Shaw's Crab House - Chicago

4.7
9921 reviews
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Seafood
Top tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Big and Bustling, Shaw's Crab House stands as a monument to fish and seafood. Besides the usual popular dishes, Shaw's management team is passionate about presenting treats such as Pacific salmon, fresh king crab, and smelt during their short seasons. Reservations made through Open Table will be for Shaw's Main Dining Room. If you would like to dine in the Oyster Bar, seating is on a first come first serve basis.
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Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent and service was perfect!

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SW
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Good but overpriced

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AR
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday for our son who turned 22. Everything was nice.

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LA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brunch buffet was excellent. Make sure to try the cinnamon roll French toast !

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HJ
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing Brunch as always! And the service was outstanding. First class experience while celebrating Valentine’s Day.

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s
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome! I love this restaurant. One of my faves.

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RL
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Shaw's is a classic seafood place. location is centralized for the river north and the food is good. Don't be surprised with the prices. Servers are very attentive

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

My husband and I were in town for the weekend and decided to try Shaw’s. My sister lives in Chicago and I used to live there so we visit often. This weekend was a special trip for Valentine’s Day and we decided to save our date night for then. While the ambiance and decor are wonderful, the price you pay for the food at Shaw’s was not worth it for the quality of the food. I ordered the surf and turf combo and the steak was perfectly cooked but the lobster was tough and over cooked. My husband ordered chicken, which was average. We also ordered two sides of mashed potatoes and cauliflower. The cauliflower was hard and the mashed potatoes were bland. We ordered two desserts (crepe brûlée and cheesecake) which were good but not anything special. With all of that we still ended up paying $160 for food and beverages (not including tip).

I mentioned the ambiance was great, however, a downfall here is this supper club is meant to get as many people in the place as possible, so tables are practically on top of one another. My husband and I sat next to a man who was audibly drunk and his girlfriend. The staff could tell this and did nothing to try and get them to leave—instead they gave the girlfriend a free dessert because they felt bad for her (as did everyone around her) which kept them there longer. I get trying to make her feel better and have sympathy for that, however, when he is creating an issue for tables around him, it would be better to have them leave.

Lastly, when we asked out waiter for the check, I think he forgot about us. He said he would go get it and never came back. After 25 mins passed, we had to find him in order to get the check. He then brought it with no apology.

Overall very disappointed with such the great reviews and the initial excitement after walking in. Will not return.

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AH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely post Valentine’s Day celebration. But it started out uncertain. Traffic was slow and we were running a bit late. We called to let them know and were told they only hold the table for 15 minutes. We were going to be 20 minutes late. My husband waited in the car by the valet station to see if we still had a table. Luckily we did. After that everything went perfectly!

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CV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience, food was exceptional!!! Our waiter even brought my wife a slice of birthday cake. It was totally unexpected and super professional. Five stars in my book.

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KP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Very nice restaurant, food was tasty, dessert was disappointing however and I am a dessert person. I would go back... the lobster tacos were absolutely delicious, very fresh!!!

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TC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Dining at Shaw's is always a great pleasure. It has been my preferred venue for special occasions (I come from Michigan to Chicago eight or ten times a year), such as Chicago Symphony concerts with friends, and reunions with family. The food is always excellent--perfectly prepared, beautifully presented and served--and the atmosphere friendly and sufficiently intimate. My most recent visit was no exception to these well established norms, and I am already looking forward to the next time.

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M
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

didnt live up to expectations. Food was just okay, as well as the service. would not go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service!

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GK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food, very clean and also servers were very kind and fast.

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MH
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We absolutely love Shaw’s. It is our go to restaurant for special occasions. The food is exemplary. Always fresh, and hot. The flavors are magnificent. The service is always top notch. The service is always phenomenal. A+++

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BS
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and great service. Very popular, so reservations a must. Lobster fettuccini and raspberry pie dessert were to die for!

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LB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a sure thing!!!
Never lets you down.
Best oysters & service

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice oysters and stone crabs. The service is considerate. Recommend!

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JL
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Food was mediocre at best. We were a party of four and none of us liked the entres ordered.

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JN
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great experience - the food was delicious and we had excellent service. Kirk was our server and he did a fantastic job.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our server was so knowledgeable. We are from out of town and felt right at home. Thank you, Shaw’s! What a great Valentine’s Day/Anniversary celebration dinner. ♥️

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food. Waiter was trying to hustle us but it was pretty funny. Would recommend

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very nice place to go to. Service was excellent...

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food. Buffalo shrimp and creme brûlée were the best we’ve ever had.

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GJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Valentines

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ES
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place and great food! A little expensive but it’s worth it.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Chicago location delish! Fresh fish - does not smell as other fishy restaurants- great kale salad and the deserts are outstanding too - one of my fav for fish - not cheap but you get what you pay for

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M
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The good news is that the food is excellent. The bad news is that the service was painfully slow. The restaurant was only half filled, but the time in between courses dragged on and on. So, based on the food, if you have the time it is well worth the experience. If you are pressed for time, pass.

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TV
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything, from classic Chicago ambiance, to menu, food, drink, and service was absolutely top notch! Shaw’s is one of Chicago’s finest restaurants and me/my wife’s favorite Chicago restaurant.

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BB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My fiancee and I went out for an early Valentine's Day dinner at Shaw's and it was perfect! The food was phenomenal and our service was outstanding. We'll definitely be back for another dinner in the future.

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L
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I can always count on great food and service at Shaw’s .

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OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was my first time here & I was blown away! We came for restaurant week & the menu was incredible. The food was beyond expectations & the service was out of this world. Will definitely be coming back here for a date night in the future!

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H
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The meal, service and atmosphere are incredible. This is one of Chicgo’s finest restaurants. Catch 35 is a wonderful selection for a special occasion or a terrific night out.

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GH
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambiance, good value for what you pay. Will go back again.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and wonderful experience. Superb quality and so many options! Will definitely return!

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MB
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic brunch!!

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D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I came in for a special pre-Valentines Day dinner.. Shaw’s is one of our favorite places, and the brunch is not to be missed! The service is lovely, and the food is exquisite.. 5 stars, as always!

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c
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food, everything was delicious and beautifully presented .
There is something for everyone's taste!

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