Wonderful. George Washington ate here many times. I had his favorite meal - duck.
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.
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.
Mashed potatoes are delicious and the salmon and duck are great!
Awesome service and spectacular food!!
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.
I loved the George Washington Favorite, the orange duck. And the pork chops are really,really thick.
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.
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.
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.
What a great way to enjoy real old Towne history and the food is Amazing!
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.
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
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!
Beautiful historic building
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.
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.
Overpriced really and unfortunately the food was bland
Great colonial experience at reasonable prices. Loved the entertaining colonial character who visited tables with his humorous anecdotes.
Very nice ambiance . It was not very busy the night we went there.
Lovely evening with very good food and service. Enjoyed our first night in town.
Wonderful! We were celebrating our engagement! :)
Our waitress Angely was awesome. Food and ambiance were great.
This place was great from the location to the food, service...I can’t wait to visit again!
It was a nice place but not as lively as we were looking for.
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.
Gloria was a wonder waiter and the food was outstanding. Can’t wait to go back in winter for some of the menu items.
The food tasted fantastic, the portion unbelievable and the cost reasonable. The server was great.
Historic site, good atmosphere, very friendly and excellent service. Enjoyed the meal very much, salmon cooked perfectly.
Great place. Owner was very friendly.
Excellent meal in a wonderful, old-world atmosphere. The service was excellent; very attentive.
Great food and terrific atmosphere
Very yummy and relaxed atmosphere as compared to many of the other restaurants on King Street.
Service was 10 stars. Food was 10 stars. Will be back soon
Visited Gadsby's based on high ratings and was highly disappointed. The service was ok, but the food was mediocre and quite bland.
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....
Gadsby’s was very accommodating and made our 1 year Anniversary very special. Thank you!
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!
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.
Wonderful period-dressed staff, great food in portions that are not gigantic, and a beautifully historic building. Highly recommend!!