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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BS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience! I went there with my husband and our two kids (10 and 12). the experience was very interesting and funny as well: Sharing with the kids how it was to have a meal on those times, no electricity, no microwave, etc :) . the food was amazing, so tasty !! its been a while since we don't have such a good meal!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Must bring back music.

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MM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I decided to make a second trip to a Colonial Williamsburg "tavern" on this visit because I always enjoy the atmosphere and the food. My server was outstanding. She was very prompt and shared stories of the establishment even though she had a large eight top next to me. I cannot recall her name and I am sorry for that. I had been to Kings Arms before and knew to order the peanut soup and it did not disappoint. The same can be said for their bottled ginger ale. I decided to try the tavern dinner, which was prime rib. It was cooked to perfection and some of the best I have ever had. It was particularly flavorful. The potatoes and beans were also tasty. For dessert I had the syllabub, which was amazing. I will be back here again and again.

My only disappointment was the hostess who had obvious tattoos and a piercing in her right cheek. While just a small blemish, I would expect more from the Colonial Williamsburg dining establishment particularly as the first person one meets at the door.

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CM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent !!! The food, drinks and atmosphere was great! We a had an awesome lady taking care of us named Linette. We had a group of 6 and she was attentive and so knowledge and friendly to us. We plan to return in the fall and would love to have Linette again! Kings Arms is my favorite restaurant in Williamsburg!!!

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Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

King’s Arms is my favorite Colonial Williamsburg tavern. I dropped its rating for one reason. My favorite dessert, which I have enjoyed for forty years, has been removed from the menu. It was the hard meringue with ice cream and strawberries. It is a unique dessert and I recommend it being restored to the menu.

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

Great staff very accommodating to our noisy toddlers

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

We have been to Williamsburg many times. We loved our time at kings arms tavern. We had a lunch there, then a few days later we had a dinner there. Service was great, atmosphere was of course great. The food was excellent. We would recommend to friends

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

A delicious and entertaining "authentic" colonial dining experience. The peanut soup was a unanimous favorite with our family, and everything else we sampled was tasty as well. The service was spot on, and the strolling minstrels and period decor and furnishings made us feel as if we had stepped back in time for dinner. I would definitely recommend the Kings Arms Tavern to anyone visiting Colonial Williamsburg for a vacation or just a special evening out.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great but the service was poor.

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S
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We’ve been here for many anniversaries over the yrs. always love the experience

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TB
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Ambience is OK and I liked not having to put up with the noise of the musicians. I was extremely disappointed by the discontinuation of the signature entree of fried chicken and ham. At the end of the meal, no tooth picks are available. Colonial or not, what does CW expect me to use?

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DA
Portland
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was AMAZING! We took a week long vacation for our anniversary, and King’s Arm Tavern has the best food out of every dinner we had in D.C. The ambiance was very true to the atmosphere they were intending to create. They have separate rooms for many of the guests (not just one big open space), lowering the noise level considerably. The staff also put together a “Happy Anniversary” Card for us, which was an extra little special thing for us.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Continues to be a go to place in Colonial Williamsburg. The ambience was great and the service friendly. It was a little disappointing that they did not have the enterprise that we ha seem in previous visits. Love the peanut soup and the Sally Lund bread. I had the game pie which was excellent. All in all it was a wonderful experience.

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DH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

It’s an experience you do once and probably not again. Overall, it was good. The food was good - beef tenderloin was perfect, the game pie was very tasty, and my prime rib was good but it came out cold. Peanut soup is something you have to try but it’s really not that special. Dessert was a blueberry crumble which was ok and piece of cake which was also ok. Our server was kind, but everything took too long (drinks, food, bill).

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RK
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved this place the food was outstanding and the service was great as well

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AH
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was amazing. She was very good. The food was good and we enjoyed the whole experience. Eating by candle light.

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WM
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

We really liked this restaurant, but your overall experience does depend on your server. We heard other servers telling their customers about what food would have been served during colonial times, the fact that sometimes they used bread to eat instead of utensils, traditions, etc.. It was as if they were getting an awesome colonial food history lesson and ours was just an order taker. So that was disappointing for us.

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JJ
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Made this reservation months in advance because people said a Colonial Williamsburg tavern dinner was a “must-do.” I recommend eating in the Williamsburg Market Square instead. We were seated in a small upstairs room with no ambience. It was like eating in any other small dark restaurant except the food was mediocre. The staff was dressed in costume and the bread was served with some colonial type spreads but pretty much that was it. The other taverns might be a better choice.

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J
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance, fine food and excellent service. Definitely a must-experience stop.

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CG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Peanut soup was amazing as expected! Service was excellent!

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KK
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service. Quite the experience!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was phenomenal. They waitress knowledgeable. The ambiance fantastic. Honestly this dinner was the cherry on the top of a fantastic day in Williamsburg. It is completely worth the money- for both food and culture.

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LR
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was ok but it was very noisy -couldn't really visit with those at my table.

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ES
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands' down favorite for dining in a colonial tavern. Excellent food, service, and ambiance. If you like dining by candle light, this is the place!

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DW
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a great meal, in a beautiful tavern. our waiter James was outstanding, very knowledgeable about the menu as well as the history.

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Anniversary dinner

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RA
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Expensive but good food. Waiter was knowledgeable and fun.

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M
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the perfect balance of excellent food, time travel experience and superb service!

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AB
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef was especially attentive to my wife's allergies and visited our table multiple times to make sure everything was ok. This gave her the confidence to enjoy her meal without fear of an allergic reaction. Will definitely come back.

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FJ
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We arrived just before our reservation time at 5:30. We were taken to our table and seated at a small table while there were other larger tables available. The waiter (James) came over and leaned on the table with his hands balled and looked at me and said: "What can I do for you" in a gruff manner. He then moved over to behind my wife, leaned over her, and asked what she wanted. It made her very uncomfortable. We both asked for Ice Water and I asked for a spiced ale. We had already decided what we wanted for dinner by using the online menu. However, the menu did not match the menu we had been given. We waited a good 10 minutes and I never received my Spiced Ale. My wife and I talked about it and decided to leave. On the way out we never saw the waiter. We had previously dined there and had a great experience in 2017. Comparing the two visits - it was night and day. We later were told by some local residents that the entire complex was now being operated by a management corporation . Overall the experience was vastly worse. What was supposed to be the final capstone of our long weekend proved to be rather the final nail in an overall bad experience.

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LM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I ordered the Tavern Dinner of Prime Rib. Started with peanut soupe and then a good size piece of prime rib. It was a bit overdone, more medium well than the medium I asked for but tasted good. I wish they had sour cream for the horseradish but that may not be in keeping with the colonial era. The dinner came with dessert and I ordered the pecan pie.

My husband ordered the game pie and enjoyed it along with his mixed berry crumble. We would go back again.

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m
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very pleased: our server was friendly and knowledgeable, and the food was delicious!

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GT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an enjoyable meal. Only thing, I miss the creamed spinach that was a standard for years.

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WP
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't wait to go back! We only had a little time before our scheduled ghost tour, but our server really worked with us to have a great experience. Loved having dinner by candlelight as the sun set on Williamsburg. Everything was delicious from starter to dessert; we'll definitely be returning on our next trip to the historic triangle.

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WB
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Service was very slow for our meal. Food quality was very average at best. I could get a steak like I ordered Longhorn and it would be much cheaper. It was a almost totally tasteless piece of meat. Almost 2 hours from time seated to paying bill. We had a 7:15 reservation and were last guests to leave restaurant

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Charleston
23 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It’s really loud in there, especially when larger parties are there in the same room as your group. Don’t expect a quiet romantic meal. It’s not going to happen. We had to send one meal back to the kitchen because the prime rib was horribly over cooked. It was requested to be medium rare and was delivered from the kitchen as well done. Just says there’s not always QC happening before food is served. Overall, the rest of the meal was a very good experience, just not outstanding.

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BH
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I have been dining at the Kings Arms for over 40 years. One of their signature items has been the peanut soup. Unfortunately, they have changed the recipe and not for the better. This past visit was the first time I have not finished the soup-and I will not be ordering it again unless the recipe returns to the former version. Additionally, I overheard the couple next to me criticizing the soup for "lack of peanut flavor." Disappointing that the tavern would change such an iconic part of their menu.

While the above may seem trivial to some, when a specific menu item that you look forward to and have enjoyed for many years no longer is appealing, it lessens the dining experience.

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Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a neat experience! Highly recommend!

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WB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was so delicious. We enjoyed so much. Our waitress is great..My Husband and I were there 3 times before..we will go back this Thanksgiving.. Smile

Wanda

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had very pleasant meal. Our server was awesome, wish I could remember her name. Food was delicious!

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