Shaw's Crab House Oyster Bar - Chicago

4.8
67 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Brunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Shaw’s Oyster Bar features a casual, laid back style, featuring regional oysters shucked to order, seasonal Crab, and a variety of Fresh Fish. The Oyster Bar also features a Sushi kitchen that will allow the guest to watch the Sushi Chef’s create their beautiful dishes. Enjoy Live Jazz Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 7pm-10pm,

Reservations are accepted for our Sunday Brunch Buffet.
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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Food was good but service was subpar. Asked 3 times for bread. Some had buffet and they were slow on clearing plates. Seated 5 large people at a small table..we asjed to be moved..hotess was very snotty. They did move us. Dissappointed compared with other visits

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MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Chicken wings were tough,crab cakes were less crab than the filler, no oyster Rockefeller, key lime dessert was lacking tart taste

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Shaws has long been one of my favorite Chicago restaurants. Our family went for Sunday brunch for the first time this weekend. The assortment and quality of the food was really remarkable. We really enjoyed it.

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LC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

It's quite expensive, but is without a doubt THE BEST brunch in Chicago!

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GA
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. I will definitely be back.

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Shaw’s is hands down my favorite brunch destination. The food, staff and atmosphere are amazing.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great first brunch experience at Shaw’s.

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EM
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The Sunday Brunch was fantastic! Our friends in Kentucky recommended Shaw’s and we loved it! Our boys are older and enjoyed the seafood selection!

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Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

WE HAVE BEEN HERE A FEW TIMES AND THE FOOD WAS ALWAYS GREAT. IT SEEMS THOUGH THAT THERE WAS MORE VARIETY THE LAST TIME WE WERE HERE FOR BRUNCH'


ALTHOUGH THE TABLES HAVE NICE PLATES AND LINENS, THE RESTAURANT ITSELF SEEMS A BIT WORN. OUR SERVER KATHRINE?? WAS WONDERFUL. ATTENTIVE BUT NOT INTRUSIVE.


BUT FOR A PRICEY PLACE THEY SEEM TO LET PEOPLE IN THAT LOOK LIKE THEY JUST ROLLED OUT OF BED.WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO DRESSING FOR THE OCCASION??

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EW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our bartender Sunday afternoon was excellent. The traffic from the buffet was a little bit too much. Other than that everything was great!

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DM
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 3Ambience 1

We were sat in a bar room siting area. A little to casual for a 400.00 brunch.

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AJ
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sunday Brunch!

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MR
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Ate in the Oyster Bar area, great waitress and good variety of food, offerings were great. Would go back for brunch again.

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NT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a great time! Took the nephews for brunch and the boys were in heaven. It takes a lot to impress the kids. I even got them to wear ugly Christmas sweaters for the $25. Coupons and they loved it!!!
Really great time, pricy but worth it!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome as always

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OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We had a pleasant lunch the day after Thanksgiving

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SW
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were well taken care of from the very beginning by Amanda and then by our server. I can't remember his name but he was exceptional. That alone would make us come back but it just happens the food was marvelous. My family couldn't have been happier. All they could do is talk about the food. Thank you Shaw's for a lovely Thanksgiving.

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JW
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

We went to Shaws Crab House for their Thanksgiving Buffet. The food was good, but we were seated in the Oyster Bar at a tiny high top that touched another hightop table that sat four. On our other side was the isle where servers bustled by with dirty dishes and the buffet line was forming up. It was not the atmosphere that I had imagined when I made reservations for this $75.00 buffet. Had we been seated in the dining room which had lovely tables with white linen tablecloths my review would have been more positive. I didn't expect to have Thanksgiving Dinner in a bar.

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C
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Sunday brunch ever! Wonderful staff and fabulous food- it’s Monday evening and I’m still stuffed

Thanks shaw’s

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Shaw's Sunday Brunch is how brunch should be. A seafood lover & brunch lover's dream come true all in one place!

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R
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Shaw's has a great brunch available both on Saturdays and Sundays. All the choices I had were super except for the Oysters, which were very small but tasty. The were a type I had not had before. Plymouth Rock. This is being a bit picky since everything else was excellent. Loads of Breakfast and Lunch choices. Well worth the money.

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C
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The place is the spot in Chicago to eat sea food. Good location and excellent service.

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Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Remind me never to eat there on a Sunday with the brunch going on.

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HL
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the brunch! Soooo much crab! Definitely going back!

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R
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

My family and I enjoyed our EASTER brunch. I didn't approve 20 dollar charge for a 2 year old .

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J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The food was good in a nice atmosphere but I guess I was confused. The Schaumburg location was $55 pp and the downtown $79. Thats a big difference for easter brunch. The champagnes were over over over priced too. We ended up spending 800 + tim for 6 people at Easter. I thnk thats a little high

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

I was looking forward to Brunch for my Born day. I was highly disappointed at how inconvenient the food was set up and how disorganized Shaw's staff was. I've been to Shaw's several times and I've never received this type of service.

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ME
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is the best brunch in Chicago. Food is wonderful and service is always excellent.

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PB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

It was New Years Eve. Last Seating, wasn't very festive. Band was pretty good. Waiter seemed like he didn't want us there. Sushi very good, Seafood Salad good but one piece of lobster tasted "off". Oysters were top notch.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We had a great time!

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MZ
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A Chicago classic -lunch on Christmas Eve, lots of fun. Great atmosphere, fresh oysters and great seafood choices. It is a little pricey but the value is definitely there.

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K
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a great time , food is good every time . We did have to wait 40 min with a reservation

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TT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Went for Thanksgiving buffet with a group of 6. Service was very good. Food was good overall. Oyster was small fresh but not bad but not impressiveg but considering it was buffet was acceptable. King crab and shrimp was top notch as well as turkey, stuffing, green beans. Will come back.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Love This Place!!! I trust the quality of their seafood, never disappoints...always fresh!!!
One of best places in town!

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NH
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

quality restaurant and service. Great seafood, especially for weekend brunch.

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EG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was good the service was even better. Diane was a great waitress with sparkling personality and commitment to service and making the experience fun . Made my son's birthday a most happy day.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My girlfriend and I visited for the Sunday brunch and had an excellent meal. She loved the oysters and I loved the smoked salmon and pastrami. The servers were very helpful courteous and efficient. We are looking forward to returning.

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DW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We arrived about 25 minutes early. We were seated right away. Danielle our server was attentive and efficient. The food was so delicious. Definitely will be returning

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food

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JZ
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2017
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Service was not very good, despite our Oysters Rockefeller being comped. Waiter never seemed to be engaged in giving good service. Service is the cornerstone of a good restaurant experience. A really unsatisfactory experience for LT LEY diners.

Why does Open Table tell me I have a res at Shaw's Oyster Bar and the host tells us they do not take reservations in the Oyster Bar? A very annoying way to start an evening!

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