About Shaw's Crab House - Chicago

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.

21 East Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60611
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, American, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH
Mon - Fri | 11:30am - 2pm
DINNER
Mon - Tues | 5:30pm - 9pm
Wed - Thu | 5:30pm - 10pm
Friday | 5pm - 11pm
Saturday | 4pm - 11pm
Sunday | 5pm - 9pm
BRUNCH
Saturday & Sunday Brunch Buffet: 10:00am - 1:30pm
$55/adult, $10/kids 7-12, 6 & under eat for free.

Cross Street:
State St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 527-2722

Website:
http://www.shawscrabhouse.com/

Catering:
Private dining space with rooms with space for up to 12, up to 30, up to 80 and up to 150/400 for a full Oyster Bar or Main Dining Room buyout! Call 312-527-2722 and ask for Julie Szymanski

Parking Details:
Valet $15 Lunch and Dinner

Public Transit:
Grand - Red Line

Executive Chef:
Yves Roubaud

Private Party Contact:
Julie Szymanski: (312) 527-2722

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Serving Hotel-Style Sunday Brunch featuring classic breakfast fare, Chef prepared omelets & waffles and Shaw's specialties. Save room for the decadent sweet table! $55/adult, $10/kids 7-12, 6 & under eat for free.

Shaw's Crab House - Chicago Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

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4.7

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4.5

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4.2

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (191)
Good for a Date (181)
Good for Anniversaries (135)
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Business Meals (127)
Good for Birthdays (115)
Romantic (91)
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Fit for Foodies (87)
Worth the Drive (86)
Authentic (81)
Fun (70)
Great for Brunch (64)
Casual (62)
Pre/post Theatre (62)
Neighborhood Gem (61)
Bar Seating (56)
Notable Wine List (55)
Great for Lunch (54)
Sunday Lunch (43)
Vibrant Bar Scene (43)
Cozy (40)
Quiet Conversation (38)
Creative Cuisine (37)
Hot Spot (36)
Happy Hour (28)
Seasonal (28)
Handcrafted Cocktails (28)
Comfort Food (26)
Healthy (23)
People Watching (22)
Kid-friendly (18)
Live Music (16)
Tasting Menu (16)
Late-night Find (15)
Local Ingredients (15)
Gluten Free Options (13)
Great Beer (9)
Paleo Friendly (8)
Quick Bite (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing food. The crab cakes and blue crab were to die for. Loved it all

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·Dined 3 days ago

Even if you Don't believe in the aphrodisiac power of oysters the place worth a visit.
Walk down the street and cross the threshold of an ambiance e that could deserve the plate Al Capone ate here.
Wooden, leather, dimmed light and jazz music are the right accessories to a menu that offers the best of classic "surf's and "turfs".
Everything served on impeccable white linens by courteous staff.
If you like a little bit more of speak-easy feeling, step into the oyster bar.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Authentic, Live Music, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 3 days ago

Very nice experience. Our only diasappointment, two items on website menusoftshell crabs and swordfish were not available. Server informed us they were not in season. That should be made clear on website. Otherwise we enjpyed our visit.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Indiana)·Dined 3 days ago

We had the best waitress who helped us navigate the menu and get the perfect experience. She also kindly gave us a complimentary dessert for being first timers.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

Don't waste your money on the Sunday Brunch. The food was terrible! For $60 a person, you can go to a different restaurant and get a gourmet meal. The draw for me in the first place was the King Crab Legs, but they might as well have been snow crab from Red Lobster. They are small and although already open somewhat, you really have to fight to get the little bit of meat out. Other items were just overcooked and bland except for the tenderloin which was really red.
I like my steaks medium, but I guess some people like to eat red meat that is practically raw inside. T he only good thing I ate was the cold shrimp. Also, no breakfast potatoes, they serve tater tots. If you get seated in the room that is not near the bar, you have to cross the hostess stand to get to the most of the food, so you are running into people that are arriving as you are trying to carry a plate of food to your table. Whoever is running this place really needs to rethink the layout for the Sunday Brunch and also improve the quality of the food!! I can't stand that we spent $200 for such crappy food.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 4 days ago

The Sunday Brunch was amazing! Lots of food choices and beverages. Staff is very friendly and attentive.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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·Dined 4 days ago

Great place to dine. Celebrated my wife's birthday. Super good experience, enjoyed some fresh oysters and a drink at the oyster bar before dinner. It is obvious that many people agree that this is a fantastic restaurant as there were plenty of people waiting in the lobby. We had reservations and would suggest the same to others. Service was second to none through out our dining experience. Definitely recommend to everyone.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orlando)·Dined 4 days ago

We had a great time. The food was out of this world. The server was attentive and made great suggestions. We will definitely be back in the near future!

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 (London)·Dined 4 days ago

King crab - amazing! We were in a real hurry and our server looked after us incredibly well, totally understood what we needed and made it happen! Highly recommend the Ridge Monte Bello Chardonnay.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Fabulous Service with a smile by server 413
Brunch was fabulous and the King Crab legs were amazing. We have eaten many times over the years at Shaw's, however had not tried the brunch. We will be back with friends and family - we may need to diet for two weeks prior, but oh it will be so worth it. Thanks for a great brunch!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene, Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Another fantastic Saturday brunch event!!! Service was top notch as well

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent service and good food. Very nice experience.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Superb service! Very accommodating at table selection, attentive waiter that went above and beyond to make it a great first experience and the food was very good!! A must try! Loved sitting in a booth in the bar!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Always the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food, good service, nice beer and wine. Good place for special occasion or work dinner, but a bit pricey for every night. Seafood is all excellent!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was great and the service was quick

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·Dined 6 days ago

Ecuatorian Mahi Mahi was excellent as well as the service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Great food, great service and a wonderful atmosphere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 14, 2017

I thought that I had made a mistake walking to the restaurant... the location is not very pretty, but after stepping in the front door, I was delighted! The restaurant is divided into two parts. There is a lively and charming oyster bar on one side and a more elegant restaurant on the other. The menu is vast and the food absolutely fabulous. Service impeccable. Without a doubt the best meal we had in Chicago.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for a Date, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great seafood dishes, especially the crab cakes. Ambience is charming. Service is terrific. One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago! Will come back again

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent brunch for any size party. Safe room for desert.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Sunday brunch is a splurge at $59pp, but well worth it. Steamed crab legs, lobster bisque, and various shrimp dishes were out of this world. Great salads. Maki rolls were okay. Breakfast selections were great. Desserts were delicious. Perfect for a special occasion. Go back to the buffet as often as you like...coffee, juice, and other n/a drinks are included. Bloody Mary was very good ($10). Excellent service from our server.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 12, 2017

My wife and I were in Chicago for Parents' Weekend at our son's college. We treated him and three of his friends to Sunday brunch here. Sensory overload. The buffet is extravagant and delicious. Start with the seafood buffet in the Oyster Bar, but limit your portion sizes so you can enjoy as much of other decadence as possible. Love the Do-Rite Doughnuts! Our server, Kathleen, was friendly and attentive. We all had a great experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The Sunday Brunch included upscale breakfast and lunch options. Tons of excellent seafood including, king crab legs, colossal shrimp, oysters, sushi, and pastrami smoked salmon to name a few. A dessert bar that included at least 20 different selections.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Shaw’s is our go-to place whenever visiting Chicago. The seafood menu is incredible. I love stone crab claws and can get them in the Midwest in November. I also had the haddock which was very well prepared. My husband had a seafood medley that he enjoys every time we are here.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I love Shaw's and have been many times before but my experience this time was just ok. Our table was way in the back corner and it felt like our table was in trouble LOL, we had to send one of our steaks back because it wasn't cooked right, and the waiter was ok. I hope my next visit is much better than my last visit.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Everyone in our group loved his/her food selections. The waiter was very helpful in helping pick top-rate choices.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food, ambience and service. I go to Shaw’s every time I visit Chicago.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Shaw’s never disappoints us and continues to be one of our favorites for downtown Chicago.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Went for the brunch...totally worth it! Quality of food was amazing and seafood was fresh! Great service!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Brunch... amazing!!!! Worth the effort to go there.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Outstanding food and service on a Saturday night with several great friends. Everyones dinner was Great from the salads to seafood to sushi, plus a special request from one of our guests to prepare something not on the menu. The waitress was Great the entire time. Everyone was extremely satisfied. Cant wait to return with our friends

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Shaw’s has great food, service and atmosphere. The king crab was fabulous and highly recommended! We told our server that we were seeing Hamilton and she made sure we kept on schedule. We will be back!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The room is a timeless classic and comfortable. The food and wine is top notch. Service is friendly and helpful. Best in Chicago period.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Raum Frankfurt)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Trotz Reservierung haben wir über eine Stunde gewartet. Haben dafür einen Drink bekommen. Essen war super.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Per usual - Wonderful food and wonderful service! Chicago dining staple.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great food and service, fresh oysters. Our server Juan was outstanding, overall highly recommended for seafood.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Authentic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Crowded into the middle table. “Energetic” is a nice way of saying too loud for a conversation. Food and service was very good

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 7, 2017

This is the second time I have had a business dinner here and the second time somebody in the group ended up not feeling well that night/next day. we had one bad oyster we noticed (smelled) and when we told the waitress she said they "normally catch those". The seafood was OK, but not as good as expected for a crab house. Based on the last two experiences, we will not be booking anymore meals here.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We love Shaw’s. It’s always a stop for us when we are in Chicago.

Tags: Authentic
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