Shaw's Crab House - Chicago

4.7
11568 Reviews
$31 to $50
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. We kindly ask that you wear your mask when not seated at the table. In order to assure safety for our guests and employees we are offering outdoor dining in a "Holiday Themed" covered, outdoor, socially distanced dining space. In addition, we are offering complementary warm blankets for every guest. Thank you for your support.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
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4.6
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shaw’s presented our family with a delicious Thanksgiving feast. We were visiting our daughter living here for her first semester of college. The service was excellent and the four course family style Thanksgiving meal was outstanding! Shaw’s also took great effort to accommodate our older daughter who is vegan. Shaw’s created a lovely Thanksgiving memory for us during these strange and difficult times! This was especially appreciated by our family, given the restrictions forced upon Shaw’s during the CoVid pandemic.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the outdoor side patio. It was on the side street that is covered by the street above. The used garden cloth to cover the fence. It was breathable, and allowed good air circulation which is important right now. They had plenty of patio heater.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing ❤️

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vipTommy
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Tenured experienced Server forgot side dish until after entrees arrived. Beautiful safe new outdoor patio with great airflow and safety and heaters. Nantuckets the best dish in the world and definitely the best dish at SHAWS. Get them while they last! Not cheap but well worth the taste!!!!

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davidk
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

It was overall good. Due to COVID restrictions it was cold and not the best seating but again the best they could due

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vtan
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a lovely experience amidst the new restrictions. Cory took such wonderful care of us. We will be back for sure. Thank you!

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JJONES1976
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience1

Had to eat outside due to pandemic. Which I understand but the heater wasn't working. The host was nice enough to bring blankets. The waiter did not ever refill my drink or come back to really check on us of we needed anything. The price was very high for the experience received.

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AlexM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was outstanding. Hands down the best red king crab legs on the planet. Highly efficient and professional service.

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RonanM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Came for the four course brunch menu that is featured prominently under “BRUNCH MENU” on their website.

Tall, curly-haired manager jumped in front of us as we arrived with a curt “excuse me!” upon arrival. He walked us to our table, and was pretty much a prï¢k.

Our waiter came to the table, smug as can be, and gave us a spiel. Asked about the four course that was listed on the website, and was rudely told that they were only doing the all-day menu.

We decided to leave, as it wasn’t what we expected, and told our waiter why. He copped attitude, so we walked.

Weird, hostile atmosphere + attitude from staff = NO REASON to come back.

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vipJK405
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor seating was very nice and enjoyable. The food and service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buffalo shrimp and fish tacos were rocking’!

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vipWendi
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Over-hyped. Appetizers and side dishes were good. Main dishes were all so-so. Server not friendly nor engaging at all. Wine was good.

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JuliaK
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shaw's never disappoints. Fabulous food, Fabulous wines, great servers, great location. The stone crab claws, oysters and king crab are my favorite. One of my favorite Chicago institutions. The only reason I marked moderate for the noise is that we were outside due to Covid and the street obviously has noise.

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vipRobertS
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The outdoor seating is just what this restaurant needed in this challenging time. Outdoor seating is a must for the survival of all restaurants if at all possible. The service and food was very good as always; and the ambiance of the outdoor seating on a quiet downtown street make this a must try destination in the urban center of Chicago.

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NicholasC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt extremely safe. The food was a fresh as it gets.

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QuinnC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience!! Could not have asked for a better time and for better food. We are already planning on going back!

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EricS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Crab in Chicago, the service is outstanding, highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great service and the food tasted amazing BUT the size of the portions were very small and the prices for these meals were very high. We ordered the Alaskan crab legs, twin fillets, and scallops. My girlfriend and I left the restaurant satisfied but still hungry.

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MoniqueJ
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The outdoor setting was wonderful. Our only problem was a heater lamp that kept blowing out due to high winds. But the manager was super attentive and kept re-lighting it. Our appetizers (crab cakes) were tasty; don't visit Shaw's without having an order!

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RioWC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was amazing, they helped make it a very special night. Ask for Cat as your server, she was fantastic, I can't say enough good things about her.

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JohnS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great thanks Kebin

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vipJeffM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service was a little slow but the food was great.

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vipPatc
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t been for awhile so almost forgot how delicious the food is. Wines are a bit pricy. Great place, though.

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GodsGirl
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An enjoyable dinner, however I didn’t understand why there was a question: about it being a special occasion because my birthday wasn’t acknowledged.

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vipRobW
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Corey was fantastic! The food was superb. The host was most accomodating.

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SaraR
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. Service was awesome. We had a great experience at Shaw's

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CristinaD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience. Outdoor dining was perfect. Service was excellent. Thank you.

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JLawrence
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch is Excellent. You must try it. We had a great time and will be back.

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JayG
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family enjoyed the brunch in friendly environment

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ADubb
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was delicious, but we were seated at an uneven table to where drinks and plates would slide down the table. We had to request another table which they reluctantly moved and replaced during our meal. We were seated in the back next to a loud party and next to a private party area that had children crawling around on the floor. While the food was and the service were good, it was not the experience I hoped for for a much needed date night.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food

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greg
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We were celebrating our anniversary, which was included. i felt our seating was not a priority, we were across from the kitchen and by a bus station and in the walk way..so it wasn't personal or special. the food was excellent and our server was nice, not doting or charismatic, just served. And the cost was high, but that's what we expected and were willing to splurge for our one night out during covid for our anniversary.

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vipMelanie1121
Kansas City
21 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time to Shaws - I look forward to returning. Our server was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
30 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely experience at Shaw’s for my boyfriend’s 32nd birthday. Our seafood was fresh and delicious and our steaks were cooked to perfection. Our server was friendly and accommodating. The only thing I’d probably skip is the lobster bisque—- it was tasty as a soup but lacking in the lobster department.

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Trez
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Outstanding food and service. Waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. We brought friends who hadn’t been there before. We’ll be back on our next visit to Chicago!

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vipPumpvixen
Palm Springs
56 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect social distancing. Food, service superb. Manager was extremely kind and engaging. A very enjoyable evening during this interesting time with covid.

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vipWendyZ
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is wonderful. The service excellent and the atmosphere extremely charming. I would eat there every week if I could afford it

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Windy
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service