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.
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
The prime rib was outstanding, best my w ...
The prime rib was outstanding, best my wife has had. The salmon was also very good and cooked to perfection. Enjoyed a pleasant dining serenade which complemented the colonial ambiance. Our waiter was excellent, providing us with great detail on the menu choices and historical frame of reference. The combination of great food, colonial atmosphere, and well mannered staff made for an enjoyable evening.
My wife and I have been coming to Kings ...
My wife and I have been coming to Kings Arms for over 30 years. This restaurant never disappoints. Knowledgeable server, great menu selections prepared perfectly by the kitchen (I had the salmon special (delicious), and my wife ordered her go to entree prime rib), and wonderful ambiance. Everything was scrumptious, topped off by the baked meringue dessert (my wife's favorite). We always look forward to visiting Williamsburg and Kings Arms is a big reason.
The food was fabulous. We both ordered ...
The food was fabulous. We both ordered the prime rib and it was the best we'd ever eaten. Side dishes were equally delicious. The service was great. Our server described everything and gave us a little history of the restaurant and the food and it's preparation. A musician played and sang and encouraged diners to join in. The room was lovely, and the atmosphere wonderful. I'd recommend King's Arms to anyone who is looking for an unforgettable dining experience.
My husband and I chose to spend a night ...
My husband and I chose to spend a night in Williamsburg as part of our hurricane Matthew evacuation. We hadn't been there in several years; and wanted to enjoy a meal in a tavern and walk the streets of this historical gem.
I had called the Colonial Williamsburg number to make a dinner reservation. I was told there were no tables available the entire evening. I decided to try Open Table and was able to find availability. I found this rather interesting. Perhaps OT and Colonial Williamsburg have an agreement to release/hold a percentage for last minute reservations.
The dining experience was very nice. The ambiance and service was excellent. We both had the Tavern Dinner; and agreed that the main course was fair, with the peanut soup and pecan pie being the highlights.
We enjoyed dining at this restaurant for ...
We enjoyed dining at this restaurant for our anniversary. The food was excellent! The wait staff was prompt, attentive, helpful and also very knowledgeable of history which was a great feature of a colonial establishment.
If you like historic dining the Kings A ...
If you like historic dining the Kings Arms is a great restaurant. Food very was tasty but portions were a little small. The wait staff does an excellent job at keeping the historic atmosphere. It is nice to dine in Colonial Williamsburg.
Tasteful meals but too expensive. Altho ...
Tasteful meals but too expensive. Although adequate, the portions were small. For example, the thick cut grilled pork chop was actually a slice of roast pork and the prime rib was cut to smaller than the usual banquet style. All soup and salad was priced separately. The cost of the meal, including an 18% tip came to $400.
Again, we were paying for the Williamsburg dining experience prior to a ghost tour. Candlelit, private dining for handicap accessibility created the perfect atmosphere and our server took pride in her job and helped us order our drinks and food.
The experience of authentic food prepare ...
The experience of authentic food prepared with the suthetic ingredients from the 1700s was intriguing. The waitress was dressed in period clothing and had a great deal of knowledge about that time in history far as dining was concerned. I enjoyed the experience immensely and will return there again the next time I am in colonial Williamsburg
King's Arms Tavern is a wonderful choice ...
King's Arms Tavern is a wonderful choice for a true Colonial experience on Duke of Gloucester street. The food, drinks, and ambience are superb and the servers and roving musicians are outstanding. It is definitely a special treat for any vacation to Colonial Williamsburg!
I have been going to the King's Arm Tave ...
I have been going to the King's Arm Tavern since I was a little girl, so it holds a very special place in my heart. I wanted this to be an extra special occasion for my grandson and me for his special trip to Williamsburg, and had mentioned this on the reservation. However, I have to say that in relationship to my many other times of eating here, this time it was disappointing. We were in an upstairs room, where there is NO ambiance, and I felt that our server was just "going through the motions". The musician played 3 short songs, and it wasn't the special occasion I had hoped for. In fact, when I had been there 2 years ago as a walk-in with my granddaughter for lunch, we were seated downstairs and it was infinitely better with "Mrs. Campbell" visiting each table, and musicians strolling while we ate. So if you're going to the KAT - specifically request to sit downstairs. I honestly think that if you stay at CW properties you are probably treated better. I made reservations through Open Table, and don't know if that makes a difference or not. My grandson really enjoyed his meal, but for $80 for the 2 of us before tip, I felt it was quite pricey for what we got. I will say, however that the peanut soup is as delicious as always.
We had such a memorable experience at th ...
We had such a memorable experience at the Kings Arms Tavern. All the food was delicious, but we especially enjoyed the game pie. Our waiter, Purcell, was entertaining & took very good care of us. Thank you for a wonderful evening.
Food quality and atmosphere were great. ...
Food quality and atmosphere were great. Waitress was excellent. However, the amount of bread and relishes brought before the main course were very small and disappointing compared to prior visits to the King's Arms 2 years ago and earlier.
Fun dining experience while on vacation. ...
Fun dining experience while on vacation. The only drawback was the character visit to our dining room. One character was the "wig maker's wife" who thought it was funny to call attention and tease to the bald diner in our room.
Great ambiance and the wait staff are fr ...
Great ambiance and the wait staff are friendly and entertaining. The menu is limited and the food is only fair. The reason to dine here is for the experience of eating in a recreated 18th century atmosphere. The food is pedestrian and overpriced.
As always, all the CWF taverns are wonde ...
As always, all the CWF taverns are wonderful. We have been going to the taverns for over 40 years and have never been disappointed. Admittedly, Christiana Campbell's is our favorite....spoon bread, but Kings Arms introduced us to the Rumer. Thanks for making our 45th memorable.
Visited during recent vacation for our a ...
Visited during recent vacation for our anniversary. Our server was warm, friendly and efficient (apologies, don't recall her name). As always, CW entertainment was wonderful, as was the historic setting.
Food: mushroom appetizer was very tasty, though could have been hotter (dish somewhat cool). We both ordered the prime rib. While well seasoned, both cuts were fattier than they should have been, and we had to cut quite a bit away to get to the best parts.
Overall a nice time, though I would avoid the prime rib if I were to visit again.
Old Time Tradition...I ate at the Kings ...
Old Time Tradition...I ate at the Kings Arm Tavern when I was about 10 years old. I fell in love with the Peanut soup and have been talking about it for 40 years. So, when I went to visit my son at William and Mary, I wanted him to experience the "fun" tavern. They have roving musicians all dressed in period costume, as well as those giving a little dramatic snapshot into life back in the day. The servers all wear period costume and give you little snippets from the time! It was a great little history lesson and we both enjoyed it. The Peanut soup was as good as I remember it. We both had the salmon and it was cooked perfectly. My son also reported that the chocolate cake was delicious. It is a little pricey, but for me, it was well worth it.
The setting is terrific - one of the ori ...
The setting is terrific - one of the original colonial taverns, with modernized dishes that have their roots in 18th century. Wait persons are knowledgeable about each dish and colonial customs. Each dining room is lit exclusively by candlelight - just as 18th century travelers would have seen. A highlight of any trip to Colonial Williamsburg.
Very disappointed! I had been here sever ...
Very disappointed! I had been here several times in the past but not for several years. All of the food we had was mediocre at best. Peanut soup way too thick, mushroom fricassee thick and bland, Cornish hen dry and overly seasoned with herbs. The noise level from other tables made conversation difficult and it was the room, not that anyone was especially loud. I will never go back.
Have gone dined at the Kings Arms for 50 ...
Have gone dined at the Kings Arms for 50 years...this last visit was some what of a disappointment . The food just wasn't to the par I had come to expect. My favorite meal was Filet Mignon, stuffed with oysters and wrapped in bacon. At least, they still had peanut soup. Everything else was perfect.
The variety and quality of the ingredie ...
The variety and quality of the ingredients in various dishes that have been on the menu for decades has declined. Mrs. Vobe's Tavern Dinner is not what it used to be. There is no ham and dressing as in the past. The scrawny Cornish game hen was disappointing. Even the Sally Lunn bread tasted differently from that in my many meals there since the 1970s. The noise level in the room was overwhelming, and we could barely hear each other a good part of the time. "Energetic" in the survey is not the right word to describe this situation. The waiter was , however, great. This used to be my favorite inn at CW but not any more. I was quite disappointed as were my fellow diners!! What is going on there?
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