About King's Arm Tavern
Williamsburg, VA 23185
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.
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
Overall very, very good meal. My wife e ...
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 ...
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 goo ...
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 ...
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. Wa ...
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 ...
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.
Great meal, entertaining servers, learne ...
Great meal, entertaining servers, learned a little about history in historic Williamsburg, VA and dining they way they did 200 years ago. The food, "bourbon pork chop" for me was excellent. Very nice historic ambiance and servers & music in period costume made for a very enjoyable experience.
We came with 13 and 16 yr old grandchild ...
We came with 13 and 16 yr old grandchildren. Menu way too obscure for them. Kids menu was for under 12 and was too kiddie anyway. For the expense we were disappointed. The rummer drink was good but not as good as Chownings and Campbells. I split a prime rib with my Grandson to give him a reasonable choice even though I had already had a beef choice the night before. Larry, our waiter, kindly split our meal ahead of time. Candlelight is always a welcoming ambiance. The seafood special was a salmon dish but it was farm raised..this is a no no at those prices.
We took a rare vacation with our adult c ...
We took a rare vacation with our adult children and got reservations for Kings Arms Tavern. It was the most wonderful, memorable dinner we have had. The kids loved the food and the atmosphere and said it was "the best dinner we have ever had". Would definitely go back!
We enjoyed our dinner even though our ta ...
We enjoyed our dinner even though our table location could have been nicer. Our waiter wasn't the most pleasant fellow and could have been more engaging. We enjoyed the muscian very much and had a pleasant experience.
King's Arms always provides a great dini ...
King's Arms always provides a great dining experience. We had the Tavern Dinner this time which consisted of the roast cornish game hen and it was delicious. The peppermint stick ice cream was very special as well. The waiter was friendly and informative. I highly recommend visiting there when in Colonial Williamsburg.
Party of 5 adults. Located in downtown ...
Party of 5 adults. Located in downtown Colonial W-burg. Candle - lit upstairs dining room. Loved the cocktails, simple menu, Hunters pot pie, prime rib, tenderloin... the yard sq napkins. The ice cream dessert was to die for (peppermint)! With reservations we got seated right away (Xmas eve 7 pm). Service was great.
Two views: I thoroughly enjoyed all. W ...
Two views: I thoroughly enjoyed all. Wife would like to have more choices than 6 entrees....she did not like the bony Cornish gam hen nor her sample of my pork chop. Peanut soup is a great novelty but closely resembles microwaved peanut butter. Server George was great and very informative. Pecan pie rivals our favorite dessert dish at Goode Company in Houston. All around 3 1/2 stars!
We have been going to the taverns in Col ...
We have been going to the taverns in Colonial Williamsburg for about 15 years. In the past 3 years, the quality of the experience has plummeted. We used to get a very good, historical presentation, including wait staff that were in the character of the times, musicians that came through, played music and gave insight into the music of the period, and much interaction with the patrons throughout the course of the evening.
On Christmas Eve, they seemed to be going through the motions, but did not make it seem as though it were Christmas Eve. Maybe they didn't want to be working because they wanted to be home with their families...the food was decent, but, for the money, certainly not wonderful. This seems to be the trend, and I don't think that we will be going back there or to Christiana Campbell's anytime soon.
A good journey back in time to eat by ca ...
A good journey back in time to eat by candlelight and listen to 17th century period music played by musicians in period costume. The food is good, but the prices are high. It is worth a least one visit, though I go once or twice a year.
We dine here every year, on the request ...
We dine here every year, on the request of our grown children. It is part of their Christmas present, since it is expensive. The staff is wonderful, the food good and the live music is special! Magic!
Highly recommend for special occasions! You won't be disappointed!
My mom and I were in Colonial Williamsbu ...
My mom and I were in Colonial Williamsburg for our Christmas vacation and we ate a King's Arm for dinner one evening, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The food was wonderful and so were the drinks! Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the original tavern and told us a little more about CW that we did not know before!
We had reservations and they sat us almo ...
We had reservations and they sat us almost exactly in time. Very pleased about that. Our waiter was nice and played the part authentically. Food was very good and service was quick, but overpriced. Ambiance was nice, but staff should consider removing service trays and stands which were semi permanently set up and an eye sore.
All in all, a very pleasant experience.
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