Shaw's Crab House & Oyster Bar - Chicago

4.8
12283 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 12283 people are saying
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JennaB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined a day ago
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 a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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miae
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and better service.

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vippomko
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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RobertN
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always reliable. Excellent food, very good service.

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Barbara
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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AnnH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

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CeeBee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is wonderful.
Our server, Niels was friendly and knowledgeable and attentive.
But it’s very expensive-save it for special occasions.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the service was excellent and the desserts were amazing. Can’t wait to come back!

AJ
ArielJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My roommate and I went this past Sunday. I use to love to go to this place for the Sunday Brunch buffet. They had some of the best in the city at a great price. But unfortunately (I’m sure due to COVID-19) they don’t serve the brunch buffet anymore. Even though the brunch menu is still available online to see. I’m still disappointed :/ Maybe it’ll come back in the near future.

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vipsigpi007
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THE best seafood in Chicago. We ate in the more casual oyster bar area, which we like more than the more formal side. Buzzing atmosphere, and great food and drinks. My wife’s order of King Crab was so huge, it looked like a monster from a Godzilla movie. I kind of pivoted from traditional shellfish order and went with a Lobster roll. OMG… I don’t know why I haven’t been ordering these all along. I want another already.

Do yourself a favor and start you meal with an oyster shooter. It’s a nice way to start the meal, and from a value standpoint it’s great because it’s a shot of Peppar vodka (Bloody Mary style) with an oyster in shell served on top. At $14 for the shooter, It’s priced the same as any drink, but it’s like you’re getting a free oyster. Brilliant.

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JeffreyM
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good as always. Waiter, an older gentleman, had what I remember to be a detailed waiter.

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ManuelG
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A little noisy and hectic. But great food and quality.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our wedding anniversary! One of our favorite Chicago restaurants. Food outstanding and service superb!

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JasminE
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Luis was amazing!

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vipsusanw
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Shaws... the food, service and atmosphere is excellent. So fresh!

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JocelynD
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband took me here for my Birthday. The food was really good! And the service was great. The crab cakes were delicious! Will be going again when I'm in the Chi!

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Imabeliever2014
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Top notch dining experience. Fantastic wine list; excellent service, delicious food (we had the stuffed flounder). I would go back in a heartbeat. If I wanted to be picky, the 2-top table is very small - ask for a 4-top so you will be more comfortable. Also the bread basket was lackluster.

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JamesW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always reliable for food quality and service, Shaw’s boasts the city’s best selection of fresh fish, often prepared in interesting ways.

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AprilM
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! Our server was very friendly and attentive. We’ll be back soon!

LJ
LJC123
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food & service were AWESOME!!!

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MauroS
Chicago
1 review