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Mon, 4/23
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King's Arm Tavern

4.3
1856 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Thursday - Monday: 11:30am - 2:30pm.
Dinner: Thursday - Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm.
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Phone number
(855) 546-7748
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Linwood Blizzard
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Parking details
Tavern parking is located on Francis Street adjacent to the tavern.
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Public transit
CW Buses Only
Additional
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 1856 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
3.8
value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined a day ago

Good food, excellent service and atmosphere...was i in 1770’s America?

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

The food was very good,but the finer details of the ambiance were sadly missing since our previous visit several years ago.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

My wife and I love Kings Arms for the historic aspect, the ambient in the off season (fewer children - children are great, unless you are trying to have a romantic date with your significant other), and the wine list is quality but inexpensive. The waiters and waitresses seem very knowledgeable about history with regard to the food and the period of the restaurant's height of popularity in colonial days. Going near dusk is a great time, because, by the time you are in the middle of dinner, the candlelight provides the right glow to the evening. We love this restaurant. And, the occasional musician is often times a pleasant surprise, most of which also understand history enough to make it fun. Our musicians Saturday knew less history, but that's rare in our experience. We enjoyed this evening with another couple and had a great time!

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

The ambiance of staff dressed in period costume and a very good meal left us feeling good about the experience.

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Really enjoyed the whole experience. A little disapointed with the prime rib though. Pork shank was excellent. Highly recommend giving it a try.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyed the experience as we were first time visitors to Williamsburg. Pork shank was delicious and I loved the evening ambience .

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Kings Arms is a unique dining experience. The menu is unique and the food is prepared and presented superbly. The wait staff is courteous and well informed. If we lived in the area, I'm sure we would visit often.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

This restaurant cannot be beat for authentic American colonial atmosphere. Located in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, a meal here enhances the experience of visiting Colonial Williamsburg. Some unique and tasty dishes are featured, such as peanut soup. The server was fun, attentive and knowledgable. Unfortunately, the food was a bit ordinary. The carrot and green beans were hard and difficult to cut. The prime rib end cut was not tender. So, the food was OK but ordinary.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

We visit the King’s Arms whenever we are I. Williamsburg. The food is great and we always get a little history mixed in. A true Colonial Williamsburg experience.

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

My Pork Shank was very good. The side vegetables of carrots and pearl onions were ok. The lemon cake was light and tasty.
My wife had the Hunter's Pye. She said it was excellent. It was like a large pot pie, filled with wild game and vegetables.
Our waiter was very attentive, explaining some of the period eating habits.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

I finally treated myself to a dinner here after a conference at Colonial Williamsburg. It was well worth it. I tried to order "period food" from the 1700's, things I would never cook at home. The Game Pie was excellent. The history lessons included my my server James were my favorite part if the meal.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

A long time since our last visit, but everything we remembered and more. The food was incredibly delicious, served piping hot. We both had the game pie, a decades old classic favorite. Wonderful ambiance, great food, and surrounded by history made for a perfect evening. I would highly recommend for any special occasion, but do yourself and everyone else a favor and leave the kids at home. The place has a very adult flavor, and most kids are not prepared for it.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

An outstanding experience! Great service, interesting menu, attentive staff. If you're in Williamsburg, its well worth it. Authentic!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food seemed overpriced for the portions and ingredients. However, we considered the price worth it considering the atmosphere and feel of stepping back in time. The waitress we had took the time to educate us a couple times, sometimes when we asked and sometimes just because she knew it was our first visit.

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1.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Very slow service, waited over an hour for a drink. Food came nearly two hours after we arrived. So dark you couldn’t see, nor could the waitress who spilt hot soup on dining guests and dropped things. Very overpriced!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Pricey but totally worth it!

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great service. Maybe authentic colonial food. But over cooked, small portions and overpriced.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Very good meal.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great restruant in Colonial Williamsburg.Food and service was great. Good prime rib and drinks. We were their to celebrate the Colonial Williamsburg Burgesses event.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Food was very tasty and the setting had great atmosphere. Reservation was respected on time.

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

We had a table in one of the side rooms and was rather cozy. The authenticity of the tavern felt appropriate for the time period.
Our server was knowledgeable about the place and took the time to tell us a few interesting things.
Overall, a pleasant experience, but it was still a touristy place, and considering the price of the entree's, it was overpriced from our mid-western perspective. It was disappointing that my wife's entree contained canned mushrooms. And my $40 beef tenderloin had the unmistakable taste and texture of too much tenderizer.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

We absolutely loved our experience at the King’s Arms! We truly felt like we stepped back in time and our waitress was wonderful. She educated us about food and dining in the 18th century. There was a violin player who shared some period music. Icing on the cake was their ability to accomodate our gluten free diet. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

It was our 42nd wedding anniversary. The ambience was perfect and the meal was delicious. We live in Williamsburg and,always enjoy a meal in the taverns.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

I went their to have a romantic birthday dinner for my wife, but we could hardly hear each other. I know it’s not the restaurant’s fault but we were in a room with a man who thought everyone in the room wanted to hear what he was talking about. The noise from below traveled up the stairwell which also distracted from the atmosphere. The food was excellent. No recognition was given that we were celebrating unlike another place visited in the area. We usually visit this place when in the area. Disappointing this time.

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2.0Dined on April 9, 2018

My husband and I have been coming here since high school over 35 years and it’s just so sad to see that it has become “just a restaurant “ they have taken the charm away that we love so much. It use to be a total experience but now it’s just WAY overpriced so so food. We cancelled our reservations to the other taverns.

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Food was OK. Our server did a good job. Just seemed too expensive for what we got. You are paying more because of where it is located (Colonial Williamsburg).

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Good was good. Waitress was knowledgeable and friendly. Food was expensive but not much more than I expected. Nice ambiance

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

An experience in fine dining in the colonial setting! Excellent menu, entrees cooked to perfection. Delicious drinks and desserts, highly recommend the Kings Arms Coffee with dessert to top off a wonderful meal.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We had dinner here while sightseeing Colonial Williamsburg. It didn’t disappoint both in food and atmosphere. The only dish I wasn’t particularly fond of was the peanut soup which is one of the things they are known for. The beef tenderloin was amazing and the bread pudding and chocolate fudge cake were inhaled.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Absolutely amazing! Food, service, and ambience are top notch!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

King's Tavern is in a small, very old building with an interesting history which includes skeletons and ghosts. You order at the bar with your table number (picnic style tables), and servers bring your food and drinks. The menu of food selections is somewhat limited - one page and drinks are on the back. The flatbread pizzas are absolutely great. Tea and water are served in a carafe. We liked the tavern and the food very much. I would definitely eat there again.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Kings Arms was great. We had a bit of concern it was going to be a bit hokey (mid evil times like), but that was not the case whatsoever. We had a blast, the food was good, the server humorous and knowledgeable, we were able to sit back and enjoy the ambiance never once feeling rushed. The education from Williamsburg spilled over into dinner in which our education was continued. We were throughly impressed and would return to Kings Arm Taverns or another Williamsburg dining establishment on our next visit.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We love this tavern. We dine here each time we visit Colonial Williamsburg. The service and food is always excellent!

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We had an enjoyable meal at The King’s Arm Tavern. Food was good; waitstaff was friendly and knowledgeable.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The service and selection for us was great - steak for my son and my wife and I shared the Game Pie - which was excellent (duck, lamb and chicken in a nice hearty brown sauce with fresh vegetables- the crust was excellent on the pie and the entree Wilma’s tender and juicy.

The bread was light and airy a wonderful experience-

The peanut soup was a definite for everyone (without allergies of course)

And the Kings Arm punch bowl was delicious- the hint of ginger was as refreshing and brought a smile to both my wife and myself.

Enjoy!

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2018

My childs grilled cheese sandwich was so hard and crusty he couldn't eat it.
Dessert was disappointing.....did not seem fresh and did not have the hot fudge as stated

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Lunch during a trip to Colonial Williamsburg. Our server was outstanding. The peanut soup was delicious! We weren’t crazy about our where our table was located. Otherwise it was an enjoyable meal.

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The food was very good and our waitress excellent. However...despite making a reservation 2 weeks out, the front desk seemed surprised (they had our reservation in the computer). We were seated in a hallway upstairs-right next to the bathroom. There was a large school group in another room near by and there was constant traffic to the bathroom-loud, noisy-we had a hard time hearing our conversations and the bathroom line extended so that people were basically standing around our table. I was extremely disappointed with the front desk for this treatment. In addition there was plenty of seating elsewhere and they should have been better prepared for our arrival. When spending a lot of money to dine at one of these restaurants especially looking forward to the the ambiance, this seating was not acceptable.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

King's Arms Tavern is a great historic dining location. It is a must if you are visiting Colonial Williamsburg. The tavern is lit by candlelight so you get the full experience. Period fare is cooked wonderfully. The Peanut Soup and Jefferson's Brandy Spiked Bread Pudding are must-haves. Our server was a delight. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

A wonderful memory. Food, sounds, smells are all authentic. Our server was very accomodating to our 4 and 6 year old. Food is excellent. Peanut soup as i remember. Stories by our server and history told helped make the evening memorable. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

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