Gadsby's Tavern

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$30 and under
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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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BlairD
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Debby was awesome. Food was awesome. Atmosphere was awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food presented in truly historical setting topped with witty entertainment fitting of the era. Highly recommend!!!

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JoMac
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place in the DC/VA area. Excellent food, the best Colonial atmosphere around, and you can’t beat the history that comes along with Gadsby’s. Haven’t had a bad meal there in over 19 years. We especially recommend the prime rib.

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Doug
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice table for two by the window. Great food and service. My wife had the prime rib and I had the duck. Both were delicious. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, tasty early American cuisine in an authentic historical setting! The Fried Oyster Bites and Seafood Newburgh was heavenly - extremely delicious. Similarly, one can never forget the Baked Brie En Croute! :) This was a great place for us to bring close friends for a birthday celebration. We will always cherish the memory!!

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scottanddavid
New Mexico
18 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Overall a nice visit. I think the wait staff was understaffed because everyone kept racing around. Food was good. It’s a beautiful space.

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Gemma
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It's a fun place, but my table sort of jetted out into the walkway, so people kept hitting my chair all night, like 20 times. They know they are doing this -- cramming too many tables into the main dining area, they just don't care. Food was average, too expensive really.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed at Gadsby’s. Highly recommend this historic restaurant.

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded expectations. Great environment, food was excellent, service was excellent!

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ScottTraveler
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding ambience, service and food/drink. Will definitely be back again.

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SatisfiedCustomer
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for an elegant and historic experience with exceptional food and superior service. It is well worth the higher price you pay.

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RaymondR
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dining at Gadsby’s added so much to our experience in Alexandria. The atmosphere was wonderful, the food delicious and our colonial host Mr. Hall was gracious, funny and all around brilliant. For a history geek, you all made the evening five star. Thank you so much!!

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rvafoodie
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food! The hot apple cider was perfect on a cool day.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere were perfect. Can’t wait to bring more people back here!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a cool place, and with such an interesting history. Very good food, to boot. The sautéed spinach was great, as was GW’s Favorite.

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vipStar13
Dublin
23 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was perfect.
We even were lucky since there was entertainment provided by the restaurant! We will go back to try different dishes!
A true step back in time!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Great service and ambience, but was not impressed by the dry, underseasoned main course

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dennisd
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place and service but way to expensive on Valentine’s Day. Didn’t know it was a special meal that day.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

val-tine day 2020. great time. toured Mt Vernon Washington’s home then came to Gadsby’s Tied together perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quaint, great food and very entertaining. We look forward to coming back to this place!

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vipLinda
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed the ambiance and wandering period characters. Food was pretty good - but wouldn't classify it as great. Service exceptional

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vipManders8084
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences in the DC area. Slip away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a quiet candlelit meal back in time. It was a romantic evening on a cold night and my boyfriend and I immediately felt relieved when we walked in. It was cozy, quiet and the service was top notch. We sipped hot ciders, ate the naked brie (highly suggest) and had the beef bourgeois with desserts at the end. Such a special night - next time we want to request a window seat. :)

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TraceyH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The onion soup was really delicious! However the main meal was so-so. I had the stew, which was in a very tasty gravy but had very little meat and the gravy needed to be a bit thicker. Otherwise, everything was great and the service was excellent!!

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AldoBonaventura
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Amazing place in a warm ambiance. We had the chance to find also George Washington there while dining :-). The food is typical and excellent, the service wonderful.
Worth trying.

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Mcole
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I loved the character and ambience of the restaurant. We visited for lunch. The food was delicious, but the service was slow. It could have been because they were short staffed.

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Acie
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We loved the idea of this restaurant, but it needs a good cleaning. The dining room was not clean, and the restrooms were nasty, sadly.

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MarkP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The history of this place is quite unique. The fare was really yummy, and the ambience made for a great evening. Presidents Washington and Jefferson actually ate here...very cool!

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vipcoletta18
New Orleans
29 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The food was mediocre. The service was mediocre. The building is lovely, but not an experience I need to repeat.

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PatriciaB
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my 3rd visit to Gadsby's, and I was once again not disappointed. This was actually the highlight of my trip, and something I had been looking forward to for a very long time. I love the history of the place and I am able to step back in time because of how well they keep things looking like they were a couple of hundred years ago. Even the staff dress for the time period. The ambience is relaxing and the food is beyond amazing. I will be back again!

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PatriciaR
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our time there was very enjoyable. The only complaint is that there was only one poor man doing everything - seating, taking the orders, serving, clearing, etc. He did a great job, but he should have had help.

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Robert99
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! The food was delicious. Our party enjoyed the 1700's atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience3

The ambience in a historical building is lovely. Service was good. It was a bit loud, we thought some period music would have helped and could also contribute to the ambience. The duck was over cooked. Not many options for vegetarians.

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Andy
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food1service1ambience5

I have always wanted to eat here for the historical ambiance, and didn't have very high expections, but the level of sevice and quality of food being served is otherwise unheard of in Old Town. The servers didn't even attempt smiles, and the food was 235 years past it's due date, the peanut soup was essentially melted peanut butter. The main clientele seems to be school buses of children. For a $15 restaurant week special, I got exactly what paid for, but I do think your money will be better spent on a tour of Gadsby Tavern, then eating basically anywhere else.

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KayW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Restaurant Week menu!

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vipMarkfromVA
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We very much enjoyed the Alexandria Restaurant Week menu food as well as the warm apple cider.

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Logan
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I went to Gadsby's Tavern during restaurant week so I received an appetizer, meal, and dessert for $35.00. The ambiance here was amazing. it's a unique place for a meal and I'd recommend it to anyone visiting the area or local and just wanting a nice meal. I thought the meal was definitely worth the price that I paid, but I probably wouldn't pay more for it. The meal was good, but vegetables seemed to have been steamed from a bag and I think a little more effort was warranted for the regular price point.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I am a tourist and dining here was a very interesting experience. The staff were very friendly. I recommend dinner. Signature beer was so good.😘🍺👌👍

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience
Would recommend this restaurant

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vipDLeffler
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

The restaurant week menu is not a good value. Items listed were different from what was served. French toast with Brie and peaches came out with Brie and bananas. This was disgusting. The texture, flavor, and appearance is all wrong.

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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 2228 OpenTable diners.

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