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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
Kings Arm is a tavern in Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area. The decor and atmosphere are reminiscent of colonial taverns. The staff is friendly and engaging. The food was delicious and more than sufficient. Period musicians entertain guests as they dine. An experience to enjoy in Colonial Williamsburg.
An 18th Century experience. Decor and wait staff in 18th century outfits. Menu has 18th century items (peanut soup for example). Excellent prime rib and oyster stuffed filet. Very good salad with champagne vinaigrette dressing (two people said "best dressing I've had". 18th century entertainer wandering musician playing/singing period music. Educational, good food, good service in a restored colonial tavern.
I never write reviews, but this place was so great and our server (George) was so incredible, I had to! I swear he was born in the 1700s! The most friendly people, and the atmosphere and the food was delicious! It was all true to the Revolutionary period, and just the most informative and fun I've ever had at a restaurant, and I have been to many!!!
The King's Arm Tavern is a historic landmark known for serving quality dishes representative of the higher class colonial period. Musicians playing period music stop in each dining area for a song or two throughout your dinner and the servers are knowledgeable and courteous.
what a step back in time... absolutely beautiful night incredible service and unbelievable food. it was like we had a time machine!!! the history as you dined was just the right touch. time period decor, limited light as it is lit by candle during dinner hours as well fully time period correct attire. i would recommend this place time and time again. we will be back!
We came here to celebrate our anniversary as this was a place we came early in our romance maybe 25 years ago or so. Surprisingly, I was able to order the same wild game pie that I ordered so many years ago and it was still yummy, but not as memorable as the first time I ordered it. The ambiance also was not what I remembered from long ago. It seemed so much more authentic back then with the candlelit rooms and servers who could go around the room and remember everyone's order without writing anything down. On this trip, we shared a room with several loud families with children, and although we had candlelight, it was still daylight outside, and it just didn't feel as special and authentic as it did before. We ordered a cheese plate as an appetizer that I was especially disappointed in--I was sorry I wasted the calories on standard cheese and hard crackers -- and it made me too full to finish my delicious wild game pie. My recommendation is to skip the appetizer and save the calories for dessert. The bread pudding would have been so much more delicious if I weren't so stuffed when I ate it.
We treated our family during our stay in Williamsburg. It was an enjoyable time; however, our server did not share historical information with us. I know the grandchildren would have really enjoyed learning about colonial times and food preparation. When we dined there previously our server shared lots of interesting information so I chose to return primarily for that purpose.
Our meal was excellent! So flavorful. The peanut soup, as always, was outstanding, and the bread pudding, oh my gosh! My new favorite dessert. George, our waiter, was knowledgeable, helpful, right on top of things, kind, and just a joy to have as our waiter. We love the music, conversation and food at King's Arms Tavern. Thank you!
Excellent except for the prime rib and bread. Two in our party ordered prime rib; and although it was tasty, I cannot recommend it because there was too much fat and gristle on both. In addition, I don't know what happened to the Sally Lunn bread. I've eaten lovely Sally Lunn bread many times, even at this establishment, but it was flat and tasteless. The half Cornish hen had very, very little meat. I cook Cornish hen occasionally myself, so I am aware that the meat on them is limited, but my serving was sparse. The sauce on the hen and rice was superb!
We especially liked the vegetables and vegetable soup, sirloin, relishes, root beer, salads, and desserts. Of particular note is the meringue filled with vanilla ice cream (homemade) with strawberries as well as the pecan pie. The presentation of the bread pudding with vanilla sauce was beautiful, and it was tasty and the texture was good.
Our server was friendly and helpful. She suggested and arranged for us to pick up a take-home chocolate tart later that day, and the picking it up went smoothly.
We thoroughly enjoyed the live entertainment and the selections he chose. They were perfect for the colonial setting. He asked if anyone had a request, and one person asked for a minuet. He delivered.
The King's Arms Tavern has been my favorite restaurant for nearly sixty years. I do recommend it. Go and enjoy!
Jennifer was amazing! She was so helpful, and full of knowledge. She really made the experience perfect. Her explanations of the customs, food, and circle of beauty made out evening wonderful! The person who played the violin was absolutely amazing- she really made the experience worth the Williamsburg value.
We had a great time at the King's Arms Tavern as usual. The place hit all the usual buttons, with semi-authentic Colonial fare (the Hunter's Pye was great and the peanut soup is always a hit) and wandering musicians. However, they do not rest on their laurels and we were pleased to see the addition of traditional punch bowls to the drinks menu! Martin was a wonderful and attentive server and made sure we always had whatever we needed.
We shared this meal with our nine year old granddaughter. We wanted her to experience what eating in an historic tavern was like. The best part of the visit was our waiter. He was an enthusiastic treasure trove of information about the habits of colonial folks and the history of the tavern. By the time we were leaving there were few people left and he spent a good deal of time talking with us and answering questions. The most disappointing part was the children's menu that only had the standard "kid" stuff: chicken strips, hamburger, pasta, butter, and cheese. This was our last night in the area and our granddaughter had her fill of that! No chance of any veggies or fruit on the plate. No seafood. Nothing that harkened back to colonial times adapted for today's tastes. I'm sure the menu is based on what visitors prefer but it's a shame they cannot have at least one offering for children that is healthy and appropriate. The adult menu is pricey but our meals, tenderloin and pork chop, were good but nothing exceptional for the price. Nice selection of drinks whether alcoholic or not. The music was pleasant and in keeping with the time period. We're glad we went and would encourage others to have the experience but will not likely return if we visit the area soon.
After reading all the good reviews, I have to say we were pretty disappointed. The employees were not friendly and we expected the experience to be fun and it was just plain boring. Our server didn't explain any history of the restaurant at all. The food was very good but that's about it.
I have eaten at this restaurant numerous times over the years and always look forward to it. This time was a different experience that left us disappointed. We were seated by the back of house kitchen prep doors so that several times every minute, a waitstaff member would open the doors and blind us with the fluorescent lighting and expose the ugly behind the seems modern day workings of the restaurant. It really killed the vibe of being "back in Colonial times candlelight" experience. Beyond that, for a restaurant that primarily serves beef, our steaks that were ordered medium rare were cooked well done with no pink in the middle. In addition, the usual musical accompaniment that often strolls through the dining rooms did not make an appearance during our time there. This is a meal that cost my young family close to a couple of hundred dollars and carried a certain expectation of experience and quality of food. It was the last night of our vacation and sad to have it end so poorly.
This is my 2nd time dining here. I brought friends along the 2nd time. The waiter and other staff were sporting the garb to fit well with the theme of the Colonies. The restaurant has candle lit ambiance and a fiddler played merry music of the times as well. The waiter told us historical stories in a light, interesting way and was very attentive to us. The food was comfort and delicious. Try the peanut soup and meat pie. Yum. Also the bread pudding was excellent. Just a great evening to spend with friends or family.
Everything was wonderful and special EXCEPT for the main part of our meal - the prime rib. All 3 adults in our group ordered the prime rib, and we were extremely disappointed. There was a large amount of fat on each of our cuts - we ended up with our bread plates literally piled high with inedible greasy fat, and also gristle. For the price, we expected better, and this took away from the rest of the meal, which was outstanding.
We had a lovely time with one exception. We have been coming to the Colonial Williamsburg taverns for over 40 years when we are in town. We always enjoy a Rummer (alcoholic drink) and as usual ordered one. The one we received was about half to a third the normal size and tasted different. We even ordered a second one which was the same way. The next evening at another tavern in Williamsburg, we ordered the same drink to see if indeed the drink had been changed and discovered it was the way we always remembered it. We decided that there was a problem with the bar at King's Arms the night before. Other than this, it was a wonderful dinner with an old menu item back on the menu- oyster stuffed filet of beef!
Half of the restaurant was closed for a special occasion. We were seated upstairs in a very small " warm room". The servers had to use backstairs to the kitchen for everything they needed. If we were told this in advance we would have gone another evening. We went on the 4th of July with expectations to be out of there in time to see the fireworks. The meal took 2 and one half hours for 2 people. The food was "ok" but certainly not the wait or inconveince. The servers were working very hard to keep up with the crowd. Unfortunately many families with young children had a difficult time due to the heat in the room and the wait for the food. Many crying and tired toddlers. It was just my husband and myself but I would have left if we had young children with us. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone after our experience there. Management should have just shut down the restaurant to the public for that evening. The least they could have done was explain that to the patrons before thet were seated. We really enjoy Colonial Williamsburg and our stay here has been great. Unfortunately I feel we spent a lot of money on a ok meal with regrets. After this experience and no apology or explanation only just from the server we will not be returning there. A night we were looking forward to and considered special turned into a disaster with us running to be able to see the fireworks. I'm being honest about this because it is an expensive restaurant and families should be aware of this. Management should take this into consideration when planning special events and inform the patrons before time and allow them to decide whether or not they wish to dine there. They may loose some revenue in closing to the public that night but I would not want to see anyone else go thru this experience. It was also not fair to their wait staff who were extremely hot and tired fro running up and down the stairs. They could have had a few more employees on that night.
Another excellent meal. Nice to see a non- vegetarian soup option (chicken vegetable) which was very good. The game pie, although smaller than in previous years, is still outstanding and still a hearty size. Nice that you can order a potion of vegetables on the side if you wish. The bread pudding and meringue shell are still my favouates. Great service provided by our waitress, friendly, attentive but also paced the evening well.
Our food was certainly acceptable, but nothing particularly noteworthy, especially in a venue known for authentic nutritional offerings. Our server, whose name I don't remember (but who studied at Bowling Green State University), was superb. Overall, he made the evening memorable.
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