King's Arm Tavern
King's Arm Tavern

King's Arm Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/do/restaurants/historic-dining-taverns/kings-arms/
  • Phone: 855-546-7748x
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
King's Arm Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
313 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (209)romantic (140)fit for foodies (79)kid-friendly (76)neighborhood gem (73)good for groups (47)scenic view (39)great for lunch (34)notable wine list (20)late-night find (11)hot spot (7)great for outdoor dining (7)great for brunch (6)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Wonderful Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We ate here with our 11-year-old granddaughter and found the food, service, etc., excellent. What really puts this place over the top is the historical information provided by the servers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    FrequentBoathousepatron
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The experience dining at King's Arms is memorable, but for the expensive prices, it is NOT worth it. The service was not excellent, and both steaks (at $34 and up) were completely overcooked. The sides were nothing to write home about, and overall we left having spent over $130 and feeling very dissatisfied. Will not be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very special!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary and were treated to several different touches which made it a very special evening. The food was delicious, the card was lovely and the serenade by the guitarist was beautiful!! Thank you very much for making our anniversary so memorable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    calnan11
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I revisited Williamsburg after moving away 11 years ago. I used to dine there often and always took visiting guests there for dinner. The tables seemed crowded together and the food was very disappointing. Quality has declined. We mentioned to Our server that some of our meal tasted like it was out of a jar (example was the mint sauce for the lamb. It was just mint jelly out of a jar) and my prime rib was very dry with a large strip of fat across the side which would not have been eaten but made the appearance of the meat un appealing). When we pointed this out to the server she only replied that the head chef from the Lodge "called the shots". As my dinner for two was over $125 I would expect better quality. Very sad to see it decline.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    2fordining
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Dinner was absolutely wonderful! The entertainment was great. The restaurant was beautiful and rustic. We really enjoyed our time there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • UPSMan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    They are grossly over priced, but the food is good. Can eat other places for a lot less, get more food and better.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific!
    JGBKRBVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The King's Arm Tavern had a varied menu. The food was well-prepared to order. The service was top-notch. The entertainment was an added treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delicious food
    sharl
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Wonderful food! Would highly recommend both the beef medallion and prime rib!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OldVet
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Set in Historic Colonial Williamsburg the setting takes you back to late 18th Century dinning. Food is a specialty of the period. Servers are dressed in the period. Excellent dinning experience. A must when either visiting historic Williamsburg or just in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • John- John - John
    paxt
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I would like to say that both of out meals were superb. BUT our waiter John - was AMAZING!!! Not only did we learn a bit of history the service was outstanding. He explained everything about what we ordered. We could have ordered water and he would have made it interesting an appealing. Being a bit of a historic junkie ( I am in the DAR and out local historic society - I was so impressed at his knowledge. I can not say enough good things about John. The food was terrific, and my husband who was a chef and graduated from the Culinary Institute also agreed . He had the dish that had the duck, rabbit and venison. He was impressed. - not something that happens very often.He also enjoyed the bread pudding. We will definitely dine there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • authentic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    real colonial Williamsburg atmosphere and food. Very delicious with good atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kings Arms
    WB2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Went expecting fair food and heavy history, wrong on both counts. Food was great and the history light and educational. Really enjoyed the entire evening, Mr . Washington was having a beverage and was looking for young men to join the cause. You will enjoy the experience, try the peanut soup.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    Gerry
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Server was professional and answered any questions about items on the menu. Peanut soup was outstanding. We come here every year for our anniversary. Never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love
    klvarnado
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I loved the food and the service the beer is good also
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ready to step back in time?
    Luvthisplace
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    If you're looking for a dining experience, I highly recommend the King's Arm Tavern. You're dining in the same place as some of our founding fathers. The food is prepared to perfection. The staff is personable and add to the experience. A varied menu to suit any taste. If you get a chance, have the bread pudding for dessert. Unbelievable! I had the Hunters Pie for a main course which blew me away!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Eating at one of the Williamsburg taverns is a must when visiting.....we enjoyed the food, the entertainment, the table and our server Marty. We were given some tasty tidbits to try and in addition to our dinner received some interesting history tidbits as well. We really enjoyed our dinner tremendously!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK
    TheRealDeal1
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The waiter was charming and most agreeable. However, the food was not hot. It was just barely warm.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great special event dinner location
    Danc
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Great special event dinner location, atmosphere is very good. Reservations for Friday and Saturday evening can be difficult to get, so make reservations early.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I have never had a bad experience at this restaurant. In fact, the main reason that I came to Williamsburg this time was to eat here. The food is very good, and I love the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    TNvisitors
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Food was fantastic, as was the server. We especially enjoyed the musician who played period music on a number of different instruments.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Taking You Back
    RevAndTheMrs
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The friendliness and demeanor of all who served the guests fit in quite well with the finest of food and 18th century table side casual entertainment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect dining
    Nn12
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Food was excellent, service excellent atmosphere reflecting Colonial Williamsburg and excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a winner!
    KandJFromNJ
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Excellent service, food & entertainment - have been here several times and have not been disappointed! The ONLY area that needs major improvement is the rest rooms. They are not maintained / upgraded with the same standards as the other areas of Kings Arms.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • King's Arms Tavern is a Colonial
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Williamsburg favorite, replicating the period of colonial times with modern service and delicious food. Fun entertainment by singers and musicians dressed in period clothing playing period instruments. Lots of fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cindy
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food was not as good as it has been previously. Really enjoy visiting the taverns when in Williamsburg.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely evening
    Annie
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We were celebrating our grandson's 10th birthday. The staff was very attentive to all of us, and made my grandson feel very special. Our server gave us information about the historic aspects of the food, etc. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was perfect.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Historical Scene
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Excellent food. Knowledgeable servers providing information of the time period.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Colonial experience
    dineandwine
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Good colonial atmosphere, great service, entertaining. Singer goes room to room playing guitar and singing 18th century bar songs and diners join in. Food is hearty and good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal with friends
    LAJloveswmbrg
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    At the door we were greeted and taken to our seats into a loving room on the main floor. 1 had pork chops, 1 had lamb and 2 had the tenderloin-all delicious! Three had mint juleps and I had the runner. Then each couple split the bread pudding. All of the drinks,food a d desserts were fabulous! The Anniston,the performers and staff made our visit one of the most talked about parts of our vacation, thanks.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is experience dining.
    Jssaab
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food was excellent but you pay for the atmospher as well as old recipes of the colonial days. Quite good great service some live old world music made the overall experience a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PGWH
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was excellent but the main course portion was very small, especially for how overpriced the meal was.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tradition
    OtherTimes
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We have been enjoying King's Arms Tavern for over 40 years and will continue to visit and enjoy it hopefully for many more years. Our only comment is that as menus change, some thing should remain "traditional" such as the relishes, Mrs. Vobe's dinner, the chicken recipe is more deep fried in appearance and texture. We also missed the Virginia ham and grape sauce. The Sea Food Macaroni well... better for a fast food restaurant. We'll be back in late fall and will be making our reservations soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beware of a long walk to your table
    OpenTableFan
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    While our meal and the service were very nice, we were less than pleased with our table. We chose King's Arm Tavern to experience Colonial Williamsburg dining but were relegated outside, walked around the Tavern, through a courtyard, to what we were told was the "summer kitchen." It was a small room that was already occupied by a party of five women who clearly had enjoyed their private dining experience. Our corner dining was not to be the ambiance we would have surely had in the Tavern proper. My advice is to refuse to take a walk outside to your table and request to wait for one in the Tavern. Again, the food and service were great.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Experience!
    chellrider
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The King's Arm Tavern provides a great 18th century experience. From the costumes of the servers to the balladeer who sings at each table to the food based on the period, everything was wonderful! The Arm's Seafood Macaroni, which had large shrimp, plump scallops and nice chunks of salmon over a bed of angel hair pasta. The sauce was tasty, but did not overpower the seafood. The vegetables were fresh and crisp - not overcooked. The Thomas Jefferson's Brandy-spiked Bread Pudding was delicious. No raisins made it even better! The sauce was creamy and the bread pudding was not soggy. I would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's the King's ARMS, not Arm! ;-)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Very nice restaurant in Colonial Williamsburg and a good way to end our vacation day there. Musicians entertain the diners, and the service and food are great. (Open Table, please correct your listing and give the king back his arm!)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food excellent,John's service great
    Tarviler
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Great birthday dinner for my bride. Highly recommend for those special occasions when a burger just will not do.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pickydiner
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Atmosphere was great. Service impeccable. Food tasted delicious. The only complaint I have is that the food was not hot.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sumptuous through and through
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Upon arrival we were greeted kindly and seated immediately. Our server, Billie, was knowledgeable and gave us a wonderful description of the menu and its highlights. Our party had both the classic peanut soup as well as the creamy mushroom onion soup. I couldn't decide which was better. My Mother-in-law had the game pie. It was piping hot and packed full of flavor. My Father-in-law and I both had the pork which was tender and tasty. My husband had the seafood which came with the sauce on the side so you could have as much or as little as you like...delish. We finished with bread pudding--covered in a sumptuous vanilla sauce. Billie was an absolute delight the entire evening making our overall experience a true delight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tradition
    Trvlr
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Every time I visit Williamsburg I enjoy an evening meal. It's great fun to eat in a Colonial atmosphere with a little history imparted each time. The peanut soup is divine. The only complaints are that I could not drink one drink and sent it back. It would have been nice if it had been removed from bill. The other thing is they didn't serve hot buttered rum. :((. A definite must eat place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • foodfan
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Tavern was beautiful and elegant. We were shown to a table for 4 that was in a little nook which made for a cozy dining experience. Our server was super sweet and efficient. She related the fork lore surrounding the dishess we ordered. Food was excellent and we had a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate