Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant

Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant Fine dining establishment in Old Town serving lunch and dinner since 1770. The tavern, circa 1770, now houses the museum.

Founded as a seaport in 1749, Alexandria has always greeted visitors from near and far. Taverns, like Gadsby's, provided travelers with much needed rest, food and drink, the latest news, a place to make business deals and to hold political discussions, and a variety of entertainment. The site known as Gadsby's Tavern consists of two buildings, a (circa) 1785 tavern & the 1792 City Hotel. Named aft

er Englishman John Gadsby, an entrepreneur who leased the buildings & operated them as tavern keeper from 1796's til 1808, the tavern & hotel were the center of Alexandria's economic, political, & social life in the late-18th and early-19th centuries. Notable visitors, aside from yourselves, include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison & James Monroe. Threatened with demolition in the early-20th century, the buildings were saved & preserved by the American Legion, Post Twenty-four. Today, the City of Alexandria continues their preservation and interpretation through Gadsby's Tavern Museum and by leasing the restaurant space to modern entrepreneurs. Your hosts and tavern keepers wish you an enjoyable meal and an enoyable historical experience at Gadsby's Tavern. Nearly all of the founders of American Independence enjoyed the warm tavern hospitality of Gadsby's Tavern. No public building in America is more intimately associated with the struggle for independence and establishment of national sovereignty. For nearly a century, it was a center of political, social and cultural life in this important colonial seaport community. The City hotel now houses the restaurant and ballroom. both were Meccas for public figures who established the nation's capital in the City of Washington. The City hotel was a veritable skyscraper when it was erected in 1792. John Gadsby, for whom it is named, gained international renown as the host of the tavern from 1796 to 1808. The atmosphere of early America is found today in the famous Eighteenth Century hostelry, which was the setting for brilliant balls for society in the 1700's, meeting of patriots and receptions for several Presidents of the United States. In their letters and journals, guests were universal in their praise for the lavishness of life at the tavern, which was described as the finest public house in America.

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138 N Royal St
Alexandria, VA


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Alexandria Restaurant Week is a big hit twice a year, in the summer and winter. The Zebra is happy to report that it’s almost here again. Starting Jan. 21 and lasting through the 30th residents and visitors will be able to enjoy food from nearly 70 restaurants. Take a look at the online menu book to see all of your options. There will be dine-in, of course, and 50 restaurants will have carry-out options available. The best part is that the event supports the city’s restaurants. And the support is needed, especially with the continuing pandemic.

For 10 days and two weekends, participating restaurants will offer a $35 prix fixe dinner for one or two people.

Visit Alexandria VA Ada's On The River Aldos Italian Kitchen Barca Pier & Wine Bar Cafe 44 Chadwicks Chart House Cheesetique Del Ray Daniel O'Connell's Irish Restaurant and Bar Dishes of India Indian Restaurant serving Alexandria and Washington DC Evening Star Cafe Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap Mia's Italian Kitchen Pork Barrel BBQ RedRocks Old Town Joe Theismann's Restaurant Vola's Dockside Grill & Hi-Tide Lounge The Wharf Whiskey & Oyster

Attending the birthday party tonight for General George Washington - celebrating his 288th! Huzzah! Special thanks to all who participate and contribute to its success every year, especially Historic Alexandria, and Gadsby's Tavern!
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Preparing an entire Thanksgiving meal isn't for the faint of heart! If you're not up for it this year, rest assured, I've got you covered! ⁠⠀

Here are 5 great restaurants in Alexandria serving up traditional (and non-traditional) Thanksgiving fare!⁠⠀

Stomping Ground ⁠⠀
Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant⠀
Vola's Dockside Grill & Hi-Tide Lounge⠀
The Wharf
Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap
Deals, discounts and more for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families in Alexandria. See article below for Whiskey & Oyster, Holy Cow Del Ray, Tequila & Taco, Glory Days Grill, Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant