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Gadsby's Tavern

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138 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3278 (Cameron Street)
703-548-1288
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I LOVED having dinner here! It's set as if it were back in the colonial era and the food was amazing. I had the George Washington's Favorite (duck) and my wife had the fillet. Both were cooked to perfection.

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Thank Nicholas K
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My first steak was way over done and tough, second one was too rare but all and all everything else was good. Everyone else's food PERFECT.

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Thank tabernaclegal
Denver, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a truly superb meal at Gadsby's Tavern. First, if you drink beer, I highly recommend trying one of the beers of the Revolution. I had the beer made from a recipe attributed to George Washington, and it was fantastic! Wish I could get it out here in Colorado! Dinner was also excellent. I had the roast duck. The... More 

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Longmont, Colorado, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We came from the Georgetown Harbor with the morning ferry to explore Alexandria and have lunch here. It was very empty on a Saturday at 1pm. Just use and another party. The peanuts soup was unusual and tasted like runny peanut butter-not to my liking. Our food was okay, not very memorable. Staff was friendly and looked pleased to have... More 

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Thank Kimberly R
Plymouth, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My friend and I stopped for lunch during a Sunday day trip to Alexandria. Upon entering the restaurant the very young hostess greeted us with a lukewarm hello. She gathered a couple menus and walked us back to a table in the colonial-themed restaurant. The decor is historical and plain. The tables are very scuffed up, probably to appear antiquated.... More 

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Thank Lisa H
Madison, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I feel like Gadsby's was once a great restaurant that has lost it's luster. My family and I ate here tonight and it was just okay. I didn't think the menu was very appealing with $20-30 dinner entrees of standard meals like prime rib and meatloaf. My husband and I ended up ordering each a pastry puff and shrimp. The... More 

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Englewood, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you want to step into history and eat as the founding fathers did, then look no further! Gadsby's is an authentic colonial tavern where Jefferson and Washington frequented. The atmosphere remains colonial and authentic in its decor, wooden tables and chairs, tin charger plates, and evening candlelight. The servers dress in costume, but it isn't in a hokey way.... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The highlight here was the roast beef and brie sandwich. The chicken pot pie was good but not a must-have. It has a puff pastry crust, not a traditional pie crust. The berry heaven was a good, lighter dessert. The service was quite slow.

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Thank Nicole R
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved this restaurant! As we were walking in Old Town Alexandria we accidentally stumbled upon Gatsby's Tavern. With the menu, waiters garb, music and decor we felt transported back to Colonial times. The food was great too.

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Thank Julie G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On a family vacation we stumbled across a great colonial era candlelight dinner. The staff was dressed up making the meal special. The service was great and the food was excellent. Not crowded - which was a huge surprise. This restaurant belongs in Colonial Williamsburg.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
Cuisine
American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?