Shaw's Crab House - Chicago

4.7
10617 reviews
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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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J
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful anniversary dinner at Shaw’s.

AJ
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brunch was spectacular as usual!

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We’ve been to the Schaumburg location a few times and this location just wasn’t as good. Food was ok, bacon didn’t seem right. Schaumburg location has better tasting bacon. Shrimp were ok but had an off flavor on some and shells were still on quite a few. Service was very slow. We would have liked to order more drinks but our waitress rarely came by and the table was not cleared frequently. Disappointed by this location, sticking with the Schaumburg location from now on.

OT
Chicago
98 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great jobe, all the best parts are back, and hopefully to stay. ( that wonderful Chesapeake fried chicken, and those luscious king crab legs.) Now it's worth the money!

MF
Hamburg Area
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Service was great, food OK but I wonder why there’s a 30 minute wait to be seated when I DO have a dinner reservation. Bad management!

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

very displeased with the $36 soft shell crab dish I ordered. 2 little crabs came out that probably had 2 bites of crab in it.

D
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to this establishment many times over the years and it is consistently wonderful...Everything you expect from a fine dining experience. Would recommend it highly.

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

This was our second time coming to Shaw's. Since my husband and I went there on one of our first dates , we decided to celebrate our year 1 wedding anniversary. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is perfect for a date night to celebrate. Service was great also.

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

The lunch menu is just meh. The lobster roll was OK, scallops were well done and tasty but boring because its the same year after year. The king crab leg is simple, delicious, and timeless. The only reason we make the trip every year.

CD
Chicago
85 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shaw’s hits all the high notes - great food, wine, ambiance and service! From Emma the hostess to Amy the server to Audi the floor manager and Kevin the manager - all treated us extremely well. Definitely try the soft shell crabs .

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

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner at Shaw’s tonight.

D
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had the double lobster tails. It’s lobster month at Shaw’s. Broiled. Cooked correctly and very fresh and good.

GM
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My third visit to Shaw’s and our meal & experience were both fabulous! The halibut w scalloped potatoes were both amazing coupled w the best brussel sprouts ever. Superb service and round table we requested msde for a great evening

F
Chicago
82 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Not our best experience at Shaw’s. We were seated right away but it took a long time before our server showed up and he seemed not very friendly. If he would have just acknowledged us and said I’ll be right with you that would have helped a little. Most of our servers have been great and had some personality. Our food was done well but the lack of attention at the start set the tone for the meal. We had to ask for the bread basket to be replaced as it was not complete when it was put on the table. I think that we will take a break from Shaw’s for a while.

JT
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently very, very good. Great menu, service, atmosphere etc. Has become a standby for our family.

d
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is always wonderful, oysters were small but very tasty. Service could have been (and has been in the past) much better, but it was a busy evening. One of my favorite places in Chicago!

JZ
Columbus
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Au Gratin potatoes were all cheese and except for that no flavor. My Lake Erie had many bones and just okay, however the Cole Slaw was excellent. Crab Cake was okay. If I may compare your perch with RL's, theirs is exceptional.

DS
Minneapolis
43 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding dining experience. Absolutely fabulous server who was a big Cubs fan and expert on food and beverage recommendations. This was a business dinner and the entire experience, atmosphere, food, and drinks resulted in a very successful event. Of special note, the halibut steak and soft shell crabs were exceptional. Also enjoyed some unique cocktails.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

AS
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Location carina, camerieri gentili e disponibili. Cibo molto buono

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The waitress was great!! Very on top
Of everything. The combination platter wasn’t worth the money and part of it was burnt. The gumbo was missing some zest. The lobster fettuccini was delicious. The sea scallops were melt in your mouth. The lobster tails were a little small. The signature drinks need a update

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Chicago tradiitoon

S
Tampa
36 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner
Excellent food and service

PD
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

I have been coming to Shaw's for 28 years and never had a bad meal until last Monday when I took my girlfriend of 27 years there for her birthday. We ordered the cold seafood appetizer combination, as we always do, and the shrimp was tough, the king crab pieces were tiny, the lobster tail was small, and the oysters were tasteless. I was very disappointed.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Shaw's on the recommendation of a colleague. We were a bit surprised at the 2 different dining areas. The one we chose had the retro diner look which we chose over the more standard chop house style dining room. There was a band playing blues/rockabilly music. We enjoyed them very much. We sat in a booth opposite the band, but it was still quite loud, but bot so much that it was a nuisance. Our water and his buss boy were on point the entire evening. He have us time, but was there when we needed him. We went with the gold and cold appetizer combo. They were a nice little taste of what the dinners had to offer. Our dinners (filet with seafood and seafood combo) were plentiful and very tasty. We had no complaints whatsoever. For dessert we chose the sampler, because we just couldn't decide on just 1 or 2. We also added a scoop of the homemade/housemade vanilla ice cream. It was a dinner we will remember for quite some time. The only downside was the air conditioning which was intermittent and blew directly on us when it kicked on....what can you do? Not enough to ruin a good meal. though.

SD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

I have visited before and it was excellent. This visit not so much. Very noisy due to our table placement, My filet was overdone when ordered medium, it came well done. Server was not attentive and I had to go to the check in desk in order to get our final check. Not good.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely delicious, great choice of fresh seafood along with so many other options. I highly recommend going to Shaw’s for there brunch!!

OT
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food as usual

AB
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shaw’s is great for groups or special occasions! All of the food is great and there were no complaints. The king crab legs are so delicious and the au gratin potatoes are insanely good! It is a little pricey but it is great value, especially for a special occasion. Great drink selection. Excellent Riesling.

JB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is expensive for the value and snappy portions. Stick with cheaper options and you should be good.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-concert dinner

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CL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had the swordfish. Best I've ever had. He had the soft shell crab. He said was very good also.

BS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great food experience. Best seafood in chicago

AW
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Saturday brunch at Shaw’s. Two families visiting from out of state came with 4 adults and 6 children. The staff was fantastic and we loved that we could quickly feed the kids from the buffet for free!! The buffet was extensive and the food quality was great. Would highly recommend!!

S
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have had brunch at Shaw’s before, and it has always been good, but, for some reason, yesterday’s brunch was especially good. Our waitress Lindsey was terrific. My arm is in a cast and my husband has trouble walking. She volunteered to take our plates to the table for us and sought us out to do so after each trip we made to the buffet tables. Wonderful service.

MB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ridiculously excellent brunch. Food was fantastic. Would highly recommend.

NI
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food is wonderful but price is too expensive. We would go more often if the price was less. All drinks should be included (including mimosas and bloody Mary’s) for the price charged.

BC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve come to expect consistency from LEY restaurants and Shaw’s is no exception. The service is always friendly and attentive, the food is fresh and well prepared and the themed decor is welcoming and not overwhelming. This was our first time for brunch at Shaw’s and the variety of entrees was huge. There were six of us and everyone left satisfied but a little disappointed that we were unable to sample everything. There were just too many delicious options. It may have been our first but definitely won’t be our last brunch at Shaw’s.

S
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lobster Fest is a must! Loved every bite! The bar is a lively place to grab a drink while you wait for a table or super fun to dine in the bar!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Shaws!

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