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About Gadsby's Tavern
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.
Alexandria, VA 22314
American, Steak, Prime Rib
Hours of Operation:
Sunday: Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities:
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Private Party Contact:
Manager: (703) 548-1288
Banquet, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Gadsby's Tavern Ratings and Reviews
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We very much enjoyed getting to try authentic 18th century American food — the peanut soup was fantastic! I really loved my "George Washington's Favorite" of duck, scalloped potatoes, a kind of kraut, and veggies.
Thanks for giving us a cozy table and the real candlelight was delightful. We truly enjoyed having the historically costumed "Mr. Hall" come address the room, regale us with stories, and then stop by our table to chat — it added an extra spark of fun.
\Historical tavern. Really enjoyed the tavern tour. Interesting to see where George Washington ate. As for the food: the prime beef and brie sandwich was really good. the beef was tender and juicy. The ale battered fish and chips had a heavy breading around the fish that was not good. The sally lunn bread, that was served before the meal was under done , with a raw doughy layer at the bottom. We asked one that was done, but the replacement wast was the same. The server abruptly put my butter knife on the wood table when she snatched up the underdone bread to take it away . She also told my husband to take his bread off the metal place plate and put it on the bread plate. She was nice ,but bossy.
We went to Gadsby's Tavern to celebrate our anniversary. It's a real old place, dating from the Revolution. A place where Washington, Jefferson, and the rest of them ate, danced, and partied! Even the floors dated back to those days! All the staff dressed in period-seeming clothing.
Our waitress was friendly and excellent, and even managed to adjust the temperature to not be freezing cold by our table!
The food was BAD (sorry, it was). The duck was tough and dry, and we joked that it was made in the Revolutionary War period, too! The vegetables were unique and interesting. Drinks were good.
The BIG drawback was the "live entertainment". He was coarse, and made EVERYONE uncomfortable, even though he often spoke in the old-time vernacular. "You gentlemen are with such beautiful women! What would your wives say if they knew?" "Hopefully, that girl you call your wife will accidentally drink from my wine glass (on our table). Then, I will comfort myself knowing her lips touched my glass!" IF I were a different guy, I would have told him to beat it! But, when he cut the nonsense, and sang with his lute, it was EXCELLENT.
This was the ONLY disappointing meal we had during our 5 days in Alexandria.
Very enjoyable dinner with business colleagues. The building is historic and the staff is dressed in period costumes. The food was very good. We tried the French Onion Soup and the Peanut Soup. I enjoyed the Gentleman's Pye. I hear the Gingerbread is good for dessert, but we didn't get any. Quite enjoyed the gentleman who came round and did a bit of speech in costume. He was amusing and spent time with each of the tables of guests. The person who recommended the restaurant wasn't aware of this, so I'm not sure how often they do that. Would certainly go again, especially with folks who haven't been before.
Beautiful historic location, and the food is also top notch! We had heard mixed reviews about the food, but everyone was very happy with their selections. Steaks and prime rib were cooked perfectly. Vegetables were good. Appetizers were particularly good. As our meal was finishing our table was visited by a historic character who was excellent! I think he was James Madison, but I could be wrong about that.
Interesting to visit a historic landmark. But the food was utterly unremarkable. Burgers were bland and unseasoned. As was the roast beef sandwich, which was dry, very tough, and bland. Fries were soggy and cold. The only item receiving kudos from my group of 4 was the iced tea. Tried the peanut soup - it was fine, but pretty much just tasted like peanut butter thinned out with broth. Server did his best to keep pace with the several large parties for which he was responsible during our Sunday lunch visit.
I've lived in the area for years and somehow didn't realize Gadsby's Tavern was an active restaurant; I thought it was just a tourist trap. I found it on OpenTable and decided to give it a go. The atmosphere is quaint. It's a bit dark and noisy but has a nice period feel. The grilled shrimp appetizer was excellent. The Gentleman's Pye was just so-so. The wine was surprisingly reasonable in pricing. Our server, while quite nice, was not very good. She asked what we wanted to drink less than a minute after we'd been handed the menus, hardly time to look at the wine list. More problematically, she left our plates with the discarded shrimp tails on the table the entire meal and never came back to refill our water glasses. It was truly odd.
This is a fun and historic place which also serves really good food. This is a restaurant, even though it's called a tavern, which seemed to disappoint some people on Yelp! The menu is short but there are lots of good things on it. While we were there we did not have any kind of "living history" inflicted on us. Just a lot of history around and food that might be similar to what was eaten 200 years ago. I liked it a lot better than similar places in Williamsburg--the food here was better and so was the value.
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