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Gadsby's Tavern

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$$ - $$$
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138 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3278 (Cameron Street)
+1 703-548-1288
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Stuttgart, Germany
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50 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2015

Dropped by for lunch after visiting the attatched museum. I tried the Peanut Soup, because it was Washington's favorite. It was strange but not bad. Not really my cup of tea. Other than the soup I enjoyed all of the food and it was not at all expensive. It was very quaint and the decor was nice. The wait staff... More 

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Centennial, Colorado
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2015

We arrived around 7pm on a weekday. A party was in the blue room, and we were seated in the small dining room by the bar. We had to ask to be moved to the center of the room since it was very cold and drafty by the side door. The waiter behaved as if we were a burden; he... More 

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Bentonville, Arkansas
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

We are at Gadsby's on a whim, and we were not disappointed. The food was good, but our waiter was great. He took time to give us background on the tavern and surrounding area. Plus, the first 5 presidents ate there!

Thank travelgirlar25
Fredericksburg, VA
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146 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2015

The food here is fine and reasonably priced. You can make reservations at OpenTable. We got some breakfast for just under $10 per person. This isn't private dining -- tables are close together and there are no booths. The point here is to be in the space where several US presidents have been. Eating here gets you a discount on... More 

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Elk Grove, California
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103 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2015

Tavern is next to a museum. Love the building and its history, but you may want to pass on the meal. While most of the food was solid but not spectacular, the service was very average. Pass on the steak.

Thank Keith L
Panama City, Panama
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54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2015

This restaurant is very pretty. I liked the antique decor and the fact that the staff were wearing colonial costumes. However, the food was not as good as I expected. The French Onion soup was above average. However, the oysters I ordered were soggy and flavorless.

1 Thank Kim C
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2015

We liked the peanut soups and the walnut salad. However, the meal that supposedly George Washington loved is way too sweat, it was like eating sugar coated duck. The Gentleman's pie was good. Our waitress was a friendly lady. Even though the food isn't that great, I still recommend checking this place out.

Thank Sylvana F
Visalia, California, United States
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2015

For a relaxing laid back experience Gadsby's is great. The ambiance and food are wonderful. The crowd is friendly and everything about it is memorable.

2 Thank Darryl F
Radford, Virginia
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2015

Stopped in after seeing a sign for this restaurant. There is the added appeal of the ice cellar and other historical information. The food was wonderful. The staff was engaged and attentive. The atmosphere was charming. We sat in the courtyard area as it was a beautiful day. We will return. Looked like a nice place to hold an event.

Thank KJ S
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2015 via mobile

Went to lunch. I got the crispy fish and my wife the crab cake. Both were good. Very quaint 18th century atmosphere. Definitely worth a look.

1 Thank Nathan K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids
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
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?