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Shaw's Crab House & Oyster Bar - Chicago

4.8
4.8
13265 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. 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 173 times today
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Sushi

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 527-2722

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Arnulfo Tellez

  • Catering

    Private dining space with rooms with space for up to 12, up to 30, up to 80 and up to 150/400 for a full Oyster Bar or Main Dining Room buyout! Call 312-527-2722 and ask for Erin Juache.

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining space with rooms with space for up to 12, up to 30, up to 80 and up to 150/400 for a full Oyster Bar or Main Dining Room buyout.

  • Private party contact

    Erin Juache: (312) 527-2722

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Cross street

    State St.

  • Parking details

    Valet parking available for $19 per vehicle.

  • Public transit

    Grand - Red Line

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 13,265 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Seafood

  • Chicago

    Seafood

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  1. TamaraJ

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Shaw's never disappoints. Absolute must when we visit Chicago!
  2. KCooper

    London

    101 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    101 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great selection of fresh seafood, oysters, Kung crabs, oh my! Their martinis are also very tasty. We enjoyed the lively vibe at the Oyster Bar, and will definitely go back!
  3. joesmetro

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    love the blue crab lounge....simple easy way to eat some super fresh oyster with a cold glass of chablis, wine program by the glass is well curated, crispy rice bites are a can't miss as are the maki rolls. ruben...was or server and he made us feel so welcome and watched the flow of food and drinks well.
  4. ElizabethL

    Cleveland

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I'm in Chicago once a year on business and always make a trip to Shaw's. I prefer to sit in the bar area because it's more casual and lively. However, the regular dining room is a treat as well. Amazing seafood and a great experience!
  5. KarenF

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yummy!!! I had lunch with a buddy and truly enjoyed myself! The food, drinks and ambiance were perfect!!
  6. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is good. The side dishes are a la carte. The drinks are good and strong. Service is top notch. I hadn't been here in over a decade but it was just how I remembered. A1 service, food, and drinks. So may establishments lost their umph after the Pandemic but Shaw's has proven to stand the tests of time.
  7. Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great service and excellent food. Very comfortable setting for a business meal and many others were enjoying their lunch as well.
  8. MartiH

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service was outstanding, a must go when in Chicago!
  9. Dana

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Our server Rueben was very attentive but not very personable. The food was fine, but I wouldn’t say outstanding, especially for the price. We are from Maryland, and the “Maryland crab cake” on the seafood plater that my husband got was just “ok”. The drinks were over-priced, but the dessert was delicious. (Crème Brûlée and Key Lime Pie). Everything was over-priced. Won’t be on our “must return to” list when visiting Chicago.
  10. Thomas

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Warm friendly service providing everything we needed to enjoy a delicious lunch. Thank you to the lunch crew on Memorial Day!
  11. Imabeliever2014

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, amazing service! Food quality and taste are excellent. Beverage selection is exceptional. It’s classic Chicago at its best. Please drop the 3% surcharge - COVID is over.
  12. AdamC

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The environment is really cozy and classy. Great music and the atmosphere in general. Service was excellent. About the food was good but for crab legs that wasn’t at all what we expected. Price reasonable.
  13. DanD

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is excellent ad always. Most professional waitstaff in Chicago. Excellent drinks selection. Best "old school" decor and ambiance. Great gor special occasions or a casual dinner when in the downtown area. One of my most favorite restaurants in Chicago.
  14. JHart

    Indiana

    148 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    148 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great seafood menu, great king crab, very good service!
  15. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had a good experience! They even comped a desert for my partners birthday. Norwegian crab legs are WORTH IT
  16. Thefoodchick

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    we ordered the crab, golden crab, it was OK, but not great, and the bill for 2 of us was over $400. One bowl of clam chowder, a couple of beers and the crab, total. Service wasn't great, if we needed somehting it took awhile to find our server. The end was terrible, we finished our crab, they cleared the table, took everything, including the bread we were still eating. I guess they were ready to turn the table, even if we wanted to order anohter beverage. This is a big NO for us
  17. KimM

    Cleveland

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was in town for work and used Yelp to find a seafood restaurant. The reviews were spot on. This place was amazing all around! We had sushi and other appetizers, and the combination platters which were fantastic! Highly recommended!
  18. DonnS

    Portland

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    I was a bit disappointed. Steak was not good and not cooked to my request. Also didn’t like I had to move into the other room as someone had rented the restaurant. I only come to Chicago once or twice a year and I always eat at Shaw’s and have done so for many a year.
  19. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantástico el lugar In servicio excelente y las manitas de cangrejo caras pero buenas y vale la Pena
  20. Jose

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was fantastic!! You should try Norwegian Crab, it is amazing
  21. KimW

    Grand Rapids

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great evening, fantastic food. Our waiter, Corie was excellent with recommendations from the menu. Sea scallops and Halibut were great dinners, creme brulee was one the best I have ever had. Place had a great vibe as well. It reminded me of great supper clubs from the past
  22. KevinM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Juan and his bus man were great The female manager came by and very pleasant
  23. Table42please

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Greatly enjoyed my dining experience at Shaw’s. Our entire party had not arrived until 15 minutes past the reservation, but we were seated promptly. Service was attentive with taking our drink orders, food orders, water refills, clearing dishes. Did not feel rushed which is always appreciated. Food was excellent. Enjoyed an oyster sampler, cup of gumbo soup, seafood chopped salad, Copper River salmon, key lime pie. My dining companions also enjoyed their food. Of all things, the side of mashed potatoes was a big hit. Ambience in the main dining room was very nice. Was a Friday evening and busy room, but was able to enjoy conversation with my party. Criticisms: the level of lighting was such that I could not read the menu. Solved that by using the flashlight feature on my phone. As anticipated, was a pricey meal. While value was mostly good, felt the portion of my Copper salmon entree was a bit on the small side. Overall though, very enjoyable meal and look forward to the next time.
  24. Gene

    Chicago

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This is one of my favorite seafood restaurants in Chicago!
  25. TraceyN

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Made reservation for a birthday. Restaurant didn't do anything for my birthday.
  26. MargaretR

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and ambiance. Have been to Chicago twice and eaten at Shaw’s both times.
  27. ND1974

    Chicago

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Regulars at Shaw’s and it never disappoints. Big show in town, so a bit loud and very crowded. Excellent food and super service, the perfect combo.
  28. SteveS

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Our reservation was for 12:15 pm and we were on time. The main dining room was virtually empty. But we were seated closest to the kitchen, with many open tables that could have been chosen. I had customers already seated so I did not ask to be moved. The rest of the meal and the service were excellent.
  29. Cyrano

    Chicago

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    I've been going to Shaw's for years and really like the place: great food, great service and (usually) a very relaxing ambiance. This last time we got seated between two groups celebrating birthdays, so conversation was difficult at times, but that won't deter me from going back - I'll just ask for a table away from any large groups!
  30. boomer

    Chicago

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Shaw's remains the best seafood restaurant in the city. Now that Chef Naoki is in charge of the sushi, it is among the best places for sushi as well. The dining room is still just lovely and the service is terrific. A great dinner out.
  31. SheilaB

    Chicago

    146 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    146 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Brought my beloved 90 yr old uncle who lives in Washington state. We immensely enjoyed the wonderful New England Clam Chowder and the sourdough bread. He actually moaned with delight as the halibut was so good. He ate every bit of the carrot/carrot puree and the majority of the baked potato before he had his Key Lime pie - which he described as wonderful. My scallops and Caesar salad were terrific - the scallops were exceptional and I love the white anchovies. We had a fantastic evening and I am so glad I can count on Shaw's to give people I love a memorable experience.
  32. OpenTable Diner

    Cancun

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Everything Ok, except that it’s too expensive for the quality of the food. Also the drinks are expensive.
  33. AngelaR

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family was very pleased with the food and service, couldn’t have been better and the roses for the mothers was a very nice touch.
  34. SueR

    Chicago

    44 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    I can only speak for my meal which was the tuna. So cold it was a joke and very raw when I was told it would be med. rare. It was even difficult to cut it.
  35. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible experience, friendly atmosphere and amazing service 
  36. KimP

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress Sandra was AMAZING!!!! So welcoming, smart and accommodating!!
  37. midmodtom

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great to be back at one of my favorite restaurants after a grueling hiatus. "Favorite" because the staff is fantastic. "Favorite" because ambience. "Favorite" because of the food and drink. Ask for Corey and tell him I sent you.
  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fine dining place with excellent seafood, it is over priced but worth trying. The service is superb and the staff are very kind.
  39. FitoV

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had not been in many years since we moved away. Exactly as we remembered it. Great food, great service, great experience. A Chicago gem for sure.
  40. ConeiC

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Has a pleasant dinner experience at Shaw’s! The service was great and we enjoyed our meals. We really enjoyed the Buffalo Shrimp appetizer but the seafood pasta and crab cakes were really good as well. I don’t think you can go wrong with anything on the menu but they specialize in seafood of course. Highly recommend!

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You can order delivery directly from Shaw's Crab House & Oyster Bar - Chicago using the Order Online button. Shaw's Crab House & Oyster Bar - Chicago also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 527-2722.

Shaw's Crab House & Oyster Bar - Chicago is rated 4.8 stars by 13265 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 173 times today
Google Map for Shaw's Crab House & Oyster Bar - Chicago

21 East Hubbard St., Chicago, IL 60611

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    State St.

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Sushi

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking available for $19 per vehicle.

  • Public transit

    Grand - Red Line

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Arnulfo Tellez

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 527-2722

  • Catering

    Private dining space with rooms with space for up to 12, up to 30, up to 80 and up to 150/400 for a full Oyster Bar or Main Dining Room buyout! Call 312-527-2722 and ask for Erin Juache.

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining space with rooms with space for up to 12, up to 30, up to 80 and up to 150/400 for a full Oyster Bar or Main Dining Room buyout.

  • Private party contact

    Erin Juache: (312) 527-2722

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