Gadsby's Tavern

4.6
1932 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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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

We regularly bring out of town visitors here for the food and the history. For the first time we experienced a period re-enactor (John Douglas Hall) which brought the night to a whole new level.

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GH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy great food and good service every time we visit!

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely amazing, and our server was outstanding. We weren’t sure what to get but he helped us pick the amazing rum punch cocktails and some great dishes. I would recommend to anyone looking for a unique dining experience or a date night!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gloria, our hostess was wonderful, informative and attentive.

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KW
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem! If you are into history and fine food, this restaurant is the complete package. The area surrounding the restaurant is very pleasant, all the modern amenities but still feeling as if you were walking back into history. But nothing quite felt like the 1700’s then stepping into Gatsbys Tavern, we were greeted by a very charming and warm waiter. He offered us a wine list which had a pleasant variety, gave our group a bread basket of a warm variety of bread, and offered us a little history of the restaurant. As much as it was a treat to sit where George Washington might have sat, the food truly topped anything I was expecting. The salmon, in particular, was so delicious.

I would recommend this restaurant to anyone, particularly if you have a history buff husband like I do. He adored the expierence and fine dining!

If you do anything in DC, go to this lovely little piece of history!

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KG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! Love the food - always consistently delicious.

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AS
East Texas
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose to eat here for the history and to enjoy the museum afterwards. The Sunday brunch was really great and we would definitely come back again!

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AC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday - excellent

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OT
West Virginia
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were looking for a unique place to eat while visiting and stumbled across Gadsby’s Tavern. We absolutely loved it! The food was delicious, the history awesome, and the ambiance couldn’t be beat!

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We tried Gadsby’s Tavern as a way to share a little history with my nine year old! But it turned out to be a wonderful, special evening. The food was elegant - with the children’s menu prime rib as the winner at our table! The decor was lovely. We were also treated to lovely lute music and an entertainer in period costume who charmed us with jokes and conversation in the language of the early 18th century. Was really a nice surprise and a very special evening!

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L
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our trip to Gadsbys. This time we took our twin grand daughters to celebrate their 12th birthdays. We knew it would be special and it was. The girls were impressed with the building. It’s heritage, the waitstaff period dress, their friendliness. and the range of food choices. One of the girls ordered the Gentleman’s Pye, a lamb/beef stew in a wine infused broth. She enjoyed every bite, including the pastry top. The other grand daughter enjoyed the peanut soup and the vegetarian dish. They felt very special—especially when they got to choose their dessert and were serenaded by the staff. Thank you for a great evening.

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KN
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a true Gem! The perfect balance of atmosphere and fine dining. Truly felt like we’d gone back in time 200 years!

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MP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surreen was an excellent waiter!
All of our apps were delicious and the lemon chicken was unbelievable.
We never felt rushed and the opportunity to talk throughout our dinner was memorable.
We’ll definitely be back :-)

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DR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crispy oysters appetizer is great. George Washington favorite (orange duck) is great with 3 or their veggies is a great deal

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PC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and historic setting. Food was good, not great for the prices, but good. Perhaps lunch is their best value looking at that menu.

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JT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I enjoyed it. No background music, classic atmosphere, good service and food was pretty good. A couple of minor glitches with the food. They were really busy due to restaurant week. I will return soon.

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k
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We visited Gadsby's Tavern during restaurant week. The waiter seemed irritated when we said that we wanted to enjoy our drinks before ordering. We decided to order off the regular menu instead of the restaurant week menu, something else that seemed to irritate him. We waited forever for our entrees to be delivered, diners seated long after us were finishing their meals before receiving ours. The service was terrible and the food was very disappointing. Will never return.

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CM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a historical venue where George Washington
Had eaten. The food is very nice. The servers are dressed in historical outfits and do a nice job sharing a bit of our past.

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NY
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Gadsby’s did well for restaurant week. It had been ages since we’ve eaten there and we were pleasantly surprised by the well thought-out menu. Our server was excellent, which always makes the meal SO much more enjoyable.

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JD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

This from Restaurant Week. The food was very good; portion size was large in relation to my appetite. I saved half the entree (Salmon approx. 6 oz., spinach, and rice)for a satisfying lunch next day.
The waiater was very cheerful, fariendly and accommodating but overloaded; it looked like the waitstaff was down by one server.
The ambience was good to the Colonial peariod. However the air outside was cold, in the hi 20s, and my table next to a window had a draft of cold air coming down from the single pane window. This is a challenge to period authenticity vs the relief to be afforded by a second layer of glass. Perhaps a single pane on the outside?

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N
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and wonderful food! Went for a date night and it was perfect!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and daughters and I really enjoyed our meal. The ambiance was wonderful. We were looking for a historical DC area restaurant while on a trip and Gadsby’s for the bill perfectly.

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OT
Central Texas
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were amazing. Many of our large group had restaurant week meals and a few ordered off of the menu. Our waiter was excellent at serving a group of 7. We never wanted for anything.

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AM
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a pleasant surprise and I enjoyed the atmosphere.

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LJ
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Recently celebrated my mother's 70th Birthday at Gadsby's Tavern. Food was delicious, service was good and atmosphere is very nice. My 6 year old loved the fact that George Washington ate there :)

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EZ
New York Area
195 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been coming to Gadsby's for almost 40 years! Love the history & colonial spelling on the menu. We were given a warm greeting & had good service. It was the best Restaurant Week deal in the area @ only $15 per person (2 courses). Bread basket & butter, peanut soup, tavern salad, prime beef sandwich w/ fries, coleslaw & onion soup dip, chicken sandwich. We ate too much but left fat & happy!

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m
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the salmon. Food was good staff dressed and act in 1800 period clothing. Fun place we really enjoyed it. A little pricey. Paid 100.00 to eat for 2. With dinner no appetizers, and 2 drinks

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DF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entertainer was perfect. And the quiet ambiance and quality of food is perfect for a memorable occasion.

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G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Beautiful and historic— where George Washington hung out with other framers of the Constitution. Fairly priced, yet not hot when served, though only one of three tables. Bathrooms are down two flights of stairs and no elevator in 18th century bldg. Hot food like French fries should be served hot.

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TD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delightful, but the winter night tonight with snow coming down made our visit quiet and very special.
Everything we ordered was wonderful. The service is personable and timely.

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DW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent Food and Ambiance. Eating in an establishment where our Fore Fathers ate hundreds of years ago is a must.

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AC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great history. An excellent dining spot after visiting Mt. Vernon or Washington DC.

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BS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

We seven furloughed feds gathered at Gadsby’s Tavern for a post holiday lunch and had no trouble avoiding work topics. Our server was charming and steered a few of us to the seasonal brew from Port City (Black Veil), the French style baked onion soup, several good entree selections (e.g. chicken crock pie with puff pastry) and a cinnamon cobbler desert à la mode. Our conversation ran on and on through several coffee re-fills and it seemed as if we’d have been welcome to spend the entire afternoon in this very warm atmosphere.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there last night and it was an amazing experience. The food was AMAZING. My husband and son got George’s favorite duck and they said it was delicious. They walked my son around showing him the things around restaurant like the mantle on fireplace that George Washington touched. We will definitely visit again when back in the area. A MUST SEE

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DZ
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 Stars! Great restaurant, atmosphere, service and food. Would go back in an instant.

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SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Where George Washington celebrated his birthday. A perfect place to take visiting friends seeing the historic sites. You'll enjoy dining in an authentic place.

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TM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere and the food were excellent would recommend this restaurant to anybody visiting the area. Would definitely be going back.

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H
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

I was disappointed with the stale Yorkshire pudding served with my Prime Rib. Also the Prime Rib was tough.

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N
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I have lived in this area for 25 years but had never gone to Gadsby's until my kids came along. We decided to make it into a 4th grade Virginia history lesson--and we were not disappointed! The food was plentiful and really good--my son declared the bacon cheeseburger to be the best he's ever had. The salads were really good as well, I also looked at plates at other tables and was impressed. The setting is pretty authentic, as well, with a cute bar area although I don't think you would go here to drink. Even the stairs to the bathrooms were steep and a bit scary. Only (minor) complaint is that the service was a bit slow, given that the restaurant was crowded the day we were there. A reservation would be recommended.

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JB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a Christmas family tradition. The venue is exceptional and the food and wait service are dependably good.

Expand your hours but otherwise, stay just as you are.

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