Shaw's Crab House - Chicago

4.7
9441 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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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.
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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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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Shaw’s Crab House in Chicago is hosting a Traditional Thanksgiving Buffet on Thanksgiving Day, November 22. The family-friendly buffet will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and is priced at $75 per adult, and $15 for kids 12 and younger (exclusive of tax, gratuity).

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What 9441 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

I didn't choose the restaurant- a friend was visiting for just one day and said he was told if you eat in one restaurant in Chicago it HAS to be Shaw's. As much as I love the Lettuce family of restaurants in general, Shaw's is just not my favorite (although I love the Thomas Melvin murals) and there are SO many more interesting restaurants- but I humored my friend and we went. I had the lobster tacos , which were quite good but really not enough food for an actual meal. My friend had the lobster roll, which he liked but was disappointed that it was served with a side as mundane as French fries and was frankly appalled at the price - $34. That said, our waiter - Pat - was great.

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

Great properly cooked food, not over seasoned or overcooked (tough request for some restaurants in the area) good selection and great tasting

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S
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shaw’s has been a staple of my husband’s and mine ever since we first started visiting Chicago on a regular basis! It never disappoints! We had the Caesar salad & Parmesan encrusted whitefish plus oysters on the half shell (sampler platter). Everything was absolutely perfect! Our waiter was attentive & amazing too.

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

Good only good place good food, expensive... for crabs a must go place

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CC
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner and the waiter was outstanding. Good food (the Alaskan King Crab was great), and the atmosphere was great as well.

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LP
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great atmosphere in the main dining room. The bar is too lively for our taste.

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BW
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This classic seafood restaurant never disappoints. The quality of the food, as well as the quality of the service is top notch

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

Great good along with excellent service makes for a great dining experience. We were so happy we chose Shaw's!

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

Food and service were amazing as usual. I've bee n going for years and have never been disappointed.

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

My husband and I went for the Sunday Brunch. It was a spectacular buffet with 5 different food stations including steamed crab legs, prime rib, sushi, oysters, crab cakes and a massive selection of delicious desserts. They also had traditional breakfast foods like made to order omelets, waffles, bacon, sausage, hash browns, etc. However, I filled up on seafood and treats, which were all amazing! The server was also fantastic. She was attentive and helpful and even brought us some chocolate cake and chocolate covered strawberries to go because we were celebrating our wedding anniversary. I definitely plan to go back the next time I’m in town. So delicious!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, went for ousters and surf and surf

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

Great seafood! Great service! Highly recommend!!

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O
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had Dick as our waiter - fantastic! Everyone who looked after us was awesome. The wine by the glass was excellent and a nice sized glass. The food really surprised us in its quality and taste. We didn’t expect it to be as amazing as it was. The dessert, key lime pie was special. The ambience in the main dining room was quite cool.

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BD
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. Service was great. Only complaint is the eye roll from the hostess, because when she was ready to seat us 2 people were in the restroom. We didn't eye roll or complain about being seated 15 min. Later than our reservation.

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

Have been a couple of times the food is always great the atmosphere is nice it's always clean and the staff is very attentive I tell everyone the should go at least once don't need a reason just go

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

We LOVE this place... especially the Oyster Bar. Delicious every time. This is a must do every time you are downtown Chicago.

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

Great service and awesome seafood. We brought my dad here when he came to visit and he loved it.

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R
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing weekend brunch! Pace yourself and try everything!

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

We love Shaws! Come nearly every time we are in the Chicago area and we drive up on occasion just for the weekend brunch.

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Indiana
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While we love the Shaw’s Sunday Brunch, we experienced it on a Saturday for the first time. The buffet layout is less spread out and that was nice. The food was amazing as usual and the Shaw’s Brunch remains a favorite whenever in the Chicago Loop.

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CK
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent quality food with friendly efficient service. Rather busy at 9pm Friday but the noise level reduced to a pleasant hum later.

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

Such great service and appreciate the attention to all details!

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

Timing of service Washington perfect! Felt like home but with a pro envorinment.

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PV
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good, very tasty. BUT and that is a BIG but, the "JUMBO LUMP CRAB CAKE (6oz)" was more like a JUMBO LUMP MINI CRAB CAKE (x?oz). Since I also had the MARYLAND STYLE CRAB CAKE as an appetizer (for half of the price) and about the same size, I could not feel very happy about it.

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CC
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great seafood, service and ambiance
it was oyster fest and a a company was there from the east coast and we ev n had a few free ones, awesome!

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Charlotte
50 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I took board members and our meeting facilitator to Shaw's...a great way to show off Chicago and enjoy a fabulous meal! I always love the lobster tacos, and the lobster bisque is like none I've had anywhere else. My companions enjoyed fish and scallops, and everyone was thrilled.

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DA
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual. Our server, Eric (I apologize if incorrectly) was extremely attentive. Food and wine, perfect.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a delicious lunch celebrating my brother’s birthday. We will definitely be back again!

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KH
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at Shaw’s was nothing short of perfection!!
The service was exceptional and the food was absolutely delicious! Try the Kale salad! The ambiance was calming and restaurant appeared very clean. We were celebrating a birthday and our lovely server made it special!!
Thank you for a memorable evening!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Any was an excellent server!

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JM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

For me is the best place in the City, but this time I was another happy at all. Not was as special as other times, I chose Shaw’s to celebrate something really important for me but there was no magic.

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LD
London
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great evening of celebrations with fantastic food and a great atmosphere. We chose to sit in the bar rather than the restaurant so we could listen to the live blues music. Same menu with added entertainment, bonus! Lively atmosphere but not too loud that we couldn’t still have a conversation. Would definitely return and recommend to others!

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SS
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had the red snapper and warm seafood appetizer platter. Fantastic food. I was surprised the snapper didn’t come with anything on the side.

The Creme brûlée was just ok. Not a real crispy top.

Our waitress was polite but not personable at all.

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SH
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I was very disappointed in how long it took to get our meal. It was at least 45 minutes after we ordered. I expect a restaurant of this caliber to be able to handle peak dining times. I am blaming the kitchen, not the server. But it would have been nice for the server to explain that the kitchen was backed-up, instead of my having to inquire if our dinner order had been lost.

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QA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere, great food, I would have liked more sides. Maybe mashed potatoes, baked potatoes with butter and sour cream, and some type of rice. Some sides ran out, and there was a 5-10 minute wait. I will come back for another experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down best seafood I’ve had.. excellent service as well! 12/10.. will definitely be back!

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d
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 2

Shaw's opened the year we got married and we try to go once a year cause we love it. It is a bit pricey, but always high quality. When you pay top dollar, you expect excellent service, which we did not get. Our server came up two bites in to my salad and said our entrees were ready did we want them held in the kitchen or brought out? Yikes. We had it brought and I had to wrestle with the bus boy to grab the last few bites of my salad. Server asked us if we wanted dessert and I said no. My husband said yes and ordered a Sundae and I said I would eat a bite. Without asking our server split the Sundae in half and put it in front of me. When I said I didn't order it, he said I split it which I did not want.

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B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have eaten here many times. Excellent consistent quality of food and service.

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MF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed every aspect of the appetizer, soups, entrees, ambience and service.

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TR
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been to Chicago several times, but this was our first visit to Shaw’s. I almost cancelled the reservation after an Uber driver told me it wasn’t the best seafood. I don’t know what his motives were, but it was excellent! The service exceeded my expectations. The food exceeded my expectations, and I will be back!

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