Food was fair, nothing to rave about. My wife got the Gorgonzola salad. It was solid, good cheese. I got the brie/beef sandwich. The beef was dry, not much flavor. I was hopeful that there would be more of a draft beer menu. The poinsettia champagne cocktail was mediocre. Nothing was bad, but I had higher expectations.
The brie banana french toast was delightful. Best I have ever had. Seriously. The size of the omelets are also big. And you cannot miss out on their brunch cocktails.
Unusual preparations and excellent taste.
Lots of fun!
Fantastic food, such history in this place!!!
Service was great!
Food was good, reasonably priced and service was not rushed. We visited Mt Vernon during the day so eating at Gadbys was a perfect fit.
Made reservations a month in advance because I've wanted to go to this place the first time I ever visted Alexandria about 5 years ago. The historical significane and the Colonial New England menu was most attracting. I think the first impression made by the hostess really sets the tone to any establishment. We entered while no one was at the hostess stand. When she came around the corner she must have been surprised to see us standing there as we got the impression she was mildly annoyed. She didn't really greet us but looked at us and asked, "Do you have a reservation?" We got the feeling she was a little surprised that we DID have reservations. She grabbed menus and showed us to our table but we weren't feeling very welcomed. Then our sever came and was both warm and cheerful. She was very accomadting and very happy to create a good experience for us. We ordered the "Martha's Puff Pastry" and the "Baked Brie en Croute". Both were very good. I ordered the duck and was not impressed. It was tough. I had to eat it with my hands to get the meat off. I tried eating it with a knife and fork but it was too tough to cut into. I've had duck before in New York City where it was tender and fell off the bone. My husband and son had the Gentlemen's Pye and they thought it was very good but not something they would come specifically to Gadsby's to eat. My daughter had the Shellfish Newburg and was content with it. The ambiance was as Colonial as you could get and we really enjoyed the atmosphere. The food that we ordered was good but not "WOW!". If I'm in the area I will go back and try other dishes.
Excellent food and service in a fabulous historic site! We loved everything about Gasby’s.
We were visiting from Houston and we stayed in Alexandria. We went to 4 different restaurants in Alexandria and this was by far the best. My husband had the Gentleman’s Pye and I had the Filet. It was very good. The service was impeccable. The ambience was nostalgic being set in a historic building that George Washington visited. It was a great experience! Thank you!
It was a privilege to dine where George and Martha Washington dined and Thomas Jefferson celebrated his inauguration with family.
Met a friend for a birthday lunch and had a lovely meal. The wait staff was helpful, the food was good, the colonial ambiance great and we could talk comfortably (although the restaurant had many patrons, the noise level was low and made conversation pleasant). My second trip here and I'd come again.
Was able to meet up with friends from our hometown after 22 years! Perfect place to catch up!
Wonderful experience of old, and amazing steak and eggs!!
I would highly recommend an evening at this restaurant. The food and service are great but the atmosphere is so relaxing.
Super nice people! Great service! We enjoyed the ambience of the colonial times
Of George Washington and the colonial period the restaurant offered. It was nice!
We were in town for a short time. Sought a nice restaurant to dine with family on last minutes notice. Great find!
Wonderful historic ambiance makes Gadsby's peerless among DC area restaurants. It's a national treasure of a place and, though price, well worth the visit. The portions are generous, the food is delicious, the environment is cozy and filled with historical detail and charm (down to the pewter tableware and candle-lit lamps), and the service is excellent. Highly recommended.
I hadn't been to Gadsby's in at least 20 years. I always enjoyed it and especially loved the peanut soup. Unfortunately, while my friend, who had never been there, thought the Seafood Newberg was excellent, in general, I didn't find the food as good as I remembered it. The peanut soup seemed thick and cloying and the beef dish I had, which was described as tournedos, was actually slices of some type of beef roast - reminded me of pot roast and just wasn't that great. The sauce tasted like it was made from a mix (or worse, came from a jar) and was far too thick and heavy. The scalloped potatoes were actually potatoes au gratin and because I wasn't expecting the cheese, were somewhat heavier than I would have liked. The Sally Lunn bread, which had also been a favorite of mine, seemed more like sweet Wonder Bread rather than the homemade luciousness that I was used to. It didn't have the rich flavor that I remembered.
Nonetheless, the ham biscuits were as good as ever - tiny, little fluffy biscuits that were just a bite full. One order was definitely enough for two (total of four biscuits). The sauteed spinach was absolutely perfect, and the corn pudding had an excellent flavor (though the corn was all on the bottom.
The service was excellent, our waiter was perfect - I wish I had asked for his name. And my cocktail was also perfect. Classic manhattan, neat - no ice or water (i.e., not shaken with ice) exactly to my very picky standards.
In spite of the positives, I was actually disappointed because it just didn't live up to my memories.
Nice place to eat and be together!
Food was very good quality and prepared nicely, although mixed vegetables were a bit cold. The prime rib and shellfish Newberg were both tasty and ample portions. The only concern was the closeness of the seating, a bit uncomfortable.
We eat at Gatsby's every year or so. We now regret that we do not return more frequently. The server was fabulous, the ambience was marvelous with candles at every table and a real 18th century feel. While not an exotic menu, it was the type of menu you would expect at a restaurant of this sort. My wife had the duck and I had the seafood newburg. I had expected the newburg to come in a cream sauce but it came lightly sautéed in a mild sauce. The seafood was light and succulent. The most memorable part of the meal was John Douglas Hall, an eighteenth century re-enactor who comes to the table, partakes in an 18th century repartee and sings lovely songs on his lute. He, alone, is worth the price of the dinner. Cannot wait to return and hope to have the same server and will check in advance to make sure that John Douglas Hall will be there that night.
The service and characters were tremendous. It felt like I walked back in time.
Knowledgeable server. Great food.
Gadsby's Tavern was a novelty experience that was ok. I wouldn't say it was great but nothing was bad. It was more for the experience of dining at a spot with a rich history than the food itself. We took some out of town guests but would likely only come back if an out of town friend was to request it. Overall it was a fair experience.
What a great place to eat with great food and a cute ambiance. We had several appetizers (Brie and shrimp) and all our entrees were superb (crab cakes, salmon, meatloaf, lamb chops and beef tenderloin). Not one complaint from any of us. Highly recommend!
Excellent! Loved everything about it. The food and service - impeccable.
We had an amazing President's Day meal here! The food was incredibly good and the service was very friendly. The atmosphere here is really cool and we will definitely be back.
Great food; our party had peanut soup, French onion, Hessian beef, Reuben, hamburger, and prime rib sandwich from their lunch menu. All were fantastic! The service was excellent! And the atmosphere was a joy to be part of. Wish we had gotten dessert - will definitely go back when we are in town again.
Great food and great service!
The food had me spechless after every bite . It was outstanding.
Very good meal, wonderful atmosphere that captures the feel of the old colonial times.
My husband and I went to celebrate Valentine's Day. The atmosphere was very intimate and romantic. The special menu was a good value for the amount of food we received. The food was superb. I will definitely go back.
This is the resteraunt that I go to for Valentine's Day and our anniversary. It is quiet candlelight dinner and a bit of history, too.
The food, the service, and the atmosphere in Gadsby's was fantastic! Exactly, what you're looking for if you want a quiet evening out with a special someone. The authenticity of the restaurant and menu really make this a fine dining experience. There is even an older gentleman, in full period-specific garb, who wanders around and personally engages each table in small talk, flattery, and (for a nominal fee) will even light up the room with love song customized to your Better Half.....keep an eye on him, he is QUITE the smooth talker.
We dined there on Valentine's day just after landing at Washington National. That evening had a fixed menu with 3 choices, and was rather pricey considering the limited selection and modest portions. I had sea bass that I enjoyed, while my wife had duck that was very fatty yet tough to get into. She only tackled about half of it before giving up. So the fixed menu wasn't very good for us, and we can't comment on the regular menu. The restaurant was genuinely historic and charming, the atmosphere was delightful, service was good, and the strolling entertainment was fun. But the food (at least on that night) was somewhat of a disappointment.
We had a wonderful time at Gadsby's Tavern. The food was wonderful. The atmosphere was great. The staff was over the top accommodating. A return visit will be a must when we return to the area!
There was nothing not to like about Gadsby's. The food and service was excellent and prices were in line with other Alexandria restaurants. The peanut soup is a "must try" when visiting Gadsby's.
Came in from the rain for a wonderful lunch date. Excellent food at an excellent price, and in a historic and cozy atmosphere.
We had not been in the area for quite some time so wanted to eat at Gadsby’s- it did not disappoint! We had a great time - service excellent , food terrific & a great bottle of wine. Look forward to returning when we visit the area again!
The food and ambiance was excellent; however, the server seemed more interested in taking with a limited set of clientele than serving customers. In addition, there was a tremendous amount of disturbing noise from an upstairs ballroom.