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 service at the King's Arms was not p ...
The service at the King's Arms was not particularly good. The young man waiting on us was somewhat hard to understand and confused our orders. (I realize he was an exchange student, but his language skills did take away from the experience.) He also apparently had not been trained how to serve a bottle of wine. The food was acceptable (prime rib in my case), but not exceptional. We very much enjoyed the ambience of the restaurant and would probably return on our next visit to Colonial Williamsburg.
While visiting the Historic Triangle, my ...
While visiting the Historic Triangle, my family (3 adults and 5 children ages 2to 10) wanted to have an authentic colonial meal. The King's Arms Tavern was a wonderful experience for us all! Prices were great on the Young Patriots (kids') menu, with most a little over $7.00. Each kid's meal included an entree as well as fruit, applesauce, or French fries, and a drink. Chicken strips, Thomas Jefferson's mac and cheese, hot dog, and a sirloin steak (cost a little more) were quickly gobbled up. The adults had roast beef and a seafood pasta dish! Everything was well prepared and delicious.
We were seated immediately and our server (Katie?) attended to our every need. The servers were dressed in colonial outfits and the menu was explained and questions were answered. A strolling guitar player highlighted the evening when he stopped at our table to sing and play Yankee Doodle!
Visiting the King's Arms Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg was an experience we'll always remember!!
Great beef dinners. Thoroughly enjoyed ...
Great beef dinners. Thoroughly enjoyed the relishes too. Very good waiter. Could answer all sorts of questions about both the food and the history. Pricey, but OK for special occasions. We would definitely recommend Kings Arms and will go back if we are in the Williamsburg area.
I hadn't eaten at King's Arms Tavern in ...
I hadn't eaten at King's Arms Tavern in 7 years and was greatly disappointed this trip. I was with a friend who is on a special diet and asked if one of the side dishes could be changed. No, we were told, nothing on any of the listed dinners could be changed. It seemed the request upset the waiter as he was less than friendly from there on out.
The food was average. This place once had terrific food. Both my friend, who had the "special" dinner and myself who had crab cakes (not even average but bad) were disappointed.
The upside was the singer who walked through and a man who taught us about 18th century toasts. Also the restaurant itself is delightful.
All said I won't return to King's Arms. I am sad about that.
It was our 45th anniversary. The waitres ...
It was our 45th anniversary. The waitress was not only informative but her suggestions were right on. Loved the colonial dress, the live music brought everyone together in the room. The food was very good and will come again when in Williamsburg.
Outstanding service, food, music, ambian ...
Outstanding service, food, music, ambiance, plus a history lesson! Our family sampled everything on the menu and although the dining choices are limited, they are all outstanding. We enjoyed the cocktails (wine spritzer and the Mum's beer) and unique colonial desserts as well. Our server Bobbie was knowledgeable and attentive. Our children were mesmerized and enjoyed the kids menu and experiencing American History.
What you are paying for is the experienc ...
What you are paying for is the experience of dining in an "authentic" 18th century tavern, the ambience etc. The food while filling, with good portions, was mediocre. The waitress we had was very hard to hear and I found myself paying more attention to the other waitstaff. The musicians were great. Next time we will dine elsewhere.
We love historic Williamsburg and dine a ...
We love historic Williamsburg and dine at all of the Taverns. KAT was exceptional! The food was delicious and our server was polite, friendly and on top of things. We were treated to special music and a visit by an interpreter who played a traveler. He instructed us on the proper way to dine and how to make a memorable toast. It was a delightful evening and worth the cost.
We had a great time! We were 4 adults an ...
We had a great time! We were 4 adults and 4 kids. They were very kid friendly. We had fun tying the table cloth sized napkins around our necks like they did in Colonial times. That was pre-dry cleaning, so it made sense to cover your entire outfit! There was live music from the period, and a man came by dressed in period garb to answer any questions we had. The food was good, if a little expensive, but we really went there for the atmosphere more than the food anyway.
When in Colonial Williamsburg area, we a ...
When in Colonial Williamsburg area, we always stop to have dinner here. They serve authentic peanut soup which is delicious. The food is served in the atmosphere of the colonies and the servers dress in the costumes of the time.
Food is served hot and the presentation makes you feel like you are back in colonial times.
There is a musician that goes to each room and plays a song from colonial times. Also, they have an individual visiting the tables to make you feel like you are speaking with someone that could have been at the tavern during the time one of the founding fathers was there. He is knowledgeable and offers insight on how things were during colonial times.
The Kings Arms Tavern is the GEM of Colo ...
The Kings Arms Tavern is the GEM of Colonial Williamsburgh. The menu is largely original Colonial recipes with current menus if you wish. The waiters are in period dress, and are delightful. This is the only Tavern (restaurant) that serves original Shephards Game Pie.
Dont pass this up when in Colonial Williamsburgh.
The last time we were in Williamsburg, w ...
The last time we were in Williamsburg, we went to this tavern with our 3 kids. There were two characters acting the part of colonial residents. It was so enjoyable that we didn't mind spending the money. This trip, I took myself and 2 teenage girls. The cost of dinner/tip for the three of us was $146. We are all small. The portions were fine for us--no doggie bags, AND there was no entertainment, except some boring music. Like I said, I didn't mind spending the money because of the entertainment; but there was no entertainment.
Everything was wonderful although I was ...
Everything was wonderful although I was disappointed that the special anniversary arrangements I made for my wife got bestowed upon another couple. Lost a star for that detail. Server was very historically accurate and I loved his story-telling approach to his service. This was our first time dining in the revolutionary city. Much too expensive for the family but a nice treat for my wife and I.
I had the salmon special. It was slight ...
I had the salmon special. It was slightly overcooked and the crab sauce was salty. My son had the vegetarian pasta. The flavour was nice but there were very few noodles. The dish was mostly sauce and vegetables. Our desserts were nice (chocolate cake and pecan pie). For the price of the meal, I expected it to be slightly better than it was. The ambiance was lovely and our waitress was very knowledgeable and pleasant.
The King's Arms is a 1770's tavern resta ...
The King's Arms is a 1770's tavern restaurant in the historic district of Williamsburg, VA. Dinner includes "visits" by 1770's people and music. Some of the wait staff provides a detailed explanation of the historic significance of the food and the tavern itself (ours did not, which is why we gave 4 stars for service). The food was great and the service was attentive. It is a little more expensive than some of the other taverns, but it is supposed to have been the "best" restaurant of the time. Among other things, we learned the derivation of the phrase "tying one on"--hint: check out the size of the "napkin". A really nice experience! Highly recommend it.
We have always enjoyed visiting Colonial ...
We have always enjoyed visiting Colonial Williamsburg, and set aside at least one nice dinner at one of the town's taverns. Selection is often by their menu offerings, especially when the grandkids accompany us. We very much enjoyed the King's Arm on this trip - great food and drink, a very pleasant and knowledgable server, live period-style roving musicians, and all the colonial ambience one could possibly ask for.
The ambience is quite nice - takes you b ...
The ambience is quite nice - takes you back to colonial times. Nice music but hard to concentrate due to noise level in the small room. Food was fresh but no flavor to it. Dessert was pecan pie and that was very good.
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