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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.

138 North Royal Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Cameron Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 548-1288

Website:
http://www.gadsbystavernrestaurant.com/

Private Party Facilities:
Please contact for more information.

Private Party Contact:
Manager: (703) 548-1288

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Gadsby's Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (50)
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Good for a Date (32)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
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Cozy (26)
Casual (19)
Comfort Food (19)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Fun (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Business Meals (11)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Seasonal (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Great for Brunch (5)
People Watching (5)
Scenic View (5)
Great Beer (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Live Music (3)
Healthy (2)
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Tasting Menu (2)
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Colonial-era tavern plain wood furnishings and the soft lighting and candles on every table, and even the slight reverberation of voices, give Gadsby's Tavern a feel of pub-like intimacy and charm and a moment out of time. The food was simple as befits the Colonial era, but surprisingly first-rate. We ordered filet mignon and prime rib, both of which were reasonably priced, were cooked as requested, and were delicious as was their Shepherd's Pie. Vegetables were not overcooked as they often are with meat, but just right. The hard cider was perfect for a cold winter evening. The period-dressed waitresses and waiter were attentive but not intrusive; food was served in good time. A perfect family birthday dinner.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We arrived between the lunch and dinner crowd, so the restaurant was quiet. The Tavern is over two hundred years old and reflects the period atmosphere but was clean and pleasant. Our waitress, Jeannie, was very pleasant and helpful recommending dishes and checking up on us. Food was fabulous. Apparently everything is homemade and tastes it. My only issue is that since I work in the area, I should have tried eating there a long time ago! We will be back!

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Outstanding historic restaurant. Gentlemen dressed like Ben Franklin brought humor and great ambiance. Great meal and wonderful service!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

Good atmosphere and food. A must if you enjoy history.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great service!! I requested Jameson neat as part of the notes on the reservation and when we were seated it arrived. Made the birthday treat for my husband that much better. He ordered the duck and I ordered the meatloaf. So much food we couldn’t finish. It was amazing too so we hated to leave it! Our dessert was the cider with rum and it warmed us right up before heading out. Only downside was a large party was seated next to us towards the end of our date. But great experience overall.

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food5
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on January 4, 2018

This is a wonderful little restaurant set in a cozy, authentic, well preserved colonial period tavern. Food may be a bit pricey, but is served in generous portions and can be shared. Servers are dressed in 18th century attire, and are attentive without being intrusive. We fully expected to see Benjamin Franklin or George Washington at a nearby table. If you're a history lover with an active imagination, maybe you will see them.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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food4
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Food and service excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The service was incredibly slow.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Gadsby’s is a must! Excellent food and phenomenal Service- Debbie did an excellent job making us feel welcome. The fact that this restaurant has hosted George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and other revolutionary heroes is amazing. I love this place and you will too!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Very good food . . . mediocre service
. . . Interesting historic setting.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Very good food,nice atmosphere.We enjoyed our time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Good food, if a bit pricey, and fun historical aspect. We went during the holidays, so it was nicely decorated and the ambiance was good - not super quiet, but easy to hear your tablemates. We went to celebrate a family members' anniversary and enjoyed the experience, including the appearance and brief speech by a "colonial" gentleman.

Add a little fun to your visit by sharing the story about the "female stranger" connected to the tavern.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We stopped in for a family gathering dinner just after Christmas. The service was very good, as was the food and wine selection. We also really enjoyed the visit from Mr Hall (John Douglas Hall) who humorously portrays an Alexandria citizen from the colonial times.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Food great but service was awful. We arrived at 5:45 and left at 8:15. LOOOONG TIME between service... would recommend the middle room, as has more character. Also left empty glasses and plates when cleaning..... Six of us so forced into a $50 tip. WOULD NOT HAVE LEFT THAT MUCH.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Nice historic restaurant in the heart of Alexandria. Wait staff in Colonial costumes and actual and reproduction pieces from the 18th Century. Food wasn’t creative but not meant to be—good hearty Colonial fare. I particularly enjoyed to Cock-a-leekie pie.

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Some servers dressed up others didn’t. Service was bad start to finish. Would recommend you go elsewhere.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 22, 2017

As always, this establishment provides a wonderful atmosphere, great food, and stellar service. If you want to unique evening in a historical house, this is the place to go.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Pleasantly Surprised! The historic attraction would make this a very worth place to dine with perhaps low expectations for all the rest. Boy was I wrong. The food and service was simply excellent, and I would happily go back again and again! I was with a group of 4, and we all felt the same - we couldn't be happier. And the other surprise was cost, the menu items not only offered plenty to choose from, the wine list was very good and reasonable.

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food5
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great food and service! Would recommend to friends and would like to return on our next visit to Alexandria.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We were seated in the small section of the restaurant near the front door, rather than in the beautiful area in the adjacent dining room. Every time someone opened the door, the cold wind blew right into our table. Had we known, we would have selected a different restaurant. The experience was definitely not what we expected based on the reviews. Highly disappointed.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Very enjoyable and great food

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent meal in a historical setting. Try the peanut soup.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Great food, while stepping back into Colonial history!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

The chicken pot pie was lucious with flakey crust and lots of chicken

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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food5
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Great place for a first date with a woman I met on "match"...lol. quiet enough to talk to each other. Candlelight very romantic, food was excellent.

Planning a second date :-)

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Good menu choices to suit all of us at a casual lunch. Food and service were very good, and we all enjoyed this chance to get together in a historic and peaceful setting.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

None of us had been to Gadsby’s Tavern before and I was leary booking because of previous reviews but we were all pleasantly surprised. Very good and we all will be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We had a large party, with many different orders and a running conversation amoung our selfs. The staff were outstanding and handled the group very well. The food was very good the service great. Thank you

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Whenever I get to the DC area I like to visit Gadsby’s Tavern for taste of Colonial Virginia. This visit didn’t disappoint. Gadsby’s is a must for history buffs.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Benningsdorf here several times and this visit was the worst one so far. Service was non existent for about the first 15 minutes, but did get a little better once the waiter finally showed up. I’ll chalk this visit up to a one off, since my past visits I’ve had good service. The food as always was really really good and plenty of it.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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!

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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!

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

My wife and I had a fantastic dinner and have already recommend the restaurant to a number of friends.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Went specifically for the peanut soup. All food was excellent with large portions.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

We especially enjoyed The period humor of Mr. Hall. Our waitress was exceptional, as was the beer and dinner!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music
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