King's Arm Tavern

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Originally opened by Jane Vobe in 1772, this authentic reproduction public house serves up a transporting experience for the senses in Colonial Williamsburg. Everything is true to the time period at King’s Arms Tavern, from the fashion sported by servers to the pewter candlesticks—all adding to an air of colonial elegance. Inspired by 18th-century recipes, but with updates to suit 21st-century tastes, tuck in to a chophouse menu featuring prime rib, pork chops, and more.
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DD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful. The staff was wonderful. Loved the music that was playing. Loved that there were candles on the tables for light....no electric lights... which set the mood for a colonial dinner. We will visit here again next time we are in town.

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Richmond
46 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As locals we don't eat here nearly enough! The food was great and the atmosphere was delightful. It was not busy at all, so basically we had an entire room to ourselves after a large party left. It was a fun evening!

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KK
Detroit
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are looking for a 18th century dining experience you won’t be disappointed. The food is great, the portions are just right and reasonably priced for an upscale restaurant. The best part was our waiter, George. He enhanced the experience by sharing 18th century customs and making recommendations on food selection. He was also attentive without being bothersome. He even took our picture as a nice souvenir to complete our experience.

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

Food and waiter were awesome, he was super helpful and friendly. He did a great job of explaining everything and giving us historical information to go along with the food. He also gave us our dessert to go when we had to leave to catch our evening tour. Looking forward to going again our next trip!

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

So glad we chose to dine at the King’s Arm Tavern. The experience was a great way to end our day At Williamsburg!

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LB
Richmond
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance. Quiet service. Wait staff very attentive but not annoyingly so. Waiter told us many interesting facts about eighteenth century foods. Delicious food. The tavern dinner was excellent and a good value!

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Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was amazing. She knew the menu very well and was most helpful in helping us make our dinner choices. She clearly loved her job

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TN
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was courteous and educational she explained what it was like to dine in a tavern in the 1700s and with her traditional wardrobe you felt you were there.
The food was fantastic and the deserts to die for. A few pints of Ale and we had a magical evening by candle light.
I paid in cash because I couldn’t break the mood and pay with a card.

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TE
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

We were led to believe the staff would act in character with the time setting, and that is the main reason we chose this restaurant. Our server was knowledgeable about the food, but without the ambiance and characterization, this felt like an overpriced meal. After having such high expectations, we were pretty disappointed.

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GJ
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful family dinner at the Kings Arms. Our server was very attentive and also helpful in recommending dishes. Some recommendations based on personal experience: planter’s punch for a cocktail; game pie for a main course; and pecan pie for dessert. It was a very memorable dining experience!

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Let me start off by saying whoa!
We went on vaca this past weekend and had 7pm reservations for 7 people(3 of them kids). We were sitting outside at about 630pm waiting to go in. The lady came out and told us if we had reservations to come in so they could seat us early! Yes! I loved that. So we went in and sat down and immediately loved it. The waiter was so friendly and on point with everything. The food was fantastic! The music was everything too. I highly recommend this place.

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JW
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

David was great! He explained the fascinating details of dining back in the colonial days.

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j
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very fun splurge when visiting Colonial Williamsburg——service and ambiance were both great, food was very good; expensive but all in all, worth it; the nonalcoholic peach punch was refreshing and very tasty; beef tenderloin and prime rib both very good!!!

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AP
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in town and like the King's Arms for special occasions due to the cost. You do get what you pay for though. Authentic atmosphere, menu, and service. The prime rib with fresh chopped horseradish is really the best anywhere and the portion so generous that you'll likely need to take some home.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

You did not have,the meringue with stawberries.Sad I have been coming here for 47 years and. Have looked forward to that dessert.

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KP
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at the King's Arm Tavern - the perfect way to top off one's historical experience at Colonial Williamsburg. The building, while a reconstruction, fosters a sense of being in the center of history, the server provided historical context as well as attentive service, a minstrel perfromed period pieces on a barogue guitar while we dined, and teh food was fantastic!!!

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RO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm biased that my family dined here 30+ years ago and I wanted to introduce my wife and kids to it - fortunately it lived up to expectations. The ambiance is nice, especially considering the 18-th century theme. As the sun goes down the rooms take on a more intimate, unique feel as candlelight is the only source of illumination. The menu had enough options to satisfy parents and kids and the quality of the food was good - our family LOVED the chocolate fudge cake dessert. Overall it's a unique dining experience that won't break the bank but delivers good food in a unique setting!

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun period tavern with servers in colonial dress and menus in old English. we sat in a cute little alcove that felt private even with another family four feet away. It was noisy, but that didn’t take away from our overall experience. My eight year old had venison, rabbit and duck pot pie for the very first time. The food was delicious and the menu was not “dumbed down” like some tourist destinations we’ve visited.

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BB
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Set in the 18th Century, the decor and period costumes worn by the servers and staff took you back to colonial times. The food was absolutely fantastic, and the server described what the ladies and gentlemen of the era would have done at the table, and how the food was served. You cannot go wrong with this Tavern. Make your reservations as soon as you can.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Short: We ate here on a family vacation to Williamsburg. It was exactly or better than expected - period setting, menu, ambiance and uniforms for the staff, very modern prices. We were happy with what we got and will likely return.

Longer thoughts: we had and absolutely loved the Hunter’s Pie (rabbit & venison meat) and the beef tenderloin. The Pie filling was tender and flavorful, the puff pastry crust was perfect. The tenderloin was a perfect medium-rare as requested and a fantastic cut. The seasoning was delicious. I would have preferred more of the veggies that came with the tenderloin.

Our very picky 4 year old had the hamburger and they were wonderful to accommodate the ridiculousness it takes to get him to eat. Hamburger not touching the bun, ketchup in a separate bowl, French fries AND applesauce sides instead of just one that is supposed to come with it. I especially appreciated that although the server cleared the adult plates, she didn’t mention dessert until our son finished dinner.

They were also very accommodating with dessert. We had the great butter pecan pie and perhaps the best dessert I’ve had in a year, the berry crumble. The warm berry filling was the exact right amount of sweet and the crumble was crispy and so good. They put the ice cream on the side for our son, and he ate it all.

For the three of us it was about 150$, nobody had alcohol. I split a great nonalcoholic punchbowl with our son and it was refreshing and tasty.

If we come to Williamsburg again, we would definitely come back.

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CS
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful authentic experience! Made our days at Colonial Williamsburg complete.

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CM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love the entire experience! Food is great, wait staff are friendly and inviting.

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BB
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a special, intimate evening of a unique culinary experience! We were in the "Purdie's Kitchen" part of the tavern which had handicapped access. We had our own wait person who was able to give us historical insight into the food choices, our founding fathers' preferences, and the 18th c. dining experience.

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DS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good. George provided us with outstanding service. I think the price is very reasonable for the quality of the food. Great experience.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Décor et service authentique
Ambiance conviviale

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my husband here for his birthday. Although they didn’t take notice of the birthday notation when making the reservation it was an amazing dinner. The staff was knowledgeable about the era. Food was amazing as well was the cocktail we had. We will definitely be taking family and friends here!

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CB
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner at the tavern with a very personable server named Jennifer who went above and beyond. My partner had the tavern dinner, which is prime rib now rather than hen. I had salmon with the dill sauce on the side, and it was cooked perfectly—very moist and not well done. One disappointment, and the reason I didn’t give the whole experience five stars, was that the strolling musicians now stop at 7pm so later diners do not have the 18th century experience of tavern music played live. Overall, it’s an experience to add to your colonial adventure, and certainly sets the mood of the time period, dining by candlelight with salt cellars and pewter (may be faux) silverware. Not to be missed.

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely. Reservations so less than 5 min wait. Great server and service!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting Colonial Williamsburg

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KD
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Wasnt as good as i remembered. Food wasnt cooked to my satisfaction. Service wasnt good and was too expensive for whst i got

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JM
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome and the atmosphere was great. I would go again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at King's Arm Tavern enhanced our vacationing experience at Colonial Williamsburg.

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GN
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was friendly and inviting. They were attentive to details even lighting our table candle without asking. Musician was entertaining and funny. I would recommend this restaurant as part of the Williamsburg experience.

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JT
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff was excellent and the food was good. Missed the bread pudding and the meringue deserts. Missed the original compliments.

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Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are in Williamsburg, you owe it to yourself to book a table at King's Arm Tavern. Steeped in history, the tavern offers 5 star meals at a fair price. The wait staff is knowledgeable and attentive. I had Mrs. Vobe's Tavern Dinner with the Peanut Soupe. My wife had the same with the Tomato Basil soupe. Both meals were excellent and to our liking. The meal concluded with a choice of dessert and each was a perfect finish. I chose the Southern Pecan Pie and was happy I did!

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FM
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Indeed we would and have. Always a delightful experience. Our waitress was outstanding.

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k
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved our server. He was hilarious, made great recommendations and the food was delicious

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MM
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The King's Arm Tavern succeeds in providing a realistic experience of 18th century dining while serving delicious meals that appeal to contemporary palettes. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience and recommend this restaurant to others who wish to enjoy the combination of flavorful food and ambience.

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AB
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fun, step back in time. Every detail was perfect. Excellent meals, drinks and desserts. Our server was accommodating and pleasant. All ages loved the whole experience.

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LV
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jennifer was a wonderful waitress! She made the entire experience more authentic and was so personable! I had been waiting to have peanut souppe for forever and it did not disappoint! The berry cobbler was also delicious! And the restrooms were very clean.

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