Shaw's Crab House & Oyster Bar - Chicago

4.8
12291 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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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 12291 people are saying
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vipTiffanyS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!

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JimR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Enjoyed it and will definitely be back next time we are in Chicago!! Thanks

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vipVikkiW
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Service was great, but the crab cake was just meh, not a lot of flavor. The lobster bisque was cold and also just ok. The fish and chips were really overly greasy, and yes I know they are fried, but they shouldn't be sitting in a puddle of grease.

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vipKbee
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and must go to each time I travel to Chicago!

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vipHothow1
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We had a very good experience. Calamari appetizer was delicious. Tuna entree was perfect. Side dishes (brussel sprouts and hash browns) and salad all good. The $130.00 for 2 King Crab legs was a disappointment. They were just OK and way too expensive for just 2 crab legs.

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vipDeniseB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary and Shaw’s was excellent. Service, food and ambiance were all on point. Oysters were delicious as were our main entrees of salmon and scallops. Highly recommend.

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RobertA
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Conscientious and attentive for an excellent dinner

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PhillipG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday! Old friends! A great time was had by all!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Overpriced experience

Stay with the oysters … the main meals are not very special
We got the bill before we asked for it . Very strange for an expensive restaurant as Shaws…
No way like a european standard…. Very ordinary food
Try something else


Dr Amsterdam

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Chris
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

No lobster tails available for dinner…
Have seen better times

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BrookeH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible doesn’t even begin to describe this establishment. Wonderful wait staff, they are engaging and very helpful with whatever problem or question you may need an answer to. The food is nothing short of amazing. I’m constantly blown away with how delicious everything is, even when I try something out of my comfort zone, it’s outstanding. I’ve been coming here for years since I was a little girl and will continue to come as the years go by. Do yourself a favor and go see for yourself!

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SandraD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the minute we walked in the door, the staff made us feel special. Dining with 2 small children can sometimes be daunting, but the kids were made to feel special. The wait staff was amazing. I can’t say enough about how good the food was. We had the seafood tower, yes it’s expensive, but it is so worth it! The seafood was fresh and every item delicious. There was 4 adults (and the 2kids) and it was the perfect size appetizer. I didn’t think it could get better- oh but the entrees were! I had the mahi-mahi, my daughter the flounder, my son in law had steak, and my husband crab legs. Every entree was cooked perfect and my 5 year old remarked about how we made “happy plates”, not a morsel left on our plate. As we were deciding on dessert, the waiter brought out a slice of devilish chocolate cake with a candle to complete a perfect night for celebrating my daughter’s birthday. Don’t hesitate a minute- this place is THE best.
Next time I’m in Chicago I will definitely be back to dine at Shaws!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Excellent service, decor was dated but classic. Fun waiter and crab legs expensive but good

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JennaB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Food was cold and not pleasing.. service was sub par for the price point.. I never write bad reviews

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with my adult children. Was excellent. Service was incredible and food was awesome.

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miae
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great experience at this restaurant. Food was great and service was wonderful. Will definitely go back!

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vipMuffaletta
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Tilley and Fawn were outstanding servers! They both were very attentive and a real pleasure.

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vipDebraH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of faves! Kind of a throw-back vibe that evokes a Mad Men era of three-martini lunches, but the food is amazing! As is the service. Will always try to include Shaws in our Chicago visits.

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LisaB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most wonderful Thanksgiving celebration we have had in years while celebrating at Shaw's!

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vipPBinDallas
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and better service.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food a

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vippomko
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a nice Thanksgiving dinner with great seafood and filet mignon! Thank you very much!

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Kaspian
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shaw's remains a classic go-to restaurant for celebrations, special occasions, and anytime you really want to impress someone. Our server was also very witty without intruding on our meal. Outstanding!

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ShawnF
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner and loved the old school charm and ambience of Shaw’s.

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RobertN
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always reliable. Excellent food, very good service.

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Barbara
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful family Thanksgiving dinner. We missed the buffet of past years, of course, but are glad Shaw's found a way to be open for Thanksgiving for somewhat safe indoor dining. The tables were spaced fairly well apart, but we really wish Shaw's would require vaccination for all staff and guests so we could feel as comfortable as possible to return for indoor dining this winter. We would be happy to pay more for that reassurance. (That's what all Chicago theaters are doing so their patrons are happy to return without fearing that every performance will be a covid super spreader event.)

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vipAPap
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfy seats in the bar for Thanksgiving. Intentionally we had early reservations cause they get super busy on holidays. We had lots of time and it was great. I was particularly glad to NOT see he buffet - we’ve enjoyed it many times and I’m sure we’ll do it again, but that’s not what I wanted.
We enjoyed Oysters Rockefeller -they were perfect! It’s been years since I had had them. Yum.
MUSTARD CHAR GLAZED COSTA RICAN MAHI-MAHI. Oh. My. Gosh. Yum!
Tip: if you’re celebrating something awesome, order a whole lobster and let them know how you want it. 1) Split for you or not? 2) Grilled or steamed? And plan for a leisurely meal.
It’s one of our regular spots for a couple reasons. We see the same staff & guests plus a smattering of tourists, nice vibe. The food is ALWAYS good and so are the drinks. And the ladies room is always clean. We love the Lettuce Entertain You restaurants, this is my fav.
I’m thinking about the Oysters Rockefeller!! Maybe we’ll need to make reservations for this week….

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ParisW
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a truly wonderful experience. The staff was attentive, patient, and gave amazing service. The food was incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service in the bar area! Delicious food and drink!

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AnnH
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

All the fish entrees were excellent. They were perfectly cooked and very flavorful.