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.
We were there for Restaurant Week and especially enjoyed the Surrey Peanut Soup. Our server was delightful. It was a good chance to share some Virginia history with our Texas granddaughter.
Our visit on Saturday for lunch while in Old Town started off nicely but deteriorated at the end when our waiter forgot part of my order & then when we said can we get the bill and a to-go box, apparently he forgot that as well. My wife finally went & asked another waiter to assist and saw our waiter busy "dancing" in front of the kitchen to entertain the kitchen staff. Ridiculous!
By the way, the other waiter (tall, thin gentleman) who we asked for help was pleasant, quick to help customers and we saw him finish three tables in the 10 minutes we waited for our check to arrive.
Surprisingly very touristy (and boy did they dress the part). Romantic for us (we ignored the fanny packs) and the food was delicious. Don't get the spinach, not worth the price but everything else was.
This is a fantastic restaurant to visit. The historical atmosphere is a rare find and memorable. Food was very good but somewhat pricey. Everybody totally enjoyed their meal including dessert. Portions were generous. Great Service.
My husband and I Iove this place and brought some friends to dinner for a nice night out. Unfortunately, our server was not good and it kind of spoiled the evening. It took forever to get our drinks, and when we got them some of the drinks were wrong. There were only two other full tables in the restaurant so they weren’t busy. He was also slow to fill water and never came back to ask how our meals were.
The atmosphere is truly authentic to Alexandria’s history. It is a great change of pace from the typical “cattle in cattle out” experience in the metro area. We enjoyed everything about it! Our food was delicious- sea food mendly, crab cakes, puff pastry and duck, all worth a return visit!
Gadsby’s is a must for anyone with an appreciation for history. The food is great and the ambience is unparalleled.
Food is great but the server we had was not very professional. You can’t beat the ambiance. By coincidence several other diners were dressed in period costumes as they were on their way to an Alexandria historical ball nearby.
Gadsby's Tavern rests firmly on its status and history. The food is good, but not outstanding. It's not inexpensive, as you're paying more for the atmosphere and that status and history. It's convenient for us when we attend a ball at the Museum or when we're in period dress following a re-enactment event - where else can you dress Colonial or Federal and not get interrupted a thousand times for photographs. All in all, it's a nice "novel" experience for the tourists and a nostalgic whimsy for re-enactors and historians.
Historical venue. Good for out of town guests. Good local beer list.
We were surprised how empty Gatsby’s Tavern was at 1pm on a Friday! We enjoyed the food and the historical ambience!
Great dining experience
They serve large portions. Food was very good!
Not full but seemed short on servers. Food great my guest were visiting from California. 3 adults on child (a bit of a selective eater loved the asparagus, mashed potatos were very tasty but rejected due to red skins - l oved the jasime rice from another meal and of course, the ice cream.
Had a great time celebrating wife’s birthday with family. Great environment and great service. Would recommend for the food, too!
Great food and atmosphere, the colonial theme was awesome and fitting for the area. There is so much history in the area and the authenticity of the tavern was superb. Will dine there again.
Great food and fun expensive
Restaurant overall was what we expected it to be -- a cut above Williamsburg offerings. We had a handicapped friend with us, and entrance/exit from the restaurant was difficult. Valet parking was not offered -- would have been a big plus for our Saturday evening visit. Food was excellent and served in large portions. Service was not rushed, so it made for a most enjoyable evening with friends.
In from out of town. Food was good and service average. Certainly did not live up to billing. Will not return. Just below expectations
Lets start with positive. The food is outstanding at Gadsby's. We had a party of 6 and everyone enjoyed their meals. I love the ambiance of the tavern and the old history associated with the building. I have eaten here before and love hearing the ghost stories! Now, the negative. Our waitress, who was very nice, was not very competent or attentive. I asked for a Zinfandel and was brought a white Zinfandel. Ok, honest mistake. I asked her if she knew which red I wanted and she agreed. I've had this brand before so I know the taste. When I received the wine, it didn't taste as good as I remembered, but didn't make a big deal about it. The meals took a good bit to come out, but we were fine just talking amongst ourselves. What was very disappointing was the waitress never came back to check on us and how the food was, how everything was going, or did we need any other drinks. Everyone's drinks were empty, including the water, so I had to ask the manager to go find our waitress. I don't think this was asking much since the prices should reflect the service. We never saw the waitress again. The check was brought by someone else and again I had to ask the manager to find our waitress so I could pay. When I looked at the bill, I realized why the service was poor. They added a 20% gratuity to the bill! The waitress realized she was already getting a good tip so no need to work extra hard. I also realized the red wine was the wrong one I ordered! When I took the bill directly to the hostess and explained our poor service, she didn't seem to care too much and offered a half hearted apology. When she returned with the new bill, she said that they took off my wine which was $7. Wow! They should have taken the 20% gratuity off so I could tip based on the service I received. There are many excellent restaurants in Old Town. I would still recommend Gadsby's Tavern, but I will not be returning anytime soon.
We enjoyed our meal and the ambiance very much. Comfort food served in a colonial era building.
I loved the atmosphere and the cocktails were excellent. The server, Leigh, was a very good and a good sport with our goofy group. The food was a little disappointing (roast duck legs do not constitute "1/2 a roast duck" and were very tough and hard to eat) but the portions were generous and prices moderate. There was nothing offered for a non-dairy (vegan) vegetarian diet. I will come again, mainly for the atmosphere.
Very nice dinner
We love bringing out of town friends and family to Gadsby’s to experience the delicious food and history.