About Christiana Campbell's Tavern
Noted as George Washington’s favorite for seafood, Christiana Campbell’s Tavern is as alive today with conversation and political discussion as it was in the times of the founders.
Menu items feature crab, shrimp, fish, and scallops
Seafood, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday: 5:00pm-7:45pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Wine
Christiana Campbell's Tavern Ratings and Reviews
The food at the historic taverns of Will ...
The food at the historic taverns of Williamsburg have really gone down the tubes. They have outsourced all the cooking to Cysco and you can tell. The prove point is way to high for this service and quality of mediocre food. I will not dine in the taverns again any time soon,
Delicious colonial time period food. Gre ...
Delicious colonial time period food. Great service. Wonderful ambience. Strolling musicians created the perfect atmosphere. "Christiana Campbell enactor" had interesting and humorous stories to spin. Would definitrly return. Prices on the high side, but worthwhile.
Our server, an older woman, was rude in ...
Our server, an older woman, was rude in explaining the menu specials. When questioned, she snapped to my husband that the menu was printed incorrectly and it would cost too much to reprint several hundred copies. We were seated on the back porch on a beautiful Friday evening. The menu options were excellent and the 3 children had good choices. Our only complaint about the food was that the vegetables were so crunchy, hardly cooked at all. The live musicians were outstanding. It is pricey but historically significant and we would definitely eat there on our next trip. Christiana gave us a short history of the business and welcomed us in a fine manner.
We were with 2 other couples visiting Co ...
We were with 2 other couples visiting Colonial Williamsburg. Dinner at Chrisiana Campbell's Tavern was a wonderful experience. The food was delicious, and the music and visit by authentic colonial people was very entertaining!
I went five years ago and loved it. Not ...
I went five years ago and loved it. Not sure if my tastes have changed, if this was an off night, or what - but things were very disappointing. Particularly for the cost. The entertainment barely came by our area, much less our table (period actors, musicians). The food was very mediocre. Service was OK, nothing special. Really disappointed in the overall experience, and embarrassed that I recommended the place to our friends.
After eating here for decades, I have to ...
After eating here for decades, I have to say that the food quality and creativity has declined considerably from the past! This is disappointing! Improvement in choices and return to historical themes would be a good idea! I will return but not with the same fond memories of past meals recurring!
There were 4 of us having a girls weeken ...
There were 4 of us having a girls weekend in Williamsburg and went upon the recommendation of a friend and it did not disappoint! They allowed to split plates and were very accommodating. The Sweet Potato Muffins were AMAZING! Must try this historic restaurant to enjoy history, live music and wonderful food!
Our server,Tim, was wonderful. He was pe ...
Our server,Tim, was wonderful. He was personable, made great recommendations, and told interesting stories about the tavern, the people, and the town. The live music was nice touch. I just wish there would have been more of it. The food was very good. We had both the Rockfish special and (Tim's favorite) the shrimp served over ham and croutons. It was a lovely dinner.
First, some guidance. As far as I could ...
First, some guidance. As far as I could see on OpenTable, reservations during the 6 o'clock hour are not offered, so plan on seating either before or after. I assume that this restaurant, as well as the others taking dinner reservations in Colonial Williamsburg offer only two seatings.
The ambiance of the restaurant, with the strolling musicians and period dressed servers helps to reinforce the colonial atmosphere of our visit. Unfortunately, the food and drinks only helped to deflate the experience.
For a before dinner drink, the house beer was not available. One of my companions ordered a whiskey cup, the fourth of our trip but extremely untypically, he sent it back because, for him, it was literally undrinkable. As best he could describe, it had too much of canned pineapple in it and the drink tasted quite a bit like the can.
For dinner we ordered three seafood dishes, shrimp and salmon, shrimp and rock fish and crab cakes.
The fish and shrimp were both quite overcooked and accompanied by unseasoned oversteamed vegetables, oversalted boiled new potatoes with no apparent sauce. The crab cakes were much more cake than crab.
For dessert my companions opted for the rum cream pie, vanilla ice cream and apple cobbler. They quite enjoyed the pie (almost like cheesecake) and the cobbler (not too sweet) and the ice cream (which I did taste and found quite good.
Would I go back? Absolutely not, except perhaps for dessert and coffee. Would I recommend it? Yes, but make a late reservation, eat before, order a side of spoon bread and end your evening at Christian Campbell's enjoying a nice coffee and dessert.
First off you should make mention in adv ...
First off you should make mention in advertisements that you are NOT ADA compatible. Noise level is off the charts, celebrating our 59 wedding CC was NOT a good choice, could hardly talk to each other. Service and food no problems, just not a good selection for our occasion - - will NOT return.
Although I was disappointed in this rest ...
Although I was disappointed in this restaurant, it was not a terrible experience. I had chosen this place because my friends are seafood lovers and had never been to Williamsburg and I wanted them to get the historic experience. I've been to King's Arm where our server told us the history of everything on the table. Our server did not explain anything. Two of us ordered the rockfish special and had to send it back and neither one of us ever do that. We did get the crabcakes instead that were pretty good. When we left none of us were saying we would hurry back again but we also weren't saying we hated it. Overall the historic feel of the place was nice. The food was okay but not what I expected for around $35 a plate.
Our server, Pooh, was especially friendl ...
Our server, Pooh, was especially friendly and accommodating. Also, Christiana Campbell went the extra mile to help us celebrate our anniversary, gave us an anniversary card and posed for a picture with us. She was great, as was the fiddle player who also played a special song for us. A great experience!
We had dinner at Christiana Campbell's t ...
We had dinner at Christiana Campbell's to celebrate our 43rd anniversary. My wife had the cod and I had a rib eye steak. Both the cod and steak were excellent. Christiana Campbell's also gives you fresh vegetables with your dinner vs. just a salad like so many other restaurants do now. Getting to Christiana Campbell's is easy by either the Colonial Williamsburg shuttle bus or if you elect to drive, there is parking behind the building. I highly recommend Christiana Campbell's.
after reading the reviews on Opentable, ...
after reading the reviews on Opentable, my expectations had already been downgraded but we still wanted the Colonial experience. If what we got was an authentic experience, I am real glad we live in the 21st century. We had read complaints from customers about being seated in a room so small it might be a closet. Of course, we got that room and the joy of being seated with a family who had a very young child who was very unhappy. The food was expensive for the very poor quality. Christiana's favorite salad was good, greens were fresh. Everything else was sort of tasteless, crab cakes, potatoes, broccoli and spoonbread. In retrospect, I don't understand why we ever ordered a desert. Tasted like apples out of a can with some ice cream.
Overall we had some great meals in the Williamsburg area, but in the future, I will avoid this "authentic" experience. Bad value is bad value whether it's 1776 or 2016.
There as not one lump of crab in my 30.0 ...
There as not one lump of crab in my 30.00 crab cakes, I do not know why they break up the lumps into a doughy puck, After half of a cake I was hoping for some lung or shell which would prove some crab may be in the dish. I wonder if they made a large batch and I got the remaining filler. The food tainted the whole evening.
The Christiana Campbell's Tavern is in t ...
The Christiana Campbell's Tavern is in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg . It offers quiet, fun, and special dining experience for people who want to share in the lifestyles of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Depending upon where you sit, entertainment is around via colonial songs, stories, and live music. The food and drinks are very good with recipes of yesteryear. It's good for both business meeting and pleasure.
Yes folks, this is where it all began for America. I recommend a visit to this and other restaurants in the area. There is so much to visit and experience. Go Colonial!
The ambience and the food were outstandi ...
The ambience and the food were outstandingly delectable! The owner was amazing with her tale of how the tavern came to be. There was a live duo of musicians during dinner, fitting for the era. Every moment was scrumptious! I highly recommend it to history lovers, foodies, couples and for families, they had a young persons menu. Prep kids that it's not a TGIF kind of place, it's a special historical experience kind of restaurant with high quality food. No bar scene, and it was not missed. Priced right for the quality, and be sure to make a reservation. Walk ins were disappointed not to get a table. Popular place. Enjoy!
Always great seafood and the atmosphere ...
Always great seafood and the atmosphere is superb! The spoon bread is absolutely to die for, best anywhere I've ever had it. We recommend Christina's to all our friends and other B&B guests as the one place to be sure to go for dinner at Colonial Williamsburg if they only have one evening to dine.
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