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King's Arm Tavern, Williamsburg, VA

King's Arm Tavern

4.7
4.7
4507 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
For parties larger than 6, please call for reservations (888)-447-8679 .
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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Experiences are available.

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

Experiences

  • Wine Dinner with a Nation Builder

    $217.80 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 2, 2022 only
    ** MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER ** Dinner is at 6PM only. Dine in the company of a Nation Builder on a delightful combination of their favorite fare and international wines as they reflect on their world travels. For this dinner you will be the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jefferson.
  • Wine Dinner with a Nation Builder

    $217.80 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 9, 2022 only
    ** MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER ** Dinner is at 6PM only. Dine in the company of a Nation Builder on a delightful combination of their favorite fare and international wines as they reflect on their world travels. For this dinner you will be the guest of Mr. and Mrs. George Washington.
  • Wine Dinner with a Nation Builder

    $217.80 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 16, 2022 only
    ** MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER ** Dinner is at 6PM only. Dine in the company of a Nation Builder on a delightful combination of their favorite fare and international wines as they reflect on their world travels. For this dinner you will be the guest of Marquis de Lafayette and Alexander Hamilton.

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What 4,507 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. JB

    JohnB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We tried the Lamb Shank dinner & Squash Dinners; both were excellent! Bread pudding dessert was quite fine. John Bellush
  2. DB

    DonB

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a true dining experience. The food, service, atmosphere is outstanding and the servers have a lot of knowledge about the time period you are experiencing. Highly recommend the restaurant whenever you get to Williamsburg. They book up quickly so plan ahead and make your reservations before you leave home.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jackson Hole

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    For the price of dinner, I expected a better experience. We ordered a bottle of champagne — it was served with wine glasses, not champagne flutes, and the server poured the glasses practically to the brim. Sorbet was served in a large ice cream type helping. I had the prime rib which they’re known for. Beef had a lot of fat. But for $50-some, it was acceptable. Server was chatty and unprofessional. Room was quite noisy. Overall, a mediocre experience. Too bad.
  4. TY

    ToddY

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food selection and quality was exquisite. Atmosphere felt authentic to Colonial times. Enjoyed the fellow playing guitar and fife; it added to the ambiance. Dining experience took excess of two hours. We had dessert on our table for five minutes before we were able to get her attention to get forks to eat it with. We had to run to make the 7 pm concert at the Capitol Bldg.
  5. TC

    TomC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and realistic Colonial Williamsburg dining experience. The server was outstanding. The food was good but a bit overpriced. I would definitely recommend.
  6. B

    Bobber

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place, but it has gotten crazy expensive.
  7. c

    charlesm

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Food was good, but not hot (au jus jelled, not liquid). We were there over 2 hours, mostly waiting. Dishes were stacked at the table & scraped in the room. Pricing was out of line for good area restaurants. Very sub-par for Colonial Williamsburg & inconsistent with their level of quality.
  8. d

    davidb

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kings Arms is a fabulous restaurant. I have eaten there a number of times over the years and have never been disappointed. The food, service, and atmosphere all are wonderful!
  9. D

    Diner

    Western NC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was great, musician was so personable and a great added touch. Would recommend
  10. EB

    ErinB

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A definite stop next time you’re in town! The staff are incredibly knowledgeable (I learned so much about 18th century dining!) and kind while the food is delectable. The drink options are great too, even for non-alcoholic drinkers (I had the orange gingered peach punch).
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent but it is NOT ADA accessibility , host was rude when asked to be on first floor/no stairs due to party member on cane. I was told it was not in notes-very rude
  12. l

    lldinc

    Jacksonville

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service & ambience. I particularly enjoyed the musician. The salmon was outstanding. The 1/2 chicken was difficult to cut and a bit bland.
  13. DD

    DeborahD

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thoroughly enjoyed John’s explanations! He was great!
  14. DE

    DrEric

    Atlanta

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Such a great place to get a taste of the colonial life!
  15. CC

    CarlC

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Syllabub was great and lamb and game pie delicious.
  16. D

    Donna

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful salmon dish and Hunters Pie. Our waiter was so informative and knowledgable. I asked him to give chef my compliments. Great meal, wonderful musical entertainment, and terrific service. Loved it.
  17. A

    Anon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and venue. Service was great, and musical entertainment was nice addition.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow excellent dinner and ambience! Truly delicious food and interesting menu. The authenticity of the music and only lit by candlelight was wonderful. Highly recommend!
  19. GC

    GaryC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Prime rib was great. Large portion. Service was outstanding. Would definitely recommend
  20. SN

    ShannonN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice table tucked away with beautiful ambiance! Loved having live music and the food was delicious!! Perfect date night!
  21. B

    Beetsnbears11

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We’ve been to the tavern multiple times, and this visit was also enjoyable. The food was delicious and in good quantity. I gave 4 stars for service because our waitstaff member was not as attentive and did not offer as much historical insights about the tavern as we’ve experienced with other waitstaff in the same establishment. It was still a positive experience, though.
  22. PC

    PatriciaC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had a great meal and experience. Waiter (John V) was very informative about historical information, the signifigance of what we were eating and the music/guitar entertainer was a great addition to the overall experience. Tavern was beautiful and loved dining by candlelight.
  23. TD

    TrenaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Kings Arms, service was great and food delicious as always.
  24. JB

    JohneyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing environment and service. A little pricey but we’ll worth it.
  25. JF

    JasonF

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals I’ve ever had. I had the lamb and my husband had the Hunter’s pie. Absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to go back. The ambiance and the staff were fantastic. Don’t miss is!
  26. S

    Shuml

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My boyfriend and I were in Williamsburg, and he wanted to have a meal that had dishes from the colonial period. I made a reservation for us at the Kings Arms. It was the best decision to dine there. The service was wonderful, and the food was incredible.
  27. FB

    FredB

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding restaurant. Food and service were great. Really enjoyed the server and the musician. They livened up the evening.
  28. MS

    MauraS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife had the lamb shank and I had Mrs Vobe's Tavern Dinner with the Prime Rib - delish!! The service was impeccable!! (Our server was John). I don't consider a visit to Colonial Williamsburg complete without a visit to Kings Arms Tavern!!!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    All was great except pork was very dry
  30. DH

    DavidH

    New York Area

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love dining at Kings Arms! Brought a guest from Australia - it was a great to share one of our favorites!
  31. LA

    LauraA

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Quality and portions have gone downhill over the past 35 years while prices have increased exorbitantly. Peanut soup was watery. Relishes are limited and the don’t vary. Mrs Vobe’s dinner is now a fatty prime rib at $60. Game Pie at $40 is snack size compared to years prior. Alcoholic drinks are weak. On the positive side, atmosphere and service still good.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great place to enjoy a historic colonial dinner
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal. Service was excellent!
  34. JS

    JohnS

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The food definitely needs to be stepped up. It was only mediocre.
  35. LD

    LDeer

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great experience and lots of fun to dine in a colonial tavern. Greeted at the front door and seated promptly by friendly yet professional staff. LOVED our waitress, she made the evening special with her cheerful demeanor and was very informative about the historic aspects of the menu and building. The strolling musician was also a treat. Food was very good but not fine dining. Highly recommend!
  36. O

    Orange

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Food was overcooked and service was very lacking.
  37. RT

    RichardT

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been returning to the Kings Arms for decades. The service is always great and we have never had a bad meal. We look forward to dining there each time we visit Williamsburg.
  38. DT

    DonT

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service we enjoyed having dinner at King's Arms.
  39. MB

    MikeB

    Baltimore

    113 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kings Arms is a must visit if you come to Williamsburg! Authentic colonial decor, delicious food from period recipes and exceptional service and lots of history. If you are lucky enough to have John V as your server, you are in for a real treat. He’s been there for decades and has a wealth of information about the tavern, the food and the culture during the Revolutionary War. We have dined here dozens of times over many years, and we plan to continue visiting for a great meal in an authentic colonial tavern for years to come!
  40. KK

    KathleenK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A meal at the King's Arms Tavern is always enjoyable. I enjoy the ambience and the interaction with the servers and strolling musicians. The biggest challenge for me as I age is having to climb up and down stairs. The restrooms and many of the tables are on the upper level and difficult for the elderly and physically impaired to access.

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 4507 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Experiences are available.
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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