Gadsby's Tavern

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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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JH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant, a very special place for those looking for an authentic experience in historic Alexandria. You will not be disappointed! The food is excellent, and you will definitely get the feeling that you are stepping back in time the minute you open the large front door of this tavern. If you are lucky, you will have the extra special experience of meeting “Mr. Hall,” a gentleman from the 1820’s who frequently visits the tavern at night and charms you with his conversation and beautiful ballads on his exquisite string instrument.

H
Las Vegas
37 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has a very romantic and historical presents. The food was exceptional the service was very attentive. I would recommend this restaurant for history, romance and the wonderful food.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wait staff forgot to order our food so the wait for food was twice as long. No compensation for error was offered.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

It was my husband‘s birthday. The restaurant was fairly empty. I read that it was a great place to celebrate birthdays, but it did not feel like festive atmosphere. The food was good but a bit pricey. Our server was nice.

JD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was amazing. I am pretty sure it is haunted but still had a great experience

B
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food presented in a comfortable environment where conversation was possible

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cool experience and feel! The food is also wonderful!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El sitio espectacular. Ambientado en otra época tanto por los enseres como vestuario. Muy auténtico. La comida casera muy buena y el servicio muy majo. Es sin duda un lugar imprescindible al que ir si estás por la zona. Volveremos encantadas.

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PS
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Good but the prime rib was a bit tasteless. I’ve had the prime rib before and it had been very good. However this time was a bit on the bland side. Otherwise the experience was enjoyable.

MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Meeting friends for Xmas

KW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal and thoroughly enjoyed our entire evening at Gadsby's. We love downtown Alexandria and our drinks, meal and service was outstanding. We also enjoyed the evening entertainment which was a very nice touch! Highly recommend for a fun evening out!

OT
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Gadsbys food is incredibly good which was unexpected the first time we went. The ambiance and history of this landmark make it a must do ok Alexandria. Even for those of us who live here!

MA
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fish and chips (they called it Crispy Cod) I've had in a long time. And everything else was delicious too. Prices were very reasonable.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic meal with a romantic and authentic atmosphere.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduation. Very very nice. Thank you.

KH
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My expectations were blown away with the each of the meals at our table. I was dining with a group of four and we started off with the wedge salad, and the fried oysters. Both of which were phenomenal.

Then we ordered crabcakes, the seafood Newfoundlander, and prime rib. And again all of them were amazing. Highly recommend this restaurant if you’re down in old town

KM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was fantastic - food, service, ambiance. The only negative was it was a bit crowded. 1-2 too many tables, so chairs bumped up against each other. But once seated, it wasn’t too bad. Worth it though for the food, service, and wine.

EB
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gadsby's Tavern was so great! I loved the atmosphere and colonial feel. I will definitely be back!

PK
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat to come for prime rib and the corn soufflé. Love the ambiance.

NB
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our entire experience was excellent. The history, excellent food and excellent service exceeded our expectations. We will return!

MS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

History accompanied by good food and reasonable prices. The service was good and we even found parking in Old Town. If you enjoy history you have to give Gadsby's a try.

s
New Mexico
17 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful experience - excellent food - great service - we will be back.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Ambience and food were very good but service was not great.

Waiter forgot one of the soups when he brought out the other soups and salads and said he’d bring out the other one in a second...took about 10 minutes and us having to flag him down to bring it out and ended up coming out just about 2 minutes before the entrees.

After dropping off the entrees, the waiter didn’t come back to our table until he dropped off the check.

There were maybe only 3 other parties seated in the main dining area so not sure why the lack of service on an “quiet night” as he put it.

H
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I loved the historic atmosphere. I had the peanut soup as a starter and I am glad I tried it, but I am good with it being a one time thing haha. The bread that was given to us was not good, and I usually find it hard to be negative about bread! Our entrees, on the other hand, were fantastic! I had the salmon and my husband had the filet and I would definitely recommend both! Overall, I would love to come back, but choose a different appetizer.

B
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Gadsby's is a great place to bring friends or family visiting the area. We've been there several times and it's been consistently good each visit. The atmosphere is relaxing and they serve straight-up comfort food. Nice combo for a relaxing evening.

SS
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed being transported back in time to George Washington's day. The restaurant's interior is consistent with a tavern & inn of centuries past. The waitstaff was pleasant & professional, and what fun that they dressed the part ! I ordered the prime rib dinner. It was excellently prepared. I thought the value was good for the ambiance & the food quality. I recommend visiting the attached museum in order to enhance your experience. I would go back again without any second thoughts.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great as always. We’ve never had a bad experience at Gadsby’s Tavern.

K
San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Just a wonderful place to bring friends or family for a great dining experience. Period dressed staff and ambiance topped off a delicious Gentleman’s Pye!

t
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of several times that I've been to Gadsby's Tavern. The food is terrific, and while pricey it is close to average for a good restaurant in Old Town. The old-style colonial architecture and décor add to the experience. This is where George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other founders went, making it a MUST for history buffs.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience dining with our whole family for my patents’ 50th wedding anniversary.

m
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Party of 6. No apps. Salads and meals. No substitutions, pretty standard ordering. Service was non-existent. Had to fill our water glasses ourselves three times. Food was ok. Nothing special. But not bad.

JS
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Meat loaf & roast beef were wonderful. Vegetables were exceptionally fresh. Period actor was a surprise and very well played. We will go back.

a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought out of town guests with us for dinner Sunday night. Couldn't have been nicer, the food was wonderful and the staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Great evening! Alexia

DB
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience4

We were seated at a 2 person table right in front of the door. It was cramped and cold. Then, the waiter forgot to bring us bread and never put in our appetizer order. The food was not worth the price considering everything else. Worst fine dining experience I have ever had!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a fun experience. The food was delicious and hot. The service was outstanding.

m
Pinehurst
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We have been there a couple of times and look forward to our return. Unfortunately this visit was poor. Food prepared incorrectly for spouse, we were done eating before we got his. Had noted that visit was for special occasion, but it wasn't mentioned or noted by anyone. Disappointed overall.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

The food was disgusting. Three of us ordered the half duck and it had the consistency of beef jerky; it was very chewy. There’s no term to describe the service rendered by the waitress except for horrible.

JR
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious ... we had heard about staff coming out and acting but didn’t get to experience it. Service was great

MP
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had wanted eat at this historic landmark for a long time. I was not disappointed. The food was great, and it’s a bit like stepping back in time.