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
808 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (454)good for groups (343)fit for foodies (319)neighborhood gem (198)romantic (190)vibrant bar scene (165)notable wine list (159)great for lunch (144)hot spot (142)great for brunch (120)kid-friendly (61)late-night find (44)scenic view (16)great for outdoor dining (6)Show More
  • Great food & great service!
    ChicagoFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Shaw's is always a wonderful dinner choice in Chicago! My experiences there have been nothing but great- the garlic shrimp, scallops, and halibut are favorites! They also allow you to bring your own bottle of wine for a $25 corkage fee. Server Chris T provides exceptional service and even brought out 2 desserts on the house for my 3rd year anniversary! Very sweet!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Consistent
    Jeff
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    After all of these years, Shaw's continues to manufacture a great dining experience for both business settings and personal dining. Both in the main restaurant or in the Oyster Bar. We saw Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall in the Oyster Bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best seafood in town
    eclectic
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Great spot for lunch. The seafood salad is huge and to die for. The lobster roll is fantastic. And the hashed browns are the things dreams are made of.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Place for Special Occasions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Shaw's is definitely a nice place to go for special occasions. It's a little pricey, but the clam chowder was delicious and I enjoyed my swordfish as well. Plus it was a match to my "top 10 seafood restaurants Chicago" search. It's location in River North is also ideal for tourists I think. The ambience was perfect; not too loud, but still plenty of customers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    It was highly reccomended by a friend who use to live in Chicago. It was fine, but I was really expecting more for the price.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday seafood brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Good seafood brunch with lots of choices, central location, very attentive service. Fun, leisurely activity for Sunday in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fabulous seafood brunch
    liale
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I treated myself for my birthday and had a wonderful brunch including fresh grapefruit juice, cold and hot king crab, mini do-rite donut holes, and great mini desserts. Pricy but worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    A little pricy but well worth the money. Food was fabulous! Great find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We ate here on a busy Saturday night. We never felt rushed and the service was exceptionally attentive. The sushi and lobster pasta were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chicago Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    You will not be disappointed with this selection.....especially if you are a seafood lover. It was a third visit for me and a first for my guests....they were all impressed and will return as will I on my next trip to Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome
    foodluver
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Shaw's is my go to place in Chicago for a special event or appetizers and a drink. I love the blood mary's. My husband and nephew and I go here every year for our anniversary. The oysters are fresh that day and the service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good gluten free options
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The menu was clearly marked for gluten free options and the server was knowledgable about what was offered.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh Crab Legs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I love coming to Shaw's this time of year with the hopes they have Fresh Alaskan King Crab Legs... not the usually frozen ones which are still excellent... but the freshly flown in variety. They have them only a few days a year during season and this is the only place I know that carries them. They are SO delicious... served chilled and you cannot pass it up. Shaws delivers a consistent excellent product with wonderful service. It's not the new restaurant on the block but I never leave disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Seafood in Chicago, Period!
    BurlVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Shaw's rocks every time. I have been frequenting this wonderful restaurant for at least 15 years, yet I live in Nashville. A trip to Chicago just would not be complete without sampling whatever fresh (flown in that day) fish, oysters and shellfish they have available. Absolutely amazing food, service and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Food
    Boiler67
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I have eaten at Shaws before but my last experience was entirely forgettable. I ordered grilled salmon. When it came it was like eating sawdust - no flavor, dry just plain blah. And it was advertised as fresh salmon? To be fair the three other people with me really enjoyed their food and were very complementary. A big plus for our waiter Pedro. When I commented (negatively) on the cheesy "bread" they put out for starters he brought us some real French-style bread.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bday Celebration.
    chgomomX2VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    It was my birthday and the family took me here. As always - service was amazing. Our server was very friendly, fun and helpful. Food was very good as well.......we very much like Shaws!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and atmosphere
    Enjoysgoodeats
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The food was very good. We had the shellfish tower, great mix of lobster, crab, oysters and shrimp. I ordered the Florida grouper which was very good. Our waitress, Paula, was very lacking. She had bad energy and seemed annoyed when asked for anything. She also didn't come to our table very often. Her poor service wouldn't keep me from coming back but it should be noted that she was rude.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious meal
    PrairiequeenVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We dine out alot in Chicago, but this was one of the best meals we have had in a long time. Everything was perfectly prepared. The server was knowledgeable and helpful. I am still thinking about that yummy meal a few days down the road.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • awesome!
    LelleyVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Shaws Crab House was so all around wonderful and great that on a recent business trip to Chicago we had dinner there three of the four nights we were there. Service was awesome, the seafood was incredible, fresh and prepared perfectly. And the look of the place is spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining in Chicago!
    vivimark
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    This is our all time favorite fish restaurant in Chicago. A trip to Chicago without Shaw's is like a day without sunshine! Keep up the delicious food and great service! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a Chicago tradition
    sabrinaVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    This was my first time here - and it was a great place. Granted, dinner for 4 with wine was more than $600 with tip yet the experience was worth it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Shaw's
    4ColtsFansVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We almost always visit Shaw's when in Chicago. It never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food
    raviVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Love the seafood salad, my only complaint was the shrimp still had part of the shell on it and the lobster did too and they forgot the exact requests for the salad. Service was great.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch
    Foodie02
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Brunch was absolutely AMAZING!!!! I would go here every single time I was in Chicago for brunch...the best crab legs and cold seafood portion of a buffet!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice place
    Luvnicespots
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food was delicious. Took my guy friend out for sweetest day. Will dine there again
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The kind of seafood restaurant that we always want to find, but seldom come across. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unanimous !!
    LincolnParkNewbie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had dinner before a show at the Chicago Theatre - four of us, each ordering a different fish dinner. Everyone raved that they had picked the best dinner - fresh walleye, whitefish, perch... accompanied with excellent vegetable sides. The wine list was great. The server made the experience even better with is pleasant nature, and attention to detail and service. Although we needed to get in and out for the show, we never felt rushed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Choice
    ChicagosNo1fan
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Had a great meal - everything was fresh and delicious - Wife had Surf & Surf and I had Surf & Turf. Lobster and Fresh Red King Crab Legs (Shaw's specialty) were outstanding. Filet was great. I would recommend the Clam Chowder but my wife liked her Lobster Bisque better. Also, had California crab claw for an appetizer (a large claw was big enough to share - Jumbo probably not necessary and not worth the extra $10. Overall I think you can't go wrong eating at Shaw's but it was not cheap. With 3 glasses of wine, walked away with a little over $200 lighter- worth it though for a special occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just because
    uboutit69
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My girlfriend and I had an excellent dinner and drinks after a stressful week at work. It was what the doctor called for.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shaws' reputation sets expectations
    eaterouter
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We went on a busy Friday night- 4 of us. First, my open table reservation was not found, forcing us to have to wait. It gave us time to appreciate the great decor and to people watch. Shaws is a good scene to be in. When we were seated, wait staff was attentive to our needs. We ordered a nice bottle of wine and enjoyed the bread apps. The orders were taken promptly, but one of our soups did not come out with the other apps. We had to remind our server after our entrees were brought out. 2 seafood platters, one crab cake and one Lake Erie Walleye. The seafood platters were very good enough to order again. The crab cake was nice and the Walleye was tasty. Overall a nice evening, but not worth the cost given the options in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic Evening
    Karl
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Began a wonderful evening with the hostess welcoming us to Chicago and seating us exactly at our reservation time. Enjoyed dining on the calamari, swordfish & club room combination. All the food was very savory and cooked to perfection. It was my girlfriend's first visit to Chicago and dinner was a total hit. We'll enjoy coming back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fresh dishes great service
    jaybee
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great meal, we arrived a little late for our reservation but Shaws was able to accommodate us none the less. I had the salmon my wife had the scallops both were perfect. The service was attentive but not intrusive just right. Looking forward to returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was just perfect!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had a fabulous meal and our waiter was attentive but not overbearing. It was a lovely evening
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    edubr
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The lobster with Alaska crab are fantastic. This is the third time I have come to Shaw's, coming to Chicago for a medical conference. I hope to return to the Shaw's whenever I come to Chicago
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • back at Shaws
    Dand
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    It has been a while since I have been back to Chicago. Shaws was as good as I remember. Service outstanding and daily fish specials were wonderful. Even found a nice Kistler Chardonnay on the wine list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Eatitall
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Food and service were excellent as per usual! A great spot for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Is Not Good
    SeafoodGuy
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I went to Shaw's for my wife's birthday and was thinking they would have one of the best seafoods in town. Not so much! The menu was full of boring foods. Yes, this is rated as one of the best, but it must be for people who like no flavor or twist to their food. I've been to way better seafood restaurants in Chicago and would never go back here due to its very expensive and bland food. If you like flavor and some spice in your food this is not the place to go at all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    JPMB
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Great food, great bread. Had the lobster roll and it was amazing, sushi was good not great and my wife lives her key like pie and her Alaskan.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a marvelous dinner starting
    Bestdining4u
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    starting with a fine drink at the bar we had been seated at wonderful covered table. The appetizer was excellent. The wine recommendation for the main course was professional. The service perfect. We will come back as soon as possible. Thanks for that romantic evening. Heidi and Helmut, Germany.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but not worth the price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The waiter seemed arrogant and impatient. The promptness of the service was only satisfactory. Salmon shouldn't cost the same as prime rib or filet mignon.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.