant. The best fish in the Midwest. First class great service. Perfect for business and large groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • In town visit!
    Dick83
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Wow, what a place for fresh seafood in the heart of the country. The menu is almost overwhelming.....but for a first timer try the Shaw Seafood Platter...sauteed, not fried. Wash it down with a Ferrari Carrano Fume Blanc.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Very good Restaurant. The Crab legs amazing and The Service excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AACBBABCGBTGOG
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Excellent food and superb service. Allison, Melissa and Antonio particularly make you feel welcome and well taken care of. It is not an act, they really care about the customers. The kitchen and bar all work hard to accommodate special request. And the jazz music playing is perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.