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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
I have dined at King's Arm Tavern numerous times and return for the historic ambiance and dishes based on colonial recipes. This restaurant is not inexpensive. However, the quality of the food is delicious. Most recently we had a game pie (venison, duck and rabbit) and a Cornish game hen. The dinner portions tend to be on the large side for kids so we shared two adult dinners among two adults and a child. We wanted to save room for dessert.
We were looking for an authentic dining experience with our 8 and 11yo to launch our visit of Colonial Williamsburg. This one might have been fancier than needed and the variance between their kids menu (the standard unhealthy, boring options) and their pricey adult menu, it was clear their intention is not to draw families. Regardless, we avoided the kids menu and found two adult portions and an appetizer split four ways was more than enough food. The game pie was delicious and as large as a small thanksgiving pie. The peanut soup, though interesting is not worth the expense (like runny peanut butter with croutons to dip in)
We were a bit disappointed in that this tavern was supposed to be the "premier" tavern in Colonial Williamsburg. Our reservation was for four persons, but only three were able to travel. We were seated at a table for five, and the excess settings were never removed. I ordered the beed tenderloin stuffed with oysters and there was only one small oyster in the steak. The food arrived warm, not hot.
We've been to the King's Arms Tavern previously and as always the expectations were exceeded by the food and the service. Our server's worked there for almost 40 years and had all sorts of interesting information and anecdotes about the restaurant and Williamsburg in general. This was the first time I've been there with my children and they were enthralled by the stories our waiter told. The food was better than I recalled; everything was delicious. I can't wait to return.
Our server was friendly, attentive, and recommended excellent choices. The game pie, which included venison, was wonderful and surprisingly light. If you order dessert, don't miss the meringue! The decor is beautiful and we were entertained by live Colonial music. The only negative is the price. Our children ordered from the children's menu, which meant their meal was free under the package we had, but if they had ordered from the main menu our dinner would have been nearly $300 with tip!
I took the family because it was a dining experience I remembered as a child years ago. However, the service was slow (our reservation was for 8pm.) The atmosphere is of course lovely and the true reason for going. Our food was of course not worth the price we paid. Husband had the pork chop and it was good. The game pie was not tasty and the meat was very tough. The bread pudding was yummy.
This restaurant used to serve the best dark rum punches that we have enjoyed for years. Now they have been dropped from the menu. Other items dropped over the years include: rice pudding, creamed spinach, seafood macaroni, and several of their relishes. Disheartening to see the changes in offerings.
The ambiance was, as anticipated, perfect!! The service and food were excellent. And the musician made the experience the best. We frequently visit Colonial Williamsburg and once in awhile treat ourselves to a dinner at the King's Arms. While the prices are on the high end, our experiences have always been incredible.
The food was good and the service friendly and accommodating. However, lunch portions are small, particularly for the price of the menu items. You pay for the convenience of staying in the historic portion of the village, and the colonial atmosphere. Fun to try once, but would probably eat outside of town on the next visit.
Since we were going to Colonial Williamsburg we wanted to have the full experience, so I thought eating lunch at an "authentic" tavern would be perfect. The building was great, and our server was really nice, telling some historical details about the tavern and the eating experience in the 1700's. However, our meal itself was quite disappointing. Maybe we would have enjoyed it more if we had gotten only the historical entrees, but the "beefsteak" that a couple of us got was nothing more than a hamburger with a patty that wasn't even handmade. It was literally the kind of frozen patties that you buy in bulk at Costco. Not only that, but the bottom bun completely soaked with grease (to the point that I could actually squeeze grease out onto the plate), and the patty itself was charred on the outside and squishy on the inside. Others in the group got fried chicken, pasta with butter, a turkey sandwich, and chicken strips, which all seemed to be fine, but nothing better than, say, your local Dennys. Our server was super sweet, but she got 5 out of our seven orders wrong when she brought them out. After trying to fix everything for over 15 minutes, we just decided to say that it was fine because she was doing the best that she could. Our food took a really long time to come out, and she said that it was because it was so busy, but the room we were in was only half occupied, and when I walked around on my way to the restroom it seemed that way in pretty much the whole building.
We heard some violin music in another room, and she told us that they would come into our room, but they never did. We were there for quite a while, so I'm guessing that it wasn't that they never made it to our dining room, but they finished their shift or something. We really enjoyed the special dessert drinks and family lunch bowl, but that was the best thing about the whole thing. But what really made this such an epic fail was that after tax we paid $138 for our "experience"!!
We had a wonderful dining experience. The food was outstanding, although a bit pricey, the Colonial Williamsburg historic atmosphere was fun, but our server John really was extraordinary and made our experience really special. I dined with my 4.5 yr old and 16 year old while on vacation and we had a terrific evening.
As with all the Williamsburg property Taverns, you're paying for the experience/atmosphere. We absolutely loved the historic setting - wood tables/chairs with only candles for light, music being played from room to room, etc. That being said, the food prices are absolutely outrageous. You're paying more than a lot of fine dining restaurants ($30+ for most entrees) but the quality is no where near that of fine dining. The dishes aren't creative (which I don't expect them to be, I want close to authenticity for the time period to fit the setting) but they're charging way beyond the quality. There were 4 of us (2 adults, 2 kids) and my wife and I decided to share entree because of the high prices. Even sharing entrees, once we added drinks and a dessert (also shared) our bill was well over $100 before tip. Our server was fabulous (Marcin). He was attentive, personable, and interacted well with our children. We were sat quickly (based on our reservation time). Love everything about the experience except the price. One of 2 things needs to happen - the food needs to be VASTLY elevated to fit the $30+ entree prices OR the existing food menu prices need to be dropped.
We had a great meal. All of the Colonial Williamsburg taverns charge about $10 more than a regular, high-end restaurant would charge for a dinner course - but that's understandable since the evening is an "event" as well as dinner. This was the third night at one of the CW taverns. So, this time, I ordered a soup and a salad, and it was the perfect amount! Delicious - and not so expensive.
Staff was attentive and polite. Atmosphere offered the period feel . Food - for the price was rather disappointing . Queens cut prime rib ordered medium rare was served the rarest I have ever seen a prime rib served. The accompanying potatoes where over-peppered to the point of being inedible. I had the hunters pie, which was tasty and above average. It was however lukewarm and the pastry top was chewy, doughy -probably needed 3-4 more minutes in oven. I tend to like this sort of pie served in that manner so it was good for me. However, I think the average dinner would be disappointed. Beverage selection was good - the peach rum concoction I had was tasty, as well as the Weekend lager . Strolling fiddle player was entertaining and quite knowledgeable about period music - enjoyable to speak with. Overall a disappointing dining experience due to the food quality. I would advise you get your periods atmosphere throughout the day, and choose a better culinary fare elsewhere for the evening .
We had a delightful meal at King's Arms! We were seated at a table for two next to a window which we were very happy about! Our waitress was excellent, explained the different items on the menu, her knowledge of the history surrounding the Kings Arms and was very pleasant. The wine was good, and we weren't rushed!! A wonderful experience!! We'll be back!!
We had dined here a few times in the past and had such a lovely time. The staff were in character and they even performed a small skit before we ate which was an entertaining way to experience the history of the time. Well they seem to have moved away from that. During our recent visit, the staff wasn't very friendly and in general - they stopped performing the skit all together. So overall - the experience was disappointing. Other than the ambiance that had a few reminders of colonial days - I feel like the experience lost its charm. The food was ok but considering the fact that they took away most of the remnants of the Tavern experience - I don't think it was worth the price and would not return. This was one of the highlights of our past visits and I'm disappointed that they made some so many changes.
The food at this tavern was not that great and was overpriced. Would rrecommend Chownings tavern if you want the tavern experience and better food we had lunch there. There are better restaurants in the merchant Square such as blue Talon bistro and Barrett seafood
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