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Gadsby's Tavern

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138 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3278
+1 703-548-1288
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good32%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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138 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3278
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is worth visiting for the historical significance and atmosphere alone but also has pretty good food. Service was also good.

Thank Aquaphine
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to this tavern to have a desert and coffee. The waiter suggested a banana desert and it was excellent!! We will definitely go back!!

Thank Renata C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went here since George Washington ate there and it went with our Mount Vernon theme... the atmosphere is cool. The menu isn't huge but they serve classic food options (we had onion soup, chicken pot pie and a crab cake). Food was good, and...More

Thank Kerri P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I stopped here on a business trip to the area. The history of the building with George Washington and Robert E Lee is amazing. It's cool that it is still standing. And eating in the same spot is a great idea. I also loved my...More

Thank LostALot22
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are looking for the old colonial tavern experience, don't miss Gadsby Tavern. The servers are dressed in period attire, the music is very appropriate, the candle lighting is cool, and the food was way better than we even expected......also fun was the colonial...More

Thank happytraveler66_12
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of our best ever meals! Superb service from our Romanian bar tender and waiter. We are big fans of French onion soup since we always like to compare others to our own. Theirs had a Spanish flavor, Madeira Onion Soup. Past our tastes test...More

1  Thank Island_Joe095
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a neat historical building. Food was very good. There was a person in character from early 1800s who came around to the tables and was entertaining to talk to

1  Thank Carol H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took the family to Alexandria for the weekend, and as usual, had a debate about where to eat dinner on Saturday night. Based on T/A, I chose Gadsby's. Admittedly, I waited too late to find reservations for eight, and Open Table indicated no availability. A...More

1  Thank tkdlr
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This building was built in the 1700s and looks like it. It is poorly maintained, many of the chairs were wobbly, the tables were scratched and ours was dirty with some kind of sticky gooey stuff. The men's restroom looked like a small bomb had...More

1  Thank Ron C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Location: In front of the city Hall a block from King Street. The trolley has a stop on King St. 2 blocks from the waterfront. Arrival for lunch: The front door was heavy, push hard. 3 people in front of me. Line moved fast. The...More

1  Thank teresa3000
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Can a group of 20 order off the menu or do they have to have a fix priced menu?
March 19, 2017|
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Response from DavidLeach124 | Reviewed this property |
I do not know. our group was only 5. however my impression from them is they would accommodate you
Do they accommodate large groups?
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
Do they have
May 5, 2016|
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Response from Hank B | 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$30 - $30
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
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: +1 703-548-1288
  • E-mail
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.