Arguably one of the most iconic brunches in Chicago is brunch at Shaw’s Crab House. If it’s not on your culinary bucket list, it should be and here’s why.

In addition to offering some of the freshest seafood in the city, sourced straight from the fisheries and farmers, Shaw’s brunch showcases five stations that include stops for traditional breakfast treats like custom-made omelets and waffles, a full sweets table with over 15 different desserts, all made in-house, sky-high piles of hot and cold seafood specialties, fresh oysters and lots more.

We’ve put together our top ways to win at Shaw’s brunch and ensure you save room to get a taste of everything! Don’t forget to make your reservation for brunch at Shaw’s Crab House in Chicago or book a spot at the Shaw’s in Schaumburg!

Start Small

close up of beef tenderloin, fried shrimp and smoked salmon from Shaw's brunch

The brunch buffet at Shaw’s is robust, to say the least. If you’re like us and have eyes much bigger than your stomach, take a save-room-to-try-it-all approach. With such a variance of items offered, you can customize your selection to be more brunch or lunch focused just remember to start small – you can always go back!

Crown Jewels

three side by side images: beef tenderloin, steam king crab with lemon, and sushi, shrimp and oyster platters
Don’t miss out on the five-star dishes at Shaw’s brunch!

Trust us, these dishes are our stars for a reason. Go for the namesake Alaskan King Crab (Chicago location only), freshly shucked oysters on the half shell and beef tenderloin (Chicago location only), sliced to order.

Get Creative

basket of eggs and toppings at the omelet bar of Shaw's Crab House
Shaw’s omelet bar

You are at one of the top seafood spots in Chicago after all, so lean into it and get creative with your brunch! Go crazy at the omelet bar that features 12 different mix-in options like snow crab, or snag some items from the cold seafood bar and bring them over for your omelet.

image of three waffles topped with sliced bananas and whipped cream
Malted Belgian Waffles are made to-order

In the mood for something more traditional? Head over for a Malted Belgian Waffle, with a range of toppings to choose from such as fresh whipped cream, homemade berry compote, chocolate chips and more.

Finish Strong

Shaw's brunch sweets table with over 15 different dessert from cotton candy to pie
Shaw’s impressive dessert table boasts 16 desserts all made in-house

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, the Shaw’s Sweets Table is overflowing with housemade desserts from cotton candy and chocolate dipped strawberries to Shaw’s signature raspberry tartlets and key lime pie (served as a parfait). Maybe even start with dessert, we’re not judging!


To make your next brunch reservation at Shaw’s Chicago, click here.

Check out Shaw’s Schaumburg for brunch, make your reservation here.

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