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King's Arm Tavern, Williamsburg, VA

King's Arm Tavern

4.7
4.7
4086 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

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.

ADA Accessible dining is available in the Purdie Kitchen. Please note this colonial building is separate from King’s Arms Tavern. Please check-in at the front, and our host will escort guests to the Purdie Kitchen.

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Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Colonial Williamsburg

  • Parking details

    Tavern parking is located on Francis Street adjacent to the tavern.

  • Public transit

    CW Buses Only

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Soupes

  • Peanut Soupe$7.95

    A tavern Specialty Served with Roasted Peanuts and Sherry Cream

    • A Good Soupe for the Season$7.95

      Boiled up daily from the finest market offerings

      Salats

      • Romaine Hearts Salat$9.95

        Crisp romaine, shaved Locatelli cheese, garlic croutons, lemon dressing another way with anchovy and good mustard

        • Mrs. Purdie's Salat$8.95

          Baby iceberg, English cucumber, bacon lardons, blue cheese dressing

          • Duck from the Smoak House$14.95

            Delicate garden greens, citrus, cracklings of skin, candied pecans, pomegranate vinaigrette

            Starters

            • Heirloom Carrot Puff$9.95

              Spring pea hummus, pistachio carrot pistou, benne seed sorghum lavosh

              • Hoppin' John Risotto$12.95

                Blackeye peas, Carolina gold rice, country ham, baby spinach

                • Macaroni & Foraged Mushroom Gratin$14.95

                  Hand gathered mushrooms, herb and garlic crust, Locatelli cream

                  Main Dishes

                  All main dishes are served to table with garden offerings dressed in the appropriate manner

                  • Mrs. Vobe's Tavern Dinner*$55.95

                    Herb and Garlic Crusted Prime Rib of Beef Served up with your selection of soupe and dessert

                    • Madeira Braised Shank of Lamb$39.95

                      Rosemary orange gremolata, Madeira jus

                      • Sage Roasted Butternut Squash "Steak"$25.95

                        Wild mushroom ragout, parsley chili pesto

                        • Daily Catch

                          The best to be found from market and the Chesapeake waters

                          • Market Pricing
                        • Chop of Shoat$32.95

                          Brandy and maple brined heritage pork, cherry apricot jam, whiskey pork jus

                          • Hunter's Game Pye$37.95

                            Tender venison, rabbit and duck with mushrooms, onions and bacon lardons. Stewed in fine port wine and put forth under flaky pastry crust

                            • Smoked Golden Yard Bird$29.95

                              Pickled golden beets, raspberry mostarda

                              • Beef Tenderloin$49.95

                                Cooked on the grid iron with roasted button onions and good Cabernet gravy

                                Last updated: April 10, 2022

                                What 4,086 people are saying

                                Overall ratings and reviews

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                                4.7
                                4.7 based on recent ratings
                                • 4.7Food
                                • 4.8Service
                                • 4.8Ambience
                                • 4.2Value

                                NoiseModerate

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                                1. SB

                                  ShelbyB

                                  Baltimore

                                  1 review

                                  4.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined today

                                  overall4food3service5ambience4

                                  Fun for the experience but $250 including tip for four people and water to drink is what you’ll pay. Food is clearly better than what they ate in the Colonies and there’s a vegan option. Service tries really hard but the rooms are small and the tables close so it’s loud and your food comes when multiple other tables food is ready as well

                                2. DG

                                  DanG

                                  Philadelphia

                                  1 review

                                  2.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined 1 day ago

                                  overall2food1service4ambience4

                                  We’ve been to the King’s Arms many times over the years. The food was just bad this time. The prime rib was inedible - overdone and with a very unpleasant seasoning. I sent my first plate back. I ordered medium rare and got a very over done piece of beef. The second piece was still overdone. I just couldn’t eat it. The food server took no notice. The food quality was very sub- par - especially when you consider the high prices. Go someplace with better food. There are plenty of better choices.

                                3. LS

                                  LorraineS

                                  Washington DC

                                  4 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined 1 day ago

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The Kings Arms is our favorite restaurant in Colonial Williamsburg. We enjoyed our dinner and the entire experience. Our waiter, George was very knowledgeable about the menu and the colonial period. He helped make our time at the Kings Arms wonderful.

                                4. AC

                                  AnnaC

                                  Raleigh

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined 2 days ago

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Wonderful experience! We were here several years ago and we have never been disappointed!

                                5. K

                                  Kirkwoodkids

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined 6 days ago

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  In Conlonial Williamsburg. The Kings Arms is like eating at a tavern in the 1770s. Pricey, but the food is great (limited menu, cooked in time period way and delicious); plus the ambiance makes it worth it!

                                6. SS

                                  SusanS

                                  Phoenix

                                  1 review

                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined 6 days ago

                                  overall3food5service5ambience3

                                  Our waiter John was terrific and the food very good. It was unfair, however, to dine in a small room with a screaming toddler. The mother did nothing and the manager should have asked her to do something. A nice meal was compromised.

                                7. JS

                                  JuleS

                                  Washington DC

                                  4 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The food was great and the waiter made good recommendations. The service was super great and provide good back on the food eaten colonial days, why used and tastes. The the rooms were recently redone in side. Will repeat next time in Colonial Williamsburg at King Arms Tavern.

                                8. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Richmond

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Our server Lydia was outstanding, she explained the menu mixed with history. Very friendly and efficient. Food was delicious and well worth the cost.

                                9. PJ

                                  PJ20

                                  Richmond

                                  6 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  6 reviews

                                  Dined on May 13, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  George was an outstanding server and entertainer. He shared history, sang, and made us laugh. What a wonderful experience. The food and atmosphere was great but George took everything to the next level. We can’t wait to go back!!!

                                10. VM

                                  VirginiaMike

                                  Washington DC

                                  33 reviews

                                  4.0

                                  33 reviews

                                  Dined on May 13, 2022

                                  overall4food4service5ambience5

                                  Once again, we had a wonderful evening at King's Arms! My lamb shank was its usual succulent self, and my wife's prime rib (Mrs., Vobe's dinner) was tender and delicious. Excellent strolling musician, and wonderful table service. No wonder this is one of our favorite dining spots of all time!!!

                                11. DJ

                                  DonaldJ

                                  Richmond

                                  4 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined on May 13, 2022

                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                  Great server. fun live music of the colonial period. Good food. Was a fun evening! Kind of pricey

                                12. VM

                                  VincentM

                                  New York Area

                                  3 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on May 12, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  A must stop in Williamsburg, Good food, attentive service and a wonderful historical setting. What more could one ask for?

                                13. CA

                                  CharlieA

                                  Charlotte

                                  7 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  7 reviews

                                  Dined on May 12, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Service, period experience and food was very delightful. Highly recommend it.

                                14. CG

                                  CindyG

                                  Richmond

                                  18 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  18 reviews

                                  Dined on May 12, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We always try to visit King’s Arms when we are in Williamsburg. I always have the chop of shoat & my husband has the game pie. Both are delicious. The service was great & the atmosphere very pleasant.

                                15. DS

                                  DebS

                                  Portland

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on May 12, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Our waiter, John? was absolutely amazing!! He made our experience so much fun. My first time to Williamsburg so it was really cool how he explained everything to us and made our dinner a special experience. The tiger punch was delicious, the Hunters Game Pye was out of this world and the carrot puffs w/hummace was delicious! One more mention was the peanut soup for a starter, really really great! Can’t recommend enough, especially if visiting for your first time.

                                16. M

                                  Marsh

                                  San Francisco

                                  17 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  17 reviews

                                  Dined on May 11, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Spectacular evening. John was our waiter, very knowledgeable about the food, wine and history of the tavern and the times. We split a Caesar Salad and we both remarked we thought it was one of the best, and we have had a lot of Caesars… I had the Game Pye , which was Venison, Rabbit and duck with onions and mushrooms in a port reduction, with a red currant jelly on the top. It was a 10 on the scale of 10.my wife had the Beef Tenderloin, which was prepared perfectly and had great flavor. It was a great evening in the period setting

                                17. DN

                                  DeanN

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 11, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Best experience ever loved our server-she was fabulous! Food was exceptional!!!

                                18. SE

                                  StanE

                                  Richmond

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 11, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Excellent service with charasmatic servers and a wonderful host. Food was delivered quickly and hot. Beverages and refills were kept full. Musician was fun and came and went while we were eating...added ambience without disrupting our meal. Overall an exceptional time with superb food!

                                19. EB

                                  ElizabethB

                                  Charleston

                                  6 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  6 reviews

                                  Dined on May 11, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Colonial dining experience did not disappoint. We received a brief history lesson about the Tavern, were treated to period music played by wandering musicians, and enjoyed delicious steak, lamb, and meat pie for dinner. Peanut soup was different and tasty, bread was served with relish, ham spread and butter. Chocolate mousse dessert was light and the perfect ending to a wonderful dinner. Our server, Jennifer, was delightful and made sure we were wearing our napkins around our necks in the proper fashion. Fun evening!

                                20. LP

                                  LindaP

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 11, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Our steak melted in our mouths! Our waiter was attentive and full of information. Great job! Ambiance-superb!

                                21. TM

                                  TomM

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Had a wonderful time. Everything was excellent. A special treat was the musical performance by an interpreter in period dress on a baroque guitar.

                                22. K

                                  Kashaki

                                  Raleigh

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Quite authentic and enjoyable! Enjoyed thoroughly!

                                23. SL

                                  SharonL

                                  Richmond

                                  3 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The Chop of Shoat was delicious as was the bread pudding. Everyone at our table enjoyed their meal. The service was superb.

                                24. R

                                  Rckon

                                  Richmond

                                  148 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  148 reviews

                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Kings Arm is an authentic Colonial experience!! The whole mode is to transfer you back to the 1700’s. The food is excellent and representative of the time.

                                25. KB

                                  KeithB

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Took us back to Olde times. Exactly what we were looking for, what a great Mother's Day.

                                26. EL

                                  ELLENT

                                  Richmond

                                  4 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Everything was wonderful as usual. Food delicious. Baked stuffed flounder was perfect.

                                27. S

                                  Sara

                                  Richmond

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Food and ambience are amazing! We’ll keep coming back!

                                28. DC

                                  DavidC

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Charming ambience, historical site, our waitress was Lynette, outstanding and attentive to our every need, highly recommended for that special night out! We can't wait to visit again!

                                29. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  New York Area

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on May 6, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Mother's Day weekend in Colonial Williamsburg started with a traditional dinner and drinks at The Kings Arms Tavern. The atmosphere is the best and set us back into the 18th century as we dined by candlelight. The food was delicious. Flounder stuffed with lump crab meat was spectacular. I also recommend the Duck from the Smoak [sic] House as a starter! Enjoy!

                                30. AM

                                  AllenM

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 6, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Prime rib with carrots and green beans. Pecan pie for desert. We enjoyed the music and our waitress was great.

                                31. SC

                                  ShirleyC

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 6, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Great food, atmosphere and entertainment. Make sure to reserve well ahead of your trip.

                                32. S

                                  Stevie

                                  San Francisco

                                  1 review

                                  4.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 6, 2022

                                  overall4food3service3ambience4

                                  Prime rib was cold. Fish was pretty good. It was rather loud and hard to Carry on a conversation. Very expensive for what it was. Probably wouldn’t go back.

                                33. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Riyadh

                                  2 reviews

                                  4.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on May 5, 2022

                                  overall4food3service5ambience4

                                  We were visiting Historical Williamsburg, and wanted to experience dinner at a Tavern. Our reservation was at 7:30, and we were pleased that our table was available early. We sat upstairs, and George was our server. George was great, attentive, and very knowledgeable about the history of the tavern in general, as well as the dishes served. My husband had the hunters pie, and really enjoyed it. I had the prime rib, and was disseminated with the quality (too fatty) , especially since it was the most expensive things on the menu. The ambiance was authentic, with bees wicks candles burning in glass lanterns on the tables. I’m glad we went, it was a good experience over all.

                                34. CR

                                  CarolynR

                                  New York Area

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on May 5, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  It was so special to have friends join us at the King's Arms for dinner. The food, atmosphere and service were outstanding, and as for noise level, well, I have to admit that we were the guilty party there.......we had such a good time visiting!

                                35. P

                                  Pinkflamingo

                                  Baltimore

                                  10 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  10 reviews

                                  Dined on May 5, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The service and food is outstanding. Also the history stories are very interesting. We had harp music also.

                                36. CJ

                                  CraigJ

                                  Western NC

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 5, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Wonderful in every way. Wonderful step back in time.

                                37. SH

                                  SuesunH

                                  Washington DC

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 5, 2022

                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                  King's Arm Tavern is our favorite tavern in Colonial Williamsburg. The choices on the menu appear to have something for everyone. Our server Kathy, had a light sense of humor which made our dinner more enjoyable. It was a great experience an enjoyable evening and good food. Will return again

                                38. JK

                                  JenniferK

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 4, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Had a wonderful private dining in the outbuildings due to the need of a wheelchair accessible seating. I neglected to mention the need when I booked, but the Kings Arms staff quickly readied the room for us. Our waiter was very attentive running back and fourth between our little building and his busy section inside. We had visits from the musician and manager just to ensure we were having a gods time. Food was excellent. Game pie, beef tenderloin, pork chop, peanut soup, chocolate custard and bread pudding. Will most definitely return.

                                39. KH

                                  KristaH

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 4, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The food was the best I’ve ever had in Williamsburg and the best I’ve had anywhere in a while. Our server was outstanding, entertaining, and knowledgeable. I recall the ambiance in some of the other historic taverns being more cozy but it was fine. The prices seemed high but I know prices are high everywhere right now. We were very, very happy with the quality and creativity of the meal.

                                40. SF

                                  StephanieF

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 1, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  I’m so glad we were able to get in here. Candlelight dining and period music. Delicious, unique foods (try the carrot puffs and hummus)in a lovely setting, served with Sally Lunn bread just like in Bath. Great service and an altogether delightful experience!

                                Safety precautions

                                • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                  • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                • 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

                                FAQs

                                King's Arm Tavern is rated 4.7 stars by 4086 OpenTable diners.

                                Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                Google Map for King's Arm Tavern

                                416 E Duke of Gloucester St Williamsburg, VA 23185

                                Additional information

                                • Neighborhood

                                  Colonial Williamsburg

                                • Hours of operation

                                  Dinner Wed–Sun 4:30 pm–8:00 pm

                                • Cuisines

                                  American

                                • Dining style

                                  Casual Dining

                                • Dress code

                                  Casual Dress

                                • Parking details

                                  Tavern parking is located on Francis Street adjacent to the tavern.

                                • Public transit

                                  CW Buses Only

                                • Payment options

                                  AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                • Additional

                                  Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Wine

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