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“Great Tavern for Lunch” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gadsby's Tavern Museum

Gadsby's Tavern Museum
134 N. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Old Town)
703-746-4242
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Ranked #11 of 69 things to do in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Dining
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Owner description: Discover Alexandria’s five-star hotel of the 18th century! Gadsby’s Tavern Museum consists of the c. 1785 tavern and the 1792 City Tavern and Hotel. The buildings were constructed by John Wise, but made famous by John Gadsby. Mr. Gadsby’s establishment was the center of political, business, and social life in Alexandria and hosted the likes of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Today the Museum offers tours, programs and special events.
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“Great Tavern for Lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

Eat where george ate! I had the cod and enjoyed it very much. Price was on the high side, but it is history that you are paying for. On the outside of the tavern, they were digging up the old "ice house" and restoring it. It was worth seeing.

Visited October 2012
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“Nice little slice of history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

We went to Gadsby's Tavern Museum on Smithsonian Free Museum day. It was the end of a very busy day of tours -- our guide was tired, but she still gave it her all. The tour lasted about a half hour. I see on the website that it's normally $5 admission, and I think it's worth it. Interesting and not overwhelming historical visit.

Visited September 2012
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“A glimpse of 18th century life!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

We got a tour of this place for about $5 a person on a Monday afternoon. The guide, Mary, was very knowledgeable and the tour, while short, was informative about the way people lived in the 18th century. We didn't eat here (it was 3 pm when we visited), but the place certainly looks charming and the next time we're in Alexandria we'd love to stop.

Visited August 2012
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“A rare historic restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

We were told that we needed to have reservations to get in here, and they were right. The staff went above and beyond friendly. The owner was very nice and came back to talk with us several times. They had two large proivate parties the night we were in there,so the ambiance may have been a little differnet than usual. The food was not to my taste, but I am fussy. My wife loved it. Eating in a restaurant where you know Washington and other founding fathers ate is a real experience.

Visited August 2012
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“Cute little place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

We had a lovely tour of the tavern, and even were able to play "hide the thimble!". It's cute for about an hour - without hiding the thumble - 30 minutes!

Visited August 2012
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