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Gadsby's Tavern

1660 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Special Occasion
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Steak, Prime Rib
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Hours of operation
Sunday: Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(703) 548-1288
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
Please contact for more information.
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Private party contact
Manager: (703) 548-1288
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Cross street
Cameron Street
Banquet, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1660 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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kwild (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 15, 2016

Excellent food and service in a very historical setting!

Benard (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 15, 2016

First dinner customers the other night, we were warmly welcomed and well served. Duck and prime rib were very good. I've avoided this place for fear it it too touristy, but its excellence overcame that concern.

pjboys (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on August 14, 2016

Wonderful history and ambience of the venue. Food was very well prepared and delicious. What was missing: Service. While they were nice and attentive enough, although the hostess was miserable, a little more life, energy and enthusiasm for the historical location would have been appreciated.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 14, 2016

Hostess looked bored and barely awake, server was awful. Disappointing.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 14, 2016

Friendly staffs. Wonderful taste and a good portion of food in a historic calm atmosphere. Very satisfying.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 13, 2016

Great place to get some historical ambience as well as good food, enhanced by many diners in costume for the Jane Austen Ball being held upstairs.

SheliaJ (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 12, 2016

Our first visit to Alexandria. I reviewed a lot of Old Town restaurants for the best place to eat. We choose Gadsby's Tavern for their variety of entrees and pricing. All of the staff were great, friendly and helpful. We even returned the next night to have dessert again. I highly recommend a visit to this beautiful and historical tavern.

Disappointed (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on August 12, 2016

We had lunch at Gadsby's after a historical tour of Old Town Alexandria. While the atmosphere was appropriately "colonial" and while the service was excellent, the food was a big disappointment. The peanut soup was just tasted like liquid peanut butter. The chicken pot pie was pretty but completely tasteless, and my companion didn't care for the french dip sandwich - it's hard to not like a french dip sandwich! I've eaten there often over the years (although not in the last few years), and was sorry to see the quality of food having gone downhill so much. I hope they get their act together, given the tavern's history and location.

MichelleD (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on August 9, 2016

This is our third time at Gadsby's Tavern. We love coming for the historic building, the food and the entertainment. We would recommend this spot to anyone that loves history as we do.

beps (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 6, 2016

We went to the Tavern Day previously that afternoon. So thankful for the historic preservation and current use of this building.

John3 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 5, 2016

The food here is excellent. Four of us dined and we all were so pleased with the quality of the food.

vipJames (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 5, 2016

This is a wonderful place for a date. The noise level was low enough to have a nice conversation. The decor and history make it a romantic place to dine. Our service was friendly and attentive. The food was great. I loved the filet. I look forward to returning.

KarlaM (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on August 4, 2016

Our waiter was completely untrained. He failed to mention specials. He spilled a glass of wine on one of my friends. His superiors made no effort to help him or us in the situation. We moved to another table with no help from staff. He was so overwhelmed by then that he could hardly speak to us. We felt that it was not the fault of the waiter but that he was thrown in above his head.

vipDinersDelight (Naples)
4.0  Dined on August 3, 2016

Lovely evening transported in time!

larryr (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 2, 2016

Lots of history dating back to the 1750's. The menu is very colonial style with modern additions. They have a good selection of beers along with a moderate wine list. The food was very good with the double lamb chops and the prime rib stars at our table. We had friends from Columbia visiting including a 9 year old who loved the experience. The food is not the only star at the Gadsby, holding equal billing is the reenactor who circulates among the tables with an enlivening performance of stories of the period along with music he plays on an instrument that is as old as the tavern. The service was attentive but not overwhelming and left plenty of time for conversation. I would recommend it as a must for visitors who many have never been to a Williamsburg type experience and even if they have its a great place for children to learn a bit of history while they dine.

blondeJ (Greensboro)
4.0  Dined on August 1, 2016

I thought the food was really good, but the atmosphere was a little bleak. I know it is colonial in its style , but it was oddly quiet and perhaps a little too "real". Tables actually looked like George Washington's actual table. Food was great, but it is not a lively crowd. Think older people have a special occasion dinner. Not a happening place at all. But good.

RandyC (Orlando)
4.0  Dined on July 31, 2016

Overall, this is such a cool place. If you are a history buff, you will love its historical perspective. Our food was excellent.

SarahC (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on July 31, 2016

This is a historic tavern so has great historic appeal. I had been here previously for a work dinner and it was really great. I came back with my mother for brunch and the experience was not the same. The service was extremely slow. But the ambiance is still neat so it's worth a visit.

WILLIAMK (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 30, 2016

We have enjoyed eating at Gadsby's many times, and Saturday was the best ever. Picked it for our 50th anniversary. All four of us thought our meals were superb, the service was just right- not to intrusive but there when we needed service. The filet was done to perfection, my seafood Newberg was substantial and excellent flavors, and the prime rib was tender and flavorful.
All in all, better than we anticipated. We will go back soon.

vipOpenTable Diner (Jacksonville)
3.0  Dined on July 30, 2016

The food was not great. I ordered Herb crusted grilled salmon. What I got was poached salmon drizzled with balsamic. I have NEVER had this happen at a nice restaurant. The service also was not good. It took us an hour to get our entree. This restaurant tries to be authentic, but shabby is putting it nicely. This was not a good dining experience.