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Gadsby's Tavern

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138 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3278 (Cameron Street)
+1 703-548-1288
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 15:00
Sun - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 15:00
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Wilmington, Delaware
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625 reviews
532 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 595 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Candlelight, historical setting with good food, pleasant staff and quick efficient service. Many nights (not all so call ahead) they have historical actors meandering the dining rooms. We could not beat the smell of hot mulled apple and rum drinks, Yards (tm) ales, authentic dishes from the times of our Founding Fathers and great desserts. Prime Rib and Yorkshire Pudding....very... More 

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Toledo, Ohio
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376 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This colonial tavern still looks like it did during George Washingtons time. According to the signs George dined here. Wait staff is dressed in period costumes and were attentive. Chairs and tables are wood chairs and tables from colonial times so are not the most comfortable. Food was very good as was dessert. Restrooms are downstairs and stairs are uneven.... More 

Thank SharonB231
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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105 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had dinner for a group of 20 here and all loved it. The atmosphere in Gadsby's Tavern is what you'd expect for such a place - the look and feel of a place that had just seen the likes of George Washington. Chalky paints, Windsor chairs, pewter chargers, and staff in almost-period dress do convey the feeling of the late... More 

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New Berlin, Wisconsin
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56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife & I decided to try Gadsbys,spending some time in Alexandria. The site was relatively authentic - the food was a current mediocre interpretation of 18th-19th century meal. No flavor, bland tastes. My wife had the GW duck, but got thighs & legs, instead of duck breast. My Gentlemans Pye had no taste, and was soupy. The Madeira onion... More 

Thank Terry K
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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121 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ate dinner here with friends who live in the D.C. I was out here for work, but brought along my 13-year-old who hasn't been here before. Colonial food was nothing special, at least my crab cakes weren't. One of my companion's pork chop was excellent however. Ambiance is nothing special. On a Friday night about 7:30 p.m. restaurant was abou9t... More 

Thank Mark H
Bryans Road, Maryland
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124 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great old colonial tavern where George Washington dined and Thomas Jefferson held his presidential inauguration dinner. Atmosphere is superb, felt like you were back in the colonial days dining. The food and service was excellent. The prices are a bit high but you do get large portions. Highly recommend the Seafood Newburgh and the old style scalloped potatoes. They have... More 

Thank Jeff K
Hoschton, Georgia
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I had dinner here on our recent visit to Alexandria. He had prime rib, and I had the meatloaf - both were huge portions. The food was great, and we enjoyed the ambience of the restaurant. The service was just average. Maybe we just caught our server on an "off" day. We would return.

Thank Kelly F
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1,270 reviews
485 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At least that's what they would have you believe. It is situated in a colonial/federal era tavern. The servers are dressed the part and the food includes some things that might have been served. If you are with a group Ben Franklin might come by and talk with you

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234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Difficult to make reservations for large groups. They say they only take reservations 2 weeks in advance. Not so sure that was true. There was a huge group in a private room. Ours was only 10, but they said we had to sit at two separate tables. The food was not hot. On my plate my duck was a little... More 

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Knoxville, TN
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I hosted a wedding rehearsal dinner for 40 (including 7 children) guests on Nov. 13. The food was delicious (choice of 3 entrees), with friendly servers dressed in period clothing. Tricia, the event coordinator, worked with us on the menu and drinks, and there were no glitches in service during the two-hour dinner. This venue is authentically... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 138 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3278
    (Cameron Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria
  • Phone Number: +1 703-548-1288
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?