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Gadsby's Tavern

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138 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3278 (Cameron Street)
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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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94 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took my wife's family out to DC on a family tour of the US. Most of the group wasn't from the US and they wanted to experience US history. Gadsby's is located nearby - just a state away. I thought the place would be perfect. Think 1776 war of independence experience. At night, everything is is lit only by... More 

Thank Bernard G
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116 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When you walk in you are greeted by staff in period costumes from the 1800's. They claim that this was one of George Washington's favorite restaurants. The interior is pretty and looks like it probably did in the 1800's. it is very charming. I was with a group of eight and everyone was very happy with their food. I chose... More 

Thank CKay711
Los Angeles, California, United States
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41 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate dinner at Gadsby's on our last night in Alexandria. The restaurant is larger than I expected - it has at least three Colonial-style rooms that I could see. We sat in the "back room" which had a fireplace (I think all of the rooms have a fireplace, actually!). Walking into the tavern, you immediately feel like you're stepping... More 

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Lawrenceburg, Indiana
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164 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After a bustling tour schedule in Washington DC it was wonderful to slip back and slow down at the highly recommended historical "Gadsby's Tavern". Beautifully restored, the menu and wait staff contribute to the Early American theme. It's more than a gimmick here, as the personality of our "host"...John Douglas Hall...unobtrusively and entertainingly engaged guests in conversation that took us... More 

Thank jbla1951
McLean, United States
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The service was MOST horrendous as the restaurant had at MOST 7 tables of customers on a Sunday evening. I took my 14 year-old step-son there for dinner and our server could not even remember to bring 2 Sprites (a second for me) then my order was not what I ordered. The server was MIA and in-attentive as he would... More 

1 Thank Allison M
American Fork, Utah
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91 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For me, no trip to Washington D.C., or to Alexandria, is complete without a meal at Gadsby's Tavern restaurant where, in the past, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson also ate. I just love the authentic colonial atmosphere. I ate dinner here several years ago, and really enjoyed the experience of eating by candlelight. This trip, we were there for lunch,... More 

1 Thank Freba
Burlington, North Carolina
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89 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We made reservations for our visit and were actually seated a few minutes early. The restaurant staff wore period clothing, which added to the ambiance of the place. Based on the menu and price, we expected the restaurant to be more formal than it was, but there were patrons there who were dressed very casually. The food was outstanding! We... More 

1 Thank Jennifer T
Galion, Ohio
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34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved the chicken salad sandwiches. Our waitress was dressed in Colonial costume and George Washington actually ate here.

Thank Grant G
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great atmosphere, but incredibly mediocre food. Take the tour at the Museum next door instead. It's way more interesting.

1 Thank K2beachguy
Denver, Colorado
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had the best time here! Our group had 10 women so we were in a separate room. Several ladies ordered the rum punch and liked it very much. The Seafood Newburg was very good - not too saucy. What made the evening over-the-top fantastic was the re-enactment by John Douglas Hall. He was extremely engaging and funny - we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?