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King's Arm Tavern
King's Arm Tavern
  • Address:
    416 E Duke of Gloucester St
    Williamsburg, VA 23185
    Neighborhood:
    Colonial Williamsburg
  • Cuisine:
    American
    Price: $31 to $50

King's Arm Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/do/restaurants/historic-dining-taverns/kings-arms/
  • Phone: (855) 546-7748
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Thursday - Monday: 11:30am - 2:30pm.
    Dinner: Thursday - Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Linwood Blizzard
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Entertainment, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: CW Buses Only
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Tavern parking is located on Francis Street adjacent to the tavern.
A word from 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.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Overpriced. The food was good. However, it reminded me of catering type food. The specialty beer was great."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "With an old setting and modern health requirements, King's Arms Tavern has reached a good balance. The food was based on historic recipes and yet were recognizable to modern patrons. The environment and the setting add to the experience. I only had two negative thoughts from what was overall, a wonderful experience; my reservation coincided with an unusually hot day and the environmental systems just couldn't keep up with the humidity and the wait staff appeared slightly overloaded and I would have preferred a little more exposure to the historical aspect of dining, table manners and convention in the last half of the 18th century. Overall, quite an enjoyable experience and I will be back."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "This was a nice authentic Williamsburg experience. We enjoyed the atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Eating 18th century recipes in a tavern setting was a blast. Food was good, Service friendly. Big desserts, so share."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Wonderful, historical experience. Our waiter Martin was great; a wealth of information. The food was delicious!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "There was a singer who taught us all a colonial drinking song. It was fun! The prime rib was a little over done, but the lamb was divine!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We dine there at least 5 times a year and have always had a fine meal and excellent service."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great atmosphere. Very kid friendly. My 12-year-olds had no trouble finding something good on the menu. Love the peanut soup!! Music was fun. We would definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Food was great. Service was wonderful. The theme of the restaurant was great. Make sure you have the prime rib, AMAZING!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Dinner was a fabulous experience. Food was very good and service was excellent. The staff really made the whole experience wonderful."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We made reservations at the tavern expecting to be involved in group type experience. Instead, we were shuffled to a small barn behind the tavern where one other family was dining in a room the size of a foyer. I think a table in the kitchen would have more ambience than this room, we left before dining."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Awesome! The service was great and the food was awesome. Thank you for a great evening!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Stepped back in time to colonial Williamsburg and were not disappointed - our server was marvelous and entertainment by roving musician delightful. Our reservation was at 7:30 and as evening set in the candlelit room really came to life. Our daughter still raves about the Hunter's Game Pye. A truly pleasurable experience."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "been going to for over 30 yrs and will go next time in town"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Went on a Saturday night, with reservations, and were led from the hostess to outside, down the street, around back, and into a small building without explanation. I didn't know that there were different buildings used. The smaller building in the back had room for four or five tables, and there were two other people at a table. It was quieter than a morgue, and similarly creepy. We could hear everything the couple said. We requested to be seated outside, and it was absolutely lovely, quiet but not so quiet you feel like you can't speak, perfect ambiance, and overall just a good time. Service was a little slow, but I expect that on a weekend night. Food was quite good."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Fantastic service and meal when were expecting typical vacation spot food. Pricey but worth it. My prime rib had little fat, cooked to perfection with perfectly cooked asparagus, and a good amount of it. The cheese tray we got as an appetizer with marvelous!! This meal was worth every penny! The Ambience was wonderful as was the troubadour!! Do not let the price keep you from the Kings Arms!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I would not recommend this place, the food was just above marginal and the service was the same. It had so much potential of being a great place to eat and drink. The setting was great, they had a couple of character actors playing music but unfortunately that was the best part of dinner. How can you serve such a marginal plate of food and charge so much? Don't get the Mrs. Vobe’s Tavern Dinner. You get a substandard cup of soup, what amounts to a just about a half a chick breast and desert. The vanilla ice cream was good…probably because it was store bought. Also, didn't mention the 11+% taxes on dinner. Good luck."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My wife and I ate here on the 4th of July amid the Colonial Williamsburg celebration. Reservations are necessary, especially on a big night. That said, it was not crowded. The menu is limited, but features entrees and appetizers from a bygone era. Initially, service was abysmal. After waiting for a waitress to at least greet us, one arrived at the 12 minute mark. It was just bad service or a bad system. The manager moved us, we then had an excellent waitress. As an appetizer we ordered the cheese plate, it was not worth it and very boring. Our entrees were fantastic though, the pork chop and the venison/duck/rabbit pie were very tasty and both were large proportions. We each ordered a traditional cocktail which were both delicious."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Exceptional dining experience in all regards, from food to service to atmosphere. This is a niche restaurant whose identity is wrapped around the colonial period. Come ready for exceptionally prepared food served in a colonial atmosphere that is not pushy or rushed. Expect dinner to be your primary event for the evening unless you're eating earlier and plan to take in a local program at one of the other Colonial Williamsburg venues. Please this is not the place for children who are "all out of good" after a day of touring."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "What fun to eat at this famous spot in Colonial Williamsburg for a special treat. We ate an early dinner (5:30), myself, daughter, granddaughter. Our wait staff in costume were very knowledgeable, the traveling musicians were excellent and played for just the right amount of time. The food was better than "very good", but not truly outstanding. We enjoyed the menu based on historic foods, loved the giant napkins, the service could not be better, and the whole experience was a highlight of our trip. We don't drink alcohol so can't comment, but there seemed to be a good choice of wines and beers. They do a good job of making the small space seem not so crowded."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Took my family to eat there on. July 4th, 2014. Food was okay at best but service and atmosphere was good. At $30 a plate for adult entrees I expected the food to be of higher quality but I do understand the higher prices given the location. We dined at Shield's Tavern the following night and were much more impressed with the food there. I'm sure this was an inadvertant mistake but I my credir card was triple charged and they still haven't credited the $160 they owe me as of July., 8th. I could use that money right now for the vacation I am on with my wife and kids. I would not dine here again ."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Enjoyed our meal at the Kings Arm. A unique experience which added to the Colonial Williamsburg experience overall. Its a bit pricey but the food was very good and the family enjoyed it. Great for special occassions."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Very generous portions of food and good quality. my family and I enjoyed the ambience and musical entertainment. Staff was very professional and kept with the colonial spirit."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Sherry was our server and she was fantastic! We were simply delighted with her and her emphasis on historical tavern history. Her service was outstanding and that made for a wonderful experience at Kings Arms Tavern!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We always make it a point to eat at the King's Arms while in Williamsburg. The peanut soup is The Best and the desserts were huge!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We had a 5 pm reservation, when the restaurant opens for dinner. We were promptly seated and our wait staff person appeared at our table within moments. Wait staff were very knowledgeable about the menu and explained the dishes with expertise. Once our order was placed, the before dinner drinks arrived for our enjoyment. The dinner arrived shortly and was everything that the menu and the staff described. We ordered beef tenderloin and the pork chop. Both dishes were prepared well and were delicious. Dessert was pecan pie with vanilla ice cream, both recommended by our wait staff, and was "to die for". This was our 2nd trip the King's Arm Tavern and we will go again."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Food was mediocre at best. The romaine "salat" was a bunch of chopped iceberg with bland dressing and lame mini-croutons from a box for $7.25! Pretty sure they didn't have generic boxed croutons in colonial times! Beer selection and specialty beverages were good and our server was pleasant and provided us with some interesting facts regarding colonial dining. However, for the price, I expected a more authentic food experience with much better quality/ingredients."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I picked the Kings Arms tavern to take my fiance to as his first colonial tavern food. I picked it because my fiance usually orders prime rib. so i picked an early seating saw that it was on the menu and said this will be easy to order the prime rib. how was i to know that would become a very difficult decision for him to pick a meal when you stop for other entrees on the menu that he wanted also shows the hunters pie and was very happy with how it turned out I had prime rib it was great and we recommend this place to anybody."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Our 16th anniversary: Thoroughly enjoyed a most pleasant dinner with a colonial atmosphere and surrounding. Staff, especially our waiter (W. Marcin) were most knowledgeable and pleasant. Our compliments to Mr Marcin as he provided interesting lore and attentiveness to our interest and meal. We will look forward to enjoying his opportunity to serve us in the future as we plan on many future pleasant visits. Prime Rib was especially well prepared and delicious."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The last time I ate there was 25 years ago. My wife and ate there at the end of our vacation lat week. I had the signature peanut soup, which was different but good. I also had the prime rib that was just ok. I then had the baked meringues with ice cream on top. This was actually the best of all three. There must have been a quart of ice cream on top. Also, keep in mind it's only open three or four days a week when making reservations. My wife had the beef medallions, salad, and bread pudding which were good."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Wonderful food selection. The wait staff was great. Loved the entertainment. The musicians added to the experience."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Make your reservation ahead of time. Good prime rib. 18th century entertainment while you eat. Feel it was may be best of Williamsburg taverns."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We took our grandchildren ( ages 13 and 9) to Williamsburg and wanted them to experience some 18th century dining. it was truly a wonderful experience. Our waiter kept them entertained with tales of of the Inn and eating habits of the 18th century ( including the need to wear a hat at dinner to protect your wig). The food was good and the service very efficient. We would definitely go back either with the children or just us for an adult dinner."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Food was good but not great, frankly I expected better. Service was exceptional and the entertainment was really nice touch. We had four different entrees and I would say 3 of 4 did not meet expectations. I realize its not Chownings but I did think it woiuld be better."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Very much enjoyed the food prepared in accordance with historic recipes. The waiter provided a history lesson with each course. Music provided by a colonial American entrepreneur playing vintage musical instruments. Great fun, food, and atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was my husbands first time in Colonial Williamsburg and dining at the Kings Arms. Much to my surprise, he really enjoyed it and raved about the food. The service was excellant also. I just wish there was a little more entertainment than just playing music, but all in all, it was great. I know we will dine again at the kings arms when we visit Williamsburg again."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great food and the atmosphere makes you feel like you are dining in colonial times. Lots of little extras provided during the meal. The Sally Lund bread was delicious. Leave room for dessert. They were all great especially the peppermint ice cream. Can't wait to go back again."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The staff of this restaurant made you feel like the gentry in colonial times. They were friendly and personable, giving great suggestions about the food and historical information about how a meal would have been in the inn during colonial times. We loved everything about it and the food was great too!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "It was a fine one time experience while we were on vacation. The food was ok but fun to try "period style" food. Not a big selection, no substitutions. Service was fine not great, not sure if that was his try at acting authentic. Over all good experience but not a special as I thought it would be"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Would have rated higher but a sewage smell impn the entry and the dining room! Need to fix that"
    Dined on 6/15/2014