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“Old World Supper Club Charm”
Review of Shaw's Crab House

Shaw's Crab House
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Ranked #38 of 11,272 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Near North Side
Cross street: State St.
Description: Big and Bustling, Shaw's Crab House stands as a monument to fish and seafood. Besides the usual popular dishes, Shaw's management team is passionate about presenting treats such as Pacific salmon, fresh king crab, and smelt during their short seasons. Reservations made through Open Table will be for Shaw's Main Dining Room. If you would like to dine in the Oyster Bar, all seating is on a first come first serve basis.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a lovely surprise! From the first greeting to our entry into one of the beautiful, old-school dining rooms, we felt the tradition and values of this place. Our waitress was a delight, offering not just the usual menu suggestions, but a warmth and friendliness that delighted us. The food was excellent and we loved the lobster bisque, oysters (so many choices) and other treats. The crab choices are daunting but all good - read the whole menu before you decide. They also offer an excellent wine list and when our chosen champagne wasn't chilled, we were provided a glass of sparkling till our wine had reached the proper temperature. This place is like an old-world supper club with the elegance so missing in many places. Despite large numbers of diners, it was pretty quiet and you could have a nice chat with your group. We'll have to return if only to try the things we didn't have room to try. They also do a lovely dessert plate for birthdays - I celebrated mine there and we were delighted to have this treat end our meal.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Thank Denise K
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food was good. Our server was very attentive and helpful. Nice ambience! My only complaint is that we ordered the family platter that is supposed to feed 4-5 people, but, it was barely enough for three. A little pricey for the amount of food.

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank drt_sc
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Reviewed September 17, 2019

Advised as the greatest place, I found it clearly over the top. So crowded. Poor service, expect to wait 30mn even if you have a booking. You'll pay for an extra drink, and will get no apologies. Dining room used and heavy. Waiters acting as robots, very cold. At least the food is good but there is no effort made on the presentation. Just average ! bad surprise for me. There are many better places that are not as well known, reallly !!

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank Florian020
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Amanda R, Guest Relations Manager at Shaw's Crab House, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2019

Florian,

Thank you for taking the time to review us, it seems it was not a good visit. Obviously we were not at our best- I apologize that we did not live up to expectations. We would like to make it up to you & invite you to return, if you are willing- please email me directly at aroche@leye.com & I will be happy to make arrangements.

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Reviewed September 17, 2019 via mobile

Their seafood is just fantastic! Service is excellent. The drinks were top notch.
Everything is always perfect at Shaw’s!

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank Windiaredrice1940
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Reviewed September 15, 2019 via mobile

This place is one of Chicago's jewels. The food was extraordinary and the fish really fresh. It was pricey but worth it

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank 7Joaquin
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