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About King's Arm Tavern
Originally opened by Jane Vobe in 1772, this authentic reproduction public house serves up a transporting experience for the senses in Colonial Williamsburg. Everything is true to the time period at King’s Arms Tavern, from the fashion sported by servers to the pewter candlesticks—all adding to an air of colonial elegance. Inspired by 18th-century recipes, but with updates to suit 21st-century tastes, tuck in to a chophouse menu featuring prime rib, pork chops, and more.
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 have visited The King's Arms on many occasions and never been disappointed. The food is consistently great, the colonial atmosphere is lovely and intimate and the service staff are accommodating, knowledgeable and pleasant.
We are usually visiting for a special occasion or a holiday and we are always greeted with a welcoming attitude and are never rushed.
I struggle about my rating because it COULD BE amazing but they were out of SO MANY items that it is hard to get past that. Our waitress, who was good, explained that it was their last night before being closed for 2 months so they were out of a lot of things... I just don't think that is the way to run a business or gain repeat customers. You should have your entire menu available at all times... especially for an event night like New Year's Eve! I can't say I won't go back if in town again but it was a truly disappointing end to a good few days in Williamsburg.
After a 15-minute wait in a parlor room off of the entrance, we (everyone who had 7:45 reservations) were all herded into one dining room. Waitresses arrived and began scurrying around to take drink orders. We overheard one waitress repeatedly telling a table near us about how they were out of various items because this was their last night until reopening in the spring. I agree with another review that said that running out of food (on an already limited menu) seems bad planning especially on New Year's eve. As a group of four, we had only one dish arrive hot; the others were barely lukewarm. Waitress was nice enough but seemed rather overwhelmed. Other than the dimly lit room, there was no other Colonial Williamsburg flavor to the evening ... no strolling performers or historic presentations by the waitress. We could have been eating at Cracker Barrel with the lights off but at five times the cost.
We visit Williamsburg every few years and have always enjoyed the tavern experiences. On this trip, we found the food, service , and ambiance to be lacking. The experience was somewhat like eating at a Disney-themed restaurant. We had several excellent meals outside of the Colonial area. For future visits, we'll eat in the local restaurants rather than the taverns.
Very disappointed with the dinner for New Year’s Eve! My vegetable plate was cold another guest had lukewarm prime rib! One of our guests was quite surprised that for what we paid for the meal the quality was not the best. And this was THEIR first time there which was a disappointment for me since I recommended the place. Should have listened to the reviews!
We reserved our dinner to celebrate the New Year. We were quickly seated ( we had made reservations in November) and greeted by a lovely waitress who was quick to make suggestions and easily explained the dining customs of the day. Drinks, entrees ,dessert and our check were served in a timely manner. As recommended , we selected the marinated pork chop. Although the chop was very tender and flavorful, the food was sadly lukewarm. The mashed potatoes appeared to be of the instant variety. The dessert, a chocolate torte, on the other hand , was delicious. Our waitress was informative and delightful but when considering the cost /value of our meal, we would report that we were disappointed. The atmosphere created by the candle light, table setting and ware, period dress of the staff, as well as the performance by the serenading musician, created an authentic environment.
Perfect table seating in small dining room lit by candles, excellent service by period-dressed server knowledgeable in 18th century cuisine, good (though not excellent) cuisine (but it was a holiday evening), our experience was a delight made memorable by ambience, authenticity, and attentive service. Highly recommended.
It was my birthday. I was there with my family from out of state and friends. Everything was great up until dinner. 4 plates got sent back for being too cold. Was embarrassed and quite disappointed. So here again my family had to wait for 4 plates of food. The server was amazing and very attentive with the error. So when the 4 dishes were finally brought to the table they were steaming hot. Should have been like this in the 1st place. Overall service was amazing I would recommend Kings Arms for the ambiance but I won't come back personally. Very disappointed. The food was not as great as i have heard from friends in the area. I heard alot of people talk about people entertaining in the eating rooms but did not see or hear any kind of music or entertainment what so ever??.... very upset about this
We were disappointed overall with our dining experience. While the atmosphere and menu are period authentic, our server lacked personality and was not properly trained. The food was average at best with the Hunter's Pie at $33 the best of our group but it was a large pot-pie with a few meat cubes and mostly gravy. One of our group ordered the tenderloin with oysters which is an upcharge but there were apparently no oysters on the plate. A third member had to ask for their meal to be warmed up because it was cold. The solution from the kitchen was to make a new entrée which took longer than it took the rest of us to eat. Much of our experience could have been made more pleasant if not for the surly server. I would not return or recommend this to my friends.
Absolutely wonderful service throughout the meal. I wish I could remember the gentleman’s name. He was attentive and shared good conversation at times. Please thank him for adding to our dining experience.
When we are in Williamsburg, we always eat at this tavern because it holds special memories from our honeymoon almost 45 years ago.
Only drawback was that our table was right beside the door that guest were brought through for the other rooms. It was unseasonably cold and both doors were left open which created a draft. My husband had to keep getting up to close it—not too romantic. Once the back rooms were filled this slowed down a bit until people left.
The menu is Colonial, local and authentic. The flavors were exceptional. Our server was exceptionally helpful and informative, like suggesting saving certain items from the cheese board for use with certain main course items. We will definitely visit again.
What a dump. Food is horrible.same brown gravy on everything ($32 for bad dorm food) . Cold. Incredibly over priced. The food was so bad that the 12 year old couldn’t eat her grilled cheese. Burned on one side cold on the other.
We had a view of the back room. Trader does bag made “tavern” unbelievable.
Musician stopped in for one song and seemed unexcited.
Service was fine but waitress out of character, co-workers reminded her in front of customers she was going to get big tips.
All in all - sucky. Save your money. McDonald’s is better.
The Kings arms tavern is a slice of history right down to the culinary details. Our server Sandy provide proper guidance as to the menu and the history of the food choices. Our meal was prepared per our requests, delivered at temperature. The desserts are interesting and complement the meal selections quite well. Although pricey if you order drinks, the experience is most enjoyable.
This is difficult. The service is great, ambiance historical, cost is reasonable, a must stop for Colonial Williamsburg vacationing, my meal was awesome but my wife got very sick for two days 20 hours after eating which ruined our short Christmas vacation-our first vacation in 20 years without the children. I will not make a cause and effect claim but will relate that breakfast, lunch, the previous evening meal and the next morning's breakfast were at Colonial Williamsburg restaurants and we eat the same food at home. My wife had the VEGETABLE GRAND MEDLEY. She was not pleased with it saying it tasted odd but it was a unique dish for her so she ate it. 20 hours later she was violently ill with the classic symptoms of food born illness. Look them up-not pretty.
This was not a stomach bug. My wife remained in her room much of the next day, we cancelled several dinner reservations and she could not participate in several planned activities. This meal was on Wed. 12/27 and although my wife tried to eat on Fri. 12/29 her first real meal was on Sat. 12/30, a planned Christmas breakfast at Kings Tavern. We kept this reservation as it was our last day and we wanted a face to face conversation with a manger. Breakfast was fine and we met with a manger who took down our concerns & comments and contact information. Sadly, no one followed up with us.
I started with "This is difficult" because we donate regularly to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and we believe Colonial Williamsburg is a historical and educational gem. We planned and really looked forward to this short Christmas vacation together but this event ruined it. We can only hope that quality controls are in place to ensure food safety at all times.
While the ambiance was what one would expect from an 18th Century restaurant, the food left much to be desired. We had heard how great the prime rib was so that was my choice for the Christmas Eve dinner. Unfortunately, it was nothing but gristle and fat. The pork that my wife ordered was very tough and lacked flavor. To top it off, both were only lukewarm when served. I should have known that the meals cater to tourists only and do not have any resemblance to fine dining even though the prices are reflective of a better restaurant. The provisions were poor quality cooked with little imagination. As with all of the taverns, the wait staff is so anxious to turn the table that you will be in and out in under 35 minutes, even when you ask them to slow down.My suggestion to any reader is to ask someone in the commercial shops below the historic district where they eat when they want a nice meal and restaurant. We did, and found several wonderful spots.
A great colonial-era dining experience. The wait staff was wonderful: funny, friendly and attentive. The atmosphere was what you'd imagine a colonial-era tavern to be. The food was delicious, and portions were ample. We went at Christmas time, which added to the festive spirit. We'd definitely go again.
Because it is a little distance from our home, we only frequent this restaurant once or maybe twice a year. The food and service is great. The dining décor is set up to be authentic for the period, wooden tables and chairs, candles, etc. There are strolling musicians playing instruments and singing songs of thee period. The waiter is very attentive. The atmosphere is casual, however if this is a special occasion, you can dress up and not feel out of place.
I had their salmon which was excellent and of course I am a bit partial to the peanut soup. My partner had the Cornish hen (Mrs. Vobes Dinner) which came with an appetizer and desert.
Note this is not an inexpensive restaurant, but definitely worth the experience.
I will be back.
We have eaten at King's Arm Tavern many times for our annual wedding anniversary trip to Williamsburg. This time it was a great disappointment. My dinner was slightly warm and the cornish hen was tough and dry. Although I was served a replacement that was warmer it was still tough and dry. Our server did not follow our instructions to not rush us through our cocktails, was not very enthusiastic about the menu offerings, did not recommend the prime rib and Beef Tenderloin which we would have preferred, and overall did not compare favorably with our past servers. We sorely missed the music/entertainment. I read recent unfavorable reviews and did not beleive them :( However, as it stands, we do not plan to return next year as it is no longer worth the time and our $150+.
The food is always good at the Kings Arms, and you cannot beat the atmosphere, if you like Colonial buildings. Eating there is a special treat each time we are there. We were delighted to have Lydia, our favorite server serve us again. She helped my husband on a previous visit when he had a medical emergency. The whole staff is wonderful!
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