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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King's Arm Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
213 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (138)romantic (82)kid-friendly (70)neighborhood gem (50)fit for foodies (42)good for groups (35)scenic view (30)great for lunch (25)notable wine list (18)hot spot (5)great for outdoor dining (5)great for brunch (5)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Welcome to Colonia Times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Kings Arm Tavern is a fun and enjoyable experience. The restaurant portrays colonial times in Williamsburg, VA with customary dress, food, and entertainment. The food is very nicely prepared and often unique. Entertainment is fun, foot stomping style. Service is attentive, but not pushy. I highly recommend dining here if in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pam10
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Several of us (party of 8) were disappointed with their dinners. Meat was dry and tough. Server did try to accomodate and appease everyone but the kitchen apparently did not share the same end goal.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite for a KING&Queen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Family experience to be repeated, John our waiter was EXCELLENT!!!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great from start to finish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were there for dinner Saturday night. The staff is so nice and very knowledgeable. Our waitress Jennifer made our experience very enjoyable. Food was delicious. A bit pricey but worth it. Will definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was truly a wonderful experience...First time and I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disapointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Since my girlfriend had never been to Colonial Williamsburg before, I made a reservation for the atmosphere and because they have a reputation for good food. We were very disappointed with the food. My girlfriend ordered the "sea food macaroni". It came as seafood in a cream sauce over angel hair pasta (I guess it technically is macaroni) she was disappointed with the presentation and the seafood was way over cooked. They were very gracious and took it off the check. I had a safe prime rib. Asked for Medium rare and got medium well. The potatoes were tasteless as well as the Yorkshire pudding. The place is beautiful, the service attentive and the entertainment very good. I should have known better than to expect great food also.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Our server was John and he was very good and knew the in and outs of the menu. We had a party of seven and were very well attended to.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The dinner was great and the young lady who served us was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    we had a very good meal at the kings arms tavern. the two childrens dinners were very good the chicken fingers and childrens prime rib had very generous portions. my daughter in law had the beef collops and said the were delicious. I had the prim rib and it was very good. our server Leon was very friendly and gave excellent service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    fitfoodie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Fantastic food. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. The wait staff and musicians wore period costumes which helped make you feel part of the time period. The candlelit atmosphere was romantic and warm. I was pleasantly amazed by the experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fun
    food4living
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    If you like history and colonial ambiance, this is the place for you. The food is interesting, not gourmet, but that is not really the point. The point is getting a taste of what it might of been like to dine in a tavern in colonial times. You learn about relish, linens, and eating utensils. A fiddler stopped by to sing us a tune and the staff was friendly and full of facts. The meat pye filled with rabbit, duck, and venison was good as was the nut brown ale. The pye is large so bring a healthy appetite. It is also on the sweet side and not heavily spiced.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    mwagnerwoodshop
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had dinner here while enjoying Colonial Williamsburg. The prices are very high for the quality of food, you are basically paying for the Tavern experience which is something to try at least once. The ambience and live music are great, especially for kids. The service was excellent, they move you in/out pretty quickly and I applaud them for servicing so well in such constrained areas. The drinks were delicious and unique, one of the highlights of the evening.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • King's Arm is special
    JordangoodVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    A visit to the King's Arms Tavern is special because you are taken back to colonial times and learn about the food and music of that era. Our waiter Martin explained the history of the tavern and how food was cooked in colonial times. All of the food was delicious, from the peanut soup to the fish and lamb and chocolate cake. I highly recommend the experience!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great atmosphere and service
    Njvisitor
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our waiter was helpful and knowledgeable about the food and included history on the items. He was available but never intrusive. Dining by candle light in a historic venue; great evening out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was good as well as service however two other waiters in the dining room serving other tables gave their customers a far better experience with facts about the foods, customs, etc. it felt like we were outcasts and were given the worse server.... Spent alot of money for food and experience of a regular restaurant ... Not what we expected
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best way to keep the theme
    Artjaro
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This was a great experience. Food was great and server was well informed about the tavern and talked to us as if we were old friends. made a note in the res that this was a anniversary dinner and he congratulated us and handed us a little surprise they had ready for us.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always an excellent place to eat
    PHYLTER
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The King's Arm Tavern is one of our special places to dine in Williamsburg. the wait staff, food and entertainment is always outstanding. We took our Grandson who was entering the College of William and Mary the next day and he was very impressed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner in Williamsburg
    CulinaryCabaret
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had a very good dinner at King's Arm. The waiter was very informative. He gave us bits of information during the meal about the time period. Of all the colonial dining we did during our visit to colonial williamsburg, King's Arm had the best musical experience. Instead of just walking around and serenading the patrons, we were encouraged to sing-a-long. It was a nice touch. And of course, the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Danielb
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    From the moment you walk in the door you are transported back 250 years. Our waitress was perfect food excellent. A true memorable evening
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kings Arm Tavern
    KansasFoodie
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Great place for a small family reunion, remembering the vacations to Williamsburg as a child. Food was good, ambiance was great, and the waiter was friendly, helpful and had a good sense of humor. A good place to remember dear old Mum while having a pint of Dear Old Mum.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    dineoutfun
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Our dining experience at Kings Arms Tavern was wonderful. The setting, the food, and the service were all fantastic.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Memory!
    35thAnniv
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We celebrated our 35th anniversary and were greeted with warmth and well wishes. Later in the even the staff presented us with a card while we were serenaded with a Scottish Wedding song on guitar. IT was WONDERFUL!!! We LOVE King's Arms Tavern - we honeymooned in Williamsburg and wanted to recreate our special time. The staff did that for us!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic colonial Williamsburg
    VacationEatingOut
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Awesome authentic colonial Williamsburg experience, great food and server was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Candle light, music and great food
    2full2walk
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Kings Arms is a wonderful place for special occasions and quite dinners. The use of candle light and 18th century music provides a perfect setting for delicious food including some excelent versions of 18th century dishes such as peanut soup and popovers. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and jelpfu and play their characters delightfully. We have eaten there on previous trips to Williamsburg and will do so again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KathyVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Have been to the tavern many times as a local resident. Whenever we have visitors we like to take them to Kings Arms so that they can get the flavor of a meal back in colonial times. I wish that the menu was more exciting but in CW's attempt to keep it authentic I understand their limitations. The tavern entertainment is part of the ambiance that we normally enjoy...unfortunately a large table with many young chikdren ruined that experience for us...but no matter what we will be back with our next set of visitors.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Sadly, a small child two tables over from us kept crying and screaming. If advertised as Kid frendly, we will not be coming back. Hard to enjoy the ambience and food with a screaming child. The service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Cherry On Top
    dsprague76
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My boyfriend and I spent our one year anniversary in Colonial Williamsburg. We went to the King's Arms for our anniversary dinner and I did not expect the fantastic ambiance, the live music, or the historical facts from our server (who was splendid). The food was delicious and we could not finish our meals. The King's Arms is a treasure, I highly recommend it for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kings Arms Tavern disapointing
    Disapointing
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I have been eating at Kings Arms Tavern for about 25 years. This experiencewas a nightmare. My husband/ I were celabrating our 21 yrs of marriage. The meal was the Tavern Dinner including peanut soup, chicken, vegetables and rice, and desert. The peanut soup was watery/ tasted like lemon water. The chicken was nothing but a soggy, breaded pattie (not the leg/breast like before). The waitress later substituted our chicken with prime rib of which was rare/Not medium rare. They took it back and grilled it like a steak. Lastly they exchanged this for a med. cooked one of which was so tough I could not cut with my steak knife. This desert was awsome (pecan pie made by the Willbg. lodge). I will say the staff was appologetic. Loved the waitress
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The entire evening was great! This restaurant was everything I expected it to be. The service was great, the ambience was great andthe food was spectactular. The waiter, Larry, just toped the evening off. He was very friendly, professional and just made us feel very comforatble.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A must-do expereince...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Been visiting Williamsburg for 30 years, and the King's Arms is always a must-do on the list for dinner. Outstanding food and service in an 18th century ambience that is second to none. Mrs. Vobe would be proud that her legacy has been carried on by the foundation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Overall Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went to King Arm's Tavern with 3 adults and 4 children (ages 5 - 8) and sat upstairs. We were a bit early and had the room to ourselves for much of the meal which was great. The food was definitely pricey, but I believe the atmosphere more than makes up for it (and the food was very good). Our waitress was completely in character and was attentive, as well as informative and very accommodating for our high-maintenance group. And all the staff made a point to interact with the kids.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Historic setting
    Love2eat
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We wanted to introduce our daughter and granddaughters to the charm of Williamsburg. We took them to Kings Arms Tavern and were not disappointed. The food was excellent, very traditional but with a modern look. The music was well done, we were even visited by the watch and he was very much in character which thrilled the little girls. I would recommend this to anyone wanting a historic experience in dining.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Experience
    Mealtime1701
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The King's Arm Tavern, located in colonial Williamsburg, has always been a favorite of mine. The atmosphere and period specific menu always makes for an interesting evening where you find yourself transported back in time. You can enjoy menu selections that you normally don't find, like Peanut Soup and Pickled Watermellon Rind. If you're looking for a fun and unique dinning experience, no matter the occasion, I highly recommend the Kings Arm Tavern. You will definitely not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Empressbuffy
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Educational in the ways of 18th century tavern customs, excellent food, strolling soft musical entertainment. A great special occasion place to soak up the ambience of colonial williamsburg. Kids loved it too!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another kingly experience
    historygeeks2
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My daughter and I always eat at least one meal at the King's Arm Tavern, each time we return to Colonial Williamsburg. We have never been disappointed. The service is "stately," the food excellent. Of course the ambiance is colonial- exactly what we love!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time
    Goodfood
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We really enjoyed the overall experience. It was well worth the money!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Meal EVER!
    CWfoodies
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We had a wonderful evening at the King's Arms Tavern. The food was fabulous, the entertainment was wonderful, and best of all the service... George maddens feel like we were the only ones in the room. What a gem. We will definitely return...SOON.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Experience
    SmallBusinessSupporter
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Where else could you enjoy a meal by candlelight because the restaurant had no lights? This Colonial Williamsburg gem sits in the heart of the historic district. The staff is dressed in colonial era garb and provides 5-star service. You will even enjoy a violinist passing through the dining room playing any 18th century requests. The food was just average in flavor, except for the peanut soup, which is a signature app and a must try. There is a children's menu so your little ones will be satisfied. The rum cocktail is VERY string and heavy on the bourbon. The strawberry merengue dessert was wonderfully prepared, presented, and not too sweet. Bottom line, expect an average meal, but enjoy the unrivaled atmosphere and great service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A cool show
    Williamsburg
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food amounts are small. Very small. Staff was great. Service was quick. Atmosphere was nice. Felt like you really were in colonial times. They sing a couple songs and play the violin and a small guitar. Not very happy with paying 35$ for two pieces of steak the size of sea scallops. Peanut soup was delicious for being peanut soup lol. Still prefer peanut butter over the soup.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Colonial tourism
    Andie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Based on reviews of top Williamsburg restaurants, my busband and I were looking forward to an experience above the tourist experience that one would expect from a theme restaurant. The Kings Arms was a indeed a step above, but certainly not a top 10 restaurant. My 8 ounce prime rib was one half fat. To the manager's credit, we were charged half for our entrées, but that did not mean that I had enough to eat. The popovers were disappointingly cold and meager, but the creamed spinach was delicious! Order creamed spinach! The waiter had memorized his lines which he repeated verbatim to nearby diners. A wonderful touch was the traveling music duo.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet