If you like to be transported to another time and place, Gadsby's is the place. Authentic Colonial recipes mixed with the same atmosphere to take you back to a 1700s tavern eating experience. And our waitress was spectacular!
I've lived in the area for decades, and always assumed that Gadsby's was just for tourists. I finally went for the first time a few years ago, and was surprised by how good the food was. It would be kitschy, except it's legit, and the food would be worth the visit even without the period decor and outfits.
It's now a regular place to bring out-of-town visitors for a colonial experience and a great meal. The fried oysters are some of the best anywhere, as are the grilled duck, peanut soop, and whipped mashed potatoes. Other first-rate dishes are Martha's puff pastry (crab, Smithfield ham, and salmon), the Gentleman's Pye (beef and lamb stew topped with puff pastry), brie en croute, corn pudding, scalloped potatoes, and red cabbage.
The waitstaff is dedicated, and they add to the charm. Two of them are sisters who've worked there for years. I've taken my mom twice, and she's looking forward to another visit to try the onion soop. I'd also like to try their lunch and brunch menus.
Wonderful experience always visit when we come to the area.
Delicious old American style cuisine, setting that transports you back in time to Colonial period, and atmosphere that makes it easy to have a nice conversation.
Fantastic food, friendly and attentive service in an unmatched historic setting. Fantastic experience!
This is a nice restaurant with a colonial heritage. It has a limited menu that includes a few meat, seafood, sandwich and salad options. Good location, reasonable prices, excellent service. A good time was had by all.
Nice and cozy atmosphere and hearty American fare. It’s not hard to understand why this restaurant has been around so long.
A lovely historical experience with amazingly good food
Authentic colonial dinner at a historic tavern. Great family experience.
Brian was a wonderful server and the food and atmosphere are excellent. This is a unique, historic place that is highly recommend for both locals and out of town visitors.
We went there for Easter dinner as we were on vacation. The food was excellent. I had George Washington's favorite and my wife had the filet mignon. Both were amazing. The filet melted in your mouth and the duck with the cranberry glaze was unbelievable. Our waiter was personable and the whole staff were nothing but friendly and always smiling. The dessert was a flourless chocolate cake which we split. This place is the real deal and the waiter was even dresses in colonial attire.
Food and wait staff were awesome. Great place dating back to the first President
Enjoyed Easter Brunch during our first visit to this historic site. The three-course fixed price menu was a great value. Would definitely come back.
We visited Gadsby's Tavern for Easter Brunch. We had great service and food. It was fun to experience such a historical part of Alexandria and we enjoyed the museum tour afterwards. Would highly recommend!
We always love visiting the place where our earliest Presidents dined and met. I had the duckling and it was excellent.
Our experience at Gadsby’s was excellent. I ordered the crab cakes and my mom had the salmon and both were generous portions and delicious. The service was great but we also were not in a rush. The atmosphere is plain but historic and it is a really neat place to check out because of its history. I will definitely be returning back in the future.
While visiting the area several years ago we found this restaurant. We absolutely loved the ambiance and setting. The food is excellent and the staff are courteous and friendly. The history of the building is absolutely amazing. If you love History and good food, this is a must see.
The "Old Time" entertainment and ambiance is quaint and the food is delicious, do not go there looking for a light meal as the portions are quite substantial! We had great service, the food was quick for later in the evening and my kids could have easily split a kid's size portion they were so large! Overall a fun place to visit!
We have enjoyed eating there for the experience. We just didn't feel it this trip. The food was average but the experience lacking. Where was the town crIer? Probably will not return.
The history of this restaurant makes the visit worth it - George Washington and other of our founding fathers stayed and ate here. The food and beverages were good (we are there for brunch). The service staff is dressed in period clothing - Fun! Before or after your meal, you must do the tour next door. Very interesting!
Nice brunch spot for out-of-town visitors. The old tavern is a delight to see, the food was delicious and service great. I had the french toast with brie and bananas which was a surprisingly good combination.
Nice little slice of history in a quaint & authentic building. Hard to choose which enticing entree to try. I enjoyed the meatloaf though the prime rib and the onion soup both looked great!
I've been to Gadsby's often over the years, and always enjoy its rustic, quiet atmosphere and its history. The historical interpreter was there when we dined this time; he not only is delightful but his knowledge of events of the "day" (200 years ago) is impressive.
Our waiter was friendly and attentive, but I was disappointed in the duck, which had flabby skin and was served with a bland sauce and bland scalloped potatoes. The brie was better, although a little too sweet for me. I tasted one of my friend's fried oysters, and it was pretty good. She said the lamb also was good, although I'm going to go back to the Gentleman's Pye next time.
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.
This place has been around and serving up food since George Washington. It is a history lesson and a meal at the same time . It's decor is what you would expect from that era. Wait staff is also dressed in the clothes of the time. Food was very good. They have a nice menu. Casual dress is fine.
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!