Shaw's Crab House Oyster Bar - Chicago

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Shaw’s Oyster Bar features a casual, laid back style, featuring regional oysters shucked to order, seasonal Crab, and a variety of Fresh Fish. The Oyster Bar also features a Sushi kitchen that will allow the guest to watch the Sushi Chef’s create their beautiful dishes. Enjoy Live Jazz Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 7pm-10pm, Reservations are accepted for our Sunday Brunch Buffet.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My daughter was offered a summer internship that hopefully will turn into long term employment. She is so pumped to spend her summer in Chicago!

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Adlt
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

as always very good experience Pedro the waiter very attentive to the service, I've never been to a place where everything is constant

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Shaw’s! We always try to go when we visit Chicago. Their garlic shrimp is incredible and the quality of the food and service is always wonderful!

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vipKevinH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as always. We enjoyed the king crab legs and calamari. A bit on the pricey side but delicious nonetheless.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch buffet service was great. Fresh seafood, bright vegetables, and a dessert bar to satisfy any sweet tooth. Well worth the seemingly high price.

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vipLynda
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always have a great time with I come to Shaw’s Oyster Bar. Much less formal than the main dining room but with just as excellent food.

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vipenriquec
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Today the wait time was too long, despite the fact that we arrived 20 minutes before our reservation, the front service waitress took too long to get us our table, we had to remind her 3 times that we were waiting, She provided seats to people that arrived after us, but we had the first reservation at 11 am

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Naviz
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice place to share with friends and family

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality oysters, delicious, great sides and Francisco our server was terrific. Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lively and fun atmosphere. Food and service was outstanding!

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DonG
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Food was very fresh and had wonderful flavor.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A go to for us when visiting Chicago

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great!!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They could not find our Open Table Reservation in their system. We showed them our confirmation. They were very accommodating in getting our group seated in a timely matter.
We had oysters, sushi, dinner & desert, all we excellent.
We had a great experience.

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vipChicago
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Birthday. It was obvious that the waiter was not very in tune with the customers in the oyster bar. Main dining room is much more attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fathers Day

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El52
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was terrific! The food and variety excellent. Ambiance cozy.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down - Shaw’s has the best weekend buffet in the city!!

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julieM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was good but service was subpar. Asked 3 times for bread. Some had buffet and they were slow on clearing plates. Seated 5 large people at a small table..we asjed to be moved..hotess was very snotty. They did move us. Dissappointed compared with other visits

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Marmar
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Chicken wings were tough,crab cakes were less crab than the filler, no oyster Rockefeller, key lime dessert was lacking tart taste

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shaws has long been one of my favorite Chicago restaurants. Our family went for Sunday brunch for the first time this weekend. The assortment and quality of the food was really remarkable. We really enjoyed it.

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LauriC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It's quite expensive, but is without a doubt THE BEST brunch in Chicago!

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GeorgeA
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. I will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shaw’s is hands down my favorite brunch destination. The food, staff and atmosphere are amazing. Your options are endless. The mini waffles are a must. The seafood is superb. FYI, even with the brunch buffet, they are full service. Our server let us know she could grab anything we wanted. It’s a nice way to avoid the lines.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great first brunch experience at Shaw’s.

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EmilyM
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The Sunday Brunch was fantastic! Our friends in Kentucky recommended Shaw’s and we loved it! Our boys are older and enjoyed the seafood selection!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

WE HAVE BEEN HERE A FEW TIMES AND THE FOOD WAS ALWAYS GREAT. IT SEEMS THOUGH THAT THERE WAS MORE VARIETY THE LAST TIME WE WERE HERE FOR BRUNCH'


ALTHOUGH THE TABLES HAVE NICE PLATES AND LINENS, THE RESTAURANT ITSELF SEEMS A BIT WORN. OUR SERVER KATHRINE?? WAS WONDERFUL. ATTENTIVE BUT NOT INTRUSIVE.


BUT FOR A PRICEY PLACE THEY SEEM TO LET PEOPLE IN THAT LOOK LIKE THEY JUST ROLLED OUT OF BED.WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO DRESSING FOR THE OCCASION??

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ElizabethW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our bartender Sunday afternoon was excellent. The traffic from the buffet was a little bit too much. Other than that everything was great!

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DouglasM
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall1food4service3ambience1

We were sat in a bar room siting area. A little to casual for a 400.00 brunch.

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vipAhmedJ
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday Brunch!

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vipMaureenR
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate in the Oyster Bar area, great waitress and good variety of food, offerings were great. Would go back for brunch again.

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NancyT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great time! Took the nephews for brunch and the boys were in heaven. It takes a lot to impress the kids. I even got them to wear ugly Christmas sweaters for the $25. Coupons and they loved it!!!
Really great time, pricy but worth it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had a pleasant lunch the day after Thanksgiving

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vipStephanieW
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were well taken care of from the very beginning by Amanda and then by our server. I can't remember his name but he was exceptional. That alone would make us come back but it just happens the food was marvelous. My family couldn't have been happier. All they could do is talk about the food. Thank you Shaw's for a lovely Thanksgiving.

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vipJamesW
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We went to Shaws Crab House for their Thanksgiving Buffet. The food was good, but we were seated in the Oyster Bar at a tiny high top that touched another hightop table that sat four. On our other side was the isle where servers bustled by with dirty dishes and the buffet line was forming up. It was not the atmosphere that I had imagined when I made reservations for this $75.00 buffet. Had we been seated in the dining room which had lovely tables with white linen tablecloths my review would have been more positive. I didn't expect to have Thanksgiving Dinner in a bar.

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Chitowner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Sunday brunch ever! Wonderful staff and fabulous food- it’s Monday evening and I’m still stuffed

Thanks shaw’s

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shaw's Sunday Brunch is how brunch should be. A seafood lover & brunch lover's dre