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Shaw's Crab House

Shaw's Crab House

Seafood Restaurant and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Near North Side, Chicago
162 Tips and reviews
  • oysters
  • shellfish
  • crab
  • lobster
  • good for dates
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  • Beril E.
    Beril EsenJune 24, 2015
    Amazing atmosphere: If you come here, you'll listen to live music with songs from Al Green while tasting delicious seafood. Order the king crab legs; you won't regret it. Scallops are a bit overrated.
  • Cole K.
    Old school and cozy. Love the vibe. Come in, take a right, and sidle up to the oyster bar. Dare you to break a 6:1 oyster to martini ratio.
  • Hanan M.
    Hanan MalSeptember 5
    The lobster bisque is perfect. But the Alaskan king crab legs are a MUST!! Our waitress Danielle was the perfect host even treated us to complimentary slice of key lime pie... Will be back definitely
  • Jessica U.
    Jessica U.January 26, 2014
    Family friendly, delicious brunch every Sunday from 11:30 to 1:30pm!!! So worth it and kids under 12 are free! The warm king crab legs are the best!
  • Kate D.
    Kate DavisonJune 17, 2015
    Elderflower martini is amazing. Perfectly balanced. Services is very friendly and the food is amazing. Best lobster and crab I've had this year. We will come back here every time we come to Chicago.
  • Todd C.
    Todd CarpenterAugust 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Come for brunch and get the chilled crab legs, oysters, spicy tuna maki, bacon, eggs benedict, mini crab cakes, steamed king crab legs, waffles, and a key lime tort... In that order.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 5, 2014
    Monday through Friday, between 4 and 6 p.m., score half-price shucked-to-order oysters ($15 for a dozen, $7.50 for a half-dozen) on the half shell and an oyster shooter cocktail ($10) Read more
  • Wil E.
    Wil E.July 29, 2012
    Standouts include flavorful sushi and sashimi combinations, Georgia soft shell crab, and the Alaskan king crab. Come on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday to listen to live music as you enjoy your meal
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsMarch 21, 2012
    A hearty brunch is served buffet style and includes both chilled and hot seafood, create-our-own omelets and a dessert room! Two kids 12 and younger eat free from 10am–1:30pm for each adult brunch. Read more
  • Albert C.
    Albert ChauMay 27, 2013
    No matter what - leave room for dessert! Make sure you add vanilla bean ice cream to the raspberry pie - makes it taste a lot more special!
  • Hanan M.
    Hanan MalSeptember 5
    Every once in a while you pass by a place like this where everything you eat is phenomenal! We started with the oysters, simplicity at its best.
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineMay 8, 2012
    Don’t overlook fish, both ocean and freshwater. One bite of pumpkinseed-encrusted roasted red grouper or mustard-glazed walleye is all it takes. Finish up with a slice of their heavenly raspberry pie. Read more
  • Nicki W.
    Nicki WalliserJuly 29, 2011
    Sit in the Oyster Bar for some simple eating. Alaskan King Crab Bites...order them. Clam Chowder is out of this world. Try their Elderflower Martini if you're in the mood for an amazing beverage!
  • Lettuce Entertain You
    Lettuce Entertain YouJanuary 29, 2014
    Get rewarded at Shaw's Crab House! Earn points on every purchase toward meals, trips & wine. Ask your server about the Lettuce Entertain You Frequent Diner Club! Read more
  • Naz F. G.
    The Ahi Tuna tacos are delicious...whatever that sauce is made out of, it's perfection!
  • Brandon R.
    Brandon ReefAugust 18, 2013
    Carlos P. Was our server and was top notch best. Shades is very lucky to have him on their staff. Thank you for making our night great !!!
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsJanuary 10, 2012
    A place with a Sunday brunch special, kids 12 and under eat for free from a hot buffet line featuring breakfast items such as the make-your-own omelet and waffle kitchen. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsMarch 21, 2012
    The reward for a clean plate: a sweets table loaded with freshly spun cotton candy, lollipops, cakes and cookies. (Bonus for you: Kids eat free with a paying adult.) Read more
  • Nikki K.
    Nikki KanterSeptember 17, 2011
    Get the shrimp cocktail, served on a mountain of ice. The portions are huge here and the food is high quality. We'll definitely be back (with reservations next time).
  • BestOf
    BestOfFebruary 29, 2012
    The showiness of this place reels us in, in large part because Shaw's deals with only top-quality stuff---much of it sustainable. The crab cakes are first-rate, as is the lobster. Read more
  • Crain's Chicago Business
    Grilling and a simple vinaigrette showcase sustainable wild Alaskan King salmon's lean, meaty flavor, complimented by an herby salad of arugula, fingerling potato coins and shaved parmesan. Read more
  • Carol B.
    Carol BargOctober 11, 2014
    Everything is good. Especially if you're a crab lover! I was surprised to find sushi here!! A very welcome surprise!
  • Louis K.
    Louis KliegerFebruary 19
    If you like king crab, get it here. Wonderful. Also a wide variety of sushi actually, which was unexpected.
  • Adam
    AdamApril 7
    Everything here is awesome! Try the oyster sampler; a nice variety of east and west coast oysters!
  • Craig
    CraigSeptember 5, 2013
    Dinner here was one of the best dining experiences we've ever had, anywhere. Food, atmosphere and service are phenomenal.
  • Kostya K.
    Kostya KekhaevJuly 22, 2010
    Shaw's Annual Lobster Festival (June-July 2010): Traditional East Coast style "Lobster Boil" includes a 1lb whole Maine Lobster, with corn on the cob, Red Bliss potatoes, and coleslaw for only $21.99!
  • Joshua D.
    Joshua DavisFebruary 20, 2011
    In your lifetime, be sure to have brunch here. It is perhaps the only glimpse of what's served in Heaven that we the living can experience. Warning: Fill the meter to max!
  • NMarie
    NMarieAugust 19
    Amazing service! Great selections, really good food. Come hungry, the $50pp is worth it
  • Farmdog
    FarmdogFebruary 24, 2013
    Make a reservation, wait 45+ minutes for a table. Great business plan. Beware of coat check also. Chili's is more coordinated.
  • Cindy M.
    Awesome lobster bisque, raw oysters, crab, maki, and cocktails!
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanMarch 18
    Pricey but solid seafood options. Try the lobster roll or the weekend AYCE seafood brunch.
  • James S.
    James StubblefieldApril 2, 2012
    Luke is an awesome bartender! He loves old school drinks and knows how to make a new school twist on those drinks
  • Lowell F.
    Lowell FrameDecember 7, 2012
    The grouper is excellent. Comes with squash that is very good as well. I will definitely come back here!
  • Brian K.
    Brian KellyAugust 3, 2015
    My favorite Sunday Brunch spot in Chicago! A+ Food and A+ Service and kids eat free !
  • Ben S.
    Ben SJanuary 14
    Excellent Chicago vibe. Had nothing that wasn't good here. Ask for recommendations for oysters.
  • AskMen
    AskMenMay 28, 2010
    In celebration of its 25th anniversary, they will be slinging 25-cent oysters at its River North & Schamburg locations. This deal is available the last Monday of every month in 2010 from 3 - 6pm. Read more
  • Terrica A.
    Terrica ApplewhiteJuly 24, 2013
    Love everything I ate. Crab cakes to die for.
  • Thompson Hotels
    Thompson HotelsJune 20, 2011
    Our concierge Samantha at Sax Chicago loves Oysters. Shaw’s daily ½ price special has the best of the East and West coasts.
  • Suzanne W.
    Suzanne WolfeJuly 22, 2013
    Must go to if in Chicago! Haddock was delicious. Staff was great too!
  • Tonya T.
    Tonya TibbsOctober 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit in the Oyster Bar for 1/2 off oysters during happy hour. Also try the spicy crab, salmon & lemon maki roll, it's my favorite!
  • Dave N.
    Dave NathanJanuary 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're in the mood for a steak, don't be afraid to order the 12 oz. filet- it's delicious.
  • Jackie H.
    Jackie HeilweilMay 28, 2013
    Best seafood I've ever had and I'm born and raised in New England. Defiantly worth the money
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CarterAugust 22, 2015
    The servers are trained to really upsell here. Casual questions about ordering more. ordering oyster samplers is a bad idea. You'll get a few good ones/mostly small ones Food's pretty good though.
  • 🌺Chalene B.
    🌺Chalene Braun🌺December 19, 2015
    Oyster shooters are fab and so are the king crab bites! 🦀
  • Kevin Z.
    Service was awesome. Great fresh seafood - artfully prepared.
  • John S.
    John SylwestrakMarch 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Steamed Maine Lobster - Maine lobster, what else do you need to say. Awesome.
  • Thomas T.
    Thomas TrumbleAugust 6, 2014
    Pricy despite the old school atmosphere, but the oysters and crabs were damn good.
  • Mark S.
    Mark Stehli1 week ago
    Awesome oyster happy hour until 6pm. They know how to shuck an oyster...
  • Hollyce C.
    Hollyce CervantesMay 18, 2011
    Best crab. Great key lime pie. Cloudline Pinot Gris. And cory, the best waiter. This place is amazing!
  • George M.
    George MarksAugust 10
    Amazing lobster tail!! Best steak and lobster I ever had!!
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