Shaw's Crab House & Oyster Bar - Chicago

4.7
12244 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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  • Thanksgiving

    Nov 25, 2021 only

    We will be featuring a timeless holiday tradition of the freshest seafood in Chicago paired with the classic turkey feast. We’ll be serving an a la carte menu all day consisting of all of your Shaw’s seafood favorites, prime steaks, alaskan red king crab, traditional thanksgiving sides, herb roasted turkey, and the best pumpkin pie you’ve ever had. Reservations can be made online for both our main dining room and oyster bar

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 12244 people are saying
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HarryS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love eating at Shaw's. The food is always phenomenal. The service top notch. The ambiance is lively, but the acoustics keep it under control. A fine dining Chicago Classic.

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prisciliar
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fawn was wonderful and made my husband’s birthday dinner wonderful.
My only surprise was that a kiddie cocktail that’s soda and grenadine with a Cherry was $9!! Was offer a refill and that was another $9. Had I know I would have opted for booze! Otherwise fantastic food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We gave our waitress a $50 gift card which was not applied to our bill. We didn’t realize it until today and the waitress didn’t refer to it when she brought our respective bills. We were also charged for items that I feel would have been provided free of charge or at a drastically reduced rate from other restaurants, ie. a taste of wine to help determine which bottle to order for dinner and a sample of soft shell crab. When offered these things, we were never informed that there would be a charge. The food was delicious but our bill was beyond expensive.

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KimS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town to attend a concert at the house of blues and decided to try Shaws because it was close and I’ve always heard good things about it. It did not disappoint. The next time we are in town we will be making reservations again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

shaw’s is always on point.

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egkjcm
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place to eat in Chicago. My hope the next big celebration is there.

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PaulB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So awesome in every aspect!! They remembered everything from my reservation request

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RenikaM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice and what we expected

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MarkR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, exceptional. My brother and his wife were visiting Chicago, and we wanted to take them for something special. As always, Shaw's was terrific. Every dish was delicious and the sevice was excellent. Their crab chowder is outstanding. It made for a wonderful afternoon!

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vipAdswave
New Orleans
64 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shaw’s Crab never disappoints. We were seated promptly at a very cozy booth. My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary and the staff went out of their way to make our night very special. We started with the Stone crab and clam chowder and both were delicious. Being a special evening we opted for the Alaskan King crab leg dinner. Pricey but well worth it and cooked to perfection. Overall a great evening at this classic Chicago restaurant.

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RyuichiS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service. Good seafood. So enjoyed with my family.

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RWASHIN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The food was very disappointing. Little to no season in the crab cake.

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Muuuuy bueno!

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vipPcakes
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Was hoping for some recommendations from the server but really felt he was more patronizing than helpful. His response to every question was “ it’s delicious “ The food was ok. We saw the wedge salad being served at a nearby table and ordered with enthusiasm. Ours was a sad mini version of the ones we saw being served. The scallops were ok, the shrimp were over cooked. I will give them another chance but when ordering you are on your own. They do deliver on the by the bottle wine list!

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BillK
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Food just seemed average and service was very slow, several open tables so didn't understand why, maybe just the times.

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MaryB
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fresh oysters, lobster bisque, and Caesar salad. Cheerful, prompt service.

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CLM123
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

The food was overpriced. All seafood dishes were a disappointment. The lobster bisque was salty without any lobster flavor. The stone crab was equally bland. The scallop was also devoid of flavor. The chopped salad was petty. The service was also disappointing. We indicated a special occasion in our reservation. But nothing special was prepared. Given the price, the service and food were unacceptable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the oysters and the variety. That is what brought me back. Stone crabs are great but pricey.

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IrishMTR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great Service! The blacked shrimp and grits were amazing! And the apple pie ala mode was worth every calorie!

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vipLeslie
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and fun

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Ildikolikesgoodfood
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious seafood celebrating twins 25th Birthdays.

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vipTerrieM
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was beyond expectation!
Service-food-drink-atmosphere!
A fine dining experience

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vipPsuep
Palm Springs
51 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good not great - waiter was not very pleasant

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ATR11
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shaw’s never disappoints. Love the quiet dining room, the service…the only thing I wish for is to see a simple piece of grilled fish on the menu…

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Poor experience.

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vipBrianW
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris the waiter was good. The food and cocktails were good.

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KayB
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and beverages were great

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Becky
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister’s Birthday, but really I’d eat in the bar at Shaws anytime!! Never disappointed!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were outstanding, will definitely be back.

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Javadavy
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit to Shaw’s was the late 90’s. Several years and several visits it continues to be a favorite restaurant. The service is top drawer and the food is par excellence. This was a birthday celebration and it was spectacular.

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Jude
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters & shrimp cocktail- fabulous. King crab legs- amazing!
Raspberry pie a’la mode- fabulous.

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TBAISD
Grand Rapids
20 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

To begin I had mentioned in our reservation that it was my husband’s 80th birthday and in fact called that dayAnd spoke to one of the staff. At the end of our meal because I was giving my husband his birthday card the waiter asked,oh, is it your birthday?
Next,the food. We have always enjoyed excellent food and my husbands meal of surf and turf was excellent. I chose the seafood platter. The 3 shrimp were broiled and filleted but the shell was still on the shrimp. I tried pulling the shell off but it stuck,I tried pulling it with a fork with no success. The other parts of the plate were good but I sent back the shrimp without eating them.