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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DL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A place we have dined at many times over the years and an absolute favorite. Most everything was just as remembered except for the removal of my favorite dessert- the merengue shell with ice cream and strawberries. It seems that the Colonial Williamsburg organization has opted to simplify the desert menus and offer the same desserts at all of their restored restaurants taking away some of their individuality. Everything else was outstanding.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We would have enjoyed our time more if our server was more talkative- she seemed shy and reserved. We overheard another server talking a lot to the folks - so we were listening to her!

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

The most authentic and spectacular dining in the universe!

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

Very unique restaurant with history.

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

We were here 27 years ago on our honeymoon! What a joy to return! The for and service were outstanding!!! Being there brought back wonderful memories!!

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

Excellent as always

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TS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and atmosphere; especially musicians and singers with drinking songs. Service was a little slow.

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DS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Good food. Wonderful ambiance. Would have liked a different table that was not in the same room as the kitchen entrance. The part of the meal that was the worst was the service. Bread before the meal took forever but it was hot when it came out so perhaps the server was waiting for fresh to be made. Our server confused our orders. My wife requested soup and salad as the main course and I asked for a regular meal. We specifically asked for orders to be delivered at the same time. The server first tried to bring us both soup and then delivered the soup and salad to my wife while I waited another 5 to 7 minutes for my meal. The confusion was likely caused by the fact that our ticket listed just one diner, which would have caused the kitchen to stagger the courses. This too was a server mistake. She appeared to be confused with some orders as other tables. In an adjoining room with a large table, their orders were delivered well before ours, despite their being seated about the same time as we were.

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CB
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food both exceptional!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Family reunion

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E
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff was very polite and courteous throughout; I also had a nice conversation with the manager/supervisor who was by the door when we left. My wife and daughter have food allergies and the chef came out and was very helpful and reassuring explaining how the food was going to be prepared; that extra care was VERY appreciated! The food was outstanding....the beef tenderloin was one of the best I have ever tasted.

My only major critique is the historical ambiance...it was really lacking. This is a very expensive place to take a family to eat; to justify it one needs to present the entire package. There needs to be a greater effort by the staff to transport us back to the 18th century. We only heard two songs by the musician and some quick facts from our waitress before we left. One goes to a restaurant like this (and pays these prices) for an EXPERIENCE; not just a good meal. I left a voicemail and sent a Facebook message several days before our arrival asking about the food allergy accommodations and no one got back to me. The staff was excellent face-to-face, but this type of communication needs to improve.

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DW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food but even better staff! Loved the history lesson that came along with our dinner.

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MD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The peanut soup was excellent, as was the cornish game hen and the desserts. We had the syllibub and the pecan pie. The service was excellent as well; our server was warm and welcoming and provided historical references and answered our questions about the history of the tavern as well as some of the dining customs of that era. There was also a musician who played a couple of tavern songs on his mandolin - very entertaining!

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SJ
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner at King's Arm Tavern because it extended the wonderful Williamsburg experience. Our server was great, answering questions about life in colonial times and staying in character throughout the meal. There was no electric lighting in the dining room, so we ate by candlelight after the sun had fully set. Our meals were good, but not noteworthy. The pork chop was a little overcooked, dry and chewy, and the prime rib, while served at the right temperature, was really fatty. This normally isn't a problem, as one can just trim the fat away, but the very dim lighting made that difficult. The peanut soup was tasty. We're glad we ate here as it was a nice way to end our day in Williamsburg. We have no problem recommending it, but it's more about the experience than the food.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Very unmemorable. Overpriced everything, especially the drinks. Stick to the water. Skip this one

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Martin took good care of us, introducing us to colonial dining traditions and foods, recommending more traditional menu items, and caring for our needs (clearing the table, refilling beverages). The food was delicious with unusual flavor profiles. When a kitchen error delayed our entrees, the manager graciously offered us both complimentary salads to fill the time of our wait for the entrees. FYI ... no electricity, only candlelight.

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S
Memphis
9 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

We had an early reservation (6:00 PM) as did several other guests. For some unexplained reason they herded all of us into the same cramped room to be served by only one waiter. We should have asked to be moved to any of the other totally vacant rooms. He did the best he could under the circumstances but understandably the service was slow.
The Game Pie was excellent as always.

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MR
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic experience! The girls loved it! Great service blended with history and a fantastic setting and ambiance! Staff were brilliant! Easy to find, authentic and an over the top experience. Food was excellent and again made the most excellent finish to a great day enjoying an excellent meal!

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CM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Great ambiance and friendly wait staff. Food and drinks are just ok, not worth the high prices. It needs an infusion of creativity.

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l
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a great experience and a lovely meal. Thanks to all the staff who served us from the greeter to the dishwasher! The only thing that I would have liked to have had was a bit more light!

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VA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and wine was absolutely delicious. Atmosphere was both historic and pleasant. Our server was outstanding! Wine selection was very good for such historic setting.

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RT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The authenticity was incredible in the food and the setting and the staff. Went back again for lunch today

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e
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

This used to be our favorite period tavern at Colonial Williamsburg. And we used to love the taverns in general. They were expensive and the food was just a bit better than mediocre at best, but the experience made them worthwhile, right on DoG Street and with great period musicians. Unfortunately, those days are past. The location and physical atmosphere are still appealing. But the musicians were totally absent when we were there. We understand that it was off-season and that during the high season, they may have some reduced amount of musicians. But nobody gave us an "off-season" discount for the lack of ambience. So we paid full fare for a reduced offering. To make it worse, the chef seems to be experimenting with some modern touches. For example, some favorite dishes were deleted from the menu. And instead of using the King's Arms plate, my wife received a modern blue plate with her entree. We were told that this was a cost-cutting measure, because the dishwashers were breaking too many of the other plates. Well, if we want modern plates and modern touches we can go to one of dozens of nouvelle and ethnic places in and around Williamsburg -- for much less money. If the King's Arms is going to charge premium prices, they should provide a premium experience. At Colonial Williamsburg, that means period food, period decor and period music. If not, then please, give us a price break. We won't be going back to the King's Arms for a while, until we hear that they've started to go back to what made them great. Much as we hate to leave DoG Street when we visit Colonial Williamsburg, we're now looking forward to exploring the offerings of the larger Williamsburg area. We are confident that we will get better value.

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BU
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I would probably recommend the King's Arms but would say it's better to get an earlier reservation for dinner......however I suspect it's better to go for lunch than dinner.
We arrived about 7.15pm by which time most diners were finishing or leaving so it left the atmosphere a little too quiet. The wait staff were in costume, but there was no music or colonial entertainment. Also, the restaurant at night is lit by candles which is romantic but not very practical since I could hardly see the menu or my food. The prime rib and Yorkshire Pudding I had was tepid, not hot, and the vegetables had probably been waiting to be served for quite some time so the potatoes in particular were shriveled. The game pie was served nice and hot and was flavorful - but there wasn't much meat in it.
I don't recommend the chocolate cake for dessert - way too dry.
In conclusion, a nice place to try if you're visiting Colonial Williamsburg - but I don't think I will be eating at the King's Arms when I visit the area next time.

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TD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have had a great meal and time at King's Arm Tavern.

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VC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our prime rib dinner was quite delicious, the meat was succulent. The finger potatoes were a bit overcooked but the other vegetables were very good. We enjoyed the Sally Lunn bread with the relishes along with the brief history highlights. Our waitress was very pleasant and graciously attended to our requests. The room was cozy and the vocalists that passed through we're quite entertaining. The desserts topped off the evening, with the Syllabub being a great ending...not too sweet and not too heavy.

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SR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A lovely candlelit dinner was enjoyed by all
Really 50 characters?

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CL
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service food we're outstanding would recommend to friends who visit Williamsburg.

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DP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tavern had only been open for a few days on our visit. The food was delicious and the service by David was impeccable. We are looking forward to our next visit.

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LP
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! My partner and I enjoyed a quiet romantic dinner with lovely live colonial music and excellent service. Our server, George, was kind, patient and knowledgeable, we appreciated his recommendations and hospitality!

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BW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely location right in Colonial Williamsburg with historical menu offerings as well S updated offeringss. Delicious food, excellent service with a history lesson. Candlelight and period decor adds to the ambiance. Wait staff dressed in period costumes. Musicians go table to table for entertainment. Wonderful Sally Lunn bread with parsleyed butter was a simple delight to begin our meal of a hunters pie made with rabbit, venison, duck and pork. Will go again soon.

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BJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s an amazing experience. The food is outstanding and the atmosphere is wonderful.

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GG
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my husband's 65th birthday and couldn't have selected a better restaurant. Our server, John, was both an excellent server and docent. The meal was fabulous and the desserts excellent. This was an evening we will never forget!

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L
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous waiter, music, colonial dress, candlelight, crisp vegetables, and very good food makes a special evening!

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Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Our server was a delight and full of information. The atmosphere was fabulous with turn of the century authentic table setting.

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RS
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am not one to give out "Outstanding" or "Excellent" reviews unless it is earned. I can honestly say that this dining experience gets both "Outstanding" and "Excellent" for all aspects of our evening with the folks at King's Arm Tavern. The Hunter's Pie and Rainbow Trout were outstanding in every way. Our server, Christine, was excellent in her knowledge of the food and drinks made us feel like we were getting the most out of our meal and dining experience. Always with a smile. Don't leave without getting the Syllabub and Thomas Jefferson's Brandy Spiked Bread Pudding............. best ever!!

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G
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding but our server added so much info that helped make the experience memorable!

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DT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very good. Our server did not go into any of the history as we watched other servers do at their tables. That was a bit disappointing. It was very disappointing we could not have one of their signature cocktails as they ran out of rum. How do you run out of a main ingredient for New Years Eve?!

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DK
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love traveling to Colonial Williamsburg, and eating in the taverns is a significant part of each visit. We ate two lunches and one dinner in the King's Arms Tavern this trip. The food is delicious; the servers dressed in period attire are quite attentive. We also enjoyed live fiddle music with our meal on New Year's Eve.

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r
Richmond
37 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere of Kings Arms is as always romantic. The lighting is subdued, candles on the table, servers in period costumes and food is prepared well. Our server was excellent, talked of the things that would occur during the colonial times at the restaurant, was always checking on us, was friendly and very helpful. At no time did we feel rushed. A musician periodically passes through each room playing various short musical compositions with explanations of their origins.
This was not our first visit to the restaurant. One of our favorites, the peanut soup was not up to their usual standards - not as thick as we like it - but still good. I tried the Game Pie for the first time and found it great. I will definitely get it again. My partner had the prime rib and it was very good.

The menu is limited, but everything is great. I strongly suggest a reservation.

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