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Shaw's Crab House

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Shaw's Crab House Review

Shaw's is, hands down, one of the city's best seafood spots, and though it's held an exalted position for years, the restaurant doesn't rest on its laurels. The kitchen stays on track, turning out famed classics like silky crab cakes and rich halibut from a menu that's been updated to also include sushi, maki, and fresh sashimi selections. The seafood salad served at lunch is big enough for two. Lunch, by the way, is rather a bargain, with well-priced entrées and $1 desserts. The restaurant does have something of a split personality, with a clubby main dining room in nautically themed loft digs as well as a lively exposed-brick bar where shell shuckers work extra hard.

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Updated: 06-11-2013

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    Shaw's Crab House Review

    Food is tasty.But very expensive.

    by Ted123, 2/9/10
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    Best seafood in Chicago!

    July 25, 2009 My wife and I dined at Shaw’s Crab House on Sat night, and it was fantastic. We have eaten out at a lot of restaurants, and we can honestly say that Shaw’s (either Chicago or Schaumburg) still has it going on, and is top of our list for consistent, quality seafood and shellfish. The food is always prepared right, with great service, and the dining room is comfortable, where you can relax and enjoy your meal. Here was our dinner/all worthy selections: Start with their hand-shucked dozen assortment of oysters (Chicago Magazine just voted “the best” oysters), then their famous jumbo lump crabmeat crabcake (North Shore magazine voted “best crabcake”), then their wonderful Lobster Bisque soup, then split an order of their steamed Alaskan King Crab legs with side of melted butter, then try the in-season special, three delicious soft shell crabs sautéed in lemon, garlic butter, all with great veggie sides, and end it all with Key Lime Pie and Homers Peppermint Ice Cream with Hot Fudge sauce. Hot Intelligentsia coffee drinks and specialty tea capped it all off, and we were very happy. Shaw’s has the seafood dining experience down to a perfect science. Highly recommend for either dinner or lunch if in Chicago.

    by Hexter, 7/27/09
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    3 nights in a row

    Last trip to Chicago could not get away from Shaws. Great bar tenders, wait staff and great food! The Pometinis are to die for along with a list of sea food, I really like the sauteed Haddock

    by kbedmundson, 8/14/08
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    Absolutely Delicious

    One of the best seafood places in the city. Whether you want fancy sit down (main restaurant) or a casual dinner (the Blue Crab Lounge), Shaw's is the place to go.

    by ebfitch16, 5/15/07
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    great fun place

    either bar area or restaurant are recommended. place where chicagoans love to go to hang out. great oysters, bbq shrimp, draft beer and nice wine list. fun atmosphere.

    by Lionel22, 3/25/07

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