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Gadsby's Tavern

138 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3278
+1 703-548-1288
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good32%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (27 reviews)
“peanut soup” (81 reviews)
“prime rib” (55 reviews)
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11:30 AM - 3:00 PMAll hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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138 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3278
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The food was very good . And I never heard of peanut soup. Was good . Eating in the same buildings as George Washington. Was really awesome. View the room he ate in and the tour they gave us was well worth the trip.

Thank Dale S
Reviewed 6 days ago

I toured Gadsby's Tavern with three of my family members on March 17, 2017. Michelle Ash was the tour guide. Along with the information she provided regarding the tavern, we received an unwanted and inappropriate lecture on "white privilege." I never realized that George Washington,...More

1  Thank TexasHistorian
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is Alexandria’s version of the colonial “time machine” restaurants at Colonial Williamsburg, with colonial era food and decor and waitstaff in period dress. The building is beautiful and historic and the food is quite good. I had all the items the place is known...More

1  Thank hcmjkm
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food is good and every effort is made to give you the feeling of 18th century Alexandria. Costumed personnel and instrumentalists delight -- well worth visiting, small museum on premises.

Thank arthurpeabody
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went here on a grey, rainy afternoon hoping for a good meal in an historic tavern. The setting was nice. The menu was small and average. With such a significant location this could be so much nicer.

Thank Jason L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While exploring Alexandria VA, we lunched at Gadsby’s Tavern. This is an historical landmark operated by the town. Previously frequented by President Washington, Martha Washington, and President Jefferson, it was a kick to share the experience. The service was wonderful with employees wearing period garb....More

2  Thank 322clarea
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Original floors and all was like you were in the times of George Washington and like a lot of places George Washington ate, slept or stayed. Food was great and all guest were enjoying their order. The menu was good and we enjoyed our meal...More

1  Thank JohnM602
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food was amazing, waitress was friendly, and I loved the candle light. However it's decent sized rooms feel cramped. I would have liked a little more room in between tables. You had to whisper to have a private conversation at your own table. And heaven...More

1  Thank Jenn R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had often eaten at Gatsbys when our children were growing up, enjoying the ambience, history and interesting food. We recently came back with our daughter and her family. All of us felt the service was very poor and the food not up to snuff....More

1  Thank sandyshore
Reviewed 17 January 2018

During my trip to Washington, D.C., my nephew who resides in Virginia, suggested we take the subway to meet-up in Alexandria, and he and his wife would treat us to a unique experience: Dine where George Washington and Thomas Jefferson used to "hang-out"! According to...More

Thank CEUS69
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20 March 2017|
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Response from DavidLeach124 | Reviewed this property |
I do not know. our group was only 5. however my impression from them is they would accommodate you
7 May 2016|
Response from VirginiaRET | Reviewed this property |
Gadsby's Tavern can accommodate groups as large as 100 people in three separate rooms. For groups that large, please give them at least a few weeks notice. Their phone number is 703 548 1288. You'll have a good time if... More
5 May 2016|
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Response from Hank B | Reviewed this property |
Do they have...a poor decision making skills, a management team who lies about adjusting your bill: yes they do! Is the food good yes. Do they actually honor reservations made on Open Table/Trip advisor: not really.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
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
  • E-mail
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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