The Shakespeare

4.5
355 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

What 355 People Are Saying
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

It was too cold with the air conditioning very high, and it was very noisy. But the food is very good and they Accommodated adding a third person and graciously moved our table.

OT
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Lovely place with great service and very good food. The seat cushion covers in the garden are need cleaning desperately, but that's my only suggestion. Will def. go back.

r
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

I'll definitely return, hopefully when it's quieter. It was not the restaurant's fault -- there was a large, loud, rowdy party, but our waitress was sympathetic and accommodating. I had the special, a brook trout which the waitress described as "summer on a plate," and it was indeed delicious. Looking forward to trying the regular menu on my next visit.

CC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are several dining spaces at The Shakespeare. During my most recent visit, I was in the bar area with a friend, which was a little louder than I like. (I'd rather not have to shout across the table to have a conversation.) The other areas are generally quieter. The food and service are very good. I highly recommend the restaurant.

e
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good pub fare in a tavern-like setting. Food was good, but a bit pricey for lunch. Service was friendly. On a nice summer day, the ambience is a bit dark as you’re below sidewalk level, but could imagine it would be a cozy spot in Autumn and Winter. The restaurant is connected to the William Hotel, which may be why prices are inflated above expectation.

MA
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, so beautiful designe , great food and good prices , nice people working there..wanna visit this place again

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good. Sticky toffee pudding was delicious! Very noisy

r
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We fell in love with this little hidden gem of a place; it feels authentically like a British pub, and the food is perfect. We went 3 times in 3 days, and our only regret is that we had to leave town before it opened again. Just wonderful.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though we went to celebrate a birthday, this is a place you could enjoy for any occasion. Great food and great service.

r
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just wonderful on every level. Great place!

EP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun historical ambience and menu. A bit loud with music and close tables as are most NY restaurants. Portions were modest so you may want to order appetizers if you like a full, satisfying mea but prices are also modest. Food was good and everyone enjoyed their meal!

r
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a wonderful atmosphere with spectacular food!

SI
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I love dining in their enclosed garden which provides a lovely ambiance in which to have a delicious meal with great service.

RB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lucky surprise, this little Pub is very charming, lots of young people at the bar during Happy Hour,
but the food is great, service is excellent, a fun place to have a light bite.

MR
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

They used to have a really nice, quiet dining experience in their upstairs restaurant and I loved it. This time I went and was told that they only do events upstairs and that I had to go downstairs to eat. It was so loud I couldn't hear the people at my table or the server.
The server was also very rude, which was very different than previous experiences upstairs.
I used to love this place and recommend it, now I will not be going back and certainly do not recommend it.

MH
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went to The Shakespeare after work with friends because it was recommended as a great place close to work. We really had a great experience. Food was very good and so was the service. We ended up ordering s bunch of appetizers and 2 bottles of wine. Loved everything we ate. The sliders and fries were my favorites! If you need a place to go in midtown, I highly recommend it. They have a big bar, and a patio. We will be back!

Z
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was ok. I wouldn't give it a 5 star. I ordered the fish and chips. I wish the fish was not as crispy. Unfortunately, I had my mind set on getting the calamari for starters but we were told there was a problem with the gas and so some items were not available on the menu. That kinda sucked.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ruben was very helpful, along with our wonderful server.

RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Have had several good meals here. It’s really convenient because it is fairly close to Grand Central. They’ve recently closed the upstairs dining room which makes it a challenge to hear if there are a lot of people downstairs. I’ve had pretty good meals here but this last time I unwisely ordered the “Cobb Salad”. It was a smattering of iceberg lettuce leaves (even though I ordered the “large”), with a few small green olives (for some reason), a hard boiled egg, maybe a quarter of a slice of bacon broken up into tiny bits, a few pieces of avocado, and a slice or two of beefsteak tomato. In other words, NOT a Cobb Salad.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Highly recommended if you are looking for a lot of British pub ambiance and food/drink options. Impressed with the multitude of vegan options!

E
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant and clever staff. Great food and beer. One of the very few places I’ve seen here with good English beer from a cask. Worth the visit just for that.

RH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an excellent lunch. Great food, great beers, nice vibe. I'll definitely be going back.

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fish and chips!!!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They are friendly and polite, and inferior is pretty. Their pie and draft beer lunch special is good price. I like the place a lot.

DT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend. We’ll be back soon!

S
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were great. My companion and I both had the salmon and it was cooked perfectly. The sticky toffee pudding was also a definite highlight. Wonderful experience with authentic British decor.

GT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. Everyone was so nice. They certainly made us feel important and the food was so good my wife forgot to share hers with me.

NY
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Having spent some time in London I can say this was a really nice example of a very traditional English pub, Scotch eggs and all. Ceilings are very low, so it can get a little loud.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
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.

l
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

They closed their nice dining room and now are calling the ugly pub downstairs the "restaurant."

JH
Philadelphia
11 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.

SL
New York Area
29 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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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

Lovely atmosphere, really welcoming and great food.

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.

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

Bravo! Great food, amazing service.

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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