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

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.

Private Dining

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!

Shaw's Crab House - Chicago Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (113)
Business Meals (110)
Good for Groups (91)
Fit for Foodies (90)
Worth the Drive (84)
Authentic (79)
Romantic (77)
Great for Brunch (76)
Bar Seating (72)
Fun (68)
Pre/post Theatre (61)
Notable Wine List (52)
Neighborhood Gem (52)
Casual (51)
Great for Lunch (51)
Sunday Lunch (50)
Cozy (48)
Vibrant Bar Scene (47)
Hot Spot (42)
Happy Hour (35)
Seasonal (35)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Quiet Conversation (33)
Comfort Food (32)
People Watching (29)
Kid-friendly (27)
Tasting Menu (27)
Healthy (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (25)
Live Music (20)
Late-night Find (15)
Gluten Free Options (14)
Local Ingredients (12)
Paleo Friendly (10)
Great Beer (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Disabled Access (5)
Tapas (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Food was excellent, service was superior. We love the Sunday Brunch. Excellent for friends and family to share outstanding food and relaxing atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined 2 days ago

Great food, we loved the oyster bar

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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

It's the best in town...Period! If you haven't gone yet... Just Go! Soooooon!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

I enjoy the food and atmosphere of Shaws Crab House. I am never disappointed by my experience! Thank you!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Upon entering we only waited 3 minutes to be seated just great. Our server was very attentive to our needs.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Great accommodating staff as well..the right ambiance

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined 3 days ago

We had a reservation for 7:45 and came in at 7:00 and checked in. I noticed some other people who came in after us seated and checked at 7:55 to see where we were. I was told we were next and we got seated at 8:00. Restaurant was not that busy. I think they forgot about us.
I ordered King Crab legs and our salads and soups came on time. However, our main meals were a pretty long wait. When I got my $77 crab legs, they were not hot and probably had been sitting out for a while. My wife's was fine. I did not complain, because I was hungry and they were still good cool.
A little disappointed and we never ruin our night by complaining.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Usually I like Shaw's. I always have Stone Crabs for my birthday either at Shaw's or Joe's. This year instead of stone crab from the Gulf, there was stone crab from Santa Barbara. I never had Pacific stone crab before and found it to be very disappointing. If I were the chef, I wouldn't serve those. Also the service wasn't great. I'm a member of the Frequent Diner program and helped our server convince one of my friends to join the program. Unfortunately, I don't think my instructions were followed to give me the points for our dinner check which I paid for with my credit card. I think the points were given to the new account.
The side dishes we had were good - au gratin potatoes and creamed spinach. My Caesar salad was good and so were the oysters. However a combination of all of the above lead to this being less than a good experience. It will be awhile before I try it again.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Our favorite restaurant in Chicago. Had our boys and their new “loves” for a very nice evening.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Once again, an outstanding meal at a fabulous restaurant with incredible service. Tuna was amazing as were the crab legs and deserts! Will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Everything was perfect! 2.5# steamed lobster, crab claws, veggies and chowder couldn’t have been better. And the service was just as good. Looking forward to a return visit.

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 (Key West)·Dined 4 days ago

I love that the restaurants we reserve through OpenTable almost always read our special requests regarding seating and accommodate us as best they can. Shaw's was no exception, and the table we and our guests were treated to was comfy and in a great location for conversation. The service and food did not disappoint, either. The only weak spot was the one little tuna tataki Nigiri that was ordered along with another appetizer; the tuna decidedly did not taste as fresh as it could have been, and the cucumber ginger sauce was not very visually appealing. Otherwise, it was a delightful experience!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Had a fantastic experience at Shaw’s The food was outstanding and the Service by Antonio was terrific. Great place for a business dinner

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

We love this place. Every time we go, we have such a great experience. The Brunch is the best I have ever been to ( If you are a seafood lover like we are).. Top Notch!!

Tags: Business Meals, Live Music, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Romantic, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 14, 2018

I travel to Chicago once a year and I always visit Shaw's at least once during the trip. The food is always fantastic, the staff is top notch, the service is fast, professional and friendly. Shaw's has it all! I only wish there were a comparable restaurant in my hometown.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

It was great

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·Dined on January 14, 2018

As always, the brunch was unbelievably good. At $59 it is a little expensive, but with children eating for $10 or less, it averages out very well.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Their brunch is one of the best I've ever been to. The variety, quality and freshness can't be beat and is a good value for number of offerings, including oysters, king crab, etc. We look forward to each time we visit!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 14, 2018

What a great place to celebrate my Aunt who is a Chicago Native. She loves Shaws and now I love it too.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Excellent food. Super attentive staff. Relaxed ambiance. Overall awesome experience.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Food was outstanding.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Had a get together with 3 other friends. We all just did appetizers and shared plates. The food was incredible!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

My daughter was craving crab. I have had Shaw's before but honestly we had never been there. I was hoping to sit in the dining room, but because we weren't all getting the buffet (I didn't know about the amazing buffet) we sat in the oyster bar... Regardless, the meal was amazing and the chocolate cake, always a hit!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Service and food was great as well as the atmosphere I loved it . The older Chicago style pop music playing in the background and outside while smoking a cigarette while it was snowing was priceless as well.

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

The service and food where excellent, I would recommend to anyone visiting or living in Chicago .
I will be visiting again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Stone crab claws had a strong fishy odor. Had eaten at Joe’s the night before and theirs were fresh and had no odor. Everything else was fantastic.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We are in Chicago every year in January for work. Shaw's is always on our list for dinner. We look forward to our visit to Shaw's. Actually, we invited a few friends this time that had never dined at Shaw's. They will be back!!!!

Tags: Live Music, Organic, Happy Hour, Fun, Authentic, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Waiter and service was great! Hostess was a little rude.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Excellent food and service. Great special occasion place.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Shaw's never fails to deliver a great dining experience. It is our go-to place for special family occasions, the impromptu drop in for dinner, and the terrific brunch buffet. Pricing is fair, food always properly cooked, with an emphasis on really fresh seafood and shellfish . Service is always friendly and professional.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Sunday brunch is fabulous!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Best brunch we ever had. We were celebrating a special occasion - "Appreciation Brunch" for my sisters, brothers-in-law and niece, who help us year after year, babysitting our "Twinkies" (3 year old twin grandsons )!

Atmosphere was exciting...food smelled delicious as we walked into the restaurant. Everybody had a great time and our private room was perfect. The food was amazing and the Alaskan King Crab legs were great but some were small. My favorite was the Belgium Waffles (yum!), au gratin potatoes, "Rita's eggs (wow! best scrambled eggs I ever had, fluffy and so tasty, I didn't need any seasoning. ) The oysters, shrimp and sushi were perfect. Although I was full, I had to try the desserts: the Pot de Crème and Crème Brule couldn't be missed - and Do-Rite donuts, my sisters love those donuts!! Great coffee - hot and delicious! Lobster bisque was excellent. I loved everything and want to go back again soon!!

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Fun, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

My girlfriend & I had a great dining experience. The young woman at the hostess station was somewhat curt when we checked in for our reservation. Other than that, we had exceptional service. Our waiter was friendly & efficient. Our food was delicious. I had the Alaskan Red King Crab legs & they were scrumptious - pricey but worth it. She had the seafood sampler & loved it. We’ll be back again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Quick Bite
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great overall time

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

I brought a date who had not been to Shaw's. She is from Chicago, and I am from DC. I have been many times and just love the place. My date did too. Call me if the place ever considers closing - it is a landmark that should be around in 200 years like a couple of good old spots in Boston. Many thanks!

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Restaurant was busy and loud. Service was good. Portions were smaller than remembered but food is consistently good - which is what you pay for.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The food was terrific as always but this time our server, Anthony, was the best. He was attentive, we never had to ask for anything. He was right there on the spot making our meal pleasurable and fun.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great iconic restaurant. Always good service and food. Good atmosphere for conversation and relaxation.

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great Afternoon Of Eating Appetizers,having a few cocktails and watching Football with my bride.

Tags: Happy Hour, Authentic, People Watching, Hot Spot
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

We went out to dinner before seeing Wicked on a Saturday night. We had reservations and were seated immediately in the fine dining section. We had awesome wait staff, delicious appetizers and bread, and a pretty darn good passion fruit drink. The crab and oysters were perfect. It was all so good we even had a dessert sampler with key lime pie, raspberry pie, creme brûlée and cheesecake all sooooo good we will definitely go back the next time we stay in downtown Chicago!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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