Gadsby's Tavern

4.5
2390 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2390 people are saying
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Georgia
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Gadsby's offers the traditions and ambience of the early American Republic, combined with attentive service and excellent food for moderate prices. Located in an eighteenth century building in Old Town Alexandria, George Washington himself was a patron of Gadsby's. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food, beautiful location.

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TracyH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful candlelit meal at Gadsby's. The rum punch was excellent. Our server was great. There when we needed her, but not cloying. The food was good. We were looking for an 18th century atmosphere and we had a very enjoyable evening.

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Codi
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great service and reasonable prices. And all in a unique environment that celebrates the history of America and Alexandria. This is what more dining experiences should be like.

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Amazing meal for the prices! Went for Sunday brunch and food was delicious and plentiful. My husband had the Rum-laced French Toast (gigantic) and thick cut smoked bacon (flavorful) and loved it.

I had the Eggs Benedict Chesapeake, the most expensive meal at $16, which included crab cakes and asparagus with Hollandaise. Delicious! The potatoes were seasoned perfectly and the crab cakes had very little filler. The meals also included a muffin and bread basket and a very nice fresh fruit cup (not all melons like many, but berries, grapes, oranges…).

We also ordered Martha’s special drink, a mix of coffee, cocoa, and brandy that topped off the meal perfectly. Well rounded meal at a really nice price!

The only problem was slow service…took 15 minutes after clearing plates for us to ask for, receive, and pay the bill.

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SeanK
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food and drink but the location, history, and decor really make this a special place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place to enjoy the history of Old Town.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The building is quaint but a little run down. The food was just so so. We had salads and appetizers. Service was acceptable. Price was a little high for what we ordered. Glad we tried it, but I don’t think that we will rush right back.

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Ohnseirs
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Go for the history not the food so much. The service was very good. Don't order the duck.

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vipMichaelN
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

An adorable tavern where Washington and Jefferson used to hang out. Staff dresses in colonial period costumes.

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TylerF
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

This is a one and done spot for me. Definitely wanted to cross it off the list because of the historical value but it didn’t impress me enough to want to go back anytime soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous. The best French Onion soup I’ve ever had. Filet was cooked perfectly. The mashed potatoes were mouth watering! Our waitress was polite and attentive. Will definitely be going back!!

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Monicanales9897556666778
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great historic environment to eat and enjoy a quiet dinner!

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vipJerseyTraveller
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Food was very good. The atmosphere is wonderful. When the check arrived, it was a pleasant surprise. I hope and suspect it may be post-Covid restaffing pains, but the service was terrible. Our waitress forgot our order and had to come back to retake it. A missing knife had to be asked for several times. Trying to flag her down for simple water refills and a second round of drinks took more than twenty minutes. I'd like to go back next year and give them another chance.

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vipEgyptfrk
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience1

Food was great, but service was lacking. It appeared that they were short staffed. I'm not sure if it was because there was a private event in the courtyard, or just a general lack of staff. Our server had most of the tables in the other room, so I'm not sure why we were assigned to her, as it wasn't a natural flow and she seemed a bit overwhelmed. No issues with our food, but we only ordered one round of drinks because no one came by in time to check on us.

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Chae
Wilmington
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the meatloaf, also at our table was the New York Strip Steak, French onion soup, and fried oysters. All very good! Dining where founding Presidents dined was awesome!

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TimG5272
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The history in the room was alluring and made the experience fun. The food, though, was way over cooked. My wife had George Washington’s favorite, the duck, and it was so over cooked it was hard to cut. She brought most of it home for the dog. My lamb chops were slightly better, but still over cooked and hard to cut. The server was nice, but very slow. I attribute that more to the kitchen than her. Overall, a nice experience, but the food and service were underwhelming.

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coneja
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was as coming back to life
The food extraordinary and the service first class

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Quaint place with good food!

JM
vipJohnM
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This one was a real surprise in a great way! This place hits the trifecta, dining in an historically significant building where Washington, Jefferson, Madison, and George Mason all dined, great food, and great pricing. Oh, and our server was over the top good, as well, highly attentive and personable. We ordered the Virginia Eggs Benedict and the French toast. Both were awesome. Throw in a Mimosa and coffee and out for under $40. We'll be back with friends! I almost forgot, not sure if the bake on site, or use a vendor, but the baked goods, bread, muffins, and biscuits were extraordinary.

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vipReviewer
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the oldest restaurant in the entire area with excellent food and portion sizes. Definitely a must if you like history!

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Foodie
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Gadsby Tavern is a delightful place to bring friends and family. We especially like the peanut soup.

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TomR
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The location is a little dark and dated, but keeps generally to the original theme of the tavern. The food is very delicious and the portions are more than large, which is great value for the price. They appeared to be short-staffed due to 2 private events, which is understandable.

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KitziaD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Lunch service was quiet

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JamieG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was, for the most part, good. My steak, for example, was excellent. And my friend loved her salmon dish. But the appetizers and desserts were just ok. Our server was great, although service was quite slow since he was the only server for the entire restaurant. So be patient. Overall it's worth it.

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PetulaN
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Creative and well-prepared dishes. One of the best creme brûlée I’ve ever had. Great service from busy, hard-working waiter.

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DianeK
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice historic restaurant. My family enjoyed our meal here. The museum was unfortunately closed as we arrived after 5pm but we still had a great experience. Food was good.. strip steak, iceberg salad, salmon, crabcakes, duck, burgers all good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
98 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

This is a very historic building and tavern and we were super excited to go. However, things in the late 1700's were MUCH different than it is today and we forget, how SIMPLE those times were compared to now. And the ambiance reflects this. Very simple, very old, and just not real exciting, unfortunately. There was no information to read about the history of the establishment so it all felt pretty lackluster. The lunch menu is also very simple, but the food was good. The french dip was excellent as the beef is from a prime rib and the au jus sauce was their french onion soup which was fantastic. The peanut soup is a traditional soup from back in that time, and although very thick and peanut tasting, was kinda bland. The service was really good and the staff friendly. I bet dinner is more lively and has more options, but it was cool to dine in a historic tavern, just didn't really get that cool vibe I was hoping for like from the Green Dragon Tavern or Union Oyster House in Boston.

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Drew
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fine food in a historic setting. Highly recommended.

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Ktown
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We were “whelmed” by our experience. The food is really good and definitely the highlight. This is all except for the creme brûlée - it had a gelatinous consistency (which is wrong for such a dish), and they burned the top instead of browning a nice layer of sugar. But the salads and main courses we had were excellent!

The ambiance and historical nature are really cool! Despite indicating that this was a special occasion dinner, we were seated right next to the front door. We wanted to see more of the building but could not. It took almost 10 minutes for someone to take our drink order. The hostess was a little gruff and not interested in exchanging any pleasantries. She just gestured to a couple of tables in the first room and told us to pick one. Our waitress kept pushing us to order everything all at once - wine, salads, and entrees. The place wasn’t crowded, so we’re not sure why she kept pushing us to order and get us out the door. She also didn’t know basic wine service, which should be a minimum requirement for places that serve wine by the bottle.

This is not really a date place. One of the other patrons was wearing basketball shorts and socks with slippers. It was like he and his dining companions just fell out of bed and went to dinner.

We would return again, but it’s unlikely that we will try for a special occasion. And we likely won’t order wine or drinks since they don’t seem to have that managed right now. The food and cool interior make it worth a visit, though.

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LouisL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Father’s Day and, as always, the food was great as was the service. We go there about once a month and have never been disappointed

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vipLortay
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

I would not go back… dirty, very dark (at noon) restaurant. The food choices for Sunday brunch are minimal. Not a pleasant experience.

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Beth
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good brunch. Attentive staff. Nice atmosphere.

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JenniferY
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Delicious food. Amazing atmosphere. Service was slow. Took 30 minutes to get the check after we were done eating. Probably because they were short staffed due to the hiring shortage and the government paying people to not work. So I wouldn’t hold it against them forever.

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RickM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good and they let us have a leisurely two hour visit.

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Phoebe
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gadsby's Tavern offers great food in generous proportions and at a great price! Candlelit, historic atmosphere, this restaurant is perfect for date night or a night out with the ladies! I would highly recommend and will 100% return! Yet another reason "Virginia is for L❤️vers!"

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KSMS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The filet was perfect, the brie was amazing and the quarter chicken was super good. We've been twice in 2 weeks.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was PHENOMENAL. Bar tender *chef’s kiss* and the lamb was superb. Loved the mint cabernet sauce and want to recreate it when we get back home. The ambiance was amazing, and the washington’s favorite was also delicious. A fantastic place to eat, and loved the lanterns on the table. Would definitely go back. Also— the night started perfectly with the tiny door knob at the entrance. 13/10.

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vipJBCMKTR
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience3

Gadsby Tavern was uneven food wise with the poultry dishes very poor quality and the lump crab cakes and filet mignon perfectly prepared.

Our server was relatively inattentive needing to be called to the table for service multiple times throughout the meal including miss ordering a soup and a dessert.

Overall an unimpressive experience with what’s billed as a gem in Olde Town Alexandria.

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Florentinab
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance, great food and wonderful server, Sorin who really knew what to recommend in terms of both food and wine. I’m definitely going back again. A+

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 2390 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.