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Gabriel Archer Tavern

4.7
289 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.

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 289 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSavannah2018
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Tavern at the Williamsburg winery. Fantastic food.
Nice ambience and relaxing environment

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CharlesM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined outside under the wisteria canopy with another couple. Food was outstanding, and the canopy provided wonderful shade on a warm, sunny day.

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Suze
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We are frequent diners here for lunch and have totally enjoyed every al fresco occasion. However our experience on Oct. 21st was a disappointment. I ordered my favorite BLT on Billy bread. It was most difficult to eat because it kept falling apart due to tge use of mashed avocado vs. the usual sliced and the bacon was slippery because it was undercooked, not the usual wonderful crispy. One of the guests ordered the burger med. rare and it was overcooked. I’m hoping this was a one time drop in quality and that it is not because the Winery is on the market.

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marclar
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely outdoor lunch celebrating my FIL’s 88the bday! Our server Malik was wonderful. Highly recommend!

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LoriC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere. Outdoor dining was terrific. Can't wait to return.

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LeslieK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is at the Williamsburg Winery, and is a really nice little place. We sat outside, and it was a perfect day for it. The food was great, and the service was great. Ask for Jenna or Malik when you go - they were fantastic!

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DavidP
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the food and wine and keep coming back.

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BenedictaO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The PEI mussels went beyond my expectations & the scallops were heavenly. Our waiter, Malik, was very attentive & brought us everything we asked for promptly. I’ll definitely come back & recommend it to friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Our server was new and really was not informed about the menu and the wines. This was our first visit to the Williamsburg Winery and we were excited about giving it a try. Our server knew nothing about the food or wine he was going to serve us. We tried the Merlot and it was good. Our Caesar salad was not fresh at all. My husband got the scallops and was a bit disappointed. I ordered the homemade fettuccini and it was pretty good but VERY garlicky.
We probably will not go back.

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JamesT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner at the Gabriel Archer while staying at the Inn at Wessex. Outside seating on a beautiful night, a great piece of swordfish and of course, the awesome WW wine to pair with it. Service was fabulous.

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kakkime
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE sat outside under the arbor. It was delightful. There was plenty fo spacing. Our server..whose name I wish I could recall, was excellent. She was enthusiastic and friendly without being fake or forced..a natural. It was my birthday lunch nd my "gift" was generous! You will need a reservation, but do go!

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OscarW
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, patio was superb and quiet and, of course, the wine was fantastic!

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Rozzie
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Our group was a bit disappointed with the Tavern. Sitting on the patio was wonderful but the food needs some attention. The quiche & soup were quite salty. The Caesar salad could have used more greens & the Parmesan "crisp" was thick & chewy--better to have used shaved cheese & less "store-bought" croutons! The shrimp were perfectly done. And some bread would have helped.

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vipBeBe
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reservations for 11:45 am and they took us right on at 11:00 am. The entrees were really good. I had crab eggs Benedict and my wife had smoked salmon. Thanks so much for having us!

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MaryW
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have made the winery and the Gabriel Archer Tavern a priority on our trips to Williamsburg. We love it there. The area is beautiful and the food excellent!

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MaureenO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice team and experience, food was good (swordfish) to excellent (scallops), was expecting more adventurous menu but overall extremely satisfied and deserving of high marks.

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KarenA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely lunch on the patio. Our friends were so impressed withthe
service and ambience. We will all be back soon!

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vipArthur
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent dining experience . Wait staff was attentive to our every wish. The cuisine was truly outstanding from the starters to the primary entrees. Desserts were delicious . We are already anticipating our next visit.

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Lilly
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful outside lunch in beautiful Fall setting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
44 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect meal in a lovely setting. We also enjoyed a flight of wine. It was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The squash soup was outstanding as was the fettuccine. Much better than my last visit 2 years ago. Highly recommended.

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SueW
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit and it was excellent. Our food server was very good and was able to answer our questions. Food was excellent. Ambience was perfect.

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vipCatherine
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Waiter got the order wrong and soup was cool when it arrived. However, the server had it heated up when we sent it back. Grilled chicken was tender but cool when served. We asked for the butternut squash soup but our waiter brought us the onion bisque. We will not return.

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ChristineG
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The waitress was very helpful with a lactose free child. The servings were small. My brother had 3 lunches.

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Doris
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Chicken pesto panini was very good. Chicken ceasar salad was delicious, but they forgot the cheese. It was still very good. Service was good, waitress was exceptional! Wine flights were absolutely the best!! Love Williamsburg Winery wines!!

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AnnM
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Love the restaurant and the atmosphere. Was surprised at the number of items on the menu that were sold out. What food we did have was delicious!

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SueW
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sunday Brunch was relaxing, the food was tasty & the server was excellent! We love Sunday brunch at the tavern. We were seated outside & couldn’t have been more comfortable. Our friends enjoyed it too and will definitely want to visit again! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Birthday Lunch for my son! Service was excellent, we had a couple wine selections and the table had a special "Happy Birthday" sign on it when we arrived. We walked through the shop and bought some wine selections home. We will be back when tours open up- grounds are so beautiful to walk.

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Cfile
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food, service and atmosphere. The food is 5 star!

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ZebC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Always love this restaurant. If only there was a way for outdoor seating year round.

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DevK
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This is a nice quaint spot for date night. I made reservations, but my name wasn’t on the reservation list. That was embarrassing, as I was with an out-of-state guest. We had a nice waitress. The portion size was petite. We were able to experience an aspect of the winery, even though we didn’t get to tour it. It wasn’t crowded, which was nice. It gets super dark at night. My date enjoyed the evening, so it was an overall win for me!

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Bgnort62
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our lunch - food was delicious and wait staff were friendly and efficient. We have come here many times over the years when vacationing in Williamsburg and a trip to the winery and lunch at Gabriel Archer are always a priority. We had the pumpkin spice soup, which both of us enjoyed (wonderful taste and presentation) and I had the Turkey and Brie sandwich, which is probably my favorite sandwich on the menu. In the past we have also tried the daily flatbreads which have always been delicious and creative. Be sure to try a wine flight with your meal!

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vipCMMK
Richmond
38 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine selection and great food. This was our first time here for dinner and we will definitely be back.

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BruceT
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food, and great service. A little on the pricy side, but that's to be expected for a restaurant of this caliber located in the beautiful Williamsburg Winery.

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AMzz
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

FOOD good, Service GREAT, warm, friendly, efficient...
Ambiance, a bit cold, not a warm and cozy tavern, not a boisterous loud tavern, simply an open room with no curtains, no floor covering so the results were cold and uninviting
This was a contradiction from the vine-covered patio one walked through to enter. Taking into consideration the Covid restrictions (therefore table spaces far apart, I think it'd still be a cold room in "normal" times. They open at 11:30 and at 12 were out of 2 things??
I'm not sure I'd go back. But maybe?

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TomH
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The lunch was really good. The mussels were absolutely outstanding.
The waitress was good as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Who would have thought eggplant purée would actually taste delicious? We had a great meal and were pleasantly surprised how reasonable the bottle prices were.

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JohnV
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt like was back in-Napa Californiavalley wine country

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this is place. Everyone should come here. One of my destinations when I am in Williamsburg, Va.

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RonaldR
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice lunch here on a beautiful September day. We sat out under the wisteria arbor and enjoyed wine flights as a way to sample the wines, along with soup, salad, and sandwiches. It's a beautiful setting, the food is delicious, and of course the wine alone is worth the trip. Our server was friendly, professional, and informative. We ate out in Williamsburg all week, and this was a highlight.

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 289 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.