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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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Alexandria, Virginia
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very neat little place with a historic feel, obviously with all the history behind it. The floors are wood and creaky and a lot of times they serve old time dishes like peanut soup. Food is preety good but you are really going for the atmosphere here.

Thank johnhancq
Alexandria, Virginia
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22 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Gadsby's is best seen as a place of history as well as cuisine. The colonial fare & service are fine, if a bit touristy, but what heritage! The place was the site of inaugural dances for Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, & Monroe. The place was bought by the man, John Wise, who lent Washington money for his first inaugural. Andrew... More 

Thank Edward M
Tall Timbers, Maryland
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3 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were really looking forward to a nice brunch to top off a very special weekend, and had been recommended Gadsbys by a friend. The welcoming hostess was lukewarm, but our server was charming and helpful. The dining room was nicely laid out and all the servers in period costume, a nice touch. The building is charming and though old... More 

Thank Kimbers2108
Alexandria, Virginia
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85 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A historical spot to get a good meal. Went for brunch and while the meal was good, the meal took a long time to come out. The waitress was very friendly and more than accommodating since I was there with both of my children.

Thank Alice C
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

And we found it!! From the clothing of our waitress, feeling like we had stepped back in time to eating a meal that was delicious and appropriate to that time period! A fun evening for these history buffs!

Thank JL W
New York City, New York
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939 reviews
607 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 299 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came to Old Towne for lunch st this historic tavern and hoped for a great lunch and history lesson. The building dates back to the 1780s with even George Washington dining here. Thomas Jefferson held his inauguration ball here. We got a nice table and ordered some wine. The menu offerings were classic and the food was perfect. The... More 

Thank lollygal
New York City, New York
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While staying in historic Old Town Alexandria be sure to check out this restaurant. Dining areas are situated in historic rooms and there's a unique colonial menu to match. The ales offered were delicious and our meals were very good. If you're looking for some unique American history (George Washington ate there and Thomas Jefferson's inaugural ball was held here)... More 

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Carbondale, Illinois
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Didn't dream I. Oils have such a lovely dessert menu at an old tavern. Selection was great, prices fair, service good, unbeatable ambiance. I had the bread pudding, which I always have and it was delicious. '

1 Thank percy2008
Fresno, CA
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77 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

Good food, if a little expensive, in the colonial style. Service was good, food was great, parking a hassle, they are handicapped accessible.

1 Thank AJGR
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

I went here for NYE and it was magnificent! The food was amazing and the wait staff top notch. I plan to go back for lunch or dinner very soon. The NYE menu was a fixed menu but they serve all sorts of things during the rest of the year. It is a bit pricey but worth every penny.

1 Thank cmsmith0009

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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
American, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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?