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
753 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (428)good for groups (302)fit for foodies (284)romantic (179)neighborhood gem (175)notable wine list (147)vibrant bar scene (147)great for lunch (141)hot spot (132)great for brunch (116)kid-friendly (58)late-night find (36)scenic view (12)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Awesome venue!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    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.
  • Outstanding
    Kenneth
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    On the advice of the of the hotel we found what is more likly Chicago's top restaurant for sea food, total experince was outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Brunch Buffet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Everything on the buffet was top quality. The king crab, oysters, crab cakes, beef tenderloin and much more were good enough to be made to order dishes and not typical buffet fare taste or quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising Great Brunch
    EAdiner
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I have always enjoyed dinner/late night dining here,and now amazed with Brunch! I got an email Brunch invite, and decided to check it out. I went with my family(some of whom dressed quite casually) including 2 kids. The brunch was spectacular both pleasing to the eye and palate. The kids had plenty of things to enjoy-not the least of which was a sweet table including cotton candy!! The adults were equally pleased from the omelette/waffle station, to the carved tenderloin, king crab legs with drawn butter, maki and MUCH MORE!! The cost was reasonable in general, but as kids EAT FREE, felt like a steal. Will most definitely return with MORE people all dressed much nicer. PS they were quite kind and accepting about the hoodie dress faux pas!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • King crab and Oysters were amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Definitely worth going just for those two food items, but the drinks and desserts were also really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crab is where's it's at.
    Foodwood
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our waitress recommended both the King Salmon and red crab. The salmon was a little cloying, too sweet for my liking. The hot crab, completely cut open and served with drawn butter was delectable. Definitely a great recommendation. The place is gigantic and was packed on a Saturday nioght when we arrived at 8:30 and still packed when we left around 10:00. It is big and impersonal but the service was very good and the crab worth the trip. The fired clamari were also delicious, perhaps a bit bready but with an excellent flavor and the oysters also wonderful.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Chicago Eatery
    TravelSkiBoat
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    If you want the Chicago experience this could be it. We asked for a quiet table in our reservation and were given a booth which was much quieter than being in the general open area. Food and service were above average.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not what I was expecting...
    Chicago5yrAnniWeekend
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were crammed in the back if the dinning room on top of a four top and a two top. It was our anniversary and could not sit next to each other or feel romantic as he was on the other side of the table and the people were so close we were part of their conversations. Service was friendly but very slow. Our second drink didn't come till our last two bits of food and it took 20 to get our bill after our drinks were gone. Very expensive for the horrible service and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very happy
    hoosiertraveler
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great everything. Set in the Oyster Bar where the customers were as entertaining as the staff was on spot. From the host to server we were treated courteously and efficiently. We just had apps after a concert. Oysters, clam chowder, and hot shrimp. All were very good..
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Shaw's never disappoints
    RoadWarrior
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Shaw's is a Chicago gem. In my twenty plus years visiting Chicago, I always dine at Shaw's at least once, the food is always fresh. Highly recommend the seafood tower as a starter, and potatoes au gratin as a side dish with your entree.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We were a party of 11. The place was mobbed but our service was excellent and the food was delicous. Everyone enjoyed their meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Shaw's never disappoints!
    citygal
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Have been going to Shaw's for years and the excellent food and service are always consistently well done! Love the ambiance. It's a large restaurant but still offers cozy corners for quiet conversation. It's also great for business entertaining.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy, good seafood
    Mama
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Vibrant and noisy. Food was excellent. Service was excellent. Waiter was willing to pace the meal according to our wishes. I would recommend this place as long as you are not looking for a quiet dining experience. My husband had the King crab and it was superb!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food and Service
    Lucy8438VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The seafood at Shaw's is always outstanding, and the service was wonderful! Love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    MrsDVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We always have a wonderful dining experience at Shaw's and once again they delivered. Sublime food, top class service - everyone should eat here!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a favorite
    Hifeats
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We've gone to Shaw's for year [decades]. It still is one of our favorites. Oysters are wonderful as are most of the fish dishes. The room can get packed but the noise level isn't too bad. Kudos to Shaw's for keeping the music level and selection to the right level. It won't be an inexpensive evening so save it for a special event.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Underwhelmed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Wife and I were looking forward to a nice dinner because we both love seafood. I ordered the black grouper. The fish had to be sent back because it was not fully cooked. Grouper came back overcooked. My wife ordered the fish combo platter. Crab cake and scallops were excellent. Shrimp was over cooked. At these prices you would think they could get it right.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great bar atmosphere
    foodlover
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Mickey and Cameron behind the bar is the dream team! Awesome night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a winner
    TravelingForWork
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Every time I visit Shaw's it seems better than I remember it. It is one of my favorite spots in Chicago. The food is outstanding, the service is excellent and the bar scene is a lot of fun. Always a great place to bring friends or clients!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consiostently superior
    EFredVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    As always, it is a wonderful dining experience in every respect, be it lunch, brunch, or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding oysters and crab
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    There aren't many places like this outside of Chicago, so I make it a point to eat here whenever I'm in town on business. The place was jammed so the service was slow, and the food is somewhat overpriced, but the food quality was excellent. I'll go next time I'm in town too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Energy
    Foodie4life
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I always enjoy myself at Shaws. The lighting and colors in the main dining area are very pleasing. The food is done very well and the service was outstanding. My only critique would be that I wish the restaraunt did a better job of offering more variety in the fish choices. The inclusion of a well prepared Chilean Sea Bass, Halibut or Grouper would be a great addition.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Brunch in Chicago!
    JohnsonVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The service was wonderful and the food is always delicious. This is a great place to take family and friends or out of town guest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Service
    Kuss
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Shaw's did a great job with everything. I requested a romantic table and the delivered. Excellent food, excellent service, go there you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing, as always
    RAHAIN
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Fabulous food, and always too notch service. I hosted my sister's bachelorette party here, and it was a great place for a special occasion dinner, and just lively enough for the group that we had :) A+
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    DianeHen
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We went to Shaw's for our 29th wedding anniversary. We were looking for a delicious lobster and crab dinner. I ordered the Surf and Surf which is a lobster tail and crab. It was literally one king crab leg cut into 4 pieces and a lobster tail. Not worth the $65 price at all. We also ordered the au gratin potatoes. They were undercooked and looked like a plate of saganaki, very unappealing. My husband ordered the blue crab stuffed lobster which he really liked...thank goodness. We were not impressed with the room. There were ceiling tiles missing, and some were repaired but looked terrible...really disappointing. I can now say I've been to Shaw's, but have no need to go back or recommend.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious once again
    luxlifeone
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I don't recall our servers name. I don't think she had a name badge on, but she was THE best!!! Her attention to service and detailed explanation of menu items was on point. I have to try something other than the twin lobster tails next time I go. I love the food, the service, the drinks, I just wish the noise level could be abated a little. BUT it is an older place and the noise level will not stop me from going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasteless
    Tastebuds
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Ordered the halibut and it tasted like jello without flavoring. Ordered the peach cobbler and to my surprise the skins were on the peaches. Highly unusual. Northwest has much better seafood (e.g. Ray's Boathouse, Anthony's) and desserts.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    For the price of the meal I was not at all impressed with Shaws food. My Caesar Salad was very good as well has my husbands seafood gumbo.The bread was not very tasty. My entree was the Alaskan King Crab & petite filet.The steak was very small however very good my crab leg was small three pieces and it was rubbery and tough. I was not anticipating a great steak and horrible crab at a crab house especially one with great reviews. I was disappointed. To not be further disappointed we opted to dine elsewhere for desert.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints!
    Noddabookie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great seafood Great atmosphere Outstanding service It's what keeps me coming back! Thank you! Do yourself a favor and schedule a reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great meal here...
    CitifiedLadyVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We went as part of a group of six and had the pleasure of sitting at Amy's table, who offered thoughtful recommendations that we appreciated. As always, the seafood entrées were fantastic (and well sized!).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Casual real restaurant, great appetizer, great service but noisy with little elbow room. Portion size was small and basic.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicago's Besties
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The Lobster Bisque was quite delicious. We were a party of 5 who tried everyone's food and everything was spectacular. When in season, the blueberry/peach cobbler is a must to cap off a perfect dinner. If you're a sushi snob, give it a try, as I was impressed. Will definitely make this place a stop on my next visit to Chi-Town.
    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.
  • Delicious!
    RiesRory
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Awesome experience. Excellent service. The crab legs were so sweet! The grilled shrimp and sushi were fresh and the best I ever had. Everything was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shaw's
    SullyIrish
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Amazing as always! In Chicago? A MUST stop - it is consistently great and often great music in the bar. Make a reservation since it is always busy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.