Shaw's Crab House - Chicago

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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. If you would like to dine in the Oyster Bar, seating is on a first come first serve basis.
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4.7
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4.6
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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant to visit when vacationing to see my daughter here in Chicago. We always make our reservations for the brunch buffet when I’m in town. The best!!!

JI
Detroit
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and personable. The champagne and food selection was great

R
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Corey was incredible. Very knowledgeable and professional....also very funny. Always an fantastic experience. Long time customers. My mom loved the cake that you sent over for her 92 nd birthday.

H
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurant in Chicago!!!

S
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was very good! Our server recommended great dishes and they did not disappoint!

JP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat at Shaw's every year that we visit downtown Chicago. Love the atmosphere, good food. Excellent service. Will always being going back.

RJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shaw's Crab House was more than what I expected it to be! My wife and I were meeting some old friends and they had been there before so we wanted to try it. We come down to Chicago for a night or two around the holidays every year to shop and try new restaurants. Shaw's will definitely be a place where we will return. Thank you for making our trip spectacular!

RP
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING anniversary dinner. It was busy, but I can see why. Everything was wonderful, service was incredible! Especially with it being so busy. This is my husband's favorite place to eat in Chicago. As a first timer, it was great!

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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SM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience3

We were appalled by the small portions and huge prices. A $26 appetizer yielded one shrimp, two very small oysters, two crazy small little broken pieces of crab and one dwarf lobster tail about the size of a large shrimp. This was on a huge bed of ice with frozen dipping sauce. It was poor quality, zero presentation and zero value. This restaurant seems
To have lost sight of what is acceptable. The fact that someone approved of this platter in the kitchen tells all. With all the fantastic restaurants in Chicago I would
No longer recommend this one.

MF
Western NC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was outstanding but the reservation process could be a little better. We had a reservation for 2 people at 730pm and weren’t seated until almost 8pm and didn’t get our appetizers until about 830pm. I heard a manager say 15-20 mins past reservation is about normal...if that’s “normal” Shaw’s should do a better job of setting expectations and prepping customers. If I knew I was going to wait almost 30 minutes even with reservations- I’d have made my reservations earlier or just gone somewhere else.

Once seated the meal was great and definitely worth it but when walk ins are seated in about 45 minutes and you make people with reservations wait 25- it doesn’t make a lot of sense.

SE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience5

I have been to Shaw's on other occasions but this visit was a disappointment. We had reservations for 730 and we were not seated until 8. Many many people who arrived after us were seated first. We inquired about the wait and were just told it was busy. The food was good, but not hot. The mashed potatoes had a big blob of cold butter in them, potatoes not hot enough to melt the butter. We were not offered a second cocktail, we waited for the first cocktail 15 minutes after being seated. It was my friend's birthday. We were asked if we wanted dessert and we said no as we had waited so long for the check. Then they brought a piece of chocolate cake. Very nice but again, very long after we had finished our meal, no offer of a second cocktail and my friend does not like chocolate. It was very busy. I was disappointed as I had really built up the experience to my friend. Even though I had made a reservation 2 weeks prior, we had a very small table inbetween a group of very loud celebrating ladies and another couple. Again, nothing wrong with the table, just not very special. I would maybe go back but just sit on the oyster bar side.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ah-mazing. food was so so good. service was exceptional. the ambiance and feel are perfect. we reserved a table on here and were seated without a wait. an empty wine glass fell over at the table next to us and fell on my bag- no ones fault, but the floor manager came over immediately to apologize and was so so nice! he even knew about the best restaurant in our home town and said how much he loved it there (the pine club in dayton ohio if you are wondering!) and just to reiterate- the food... mmmm! ::chefs kiss:: SO SO GOOD.

JH
Indiana
60 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

These king crab anywhere!!

F
Charlotte
49 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The king crab was fabulous.

MB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Requested our special booth but was asked to sit at another booth. We watched the couple tip the maitre d when they were seated.

The table behind us had 4 very loud and not well behaved children not very relaxing for a nice dinner out.

SO
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Celebrating my best friend birthday with two other friends and we had an reservation and when we arrived we escorted to our table immediately no wait which I love. The food was great , however our server brought us the wrong drink twice. Other than that it was very nice.

OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Husband bday dessert was great

W
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our dining experience was outstanding. Shaws does it right.

Y
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfection! Birthday/Family/Holiday celebration!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Was finally seated 30 minutes past confirmed reservation time.

SJ
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood ever👞.
Also cocktails amazing.
Always order the crac you won’t be disappointed.
Good wine selection also.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our waiter. Loved the food. Back in June

GG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shaw's Crab House came highly recommended - and it is no surprise. Everything from the environment to the succulent food is absolutely fantastic!

MB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food2service4ambience5

Our meals were cold. We were promised to get new meals, however, the old ones were served again, and again cold. In the third run we finally got moderatedly warm meals. The Service was great and we got one bottle of an excellent red wineas compensation. Great! Meinrad

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

料理が、最高に美味しかったです。

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t
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a reliably fantastic meal at Shaw's. We never visit Chicago without a visit.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We requested a booth in our reservation made months ago and was not accommodated

JM
Dallas
31 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great as always!!

AM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best seafood house in Chicago, bar none! Excellent service and they only serve food that is in season.

JL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t been back in years but still an incredible dining experience - keep up the great work!!

v
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The selections were fresh and great tasting. Eduardo was our server and didn't miss a beat when it came to removing our plates or replenishing our drinks...

Outstanding service!!!!!

MS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don't miss this brunch. By far best brunch in Chicago.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is amazing. We got the Spicy shrimp, salmon, & lemon sushi as suggested by our waiter. I was skeptical of the flavor combination with the lemon, but it was fantastic! I would get it again in a heartbeat. The lobster, scallops, shrimp, and crab cakes were all very tasty as well. If we go visit Chicago again in the future, I would definitely plan to go back to Shaw’s.

LS
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific time once again at Shaw’s. Exceptional service and food keeps me coming back every time I’m in Chicago. A must see.

m
Springfield
12 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In town for the holiday, had a fantastic time at Shaw’s! Great drinks and service at the bar. Lovely dinner and very good service in the dining room. We hit Shaw’s almost every trip to Chicago.

MG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! Delicious, fresh, carefully prepared food and excellent service. I've been coming here since 1986 and still wonderful.

MB
Nashville
4 reviews