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Gadsby's Tavern

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138 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3278 (Cameron Street)
703-548-1288
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Gadsby's Tavern has been offering fine dining since 1770. Enjoy lunch and...
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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  • 136
    Excellent
  • 107
    Very good
  • 52
    Average
  • 20
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food in an historic setting

We can here on a rainy evening in April looking for something in historic Alexandria and weren't disappointed. The atmosphere was authentic Colonial, as it should be,since Washington and Jefferson dined here. The menu was full of authentic colonial fare. like Peanut Soop. Exotic gourmet fare... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
Dick P
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Paris, France
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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330 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Paris, France
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We can here on a rainy evening in April looking for something in historic Alexandria and weren't disappointed. The atmosphere was authentic Colonial, as it should be,since Washington and Jefferson dined here. The menu was full of authentic colonial fare. like Peanut Soop. Exotic gourmet fare? Not! Interesting Colonial fare in an historic setting served by attentive staff in period... More 

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Huntington, New York, USA
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76 reviews 76 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

The atmosphere of this historic restaurant is colonial and beautiful. The menu is varied, and I was with a group of 7 other friends, and we each had something different, including, prime rib, seafood, vegetarian napoleon and other entrees. The prime rib was HUGE, my vegetarian napoleon was really delicious. The rum punch, made by Alan was one of the... More 

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Hampshire
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60 reviews 60 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Disappointed with food and quiet atmosphere here but service was very friendly and quick. impressed by the French spoken by one of the waiters. The spinach salad lacked imagination: it was a bag of young spinach tipped on to a too small plate, a few cranberries and some slivered almonds thrown over, topped with strips of gruyere with a sweet... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We had dinner here. I ordered George Washington's favorite duck with the peanut soup. The duck was done delightfully. The soup was quite ordinary. The wait staff are all dressed in period costumes, which adds charm to the restaurant.

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Kirkwood, Missouri
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83 reviews 83 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

As soon as we settled in our hotel we walked around the corner to Gadsby's Tavern for a late lunch. We were seated right away and welcomed by a young man dressed like Samuel Adams. It was a Friday during lent so we both ordered Ale Battered Cod. This was wonderful fish served with hand cut fries and cole slaw.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1,141 reviews 1,141 reviews
567 restaurant reviews
323 helpful votes 323 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This place is pretty good. Waitstaff are friendly and accommodating, food was good, but the awesome German chef they had is no longer there, and they have not found a replacement in the last two years. We both got the peanut soup and Salamungundy salad, which was fine. Go for the ambience and the history.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Make sure you get off the trendy King street and visit this tavern, even just for a beverage. It's a time warp and even the staff dress in 18th century attire. History is everywhere in this area, make a bit of your own by stopping into Gadsby's while in town!

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Denver, CO
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Let's face it, you don't go here to get great food. You go because it's so old, and The stories are legendary. George Washington held his birthday there in 1799 for goodness sakes. If it's good enough for George, it's good enough for me. The food is fine...,we tried to stay with foods we don't typically see in restaurants. The... More 

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Greer, South Carolina
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64 reviews 64 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We enjoyed our short visit to Old Towne Alexandria. This restaurant is a must for anyone visiting. As with all the area restaurants, expect to pay in the 3 area. The food and service is very good.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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65 reviews 65 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This was the most expensive meal we ate in Old Town, but the atmosphere was fun, old building, costumed servers, etc. We were treated to a comedian costumed in 1815 dress. He was quite funny while maintaing the manners and speech pattern of 1815.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 138 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3278
    (Cameron Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria
  • Phone Number: 703-548-1288

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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