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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4.4
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4.4
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4.7
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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

S
Dublin
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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!

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day dinner.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

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

d
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

L
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

M
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. :)

TH
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!!

AB
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.

M
Richmond
17 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.

A
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.

MP
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!

c
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.

PB
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!

PR
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.

R
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
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.

A
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.

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

Lovely Restaurant Week menu!

MV
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.

L
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.

OT
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.😘🍺👌👍

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience
Would recommend this restaurant

DL
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.

e
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great brunch.

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The restaurant has an interesting vibe, its neat to sit in a colonial style tavern. Very cold and drafty, and dark inside, made it difficult to read the menu. The service was a bit slow, I was out of water for most of the meal and they forgot half the table's dessert. The salmon was really good, well cooked moist nice smokiness to it and they went light in balsamic, did not overpower the meal. Presentation was a bit bland, slab of fish some spinach and plain rice. Bread was sweet and fluffy, was expecting a heartier bread maybe with more whole grains to make it feel more colonial, citrus butter lacked any citrus flavor. Distinct lack of nutmeg. And appetizers are a bit weak. The brie en croute is basically a small chunk of brie in some puff pastry with a drizzle of raspberry sauce. Would have liked some nuts or cherries/cranberries in it to make it feel more complete. Hot rum cider was very heavy in rum, for me was too much. 200 dollars for the meal was a bit steep. Especially since the vegetable napoleons had undercooked eggplant. Bread pudding was alright. The whole meal needed more nutmeg.

PO
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and ambiance were outstanding. We will definitely be going back.

MD
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Mediocre. The ambiance is almost nonexistent. Food was fine but not memorable. No fires in the fireplaces on a cold winter night.

EB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gadsby's Tavern was a great place to eat! I loved the charming atmosphere and the food and drinks were awesome! It is really cool to eat in a part of history!

p
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for lunch during the week and it was not busy. The hot apple cider was especially good with and without rum. It is always an enjoyable place to eat when visiting Old Town Alexandria.

SP
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We have gone to Gadsby’s Tavern for years. The last three times (2 for dinner, and 1 for lunch) we have been there we have been disappointed with the food and drinks. The quality and just the whole feel has gone downhill in my opinion. I’m not sure why. Sadly, I think we will take them off our list of frequent nights out.

JF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took two friends who had never been there. We all had a wonderful time. The food was delicious and very reasonably priced. It really takes one’s breath away to consider all of the history in Gadsby’s. I highly recommend.

CC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little historic restaurant, with delicious food. My son and I really enjoyed it, and we found the museum attached also very fascinating.

JH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant, a very special place for those looking for an authentic experience in historic Alexandria. You will not be disappointed! The food is excellent, and you will definitely get the feeling that you are stepping back in time the minute you open the large front door of this tavern. If you are lucky, you will have the extra special experience of meeting “Mr. Hall,” a gentleman from the 1820’s who frequently visits the tavern at night and charms you with his conversation and beautiful ballads on his exquisite string instrument.

H
Las Vegas
41 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has a very romantic and historical presents. The food was exceptional the service was very attentive. I would recommend this restaurant for history, romance and the wonderful food.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wait staff forgot to order our food so the wait for food was twice as long. No compensation for error was offered.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

It was my husband‘s birthday. The restaurant was fairly empty. I read that it was a great place to celebrate birthdays, but it did not feel like festive atmosphere. The food was good but a bit pricey. Our server was nice.