We thought this would be a more formal dining facility, but it is actually quite casual. The food was OK and the service was decent. Guests were very casually dressed for the most part, so not really a place of fine dining. You pay for the ambiance which has its appeal.
Expectations were higher than what was delivered.
Gadsbys is a terrific place to meet and eat.....centrally located away from the busy Alexandria waterfront, Gadsbys has terrific food and service and more important it is fun to be eating in a real historic site....Love Gadsbys!
Attentive service with delicious food and a great location for history buffs.
A great historical stop. The food was delicious.
We ordered the prime rib with yorkshire pudding. We both enjoyed it. Very tender and tasty, and the vegetables and mashed potatoes were excellent. The yorkshire pudding was a little disappointing, but I grew up eating that and I've also had it in York (at the York roast company), so I know what it really ought to be like. We both loved the atmosphere, which is very much that of a 200+ year old place.
We had a wonderful Time.
Everything was great! The food was really good and good sizes aswell!
I was so excited to go, but there was very little historical information about the restaurant, it had a very tired and worn feel (which would have been ok if accompanied by the historical information), and just was kind of a disappointment. I brought out of town friends there thinking it would be a cool think to do in Old Town (and I had always wanted to go), but I'm sorry to say I'm not likely going to go back unless they figure out how to either make it a more interesting historical experience or just bite the bullet and make it a more updated experience.
The food was good as always. However, with the exception of the hostess, the service was terrible. The waiter seemed like he wanted to be anywhere but there. He splashed water and ice tea all over our table including on my friend's map and didn't even acknowledge it. He kept disappearing for long periods of time. He got annoyed when we asked for our check to be split three ways. There was another waitress who was just as rude to another table. Both our waiter and the other waitress had asked the hostess if they could leave early and were told that wasn't her call. They got upset over that. I was very disappointed because I had brought two people to lunch who had never been to the tavern before. I doubt if either would go back. Normally, the service is first rate, but maybe that's just dinner service.
Traveling in the area. We loved the history, beauty, and excellent food and service. Truly an excellent dining experience.
Went for lunch and had a great salad. My wife had a chicken salad sandwich. The historic feel is palpable. Would have refined for dinner if I had more time in Alexandria. Waitress was terrific; best we had during our week in the area.
We have enjoyed the historic atmosphere of Gadsby's for about 35 years; George Washington and Mark Twain seem mysteriously present. Typically, we use its services for special events (anniversaries, entertaining visitors and good friends, a change of pace).
It is one of the few DC-area restaurants with intimate rooms where we can enjoy quiet conversations. Perhaps it's an age thing, but, although the meals were excellent, the portions seemed a little large.
Wonderful historic gem. The food is very good does not disappoint. The staff is dressed in 1700’s outfits which adds to the historic feel.
Charming, historic restaurant in Old Town Alexandria - lots of atmosphere and great food. Major drawback however is that it does not appear to be accessible for those with mobility impairments. There must be a way to make this historic property available to all.
Great place to dine food is great and it has a history for our country
We arrived early but our table was ready. The server was great, attentive but not annoying. My husband enjoyed his large pork chop but preferred the filet once I let him have a taste of mine. Wonderful meal! They also called us shortly after we left to let us know I had left my sweater there. (Not many people had sweaters in the 97 degree day.). We picked it up the next day. Will definitely go again when we want a good meal in a quieter (compared with most here) restaurant.
We have not been there for 50 yrs. Good as we remember it. Try the peanut soup
Gadby’s Was worth doing at least once. The food was a little pricey for the amount and quality but it wasn’t way over the Top. The most disappointing thing was the $32 for a bottle of wine with a twist off cap. It couldn’t have cost them more than $6, so that definitely could have been improved. Also, zero discount for buying a bottle. Overall, I would give it 3.75 out of 5. I am glad we went
We were sat at an awkward table in the middle of the room. Overall, cool place. Food items were kind of pricey.
If your a history buff and want to experience
This is just a fantastic place. Excellent food and entertainment.
We are leaving the area soon after 16 years and are trying to hit spots before we leave...had to hit Gadsby's....waiter was excellent..didnt bug us at all like some places...
Very disappointed. The salad and Peanut soup were great. The rest of the meals were sloppy on the plate; poor quality; and way over priced. The character who entertained was great, but not worth the price of the meal.
Family was visiting from out of town and appreciated the opportunity to dine in an authentic historical tavern. Gadsby's did not disappoint. The service was excellent and the waitress made good recommendations for food and local beer. The French Onion Soup was outstanding.
Anniversary visit, after 16 years! We went on our honeymoon and loved it so we went back on vacation and loved it even more!! Get the filet-it’s amazing :)
It is a fun historic place to visit. Menu was interesting, atmosphere was nice, and they had an actor tooling around in revolutionary attire speaking to guests in Olde English. Service was a little slow but it wasn't too bad. Gave us time to talk with friends. Suggest making reservation. Dining area is small and fills up fast.
Gadsby's historic ambiance and menu make this a great place to meet with friends and enjoy Old Alexandria. I highly recommend the George Washington Favorite.
We were on our anniversary dinner, and this is a great restaurant to have a nice candle lit meal. We both had an appetizer of Crock of Crispy Oysters, whisch is what I would hope they would make into a full meal. I had George Washington's favorite (roast duck with red cabbage, corn bread and au gratin potatoes. My spouse had the pork chops. Both or us had to have a doggie bag and I will be revisiting my dinner for lunch at work on Monday. The deserts are great.
Enjoyed the historical setting of Gatsby’s and the delicious food. We had some entertainment from an 1800’s character who popped into the dining room and tell stories. Lovely place to visit!
Must Visit. This restaurant was a recommendation but I plan to visit again soon.
The venue was special and unique. Wait staff was a little slow but friendly and helpful. Food was delicious.
The fresh baked bread was slightly sweet, just like Mom used to make. We ordered Brie appetizer. Personally, I was not a huge fan of the cinnamon apple and berry combination. It was just okay. My husband ordered the filet and it was cooked perfectly and seasoned well. I ordered the shellfish Newport. The seafood was fresh and tasty. I was concerned it might be a little too rich. But the portion size was just right. Pair with a glass of Pinot noir. You won't be sorry.
For dessert we split the berries with cream. I added an amaretto appetite. A perfect combo.
So excited to go to such historic place, but inside looks rundown. Out of rice which is suppose to accompany several meals, food was barely warm and just piled onto plate. Peanut soup was great, service was good. Hope they can improve as important place in our history.
Delicious food very cool atmosphere Quaint Great service . Loved it
Special Father’s Day brunch was great. I always enjoy coming here for special occasions. The food and service are excellent and it’s easy to have a conversation with my family. Steak and eggs were awesome as always. Thank you Gadsbys for always being consistently great.
Bland basic overpriced American food. $24 lemon chicken is literally chicken seasoned with lemon and white rice. Sure the history is cool but I'd recommend eating elsewhere.
Gadsby's is an interesting restaurant. The food was excellent. The service was pretty good, waitress was very nice and friendly, but rushed. Our table was in a very bad location -- all the
traffic went right by us -- food, seating, bathroom -- and it detracted from our dining experience
Good for tourists...great historical establishment
Great historic venue. A favorite haunt of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. The food is excellent and the staff is friendly and dressed in period attire. The food is good, a bit pricey, but worth it.
Disappointing. We were really looking forward to trying Gadsby's and set up lunch with a friend here. We were very disappointed. The French fries with our meals were cold, my oyster poor boy had a sauce on it that was so incredibly hot (spicy) that I couldn't even taste it, and my friend's grilled chicken sandwich had a chicken that was grainy (very strange--I tasted it)...it was actually a very odd texture, not like it was overcooked or undercooked...just grainy...actually like chewing a raw vegetable...very odd. The service was slow, the carpet to the bathroom downstairs was disgusting, and the bathroom was underwhelming. I was just really disappointed overall. We won't go back. :(
Gadsby's goes our of their way to provide excellent services and wonderful meals in a charming colonial atmosphere of the famous Gadsby's restaurant / tavern.