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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
Dinner was delicious and as always the servers serve as wonderful interpreters. It really makes the whole experience in Williamsburg complete eating in one or all of the historic taverns! Peanut soup is delicious and you cannot go wrong with any of the deserts!
The Tavern is part of the Colonial Williamsburg experience serving "period" food. Very large portions of very good food. The peanut soup is unique and far as I know not served at any of the other taverns. It was fantastic. You will not only get fabulous food but also learn history from the very knowledgeable service staff. Our waiter was John and obviously the tavern has just the right people working there. We learned quite a bit from him on dining in the 1760's. The only downside is that it is pricey, but for a unique experience with great food it is worth it!
We thoroughly enjoyed eating in this recreation of an authentic tavern from the 1700's. Our server was delightful and our food outstanding. We were serenaded by a musician with songs that transport diners back in time. Overall, our experience was a wonderful dining experience.
Oh, King's Arms... What disappointment. My family and I have been coming to Colonial Williamsburg for all of our individual lives. Unfortunately, King's Arms just did not measure up this time. It can't hold a candle to Shield's or Christiana Campbell's (other authentic and historic taverns in town).
The "Game Pye" was absolutely disgusting. Maybe I'm spoiled being the daughter of a hunter, but the venison was as tough as shoe leather, the rabbit was fatty and sinewy (my mother picked out an entire ounce of fat from her pie), and the sauce was akin to wallpaper paste--flour and water. NOT RED WINE SAUCE AS DESCRIBED. I had the salmon the first night we dined here--it was fine. But DO NOT ORDER THE GAME PYE. They tout it as one of their specialities--yeah, specially disgusting. If you're in Williamsburg, take my hint--DO NOT GO TO KING'S ARMS IF YOU WANT GOOD FOOD.
The service was fine and the music good. They need a new chef ASAP!!!
We were visiting Williamsburg from Memphis with our dear friends and their 11 year old granddaughter. It was her first time to come so we all wanted to take her to a tavern. All of our meals were awesome right down to the homemade peppermint stick ice cream their granddaughter ordered and our server, Sandy, was just perfect!! She made our whole experience so fun and enjoyable!!! Thank you Sandy!!!! Thank you Kings Arms!!!
The Williamsburg restaurants are all about ambiance and the colonial experience. The food is made in a large kitchen across town and only mediocre most of the time, and it is fairly pricey for the quality. We were there with relatives from Texas (adults and children) who enjoyed the experience. Two of us had to send our food back because it was barely warm, and the rest just passed the warm enough measure. However, the second plates of food were warm enough (barely) and Kings Arms compensated for the inconvenience at dessert time. The wait staff was superb throughout. The wonderful peanut soup appetizer and the huge portion of delicious and uncharacteristically light bread pudding made up for the other mediocre food. When I return (only when we have out of town guests) I will stick with soup, maybe a salad, and dessert. Those are what seem to work best there, and they are worth the trip.
All of the taverns in Williamsburg are good from our experience. We had a birthday dinner here and it was excellent. All of the dishes were excellent and so was the service. Our server made the dinner special for our nine year old granddaughter by paying special attention to her. The dinner was not cheap but it was well worth the price for us.
We had 2 small children with us, which our waitress cared for well. They had historic high chairs with leather belt straps. It is a historic experience all around. Very nice experience. I had the Game Pie, which was very tasty. It did have a few bones in it, which I think were left in there intentionally to add to the historic experience.
My husband and I have dined at Kings Arms many time over the years. We were in Williamsburg celebrating our anniversary. Kings Arms was our choice for our anniversary dinner. It was a wonderful evening the food, service and music could not have been better!
It was a bit of a walk from where we had to park, but it was great... If you want to try to "turn back the clock", this place makes it easier. The food was well prepared, and I did NOT leave hungry. My wife was likewise thrilled as well. A little pricey for dinner, well priced for lunch. STILL- if you want authentic, this is one place you can get it:>:> Peter
In fairness, I think the period restaurants had just reopened the week prior to our visit. But, beyond the colonial setting...just awful! Our server was a terrific personality...but...we ordered our fool and it didn't come forever. She keep checking on it, she said...but...when it arrived, it was barely warm. It had clearly been sitting somewhere for some time. She took our plates back to the kitchen and it was all "replated", she said. The food quality was average even with the second go at it. Very disappointing performance!
First class restaurant with a historical ambiance right down to the salt cellar which needs to be scooped up like sugar. Dishes were prepared like in colonial times with candle light the only illumination. Very knowledgable waiter who told us Syllabub was a Martha Washington favorite. Game pye was well done as was the peanut soup. Recorder and guitar music was nice background.
Worth every nickel even though it was a pricey nickel.
Overall very, very good meal. My wife enjoyed her beef tenderloin. I always opt for the game pie;... delicious venison, rabbit and duck!!! Nice merlot wine pairing. The tasty, warm bread pudding was 'big enough for 2'. And the syllabub is a treat. Our server was attentive and engaging. Candlelit dining can be casual. Great date-night atmosphere. This is our favorite tavern in Williamsburg.
This was our 2nd trip to King's Arms (to celebrate New Year's Eve). On our first trip, our waiter was very knowledgeable & greatly enhanced our experience by explaining to 18th century habits, food & the experience of dining in an 18th century tavern. Our waitress on this trip was very nice, but did none of the above, while we noticed another waiter doing what our waiter had done on our previous trip, so were disappointed in our experience. Our salt bowl was almost empty when we arrived, but was filled after we requested it. The food was "OK" but nothing outstanding. Don't know if we will make a 3rd trip
Food was a bit overpriced but it was good. The main course should include a salad or soup at least. Approx $50 per person with soup, main, and desert, without drinks. Service was very fast but it kinda felt rushed. We were back in a corner on the second floor so there was not a ton of ambiance. We could hear music in other rooms but they did not get to ours. Overall it was nice but like I said before, a bit pricey for what you get.
Clearly the most authentic period meals of all the colonial restaurants in the restoration area.. Service was good but not great. Noise level was very distracting. Breaking the room sizes into smaller groups certainly can help but it only takes one loud person to be a distraction. Enjoyed the period music of the strolling performers who were also educational. Certainly on the A list of attractions for any visit to Williamsburg. Probably not a ideal destination for children as prices are clearly on the upper side.
We were seated immediately. Upstairs. Waitress was fair but I overheard a waiter at another table giving lots of history and very animated. Appetizers mushroom friccasee was aswesome! Loud upstairs. Fireplace would have been nice to have been light. Best apple cider ever. Very pricey
If it's all about the food for you, then go because the food is wonderfully prepared and presented. Ingredients are fresh and sometimes unique in an effort to create dishes available in the 1700s. Desserts are delicious and also historically-inspired. If the atmosphere counts, then you will likely enjoy the novelty of the 1700s early-America setting which includes everything from the building, dishes and menu to the servers and other staff in period costume. There are also strolling musicians and interpreters that offer a short sequence of pieces or conversation related to the time period. The servers are outstanding and also deliver information about the establishment, the menu, customs and practices of the period. The experience will feed your belly and your mind.
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