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Shaw's Tavern

248 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem (500)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (369)
  • Great for Brunch (314)

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Shaw's Tavern is an exciting DC gastropub located in the heart of the city that brings a seasonal menu and innovative atmosphere to the energetic Shaw Neighborhood. Our seasonal menu offers both a vast array of classic comforts and rustic delicacies. Here, people gather to dine in one of the best restaurants in Washington, DC with family and friends amongst a backdrop that combines urban form with country elegance. Whether you are searching for a quiet table for two or multiple private dining venues, Shaw's Tavern is one of the best dining experiences in Washington, DC and can cater to all of your dining needs.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday -Saturday: 5:00pm - 11pm, Sunday & Monday 5:00pm-10:00pm
Bar open until midnight Sunday - Thursday, 2:00am Friday & Saturday
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Phone number
(202) 518-4092
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Cross street
6th and Florida Ave NW
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Wednesdays Piano Bar with Jill Parsons 8:30pm
Thursdays Live Music by Luke James Shaffer 8:30pm
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vipSEIdiner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

Bad service, bad food. Got the beet salad- which had way too much dressing on it. My boyfriend got the skillet mac n cheese with eggs, and the eggs were dramatically under-cooked and the mac n cheese was soupy. The waitress forgot about bringing more water to our table; my friend got the unlimited mimosas and the waitress wasn't around to refill them at all.

Overall, really disappointing experience. Will not be going back. Upset that it was as expensive as it was for the service and food quality.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

Went here for a birthday date with my boyfriend and I really enjoyed my time here. This was my first time here and the food was great, but the price for bottomless mimosas was even better! Next time I come I'll make sure to get the chicken and waffles. They also did a great job with making sure the note I left in the notes section was met

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 21, 2017

Beware of the seat below upstairs dining . Dust fell right into our first table and into my drink so we had to move. The waiter didn't quite explain the corn bread waffle accurately he said it was a waffle and the chicken was breaded in corn bread. Not my preference or the friend I was with. The chicken was huge but kind of dry. We had to send it back. It comes with bacon maple syrup and maple syrup. The 2nd order was decent. I ordered the biscuits and gravy and my friend had the 2 eggs breakfast with toast and pork sausages if I remember correctly. She liked it . Gravy from my meal was a little soupy but tasty like a broth with 2 eggs over easy and some spicy sausages that were yummy. The mimosas were a great value which kind of help me get over the chicken and waffles. The menu I feel should be revamped. The staff was very nice and service was great honestly. Just didn't care for the food.

vipCar100 (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on January 18, 2017

Food was excellent, but one of the dishes was incorrect, and they forgot to bring my client their soda. They brought out the right dish quickly, but still forgot to take the incorrect one off the bill when it came. Tough to get the attention of the waiter to get the incorrect meal corrected. While the food was great, would not recommend it for a business lunch.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 9, 2017

Good drink menu, I recommend the Shaw's Manhattan. Fish tacos are quite good. I miss the poutine.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2017

Great food. Good place to go & catch up with friends

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2016

Good food. Must try the trout.
Good atmosphere & service

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 2016

Best cheese plate

AmandaW (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 19, 2016

The service was a bit slow, but it was very busy. The food was wonderful!

vippmrthird (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on November 16, 2016

Last time here my colleague got the Cobb salad with grilled chicken and it looked fantastic. My new colleague and I both ordered it and thoroughly enjoyed it. Would definitely order again for quick and tasty meal.

vipCindy (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 1, 2016

We came before a show at the 930 club and it was good service, great food, and a nice place for us to connect and have a conversation before heading to a show were you can't talk. I had the fall salad and was able to add chicken for a reasonable price, it was tasty and I love having options on the menu that are healthier and yummy. My husband had the burger and enjoyed it as well.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 1, 2016

This place was outstanding. Food was great.a wonderful environment

vipAwolDC (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on October 23, 2016

This was a very disappointing experience, as I've been here before and had much better.

Let's start with our arrival. When I got to the restaurant at my reservation time (12:00), the hostess said "your table isn't ready" and that it would be a "short wait" before we could sit down. Okay, no problem. About fifteen minutes go by, so I inquire with the hostess again. She says something about her getting to the restaurant late and blames the servers for seating people at our reserved table, which I found off putting and entirely unprofessional. By 12:25, we are hungry, extremely annoyed, and about ready to leave. The hostess tells us it'll be just five minutes, that they have to clear off the table. A waitress who we've seen advising the hostess that people with reservations come in and sit down and shouldn't have to wait comes over and apologizes, saying our table is almost ready. Not a minute later, the hostess comes over to us and says, "actually did you want to sit outside?" ...What? You just told us our table was being cleared off and would be ready in a few minutes. No, we don't want to sit outside; it's 50 degrees. Again the waitress comes over and is apologetic, but this time she leads us to our table. 12:35

I wish the review could stop there, but there's more At least 2 groups just in the time we were there had booked party-brunches (in such a small dining room? Who okayed that?) and while one group was permitted to bring in giant, child-sized balloons that bumped into at least four tables, the other group had to (?) change the location of their tables, causing a hubbub in the restaurant as they moved.

During our brunch, my boyfriend and I were horrified by the inattention of our waiter (the waitress who'd been so attentive earlier frequently picked up his slack). At one point, we couldn't even find this guy in the dining room for over 10 minutes.

Overall, this is the worst experience I have had at Shaw's Tavern, and I will likely not be going back.

vipMKL2 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on October 22, 2016

I like their brunch menu options, pretty tasty. This is my second time. The service was decent for a football game day, however I did not enjoy the louder and busier atmosphere.

HandsomeNomad (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 15, 2016

Second date, kind of skeptical, especially when you've never been to a place before. Did a quick review scan and got the go ahead from one of my good friends. Surprisingly it was my date's first time as well. Needless to say, everything about this place was great. Looking forward to coming back for the much talked about brunch. Food,service, and the overall vibe was great. Most importantly they had clean fresh smelling bathrooms. LOL