This was an excellent venue just for its history, but it ended up having everything we could have hoped for in a venue for our wedding reception. Jackie, the events coordinator, was extraordinarily helpful. We received several compliments about how good the food was. All the food was made to order and did not require guests to pre-order in their RSVPs (though this did require a longer dinner service). To top it off, the restaurant's decor was so nice that we did not have to spend any extra money on the table settings. The only drawback about Gadsby's was having three separate rooms, but Jackie was very helpful in setting up the tables for our needs. Additionally, we rented out the adjoining ballroom so there was a space for the toasts, cake-cutting and dancing. We would definitely recommend Gadsby's as a venue for any event.
We had our small (18 people) wedding reception here in early March on a Saturday and we could not have been happier. We rented the back room, which holds up to 25 people. The back room offered privacy and enough space for everyone to move around and mingle. The service was exceptional! Tricia, was wonderful and made sure that we were satisfied with our arrangements. She made it very easy for us by allowing us flexibility of time and the option to drop off things earlier in the day. Furthermore, she added the menu that we picked out with our names on the top, which was a wonderful touch. Our waiter that evening made sure everyone had drinks and just went out of his way to make our day truly amazing. The food was amazing and the setting was exactly what we were looking for, historical and classy. Honestly, they made our evening easy and enjoyable for everyone and we could not have been more pleased with our choice!
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 after 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.
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