Gabriel Archer Tavern

4.7
394 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

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
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 394 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DemiyaJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

i mean it is a nice spot but definitely zero wow factor. Especially for their prices. The waiter was alright but he seemed bothered and uninterested in his job.

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viplife
Louisville
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Waitress, Jenna was awesome. Checked on us frequently but not too much. Filets lacked flavor and scallops were little gritty but lack nice flavor

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MaceandMo
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Perfect location fir a first-time experience. Maybe specific location in the vineyards would help-parked and had to go back and get the car to re-park because we were too far away. Decent and quaint menu and very attentive waiter.

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KeepTheStandardsStandard
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome service! Josh was attentive and EXCELLENT in customer service. All beers are in the can/bottle nothing on draft. Food presentation and quality was impressive! Will be back very soon!

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RobertB
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of five and each person ordered a different sandwich at lunch. Everyone enjoyed what they ordered and we all had a wonderful time. Love the ambiance also!

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Susjean
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our meals - salad with shrimp and pulled pork sandwich - were excellent, the wine we selected was delicious and the service efficient without being rushed. Our only ‘complaint’ would be that it is very popular and making a reservation is essential, so a spontaneous decision to go for lunch or dinner is practically impossible.

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vipBruceO
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Extremely limited menu, on four choices for a main course, service was slow. Beautiful drive to get their through fields of grape vines

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vipsdmmd
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The new menu isn't as diverse as previously and the entrees are rather bland in comparison to previous visits. Service is excellent.

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PaulD
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We ate lunch outdoors on a beautiful day. We each had a wine flight, one red and one white. The food was good, but EVERYTHING was carb heavy. No salad without fruit. I miss savory.

JF
JudithF
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Light meal for lunch. Outside seating very comfortable and scenic.

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Henry
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Memorial Day lunch outside. Service, drinks and salads, one with a crab cake and one with salmon we excellent. It adjacent to the winery which is convenient. Very pretty setting and always a favorite!

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MSOKINAWA21
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

For experience and wine only. To pricey for casual dining

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time! Wine was delicious! And I would definitely come back for the turkey brie sandwich on French bread!!!

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Virginia2021Reviews
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit and were very pleased with food, staff and ambiance. Will definitely keep on the short list of places to visit when we return to Williamsburg.

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vipArthur
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch menu provides a nice selection of delicious seafood, salads sandwiches and more formal entrees. We enjoyed the crab cake served in a sandwich and also as an add-on to the Wessex Salad. Desserts were created for the midday enjoyment.

Wine selections from the Winery's own vineyard were complementary with the luncheon
menu. Also available were creative concoctions from the bar.

We had a wonderful young man, Josh, to serve us. He provide enthusiasm and humor in his interactions with us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Our waiter was brand new - but he was so nice and made our meal very enjoyable. Other than that, no high marks. The hostess was not at all friendly. We had a reservation and asked for an inside table as it was a hot day. She curtly advised that she had just seated the last indoor table; however, when I went inside to use the Ladies Room, only about a quarter of the tables were filled. The food was unimaginative and pedestrian. It was good - but not more than that. For what it was, I felt it was price-y. So kudos to the new guy for saving our experience. Oh - and we ordered a dozen oysters for an appetizer and they came at the same time as the meals with no horseradish sauce. That took another 5 minutes to come. It wasn't the waiter who served the meal.

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Kayteedubs
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for noon tasting and then lunch. Everything was wonderful. I would suggest if eating outdoors you request to be under the grape arbor, the other outside area is slightly depressing. Tomato soup was excellent, oysters were delicious, and the burger was also very tasty. Would definitely visit again to try out the dinner menu.

JV
JimV
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After an amazing tasting of several WW wines we had an amazing meal at the Gabriel Archer Tavern. The attendants were very personable and answered our questions about several menu items...we were most satisfied with all of our choices. We had more than an excellent meal at the tavern...we had a memorable experience that we will remember always. Can't wait to return to Williamsburg...and the Williamsburg Winery.

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RitaB
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The weather was nice. The outside patio dining was pleasant. The service was polite albeit unenthusiastic. So much for the good.
The food was a disaster. I ordered the bowl of mushroom soup. The first bowl came cold. The second bowl was ok. We inquired, is there a cracker or a roll with the soup. The terse answer was no. So I ordered the too salty tough with gristly ham flatbread and it came after my soup was finished. In the meantime, my husband was served his very delicious spring pea soup, unfortunately it was not hot either but he ate it anyway. After I had finished eating, his unremarkable crab cake sandwich showed up and I watched him eat that. There was little sense to be made of their serving strategy.
It wasn't an inexpensive lunch. Very disappointing.

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chuckem
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to eat outside on a nice day. Food is always great!

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MaryK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was wonderful. Food was very good. Our server was outstanding.

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DodgeB
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy having lunch with friends at the restaurant. The food selections are terrific. The location near the vines is picturesque. We food and service was excellent.

RB
RussB
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Hadn't been to Gabriel Archers in over 18 months, we were really missing lunches and wine there. They didn't loose a beat, food was creative and very well prepared, as we had come to expect. Looking forward to having dinner one weekend now that we are fully vaccinated and trying to get back to some normalcy.
They are practicing the Covid procedures very well, with a complete wipe-down of each table when the party leaves.

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JamesC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Honest here…..
Service….excellent
Dining outside under pergola…..great
Soup…..great
Sandwiches….great
Salads…..ugly….both were wilted and not tasty. Sauce was good but could not cover for salad greenery condition.

First ever bad experience. Advised server. Nothing said.

Member of wine club combined lunch with quarterly pickup. Will we return….Yes. Certain this will be fixed and not repeated.

MD
MeganD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Our server was not friendly, and my crab cake was the worst I’ve ever had. My husband ordered a medium burger and came out well done.

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vipRichardM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff and service is always great and the food is awesome. Had the pleasure of seeing the vineyard owner who was also having lunch. Total gentleman.

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WillieB
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very relaxing atmosphere, service and food excellent

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JohnH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservations are required by going to their web site. The wait staff were very cordial and very friendly. Definitely a 5 star resturant as well as the wait staff. We never had a bad experience when visiting. It's a doagain.

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HappenW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will recommend it to my daughter and her fiancé and other young couples too.

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vipgwc1
Wilmington
28 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was very good. Patio setting always lovely. Our server was exceptional! I will be back again this week and certainly would recommend it.

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KeithP
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always with a bottle of WW Claret

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Junie
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food flavorful and well prepared. Service delightful! Not expensive. Would do again.

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CindyW
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outside room was very loud. Perhaps some rugs or wall hangings would absorb some of the sound.

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JanV
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gabriel Archer was really fine we ate outside it was beautiful the waiter was very personable on a food with a good value and delicious. I have a catfish sandwich which was the special of the day.

MJ
vipMJRinOH
Cleveland
87 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch was laid back - tables were appropriately separated for distancing, server was extremely friendly and the drinks were generous and well made - my wife and I each had a sandwich and we split the sandwiches so each of us had a half of the Roast Beef and cheese and the Caprese salad - both were served with a side salad which was perfectly dressed - the sandwiches were well prepared and tasty - we will definitely be back soon!!

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BethT
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had great service and nice atmosphere. Would recommend.

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JenniferH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Sitting on the patio enjoying conversation and consistently delicious food makes Gabriel Archer Tavern a favorite place. In the future, I will request a table away from the hostess stand which was quite loud. I did learn this next tip from overhearing the hostess advising a guest: one can order food to-go from the establishment and take it down to the duckpond (onsite) to eat at the picnic tables. We walked down there afterwards-it is lovely.

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Mitch
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Cheese board (which included various meats and jam) was excellent. However, my wife and I ordered 35 dollar filets and they were both over cooked (I ordered medium rare and my wife medium. I received a medium and my wife received well done) and had a far amount of fat/gristle on them. Definitely not the quality of steak that I was expecting. There was almost no one there (maybe 4 other tables) so this wasn't something due to being busy. So based on this I can't recommend the tavern, unless you are just going for cheese/wine; in which case I would definitely recommend.

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KathleenL
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful day so we ate outside. On this particular day while we were enjoying our time, the owner of the winery and his wife stopped at each table and chatted as they passed by. As always, we had excellent service by Jackie. All the staff is friendly and you feel welcome from the moment you are greeted by the hostess.

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CaryW
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine and food and service. Porch under the pergola is the way to go.

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 394 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.