Christiana Campbell's Tavern

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Seafood
Not much has changed since George Washington frequented Campbell’s Tavern for its delicious seafood in the 18th century. Dig in to locally sourced shrimp, scallops, and fish, and be sure to try Christiana’s famous Crab Cakes, Fried Chicken, Sweet Potato Muffins and Spoon Bread.
Music is provided nightly in the tavern from 5:15pm- 7:15pm.
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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was excellent-and the decor was charming. Couple of issues though-even though we had reserved and requested a ‘quiet secluded romantic ‘ table for out later dinner, -we were initially led into the brightly lit back room-no ambiance at all. We asked for the darker ‘front room’ area, and were given a table there. Sadly a large family group with several small children were then seated right next to us. They Fidgeted and complained about how ‘dark’ it was the whole time. It seems like that sort of group would be better in the ‘regular’ room -while reserving the darker and smaller area for tables of 2 only.
I’m sure there were sometimes surly waitstaff in 1771 when the tavern opened-seems little has changed. Our waitress practically threw our water at us-and was in a sour mood all night.

When I requested a knife for my dinner, she informed me that ‘here in the south we just eat that with out hands like a cave woman ‘. Not really how I was raised -or in keeping with the romantic vibe we were trying to attain. Nor should waiters tell you how to eat your food. She loudly complained about my request to a fellow server, then Brought me a dirty knife-it clearly had remnants of grease and food particles from a previous diner. I had to wait while she went “all the way back” to wherever they presumably keep clean silverware. She slammed several things on out Neighboring table as well-so it wasn’t just us she was peeves at.

To add to the chaos, they apparently have a ‘dump’ station in each room where dirty dishes are placed pending removal to the kitchen. That is apparently where she got my ‘dirty’ knife from and where she dropped, slammed and threw all her dishes. It might have actually been quieter if we had been in the actual kitchen.

While the food was excellent, I cannot recommend this restaurant to anyone who is hoping for a charming and relaxing evening in an historic setting-it had all the charm of an Arby’s at lunch hour.

JM
Richmond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect restaurant for Colonial Williamsburg! (Why can’t my response be less than 50 characters. That is ridiculous!)

g
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Great ambience but the food just ok. Service very slow; took a long time to place order and get drinks, appetizers and entrees.

BH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorited restaurant in the Williamsburg area!

RM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner. Our wait staff was attentive even with a huge party in the same room. They made sure our children were entertained and even brought us an anniversary card which was really special. We were so full we couldn't even eat our dessert and they packed it up for us to take home. When in Williamsburg, we would definitely come back!!

DG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere, service, and delectable food exceeded our expectations! A special thanks to our server, Randy, who made our celebratory dinner extra special.

CW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. Can’t be any better than that.

CH
Savannah
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal was great and lots of food.....server was very friendly and polite.

SF
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. The crab cakes are delicious and the rum cream pie is my favorite! The dining area can be a little loud, but the ambience is wonderful.

SH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

We were really disappointed in our seating. There was a table of mom, dad, and 4 screaming kids in the middle of the room. All the other tables in room were couples around the perimeter of the room. So no one could enjoy their meal with the shrieking that was going on. When you are spending $120 for a meal in a nice colonial restaurant and you make the reservation a month in advance you'd like to be able to at least talk to the person across the table from you. Perhaps the restaurant consider seating families with small children in a room that would least impact the rest of the patrons in the restaurant. We love this restaurant but this was just an awful experience.

ST
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The dining room was a bit close and our table was next to the server prep space. They were very busy and could have used more help. The service team was attentive and the food was superb!!! Come hungry!!!!

RR
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Because Mrs. Campbell was off to Fredericksburg to assist with the birth of another grandchild, we were welcomed by her youngest daughter - a bit of a gossip but otherwise quite pleasant. Seated with other travelers in a candlelit room, we enjoyed some of the fine food for which her establishment is well known. Corn Chowder not watered down with cheap milk. Hot sweet potato bread. A delightful seasonal salad. Our entrees include the crabcakes (O, she makes these so well) and the Low Country supper of fish, mussels, shrimp, and clams (a veritable feast from the sea in the surrounding waters).

We were well-pleased to find that Mr. Jefferson's favorite wine, the Montepulciano, was on the menu, and do it justice.

If you find yourself in Williamsburg and are in need of a good evening meal, there can be no better recommendation than Mrs. Campbell's, a place to really tie one on.

DF
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time we have visited and it didn’t disappoint, OUTSTANDING!!

DH
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Be prepared for a lot of food! It was all so delicious and worth the price! We also enjoyed the singer and characters during dinner as well!

BL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the great food, the colonial ambiance, the strolling musician, Mrs Campbell's daughter, and most of all my server who not only explained the customs of the day, but added so much joy to my dining experience.

CW
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Christiana’s Tavern for my husband’s birthday. We were both very pleased with the delicious food, attentive waiter, and colonial atmosphere. The minstrel led our room in singing “For he’s a jolly good fellow” to my husband for his birthday and he received a beautiful card from the tavern. For us it was a very pleasant experience and we would recommend it for a change of pace dining experience!

RW
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bernice our server was “in character” throughout our entire meal. It was a great experience and would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Williamsburg, Va.

RK
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was delightful and she said people called her Pooh! We had a wonderful time celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary! We love Christiana Campbell’s Tavern and Colonial Williamsburg in general!

PF
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

A bit disappointed that the all of the taverns had similar fare and they seemed to not be as high in the way of quality or entertainment as they had been in the past. All of the tavern offered the same dessert menu so no variation there. I would recommend only going to 1 tavern on a visit. No need to frequent all of them.

S
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible. So much food. Sweet Potato Loaf, soup, salad, spoon bread, Fried Chicken Dinner, pecan ice, 1/2 carafe wine. All of the food was wonderful.

JS
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A fun and unique dining experience for anyone who is visiting the colonial Williamsburg area a must do at least once.

CM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful dinner and the food and ambiance was excellent.

WR
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The seafood was delicious as were the desserts. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive, and the restaurant is beautiful.

DW
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This use to be a favorite when visiting Williamsburg would not return nothing worse than cold food and when dining at this level should not be a issue!

MP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding and the service was exceptional. Highly recommended for anyone who wants an authentic seafood meal while visiting Williamsburg.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent The spoon bread was delicious

EL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

The service was great. So was the ambiance unfortunately, two members of our party got sick after eating at Christina Campbell’s.

MB
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think it is a lot of food that it is all included in one price. The salad , soup and dessert should be left to choice and entree priced by itself. It was all Felipe’s but we all could not finish each course as it was just too much food.
Suggest the entree be priced separate. Please go back to sweet potato muffins. ♥️

BG
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere with candlelight and period food and costumed servers. Our server was excellent and we enjoyed a lovely conversation with him.

MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group certainly enjoyed our dining experience at Christiana Campbell’s in Colonial Williamsburg. We were serenaded by a terrific mandolin player and entertained by the ‘daughter’ of Christiana. Both of these entertainers were excellent. The wait staff are to be commended for staying in character and being perfectly attentive. Our waiter, Mr. Howard, fat exceeded our expectations. He even amused my granddaughters with his clever riddles. Delicious food to boot!

BC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent atmosphere and food! It is a treat to be there.. Ate too much...

LS
Washington DC
132 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely staff. Moving to a full menu including soup salad and dessert made sense. Food quality was high. Miss the sweet potato muffins but understand the no nuts decision.

MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful end to a busy day. Our visit to the Tavern was a perfect way to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversity. Our waiter was entertaining, attentive ans well informed about the menu and wines. The She Crab Soup and Sweet Potato Bread Loaf were outstanding. The Fish Dish was fresh and well prepared ... the Crab Cakes were the best we have every had. The Pecan Pie was beyond words. The wandering singers and actors did much to add to the "colonial atmosphere" of the Tavern.

CM
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The parking in the back was great for CW, the guitar music on the porch was entertaining, the table location in the back was cozy, the waiter was efficient and friendly, and the food was delicious. However, I ate too much.

SD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always GREAT! Great atmosphere and friendly attentive staff... Food is a little pricey for what you get, but that comes with dinning at CCs (to be expected)... We love CCs!

L
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambience for birthday dinner!

m
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We recently dined at Christiana Campbell’s while vacationing as a family in Colonial Williamsburg. Our meal and in fact, the entire evening at Christiana Campbell’s was far and away the best dining experience we had this week. The decor is cozy, comfortable and candlelit and our server was incredible - he never missed a beat and made sure every member of the family had a great time. The food was perfectly prepared with steaks seasoned and cooked to perfection, incredible fried chicken, creative salads, homemade bread, hearty soups and lighter-than-air corn pudding that is served to each guest, regardless of what he or she has ordered. There was also live music the night we were there, which made the evening feel truly festive as tavern guests were clapping along to the songs! If you have to choose just one restaurant to visit while in Colonial Williamsburg, make it Christiana Campbell’s - it is, hands down, the best restaurant in the area.

TD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure and our wait person Poo is wonderful. First class. Good is excellent and menu for every taste.

TM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

I did not like the new menu policy, which forces you to have soup, salad, entree and desert, and to pay for all of them in a combined price. While this new policy may be fine for some, I personally cannot eat that much and because of that, it is not a good value for me.

MD
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful way to end a day at Colonial Williamsburg! My granddaughter picked this restaurant and I thought it was a little expensive. But our super waitress told us first thing everything is included in the meal price- soup,salad,entree, veggies, delicious bread loaf, and dessert. Plus spoon bread! “Molly Campbell,Christian”s daughter” come out and was wonderful in character. We also enjoyed a fiddler in character. Highly recommend this Tavern!!!!

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