Shaw's Crab House - Chicago

4.7
9795 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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CH
Chicago
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Courtney was amazing!! She took such great care of us as we celebrated a promotion. We will definitely come back and request her again!

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JM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good quality seafood, cooked well. Many times I’ve seen heavy sauces used to cover bad quality seafood. I saw none of that here. The seafood was as fresh as it can be, and cooked to accentuate the natural flavor.

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JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding waiter!

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

Cathleen was fantastic!

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DT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate my wife's birthday and had a great time! The food was unbelievable and the ambiance was great. Highly recommended!

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TD
Indiana
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, food and service.

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j
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always excellent food and super service

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MW
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great wines & great service. Always feel well taken care of here. Foo was fabulous as always and so much to choose from so I'm not always eating the same thing. The choices on the By the Glass wines alone are fantastic, not to mention a very well thought out wine list.

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MM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We've visited Shaws many times and consider it to be a good standby for seafood in Chicago. We have always had good food and service, but this time our food was not very good.

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CB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Servers especially the assistant servers were very attentive. Water glasses always full. Finished dishes removed immediately. Nice meal and atmosphere

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C
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

4 of us came for the music which was quite good. Our food In the grill room - where the music was performed was a mix. My friend and I had the white fish, which was pretty dry I had the white fish last week at the main bar and it was a quite good. My other friends had sushi/sashimi and it was very good

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g
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shaw's is as good as it was when it opened. The seafood is of the highest quality, prepared perfectly and the menu is interesting with seasonal offerings. Quiet enough to hear your dining mates and great ambience. I hadn't been there in quite a few years and was delighted to see that nothing had changed other than an updated menu. Good for all occasions.

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KT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good crab legs but very slow service for a business lunch

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The experience today was absolutely horrific. The floors were slippery in which I almost slipped a few times. The seating was in the back room where we were squeezed into the corner. My boyfriend didn’t eat, he ate a Smalls bit off my plate and we were charged for two meals. The waitress acknowledged that I only ate, she spoke with the manager who refused to remove the additional adult charge off the bill, the waitress instead stated she will charge one adult meal and one kid meal as if she was doing us a favor. Fair is fair and we shouldn’t been charged an additional meal at all. I will not be returning to Shaw’s, the waitress & waiters aren’t never attentive enough to the tables their waiting on. We waited 15 mins to get a ginger ale. Poor service!!

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J
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious

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Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The brunch is incredible! Worth the $65. All of the food was perfectly cooked. Such a wide variety of food too!

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GE
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch

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IH
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shaw's makes for a really memorable special occasion. It's old fashioned top notch service with fresh and delicious seafood and wonderful cocktails.

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D
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I went for a special occasion and it did not disappoint. We made a reservation and were seated right away. Our waitress was great and provided a recommendations and explained the menu. Then the bread came out - some crackers with seeds or something and the rolls. Man those rolls were good! Parkerhouse rolls - soft, warm, and with just a little bit of sea salt on top. I had 2 and then requested more. So so good.

The crab cake appetizer was good - lots of crab meat and less filling. I had the grilled mahi which had great grill flavor with a nice crust but still moist. My boyfriend had the lobster stuffed flounder. We finished with dessert and left completely stuffed and satisfied. It was a great night. We both agreed we would come back again for another special event!

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CS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The seafood was the freshest and prepared beautifully.
Service was excellent, cheerful, and prompt.
Restaurant room temperature was too hot!

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CK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highest quality food. Service was classy and outstanding.

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AJ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Seafood as far as you can see! Always a great experience to eat brunch at Shaw’s!

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J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saturday brunch had so many delicious options, we will definitely be back.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shaw’s is always a great place to dine. Service and food are always top notch.

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A
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Wonderful selection of the freshest seafood
The food and atmosphere was excellent but poor service.
My waitress was too busy talking to others so she barely came to check our table for more drinks etc. Also her face impression and attitude changed after we placed an order. Made me very uncomfortable. Maybe the amount of food we ordered was less than she thought!? Questioned myself why...
It looks really unprofessional for such a nice restaurant.

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RS
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best crab legs I have ever eaten! A classic restaurant that is consistently excellent. One of my all-time favorites!

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Listened to “the friends band” and had a ball!! The food & entertainment were absolutely amazing!!

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RG
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing late lunch. We went before going to see Hamilton. The Oysters Rockefeller was beyond expectations. Seafood platter was delicious. Small portions for the lunch but enough to satiate your hunger. All items came out hot and were seasoned very well. Not salty but lots of flavor. The food is better than what I have had in the East Coadt. Birthday cake was good as well. I really didn’t care for the bread basket, but I didn’t want to fill up on carbs. Overall, an amazing meal and we will definitely come again when visiting Chicago.

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C
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always reliable for top quality food and great service.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The crab legs was simply from heaven! Very fresh and deliciously sweet

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GM
Mobile
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found this place, really by accident. This place is absolutely fantastic. The brunch is just incredible. Everything I have eaten is just fabulous. We have been twice now.. The last 2 times we have visited the city.. Do not let the price keep you from going to brunch..

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CK
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shaws seafood brunch never disappoints! Glad they had it for New Years Day as we had out of town guests and they dont eat red meat but LOVED the brunch options.

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v
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time to brunch. I was at a loss for words. All I can say is WOW! I have been to a lot of great restaurants that offer brunch on a normal day or a holiday, but this one will blow every other one out of the water! The variety of food was just incredible. WOW!! What an impressive experience. Looking forward to returning! OUTSTANDING!

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PC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Brunch! Was there for my birthday and went again New Year’s Day! French fried shrimp!!

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DM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service thanks to Ruth S. Nice booth table in bar area. Lots of noise and happy pre new years ball drop folks. Martinis, dirty and wet. Will be back.

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CS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

We wenton NYE. Food prep was so behind , it took 50 minutes to get our lobster . Sushi apps are delish.
Waiter was great !

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was fair and not worth the price.

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OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. The service was great. Our waiter was fantastic. It was the perfect choice for a dinner that brought in the new year.

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K
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years Eve with another couple. Great table. Great service. Great food. Great time

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c
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Fresh menu options.

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