Gadsby's Tavern

4.5
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
2113 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
American
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.
What 2113 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Quiet
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
K
Denver
36 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful. George Washington ate here many times. I had his favorite meal - duck.

YJ
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We’ve used OpenTable to enjoy restaurants around the country for years. This was our worst OT experience, by far, and my first negative review

Service: We were the first table (2 people) seated when the restaurant opened at 5:30 p.m. After about 15 minutes, our server barely greeted us, and the service was painfully slow all night. It took more than 90 minutes for apps (peanut soup and ham biscuits) and entrees (crab cakes and beef bordelaise). Our sever offered no apology or explanation for the LONG delays, even as others who were seated after us and had a different server had beverages and food before us.

Food: The soup was distinctive and yummy. The crab cakes were good, not great. The beef and mashed potatoes were good, but the entire entree was swimming in at least two tablespoons of butter from the wilted spinach. I couldn’t eat the greasy spinach and the grease made the entire dish unappealing. I would have returned the meal for a less greasy option, but we had waited so long for the food that I didn’t dare.

Atmosphere: The historic location did not make up for the lackluster service or food.

R
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My parents were visiting and it’s always a fun historic experience to dine in this location. We visited the museum, ice house, and also farmers market. Great experience.

N
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mashed potatoes are delicious and the salmon and duck are great!

OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and spectacular food!!
Thank you!

LM
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a hidden gem. The ambiance is great and the food delicious. The roving period costumed gentleman made us laugh when he joked with all the patrons. It can be a bit loud and a little on the warm side but it just makes it seem authentic. We will go back.
Lisa M

DR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the George Washington Favorite, the orange duck. And the pork chops are really,really thick.

AM
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t get enough of this place. I will visit here every single time I visit Alexandria. There’s nothing better than being taken back into time through the lens of this incredible place.

YP
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Friendliness of staff was good...we arrived earlier than reservation but hostess accommodated us which was excellent.
Ambience for the period was great!
All of that was brought down to an less than average for the ladies of our party by one trip to the "Necessaries". Very unkept and dirty.

DM
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Server got busy toward the end of our stay. Gone for quite a while. Got the impression there wasn't enough staff. Otherwise, enjoyed our experience.

L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great way to enjoy real old Towne history and the food is Amazing!

A
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

I had been to Gadsby's Tavern about 8 years ago and really enjoyed it so we came back. This time it was incredibly noisy, tables too close together and my duck was very tough. So, I'm not sure I would recommend it to anyone.
However, our appetizers were good, the bread was great and my husband's meal was good. Just too loud and we felt too closed in. Staff are too be commended. Either they were short staffed or busier than expected but they worked very hard.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Takes you back in time to the 1700’s. They Had an actor who spoke in the old English dialect and he did a speech but also walked around and talk to each of the tables. so amazing! The food was incredible and the service was right on

B
Columbus
34 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Alexandria four to five times in the past and always wondered about Gadsby's but had a chance to eat here. I finally was able to on a work trip to DC and it was amazing! I had the Gentleman's Pye- it was rich with perfectly cooked lamb and beef. So delicious!

OT
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful historic building

CG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food which was matched and then some by the service including assistance to my party, which included a person with mobility problems, by the hostess who told us about a restroom on the dining floor and later carried a folding transport chair down the venue’s steps, these moments of heightened consideration and sensitivity were incredibly helpful and appreciated.

JH
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute place in Old Town Alexandria. We really enjoyed the service, and the food was delicious. We had a 2yo with us and they were very accommodating. Highly recommend trying the Gentlemen’s Pye.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overpriced really and unfortunately the food was bland

LA
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great colonial experience at reasonable prices. Loved the entertaining colonial character who visited tables with his humorous anecdotes.

MA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very nice ambiance . It was not very busy the night we went there.

JM
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening with very good food and service. Enjoyed our first night in town.

RI
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! We were celebrating our engagement! :)

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Angely was awesome. Food and ambiance were great.

RB
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This place was great from the location to the food, service...I can’t wait to visit again!

CC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was a nice place but not as lively as we were looking for.

LC
Denver
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and AMAZING food. We went with a party of eight (including two toddlers) and couldn’t not have been happier with the experience.

CF
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gloria was a wonder waiter and the food was outstanding. Can’t wait to go back in winter for some of the menu items.

TK
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food tasted fantastic, the portion unbelievable and the cost reasonable. The server was great.

d
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Historic site, good atmosphere, very friendly and excellent service. Enjoyed the meal very much, salmon cooked perfectly.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Owner was very friendly.

OT
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal in a wonderful, old-world atmosphere. The service was excellent; very attentive.

JM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and terrific atmosphere

SH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very yummy and relaxed atmosphere as compared to many of the other restaurants on King Street.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was 10 stars. Food was 10 stars. Will be back soon

AA
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Visited Gadsby's based on high ratings and was highly disappointed. The service was ok, but the food was mediocre and quite bland.

t
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Nice setting, but things look a bit run down....I was there during Restaurant Week and expected a nice little lunch. Salad was nice but the chicken sandwich was very tough...hard to cut even with a knife and fork! My friend's peanut soup tasted like melted peanut butter...thick and overpowering! Very disappointing....

NT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gadsby’s was very accommodating and made our 1 year Anniversary very special. Thank you!

F
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

During restaurant week, we had brie en croute and ham biscuits for appetizers, salmon and prime rib for entrees, and bread pudding and English trifle for desserts, all of which were very good. Service was a bit inattentive. 18th cent. decor and museum next door were a plus. Also, $1 garage parking on weekends, but 5% meal tax added to 6% sales tax!

NA
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a marvelous time! Brunch choices were excellent and Eli was superb! The atmosphere is relaxed and allows for fun interaction with the period-dressed servers.

AY
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful period-dressed staff, great food in portions that are not gigantic, and a beautifully historic building. Highly recommend!!

1
2
3
53