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Gadsby's Tavern

138 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3278 (Old Town)
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Ranked #54 of 648 restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Old Town
Cross street: Cameron Street
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.
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72% Recommend
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  • English first
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English first
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1,137 reviews 1,137 reviews
770 restaurant reviews
473 helpful votes 473 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

My wife and I had lunch here during a group tour of Old Town Alexandria. Gadsby's Tavern was built in 1785. Englishman John Gadsby operated this tavern from 1796 to 1808. Mr. Gadsby's establishment was a center of political, business, and social life in early Alexandria. The tavern was the setting for dancing assemblies, theatrical and musical performances, and meetings... More

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Buffalo, New York
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113 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

We stopped in for a traditional beer and light snack. Absolutely live the historic ambience and experience. This is a great place. Just imagine historically significant dinners of years past, including George Washington himself. I would urge everyone to stop buy.

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Dayton, Ohio
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

I joined a large group of coworkers at this landmark Old Town Alexandria eatery that could easily be termed a museum of colonial dining. Several dishes on the menu purportedly mirror their 1780's origins so closely, you could readily imagine you're dining with old George W (the FIRST, not the 43d) himself. While my path was a culinary dead end... More

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Being a history buff, I was excited to have dinner in this historic building. The dinner was fine, nothing spectacular, and somewhat pricey (though the bread was really good). The waitress was pleasant in a lackluster, spacey way. What I found most disappointing was that there was no emphasis on the building's history. Some materials on the table to tell... More

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Cornwall, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This is definitely a tourist attraction more than it is a fine restaurant. The service was good. The food however, was served warm and flavourless.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

My daughter attends GWU in Washington DC, so we almost always stay in Alexandria VA when my wife and I come to visit. Gadsby's Tavern had always been a required meal whenever we are here. When we were here over the Christmas holiday, we toured the building by day, and dined here in the evening. We were delighted not just... More

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Mesa, Arizona
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67 reviews 67 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We had a great experience from the service to the food to the atmosphere. We had no problem making reservations for dinner and we were seated promptly in the main dining area by the bar. My wife ask if there was a favorite place that George Washington used to request. They re-seated us in the back dining room in front... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I've been here twice now. The first meal I got did not agree with me much. Not sure why. The stew-type meat was quite tough. The place is sort of plain as Colonial places can be, but it is AUTHENTIC. No fake electric candles here. Wood floors, wood paneling, Reasonably authentic dishware and cutlery. You don't HAVE to eat Colonial... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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68 reviews 68 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Stopped here for lunch with a colleague. I ordered the fish and chips, which was excellent. The staff were rather slow though, and weren't knowledgeable about the historical significance of the site. After trying to remember details, we were offered an info sheet. I was surprised that the condition of the dining area wasn't as clean as expected. There were... More

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Stopped for lunch and had the Gadsby reuben, wife had the roast beef. Both were very good, service was good.Great original style beers. Servers were dressed in period clothing. Only complaint was the large spoons were made in china, everything else seemed to be authentic.

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