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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, Brunch, 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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  • 140
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    Very good
  • 53
    Average
  • 21
    Poor
  • 16
    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
Washington would have been disapointed

Have been to this historic restaurant several times and never experienced the noise level that we did on this visit (5/14/15). We were seated in the first room inside the front door as the main dinning room was being used for wedding dinner. With at least two talbles of 10 close by and all other... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
MR B
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Mission Viejo, California
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Southern England
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Eating here is stepping back in time to George Washingtons era. The staff are all dressed in period costumes and the menu has dishes similar to those offered in his time. A real experience. Service and food all very good.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Disappointing. The waiter had zero warmth. George Washington's dish of duck was very tough. The ham biscuits appetizer was good. This was our anniversary and should have gone to Vermillion's!

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Nagoya, Japan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

My daughters, a friend and I had dinner at Gadsby's on Mother's Day. My friend had the Filet Mignon and she loved it--very tender and grilled perfectly. I ordered the Shellfish Newberg, it was delicious. My oldest daughter had Lemon Chicken and the youngest the Salmon--both really liked their dishes. But what I liked best was my dessert--the Banana Bread... More 

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Akron, Ohio
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

We had reservations, but arrived 30 minutes early to an empty restaurant, to be told to return in 30 minutes. There was a table just finishing up dessert. We were confused, but complied, and left. When we returned, the restaurant was full and our host was nowhere to be found. We asked a costumed staff member, and he tried to... More 

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Virginia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

I can only comment on the Tavern's restaurant part of the building. The museum was closed the day we were there. The furnishings fit in with the time period when this was built. The servers are dressed in period costumes, answered questions about the building, and were attentive The food is quite good with homemade applesauce, homemade bread, peanut soup,... More 

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Mission Viejo, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

Have been to this historic restaurant several times and never experienced the noise level that we did on this visit (5/14/15). We were seated in the first room inside the front door as the main dinning room was being used for wedding dinner. With at least two talbles of 10 close by and all other tables in use, you had... More 

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I love the food and the history and the colonial attire of the wait staff. The food (most important) is excellent. I had prime rib with whipped potatoes and an excellent array of perfectly cooked vegetables and the best creamed horseradish sauce I may have ever tasted. The Tavern Salad and Sally Lunn bread were magnificent and the gingerbread with... More 

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We enjoyed the food made from vintage recipes & the history of the building. The museum was not open so we couldn't see that which was disappointing. But the food was tasty although service was slow. I only counted 5 people dining so there was no reason for that. We went specifically because of its connection with George Washington which... More 

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Columbia, Maryland
Top Contributor
137 reviews 137 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This was one of the stops we made while on a coach tour with Country Travel Discoveries. The group of 30+ were served quickly and efficiently. My wife and I had their fish & chips, which was very good but not the best we have had. Good piece of cod, but with breading that was a bit thick.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 via mobile

I was really looking forward to eating at this restaurant because I am a big history buff. The server we had kinda killed for me though. The food was good but his attitude was not. If you decide to try it out I hope your experience is better.

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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, Pub

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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