Shaw's Crab House & Oyster Bar - Chicago

4.7
12191 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood
Big and Bustling, Shaw's Crab House stands as a monument to fish and seafood. Besides the usual popular dishes, Shaw's management team is passionate about presenting treats such as king salmon, Alaskan king crab, and nantucket bay scallops during their short seasons.

Thank you for choosing us for your dinner reservation. We kindly ask that you wear your mask when not seated at the table or interacting with our staff as much as possible. Reservations made for "Bar" seating will be for our casual Oyster Bar and reservations made for "Standard" seating will be in our more formal "Dining Room"
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Experiences

  • Saturday & Sunday Brunch - 10:30AM-1:30PM

    $55.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Brunch Experience is served 10:30AM-1:30PM Saturdays and Sundays. Shaw’s iconic Weekend Brunch received it’s fame due to its variety of brunch specialties, an incredibly fresh raw bar, and steamed crab legs. Shaw’s is is proud to introduce a new way to experience the indulgent Weekend Brunch. In lieu of a buffet, the Shaw’s team has built a four-course brunch delivered right to your table inclusive of all your favorite items especially the steamed crab legs for $55 per person (plus tax). Reservations required and seating's are limited to 2 hours per table. Selecting this experience indicates you are joining us for our brunch.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 12191 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBikedining
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a disappointment. Great supper club feel with great food and service.

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SteveM
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shaw's is always great. Great place for a business dinner.

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ChiTownJon4500
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Shaw's is always a great place to go for celebrating a special occasion.

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BookLover
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food in a quiet setting (most of the time). Been coming here since it first opened more than 30 ago.

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vipChicagomik
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was exceptional as always but the service was a complete miss. We were the only people in the dining room after a late lunch and still we were made to wait. The waiter gave us the bill portfolio and then left… waited 15 minutes finally got up and gave the bill to the manager to run. Other great places to try… go there instead!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food is ok, but the service is terrible! Really bad service, it even takes time to pay the bill

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Andre was great. Servers were busy but on point.

TA
TrudyA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the weekend brunch. It did not disappoint! All of the food was magnificent. We definitely plan to go back next time we're in Chicago!!

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David
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still one of the best seafood restaurants in Chicago! The ambiance, the cocktails, the style, and last but absolutely not least: the food! They added a delicious burrata to the menu, along with updated mains. VERY strongly recommended!

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BirthdayGetaway
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance, the service and the food were spot on. Wonderful night out. Fawn was our server and was amazingly efficient and friendly. The manager and the staff were attentive and the experience was worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and great service!!

CW
CarolW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our salads were fresh and delicious, and the shrimp and crab were outstanding. It was our first time eating in the bar. It was a very relaxing atmosphere, and our server was attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Shaw’s is in a little nook to the side of a hotel off Hubbard downtown. There’s a convenient parking place right around the corner or you can have valet. I opted for SpotHero and my two feet.

I met up with friends for brunch and we had four courses included dessert. Everything was delicious but the hash browns were a tad oily, but fresh and crispy nonetheless. Our crab legs were cooked to perfection, drawn butter and lemon on perfect standby. The rolls may have been reheated? I’m not sure, but they were dry.

We came there towards the end, at 1 so I’m sure they were just down to the last bit. My drinks were a little pricey, $12/$13 and I didn’t see an option for bottomless or a pitcher. Overall, the food was delicious and I was stuffed! I’ll definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it. Amazing food!

MC
MelissaC
Orlando
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in the bar and it was very fun and lively. I would definitely sit on that side again and the Panko crusted Halibut was one of the best pieces of fish I have ever had.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I are visiting Chicago for the 1st time. This restaurant is great. Food, service, ambiance, and value were great. Shaw's is a must when visiting Chicago.

JM
JeffreyM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a family party of 8, including one in a wheelchair. The staff could not have been more helpful, the food was excellent, and this was a dinner that our family will never forget.

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vipSaladgirl
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and service!!
A favorite foe many years !

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lawdr
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I used to eat at many Melman locations, especially downtown. The food is usually good and portions large. Shaw's has always been a good go to for seafood or to eat oysters Perhaps because I have not been out in a year, but the service this evening seemed a bit slow and the food was good but not great. Now again I never go to Lettuce Entertain places for spectacular food..just good basic food and good service. So as far as that was concerned, it passed.

TL
TeaLover1
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still one of the best - the food was spectacular, not just the crab but the shrimp, fresh fish, calamari, scallops! Our group tried it all. Service was also excellent. Worth every penny!

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theodorej
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seafood was fresh. Service was excellent. Management was on top of everything. I’d receive s eating there again.

KE
KristinaE
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The host was amazing with offering us tours. He even expressed how proud he is to work there. Our waitress was super friendly and knowledgeable. I loved the atmosphere and would go back on my next visit

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Sister’s birthday

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Matthew
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great shellfish as always!

JW
JamesW
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing place to go for an afternoon meal. Came for the oysters which didn’t disappoint! Great atmosphere and service.

JM
JohnM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After 18 months of not being able to go (it's our favorite Chicago restaurant) - was great! I do miss the buffet brunch - hoping that it comes back once things have normalized - but other than that - was so good to be back.

LJ
vipLJC123
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the buffet. It was filling and pretty good but the former buffet was the best I ever had. THE BEST! My guests ordered from the menu and their food was fabulous! We all shared and ate from one another’s plate and it’s was truly a feast. They had the halibut & the signature salad. Both were awesome!!!! And the staff was efficient, courteous and professional. They get 5 stars too!

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vipPfgmd
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was attentive and professional, and the food was delectable and was associated with a very pleasant ambiance.

JJ
JillJ
Chicago
16 reviews