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“A Bit of History, Good Food, and Great Service”
Review of Gadsby's Tavern

Gadsby's Tavern
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Ranked #6 of 760 Restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Cameron Street
Description: 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.
Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A Bit of History, Good Food, and Great Service”
Reviewed June 2, 2013 via mobile

Is there any other place to dine after a day touring Mount Vernon? After marveling about all of George Washington's accomplishment and touring his estate, we decided to have dinner at Gadsby's Tavern where he and Martha frequented. Thomas Jefferson had his Inauguration at this restaurant as well. We started our meal with the baked Brie...very yummy. I expected it to be sweeter with more jam. For our entrees we shared the crab cakes and duck. Both were good. Not the best we ever had but satisfying. For dessert we had the Berry Heaven and Trifle. Both were tasty and a great way to end a wonderful meal.

Visited June 2013
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Fort Lauderdale
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Worth a look but skip the food!”
Reviewed May 30, 2013 via mobile

We have visited Alexandria several times and have dined in many wonderful restaurants - this is not one of them. The history and quaint ambience of the tavern are the only things worth the visit. The appetizer recommended by or server was a "puff pastry" filled with a paste of ground ham, crab and salmon supposedly. Just ok. The "jumbo crab cakes" were actually horrible. Dry, 1/2 bread crumbs, no flavor at all and lukewarm. A huge waste for the $26 price. Sides were cold mashed potatoes and steamed veggies both with no seasoning at all. My husband's sauteed spinach had so much salt it had to be remade. The waiter apologized for the "lackluster meal" and provided free dessert which again was just "ok" - a vanilla berry trifle. Visit but don't eat here - save your money for other truly excellent dining choices in Alexandria.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank susan7480
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Alexandria, VA
Level 6 Contributor
1,602 reviews
832 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 530 helpful votes
“A Return to the Days of Washington”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

The tavern is an authentic reproduction of the the pub that was a gathering place for the residents of Alexandria before and after the Revolution. It was a favorite of George Washington and become a hub for the northern Virginia colonists who stood firmly for freedom against the English crown. The food is all right, but nothing to brag about. The menu features a good choices of entree including beef, chicken, pork and fish. Colonial specials are scattered throughout the menu (try the peanut soup for a change of pace) to give guests that sense of dining in the late 18th century. A nice variety of desserts will fill out a meal. Decent wine and beer seletions served by a friendly staff clothed in colonial garb. Clearly a tourtis attraction, Gadsby's is not memorable for high quality dining. It is a great place to take visitors to give them a flavor of the prominent historial roots of Alexandria, but not destination for a dinner. Sit back and relax over a good drink or two as you try to connect with the days of the Revolution. After all, the taverns of that period were places to drink and talk rather than to feast on great food.

Visited May 2013
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New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
136 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Historic realness”
Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

Charming dining room with servers dressed in period costumes created a nice atmosphere. Brunch was a good value & tasty. Surprised at untidy back of house & bathrooms.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank BnMadven
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47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Exceeded Expectations.”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

Spent a week in Alexandria while visiting DC, and decided to try Gadsby's one night, mainly for the history. We didn't know what to expect as far as food quality, so we were very surprised at how much we enjoyed our meal. The ambience was fantastic. Service was good, not the best, but solid. The food was the star of this visit. Hubby had prime rib and I had the beef bordelaise. They were both excellent! We also tried the Smithfield ham biscuit appetizer and wedge salad with horseradish dressing...both very good. For dessert we split the original "burnt creme" dessert which we loved. Literally everything about this meal was topnotch. Prices were average for Old Town, which is not cheap. We were expecting a tourist trap, but instead had one of the best meals of our vacation. Highly recommend.

  • Visited May 2013
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