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Gadsby's Tavern

4.5
1713 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Steak, Prime Rib
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Hours of operation
Sunday: Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(703) 548-1288
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Manager: (703) 548-1288
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Cameron Street
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1713 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful experience always visit when we come to the area.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic food, friendly and attentive service in an unmatched historic setting. Fantastic experience!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

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.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Nice and cozy atmosphere and hearty American fare. It’s not hard to understand why this restaurant has been around so long.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

A lovely historical experience with amazingly good food

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Authentic colonial dinner at a historic tavern. Great family experience.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food and wait staff were awesome. Great place dating back to the first President

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We always love visiting the place where our earliest Presidents dined and met. I had the duckling and it was excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

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!

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

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!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

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!

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Unusual preparations and excellent taste.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Lots of fun!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Fantastic food, such history in this place!!!

Service was great!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Excellent food and service in a fabulous historic site! We loved everything about Gasby’s.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

It was a privilege to dine where George and Martha Washington dined and Thomas Jefferson celebrated his inauguration with family.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Was able to meet up with friends from our hometown after 22 years! Perfect place to catch up!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Wonderful experience of old, and amazing steak and eggs!!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

I would highly recommend an evening at this restaurant. The food and service are great but the atmosphere is so relaxing.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

We were in town for a short time. Sought a nice restaurant to dine with family on last minutes notice. Great find!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Wonderful historic ambiance makes Gadsby's peerless among DC area restaurants. It's a national treasure of a place and, though price, well worth the visit. The portions are generous, the food is delicious, the environment is cozy and filled with historical detail and charm (down to the pewter tableware and candle-lit lamps), and the service is excellent. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

I hadn't been to Gadsby's in at least 20 years. I always enjoyed it and especially loved the peanut soup. Unfortunately, while my friend, who had never been there, thought the Seafood Newberg was excellent, in general, I didn't find the food as good as I remembered it. The peanut soup seemed thick and cloying and the beef dish I had, which was described as tournedos, was actually slices of some type of beef roast - reminded me of pot roast and just wasn't that great. The sauce tasted like it was made from a mix (or worse, came from a jar) and was far too thick and heavy. The scalloped potatoes were actually potatoes au gratin and because I wasn't expecting the cheese, were somewhat heavier than I would have liked. The Sally Lunn bread, which had also been a favorite of mine, seemed more like sweet Wonder Bread rather than the homemade luciousness that I was used to. It didn't have the rich flavor that I remembered.

Nonetheless, the ham biscuits were as good as ever - tiny, little fluffy biscuits that were just a bite full. One order was definitely enough for two (total of four biscuits). The sauteed spinach was absolutely perfect, and the corn pudding had an excellent flavor (though the corn was all on the bottom.

The service was excellent, our waiter was perfect - I wish I had asked for his name. And my cocktail was also perfect. Classic manhattan, neat - no ice or water (i.e., not shaken with ice) exactly to my very picky standards.

In spite of the positives, I was actually disappointed because it just didn't live up to my memories.

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