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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, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, 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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  • 154
    Excellent
  • 124
    Very good
  • 62
    Average
  • 26
    Poor
  • 17
    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
Atmosphere better than the food

The dining areas are charming, servers are dressed from the Colonial period, and the place is quiet so you can actually hear the conversation at your table. The food is fine to pretty good - nothing stellar or amazing but solid. No one will be offended at the menu. Our srrver was very nice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
Sile365
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Alexandria, Virginia
via mobile
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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English first
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I'm loving it! I feel like I'm connected to our history and the nation. It happens to be restaurant week! Drinking ales of the revolution, starter is the last order or crispy oysters which are perfect! I have my very own waterboy and serenaded by mr. Hall who has charmed me with his old world language and music. Eating on... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Dinner at Gadsby's Tavern after visiting Mt. Vernon--ordered George Washington's favorite dinner, duck with corn pudding. Started the meal with French onion soup with Gruyere cheese, delicious. Enjoyed the duck dinner, the corn pudding was very good, there was a cabbage dish that was not my favorite but interesting. The experience of dining at the tavern just being part of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We had a delightful lunch here yesterday! This is a very attractive historic site - the servers are in colonial attire - service was outstanding! The menu selection was very nice for lunch - my husband and I enjoyed a delicious onion soup, he had a great salad topped with grilled chicken and I loved my beef and melted brie... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful, historic tavern in a beautiful neighborhood. Our waitress was efficient but not very friendly. Our food (we had the duck & the salmon) was okay but nothing great. I wouldn't recommend this place.

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Sunbury, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We stopped in for drinks and appetizers. Nice service, good food and very historic atmosphere. Our server was very gracious and suggested good beer. The wedge salad and crab cakes were awesome.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

As expected a lovely atmosphere and food was good, but ruined but very slow service. Which we were told was due to a large party upstairs ! Our evening could have been so much more enjoyable.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

The dining areas are charming, servers are dressed from the Colonial period, and the place is quiet so you can actually hear the conversation at your table. The food is fine to pretty good - nothing stellar or amazing but solid. No one will be offended at the menu. Our srrver was very nice but the kitchen was slow -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

Went sightseeing around Alexandria with visiting family one Sunday morning a couple weekends ago and found ourselves in front of the tavern so we went in. After a five minute wait we were seated in the original tavern room. The food was great, I had the French toast and loved it. Our server, Aaron, was so nice and answered all... More 

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Chicago,IL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Took the family here while on vacation. I had been here years ago for a business trip, and there were character actors, dressed and acting like they were in the time period of the building. It made it a fun place, and you learned a little about the history of the building. The character actors are what made this place... More 

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Roswell, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

We were visiting old friends on our recent visit. If you would like to experience "colonial ambience," I heartily recommend Gadsby's Tavern. Although not an extensive menu, it does offer variety and includes foods that are more traditional. We had had peanut soup many years ago when we dined in Colonial Williamsburg and it was on Gadsby's menu - and... 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
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: American, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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