Gabriel Archer Tavern

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The Gabriel Archer Tavern was built in 1987 on footprints of an old farm shed. Today, its mission is to provide a memorable farm-to-table dining experience that's both delicious and nourishing. In addition to a half-acre produce garden and greenhouse on site where lettuces and herbs will be grown, our chef works hard to find local farmers as partners in producing a menu oriented towards fresh and seasonal specialties. Our wide variety of fresh selections from our unique menu will guarantee that everyone in your party leaves with a smile.
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H
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful winery for a nice reasonable dinner. Away from Richmond Rd which we prefer

FL
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate brunch in the outdoor patio area. Lovely setting, friendly staff, delicious food! We thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon here!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Jenna was one of the best servers we’ve ever had.

d
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My husband & were enjoying a wonderful date - our server was engaging and friendly. We enjoyed a red and a white flight of wine with our lunch. The blueberry vinaigrette was delicious as was the grilled cheese and BLT. Grilled cheese are not just for children anymore.

a
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

It is a lovely place to go, but if you have a person in a wheelchair with you, it is very difficult.

c
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I got lit with my baby!!! 👶😉😏😄😘😍🍷🍷🍴💍💗👄🍑🍆

HH
Richmond
53 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great meal and our server Aurora was something special. When we return to Williamsburg, we will definitely go there for a meal and wine.

PM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Love Gabriel Archer Tavern. Food is yummy. Ambience is lovely. Menu is diverse with vegetarian choices worth eating. Serve their wines and local beer.

KR
New England
34 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Gabriel Archer Tavern is a lovely place to sit outside for lunch after a wine tasting. As many others have noted, the prices are higher than other restaurants in the area, but it is a winery after all. I would go back again.

v
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

My quiche portion was very small, and I am not a big eater, the salad had hardly any dressing on it. Your lunch pricing is too high for the quality and size of the pricing. You also need some more gluten free options other than just salads, e.g. your tacos with choice of wheat or corn shell.

CJ
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was my 3 sisters bday weekend we enjoyed waiter was wonderful very comfortable setting can’t wait to come back

TS
Richmond
39 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A quaint winery restaurant that is quite casual but surprises on the wide variety and high quality of the menu. Outdoor seating is under a trellis and is a good choice when the weather is cooperating. Soup of the day is worth a look.

WG
Richmond
24 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, wine and service was the best. Will definitely go back in the future.

PK
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall1food4service4ambience1

Was very disappointed in tavern. Didn’t have any tavern harm. Low ceilings made talking very difficult due to so much noise. Many people noticed how loud it was. Will never go back. Over priced for average restaurant.

AK
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I had read so many rave reviews but it was pretty average food and represented poor value for money.The staff were very friendly and the tavern itself pretty basic.We decided to share the vintners platter...not a patch on those we’ve had in the vineyards of France,Spain,Australia,Italy,South Africa,California,England, Finger Lakes,Niagara on the Lakes etc.....pretty average I’m afraid( as was the wine itself!We had a flight of pretty mediocre wine ...in fact we did a tasting at the vineyard beforehand and felt the quality had deteriorated since our last visit five years ago and the servers lack of enthusiasm left a lot to be desired!)

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside under their arbor. Beautiful day for dining outside!

LF
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We gathered a small group of family members for a reunion lunch followed by a wine tasting. Everything was fantastic. They had reserved a nice corner table with a view for us. Service from Jenna was perfect. She was very kind and took photos of our group as well. We got several different lunch items and all were great along with a couple of bottles of a very nice Viognier. After lunch we enjoyed a wine tasting in the winery. A fantastic venue for our special occasion lunch. Unfortunately only one of us is a local or we'd be back all the time. I know the local one will.

JM
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food and a nice location. We booked an outside table because we know from experience the acoustics inside are terrible. The noise bounces around and it is difficult to have a conversation. Outside was pleasant and easy to converse. The only problem was the rattan furniture in the area we were seated. One of the legs was broken on a chair and we had to replace it. The food was good and the wait staff was attentive, but no obtrusive. A nice, pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

EC
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Being seated at a table under the wisteria-entwined pergola of the Gabriel Archer Tavern is always a pleasant experience and the service is always first-rate. This time, however, there was a disconnect between the food served and the price charged for it. Maybe I am spoiled by having family living in Maine, but when a restaurant offers lobster rolls on its menu, I expect a long bun, top-split, lightly spread with mayo, and stuffed past overflowing with chunks of lobster. I do not expect a round roll with a modest scoop of lobster salad and some leafy greens, which is what I was served. It was a nice enough sandwich, but it was not a lobster roll-- and it certainly wasn't worth the $16 charged for it.

MB
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the perfect al fresco dining experience on a beautiful summer day. Great lobster dishes and very good service in a beautiful setting. Would definitely go again. Special thanks to the Gabriel Archer staff for handling the serious medical emergency of one of their co-workers in the most professional, respectful and unobtrusive way possible.

CT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The food was so so had a better $16 lobster roll at Panera bread

EM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the place. Waiter, a guy, was outstanding. Glad we made reservations since it was crowded

e
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great find using open table. Nestled in a winery, beautiful outdoor well shaded patio. Whole place had a historic quaint feel. Menu options varied. We had grilled ham and cheese with apple slices. Would have preferred more of a butter grilled, was more like a toasted sandwich. Cheese board would be enhanced by identifying the cheeses
Dessert not impressive. Had bread pudding. Rather bland, more savory than sweet.

L
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience2

Vineyard room noisy, service not great, food was good! Eggs Benedict with crab was yummy

JM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Took 15 minutes to just get water. Served undercooked chicken. Was told it was a vein. Asked to see manager but was told she was busy. Won't go again.

MJ
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone at the Tavern was so incredibly nice. Our waitress, Jackie was so thorough with everything she did. She gave us a detailed description of the winery as well as everything else on the property. She walked around to a few key spots to take pictures for us. And was just genuinely a kind and pleasant person to be around. The food was excellent. I had a soup and sandwich. What the called a grilled cheese was quite and incredible stack of ham, cheese, and homemade sauce. The corn chowder hit the spot perfect. But as amazing as the food was Jackie's information on the property. We will be back for sure!

DN
Raleigh
99 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing lunch before wine tasting. I had the crab cake sandwich & my husband had the BLT both were delicious. We finished the meal off with the chef’s gelato of the day & it was great too. Service, atmosphere, food, everything top notch.

C
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

$14 sandwich was not tasty and soggy. Noise level in the back room is high. Very mediocre at best.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view of the vineyards, friendly hostess, possibly the best salad I’ve ever had, and our server, Jenna, really took our experience to the next level with her kindness, attentiveness, and knowledgeability. Would recommend

B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time for brunch on Sunday. The staff were all pleasant, attentive without hovering. The food was outstanding. Our server, Caroline, was especially friendly and professional. Can't wait to do it again.

SE
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Shrimp and Grits were inedible. Floating in what appeared to be three plus tablespoons of butter. More salt than a mouthful of sea water. Only highlight was the berry sangria. Wait staff brought us the wrong order and did not even notice. Had to take it back to them.
Don’t waste your $ here

SN
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food...good wine...nice place to chill and enjoy

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food was good. Staff was very nice, well intentioned, but twas disappointed with how long things took to get to us. And one plate came much later than the rest, they nearly forgot my drink orders. I think the staff was doing their best wkg hard but was perhaps understaffed or poorly managed. I guess their being open during dinner hours doesn't mean theimy're fully functional at that time.

s
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The chef at Gabriel Archer is excellent, great variety and innovation. There are many daily additions to the regular menu which makes chosing a bit difficult so it is worth going with a few friends and sharing. The service we received from Jackie at our table was just right - friendly, very knowledgeable and just the right amount of attention

AR
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely day to spend at Gabriel’s tavern. Jena was a fabulous and a attentive server. The delicious food and wines were exactly what we needed. We love coming here with our friends and family and showing them the delicious wines and beautiful outdoor setting.

ST
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and loved ambience. Waitress was nice and accommodating. Loved this place as a visitor to Williamsburg and highly recommend it!

TB
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The atmosphere is very pleasant, and the food is consistently delicious. There are always great specials and something new. The Williamsburg wines are also special.

D
New England
55 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Went for Father's Day lunch. Group of 5. Promptly seated inside. Service was very good. A bit loud for my liking, but it was expected on a busy day. We had two Tavern Burgers, Lamb Sliders, Turkey and Brie sandwich, and the daily quiche. Started with a Virginia Brewing Co. Elbow Patches oatmeal stout (very good, except in a can--come on, you should really have some good beer on tap). The Governor's White wine was also good. Also had the bread pudding--outstanding! The sliders were delish! Big negative...the burgers were way overcooked! Medium, and medium rare should have some pink--the burgers were too dry. I had so much hope for you! Plate presentation was excellent. The quiche and sandwich were also good. We'll give you another try.

BK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere is beautiful, relaxing, food is always amazing, delicious wine!