We were seated close to the door and it was drafty. Food was good to very good.
Awesome experience and staff. Always a great time!
Dinner by candlelight..... great food great company ... oh the forgot to light the fireplace .
We shared prime rib and salmon preceded by a Brie appetizer and the fired oysters . The best I’ve ever had.
I recommend this off the beaten path restaurant for a quiet Romantic dinner or for a family gathering .
Great evening .
Second time and it was even better than the first one!! I will always comeback when in town! Thanks
This was our first time dining at Gadspy's Tavern. It's a cozy antique ambiance. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. We will certainly be back.
Gatsbys is my daughter's favorite restaurant and asked to go there for her birthday. She loves the ambiance and historic qualities . The food and service was excellent.
Enjoy a piece of American history, terrific food, staff and servers in authentic period clothing, and an atmosphere that feels like we’re back in the 19th century. I half expected Presidents Washington, Adams or Jefferson to stroll through the door and have a meal.
What could be more special than having a meal in the same dining room where several of our country's founding fathers did the same? Great service, fantastic meal preparation, and we'll continue to go back again and again.
Celebration date in this quiet spot in Old Town. The menu looked awesome, and did not disappoint.
Went for brunch- it was quiet on an October Sunday morning. The ambiance of the 1700's was delightful, the history and authentic feel of the tavern added a lot. Soft classical music was pleasant, the dining room atmosphere is warm, comfortable, and bright, they had tasteful seasonal decorations (corn, pumpkins, etc.). The brunch menu is small, but pleased everyone in our large and diverse family (from a 10 year old who wants recognizable "kid" options through a teenage boy who will eat thousands of calories at a sitting to discerning and very selective vegetarian senior citizens). Interesting and elegant options cooked beautifully, from a "kids menu" through colonial classics (like peanut soup)... it was all terrific. And, the price makes it even better. Brunch certainly did not beak the bank, even with drinks (warm apple cider with rum! Yes please!) and soup. In fact, we were all pleasantly shocked at how reasonable it all was. Two thumbs up over here! We'll be back!
Second biz trip to area and second visit to this restaurant. Hope to be back for visit #3 real soon.... excellent food, atmosphere and staff.
Parking advise: take uber or Lyft to restaurant
Wonderful atmosphere and amazing food !!
Very cool to think I ate at a restaurant that George Washington also frequented 😁 the food was great!
We heard about this place from a friend and had to check it out. We were visiting Alexandria and this was our first nights dinner. The hostess at the front did not give us a warm welcome but our waiter was friendly and the food was delicious!!!
Gadsby's Tavern is one of those rare "special venue" restaurants that could get by on the strength of the historic building and the heavy tourist traffic through Alexandria, but which actually delivers on the food. The portions were hearty, authentic, well-made and well-presented, our server was pleasant and attentive, and the candle-lit atmosphere, although a bit tired around the edges, was cozy and relaxing. Our only issue was with the size of the pours on wine and cocktails, which were skimpy to the point of being ludicrous. Few things in life are more off-putting than being presented with a martini glass that is less than half full, or a wine glass that is less than a quarter full. So go for the food and the ambience, but you may want to have your drinks beforehand.
Go for the novelty of eating where George Washington ate and having dinner in a charming setting, not for the food or the service. When we asked about the peanut soup, our waiter told us it was okay, but he'd had better. And the thing is, he was right, it was quite bland. Same thing with the fish and chips--the batter on the fish was super crispy and tasty, but the fish itself was bland. Cock-a-leekie stew was similarly unimpressive, tastewise. We had to ask for the bread basket they promised, which was oddly sweet, like Hawaiian bread. And we realized long after the meal was over that the cole slaw promised with the meal was never delivered. It just wasn't a very good dining experience. A one time experience only for us.
Braised Hessen Beef was amazing!!!
Beef was cooked with onions , pickles and came with apple sauce cooked with bourbon for dipping. Apple sauce was good with beef but would love it on the ice cream.
Chicken leekie pie had very clean flavor , lots of chicken and nice puff pastry on the top,
But I’ll definitely go back and order Beef again!
I can’t say enough about wonderful braised beef.
We had to walk out and go somewhere else.
Don’t ever go there.
What a historical gem this was! The atmosphere takes you back to Revolutionary times! The food tasted authentic and the menu provided a great selection of land and sea favorites. Local beers are served along with other domestic and imports.
Very cool looking place. You can really feel the age. However, the food isn't that good. It's okay, but it does not feel worth the money. Awesome service as well.
Again, great experience dining at this historic restaurant. Great service, great food, the special Rum cocktail was good, and the ambiance was comfortable and quiet.
The back room dining room is small and darker than the larger main room, but the dining table set up was just right.
We will return to try more of the menu.
This is a place to go if you want to experience some of the local history. Food is very good and the revolutionary period costumed waiters give a nice ambience to the place as well
This is a must-see when in town if, for nothing else, it's historic value. That being said, the food, service, and ambiance was nothing more than average. The night I went I struggled to get a reservation, and several parties without were turned away at the door. Since they fill the place so easily they appear to have little incentive to improve.
My friend and I were visiting Alexandria and decided to have dinner here. I ordered the prime rib. Unfortunately, they do not provide knives that are able to cut the meat! I spent the entire time sawing away at this piece of prime rib-very frustrating experience. It came with Yorkshire pudding-half a roll is what it looked like that was all dried out. We asked for coffee but never got any. All in all, not a place we will come back to.
Food overpriced given quality
As always the experience and food was excellent! The menu remains unchanged, allowing the chef and service crew to focus on the quality and experience.
My husband ordered the half of chicken and when it came out it was just the dark meat. The skin was so thick you would need a saw to cut through it. It had thick layers of fat on it. My husband asked where the rest of the chicken was. The waiter said they throw the breast away. It was so dark and awful. I ordered the meatloaf and it was so salty. I couldn’t eat all of it. I was super excited about going here and then very disappointed. The setting and ambiance was terrific. The French onion soup was fabulous. We should of stopped after that. We will not be back. People did say the hostess was unfriendly. She definitely is! She greets you with no smile or anything! First impressions!!
Outstanding and wonderful evening. Well worth time.
Great food big portions interesting history
Simply a must visit for any DC tourist or history buff. Great place for dining. Historic building and great decor.
Our server was great. Friendly staff dressed in antique attire.
Food quality was good and portion sizes were comparable to restaurants around the area.
Highly recommended for special dates, family dinner or just trying out a new place in old town Alexandria.
The historical setting is great. Unfortunately the extremely slow service affected the quality of the meal (cold eggs Benedict). I might give it another chance and hope for a different service staff shift.
Tavern had a good range of dinner options and portions were generous. Glad that noise level was good given a full room of diners.
Was very authentic and to the period. Very busy, would recommend. Food was okay. Have eaten at other period restaurants, such as mt. Vernon and Kings Arm Tavern, which wee much better.
Excellent food, great atmosphere and excellent service.
NASTY host. Looks like she's been there since Gadsby opened over 200 years ago. Made reservation requesting for window table....none available...so that's fine. Instead, she puts us in the darkest corner in the bar area. Talk about intelligence level. Good server and great food though!
Love this revolutionary war era tavern. Took my kids there for a bite of history :) Felt privileged to have dinner where the founding fathers met, dined, debated, deliberated and celebrated. Really liked the menu choices I had: tasty Brie app and filet mignon with a delicious demi glacé. A costumed actor who seemed to be in character as Ben Franklin came to each table to amuse and entertain, and also treated us to songs played on his viola. A little glimpse into the past; must go if you are a history buff 😊
The menu is wonderful. The building is historic. The staff is tremendous. Just go!!
Amazing place - must visit if you are visiting. Unique atmosphere, quality food, outstanding service. Do yourself a favor and come here for lunch or dinner.
In town for business with someone who wasn’t very familiar with DC. It was a treat to bring them to a historic inn. Sorin was a good waiter and the food was equally good. Plus it is restaurant week and that’s always fun!
The duck (“George Washington’s Favorite”) was both over cooked and ridiculously fatty. I’ve never had duck where the skin was so fatty and rubbery it could barely be cut.
The peanut soup had clearly been reheated in a microwave. The beer (bottled) was barely cold and the glass warm.
The waiter just plopped the beer bottle and glass on the table. And practically threw the bread basket on the table.
I’d say go for the tour once and eat at one of Old Town’s other amazing restaurants. Other than the history, this place has nothing going for it.