Gadsby's was a wonderful place to have a get together with friends. It is historic, very interesting, and an unusual place. The food was wonderful (with some interesting period food to choose as well), a good selection of wine, and very reasonable. I will definitely return. Make sure to make reservations as it was packed!
We took an out of town couple there, and we all had a wonderful time and meal. We all ordered different dishes, and they were all excellent. And the hot cider and rum drink was fantastic.
Went with a group of 6. Service was phenomenal - very attentive waiter. Lots of recommendations. Had a fantastic time. The restaurant is old and beautiful - would have loved to hear more on the history of the place. Great pub food!
Food and ambiance always wonderful. Our prime rib was exceptional and just the way we like it. We had a small surprise birthday lava cake that made the evening more special.
Came with out-of-towners for a great meal in a historic setting...you can’t go wrong! A way to enjoy the history of old town while enjoying delicious food!
This Resturant is full of character like the Resturants in Colonial Williamsburg. Good value for the money spent. Food is excellent. Recommend for special time with your spouse.
My wife and I had a fantastic dinner and have already recommend the restaurant to a number of friends.
Went specifically for the peanut soup. All food was excellent with large portions.
Went to Gadsby's with my extended family for a dinner during the Thanksgiving weekend. The staff was friendly and very accommodating. They were able to find us a table where all 8 of us could sit together. Great ambiance. The waitress was able to get the kitchen to make a pasta dish that wasn't on the menu for my niece. Good service. The salmon dish wasn't too tasty but the rest of the food was fine. I loved the history of the place!
We especially enjoyed The period humor of Mr. Hall. Our waitress was exceptional, as was the beer and dinner!!
After eating at other historical taverns like fraunces in NY i was disappointed in the condition of the restaurant. I felt like they are using the excuse of it being old ,to let things go. Going down to the restrooms was like going in the back of a dumpy restaurant. Food was pretty good, but overpriced. Overall disappointed and would not tell others its worth it. Hopefully they do some restoration
Awesome place and very good food. There was a Birthday party that came in while we were there and they were a bit loud. Service was a slower than expected and the place was not overly full. I would certainly recommend the experience. Great history!
We had a great experience. The food was fabulous and the entertainment of Mr. Hall (looking like Benjamin Franklin) really topped off the evening.
We chose Gadsby's Tavern for its historical significance but were greatly surprised with our delicious dinner. It was a special evening.
Great dinner. Everything was first rate. I have only one question: why, when I ordered half a Duck was I given 2 bottom halves? Technically that’s a half, but I was rightfully expecting a breast as one of my halves. I didn’t want to cause a fuss because it was my friend’s birthday dinner, but come on! ☹️
This was my one must-dine on my recent trip to Alexandria/Washington, DC. It was superb. Our experience was wonderful. The waitress helped guide our selections, and provided a taste of the renowned peanut soup. For a history nerd, this was a memorable experience that satisfied our appetites and our hunger for America's past.
The tavern offers a fairly good glimpse of what public meeting places/taverns were like in colonial times as far as building architecture is concerned. Gadsby's Tavern has plugged into that a good menu and wine list to enjoy contemporary dining there. In a time that most restaurants are extremely noisy, it was delightful to enjoy conversation without yelling at each other.
People in period dress serving delicious period specific food at a decent price. What's not to love!?
Very quaint and interesting atmosphere; historical place down to period dressed waitresses and one individual speaking old English socializing with the guests. Tables and chairs don't seem to have been touched for over 100 years, so very genuine, good if you don't mind hard chairs and unpainted tables.
I wish the actual tavern were open a bit later in the day so the dinner and visit could be combined.
Very popular. Good food reasonably priced.
Street parking if lucky otherwise parking lot nearby
Great fun. Would recommend. Seeped in past lore. We liked the peanut soup
Food was ok not spectacular. Nice ambiance. Waitress was unfriendly, clumsy (clanking plates on glasses, reaching across you, spilled water on a lady at another table) She was also rude about the old furniture and old plates. As if they were from the 1800's because she she kept telling us to be careful. Obnoxious. I wouldn't go back or recommend it. They might get the same waitress and she would ruin the experience for them too.
Very nice and unusual atmosphere made this a pleasant experience. The food was good and the service perfect. The overall experience was very nice,
Great place to eat! Food a day service both great.
We had lunch with grand kids and every body was happy. The Peanut Soop (heritage spelling) was a delicious new discovery as well as the rotkraut on the Reuben.
The waitress was very sweet and patient with the children.
It's an understatement to say the place is unique. It's history and museum was reason enough to visit then add in great food, kid friendly and friendly staff. We will be back and we recommend this place.
We were very impressed with the quality and the portion size of the meals. The prices were excellent too.
The ambiance is nice (historical) and service was strong. But the food really needs improvement across the board. My wife's seafood was overcooked and dry, my french onion soup was watery and bland. My entree was acceptable but rather boring. Given the options available in Alexandria, I don't see myself going back to Gadsby's -- too bad, because the interior space is nice and cozy.
Overall great experience; the food and wine was excellent. Would highly recommend for a nice night out!
We enjoyed our dinner and the whole experience was great.
FANTASTIC FOOD!!!!! We came here to celebrate with family and had a great time and meal as always!
We went to Gadsby's because of it's rich history and reputation for fine food. The history didn't disappoint as you felt like you were obviously in an old 18th century tavern. Knowing Washington, Adams, Jefferson, etc., had dined there was special to an American history lover like myself. The food was also creative and very good indeed. I wouldn't go as far as to say it was the ultimate gourmet and the best I'd ever tasted but it was very good all around. Forgive the 1 to 10 scale but ambiance was 10. food an 8, service a 9. All solid. I recommend it and would return.
It feels like you've walked back to colonial times with some of the menu offerings and look of the staff. Wait staff are in old time costumes, and are more than willing to smile while you take a pic. The menu has some recipes from the colonial times like Peanut Soup. Meals were hearty and delicious! Would definitely go back again!
We arrived, were seated and it took at least 5 min for a server to come by and greet us. There were two servers and only four other tables that were occupied. She brought water and asked if we had questions on the menu. We said no and she walked away. It took well over10-15 minutes for her to return to take our order. We decided to walk out and shared with her as she was coming back to our table. She said she was in the back rolling the silver. Very poor time management.
I was entertaining guests from out of town and was embarrassed by the poor service. We will not return
Gadsby's in Old Town Alexandria is a place frequented by George Washington and other Founders of the Republic. It's like stepping back in time to the 18th century to enjoy meals common during that era. The staff are dressed in era costume to add to the ambiance. The food is good, but I found the shrimp a bit over done and tough.
The occasion was my daughter's birthday. She really likes the historic ambiance of Gadsby's. The menu is unique and the food very good. Also good was the service. We'll be back again I'm sure.
We first ate at Gadsby's Tavern last year when we visited Alexandria/DC for the Marine Corps Marathon. The experience was so memorable and the food was so delicious, that it was a no-brainer to return there for a celebratory meal after this year's MCM. This year's dining experience was just as good as the first; the food was wonderful and the staff very friendly, welcoming, and attentive. This will definitely become an annual tradition.
One of our favorite brunch places in old town They have a great selection of specials and regular breakfast faire. Steak and eggs and omelettes were awesome. Coffee and muffins are great too. Highly recommend.
Awesome venue, awesome food, awesome service. Will return!
The main draw for Gadsby's Tavern is the historic building and décor (from the 1700s) as well as the colonial themed menu. They have the peanut soup and Sally Lund bread and some other colonial era type food, but modernized. They also have modern things like hamburgers. We ordered the prime rib and brie sandwich which came with au jus for dipping. The amount of meat in the sandwich was quite generous and my friend couldn't finish her sandwich (which came with fries). We also had the pot pie (I forget the colonial type name) which was a good portion too, topped with a puff pastry crust. There was a birthday party in one of the rooms where they hired an actor who came in colonial dress and performed several monologues for the group. It seemed like a fun idea. The servers are dressed in colonial garb and the bar is one of those wooden cage bars from colonial times. Next door is the Gadsby's Museum. For a $5.00 fee you get a docent led tour of the building next door (the former Inn) along with the history of the building and what things were like during George Washington's life time. George Washington ate at Gadsby's of course. Good for tourists or for anyone who'd like to eat in an old historical setting.
My son and I were on vacation in Alexandria and were looking forward to an "authentic" 1780's dining experience at Gadsby's Tavern. However, the hostess and server were both generally unfriendly and acted as if we were an intrusion. In addition, I'd read a lot about the wonderful prime rib, which was not wonderful - more like pot roast. I was sorry I spent my vacation money on this restaurant.