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Gadsby's Tavern

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138 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3278 (Cameron Street)
11:00 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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Columbus, Ohio
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92 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I will say that by far the best thing about this place was how beautifully historic the building is. It's more about the experience with the servers dressed up in colonial attire and dinner by candlelight. The food was OKAY. It was just average and plain at best. We went for restaurant week. The rolls were burnt. The Prime Rib... More 

1 Thank Tonysk8s
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

Thank Nicholas K
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank tabernaclegal
Denver, CO
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank chrisnglenn
Longmont, Colorado, United States
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

1 Thank Kimberly R
Plymouth, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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 

Thank Lisa H
Madison, Wisconsin
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69 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016 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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195 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016

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.

Thank Nicole R
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016

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.

Thank Julie G

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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, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
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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