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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4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (199)
Good for a Date (175)
Good for Anniversaries (137)
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Business Meals (128)
Good for Birthdays (120)
Good for Groups (94)
Fit for Foodies (93)
Worth the Drive (91)
Romantic (88)
Authentic (84)
Great for Brunch (74)
Fun (73)
Pre/post Theatre (64)
Neighborhood Gem (60)
Bar Seating (60)
Casual (58)
Great for Lunch (56)
Notable Wine List (54)
Sunday Lunch (50)
Vibrant Bar Scene (47)
Cozy (43)
Hot Spot (40)
Quiet Conversation (35)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Seasonal (32)
Handcrafted Cocktails (31)
Happy Hour (30)
Comfort Food (30)
People Watching (28)
Tasting Menu (24)
Kid-friendly (23)
Healthy (21)
Live Music (18)
Late-night Find (17)
Local Ingredients (15)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Paleo Friendly (11)
Great Beer (9)
Disabled Access (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 3 days ago

Just LOVE Shaw's. We brought friends here for the first time and they could not stop raving -- "best fish I've had maybe ever...". It is all good. Our waitress was amazing.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 4 days ago

It was the third year for our salons Christmas brunch. Loved it!

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 (Columbus)·Dined 4 days ago

Very disappointed, seating was delayed restaurant seemed overwhelmed, my wife’s fish was partially raw. Wine service was poor glasses were left empty. Asked for additional rolls which were never received. Took two tries to get simple drink orders correct. Consider this a very overrated restaurant. If the reservation would have been earlier maybe they would have been less overwhelmed.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Great time

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·Dined 4 days ago

What a great experience, we had a party of seven and were there for almost 2 1/2 hours (long time for a meal) and enjoyed every minute, service was excellent, food was extraordinary

Tags: Live Music, Bar Seating, Romantic, Disabled Access
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 4 days ago

We found Shaw's on open table and not being from the area, didn't know what to expect. We got a reservation and what a treat it was! Service was fantastic, fun atmosphere - old time supper club/seafood place with lots of wood paneling and character. The food was really good - quality seafood, some unique preparations along with classic dishes. The lobster bisque was very good, my founder stuffed with crab was perfectly cooked and flavor-full. My dining mates were equally happy with their meals. It was a fun and relaxing dinner. It's on the expensive (maybe not for Chicago?), but worth the money paid for a special occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined 4 days ago

Great time - great food -- even being extremely busy, we had an exceptional dinner (Nantucket Bay scallops - boy were they good!) - look forward to a return visit.

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Fun, Authentic
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 (Austin)·Dined 5 days ago

We selected Shaw's for a group dinner because of the sushi, seafood and steak options. We are frequent diners in all sorts of restaurants. Shaw's does have a very nice dining room and attentive servers. Calamari is $16, good but not the best we've ever had. Double the price of other restaurants. Entree selections are very nice, pricey, and good, but not incredible. Filet on one order of surf and turf, ordered Medium Rare, came out well done on half of the steak. It was replaced with another one upon mentioning this to the server. Sushi was ordered by one of us. Freshness was good, until one roll was found with a hair in it....yes, turned off the appetite of this diner. Replacements were made and items comped, but still made it impossible to eat after that. Three entrees, 2 cups of soup, 2 appetizers, 5 drinks, $450 even with the comped sushi rolls.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Service was outstanding. Food was rest dessert was delicious.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Had a wonderful date night with my love. The food and ambience were everything we were looking for. This was our second visit and will definitely be back next time we are in Chicago.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent service with great upbeat vibe in dining room. Food was very fresh, which is of utmost importance when eating seafood. New style sashimi was soooo delicious!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food. Poor service.

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 (Indiana)·Dined 5 days ago

Top of the shelf seafood prepared as it should. Can't pick a bad item off the menu. Pecan pie is the only way to finish the meal.

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 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

Service and food are always impeccable at Shaw’s as well as the ambiance. Always will be one of our staples for dining while visiting Chicago

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Cozy, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Best Crab In Chicago. I come Chicago one a year and this will be always on my to-do list. Thank You !!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Great time at Shaw’s stone crab season as well as New England scallops both were great. Great wine list excellent service a must restaurant for a Chicago visit

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Celebrating my fiance birthday, everything was great until she was got trap in the women's restroom stall. The staff handle the situation and Manger on duty showed empathy and very apologetic. Also our Waiter was very helpful and accommodating as my fiance wasn't quite ready to eat and just wanted to enjoy the band.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Healthy, Live Music, Casual
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Our waitress was amazing as well as her assistant. Food was perfect and I loved our table.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Always an amazing experience, with great food and service! Their lobster tacos are the best I've ever had, and they're always a staple whenever we take customers or friends here.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

The service was impeccable! Food was amazing. Service was great and really made us feel special.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Restaurant was too crowded. Seating was very tight, lines for buffet were very long and did not move very fast.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We go here for our annual family Christmas brunch and I hate when it is over! It is such a great experience ... great food and a festive environment. We were treated like kings and queens by our server. Can't wait until the next time!

Tags: Fun, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

This is my favorite place to brunch. Shaw's Chicago has the BEST brunch menu! Please don't get rid of anyting on the Brunch Menu.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Everything was great, food, beverages but te dessert rocks! Thanx you to all the staff

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Absolutely amazing service. The food was nothing less than a dance to my tastebuds. I signed up for their email before I traveled to Chicago and they offered me a $25 discount on my $165 bill which was such a nice gift for my birthday. I will be back and I will let everyone in St. Louis know their name. If I have to be a critic I will say that it could be slightly updated and tables further apart for more privacy. Overall, it was great! Thank you!

Tags: Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Paleo Friendly, Fun
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Really cozy, great spot. Crab was delicious, scallops were a standout. Great cocktails and service in the bar pre-meal. Great old school dining.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Very good seafood and service in classic old Chicago style fine dining with red leather booths and white tablecloths. Nice wine list with some good values. Only complaint was that the hostess wouldn’t seat the table until everyone was at the hostess stand even though the only missing persons from our table of 8 were two who were parking the car. The restaurant is in a busy area without convenient self parking options, so it took several minutes to complete the full party and get seated.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

The service was phenomenal and quick. Food was absolutely delicious.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great gluten-free options. Friendly, attentive staff. We were in a bit of a hurry, due to plans at the theater later in the evening. The staff bent over backwards to make sure we got out on time, after a most enjoyable dinner.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Some of the best seafood I’ve ever experienced. Tables for two are a bit small and closely spaced so it’s hard to have an intimate conversation. The service from the staff is top notch and we were left wanting nothing. Expect to pay at least near $200 for drinks, appetizers, meal and dessert.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We always eat in the oyster bar. Great service. Cold appetizer platter and calamari are delicious. Oysters always good. We always come back!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Just love coming here.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Shaw's has never disappointed. As a friend said, "you get what you pay for". At Shaw's, it is exquisite seafood. ( it ain't cheap! ) And on this visit, the best grilled calamari I have ever put in my mouth. I wish it wasn't 2500 miles from home !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always come here when in Chicago

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 (London)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Anthony was delightful and made us feel right at home! Food and wine fantastic.

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Shaws is one of favorite places to dine when we are in Chicago, excellent food, atmosphere and team.

Tags: Authentic, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Food was wonderful and staff was great. Highly recommend.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Restaurant was good not great. I would recommend for an older crowd. The decor is kinda dated but clean. Its an oldie but goody.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

As a Rsna participant I come everything year since the opening in 1984
That tells enough!!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2017

The restaurant and menus getting a little long in the tooth. Pretty noisy impact in

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