Shaw's Crab House - Chicago

4.7
9091 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American, Sushi
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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
$65/adult, $15/kids 7-12, 6 & under eat for free.
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Phone number
(312) 527-2722
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Yves Roubaud
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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
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Cross street
State St.
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Parking details
Valet $15 Lunch and Dinner
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Public transit
Grand - Red Line
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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! $65/adult, $15/kids 7-12, 6 & under eat for free.
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

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!

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Mon - Thu 8:45PM - 9:45PM
Fri - Sat 9:45PM - 10:45PM

What 9091 People Are Saying
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Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Business dinner:the service was great and very prompt.

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AN
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice lunch spot

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SC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can never go wrong with Shaw's. The service and the food are always impeccable and they never fail to go the extra mile for special occasions.

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New England
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

We have Shaw’s another shot and we liked it much more. Still expensive. Still noisy but the food and service was all great.

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Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Surf and Surf.

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IG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend is from Boston and all she wanted for her birthday was a proper lobster roll. I saw that Shaw's had one on there menu so I made a reservation. The day of I noticed the lobster roll was only on the lunch menu and not the dinner menu. I called to make sure they could still serve the lobster during dinner hours (they could) during the phone call I mentioned it was my girlfriends birthday. When we arrived the hosted greeted us and wished her a happy birthday. When our waiter came to the table he wished her a happy birthday. Finally, without me asking for it they brought out a chocolate cake with a candle at no charge. It was above and beyond service that I really appreciated. Also made me look like an awesome boyfriend.

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W
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Good service, okay food, but a smell of old butter in the dining area is overpowering.

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

Waiter was fantastic. Good food

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DL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I usually have more positive reviews for Shaws, but this visit did not wow me. Tuna was undercooked (had requested medium well and it was definitely medium rare) and the main meal came out too quickly, while we were only halfway done with appetizers.
Still, I will give it another try before writing it off.

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

All was perfect except we were not approached by our waitress within a reasonable time frame. We had to wave down another service person to call our waitress over. This issue was not because of a huge crowd in the restaurant or in our area. The restaurant was only half full and our area had many empty tables. All else was fantastic, as was the subsequent performance of our waitress.

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KW
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful meal at Shaw's to celebrate my birthday. Oysters were delicious and they had a nice variety. Lots of good options for sushi too. Had the sautéed perch for my dinner and it was so delicious - moist, buttery and so flavorful - cooked perfectly. Loved the Homer's peppermint ice cream with hot fudge sauce for dessert.

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

It's been a long while since I had last dined at Shaw's so I was really looking forward to enjoying seafood. When reviewing the menu, I was shocked to find out how expensive the items were but I thought, if the food was good then maybe it would be worth it. Well, the pair of Lobster tails of 8oz each ($74) was rubbery and smelt of Butane gas. The grilled Calamari was chewy and very bitter and the King Crab legs ($76) were mediocre. I considered to order the Salmon but there is no way I am paying $48 for a piece of Salmon, regardless of the region it came from.

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

Good food - great service, fresh fish- the Sunday buffet is the bomb

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PS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I work in industry as well. Just a block down the street at Theory. This is my wife and I’s favorite restaurant

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ordered something I didn’t like and the waiter replaced my meal for no extra charge! Great seafood.

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

Waiter’s very helpful our fried snapper’s very good so w/ my stuffed crab fish

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

We always have a wonderful time at Shaw's Crab House. It doesn't matter if we are eating in the bar area or dining in the wonderful restaurant. Everything is always delicious and a great evening is had by all.

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

Absolutely excellent food, service and experience. We have never been to Shaw's before but it was by far one of our favorite places to eat in Chicago. We will definitely be back.

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

Our server Ruth was simply amazing. I took my girlfriend here for the first time and Ruth was so polite and patient, talking us through the menu and suggesting the perfect wine for the evening. The food was fresh and the presentation was excellent. Will definitely come back again for another date night.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved every minute of it!

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LZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent Fresh fish and shellfish options. The best Soft Shell Crab! Huge wine list, great cocktails. A Traditional cozy dining experience with friendly and courteous staff.

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Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Did not disappoint! Great dinner, lovely atmosphere. Olivia provided excellent service!

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F
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I recently invited several out of town guests to join me for dinner at Shaw's. They were dazzled by the excellence of the food and service, and had a wonderful time.

Many thanks to the wonderful Shaw's team!

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E
Miami
94 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, as always. Staff went out of their way to help create a surprise for my wife's birthday. Much appreciated.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday party

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Austin
26 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place whenever I’m in town. Great staff who helps you navigate the menu and an even better selection of food!

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L
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible seafood/fish, excellent service, great ambiance. I highly recommend Shaw’s!

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YI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Server in the restaurant was kind and professional.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most delicious dinner with your choice of ambiance. We were referred by a friend to dine here and could not stop talking about how glad we did. Our meal was amazing with fresh catches of the day, refreshing drinks, fresh baked desserts.. and the staff! The staff were out of their way friendly, smiling and we felt like family here!! Must dine at Shaw's Crab House!!!

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m
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I adore Shaw's for everything it has to offer including great cocktails and the freshest fish, but I guess it has been a while since I ordered the Caesar salad, something I always recommend to folks, but the Caesar I received on Tuesday was clunky and underdressed and the portion was much smaller. I was happy to get some roughage but I will no longer be ordering or recommending Shaw's Caesar salad.

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AH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Shaw's has been a great "GO-TO" site to showcase the best of Chicago's Seafood and Steaks for years. Our server Libby was incredible! She even helped have an abroad specialty drink ordered by a client prepared to her satisfaction on the first attempt! Thanks you Shaw's! Thank you Libby!

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MB
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is always excellent. Very pricey which I normally don’t mind for a restaurant of this quality. To much for everyday dinning however. Ambiance is old school Chicago which is why I like it.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Sunday brunch.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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HA
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue in Chicago for seafood. When visiting Chicago we try to get to Shaw.

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CL
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was great but not impressed by it being a la carte with high prices

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N
Chicago
209 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Has historically been much better but still solid. Just missing that extra pizzazz to presentation. Service and wine program are outstanding. Great room. A LEY classic that needs just a touch more to be what it once was.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and food

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SC
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server Kirk was outstanding. Best seafood in Chicago.

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M
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We celebrated a birthday and a mini-homecoming with friends. Most choices have become pricey and I think the experience has become predictable while our kale salad tasted like it had sand in it. Our waitress was excellent but the total bill plus the challenges in getting to this location from the suburbs will not make it so we will not visit soon.

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