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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 133
    Excellent
  • 104
    Very good
  • 51
    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
Most recent review
Worth the trip

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
The_Diva_Traveler
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Denver, CO
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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323 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Denver, CO
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

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
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

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
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

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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New Concord, Ohio
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We left the city around 3:30pm to drive to Alexandria and visit this location. When we arrived there was a sign posted to the door saying closed for renovations because a sprinkler line had busted. However there website gave no warning and we wasted our afternoon. By the time we got here and walked to the location to see this... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

Lots of history, which brings the loud rambunctious school groups touring DC. Over-priced, fairly slow service, and only fair food. Prime rib and crabs ok. If you want a nice meal with good service go somewhere else. If you only want history and ability to say you ate where Washington ate, then go here.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Where else can you have a lovely meal where George Washington use to eat. Food is always good, and atmosphere is original and period piece from 100+ years ago. In the evenings sometimes you will have dressed up visitors like Ben Franklin visit at your table.

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Liberty, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Colonial, wood floors, wait staff in colonial dress, food was great and reasonably priced. Liked the food, chairs were old and wooden - - may not be comfortable for some.

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

There are lots of places that claim to have that "historic ambiance" -- this one does. From the layout to the decor to the waitstaff dress, Gadsby's is the real deal. Add to that an exceptional menu at a reasonable price and you have the perfect location of a business dinner. For something out of the ordinary, I would suggest... More 

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Central Florida
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Went with a group of 18 co-workers for a dinner. They put us in a private room. It was very nice and comfortable for the large group. The meal was served by people in period correct outfits. The food, service and atmosphere were all fantastic. The old tavern is very cool and of course located in the center of old... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

My wife & I greatly enjoyed our dining experience in the Tavern. The genuine colonial building & setting, colonial-themed outfits worn by the waiters & staff, and colonial food items (e.g., game stew) available on the menu truly set the mood and made for a great treat! The waiters were friendly & efficient. Each of the food items we tried... More 

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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: Doing business, Local cuisine, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?