King's Arm Tavern

4.5
2544 reviews
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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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TH
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

The meat was inedible. The berry crisp was burnt. Waitperson was nice but perspiring all over the table. My husband said it may be years until he eats prime rib again. I don’t leave bad reviews but this was terrible. To top it off I got NO POINTS for this terrible experience. Lesson learned. Stick to Christina’s Tavern and Williamsburg Inn.

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

We had the most wonderful lady who was our server. I don't remember her name, unfortunately, but she made our experience extra special. She told us interesting facts about Williamsburg, involved my grandson, and offered to take a photo of our group. She was also very friendly and efficient.

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MC
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the atmosphere very much. We had an excellent, friendly waiter. Loved how the only light was candlelight and the only music was one song by a colonial-era performer. I can't say enough how much I enjoyed NOT having background music. Excellent champagne cocktail. My food was just ok but I was enjoying the atmosphere too much to mind.

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JP
Key West
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was good, however not hot. We were upstairs so not sure if the transport caused that. I wish we had been downstairs or at least asked what we prefer. It’s pricey but you are paying not only for the food but the experience. It was nice our server explained how what we were eating tied into the 18th century.

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TG
Richmond
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Mandolin player was superb. Food excellent.

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CR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely way to treat ourselves! Sure, the Kings Arms is pricey by our usual standards, but the food was delicious, and the service was wonderful. We will remember this dinner fondly for a long time!

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DT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fabulous prime rib and pecan pie! Loved our server and the atmosphere!

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DB
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We thought the food was very good and the service was great. However, we were very disappointed that there were no minstrels. This has always been a significant part of the restaurant’s ambiance. We bring our out of town guests to this restaurant to experience colonial entertainment as well as a good meal.

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RS
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Keep it up everything was great even the history lesson

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MT
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were quite impressed by the food and service at the King's Arm Tavern. Because it's located in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg, we had feared that it might lean heavily on the atmosphere and put less emphasis on the food, but we were mistaken. The food was delicious -- fresh and flavorful. We enjoyed our meal very much.

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JC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent prime rib. Our server, Shirley, was wonderful! The noise level was a bit loud, but we will definitely be back. Highly recommended.

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

Excellent location, food, service and atmosphere.

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NO
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! William & Mary graduation evening. Our server was FANTASTIC, the food was wonderful, the wine recommendation was excellent. We had a wonderful time.0

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PG
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Have been here many times before and this was the least favorable. Our server made only minimal comments about the food and customs of the time - unlike my past visits - which detracted from our visit. She needs to be instructed on how to make the meal more colonial friendly and informative and less hurried and get them out before the next group.

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BK
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family has been to King's Arm Tavern in the past, but on this particular occasion, we were celebrating our son's graduation from the College of William & Mary. Our server was pleasant & attentive. She congratulated our son on his success. The food is always good & we enjoyed dessert, too.

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DT
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter Purcell, I believe that was his name, was phenomenal. He provided a great history of the house and tavern as well as those huge napkins and how great the Beeswax candles are vs standard tapers. The food was served timely and was delicious. We had the Prime rib my sister had the
Pork Chop...we all loved our meals. The Pecan pie was to die for. Our only critique/observation was just how dark the little corner we had gets after dark. It was virtually impossible to see your meal despite the two candles. Very period correct of course, but perhaps it needs a bit more candlelight. We were in the Purdy house side, left corner by the window. It was also a bit noisy...but, they were completely full and all floors are hardwood...so that’s understandable. Overall, we LOVED our dinner, we enjoyed the experience immensely and our waiter was first class. We will return

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PS
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Waitress nicknamed Matilda made our entire experience. Her historical knowledge and personality gave us a great experience. The food was overpriced and disappointing.

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R
Indiana
22 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever we visit Colonial Williamsburg we make a point of dining here. Food is excellent as is the overall dining experience.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best server ever is George!! He was perfect!!! Thanks for making our night special.

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JP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to the King’s Arm’s tavern several times, and have never been disappointed. The food is delicious, service wonderful. We did miss the watermelon rind pickle and the corn relish on the relish tray, but that’s a small matter. We were also glad that the VERY noisy school group was put behind closed doors and we were not disturbed by them. Jennifer was our server and she was very attentive and pleasant. We look forward to returning.

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GD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for dinner on the second night of our honeymoon. The food, the service, the ambiance - everything was wonderful. Throw in some education about the food, customs, and culture of the colonial era, and you have something truly remarkable at a remarkable value. Couldn’t have asked for a nicer time. Will definitely be returning!

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JH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Wanted the beef tenderloin but was told it takes 45 minutes for a medium steak??? We ordered the prime rib instead and requested it well done and it came out very pink:((
With LOTS of fat on it!!!! Then went to order the mixed berries with vanilla bean and crumbled and we were told that the chef had to make it and it would take 20min??? We were seated at 7:45pm so I feel like the chef didn’t want to make anything that took too long!!!

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M
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place to dine if you want to experience colonial period dining and atmosphere.

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n
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Very disappointing. The food wasn't very good at all. Under cooked vegetables, with a few pieces of meat and gravy in an unseasoned pie. Too much commentary from the waiter, which spoiled our time together. Dessert wasn't anything special. Wine from Virginia tasted like vinegar. There are so many places to dine in Williamsburg , and I would recommend going elsewhere for a really good dinner, and pay the same price.

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EO
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was exceptionally knowledgeable about the menu and was quick to offer helpful suggestions to maximize the dining experience. Prime rib was outstanding.

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BK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved King's Arm Tavern. First time there and celebrating our anniversary. Our server was wonderful and very attentive and the food was outstanding. We will definitely go back if we are in Williamsburg again.
Loved it!!! The champagne cocktail was very good and the berry cobbler was to die for!!!

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LG
Tahoe
34 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place! It is enormous but very well organized and everyone we met was professional and friendly. Food is good, nice list of beverage choices, definitely recommend!

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WS
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

All of the "taverns" at Colonial Williamsburg offer a unique dining experience that are a must-try for any vacation to Williamsburg. King's Arm has some of the best cuisine among all of the taverns; my fiance enjoyed an excellent pork chop, while I had a great game pie. The service is always excellent, and the presence of entertainment creates a unique ambiance. I strongly recommend this establishment.

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LL
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

I went there for a four year anniversary. Made reservations and got in easily. The room was extremely hot, and my husband was having a hard time with sweating. I was making this our anniversary dinner and it didn’t turn out very well. We had lunch at Shields and had a better experience. Will take this into account if we come back

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NH
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a charming evening! We were delighted with the ambiance, the food, the service, the music...I would do this again in a heartbeat!

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KC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our hostess was absolutely delightful!!!! Informative and very friendly and warm. We had a fabulous dinner and time there.

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JM
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was enlightening hearing about the tavern. The waiter explained in detail why and what the garnishments were indicated for with our meal. Very relaxing and enjoyable evening.

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F
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Server was very friendly, we enjoyed the knowledge that she shared about eating customs in 18th century. Food generally very good (especially pork chop), but we found one salad overdressed. It was fun to eat in 18th century surroundings (no electric light), but one downside is that acoustics in the corner in which we sat were terrible (tough for conversation, got every bit of loud laughing woman nearby). Maybe some more menu choices?

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BS
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was quite good. Prime rib and game pie excellent. Appetizers lacking. Syllabub different but wonderful. Dining room too warm and building not suitable for people with wheelchairs or walkers. Rest rooms in another building altogether.

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KM
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Limited menu. Flavor of food choices were okay but not great. We expected much more for the price paid. The other Williamsburg Tavern Restaurants were outstanding.

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BM
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The service was excellent. However, the food was somewhat disappointing, particularly in view of the price. I love the atmosphere of the tavern, and overall our experience was enjoyable.

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NP
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate dinner in Miss Purdie’s Kitchen since we needed wheelchair access. Had the prime rib dinner with chocolate cake and peppermint ice cream for dessert. One other group was in the kitchen with us so the atmosphere was very pleasant and quite.

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CA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience! Waiter was very knowledgeable of the tavern, customs and food choices. He was also very personable. Thefood was excellent from first course to last. Definitely go again next time in Williamsburg.

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TP
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 4

Server was super rude and disrespectful but food and ambiance was amazing

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JA
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food and ambiance
Loved every minute. Server was top notch.

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