Gadsby's Tavern

4.6
1975 reviews
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Gadsby's Tavern has been offering fine dining since 1770. Enjoy lunch and dinner in one of the elegant Colonial dining rooms. The one-of-a-kind Gadsby's Tavern experience awaits you.
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NL
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fun experience.

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LD
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I would recommend Gadsby's to anyone who is interested in history and architecture. The atmosphere is very quaint and impressive.

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r
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gadsby's Tavern was founded in 1785 and they make sure you know it. They strike a good balance of historical (candles in hurricane lamps, servers wearing pretty decent late-18th-century garb, some vintage dishes on the menu) and accessible (the pewter plates are used as place mats, so you don't hear forks screeching against them all night). The food was extremely good. I started with peanut soup—a simple, flavorful puree of roasted peanuts, broth, garlic, and ginger, garnished with additional roasted peanuts—and then had divinely tender, perfectly cooked lamb chops and grilled asparagus. My partner had crab cakes and then the "gentleman's pye", a stew of beef, lamb, and mushrooms with a big puff of pastry on top. The servers were very attentive to my food allergies and it was nice to feel confident that I could enjoy my meal without fear. We would gladly come back.

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TA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

The restrooms were filthy and disgusting. The duck was overcooked. The dining room was extremely crowded so a toothpick could not be placed between tables. If you pushed your chair away from your table guaranteed you will hit the person's chair sitting behind you at another table. Worse than sardines in a can.

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DH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a friend visiting from out of town for her visit to this historic location. We had the best waiter! He was very helpful and friendly and most accommodating. My friend loved the ambience of the place, including the colonial outfits the staff were wearing. We just wish there were more entrees offered on the menu.

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a
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, authentic decor, and attentive service. Only drawback is that you cannot tour the tavern. You only have access to a small portion of the first floor, which is 3 separate dining areas.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Gadsby’s delivered great food with excellent service in a unique historic environment. Had dinner for four with friends from out of town who love history, and this was a perfect match. The Gentlemen’s Pye is always a great choice!

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G
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Tables were very close together... too close and bathrooms need renovation.

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L
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the historical ambiance. Food was good and our waiter was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasantly surprised with the sophistication of the menu. The noise level was high but I imagine that is what it was like back in Washington & Jefferson’s time so in my mind it only added to the ambiance.

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AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great vibe especially if you appreciate the history behind the restaurant. The food was very good and service was great.

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MK
New England
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent good, service and ambiance in a historical tavern. The Brie appetizer was amazing, and I thoroughly enjoyed the Washington’s Favorite Duck. Highly recommend.

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Shreveport
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful dinning experience in a wonderful historic building. Food was great and service was fantastic

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Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice to dine in such a historic building. Enjoyed the whole experience. Food was good, service was a little slow but not bad. This probably won’t be a repeat for us, not quite our scene but would recommend everyone try it. :)

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere....... Very good food

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k
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Our server was dressed in period Colonial clothing and at the end of the meal an orator came in and was very amusing, that is the only reason I did not give this place two stars. There were no legitimate, original recipes on the menu as you may find at most period restaurants. The brie in the wrapped brie was solid and cold in the middle, the bread was not warmed, the butter seemed to be Sysco, and the Gentleman's Pie was average at best. The portion are very large, quantity over quality.

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m
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

We were disappointed to be asked to wait for about 15 minutes beyond our reservation time, despite arriving on time (or even a little early). We were then seated in an empty room, with no other diners, and waited a much-too-long time to be served (probably 30+ minutes after ordering). When it arrived, the food was good.

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Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Had dinner on Sat eve with my father. Food was good but not perfect. Don’t abide the recommendation of others: the Peanut soup is way too salty to be worth anything more than a cup to split among 2 or more. Frankly, it’s best as a dip for the bread. I had Gentleman’s pie which was as expected. Good amount of beef/lamb, well cooked, in savory broth. Dad got prime rib which desperately needed seasoning; good cut but far too dry, and horseradish sauce is not sufficient to add the necessary moisture and flavor. Server was very polite and attentive. Not necessarily sure I would return unless I specifically wanted “olde English” style food. That said, also would not object if others wanted to visit.

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KG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Business client loved it.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best crab cake I have had in a long time. Servers were helpful when picking out drinks to try. Neat place for lunch with friends.

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SP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! We enjoyed the historical folk

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PH
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My husband and I celebrated out 6 year anniversary. We were looking for a historic restaurant with a eclectic and this restaurant delivered. The prices are very reasonable. We order the Ham Biscuits (so good we order another) & Fried oysters for an appetizer. The oysters were just okay. I order the Walnut Gorgonzola salad as well fresh and delicious. For Entrees, I had the Lamb (tender and delicious. The menu does say Double Cut, but they were not a traditional double cut size, much smaller. The sauce is outstanding.My husband order the Duck. He enjoyed the scallop potatoes, I ate he corn pudding. However, he had to send the duck back. The skin was not very crispy and he did not enjoy the cherry sauce. He decided to get the Beef Bordeliase which was a little better. The burnt cream (creme brulee)
was good,

Overall we enjoyed our dining experience. The entertainment from one of the staff members signing and playing and instrument was enjoyable.

However the star for the evening was our Server Eli. My husband and I dine out very often especially for business and feel that the server is the deciding factor of whether we would return to a restaurant.
Eli exceeded our expectations! Although he was very busy serving 5 other tables one being a party of 10 he was not to busy to check on us. He was very knowledgeable of the menu, made suggestions, and most importantly made us feel important and special. For this reason alone we will be back to dine at Gadsby and hope Eli is there when we return.

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JD
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If u like early American history, it's a must go! If u don't care about history, just go for the great food & service! I had lamb and it was the best ever!!
Jim

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L
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and awesome atmosphere. Portion sizes are huge, so next time my husband and I will share an entree.

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CB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a unique atmosphere. Excellent service

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little more expensive but great venue for visitors, and to dine from time to time.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we have friends in town we take them to Gadsby’s. It’s always a treat.

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MK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my daughters birthday at Gadsby’s. She loves historic sites and this did not disappoint! The food was great and our waiter was amazing! She even was surprised with a candle in her dessert!

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JM
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was all so wonderful. My out-of-state guests enjoyed it immensely, too! Thank you!!!

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B
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

If you like history and cozy atmosphere this is place to be.

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KD
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place with a great atmosphere. The waiters and waitresses are in colonial dress and the service is fantastic. Everything on the menu looks great and all our food was delicious. The apple cider is superb and the crab soup was also splendid. Highly recommend it.

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EK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hessian beef was delicious as was the cockilee pie and the triffle was exquisite rly simple and tasty

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TB
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience. Also great fun to walk around Olde Towne before dining.

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MF
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time in this historical tavern. Was entertaining our daughter-in-law from England and she really enjoyed everything about Gatsby Tavern.

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N
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Your menu sounded great, but our actual food choices were not anything to write home about. I, along with another in the party had prime rib; it had a lot of fat and gristle, it was tough, and your knife selection for cutting the meat was dull and it took several swipes to get a piece unhinged from the rest so you could eat it. The third party had duck and the skin was not cooked crispy, was like eating fat, and flesh was tough. At first glance at your menu with its good and tasty selection and reasonable prices, we all initially thought to make a reservation for Thanksgiving. But, after having our meal, we decided that we will never return. As I said to the others, the success of the tavern is its long history 'cus it can't be the food.

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j
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed the beautiful building and interior. The service and seating was great. The food and prices were excellent. I would have enjoyed a bit of introduction to the historical significance of the building (the museum was closed), I would revisit and recommend!

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r
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I've got a soft spot in my heart for Gadsby's Tavern and take most guests there who visit me from out of town. You can't go wrong with the history, charm, or quality of food.

Dinners are fabulous as is their brunch. Unfortunately, lunch simply doesn't meet expectations. Burgers and fries? Sandwiches that remind one of Fridays and every other diner on the corner? No, that should not be the offerings of this amazing place.

It's five stars for dinner and brunch. Don't bother at lunch.

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d
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was great but plentiful. Ambiance was amazing and the staff were awesome! A great historic restaurant to enjoy great food!

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AP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

55+ crowd. Quiet and empty, food below avg. does not deserve high praise I saw in reviews prior to visit. Won’t be back.

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AA
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant. Glad we found this gem.

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