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 Restaurant, Wine
Christiana Campbell's Tavern Ratings and Reviews
My wife and I were celebrating her birth ...
My wife and I were celebrating her birthday. Over a span of 25+ years we have visited Colonial Williamsburg, we have eaten at all the taverns and have eaten at Christiana Campbell's at least 5 times. On this visit, the food was horrible. My wife and I had the rainbow trout stuffed with crabmeat and mixed vegetables. The trout was NOT tasty and the crabmeat was NOT fresh. It was quite obvious to us the cooked vegetables came from the grocer's freezer. We did enjoy our bottle of Riesling!
We went to Christiana Cambell's for my b ...
We went to Christiana Cambell's for my birthday dinner. The food was wonderful and the service superb. My husband isn't a fan of vegetables, which is often a problem at historic restaurants, but he got the cod and was very satisfied. I had the seafood fricasse, which was one of the best entrees I've ever had.
Our family was visiting Colonial William ...
Our family was visiting Colonial Williamsburg and wanted to have dinner with the historical interpreters contributing to the ambiance. Our daughter-in-law has not been in this country very long so she particularly found this experience interesting. Our waiter was amazing, and the shrimp fricassee was excellent! Everyone enjoyed the spoon bread.
We were in Williamsburg for vacation. W ...
We were in Williamsburg for vacation. We wanted to experience what taverns might have been like and sample tavern fare. We went in with the understanding that the food might not be great but the atmosphere was. The building is very nice and the staff looked like they were 18th century people. Our server wasn't very charming. Not rude in any way, just not "into" a character. In fact, we wondered if the restaurant was understaffed that day and needed help waiting tables so they asked someone from the kitchen to lend a hand. Again, a pleasant person, just not in character. The food itself was good. It was expensive but we knew that going in. My wife ordered crab cakes. I was looking forward to eating crab cakes while on the east coast and sampled hers. Not what I expected at all. I did not enjoy the taste and didn't try another one the entire trip up the coast to Boston. My dish was the combination of shrimp, lobster, scallops with pasta. It was good. Overall, a good experience, but really not awesome. I'd try another tavern or restaurant before going back to Christiana Campbell's Tavern and I would not recommend it.
Very touristy so if that is what you are ...
Very touristy so if that is what you are looking for, go for it.
We found it very noisy. There were lots of families so don't go for a romantic night. There was a cute little historic presentation. Food was good but not worthy of price.
Always a treat to eat at Christina Campb ...
Always a treat to eat at Christina Campbell's. Possibly the best at Colonial Williamsburg. The soup, muffins and Sally Lund bread are always great. This time I got the fried chicken instead of seafood which is usually excellent and wasn't disappointed.
Wonderful historic atmosphere with candl ...
Wonderful historic atmosphere with candlelight and costumed servers. Very entertaining as well with music and the short welcome from Mrs Campbell herself. She highlighted facts about women business owners and women in general in the 18th century and had excellent interaction with the diners in the room. Brush up on your history to answer her questions! Seafood was very good and love the sweet potato muffins.
There is no place like Christiana Campbe ...
There is no place like Christiana Campbell's Tavern. When in Colonial Williamsburg it is a must stop but make sure you have reservation. Food is delicious and atmosphere is conducive to the Williamsburg experience.
I had the shrimp fricassee and it was de ...
I had the shrimp fricassee and it was delicious. My husband had crab cakes and his were a little off on spice. The pumpkin muffins were out of this world and the butter was great too. The ambience and wait staff was also friendly and helpful. We loved the historic aspect of having the lady who portrays Christiana herself come around and tell us of the history of the location. The apple cider was also a great touch to my fantastic meal.
Our second visit in six months, the firs ...
Our second visit in six months, the first was better. Our first visit was October 30th at about the same time of day. The big difference between then and July 15th was the ambiance. October was sweater weather as opposed to July's sweat weather (it was 92 degrees). October provided a night sky, July a bright daylight, the romantic aspect, dining by candlelight, was not quite the same, but all else was. We will go again.
We were in the basement which was a quie ...
We were in the basement which was a quiet and romantic setting
Wait staff was very attentive and knowledgeable
Food was good but a bit overpriced $7.95 is a lot for a cup of soup and $33 is a lot for a fried chicken dinner
I had Mahi Mahi for $38 about 30% more than it should be priced
Some pricing adjustments would probably lead to more drinks and desserts which ultimately may lead to more overall spending by party
In our opinion, the food at Christiana C ...
In our opinion, the food at Christiana Campbells is of average quality and poorly prepared. It does not begin to support the $35 price charged for the "special". The oyster salad lacked flavor and the oysters seemed to have been from packaged frozen stock, rather than fresh. The Mahi Mahi special with "lobster and crab" topping was presented with a few Lobster Claw sheds and no visible crab. The accompanying white sauce was so salty it was not edible. The fish seemed alright, but was so ruined by the preparation that it was hard to enjoy. The Rum Crème Pie had a good filling, though clearly 'store bought', and it's crust was the consistency, appearance and taste of white cardboard. The manager, who never came to the table, comped one meal and offered dessert for free. Our opinion: This is a tourist trap, with little attention to the food served. Making money is the objective here. Williamsburg has some wonderful restaurants. It appears that the "restored area" taverns may no longer be a good dining choice.
5:00 reservation. about 7 tables in the ...
5:00 reservation. about 7 tables in the same room seated at once for 2 servers, while an adjacent room with two unoccupied servers was empty for more than half an hour. My salmon was over cooked. The veggies appeared to have been frozen and then steamed to serve.
Nice waitress with good sense of humor. The next day I went to Fat Tuna, it was superb, fresh, properly cooked at half the price.
What a fabulous experience! We absolute ...
What a fabulous experience! We absolutely loved our visit from start to finish. The atmosphere was amazing, staff was delightful, and most importantly - the food delicious!! A must if you are visiting historic Williamsburg!
Chrisitiana Campbell's is a great place ...
Chrisitiana Campbell's is a great place to have a unique historical look at dining in the colonial days. The people are knowledgeable and willing to answer questions and the period actors are great. The food is as genuine as our modern food 'laws' allow and I have never had a bad meal there. I highly recommend the restaurant to anyone who wants a unique experience. It is a little pricey but well worth it.
This was a wonderful Tavern Experience. ...
This was a wonderful Tavern Experience. The waiter spoke in character, Christiana Campbell came to visit, and a strolling musician serenaded us as we are by candlelight. This was a great place for an anniversary dinner.
The food was excellent and consistent wi ...
The food was excellent and consistent with the theme of Colonial Williamsburg. Our server, who went by "Pooh" was very attentive, engaging and delightful to interact with. The service was not too slow or not too fast, just right.
Kept with the atmosphere of Colonial W ...
Kept with the atmosphere of Colonial Williamsburg and all servers were acted and were well versed in the 1700s including the woman playing C. Campbell. Also a fiddler played from time to time. All in all a great experience of colonial times.
We ate here twice in the same week. Firs ...
We ate here twice in the same week. First time, the food was quite good and the service fantastic. Second time, the food was still good but the service left a bit to be desired. This restaurant is more about experience than anything else and without that, it's over priced.
If traveling to Colonial Williamsburg, C ...
If traveling to Colonial Williamsburg, Christiana Campbell's is a must. From the realistic setting to the traditional food and the authentic entertainment, the tavern does not disappoint. We had a lovely time. Don't miss the rum cream pie!
We ate at Christina Campbell's during a ...
We ate at Christina Campbell's during a family vacation to Colonial Williamsburg. A great experience, but keep in mind you are paying for the uniqueness of the experience and the entertainment during dinner in addition to the food. Food was very good and service very attentive. Very similar to King's Arms experience. Might opt to do one or the other instead of both another time.
The food was terrible - fish & shrimp dr ...
The food was terrible - fish & shrimp dry & overdone, vegetables cold and underdone, wilted spinach tough and sour. Ham rancid.
And so expensive for this garbage. No water or ice tea refills. Too bad because the place was nice in a vintage sort of way and the wait staff entertaining
Crab cakes were one-note & fishy smellin ...
Crab cakes were one-note & fishy smelling--no one really likes spoon-bread, do they? Certainly not worth the $100+ for three entrees. Service was great and in-house ale was nothing to write home about, but hit the spot on a hot July afternoon.
My food was barely warm. My husbands bee ...
My food was barely warm. My husbands beer was flat. Our waitress wasn't very agreeable and ignored us. I've been visiting Williamsburg for 30 years and this was the worst dinner we have ever had at one of the taverns.
Dining at the Christiana Campbell Taver ...
Dining at the Christiana Campbell Tavern was a memorable treat on my Williamsburg vacation. Reservations are needed for this experience, which included food made with 18th century recipes, and candle light. The interpreters are outstanding at dressing and acting the parts of colonial waitress, musician, and tavern-owner.
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