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Gadsby's Tavern

138 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3278 (Old Town)
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Ranked #52 of 647 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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Camano Island, Washington
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We decided to try Gadsby's Tavern because of its history. We ordered the duck dinner. It took twenty to thirty minutes to get our food. The food was plentiful and delicious. We could not finish it all. They also serve three beers based on recipes by Washington, Jefferson and Ben Franklin. i chose the Thomas Jefferson and it was quite... More

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Overland Park, KS
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122 reviews 122 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I was really excited to visit Gadsby's and take in the history of this establishment. Instead, I have to say I had one of the most mundane and 'average' meals that I've had in a long time. No mention of the history of the place or significance beyond the sign out front and fact that the servers happened to be... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We stopped in for lunch while family was in town visiting because we wanted to go somewhere historic and uniquely Alexandrian. Gadsby's Tavern did not disappoint. We moved here recently and this was on our list of places we wanted to try soon. We ordered the crab cakes, fish and chips (crispy cod), and the roast beef and Brie sandwich.... More

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Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

While we were exploring Alexandria we came upon the Gadsby's Tavern. We had to try it that night. When you enter the restaurant - - it was such a delight to see everyone dressed in costumes. It just made the start of our dining experience exciting. The wait staff was wonderful. They explained how the dishes were from he 18th... More

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Avon Lake, Ohio
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52 reviews 52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We dined at Gadsbys on a recent trip to Alexandria and loved it. It was a wonderful dining experience in a historical tavern that both Washington and Jefferson visited. The food and service was excellent. I also had one of the best cosmos I have ever had. Loved the setting, loved the food. What more could you want?

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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We felt like we got the true Old Town experience at Gadsby's. The restaurant seems like it was straight out of the 18th century inside and out. There were some electric light fixtures, but the place was mostly lit by candles. I love when I feel like I was taken back in time, and this restaurant succeeded in this. We... More

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Orlando, Florida
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We have dined at Gadsby's Tavern a few times and each time is a thrill! This restaurant is authentic providing a very historical experience of the time that our country's founding president George Washington and others may have dined. This trip was important for our daughter, since she is in fifth grade and studying American history this year. She LOVED... More

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1,209 reviews 1,209 reviews
808 restaurant reviews
530 helpful votes 530 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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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193 reviews 193 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 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

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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