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“Needs some housecleaning.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Gadsby's Tavern

Gadsby's Tavern
138 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3278 (Old Town)
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Ranked #52 of 647 Restaurants in Alexandria
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
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.
Brownsville, Maryland
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Needs some housecleaning.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

This restaurant could use an updating of it's restrooms. The stairway leading down to them was quite dirty. The service was slow, the food mediocre. The staff was more than nice, and the drinks good. I hope they can do some upgrades to make it a better dining experience.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Top Contributor
145 reviews 145 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 58 cities Reviews in 58 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
“Unusual place, enjoyed good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

This tavern has been here for hundreds of years. The staff dress in traditional costume and talk about the ghosts in the building. We sat in a very old room with picture rails, coat hooks and a big fireplace while they played mood music. The menu was mixed with salads, soups, meat etc trying to recreate the atmosphere of the time. The food was good and my DH can recommend the traditional ales. It was empty unfortunately with no atmosphere but would be fantastic if filled with people. I was nervous eating here after dragging in my party of 4 and nobody in but we really enjoyed ourselves.

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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful Italian Man”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

We ate at Gadsby's one night after a long day in D.C. There was a WONDERFUL Italian gentleman that sat us. He chatted and long story short gave my daughter her meal for free because she didn't like the mac n cheese. He also gave her an AMAZING dessert-pudding, fresh fruit and cake. SO YUMMY! The food was great. The Italian Man who sang gets a thumbs up-highly recommend the restaurant just to experience him!!

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Montgomery, Alabama, United States
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“A Bit of History, Good Food, and Great Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013 via mobile

Is there any other place to dine after a day touring Mount Vernon? After marveling about all of George Washington's accomplishment and touring his estate, we decided to have dinner at Gadsby's Tavern where he and Martha frequented. Thomas Jefferson had his Inauguration at this restaurant as well. We started our meal with the baked Brie...very yummy. I expected it to be sweeter with more jam. For our entrees we shared the crab cakes and duck. Both were good. Not the best we ever had but satisfying. For dessert we had the Berry Heaven and Trifle. Both were tasty and a great way to end a wonderful meal.

Visited June 2013
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Fort Lauderdale
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Worth a look but skip the food!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

We have visited Alexandria several times and have dined in many wonderful restaurants - this is not one of them. The history and quaint ambience of the tavern are the only things worth the visit. The appetizer recommended by or server was a "puff pastry" filled with a paste of ground ham, crab and salmon supposedly. Just ok. The "jumbo crab cakes" were actually horrible. Dry, 1/2 bread crumbs, no flavor at all and lukewarm. A huge waste for the $26 price. Sides were cold mashed potatoes and steamed veggies both with no seasoning at all. My husband's sauteed spinach had so much salt it had to be remade. The waiter apologized for the "lackluster meal" and provided free dessert which again was just "ok" - a vanilla berry trifle. Visit but don't eat here - save your money for other truly excellent dining choices in Alexandria.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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