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Shaw's Crab House - Chicago

4.7
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11419 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 Pacific salmon, fresh king crab, and smelt during their short seasons. Reservations made through Open Table will be for Shaw's Main Dining Room.
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  • Sunday Brunch

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     $55.00 per person
    Jul 31 - Sep 27, 2020 · Sun 10:00 AM - 1:45 PM
    Shaw's iconic Sunday Brunch received it's fame due to its variety of brunch specialties, an overflowing raw bar, and steamed Alaskan King Crab Legs. Shaw's is always in season, and this summer, is proud to introduce a new way to experience the indulgent Sunday Brunch. In lieu of the buffet, the Shaw's team has built a four-course brunch delivered right to your table. $55 per person

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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4.7based on recent ratings
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food
4.7
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipValerieM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience4

My husband and I would come to brunch at Shaw’s at least once a month. We hadn’t been since the menu change. This was the worst brunch I’ve ever had. I won’t be back until they either change the Brunch menu back to what it was or something better.

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TDM09
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food1service3ambience5

The new brunch is horrible and a waste of money. No choice in your selection of food either. For it to go from buffet style brunch to 1 piece of each item (bacon and sausage) for the same price is ridiculous. They definitely need to come up with a better idea because they dropped the ball tremendously!!!

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corat
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was delicious! My only issue was that there were several items on the 2nd course that no one at my table wanted (cold items) so it was wasted. It would have been nice if we were given the option of getting additional items from that course instead of those that were given and not eaten. Overall, a great dining experience!

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Versefanes
Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shaw's is a great place for brunch. If you want a big breakfast, the Brunch special is for you. For a lighter lunch order from the menu which is what I did.

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BunsenBurner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The building and the people are excellent - none better. The food, well, it's alright, but not very exciting with it's spices. At least all of the seafood is very fresh! Also, if you're dining outside, beware the floods of people walking around your table.

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vipMikeb
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience2

This is supposed to be a great place. I didn’t see that. For starters, if you say business casual let’s not count ratty white t-shirts, cut off shorts, sweatsuits, and Hawaiian shirts in the mix. Then let’s wrap silverware right. I had two forks and a knife. My wife had the same plus a shrimp/oyster fork and a soup spoon. Why is that important? When my soup arrived I enjoyed watching it for 10 minutes until the waitress arrived to ask how everything was. Eventually I received a spoon and enjoyed my soup. Oh and about the waitress.... not a single question about my wife’s gluten allergy... the front desk acknowledged it when they seated us... and that same waitress would have pushed us through dinner in 45 minutes if we hadn’t intentionally slowed our ordering down. For the kind of money this place charges I get to linger and savor.... we forwent our usual coffees, desserts, and after dinner drinks and picked those up next door at the jazz club. The waitress really should be working at a breakfast joint or a diner because her friendliness did not show... not welcoming, very neutral.... not recommended at all for any special occasions. Might return if I want seafood. However, plenty of steak places have great seafood in Chicago, not to mention the seafood places in Chicago with great seafood. Shaw’s moves way down my list. As an avid lettuce eats fan you guys can do better. Raise this tired brand out of the doldrums of complacency.....

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vipIcedancer
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food! We ordered a half dozen oysters,
grilled calamari, fish tacos and Parmesan encrusted haddock. Every dish was so delicious . We did decide to book a table outdoors, but inside is fabulous and so old school! Great service as well. Definitely will return😊

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YvonneF
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic! Very nice evening out for dinner.

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Lester
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food5service2ambience5

Drove over an hour for Crab Cakes. They do not have any Lump Crab Meat due to Virus.
Told me to call ahead if I want lump crab meat. Bad service. Had to wait for everything. Not the Shaws I remember.

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vipRhonaB
Miami
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Great food ! Great outdoor seating! My Fav❤️🍷

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Lc2013
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We were there for our anniversary, the service was wonderful. It’s a weird time to be at restaurants, but Shaw’s maintains their excellent service. The only thing I do have a problem with is that the Alaskan crab legs were smaller than in years past, and I expected the presentation to be better considering we paid $85 for them. They came out on a little plate, not even 3 total crab legs, no tools included so it was hard to eat them, I had to ask for someone to bring me something. That was disappointing. Overall though, a really good meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sisters and I took our mother here for her 52nd birthday. Everything we ate was amazing! Fresh, hot, and just delicious. Cory was our server and he was very attentive, funny and professional. I can’t wait to come back!

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RashenaW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Frankie is an awesome waitress! He was so nice, polite, friendly. He delivered our food on time, he recommended items off the menu! If you attend this restaurant be sure to sit in his area! He was worth our tip. Also they let us bring a cake inside to sing happy birthday most places do not! The men at the restaurant was outstanding. The women are terrible. Be sure not to come in contact with one of them that’s my only complaint. Other than them, the food was amazing, and the overall service was great. Will be visiting again.

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Shaydog
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great crab and oysters! Not the best value as far as pricing on the crab goes, but there are other dishes that are more reasonably priced that are just as delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

My experience with the brunch at Shaw’s Crab house started out great with the safety precautions and the seating arrangements they have in place due to COVID. I loved the first two courses but it went down hill on the third with the king crab legs. They were on the skimpy side and looked more like snow crab legs. I brought my concerns to management and it was explained to me, that they have different tiers of king crab. Looking at the menu I was a little perplexed because it states alaskan king crab which is deceiving. From my experience in ordering king crab legs, that’s what you get KING crab legs...not this business of tiers. Also, I didn’t appreciate them charging me an extra fee when I’m already paying over $300 for 4 people and calling it a COVID- 19 fee. It has been Broadcast nationwide how the Government & the State were your business located at has assisted in this area for COVID. Other than that I was very please with my server and how attentive he was to all of us.

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GabyG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Shaw's. Waiter Jose and GM Kevin were amazing. Made sure our brunch experience was perfect and it was. Thank you and we will see you guys again very soon.

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Queenie
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything thing was wonderful. Only thing I came to Chicago to celebrate my birthday. I reserved it stating I was celebrating my birthday. The only person who said happy birthday was the hostess. While eating dinner, the staff came out and sung happy birthday to another guest. Nit even my waitress acknowledged it. I pray it was racial with all that is going on. Other than that big thing. The food was great. Atmosphere was amazing.

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vipVickiP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Long time customers at Shaw's but this visit was bad enough for us to write our first ever review. Ordered a wine that was on the menu as a 2017 - they brought a 2019. When I mentioned this to the waiter (who was great all night) the Sommelier came to the table with a confrontational attitude...uncalled for and very disappointing. A lukewarm overpriced bottle of Chablis (the only white Burgundy on the list) was then served...but by the time the main course came it had cooled down in the ice bucket. Appetizer Soft Shell Crab very good, Lobster Bisque and Lobster Tails very ordinary, Fried Shrimp not very good at all. A very disappointing seafood experience this visit.

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viprauberdog
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shaw’s Blue Crab Lounge has been a favorite of ours for decades. Back before Covid the live music in the bar was fabulous. Food excellent always. Fresh shucked oysters and huge shrimp cocktails some of my go to’s!!!

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GailP
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

No review. Given he circumstances, coronavirus, it was a great experience. I felt safe. Was glad to dine out again. Disappointed with shorten menu.

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Niesha
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time there everything was wonderful it was our anniversary the only thing that was off was that I didn't have a lot of cash and wanted to tip the server more! The staff was great very welcoming and helpful with what to try and get thank you for everything!

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Stew1
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

It was my birthday and it went unnoticed by our server he was attentive at first, then left our table for over 30 minutes. We wanted to add something to the order but was told the kitchen was closed, had he not left for long periods of time we would have been able to order the additional item. The food was not hot, was not seasoned well, and just was not good. I will not be back, so sorry I trusted Shaw’s with my birthday dinner. I can’t imagine how they will stay in business through this pandemic with the lack luster service they provide.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great from the valet to the service and food. The family loved it. There was something for everyone on the menu and even my picky eater found something he loved!

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VictoriaG
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the food was great!!
Will come back for the brunch again.

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josephl
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Wasn’t worth it for the money. We love to fine dine and will pay good money but we expected a better quality. Our first order of cold appetizers had a hair on it and our jumbo shrimp weren’t cleaned at the tail properly on the second. I never had carrots or zucchini in my lobster bisque and certainly wouldn’t like it again. My girlfriend’s lobster tails were dry and We prefer our asparagus grilled not burned.

I always wanted to go here and I was disappointed.

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RandyA
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my wife out to dinner for her birthday. I reserved what i thought was whole lobster dinner special when I found out I did not. The manager still accommodated us even though we hadn't reserved special seating. The food was great! The customer service was fantastic! Overall, this is one of my wife and I's favorite restaurants. They know how to take care of their patrons.

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vipLewis
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I decided to take my wife and sister-in-law to dine in. My sister-in-laws first time, and she enjoyed every part of it. Thank you for always making us feel welcome and making sure she comes back

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service! Get the halibut!

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Hazeliiz
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Husbands 50th Birthday Celebration

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience

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JillianP
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience4

While the service & food was fantastic, it was about 90 degrees out & no AC. I was really disappointed to spend as much as we did to be uncomfortably hot.

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MzChicago
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went to celebrate my husband's birthday. The fried shrimp and the sea scallops were super delicious and the clam chowder was the best I've had since Boston. We will definitely be going back.

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susanc
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We are frequent diners there, this time felt the staff and cooks were still getting used to service and food prep under new circumstances. Service a bit slow, food very good but not exceptional as usual. We will go back but perhaps not right away.

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DarrylP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the safety protocols were in place for a great in door dining experience.

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vipKona
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time eating here. We liked the decor, food was good but not spectacular. My salmon was slightly underdone for my liking. The shrimp dish was good. Make sure to visit the lobsters

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vipDra17
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for my birthday dinner. Everything we had was absolutely amazing. The oysters were some of the best I’ve ever had. The truffle mashed potatoes were also a standout. Drinks were delicious and good sizing! They took plenty of precautions to make us feel safe with covid. I loved my experience overall.

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vipDanaA
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go to date night restaurant! We just fined there for the first time since March and the service was fantastic. You have to wear masks when not seated as with everywhere but seated tables were spaced,

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vipEmilyK
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a great dinner at Shaw’s. The experience was spot on from the greeting to the departure. All team members were being very safe, which we appreciated.

Frankie took care of us on this visit, and we will be sure to ask for him when we return. He was exceptionally engaging, and made great recommendations on both our meal and wine. My husband’s salmon was prepared to perfection at medium rare, my seafood platter was perfect, with all 3 items prepared and seasoned perfectly, and our brussel sprouts side was crazy delicious.

We are already looking forward to our next visit.

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xtam
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Not what it used to be. The $109 'special' - is a 4oz filet, a small overcooked/or re-warmed, mealy lobster tail, & a couple of small crab legs (picture all of this can fit on a dinner plate w room to spare). The filet & crab were delicious. If you're hungry, I'd order something else off the menu, & probably not the lobster. Service was good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Service was great, but food was over priced and nothing special.

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Shaw's Crab House - Chicago does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Shaw's Crab House - Chicago also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 527-2722.

Shaw's Crab House - Chicago is rated 4.7 stars by 11419 OpenTable diners.

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