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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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This place was great from the location to the food, service...I can’t wait to visit again!

CC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was a nice place but not as lively as we were looking for.

LC
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and AMAZING food. We went with a party of eight (including two toddlers) and couldn’t not have been happier with the experience.

CF
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gloria was a wonder waiter and the food was outstanding. Can’t wait to go back in winter for some of the menu items.

TK
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food tasted fantastic, the portion unbelievable and the cost reasonable. The server was great.

d
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Historic site, good atmosphere, very friendly and excellent service. Enjoyed the meal very much, salmon cooked perfectly.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Owner was very friendly.

OT
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal in a wonderful, old-world atmosphere. The service was excellent; very attentive.

JM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and terrific atmosphere

SH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very yummy and relaxed atmosphere as compared to many of the other restaurants on King Street.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was 10 stars. Food was 10 stars. Will be back soon

AA
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Visited Gadsby's based on high ratings and was highly disappointed. The service was ok, but the food was mediocre and quite bland.

t
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Nice setting, but things look a bit run down....I was there during Restaurant Week and expected a nice little lunch. Salad was nice but the chicken sandwich was very tough...hard to cut even with a knife and fork! My friend's peanut soup tasted like melted peanut butter...thick and overpowering! Very disappointing....

NT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gadsby’s was very accommodating and made our 1 year Anniversary very special. Thank you!

F
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

During restaurant week, we had brie en croute and ham biscuits for appetizers, salmon and prime rib for entrees, and bread pudding and English trifle for desserts, all of which were very good. Service was a bit inattentive. 18th cent. decor and museum next door were a plus. Also, $1 garage parking on weekends, but 5% meal tax added to 6% sales tax!

NA
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a marvelous time! Brunch choices were excellent and Eli was superb! The atmosphere is relaxed and allows for fun interaction with the period-dressed servers.

AY
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful period-dressed staff, great food in portions that are not gigantic, and a beautifully historic building. Highly recommend!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meals were delicious and we loved the history

MD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, great setting, slow service even though restaurant was not crowded.

k
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved the period music and attire of workers. Plan to return for dinner had brunch.

JD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The ambiance was nice but the food was not very good, especially for the prices.

MM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the history and story behind the Gadsby’s Tavern. You felt like you walked into history. Waitresses were kind and knowledgeable and In period clothing. The menu too was right out of the past. Looking for a change from chain restaurants, try the Gadsby’s Tavern take their little tour in the museum. Worth a stop.

S
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Family vacation

J
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Arrived on time for our reservation. Ordered drinks, promptly delivered. Ordered food; server came back in 30 minutes, said there was a printer problem, food out in 2 or 3 minutes. 30 minutes later we asked for the manager, who apologized for the kitchen problem but offered no real explanation or when we would get our food. In the meantime, other servers were rushing by our table with food. We left - VERY disappointed. Had taken a guest and had raved over a previous lunch. We had to apologize to him for our poor choice.

SE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

I've lived in the DC area for over 30 years and had heard about Gadsby's Tavern, but had never tried it. My father was visiting from out of town and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to have dinner there. I made a point to read recent reviews to make sure it wasn't a tourist trap, and found the reviews to be mostly positive. Based on those reviews, I was expecting a lively atmosphere of servers and performers in colonial garb with story telling, music, etc. While the restaurant is quaint, we were seated in a room to the side and were the only customers in the room for a while (on a Friday night at 7 pm). The service was fine, but nothing special or out of the ordinary. There were no roaming actors or musicians or any music at all. It was almost awkwardly quiet. The food was good, but I was really looking forward to the colonial dining experience as much as the food, and was disappointed that there wasn't much of an experience at all.

G
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely experience! The building was host to our first five Presidents, which makes eating there historically interesting for those so inclined. The food is top notch and diverse, as is the beer list stocked full of local/regional brews. But the best of all was Mr Hall, a gentleman who came out in period attire (my kids thought he looked dead on for Ben Franklin) and conversed with the diners in period wit and language. He must have prior theatre experience as he was professional. He also played the lyre guitar and sang Colonial songs. It truly made the night! I can’t recommend this restaurant enough. Make sure you have reservations.

M
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The Tavern atmosphere is a very nice piece of history. I would have liked if they would passed out a brochure or something that explained the significance of the Tavern. I know a tour is available but did not meet our schedule. Maybe there was one, but I found myself Googling for info.

OT
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating in a place of history. Modern food with a historical feel. Will return.

A
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A unique restaurant with much history. The food and drink selections were varied and the meal was delicious. It was difficult to choose just one. The waiter was dressed in period costume, knowledgeable about the items on the menu and suggested the peach cobbler for dessert with ice cream. It was also delicious. Clearly, we needed a couple of boxes and completed our meal at home! I would highly recommend the tavern for large and small groups.

DQ
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love the history associated with this Tavern. It was a fun experience.

T
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a treasure of American history! It’s amazing to eat where our Founding Fathers dined and every bite was delicious. Excellent for that “last night” in Old Town. A highlight of the trip.

DD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner here- the food was good, but what made the experience was the live history performer who circulated through the dining room. At first I was afraid that it would be intrusive, but he was very funny and connected with all of the guests. It was very entertaining.

KC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gadsby’s Tavern was a fun jaunt into history! Period costumes, decor, and serve ware all create an inviting atmosphere. Our waiter was fantastic and the food was delicious!

N
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mashed potatoes were amazing. Crab cakes were fine, nothing special.

KG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daughter & friend in town - our favorite!

MW
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was perfect and we really enjoyed talking with the man who was doing the entertainment.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Good food and serving size for the price. Unique colonial atmosphere for the area.

WL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fist time for brunch, was lovely food was delicious and our server Ely was friendly, and attentive. The decor was nice and the period dress was a nice touch.

JM
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Angie, (nickname), our waitress, was terrific and very helpful. Great food-enjoyed our time. Had wished the gentleman dressed in time period had been there to come by our table-that always makes it a fun experience for visiting guests. Thanks!

N
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I often bring out of town guests here for lunch, and I’ve been happily surprised that the food is so good. Portions are huge and the sandwiches and salads are delicious. The one thing I didn’t particularly like was the peanut soup— very heavy. Desserts— especially seasonal cobblers— are awesome. Service is simply ok, atmosphere is, well, old but charming. The bathrooms seriously need a remodel— 1970s historic is not charming!

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