King's Arm Tavern

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$31 to $50
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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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r
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Excellent service. Kind people. Awesome experience. We eat here often.

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dining experience. The food was exquisite, the service was gold standard, and the ambiance was tailor made for any occasion from a romantic dinner to a friendly gathering. A perfect evening.

r
Richmond
40 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We have been here many time before and everything had been great. This time not so much. The service was great but the food was not. My salmon was dry, barely warm as was the vegetables. The portions were small. My partner prime rib was good, but again the vegetables were barely warm and portions small.
My favorite soup - peanut soup - was watery, almost taste less and barely warm.
I am hopeful that this was an anomaly. Time will tell

KK
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have visited the Kings Arms Tavern every time I have come to Williamsburg, VA. I started doing that in 1962. I love the ambiance, food and friendly staff. It is an experience not to be missed.

Kit K.

EB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always love the food and drinks here. Only sad thing was no syllabub the night I visited. Will come again.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely experience complete with live musicians and a warm atmosphere

FK
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon with sweet/sour sauce was perfect! Not many choices for us gluten free folks though.

LB
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite of the colonial taverns in the historic area. Had to get the peanut soup and pecan pie!’

RH
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to eat in Williamsburg! If you want a historical dinner this is the place to go!

OT
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had Mrs. Vibes Dinner.
Prime Rib was perfectly rare

My wife had The Game Hen and loved it

JR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

If you are going for the ambiance, you’ll love Kings Arms. I have been going for 30+ years and have noticed changes each time. The food is really sub-par and we were disappointed in nearly every plate that hit the table. They do 2 sittings for dinner so the kitchen is forced to par cook everything and it takes like it just got heated up. Nothing was hot...just warm. The prime rib was incredibly fatty and nearly everything had way too much salt. There are a ton of places in Williamsburg to have dinner. If you want great food, I’d find something other than Kings Arms.

WD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The staff has to work in difficult circumstances. Ambience is great, the result is mediocre

MH
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We visited Colonial Williamsburg during Christmas and wanted to get the full experience. We dined by candlelight, enjoyed the quaint atmosphere, and fully enjoyed being serenade by the recorder and guitar. Our server shared local customs and amused us with many stories and riddles. Our family thoroughly enjoyed the punch bowl of orange, peach, and ginger ale. The kids menu was above average and our three course meal was enjoyed. Our only disappointment was dessert was not as robust as our first evening when dining at Shields tavern.

JC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was about the 25th time I have dined here. Usually come once year. It is always a great place in which to have an elegant dinner in a colonial atmosphere.

DW
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The restaurant is broken into smaller dining rooms so the noise level is fairly low. We ate by candlelight and the food was delicious.

AR
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

I've eaten at the Inn several times over the years and this was by far the worst experience. Our waiter brought the wrong food to us. We tried to catch his attention several times but couldn't and had to get up and search him out. He said he was sorry but very busy! We were his customers and he should have come back to our table to check on us. Will not eat at this Inn again.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very nice... colonial atmosphere ...,

e
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had Mrs. Vobe's dinner which featured prime rib this year. Usually prime rib has been part of the a la carte menu. I would not say that the prime rib is of best quality when one considers the price of the meal, which seems to have fewer and fewer inclusions as the years go by. The server was excellent, however. The past forty plus years of dining here has seen many changes, most of which have not been for the better.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our compliments to Jennifer our server who was very attentive, professional, and made our dining experience a little extra special by playing in character to the tavern’s history.

WT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salmon was excellent as was the peanut soup. Waiter enhanced the experience by telling us something about himself and relating personal stories. The relish tray & bread was good, too.

ST
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Such a huge disappointment! Great reviews was the reason we choose this restaurant in addition to it being such a neat spot, however the service and food was terrible! I have to say I can’t remember having such a poor meal ever in any restaurant. Our family left hungry and we went to eat somewhere else afterwards bc no one could eat their meals! How you screw up salmon, a cheeseburger and Mac& cheese I will never know! Don’t waste your money!

MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Unless you are well rested and have lots of time, you might want to try somewhere else. We ahev been going here for years, but it now taes forever to get the food out of the kitchen

SO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Real ambience, great food, and so much fun! You can imagine yourself with our nation's founders.

RT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I was disappointed that they no longer have bread pudding.

N
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great experience in a colonial atmosphere, excellent service, unrushed meal. Interesting cocktail offerings. Food was tasty, but not spectacular, except for the rum cream pie. We’ve dined in three Colonial Williamsburg taverns in the past year, and were disappointed that none had spoonbread.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Food and service was. Where it all fell apart was at the beginning. We had reservations for 7:00 and weren’t seated until after 7:30.

OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Service, colonial candle-lit ambiance and music were all special; the food, however, was very disappointing. Fish arrived tough and barely lukewarm with cold sauce. Squash “steak” consisted of several pieces, some cooked perfectly and others undercooked and tough. Green beans and mashed potatoes were bland. We’ve had much better food at cheap “meat and threes” for 1/10th of the price. Weird seating system too ... Waiting in a dark lounge until 8-10 parties could be seated all at once. We’ve had much better experiences at other taverns and won’t choose Kings Arm again.

M
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice evening. Our waiter didn’t really tell us any history. That was disappointing. And we were all very disappointed with the change in the peanut soup recipe. Not nearly as good as it used to be. Our 10 year old noticed it first. Thought it tasted watered down. Not nearly as thick as it used to be. Our meals were good. We've been coming about once a year. After this experience, we will likely stick with Christiana Campbell’s.

JC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Atmosphere and service were good. We made the mistake of ordering the chef’s seafood special which we were pleased was rockfish, one of our favorites. We didn’t know a chef could ruin rockfish but it was overcooked, tough, tasteless and covered with an overwhelming sauce. The mashed potatoes arrived cold and also tasteless. We have never paid so much for a disappointing meal.
We have dined at Christiana Campbell’s Tavern and always been delighted by both the food and service. Kings Arms was a total disappointment.

S
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The prime rib dinner was excellent and well presented. Highly recommended.

SF
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third visit, and won't be our last! The peanut soup alone is worth the trip! We enjoyed Mrs. Vobe's Tavern Dinner and Thomas Jefferson's Champagne Cocktail. Our server was pleasant and well-informed. We loved the strolling musician bringing us Christmas carols from the 18th century.

DE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We have dinner here any time we are in Williamsburg. Always an excellent evening both for food and ambiance. Reservations recommended always.

j
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

King’s Arm Tavern is a unique experience in how our colonial ancestors ate their meals. The staff strives hard to make the experience authentic as possible in today’s world. The food is a bit pricey but surprisingly good. My wife had the lamb shank and it was excellent. The seating is a bit cramped, however, that is not unlike it was in the late 1700s. Also, with no carpeting or other elements to absorb sound, is it not a quiet dinner experience we are more used to today.

FM
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

food was average, but given the cost.....not worth it

ML
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Colonial WIlliamsburg tavern. Get the peanut soup and game pie if you have a chance!

LJ
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Half of the prime rib was fat. No Sally Lunn as in the past, just dinner rolls. The veggie entree was good, but the menu choices were very limited - Beef, lamb and salmon. No chicken or whitefish.
The rest rooms needed servicing. TP rolls empty with new roll sitting on top of dispenser and our reservations were at 7:00, prime time for dining.
We’ve had wonderful meals here in the past, but this night was
Very disappointing. It’s just not the experience that we used to have or would expect for the price we paid.

BH
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place so much! They have probably the best vegan meal I have ever had. The food is amazing and the ambiance is beautiful. I can not wait to go back. This is probably my favorite place ever!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate our daughter’s 13th birthday. The food and service were amazing and they made her feel so special, including bringing her a birthday card and having our entire room of the restaurant sing “For She’s a Jolly Good Fellow” when the musician was finished with her music. They even topped her dessert with a candle. It was a dinner she will remember for the rest of her life (and so will I!)

ES
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect for our Christmas celebration

RS
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed the experience very much. The food was delicious and our server was fantastic. We would definitely recommend it and we will be back next year. My dessert which was pecan pie was the best I have ever had!