The Bottom Line
- Great food and friendly service
- Historic site and romantic setting
- Gaslight-style lamps recreate an atmosphere of colonial times, but make the restaurant dark
- Address: 138 N. Royal St., Alexandria, Virginia (703) 548-1288
- Hours: Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Dinner 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday Brunch 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Price Range: Dinner entrées $22 to $30, lunch entrées $8 to $13.
- Reservations: Recommended
- Learn About the Gadsby's Tavern Museum
Guide Review - Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant Review
Servers are dressed in colonial period costumes, the men in knee breeches and the women wearing smocks. Roving musicians visit your table giving you personalized attention. Gadsby's tavern maintains its elegance and the menu has been created to appeal to the modern palate.
Appetizers include items such as Baked Brie en Croute stuffed with blueberries and pecans with raspberry coulis or Martha’s Puff Pastry - Virginia ham, Scottish smoked salmon and Chesapeake lump crabmeat with dill sauce & pepper relish.
Some of the main courses are authentic colonial period food like the Gentleman’s Pye, Cedar-Grilled Filet Mignon, Slow-Roasted Hereford Prime Rib Roast with Yorkshire Pudding and George Washington’s Favorite, a Cider-Glazed Duckling with Smoked Bacon-Sage Spoonbread. Since these dishes are realistically quite heavy fare, the chef also prepares some lighter dishes such as the Pecan-Crusted Mahi-Mahi Meuniere and Jumbo Lump Crabcakes.
The white Chocolate Balloon is sinfully delicious! Other tempting desserts are Gingerbread with cinnamon icing, English Trifle, and Rum-Laced Banana Bread Pudding.
Reviewed December 2005 - Prices are subject to change