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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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "The worst birthday/dining experience I've ever had. My original review was so long, I didn't have enough characters to finish off what I had to say, so here's the updated version. We felt ignored, embarrassed, closterphobic and went home hungry."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This is a stop for us every year we are in Chicago. It is always the best oyster crab legs and cocktails. A must !!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Had a great dinner with my family when they came in town. Menu is huge, and the crab is of course excellent. Made the mistake of not ordering crab for my entree, but their swordfish is amazing. Would recommend to family and friends."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The parmesan crusted fish was good as well as the salmon."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "An annual tradition for me and a friend or friends. Have been to the restaurant many times and always enjoyed. Service is very attentive. The Lobster Fest held during July is a great value."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Our server offered to split multiple dinners in order for each of us at the table to experience more delicious seafood items. So very fresh, and very tasty. Pretty expensive, but worth it for a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Went to Shaw's 7/6 for the 1st time. Service there is outstanding from the bartender to our waiter. Food is fresh recommend if u like oysters go to oyster bar. Everyday between certain time oysters are half off. Over priced otherwise portions not big. Would I go back? no. good to check out though to form own opinion of."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We originally wanted to go for the amazing brunch but were unable to make the timeline so we went for dinner. We ordered sushi for an app and the crab fingers. Sushi was very good, crab fingers not so much they lacked flavor. We had the seafood platter which included scallops, shrimp, and crab cakes for an entrée. They split the food for us on separate plates and allowed us to share the meal at no extra charge. Most excellent service. He gave us honest opinions of the food instead of just saying everything on the menu is good like most servers do. And he was very knowledgeable of the menu. We were running late for a movie and he was able to settle out check promptly. Definitely worth going to!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Have been enjoying Shaw's since the '80s - entertaining clients and dinners with hubby. I am never disappointed. Food is always great - this time I had lobster thermidor - Mmmmm. Husband had simply prepared swordfish - said it was great, not dried out like some can be. Dinner was nicely paced, not rushed. Ambience is great - never feels like the brass and glass of every other restaurant."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The service was excellent, some food selections were very good but others were just fair. I recomend the fresh oysters."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The lobster salad and lobster roll were fantastic...Great service and great Bloody Marys"... Perfect afternoon lunch..."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Some of the freshest, most delicious oysters we’ve ever eaten. With such great oysters at such low prices, you may be tempted to make a meal out of happy hour. We did. But how often are you actually done with work before 6 pm anyways, right? Two kinds of toppings accompanied the oysters, the classic cocktail sauce and horseradish mix, and a champagne infused ice with shallots and pepper. The champagne infused ice added sophisticated, floral notes to the oyster. Mmmm."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Shaw's has the best seafood salad in town and excellent service!!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My wife and I have dined at Shaw's for many years, and each time has been a wonderful experience! The oysters are always exceptional, and we loved the lobster cocktail and the soft shell crabs! We never end the evening without savoring a piece of Shaw's signature key lime pie; it's the best!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Shaw's was recommended on my trip to Chicago. We were sorely disappointed. Fish was dry (overcooked) and flavorless, and the Crab cake was mostly filler. This is not a top seafood restaurant."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I end up eating at Lettuce Entertain You (LEY) restaurants multiple times a week and know that the quality of food and service among the management group's locations vary, but are usually very good. Unfortunately, the experience I had on July 4th at Shaws was on the lower end of the scale. A friend an I went to the restaurant for the All-You-Can-Eat Crawfish Boil and were met with unhelpful hostesses, water glasses that were never full, and extremely slow service. The food quality was tolerable, but I ended up leaving the all you can eat lunch hungry and disappointed because the food wasn't good enough to keep eating."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Classic, should have gone triple. or maybe as Kanye would say it... Go Getters rhyme like, should've been signed twice Most imitated, Grammy nominated Hotel accommodated, cheerleader prom-dated Barbershop playa-hated, mom-and-pop bootlegged it Felt like it rained 'til the roof caved in Two words, Chi-town raised me crazy"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Everything was really fresh and delicious. Some of the best service I've ever had."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Service and food was fantastic!! They absolutely prepared great lobster and accommodated our every request! Great staff, great evening and great food! Jim Simmons 4420 N Alatamaha Street St. Augustine Florida 32092 Jimsimmons_83@hotmail.com"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The food was great with a variety of choices. Our waiter was average and did not explain the menu since we were first time guests. Otherwise, the family enjoyed the food."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Shaw's came highly recommended by friends and we were not disappointed! King crab heaven!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The service was good, the starters were great, but the Sword Fish Steak was raw!! not very good for a fish restaurant - although the service to rectify the problem was excellent - my wife eat her dinner and 15 minutes later I eat mine !"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Great dinner and server. Only thing lacking was they don't have Coors Light,"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "It probably is a great place to eat we just had a terrible wait staff who basically ruined it. Doesn't matter how good the food was."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Ordered the shrimp cocktail, received 5 very small pieces of shrimp. The fish was average at best. Overall very disappointing for a seafood restaurant."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • " This rests.urant was one of the highlights of the trip. Paula our server provided extraordinary service offering great suggestions and making it a fun night out. The crab legs are the best I have eaten. They are huge! We started out with bowl licking lobster bisque. Roasted beets the favorite of the group, grilled asparagus and potatoes au gratin. Each side order was done to perfection. Being from Canada the choice of restaurants in the city is endless. It is 5 star all the way!!!!! With all the restaurants in Chicago we hit the jackboot on choosing this one for our 60th birthday celebration!!!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had dinner Saturday night and we were lucky enough to have Jackie as our server. She made our night so much more enjoyable and we will be asking for her section the next time we are back at Shaw's."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My husband and I typically dine in the Oyster Bar area of Shaws as that is the spot that is most laid back. The food and atmosphere never fail to please. It's like dining in a 5 star restaurant wrapped around your favorite neighborhood tavern. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Always a treat every time I visit Chicago. You can't go wrong with Shaw's. Perfect choice for entertaining my business friends."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Decided on Shaws for our first dinner in town The restaurant was very busy which was a good sign We were seated within 10 minutes of our reservation Selection was decent and the food was very good Leftovers were even better the next day The drinks were a little pricey but not outrageous I would return for some fresh seafood and interesting dishes"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I have not been to Shaw's in awhile and again it did not disappoint. Crab cakes were the best. Also liked the gumbo"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Used to be a regular. Seemed tired like market had past beyond to new competition"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I thought the service/atmosphere was great, but HIGHLY disappointed with the food. Appetizers (crab cake, grilled calamari) were delicious, but our main course was not good. 4 out of 6 people had fish and afterward we all agreed, it was tasteless. Don't know if they forgot to season it, but really disappointed. Don't think I'd go back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I took my mother here for a brunch. The food was good, but the set up for the buffet stations was very awkward. Most of the buffet items are located in the entry way where people are sitting and standing waiting to be seated. I would not return for this type of event."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Excellent meal and service. Nick was a fantastic server!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Shaw's Crab House is the king of alaskan king crab! Kudos to the owner, chef and staff for a great dinner of its signature crab dish, attentive and friendly service, an awesome red zinfandel, and the best key lime pie. However, be prepared for persons not educated in the use of restaurant voices if you happen to be seated in the bar area."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Must try in chicago area. One of the best places I've ever been. The server is very polite and nice."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Coming here for years and it is amazing that it just never falls off its standard of excellence. From the hopping bar to the wonderful ambiance in the main room, the hit it out of the park every time.!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We've been Shaw fans for 25 yrs. +, so were delighted to be back in town and able to enjoy a wonderful meal at a restaurant that has withstood the test of time very well!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Everything was as hoped for. Great seafood, good drinks, and nice wine list."
    Dined on 6/21/2014