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Gadsby's Tavern

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138 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3278 (Cameron Street)
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We selected Gadsby's Tavern for our very first dinner in Alexandria. I selected it based upon other reviews and the historical nature of the restaurant. Overall, the food was very average--perhaps below average. My wife's pork chop was tough and dry while my pan seared trout was tasteless. While the servers were dressed in period style, the service was equally... More 

Thank Ted G
West Newbury, Massachusetts
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94 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Ate here based on the reviews and the historical write ups on this tavern. It is still set up like it was 250 years ago with the goal to create a period restaurant. IT WORKED. We felt like George Washington or Thomas Jefferson were going to walk in (both have been here). The service and the food were both excellent.... More 

Thank firemarshalbill1
Richmond, Virginia
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155 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We always enjoy a meal here. It is fun and in period. Washington ate here, Jefferson held a Ball here .. And it is still active! It is always busy too which says a lot. Jeannie was our server and she helped make our experience more fun. We were celebrating our anniversary this weekend and they helped make it fun... More 

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295 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

...although we had booked we were greeted with some confusion at the desk. Its a messy entrance set up and dont expect any special welcome. The interior is meant to be Georgian, aka scruffy. But once settled we were delighted with the attention and the quality of the food and service. An enjoyable good value meal and we would recommend.

Thank exbiztraveller
Portland, Oregon
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170 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not a bad place, menu features period food and ales as well as more modern offerings (I looked in vain for a Ben Franklin Burger), staff wear period costume but are friendly despite this. Worth a visit while the food is reasonable but nothing special.

Thank cumbria_lake
Hillsborough, New Jersey
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75 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was very good - Meat Loaf, Beef Bordelaise, and Pork Chop were the entrees for our table and The Peanut Soup is also recommended; Service was great; our server took the time to answer our questions about the menu. The only problem we had was we were jammed into the middle of the dining round, surrounded by other diners,... More 

Thank Chetski0722
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I arrived precisely at their opening time (11:30). No staff members were present in the reception area so we waited a few minutes. At approximately 11:35 a tour bus arrived with around 30-40 tourists. This group was attended to first, despite us being their earlier. After waiting 5-10 minutes for the staff to seat the tour group,... More 

Thank Tmichaelmac
Madisonville, LA
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126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really cool old place where Washington and Jefferson once held functions. Had candles burning at lunch as it was raining outside. Very rustic feel. I had Reuben which was excellent. With had stewed chicken puff pastry which she said was good. Also had rum spiked cider which was a nice touch on a gloomy day. Service quick and efficient. Wait... More 

Thank JimR459
West Palm Beach, Florida
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117 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The wife and I went here for dinner after a tour of the museum. She had the lamb chops and I had the prime rib. We both felt the meal was excellent and the beer was good. We also had the Brie and French Onion Soup for an appetizer. No dessert. Service was good as well. This restaurant does it... More 

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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You may go to Gadsby's to eat where George Washington once ate. The good news is that you will be pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and selection of area brews. Food is nostalgic meat and potatoes pub fare that is very good and portions are plentiful. Atmosphere will take you back to the days when George may... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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
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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