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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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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.

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.

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

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The dinner was tasty as expected. The historical charm and roaming characters make for a delightful experience.

RG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gadsby's Tavern is my daughter's favorite restaurant. She insists on dining there for her birthday. We've been going there for her last 6 birthdays. Besides the good food, she loves the history of the place and its authentic décor. It is quite a unique place, everyone should try it.

J
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I love Gatsby's. Always memorable. I think our server was challenged to check in at our table toward the end of the meal however, and I was in need of water for about 10 minutes (which seems like a long time during a meal). I would definitely go again however.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch with old friends. The staff let us sit and talk until we were the last ones left. The peanut soup is to die for. Will be dragging others back.

RD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

An outstanding element of Gatsby's Tavern is the breadth of interesting menu items in all courses. Some items are rarely found on menus and likely reflect dining preferences during the earliest days of the colonies. Service and timing were good as was value for the quality of the food, which we agreed was excellent. We were surprised that the restaurant was pretty quiet for what would typically be a busy night out; however, it is now off-season and there are many restaurants in the area competing for locals' business. Yes, we would go back again.

a
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

After promising starters and salads, the main courses were very disappointing. Stay away from the tough, overcooked prime rib. If meat is your game, the filet mignon is much better. The recommended duck was clearly old; smelling and tasting like it was turning. The colonial atmosphere is quaint but it was uncomfortably hot and noisy in the restaurant.

D
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Gadsby’s isn’t a place to go if you do not like a noisy atmosphere but enjoy good service and food in a unique historic setting .

f
Washington DC
196 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish we ordered was excellent: fresh vegetables, special Lunn bread, buttermilk pie, etc. Brien, our server, couldn't be more pleasant and accommodating. The history related to the Tavern: a favorite waterhole of the first president, George Washington, is enough to blow one's mind.

Every history buff and foodie should dine here.

PK
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived at 11:30, on a cool, rainy weekday /10/22) and there was literally no one else there. By the time we left, two hours later, there were folks at only three other tables. I know this is not typical, but it was certainly lovely and quiet. The food was delicious, and the young lady who was our server was just perfect—well-informed, gracious, and just friendly enough. I can’t wait to return.

JB
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Very quaint in period restaurant. Made me feel like I was walking the steps of George Washington.

RJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Soren was terrific! He was very responsive and had a great personality.

SO
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere!
It felt like we were back in history.

k
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Historic tavern with servers dressed in period costumes. Very charming. Food was fair to good and not expensive. Ambiance was great.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was unreasonably slow. We waited 50 minutes from when we ordered until the food arrived, Our waiter never walked near our table the entire last 20 minutes of this wait. The food was good and the ambience was unique, so we were disappointed not to have had a better experience while visiting Alexandria.

GH
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I, along with another couple, had lunch and was so impressed we immediately reserved another lunch later in our week in Alexandria. Wonderful food. The sandwiches and entrees were both outstanding. The apple cobbler (with cream but we also added ice cream) is a must. Quiet room. Soft, classical (period) music. Waiters in period dress. Well done!

JP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

great historical spot. Food was very good. The Onion Soul was outstanding. Restaurant attached to a museum reflecting traveler life in late 1700's. Washington celebrated his last 2 birthdays there and Thomas Jefferson's inaugural ball us reported to have been here

C
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming historic venue with great food, efficient service and unexpected but much enjoyed entertainment.

R
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quaint and period setting..waiters dressed in era costume..food was excellent..prices average for vacation area