Shaw's Crab House Oyster Bar - Chicago

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72 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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.

C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

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.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fathers Day

E
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

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

MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

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

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

LC
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

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

GA
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. I will definitely be back.

OT
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great first brunch experience at Shaw’s.

EM
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

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!

OT
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

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??

EW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

DM
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 3Ambience 1

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

AJ
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sunday Brunch!

MR
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

NT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome as always

OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We had a pleasant lunch the day after Thanksgiving

SW
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

JW
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

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.

C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

Thanks shaw’s

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Shaw's Sunday Brunch is how brunch should be. A seafood lover & brunch lover's dream come true all in one place!

R
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Shaw's has a great brunch available both on Saturdays and Sundays. All the choices I had were super except for the Oysters, which were very small but tasty. The were a type I had not had before. Plymouth Rock. This is being a bit picky since everything else was excellent. Loads of Breakfast and Lunch choices. Well worth the money.

C
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The place is the spot in Chicago to eat sea food. Good location and excellent service.

OT
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Remind me never to eat there on a Sunday with the brunch going on.

HL
Miami
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the brunch! Soooo much crab! Definitely going back!

R
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

My family and I enjoyed our EASTER brunch. I didn't approve 20 dollar charge for a 2 year old .

J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The food was good in a nice atmosphere but I guess I was confused. The Schaumburg location was $55 pp and the downtown $79. Thats a big difference for easter brunch. The champagnes were over over over priced too. We ended up spending 800 + tim for 6 people at Easter. I thnk thats a little high

SM
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

I was looking forward to Brunch for my Born day. I was highly disappointed at how inconvenient the food was set up and how disorganized Shaw's staff was. I've been to Shaw's several times and I've never received this type of service.

ME
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is the best brunch in Chicago. Food is wonderful and service is always excellent.

PB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

It was New Years Eve. Last Seating, wasn't very festive. Band was pretty good. Waiter seemed like he didn't want us there. Sushi very good, Seafood Salad good but one piece of lobster tasted "off". Oysters were top notch.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We had a great time!

MZ
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A Chicago classic -lunch on Christmas Eve, lots of fun. Great atmosphere, fresh oysters and great seafood choices. It is a little pricey but the value is definitely there.

K
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a great time , food is good every time . We did have to wait 40 min with a reservation

TT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Went for Thanksgiving buffet with a group of 6. Service was very good. Food was good overall. Oyster was small fresh but not bad but not impressiveg but considering it was buffet was acceptable. King crab and shrimp was top notch as well as turkey, stuffing, green beans. Will come back.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Love This Place!!! I trust the quality of their seafood, never disappoints...always fresh!!!
One of best places in town!

NH
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

quality restaurant and service. Great seafood, especially for weekend brunch.

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