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Gadsby's Tavern

4.5
4.5
2371 Reviews
$30 and under
American

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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2 people

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Steak, Prime Rib

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Wed–Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 548-1288

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact for more information.

  • Private party contact

    Manager: (703) 548-1288

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Cross street

    Cameron Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Sandwiches

  • Gadsby Reuben$13.00

    corned beef on grilled rye bread with rotkraut & russian dressing

    • City Tavern Chicken Salad*$10.00

      on colonial brown bread with tomato & & crispy romaine lettuce

      • Grilled Chicken Sandwich*$12.00

        with lettuce & double glouchester cheese on toasted sally lunn bread

        • Seaport Melt*$13.00

          tuna salad on biscuit topped with melted cheddar

          • Chesapeake Bay Crab Cake Sandwich*$15.00

            with crispy onions & citrus cocktail sauce

            • Prime Roast Beef & Brie Dipping Sandwich*$11.00

              on baguette with french onion au jus & horseradish sauce

              Tavern Burgers

              all burgers and sandwiches served with hand - cut fries, cole slaw & pickle

              • William Caton Burger*$11.00

                layered with bacon, fried onions, lettuce, tomato & choice of cheese (stilton, american, swiss, cheddar )

                • John Gadsby Burger*$12.00

                  topped with stilton cheese & fried sweet potatoes served with crisp lettuce & ripe tomato

                  Soups

                  • Surrey Co. Peanut Soup

                    with garlic & ginger

                    • Cup$3.00
                    • Bowl$6.00
                  • Soup of the Day

                    • Cup$3.00
                    • Bowl$6.00
                  • Madeira Onion Soup$6.00

                    crock of savory madeira onion soup with crouton, double glouchester cheese

                    Salads

                    • Sallad of Mixed Greens with Tavern Vinaigrette$8.00

                      served with roasted peanuts, grapes & shredded glouchester cheese

                      • Ice Well Wedge$8.00

                        iceberg horseradish dressing, beefsteak tomato & red onion

                        • Salamangundi*$14.00

                          cucumbers, radish, fowl, ham gherkins apples, hard boiled eggs over crisp lettuce

                          • Sallad of Spinage$9.00

                            served with red onion, slivered almonds, dried cranberries & shredded glouchester

                            Salad Additions

                            • Grilled Salmon*$5.00

                              • Chicken*$4.00

                                • Shrimp*$5.00

                                  Main Courses

                                  • Chesapeake Bay Lump Crab Cake*$15.00

                                    served with hand-cut fries, sweet corn salad & citrus cocktail sauce

                                    • Ale - Battered Crispy Cod*$11.00

                                      with hand-cut fries & cole slaw

                                      • Braised Hessen Beef*$13.00

                                        sweet & sour beef, braised with red wine & bacon, served with hand-cut fries, rotkraut & applesauce

                                        • Cock-A-Leekie Pie$13.00

                                          stew of chicken, leek & prunes, baked in a crock with puff pastry crust

                                          • Tavern Ale-Braised Duck Sausage*$14.00

                                            orange infused duck sausage over red cabbage

                                            • Von Steuben Schnitzel*$14.00

                                              veal cutlet breaded & pan fried with hand-cut fries

                                              Children's Lunch Menu

                                              (12 and under)

                                              • Jefferson Baked Macaroni & Cheese$7.00

                                                • Fried Chicken Fingers*$8.00

                                                  with honey mustard & tavern fries

                                                  • Grilled American Cheese Sandwich$7.00

                                                    with tavern fries

                                                    • James Madison Cheeseburger*$8.00

                                                      lettuce, tomato served with tavern slaw and fries

                                                      Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                                      What 2,371 people are saying

                                                      Overall ratings and reviews

                                                      Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                      4.5
                                                      4.5 based on recent ratings
                                                      • 4.5Food
                                                      • 4.6Service
                                                      • 4.7Ambience
                                                      • 4.5Value

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                                                      1. JG

                                                        JohnG

                                                        Cincinnati

                                                        10 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        10 reviews

                                                        Dined 3 days ago

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Great service, ambiance, decor and food was great with nice presentation

                                                      2. MK

                                                        MasamiK

                                                        Washington DC

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined 3 days ago

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Very Good. I had great time in your store. I'd like to come again!

                                                      3. EP

                                                        EvaP

                                                        Richmond

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        2.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                        overall2food2service5ambience2

                                                        Disappointed .... atmosphere was bleh, furnishings and walls etc. were dingy and run down, restrooms in desperate need up updating, even the so called "period costumes" on the servers looked dull and drab, just like the rest of the place. We had the mother's day brunch where food was average, at best. The bright spot was the service which was prompt and efficient. Had hoped for a better experience. Will not be back.

                                                      4. KJ

                                                        KJDill

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        We loved the food and experience at Gadsby's Tavern. We could tell our server, Sorin, was busy, but he was delightful and made our anniversary celebration so memorable and special.

                                                      5. JO

                                                        JOHNR

                                                        Houston

                                                        16 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        16 reviews

                                                        Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        can't believe I had not eaten here before. I found a new favorite place in old town

                                                      6. JD

                                                        JodyD

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Thank you for a memorable experience in Alexandria, VA. We enjoyed our meal and the atmosphere at the Gadsby’s Tavern. A true historical gem!

                                                      7. w

                                                        willac

                                                        New York Area

                                                        80 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        4.0

                                                        80 reviews

                                                        Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                        overall4food3service5ambience4

                                                        Wonderful device, average brunch fare, fun to be in a historic tavern in a historic city

                                                      8. c

                                                        cathyw

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Excellent service and food. The ambiance was awesome very historic would recommend

                                                      9. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on April 20, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Great. Food was awesome

                                                      10. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        New York Area

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        4.0

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        Dined on April 20, 2022

                                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                        Anniversary

                                                      11. PS

                                                        PattiS

                                                        Washington DC

                                                        1 review

                                                        1.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                        overall1food2service1ambience1

                                                        Huge disappointment. Only one of our five meals- the salmon- was edible. Service was slow and lackluster, meals took over an hour to come out and we had to go to the front to ask for our bill.

                                                      12. RP

                                                        RonP

                                                        Charleston

                                                        14 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        14 reviews

                                                        Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Very nice and interesting place.

                                                      13. A

                                                        Andrew

                                                        Omaha

                                                        5 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        5 reviews

                                                        Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Wonderful, historic tavern that always transports us back in time. The service is always timely and neighborly and the brunch was wonderful. A favorite in Alexandria.

                                                      14. EJ

                                                        EJTTTT

                                                        Washington DC

                                                        5 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        3.0

                                                        5 reviews

                                                        Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                        overall3food3service2ambience4

                                                        Service was really slow and food was okay. It felt like the draw is the historical aura of the place and food/service was just an afterthought.

                                                      15. PB

                                                        PatB

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Awesome! Best rack of lamb I ever had!nnbbbbbbbbbbbbb

                                                      16. JH

                                                        JeffH

                                                        1 review

                                                        4.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on April 13, 2022

                                                        overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                        Wait staff were very attentive and fun. Food was excellent.

                                                      17. TS

                                                        ThomasS

                                                        Washington DC

                                                        4 reviews

                                                        3.0

                                                        4 reviews

                                                        Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                        overall3food3service2ambience4

                                                        Four for.dinner on a Sunday night. Seemed short-handed. Seating (with reservation) was immediate, followed by 15 minutes of waiting for someone to come by. No water, no service. After that interval, pleasant waiter had time to attend to us. Drink orders went in and eventually drinks came out. Food order taken sometime after. Wait for food was long. Food was OK. Had to ask for bread after we saw it on others’ table. Birthday girl in our party was treated to a dessert with candle and song. I’m all for a leisurely dinner, but this ended up being exactly two hours from sit-down to stand-up. Ambiance ok with staff in period costumes. Uncomfortable period chairs in tight quarters. Room looked old and candles on tables were nice, but pretty mundane setting.

                                                      18. B

                                                        Becky

                                                        Houston

                                                        12 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        12 reviews

                                                        Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Picked from internet search and was delighted at the meal. Had the lamb chops and they were cooked medium rare. There was a school group in the side room that was loud but then teen agers usually are. Would go back

                                                      19. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Washington DC

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        1.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                        overall1food1service1ambience3

                                                        Given the wrong meal. Server did not come back to check on us, so my daughter had finished her meal by the time I was able to tell the server. There was also a bug in my daughter’s fruit cup. This was really bad brunch experience!

                                                      20. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Washington DC

                                                        7 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        7 reviews

                                                        Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Great restaurant if you want the historic vibe of Old Town Alexandria. Food is very good, also with a historic connection. Service has been top notch each time we have eaten there.

                                                      21. CC

                                                        CathyC

                                                        New York Area

                                                        21 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        21 reviews

                                                        Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Wonderful! Nice menu, great food and service.

                                                      22. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        My family came here for my birthday. It was a spur of the moment dinner and we were thrilled to get a reservation. The building was built in the 1700s and we love the history. The food was delicious. I had the filet, my mother in law had the meatloaf, and my husband had the beef tenderloins. All 3 were delicious. I was impressed with the kids meals as well. My kids had the cheeseburger and fish and chips. Both were well portioned and kids loved it. Our server was super pleasant. The whole experience was very nice and we will love to come back!

                                                      23. KP

                                                        KimP

                                                        Washington DC

                                                        10 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        10 reviews

                                                        Dined on April 1, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        I felt I took a trip back in time in this history establishment! Service was great and food was tasty! We enjoyed ourselves!

                                                      24. MS

                                                        MichaelS

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on March 31, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        One of our favorite restaurants. Everything was great.

                                                      25. CC

                                                        CynC

                                                        Washington DC

                                                        8 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        8 reviews

                                                        Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Charming. The food was excellent. It’s like a step back in time. Lovely.

                                                      26. K

                                                        Kimberly

                                                        Orange County

                                                        8 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        3.0

                                                        8 reviews

                                                        Dined on March 25, 2022

                                                        overall3food4service2ambience5

                                                        The French onion soup was good, although the soup itself was on the sweet side. The truffle spinach salad was great. I had the George Washington duck and it was great except everything was on the sweet side. I was not impressed with the service, it was relatively inattentive and there wasn’t any attempt at authenticity as I had read in many reviews. The ambience was amazing and portions were pretty big.

                                                      27. PR

                                                        PaulR

                                                        1 review

                                                        4.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on March 24, 2022

                                                        overall4food5service3ambience5

                                                        The food was excellent, and the menu included both standard fare as well as some unique items. Really enjoyed it.

                                                      28. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Chicago

                                                        1 review

                                                        4.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on March 23, 2022

                                                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                        The lettuce wedge wasn’t fresh lettuce was wilted, loved the history and service. The food was ok, we had salmon that was good and the filet Minion was cooked well just needed a bit of flavor asked for steak sauce which they didn’t have. I don’t believe we’ll visit again.

                                                      29. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Washington DC

                                                        1 review

                                                        4.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                        overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                        The food was large portions and good. The staff was friendly & dressed in period clothing, which probably sucked for them because there was no air conditioning. They did crack the window on request. Other than the warmth, it was a pleasant experience and I plan to return.

                                                      30. P

                                                        Papabear

                                                        Orange County

                                                        9 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        9 reviews

                                                        Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        I had George Washington’s favorite and it was very good - especially the corn pudding.

                                                      31. KS

                                                        KarenS

                                                        Washington DC

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        2.0

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                        overall2food1service2ambience2

                                                        Looked at menu on line before deciding to dine at this restaurant. Many of the entrees on line where not on the menu at the restaurant which was a disappointment. At the restaurant I ordered the half chicken with mashed potatoes & vegetables. My husband only ordered onion soup. My chicken was dry & potatoes were so salty that I could not eat it. My husband's onion soup was also overly salty & unable to eat. The waiter did not apologize or offer & substitute. He was not friendly at all & will not be returning.

                                                      32. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Washington DC

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Great food and a great experience. We'll worth the price.

                                                      33. SL

                                                        SharonL

                                                        St. Louis

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        3.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined on March 17, 2022

                                                        overall3food4service2ambience3

                                                        Menu/food quality was good and prices reasonable. Service was very, very slow. Appeared only 2 wait staff in the main dining room. No strolling fiddler, no ambiance music, tight main dining room despite other areas remaining in-used.

                                                      34. AB

                                                        AmberB

                                                        Richmond

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on March 16, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        The food was amazing. The staff was friendly and the atmosphere was exquisite.

                                                      35. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        New York Area

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on March 13, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        So delicious, fun cultural experience!

                                                      36. H

                                                        Harry

                                                        Baltimore

                                                        107 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        4.0

                                                        107 reviews

                                                        Dined on March 13, 2022

                                                        overall4food5service3ambience5

                                                        Great food at Avery reasonable price. Service was a bit slow and unbeknownst to us the tip was added to gift card and we left a cash tip resulting in a 45% tip!!

                                                      37. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Washington DC

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        Dined on March 9, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                        Service and food was excellent. It was too quiet in there, could use some lite classical music.

                                                      38. m

                                                        maestro

                                                        Washington DC

                                                        12 reviews

                                                        3.0

                                                        12 reviews

                                                        Dined on March 6, 2022

                                                        overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                        We've been wanting to try Gadsby's for years and finally had an opportunity for brunch. Maybe I expected more from such a storied place, but I have to say it was just average. Service was a bit lacking, but our server did seem to be the only one working two rooms. Never got the cup of coffee I asked for, no follow-up on how our order was prepared or offer of a second round of drinks, etc. Bus staff did keep our water goblets full, which is something I always look for. My medium rare steak was definitely medium well side, either the server misunderstood or the kitchen just over-cooked it, my wife's Benedict was nothing to write home about. I will say we were otherwise surprised that the prices definitely did NOT reflect what I expected. Maybe worth a try for dinner, but brunch was something of a disappointment.

                                                      39. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        San Francisco

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined on March 4, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        This was a pleasant surprise in old town Alexandria. The atmosphere was awesome and the food was delicious. We will definitely go back for another date.

                                                      40. C

                                                        Connor

                                                        Washington DC

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on March 4, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        A great place, amazing filet and service. Great cab cakes appetizer

                                                      Safety precautions

                                                      • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                        • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                        • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                        • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                                        • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                        • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                                        • Contactless payment available
                                                      • Physical distancing

                                                        • Limited number of seated diners
                                                        • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                                        • Extra space between tables
                                                      • Protective equipment

                                                        • Waitstaff wear masks
                                                      • Screening

                                                        • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                                        • Staff temperature check required

                                                      FAQs

                                                      Gadsby's Tavern offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 548-1288.

                                                      Gadsby's Tavern is rated 4.5 stars by 2371 OpenTable diners.

                                                      Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                      Google Map for Gadsby's Tavern

                                                      138 North Royal Street Alexandria, VA 22314

                                                      Additional information

                                                      • Cross street

                                                        Cameron Street

                                                      • Neighborhood

                                                        Alexandria

                                                      • Hours of operation

                                                        Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Wed–Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

                                                      • Cuisines

                                                        American, Steak, Prime Rib

                                                      • Dining style

                                                        Casual Elegant

                                                      • Dress code

                                                        Smart Casual

                                                      • Parking details

                                                        Street Parking

                                                      • Payment options

                                                        AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                      • Additional

                                                        Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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