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About King's Arm Tavern
After Jane Vobe opened the King’s Arms Tavern in 1772, it became one of the town’s most genteel establishments. She once described it as a place “where the best people resorted.” Today, the tavern remains true to her words. From the finest furnishings to the most gracious service, the King’s Arms Tavern offers musical entertainment in an elegant environment.
Enter the rustic reproduction tavern and be greeted by a server dressed in the fashion of the 18th century. Hear “the news of the day” from a citizen of Williamsburg. Choose from a chophouse menu, featuring prime rib, pork chops, and roasted lamb.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Thursday - Monday: 11:30am - 2:30pm.
Dinner: Thursday - Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Tavern parking is located on Francis Street adjacent to the tavern.
CW Buses Only
Chef Linwood Blizzard
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Wine
King's Arm Tavern Ratings and Reviews
We went as a family . The girls loved the special drinks they ordered. Portion size were perfect , food was delicious. The waitress was very informed and was just perfect. We had a table in the back cove area and had candle light dinner . The noise would have been perfect if it wasn't for the baby at the other table . I guess I should have notice that before we sat down and requested a new seat. Having children of my own , I understand but paying over 150.00 for a meal , I really don't want to hear a baby screeching ! Other than that it was perfect . Did I say that the bread pudding was the most amazing thing ever .
Wonderful ambience, excellent food and service. We were seated next to a large and boisterous family and our server moved us quickly and discretely. The only criticism I have is that there were a couple of servers who were engaging in personal chit chat quite loudly very near the dining area. Overall I give it high marks. I was pleasantly surprised; I expected it to be atmospheric but didn't expect the food to be so good.
The fact that this restaurant is themed to the Colonial Williamsburg setting makes this a fun and authentic experience. However, the food quality, although not terrible, simply does not live up to the prices. The peanut soup seems to be a signature dish...yum for peanut lovers.
A special place good for a special occasion or just any time. This was a return trip to Kings Arms Tavern for my wife and me on one of our periodic getaways to Colonial Wiliamsburg. This or one of the other historic inns is a must for at least one evening meal to capture a bit more of life in 17th century Virginia. This was another memorable experience with excellent food and service. The menu included some of the usual colonial dishes such as peanut soup and Shephard's Pie (which I enjoyed) as well as other more modern American dishes like baked salmon and prime rib (my wife's pick). Our server was well practiced in playing the role of an inn server of the period. His friendly banter added much to the experience. We found the prices very much in line with other quality restaurants, especially considering the unique setting and atmosphere. We will go back.
Like nearly everything in historic Williamsburg, the attention to detail was impressive. Our server, Mindy, was attentive and knowledgeable about the era, explaining menu items, table settings and dining practices reflective of early American times. It was a very good evening.
We chose this restaurant for a family reunion dinner in Williamsburg. We wanted the family to have a true colonial tavern dining experience. We enjoyed the menu choices, the candle-lit dining room and the costumed staff, along with the strolling musician.....exactly like in colonial times. The food was good and typical of the period; our waitress attentive. Did she tell us she was a "serving wench?" :-) Can't remember. It was a thoroughly delightful evening and I would encourage anyone with family coming to Williamsburg to eat at King's Arm Tavern or any of the other working taverns in Colonial Williamsburg.
coming to Williamsburg 22+ years, a shame to see some of the changes over time like, slice of ham gone, music strolling gone, late seating gone, 2017 PC culture getting into interpruters telling of the story which ruins the story, if they cant tell the tale of 1776 with out apologizing for slavery to the group they need to find another job, it was what it was in 1776 and that is why the tourist come to learn about 1776.
We had an enjoyable dinner with another couple and were well taken care of by our server. The drinks were very good and the food was excellent and we shared tastes all around. It's perfect for dinner and we were sat in the paneled main room on the first floor so as the light changed over to night outside, the lighting inside was only candlelight. A very good dining experience in Colonial Williamsburg!
Our time at this tavern was very worth while. Although you needed to make a reservation to get seated, you found yourself at your table within 2 minutes. The drinks, food and atmosphere reflected a tavern back in the days when Colonists came to eat. Meals were well prepared and tasted great. Servers were able to take you back to the days of old Colonial Williamsburg and tell you everything about those early days. If you are seeking a true tavern dating back in time, this is the tavern to visit.
It has been a while since I've been to the taverns in Williamsburg so things might have changed. I used to go to Shields Tavern and there was music and many servers singing and talking about history. At Kings Arms there was no music or singing, and barely any talks on history. It was just restaurant with servers in costume wanting to get us fed and out. Very disappointing.
Acceptable food at best. Especially for the price. I've had much better for a whole lot less. I don't mind spending for good food, but when I do, it had better be good. Nothing about the food was wrong or bad (the stoat/pork chops might have been a little dry), it just wasn't worth the money. The quality and quantity of the food wasn't justified. I had to tell myself that the ambience, which is very nice and really the reason to go there, was what I was paying for. $130 for 2 people to have a somewhat acceptable meal is tough for me to get over, though. I would have had no problem with the cost if the meal had been very good, which is what I was expecting. Another inch or inch and a half to the half inch pork chop and to have it cooked where it was juicy and flavorful, would have satisfied me for the price. Unfortunately, it was a half inch thick, dry chop. Tasted fine, but I could have done that with minimal effort on a bad cooking day at home.
We visited Williamsburg over Labor Day Weekend from Kansas City. We loved dining here because it gave us a glimpse of Colonial life and the food was excellent. Great atmosphere and we felt like we were back in time. I would highly recommend going there if you are visiting Colonial Williamsburg!!
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