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“Unusual place, enjoyed good food”
Review of Gadsby's Tavern

Gadsby's Tavern
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Ranked #6 of 766 Restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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.
Reviewed June 22, 2013

This tavern has been here for hundreds of years. The staff dress in traditional costume and talk about the ghosts in the building. We sat in a very old room with picture rails, coat hooks and a big fireplace while they played mood music. The menu was mixed with salads, soups, meat etc trying to recreate the atmosphere of the time. The food was good and my DH can recommend the traditional ales. It was empty unfortunately with no atmosphere but would be fantastic if filled with people. I was nervous eating here after dragging in my party of 4 and nobody in but we really enjoyed ourselves.

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Reviewed June 18, 2013

We ate at Gadsby's one night after a long day in D.C. There was a WONDERFUL Italian gentleman that sat us. He chatted and long story short gave my daughter her meal for free because she didn't like the mac n cheese. He also gave her an AMAZING dessert-pudding, fresh fruit and cake. SO YUMMY! The food was great. The Italian Man who sang gets a thumbs up-highly recommend the restaurant just to experience him!!

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Reviewed June 2, 2013

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.

Thank Leah0704
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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.

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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.

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