The Shakespeare

4.4
326 reviews
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The Shakespeare offers well-kept beers and cask ales and friendly service in a casual no-frills environment. Serving a more sophisticated ‘pub grub’ repertoire coupled with a setting reminiscent of a 14th century tavern, the pub is the perfect place to have a pint and grab a bite to eat. We also have two elegant rooms located above the pub, The Peacock Room is modeled after a 19th Century gentleman’s club complete with an elegant fireplace. The Garden Room is decorated beautifully with artwork by Bradley Wood and a stunning Waterford Crystal Chandelier. We are as well fortunate to have Raines Law Room located in the same building at The William where guests can enjoy craft cocktails with a small bite and dessert menu.

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Mon - Fri 2:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:00PM 8:45PM - 10:45PM

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

A really cute space, almost makes you feel like you are in a pub in England. I like the vegetarian options on the menu. The food was good. The noise level can get really loud, something to do with how sound travels. The only real con was the ever so slight sour beer or damp mop smell permeating through-out. If not for that I would definitely go back.

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JH
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very secluded and quiet at lunch with a neighborhood pub vibe. Excellent service and a diverse menu that includes pub favorites as well as vegan selections. The bangers and mash were very authentic. Great service too. Highly recommended if you want an intimate lunch.

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SL
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good English staples..my fellow diner's salmon was a bit undercooked but excellent all around. Pie with draft beer for lunch special was good.

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JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

I hate to write this, but I feel it is worth sharing. This was my third dinner experience at The Shakespeare - as always, the food is very good. However, on this visit, the main dining room was closed - it was not clear whether it was for renovations or whether it was permanently closed due to a decision of hotel management. My friend and I sat in a dining room on the lower lever across from the main bar. It was cramped and incredibly loud. Bottom line, it was an unpleasant experience, and if that is a permanent change by restaurant / hotel management, I can never go there again for dinner. The upstairs dining was quiet, pleasant, and very enjoyable. The downstairs alternative was terrible. Food is still good - but you can't enjoy the evening because of the environment.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sang happy birthday and lit a candle for the birthday girl without us even asking!

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RC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Server was really good with recommendations and making it an overall enjoyable experience. Will go back

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OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great scotch egg!! Fish and chips was not 1 piece of fish but still pretty good. Great service.

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LP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, really welcoming and great food.

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N
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The ambience and the music are great! The service was attentive, accurate, and overall - exactly as service should be everywhere. The food was very good, although the appetizers require more attention. It is a great place to have a quiet dinner without feeling rushed.

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JH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bravo! Great food, amazing service.

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MD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was great! The service was very good. They were very friendly and accommodating. I loved the Shakespeare atmosphere and the food was great.

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NK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little find for an informal dinner. While we could have gotten a table, we opted to sit at bar and it was fine. Shakespeare Burger .. highly recommend .. plus they serve Malt Vinegar with the Fries! Very affordable too.

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SI
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, quiet surroundings and good service. Pub atmosphere with many beers to choose from. Lunch menu has a limited selection but great hamburgers

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MK
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Shakespeare was charming at the service terrific! Will definitely be coming back.

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EF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the warm, relaxed vibe of this downstairs pub. Definitely not your typical "pub" food. Our roast chicken salad and salmon burger were delicious. Other faves include the fois gras mousse and ricotta starters. Oh, and of course, the Scotch Egg is otherworldly.

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F
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We went for RestaurantWeek lunch, but some items on the menu were not available. The waiter was very pleasant about it, which helped some.

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PC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

This is the first English's cuisine that is authentic, food is good value for money. The restaurant setup & ambience are also more than somewhat decent, I'll definitely go back.

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DB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Shakespeare has a great retro vibe. I went with a group and they put us in a tiny paneled room next to the bar - it was wonderful for hanging out. And the service was terrific.

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KR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal. Love the Shakespeare!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great choice I was meeting friends while visiting NYC Shakespeare was perfect!! Cozy yet not too close we could heat our conversation but not really hear others around us Food was perfect just enough choices and tasty Service was spot on! Everyone had a great experience and let me know how much they appreciated the Shakespeare

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere were a stepping out of New York and into London.

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JR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great place for a business lunch, or futbol game. Professional, friendly staff-

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HG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very disappointed. I was not notified that the restaurant was closed for private party. We were put at a table next to bar and pretty much forgotten about since it was happy hour and the bar was busy. We were only offered bar menu which would have been fine but the food was not good. I ordered fish and chips. The 1 small piece of fish I received was so greasy I couldn’t eat it. I paid $25 for French fries. Salmon burger was undercooked. We did enjoy the scotch egg and hamburger.

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AB
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

If you are looking for some yummy apps and delicious cocktails in an English style gastropub you should definitely lunch at The Shakespeare. I had the liver mousse and foie gras parfait. I’m still thinking about it.

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RK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am still fantasizing about the grilled scallops over mashed potatoes. Wow! Cozy, intimate and great food, one of my favorite spots in NY Midtown.

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DC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely restaurant fairly close to theater district. Quiet, warm ambiance, friendly staff, nice "English Pub" feel. We were very pleased with our dinners - steak cooked perfectly and that evening's special: Shepherds Pie was a delight! Truly delicious!

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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A lovely, romantic setting. Food was excellent, and their house drinks are lovely. Service was a little sluggish, but completely cordial. The only reason the noise level was high was that one table was being loud. Otherwise, a perfect date spot!

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TS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a great time at the Shakespeare! Cozy, comfortable and best of all terrific food.

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MR
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Husband is British and he approved. Definitely plan on going again.

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ER
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service with a professional but casual feel. Enjoyed the unique drink selections before our meal - a fancier fish and chips - both were perfect for a pre-holiday meal.

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OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The entree special of the day was Elk which I ordered and thought it was different and good. It came with a chocolate wine sauce which was complementary to the Elk. The decor was different and very pleasing.

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JL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A unique place with good food. We will add it to our list of places to eat when we visit NYC.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food and service. Just a bit disappointed that the roast advertised on the website wasn’t available. However the meal we did have was delicious although the custard served with dessert was minimalistic!

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P
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have visited here several times. It is one of our neighborhood go-to spots.
First of all, we enjoy the ambience. The dining room is small and has soft surroundings, making normal level conversation possible. It is eclectic in design, but attractively done. Quite cozy.
The menu is not large, but offers something for most people’s preferences. The prix fixe is a good deal. Overall the prices are moderate enough.
The preparations are well done. Ingredients are fresh and preparations are fairly traditional, but not stodgy, and professionally done. The chef is more than competent.
Service is very friendly, attentive, and efficient. There is never a sense of being rushed. We were offered all the time we needed to peruse the menus, linger over drinks, and then order. Everyone’s entrees arrived together, a must do in my book.
We were able to relax after eating and visit with out of town friends for a leisurely time. The check was offered when we were done but there was no rush. The dining room was emptying out so it felt as if we were visiting with friends in our living room.
We have finally find a place with a neighborhood feel, welcoming, with good cuisine, and a outgoing staff. That is why we keep coming back.

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S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Their on line menu talk about their roast beef. When we arrived we were told that they weren't serving it any more, it is still on their on line menu.

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L
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice atmosphere
Good food
Nice choice for vegans

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K
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving meal. Beautiful boutique place with great service.

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VH
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent Thanksgiving lunch with all the fixings. The plate had a mixture of old favorites and staples with a twist. Everything was delicious.

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CC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Shakespeare in The William Hotel on E 39th Street has 2 sections - a pub and a restaurant. They have 2 different menus, but it seems you can get something from the other menu if you know to ask for it. I had the Vegan "Shepherd's" Pie because I'm not fond of lamb, which is in their traditional Shepherd's Pie, and it was okay, but I think I would have preferred a Cottage Pie (with beef) which they don't have. However, I have had other dishes there that I loved. The Scottish Egg is very good and filling for an appetizer. And the Sticky Toffee Pudding was excellent. The only thing missing was the custard. (They served it with vanilla ice cream.) I will definitely go back to try some of their other dishes. It is a bit pricey, but a very good upscale restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always! A regular favorite that consistently delivers. New manager Amanda is delightful, very attentive and took great care of us. Looking forward to my next visit.

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