Gadsby's Tavern

4.6
2017 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
Gadsby's Tavern has been offering fine dining since 1770. Enjoy lunch and dinner in one of the elegant Colonial dining rooms. The one-of-a-kind Gadsby's Tavern experience awaits you.
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4.6
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4.7
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4.4
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

The grill wasn’t cleaned properly so the old grease ruined the pork chop.

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DC
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Marvelous evening - a step back in time. Outstanding meal and attentive service. Period staff added to the environment. John Wall was a special treat. We'll be back.

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LB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I thought a place like this would be more about the experience and history but the food was delicious! The service was great and the atmosphere is very authentic. It was a little quite in there so some period appropriate music would have been nice.

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S
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My family and I ate here to celebrate my graduation from Georgetown. Everything was fantastic but the service was exceptional! They even accommodated my wheelchair bound grandma which is hard to do in Old Town.

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JB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food, friendly staff and just a wonderful historical building. If you are in Alexandria don’t miss this gem.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Touring the Southeast with my mother. Gadsby’s Tavern was one of our favorite restaurants we visited on our 10 day trip. The historic building, the ambiance really enhanced the dining experience. The staff were great. The food was fantastic. We loved the miniature ham biscuits and preserves as an appetizer.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary dinner. We had our first date and then wedding reception here years ago and like to come back. The staff was great, food good and we had a lovely dessert on the house!

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TM
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere. Great service and the food was delicious! My only complaint is that the bread was mediocre. I would definitely recommend this restaurant!

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J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food and service as always. Always enjoy going there and my favorite in the crab cakes!

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RM
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Most enjoyable presentation of early 1700’s American food.

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OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really enjoyed the history here!

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SB
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Meet expections....perfect place to take out of town guests!

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TR
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food, enjoyable atmosphere. Decorum and dress of the staff made you feel you were back in the 18th century. The gentlemen in period dress who visited with everyone and sang a few songs was most entertaining.

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m
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great bar and restaurant! I loved the mileu and characters in Colonial dress. We were even serenaded by one character! It was fun and affordable! I hope to eat there again. You will need a reservation.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We all had a great meal for Mother’s Day. Our server Gloria was really nice.

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GW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The food is always excellent at Gadsby’s, and it’s fun to take visitors to the restaurant because of its history. The service tends to be a bit mediocre, though, and some of the appetizer portions (especially the salmon puff pastry) are very small. The main dishes come with sizeable servings nonetheless. My only other complaint is the lighting tends to be VERY dim. I suppose that’s more authentic, but it makes it hard to read the menu!

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BK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waitress was very nice and took good care of us at lunch. It was very enjoyable.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious and the atmosphere was entertaining. Quiet dining with “Benjamin Franklin” making a guest appearance!

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E
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Eli, our server, was wonderful and the dishes were delicious!

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k
Columbus
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 2Ambience 5

Not as good as it was a decade ago. Service not very good

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PN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 3

Worst food ever. I was so embarassed. I took a friend from out of town. She got roast beef which tasted very old she could not even eat it. My burger was some frozen patty, I was expecting a hand shaped patty from fresh beef. The fries were greasy and limp. Just nasty and waste of $$

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DD
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service was incredible. Portions compared to price is unbeatable!

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VD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such an experience - and for the experience, the food was really good. I wouldn't have expected the two hand in hand.

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Nice atmosphere. Good food and service.
Really need to clean the restrooms. Whoa.

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JZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful lunch in a historic setting. Loved the beef with pickled cabbage and applesauce! Craving it now, while writing this review!

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KH
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So fun and great experience! It was like going back in time

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KB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Our waitress was lovely, really attentive and friendly. I had some friends from out of town and they loved the feel of this place, the staff were wearing period costume and were wonderful. We enjoyed the food as well. All up i would recommend this as a place to take visitors who want to get a feel for old Alexandria.

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SY
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing. The service was wonderful. This historical restaurant is a one of a kind experience.

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RS
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Historical tavern so we wanted to eat where George did. Staff wonderful. Food just ok. Gentleman’s pie delicious. Kids cheeseburger and grilled lamb chops had odd flame broiled taste. Not smoky but like fuel. Bread also was tasty. Just don’t order anything grilled. Room made you feel like stepping back in time.

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AF
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

We had a birthday dinner for 9 on a Saturday night. We had an early reservation at 6 pm. The tables were not set up for us when we arrived but it was only about a five minute wait. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. Once the sun set, it was very dark inside the restaurant, but I suppose that is keeping in the theme of a historic tavern. Overall the food was good and service was good but I wouldn't recommend it for a large group.

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JS
Pinehurst
7 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Love this place!

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S
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great period restaurant, with old world recipes and friendly servers.

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KG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to take out-of-town guests for a combination of history and good food. Crab cakes were excellent!

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

I wanted a quiet evening, but there was a party next to our table

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K
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Gatsby's was a very nice candle lite dinner. The food was good and the service was nice.

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MF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great experience!

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GR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We enjoyed Easter Brunch at Gadsby's for the first time. The food was good and a great value. Ambiance terrific. Service was relaxed but good. Made for a nice occasion.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My mother has trouble with stairs and I always make a note on the reservation that she can't do too many stairs. Gadsby's Tavern was the first place that called the day before to let us know where the handicap entrance was. And when we were seated, the hostess told us where the handicap restroom was. The food was phenominal, but these little kindesses are monumental when trying to find places to eat.

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M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

I had gone here years ago and really enjoyed the atmosphere and especially the speaker who came to the table with a historical talk about this date in colonial times. I made this reservation to take our daughter who is a history major from William and Mary and holds a master in museum studies from George Washington University and the actor’s portrayal of a colonial inhabitant was main reason for going. Unfortunately there was no speaker. This was very disappointing. The atmosphere was nice, very similar to the taverns in Williamsburg, but the food was lacking. The peanut soup was bland- I have had much better in Williamsburg. My wedge salad was boring, just a pile of lettuce, a pile of bacon and a pile of blue cheese. My husband enjoyed his gentleman pye. Our waiter was lovely.

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Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Easter Family Vacations

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