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Gadsby's Tavern

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Wed, 2/20
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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martha’s puff pastry
chesapeake bay lump crabmeat, smithfield ham, & smoked salmon w/ sweet pickled relish
crock of crispy fried oysters
with house made citrus cocktail sauce & a lemon wedge
baked brie en croute
in puff pastry, stuffed w/ cardamom-spiced apples & finished w/ raspberry coulis & sprinkles of cinnamon & sugar
mini crab cakes
served w/ sweet corn relish & citrus cocktail sauce
hot smithfield ham biscuits
layered w/ mascarpone cheese & fresh raspberry purée
chilled prawn
lightly spiced & served w/ citrus cocktail sauce & a lemon wedge
grilled shrimp
lightly spiced grilled shrimp w/ wilted field greens & finished w/ balsamic glaze
cup 3.5
bowl 6
surrey co. peanut soup
fresh chicken stock simmered w/ roasted peanuts, garlic & ginger
french onion soup
home style stock baked in a crock w/ crouton & melted gruyere
spinach in truffled honey & cider vinaigrette
with dried cranberries, toasted almonds & shaved gruyere
chilled iceberg lettuce wedge
horseradish dressing, ripe tomato & vidalia onion
field greens salad
roasted peanuts, shaved gruyere & white grapes in balsamic vinaigrette
walnut gorgonzola salad
field greens topped w/ walnuts, gorgonzola, red onion & tomato w/ balsamic vinaigrette
prime rib of beef
slow-roasted w/ yorkshire pudding, horseradish sauce, whipped potatoes, & vegetables du jour
grilled filet mignon
dry aged & rubbed w/ herbs & spices, house made demi-glacé, grilled asparagus, whipped potatoes
three double-cut lamb chops
served w/ mint cabernet sauce, herb roasted potatoes & vegetables du jour
beef bordelaise
beef tenderloin tournedos sauteed w/ bordeaux, shallots & fresh thyme; served w/ garlic-scented spinach & whipped potatoes
pork chop
boneless thick-cut pork chop w/ brandied apples, whipped potatoes & vegetable du jour
jumbo lump crab cakes
served w/ vegetable du jour, whipped potatoes topped w/ crispy shoestring onions & roasted red pepper rémoulade
herb-crusted grilled salmon
with sautéed greens & herb roasted potatoes
shellfish newberg
jumbo​ shrimp atop sautéed lump crabmeat, broiled in a rich sherry cream sauce, served w/ risotto & vegetables du jour
catch of the day
meat loaf a la daube
made​ w/ beef & veal w/ port wine & mushroom demi-glace, whipped potatoes & vegetables du jour
george washington’s favorite
grilled​ breast of duck w/ scalloped potatoes, corn pudding, rhotekraut & port wine orange glace
Gentleman’s Pye
a colonial favorite tender cuts of lamb & beef in a savory red wine stew topped w/ whipped potatoes & pastry crust
grilled vegetable napoleon
flame-roasted seasonal vegetables layered w/ imported brie & topped w/ a roasted red pepper puree, served w/ risotto
one-half deboned lemon chicken
served w/ roasted potatoes, sautéed spinach & topped w/ savory pan drippings
sauteed spinach
creamed spinach
steamed asparagus
hand-cut french fries
scalloped potatoes
corn pudding
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.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We wanted to see this historical place, so even though it wasn't time for a meal, we went in for a drink. The staff were dressed in period clothes and were very friendly and enjoyable to talk to. The menu looked good, and the prices...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank norskies
Reviewed January 9, 2019

A lot of history and lots of food. A solid good menu served by staff in period costume in cosy dining areas. The free cupcake starters are great but why do people make stuff that makes me want to eat so much?

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank johnsO3937VW
Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

The food was good and the staff was extremely friendly. But to me, the history behind this place was why we chose to eat here. The food and drinks are priced well for being such a great place... it’s defiantly a good date night experience...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank JohnandJacky
Reviewed December 29, 2018 via mobile

We were a large group looking for a restaurant with a provate space. Gadsby’s was great. They do require a prix fix if the group is large, so it limits your options a bit, but everyone was pleased with the food. Well cooked and seasoned....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank ElieDC
Reviewed December 18, 2018 via mobile

Gadsby's Back Dining Room was the perfect intimate setting for our small group of ladies for our Christmas Luncheon. Server Gloria was amazing as she attended all of us by herself most of the time until the entrees came. Then she was assisted by Manager...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank patriciasowers
Reviewed November 13, 2018 via mobile

What can be better than great food and great company by candlelight? Gadsbys Tavern is in the heart of everything yet away from the crowd. The setting...Olde Towne old home with floor to ceiling windows, fireplace, wax candles on each table, and authentic hardwood floor....More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Rtwodogs
Reviewed October 28, 2018

For those of you who are visiting the DC metro area Gadsby's Tavern is one of those gems tucked away the historic section of Alexandria that you have to visit. The decor is 18th century but the food upscale and delicious. When you are dining...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Ed B
Reviewed October 21, 2018

Two of us passed a few hours in the tavern drinking mimosas and chatting with John Hall, a most interesting person who visited each table to banter. He was simply charming, in his 1700 attire, hired to chat with the customers using old time English...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank midge136
Reviewed October 17, 2018

Took visiting family here for a taste of Colonial Virginia fare and ambience. Overall the experience was still positive, but there is big room for improvement. The atmosphere at dinner was more casual than desired. I know they say it is a "tavern" but the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank TravelPaul2015
Reviewed October 17, 2018 via mobile

If you love history and great food then visiting Gadsby’s tavern is a must. Filled with history, where else can you dine where our founding fathers also dined and drank. The menu has traditional American food selections as well as some selections from the era...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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March 19, 2017|
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Response from CeliacSympathizer | Reviewed this property |
I do not know. our group was only 5. however my impression from them is they would accommodate you
May 7, 2016|
Response from VirginiaRET | Reviewed this property |
Gadsby's Tavern can accommodate groups as large as 100 people in three separate rooms. For groups that large, please give them at least a few weeks notice. Their phone number is 703 548 1288. You'll have a good time if... More
May 5, 2016|
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Response from 244hankb | Reviewed this property |
Do they have...a poor decision making skills, a management team who lies about adjusting your bill: yes they do! Is the food good yes. Do they actually honor reservations made on Open Table/Trip advisor: not really.
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