Shaw's Crab House - Chicago

4.7
10231 reviews
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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. If you would like to dine in the Oyster Bar, seating is on a first come first serve basis.
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Orlando
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I come back home to Chicago, I come here, the food is always great and the best part is the service. Mickey the bartender and our serve were attentive polite and knowledgeable. Thank you.

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JF
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From arrival to leaving- entire experience was top notch.

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RL
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As varied a seafood menu as I have ever encountered. Very pleasant atmosphere with top-notch waitstaff. The quality of our respective meals was excellent, my wife and I are already looking forward to our next trip to Chicago so that we can dine again at Shaw's.

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RT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Excellent food.

Really did not enjoy my view! Sitting facing a wall. I'm on a chair facing my kids who were on a "bench" booth).
We were right next to a serving area. The red vinyl edging as well as the wood surrounding the back of the kids hadn't been dusted in quite sometime. Horrible to look at throughout the meal.
Have been to Shaw's many times and would not have expected that!
That area, against the wall, needs a thorough cleaning!

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KF
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always. My favorite brunch spot in Chicago. Food is consistent and delicious, with something for everyone. Service is attentive. Simply fantastic.

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MA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The only complain I have is the bathroom, is to small for the amount of people and the size of the restaurant, I think the need to expand it o building on other one is so uncomfortable

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KP
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I cannot rave enough about Shaws! We highly recommend. Everything about it is outstanding.

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BK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Shaw’s offers the best brunch in the city. Period.

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GS
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven’t been there in awhile but found the service and food quality consistent with my previous visit.

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KD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was in town for a girls weekend from Kansas City. Amazing food and service! A great place to spend my 30th Birthday!

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MR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The restaurant was busy and server seemed overwhelmed and was very slow. The steak was disappointing.

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J
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El único problema es que hacen esperar mucho cuando se llega al restaurante

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old world history with excellent food and service

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OT
Mexico City
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! 100% recomendable

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M
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, Shaw’s did not disappoint. We stopped in for a birthday appetizers. The sample platter of oysters was delicious. Fresh, good size. The lobster bisque was flavorful, unfortunately all three of of our cups were lukewarm and there was more carrots than lobster in our cup. The crab cake appetizer was our favorite. Nicely seasoned, thick, with a side of creamed spinach. Wedge salad was enough for two people. We enjoyed a piece of key lime pie for birthday dessert. It was ok. A bit on the runny side but delicious and much appreciated. Great place for dinner or an afternoon of appetizers. Service is always good. Attentive waitstaff. Look forward to our next visit.

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JS
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious seafood! I'm still thinking about the soft shell crabs 3 days later! We also split 3 entrees among 4 of us- whole snapper, halibut, and king crab legs, with sides of Brussels and broccolini. We enjoyed 2 bottles of wine, and surprise mango Bellini (a manager heard we were from metro /detroit and came over to say hello-she was from same area). Service was attentive, friendly, knowledgable; noise level is high though. Our waiter, John, kept our wine glasses full and food evenly spaced. Most importantly, the seafood was the shining star- you immediately taste the fresh sweetness of the soft shells and king crab, the tender mild halibut and snapper-and all dishes were prepared with the simplest seasonings. Oh, and my friends enjoyed the dessert sampler- Be prepared to spend-but worth it!

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DK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, one of my favorite places to eat!

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R
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed myself, I will go back for sure. Everyone was so nice and the food was amazing.

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GJ
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a great experience, it was our first at Shaw’s and we will be back,

Everything was excellent and the ceviche was the best we have ever had.

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JB
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Juan took such good care of us! We had a lovely experience and would definitely recommend the restaurant!

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G
Grand Rapids
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything we tried was very good - oysters, scallops, sauteed spinach, brussel sprouts, swordfish and fried shrimp. The service was exceptional. They are very attentive to tables and have separate servers for water, etc. We will definitely come again.

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BS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite seafood restaurant in Chicago. Have been going there at least annually for 25 plus years. Always meets expectations. Service always superb. Will keep going.

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BD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall experience very satisfactory. Our waiter Eric was friendly attentive & professional.

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L
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great crab cakes and Brussels sprouts were terrific. Nice wine list. Attentive service

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service and the food were excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family visiting from out of town.

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JE
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place to celebrate special occasions. Would highly recommend.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

My partner and I come here all the time however we typically dine on the oyster bar side. This night we were entertaining family so we decided to take a stroll to the other side. Our server was amazing however both red snappers were dry, and my shrimp were over cooked. It’s a great place but I think we’ll stay on the oyster bar side.

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EJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Dining.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The seafood was great although the portions were small. The steak needs work. Really enjoyed the live music.

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HS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have not been there in many years - did not disappoint.

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OT
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Celebrated Mother's Day at the downtown location. The drinks were great and crafted with care. We had large Stone Crabs for the appetizer and they were phenomenal. The soup course was Clam Chowder, it had no clams....not sure what happened, it was not good. Main course we had King Crab Legs and Halibut Steak with a side of sauteed spinach, both were great, made up for the soup. Service started slow but she regrouped and was excellent rest of the night. We will recommend and will return.

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as it is always. We enjoyed the lobster tail and steaks which were cooked exactly as requested.

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BL
Chicago
70 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our special occasion places, went for Mother's Day. Everything was excellent, as usual. Highly recommended for any occasion.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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BC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. They had a buffet for Mother’s Day when we went. We enjoyed it, just wish we had been notified when we made the reservation that only the buffet would be available.

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GM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed ourselves immensely. They were not ready to seat is when we arrived which was fine since our entire party had not arrived but as soon as they did our table was ready so it worked out perfectly! The only drawback was that sometimes the food wasn't warm enough because people kept leaving the serving dishes open allowing the heat to escape.

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SH
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good we traveled from central Texas to eat here...twice! Seriously. We had miles that needed to be used so we flew in Saturday afternoon and ate dinner in the lounge. Fawn was our waitress and was fabulous, but we weren't surprised. The food, staff and everything are always top notch. We made reservations back in March for Sunday brunch at 10:30. we were a little early, but they were able to seat us anyway. I don't recall our waitress name on Sunday, but she and the rest of the staff were just as attentive as the crew the previous night. We will always come back to Shaws any time we are in Chicago!

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o
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LeTecia is an outstanding asset to your restaurant.

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HW
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal in a long while. Steak was better than steakhouses, yellow fin tuna sushi was exceptional as was turf/turf entree. Service spot on, tremendously helpful

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