Shaw's Crab House - Chicago

4.7
10129 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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It's a nice experience to have an Easter buffet with Shaw’s. I love the seafood so much as they were fresh, especially the oyster.

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AM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday and a Easter Celebration

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

As always the service was superb and the food was second to none. Shaw’s continues to outshine all others

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k
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saturday and Sunday brunch is outstanding!!!!

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

This was my second time at Shaw’s for brunch. The ambiance is amazing and the employees are professional and extremely welcoming.

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

Excellent in every way! Food selection and quality outstanding!

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

It was divine!!!! I am always excited to experience Shaw’s

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VM
Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible Easter buffet! Highly recommend. Looking forward to going back here the next time we're in Chicago.

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

Thanks for the wonderful service. It was everything I had hoped it would be and more. The atmosphere was very cozy and warm and the service was top class. Our server was very well knowledgeable about the menu and he even had quite a bit of helpful hints of some of the menu suggestions. Me and my fiance really really enjoyed ourselves and will happily recommend to anyone looking for a good time to make a reservation for Shaw's Crab House.

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DY
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

As you can see we eat here quite a bit. Really getting tired of the staff almost taking your plate before your last bite. Last 3x and seems it is getting worse. Watching and is happening at numerous tables. This is the tables in the oyster bar area. Very annoying. Thank You Don

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I
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fish selection is awesome! Pricey but understand it is fresh and best quality

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B
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you love seafood and like great food at a great value, you have to go here! Brunch is a fantastic value and a great place to enjoy seafood!

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E. Tennessee
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommended by a friend. An absolute must if in Chicago. I can’t say enough about the service. Reuben was a great server. The ambience is amazing. The only thing that overshadowed the service and ambience was the food. Everything was of the highest quality and the execution by the kitchen staff was artistic. Can wait for our next trip to Chicago and Shaw’s!!

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RD
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think Shaw's consistently has the best oysters in the city. My sister, brother-in-law, and nephew are in from New York for the Easter weekend. They love oysters and they were very impressed with the 4pm-6pm Happy Hour - they were half price! We had 6 dozen and they were fabulous. My brother-in-law was initially skeptical because he said they usually serve lower quality for Happy Hour. Not so at Shaw's. Granted there were only 2 choices but they were both top notch. Like I said, we had 6 dozen. That was in addition to several orders of smelts, clams casino, fish tacos, scallops and beautiful French rose' wine. It was topped off with their housemade key lime pie. Shaw's is a no-brainer if you want consistent great service and high quality and delicious food. Also, we sat in the bar area which is more convivial but the dining room is good if you want a more subdued atmosphere.

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T
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was spectacular. Great service. Flexibility to our party size and accommodations. Food was best in class

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CM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We recently visited Shaw’s Crab House to celebrate my birthday.
We had the BEST SERVICE!
I had the seafood combination platter and it was so delicious. The sea scallops were the perfect size and the portion sizes were just right!
And the best part besides my Kettel One martini was my beautiful slice of chocolate cake, enough for two to share!
It was a birthday to remember.

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MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh fish and seafood prepared to showcase the fish. Varied menu with many appetizer, side, and entree options. The spring salad was a fine mix of spinach, beets, toasted pistachios and cashews -delicious!
Attention to all areas of the menu only enhances what Shaw's is known for - a crab house.

There are no longer restaurants with settings as fitting to their concept as this place.
Returning reminds you that the world was once a more civilized place.

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NW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in Chicago to visit our daughter and chose Shaw's for our special dinner out. We had been there many times in the past but this evening was truly the best! Best table, best food{walleye,halibut,crab), and best service (Eric)

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LL
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal for Sunday Brunch. Freshest seafood outside of the coast. Great choices for those that want additional fare such as breakfast foods, scalloped potatoes, fried chicken and salads. I had very little of that - had instead delectable crab legs . Good Bloody Mary's, great ambiance and musical selections. Not too loud and can enjoy 60's Motown or 40's crooners. All around wonderful experience.

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SS
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Sunday Brunch and it was amazing. Lahua was our server and she was the most attentive server we've ever had. The food is amazing. The crabcakes are to die for. The bisque and gumbo are wonderful. And the spicy tuna roll is incredible.

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MZ
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shaw's is a great place to go for a great place for dinner. I would recommend it to everyone. Try their key lime pie!!!

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CP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived a little early for our 8pm reservation, so we headed to the bar for a cocktail. The bar is smallish for such a well known establishment, but didn't affect the quality of the drinks. Our table was ready right on time and we took our time with dinner. Our waiter, Kirk, was very good with helping identify things on the menu. We were able to spend the evening enjoying the food, wine and atmosphere without ever feeling rushed. This was our second visit to Shaw's and won't be our last.
Enjoy!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner date with my 13 year old daughter.

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A
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bday and Shaw’s is a go to place for us when I chicago

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J
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We especially enjoy eating in the Oyster Bar...for a more casual, great atmosphere. In my experience, the food and service are always excellent at Shaw's.

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JR
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I went for my birthday treat of a lobster because I heard they had the best. I first had their oysters Rockefeller which were out standing. But lobster time and I could have gotten a better lobster at Red Lobster. It was dried out and shriveled and completely disappointing. Very sad.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing!

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TB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It is always great and this was no exception. This place has an energy that is palpable but not overwhelming. The beautiful wood paneling, red leather booths, and well dressed wait staff feels like old school Chicago. Food and service are amazing.

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J
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for crab legs! Perfect for a special occasion.

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JH
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always! Food,service, and setting is classic.

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b
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Our server was fabulous. She went above and beyond to see that we were happy and comfortable and had all we needed.

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RT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was incredible, food was delicious, extensive wine list, and the music and general ambiance made for a fantastic business dinner.

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TS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food great service. Enjoyed the matre’d and his stories when he seated my party.

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LG
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Server was prompt but not obtrusive. Scallops were fabulous.

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EP
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it's been awhile since we've been back, but definitely didn't disappoint service was great food was even better. Had the halibut pan-seared steak delicious.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with my grandchildren before going to see Jersey Boys. Dinner, as usual, was outstanding in every way!

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KP
Savannah
11 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was incredible

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MP
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to Shaw’s a couple of times and the food is usually on the mark but this time my lobster was over cooked. I require steamed and it came out very chewy. I would have expected that dish to be served well but not on this occasion.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Lobster tail was over cooked. Fillet was dry. Only got two little sections of king crab legs. For 108$ I thought I would get more crab and lobster and steak that were cooked properly. Lobster bisque was very good. Creme brûlée for desert was perfect. Great atmosphere but stay away from the trio if you want any kind of value.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Occasion was Sunday Brunch. Food and service was great. Never even got to try all of the many options and will come back again some time to finish up. Made reservations and were seated on time. Restaurant was a little crowded but that stands to reason since Shaw’s is quite popular for Sunday Brunch. Will go again when in Chicago.

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