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Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant Review

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User Rating 1.5 Star Rating (6 Reviews)


Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant Review

Gadsby's Tavern

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The Bottom Line

Dining at Gadsby's Tavern in Old Town Alexandria is a unique experience. The food is excellent and the atmosphere exudes late 18th-century charm. Entertainment is provided and costumed staff provide friendly service.


  • 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

Gadsby's Tavern in Old Town Alexandria is a historic landmark dating back to the 18th century. The tavern was frequented by George Washington Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, and James Monroe. The restaurant has been restored to maintain the appearance of more than 200 years ago.

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
User Reviews

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 1 out of 5
Not a good Thanksgiving option, Member staranela

I don't know what it's like the rest of the year, but, I would not recommend it for Thanksgiving! We went for the colonial Thanksgiving buffet, and felt like it was just an opportunity for them to take advantage of people at holiday time. After entering through the attractive, colonial era decorated front rooms, we were seated in a tightly packed back room, at modern tables/chairs. There was next to nothing ""colonial"" about the room, which is apparently normally used as a meeting hall for the American Legion. There was a nod to the colonial era in the clothes of the servers and the two musicians. The food was cold, and mediocre at best, and there was an unpleasant smell in the room, apparently from nearby restrooms. The room was kept very dark, probably in the hope that would lend some of the lacking atmosphere. A big disappointment.

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