Shaw's Crab House & Oyster Bar - Chicago

4.7
12087 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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  • 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 12087 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Didn’t enjoy food

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vipTomK
Chicago
94 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Classic seafood restaurant. Delicious and fun..

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vipLP60614
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Allowing for the slip in service one generally allows for on a holiday (Father's Day in this case), Shaw's has lost something. Table service remains earnest, but inexact almost to the point of sloppy. Apologies go a long way, but slipping on a main order gives the impression of a kitchen overwhelmed and a restaurant that has ceased to care. I fear this icon has lost its luster and comfortably settled into an attitude of average as the acceptable standard. I hope that isn't true, and I will try it again to be sure. But in the meantime I have lost my life-long compulsion to return and have gained a curiosity about some of the newcomers I've put off trying because Shaw's always called me back. I hope Melman re-directs some well-deserved attention to this beloved landmark and makes it shine as it used to.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We really enjoyed all of our food entrees! Service was excellent! We had a great dining experience. My husband enjoyed his Father’s Day brunch/dinner. Reasonable prices for great tasting food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Holy brunch! You get an incredible amount of food. It was all so delicious! Will definitely be back again.

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Foodie
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Only downside, the tables were extremely close and crammed to maximize the number of guests.

CT
vipChicagoTim
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service4ambience4

We made a bar seat reservation for two people. We had been there MANY times. When we arrived we were told, NO seats at the bar and that the meal was only a full 5 course meal. NO OTHER CHOICE! We had a reservation for at least 1 week and had no other place to go. We wanted a light after church meal and had only one choice to dine.

The meal was fine and food was good but to be given NO CHOICE was a disappointment! They could of called and explained how they were doing meals on that day.

We have been top GOLD LEVEL LETTUCE clients. We know your Chicago Restaurants well along with others.

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vipLaneB
Grand Rapids
84 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father ‘s Day brunch was over the top in every way. Food quality, quantity, and service were beyond compare. Shaw’s is always good but this set a new standard.

DJ
DerrickJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful culinary Father’s Day with my daughter and nice people all around... staff and other diners!

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vipLisaL
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fawn was a great server. We liked the spicy blackened shrimp and the broiled lobster.

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tomg
Grand Rapids
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service, nice atmosphere. What can I say!?

LG
vipLisaG
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was fantastic. Each course was better than the next.

HS
vipHannaS
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The $55 brunch is a great deal: tons of outstanding food. Everything was the highest quality, especially the French toast/bread pudding and the lobster bisque.

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vipSAMG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely time, we have done the brunch a few times when it was still a buffet and they handled this new format fabulously and for a great value all things considered. Downside is that we had been sat next to a table of screaming children, not the restaurants fault of course just unfortunate.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excelente ! Comimos una docena de ostras de la
Costa este y de la costa oeste. Divinas ! Como plato principal el famoso King Crab. Vale la pena 100%.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all around. From the oysters, to the calamari, to the king crab legs. I would go here every week if it didn’t break the bank.

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vipRobC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, atmosphere and food. I have been going to Shaw's for over 20 years and they have always been consistent in their service and food quality. I highly recommend for anyone who likes good seafood and first class dining.

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BeaK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Special! Fun! Delicious! Shaw’s is a modern classic!

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johntex
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and the service was outstanding. So happy to be back out dining at Shaws!

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Amanda
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience3

We arrived at 7 and ordered drinks which came fairly quickly. Our appetizers took 45 minutes and arrived at 7:45. Then, we couldn't get a waiter to take our entree order until 8. We waited 45 minutes for our entrees. The food was very good once it arrived, but at that point the dinner was ruined. Anything would have tasted good at 9 PM. My grandpa was so excited to take us to his favorite place, and was crushed that the dinner was so bad. PLEASE hire more folks or take fewer reservations. And/or if dinner is going to take 3 hours, comp the drinks or appetizers.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was superb, as always.

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PhoenixDennis
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood and BEST service! All of our dinners were prepared and presented perfectly, and the service was very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food! My sorority sister and I truly enjoyed ourselves. I always love the service and experience when dining here.

AM
AnaMarieR
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. Would eat here again next time we are in town. Very casual atmosphere and really good food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here every June 13, for my birthday. We sadly had to miss last year due to COVID but being back this year at full capacity was such a treat. The staff is always amazing and makes every customer feel as though they are the only ones that are eating there. We will back next year to celebrate!

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went for a Birthday brunch. The food was good, but this is the third time I’ve been in four months. The brunch selection is good except for the broccoli dish. It’s always dry, and never flavorful. I would highly suggest changing the last course of the brunch to something other than Mac and cheese and broccoli

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vipChicagoguy
Chicago
85 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. Got the brunch buffet. Lots of food and great variety for a very reasonable price. Service was great. Would definitely recommend.

KG
KevinG
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have had several situations recently with restaurants becoming busier as Covid restrictions are relaxed. There have been issues with service and food quality. That was not the case at Shaw’s. We had by far the best meal we have had since the pandemic started, and the service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere

DE
DawnE
New York Area
2 reviews