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“Forget history, it's all about the food” 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 #15 of 42 Attractions in Alexandria
Type: History Museums, Museums
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.
Holland, Ohio, United States
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“Forget history, it's all about the food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We visited in July of 2006 and Jan of 2007. Both times our meals were better than any meal we had eaten at any other independent or chain restaurant ever. The historic element serves a purpose all its own, but you do not have to be reminiscent of history to visit Gadsby's. They could move to a 21st century office building with sterile walls and cold atmosphere and still deliver delicious entrees.

Visited March 2012
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Annandale, Virginia
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“An Interesting Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Has old-time foods you don't see anywhere nowadays. Brings you back to the days of Colonial Virginia. Good place to bring out of town guests.

Visited January 2013
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“A Definite Must See For Visitors”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

This is one of the oldest, most historic buildings and working restaurant in the city. If you are a vistor, stop by and check it out, have lunch, or dinner. The Tavern serves period food with menus fit for George Washington and Lafayette. The tours run daily and they are restoring the old ice house on the corner. Take the tour and then wonder around Old Town to see the other historic sites. John Carlyle house is just around the corner.

Visited October 2012
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“A Great Historic Touch for Lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

Setting was authentic and the food was very appetising and reasonably priced. My wife enjoyed the General Washington porter beer. Staff were friendly

Visited December 2012
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“Candlelight tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

We went a candlelight tour the weekend of December 7. It was alot of fun with oldtime dancing demo. We did not eat. It was closed for the tour

Visited December 2012
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