Gabriel Archer Tavern

4.7
466 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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.

Experiences

  • $1 Oysters

    Multiple dates available

    $1 Local Oysters on the half shell served with house made cocktail sauce & rose mignonette
  • Thanksgiving 3 Course Menu

    $55.00 per person

    Nov 25, 2021 only

    Please join us for a special 3 course menu on Thanksgiving Day. *Our a la carte menu will not be available
  • Christmas Day 3 Course Menu

    $55.00 per person

    Dec 25, 2021 only

    Please join us on Christmas Day to enjoy a special 3 course menu. *Our a la carte menu will not be available.
  • New Years Eve 3 Course Menu

    $65.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    Please join us for a special 3 course menu on New Years Eve. *Our a la carte menu will not be available

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 466 people are saying
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KimC
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is always a nice experience. Meet my cousin for lunch, she has never been here, she loved it. Our lunch was very good as usual!

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vipJanetP
Richmond
100 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely experience! It was a pretty day and we sat on the terrace. We had a small problem with a very large wasp that wanted to join us but we moved to another table that resolved that issue.

The food was delicious and the waitress was knowledgeable enough to recommend an appropriate wine which my friend enjoyed. She had a BLT and I had Wessex Hundred Salad with perfectly cooked and cleaned shrimp. The wait staff was helpful, available but not obtrusive. Excellent afternoon and I will return!

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Jerry
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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BrianNC
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience. The food, service and atmosphere was outstanding. We will be back when we get back in Williamsburg. We had lunch there and the wine list is very diverse. We had the mussels, BLT and the turkey brie. All were excellent. It was the first time I tried mussels and it will not be the last.

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Ferobe
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Gabriel Archer Tavern is a favorite of ours, particularly if you can eat outside. However, If it rains, the dining room option can be very noisy if the restaurant is busy. There need to be some sound-soaking wall or ceiling tiles or draperies to help dull the roar of voices. We were at a table for two in a corner and could barely hear each other over the noise. We will be back, but not if we have to eat inside.

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SharonL
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time there and we loved it. We stop at the winery during our bike ride through Jamestown/ colonial parkway and it makes for the perfect lunch stop during the ride. The winery is beautiful, relaxing, and the food is delicious. A great way to take a break before finishing out our bike ride.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here at lunch to celebrate my mother’s birthday. It was really a wonderful experience. Season was our server and she really made our lunch special. Her hospitality and menu suggestions were perfect.

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vipelfwils
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wednesday $1 oysters are the best!

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Ginn
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The menu had a very nice selection of dishes. We had the mussels and pimento cheese as appetizers- both excellent!
Went on to salad and sandwich. Food was excellent and our 2 waiters (one in training) were charming and attentive.

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Eyesbblue
London
38 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Yes I would recommend this tavern. It is delightful, especially on a nice day when you can dine outside under the arbor. Excellent service, ambience and food. A delightful dining experience.

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vipPickypalate
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Waiter was great. Food was hood but thought portions were small for price point.

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Jeff
Poconos
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our waitress gave us time to decide drinks, menu items, and allowed us time to chat. great.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have had lunch there to celebrate our anniversary for the last two years. Each time our experience has been fabulous. Service food and wine has been exceptional. Hope to have our 52nd there next year.

KL
KathleenL
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch when in the Williamsburg area. Outside dining area very pleasant atmosphere. Can be a little noisy inside if there is someone dining there thinks everyone should hear what they are discussing.

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DavidS
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great service

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KimJ
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal and chef in Williamsburg! Would definitely go again!

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Dinner
Richmond
28 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice lunch spot at the Williamsburg Winery. We sat outside on the covered porch on a beautiful weather day. Our server was great, very helpful and knowledgeable about the food and wines on the menu. We shared a white wine flight before lunch. Nice local wines. We chose a bottle of their stainless steel fermented Chardonnay which was very good and at a great price point. I had the mussels appetizer for lunch which was a generous portion of delicious mussels, more than enough to eat. My wife had the chicken salad sandwich which came with a side salad. Very good. The staff was friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the time there and will return.

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WilliamH
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

weds $1 Oysters TERRIFFIC..Also had Mussels yum..rest of menu looked great..

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect setting for alfresco dining.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great!
Very nice outside.

RJ
RobJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific wine, tremendous food, extremely kind people!

PM
PhilipM
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food wine and people. Great lunch before a wine tasting.

RM
RoxanneM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Soooo noisy. No a/c. Food extremely soso. I live in town and won’t be returning

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vipSunny
Richmond
36 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In spite of 95 degree weather we chose to lunch outside.
Our server was prompt and courteous. The sandwiches delicious.
The only detractions we delivery trucks to the winery.
Very pleasant over all.

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vipMarc
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We were very disappointed with our experience. Before making a reservation, we called to ask whether they could provide socially distant seating outside for the lunch we were planning to have there. We were told it would not be a problem. We then made a reservation and when we arrived, we confirmed with the person seating us that they would give us a socially distant table outside. Again, we were told that it would not be a problem since we had an early reservation and the restaurant wasn't busy. Right as we were getting our food, they sat a couple right next to us. We told the person seating the couple that we were assured we'd have a socially distant table. The response was essentially "too bad" and they would not honor what we were told despite the fact there were many empty tables they could have sat the couple at. I asked to speak to the manager and was told -- quite shockingly -- that the person who sat the other couple was the manager. She refused to do anything. We wound up picking up our own meals and carrying them to an empty table. We were quite annoyed at it ruined our meal.

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Sisters
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gabriel Archer Traven is fabulous! from the wine to the food and outstanding service and staff. If you are ever in Williamsburg, VA and just want to relax with good wine and food this is the place. I hope you enjoy.

TS
vipTonyS
Richmond
78 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Good out of the way place for a meal next to a vineyard. Soup of the day (beer cheese) was unlike any recipe I've ever encountered and was a disappointment. Way too many potatoes along with watery texture and little taste. Menu appears slimmed down from the pre-closing version, which had countless must-have selections. Charcuterie board, however, was excellent. Nice staff and any shortages were not apparent. A bit pricey for a lunchtime leisure dining experience.

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CharlotteL
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lots of fun. Our first meal out in 2 years! Our server was friendly and helpful. The food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We have been to the Winery and Gabriel Archer Tavern many times. The food is always delicious and the service is excellent. Our server Jacob was very attentive and accommodated all of our requests.

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Whishen
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal, fantastic service. It was a little louder than I expected though.

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Lillian
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Pretty atmosphere on the terrace.

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ValerieT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistent as is the local wine. Nice atmosphere and we had an excellent server.

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SharonF
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Please do something about the acoustics! It’s so loud you can’t hear your dining partner speak.

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vipSpunlace
Richmond
76 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The quality of the food was delicious and preparation of all dishes was both creative and imaginative. The service was excellent - just the right amount of attention. The wine choices are extensive and priced extremely reasonably.
One request would be to expand the very limited selections of entree. Having such few from which to choose reduces the frequency of subsequent visits.

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BeeGee
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Quiche was great…. Flatbread a little dry
Great waitress
Nice atmosphere

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DeWandaC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Server pleasant he was in training but did a good

KK
KateK
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must for dining in Williamsburg. Delightful in every way.

DK
DebK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent wine choices and great steak
And scallops!

BG
BirthdayGirl
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch experience. Food, service, and environment were all excellent. Thank you.

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DeannaR
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The Salmon salad was amazing.

FAQs

Gabriel Archer Tavern offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (757) 229-0999 ext. 117.

Gabriel Archer Tavern is rated 4.7 stars by 466 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.