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King's Arms Tavern, Williamsburg, VA

King's Arms Tavern

4.6
4.6
5402 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
For parties larger than 6, please call for reservations (855)-240-3278 .
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.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today

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

What 5,402 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Williamsburg

    Best Ambiance

  • Williamsburg

    Romantic

  • Williamsburg

    Good for special occasions

  • Williamsburg

    Lively

  • Williamsburg

    Most Booked

5,402 Reviews
  1. ajkmaryland

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Any Colonial Williamsburg Foundation meal is a hokey reimagining of dining 250 years ago. So, suspend your disbelief, enjoy the food and music, and turn on your iPhone flashlight to read the bill. It’s fun.

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  2. KenH

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    John, our waiter was full of historical information for ud, served with courtesy, and made excellent suggestions.

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  3. SarahB

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing meal, the food was so delicious! Our server was extraordinary: staying in her role as a colonial server, telling stories about people from that time period. We really enjoyed ourselves.

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  4. BethG

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a superb dining experience. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was perfect.

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  5. Bones5922

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There were 4 of us and we each had a different meal and they were all superb. Our waitstaff was efficient and friendly and the mood is perfect to celebrate a birthday.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome time we enjoyed it very much would suggest that anyone try it and the staff was amazing

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  7. Donm

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Expensive but worth every shilling. Everything was hot and fresh, the wines were great and the server took great care to make me happy.

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  8. donj

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. The atmosphere and the waiter were fantastic. Loved learning the history of dining at the tavern.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Game Pye was delicious, husband had the Prime Rib and daughter did the stew. Had a hot apple cider with Bourbon which was delicious. I’d definitely go back. Pricey but excellent quality and service. Loved the stories, entertainment and ambiance.

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  10. JeffreyM

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stepping back in time was so enjoyable. Unique menu items and entertainment. Somewhat expensive, but you are paying for more than just food.

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  11. Eicak

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great authentic experience! It’s a bit pricey, but worth the historical experience. Music was played, historical facts were given throughout the meal and the food was really delicious!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I felt sorry for the minority women assigned to the greeting/seating area of the building. The coldness of the evening necessitated them wearing hats, gloves and coats inside as they were stationed right inside the front door. The $75 per person prime rib dinner was an hour arriving, the meat was overly chewy. I declined a “doggy bag.” The retired State Trooper doorman is a “by the book” person who did not consider allowing us into the warmth of the building before 4:30 p.m. for our 4:30 p.m. reservation. Our wait staff was great. We will not be returning nor recommending the KAT to friends.

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  13. Mariel

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very happy with everything, coming back the next day.

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  14. NlmcK

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really great experience. Staff and front of our we’re professional and attentive.

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  15. JenniferT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice ambiance, great food, and learned a little history as well!

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  16. LJ13

    Orlando

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fun night with my son… They sat our whole room at the same time, so I felt bad for our server. She was great, but you could tell she was stressed. Made the night seem a tad bit inconvenient… Snow Eggs were perfection!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and ambience was fabulous.  we were there to celebrate my wife’s birthday and things could not have been better. Russell, our server, was wonderful in all aspects. He was attentive, and despite it being a busy night, he took time to converse with us, and made us feel quite welcome. We even had the pleasure of being serenaded by a young lady, who played the Irish harp. Her music was delightful. I cannot recommend this venue more highly. The food is only outdone by the wonderful atmosphere of dining by candlelight in a colonial setting.  We both enjoyed the prime rib, and the portion sizes were so large that we did not even have room for dessert. 

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  18. GlenH

    Washington DC

    62 reviews

    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    An authentic Colonial experience - with wonderful touches throughout. Worth splurging while visiting Williamsburg

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  19. LauraM

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience while in Colonial Williamsburg. Relaxing dinner by candle light. Food was good, plentiful portions, but it was a theme dinner.

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  20. JohnM

    Western NC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall this is a great place for a colonial style dinner. However, the prices have gone through the roof. $50-$60 now for a typical entree. Probably won’t go back due to the prices.

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  21. MikeW

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience as always We go to Kings Arms every time we are in Williamsburg

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  22. ExPatriot

    Philadelphia

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    First time to Williamsburg and was excited to eat at a colonial establishment. Had the pork shank, game pie, peanut soup, kids short ribs, bread pudding and chocolate torte. Everything was excellent. Server was wonderful. Musicians were lovely.

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  23. ClariceP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and the server Jennifer was very helpful in explaining any questions about the menu.

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  24. JennieG

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been many times, but the food last night was the best! Staff is amazing.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not just dinner it was a whole experience! Beautiful place with delicious food. Definitely recommend.

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  26. ELLENT

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Colonial Williamsburg. We enjoy the taverns for an excellent dining experience. The peanut soup was delicious as usual. I had the baked trout this afternoon. The sauce for the fish was unbelievable delicious. We usually visit the taverns 3-4 times a year. Always look forward to our visits.

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  27. DianaD

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kings Arms Tavern is a great place to eat while in Colonial Williamsburg. The atmosphere and food are what you would experience back in 1776! The service is great and friendly!

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  28. BrianJ

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was fantastic and the food was very good and the atmosphere was wonderful.

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  29. Stephen

    Richmond

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding from start to finish. Wish it wasnt so expensive though.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always the best to dine at a CW tavern. Food is the best. Experience always great.

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  31. Cranberry

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful experience! Delicious period-correct food (with recipes), rum punch, peanut soup before and pecan pie afterward are not to be missed. Service was friendly and lots of fun.

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  32. MarkM

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meal at the King's Arm's Tavern was excellent. The food was delicious, the wait staff was very helpful, and the ambiance is just perfect. We would not call it a quiet place, for there is occasional entertainment in the form of a minstrel or something like that. And if you go at night, the room is very dark, but that's what you would expect in an 18th century tavern. We don't get to Williamsburg often, but when we do we always go to the King's Arms, and we have never been disappointed.

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  33. WilliamS

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed the food and the colonial atmosphere. The waiter and waitress in our room provided wonderful information and were very entertaining in addition to the live colonial musician's performance. Highly recommend. Is a bit expensive but for us it is the highlight splurge of our Colonial Williamsburg experience.

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  34. Nick

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Comfort food that will remind you of grandma's cooking. A gentleman playing 18th century music in the background was the icing on the cake. Would recommend highly.

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  35. Kelly

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere. Fantastic service. Entertainment was wonderful! I have been to the Kings Arms many many times and have never been disappointed. Everything was perfect!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! The food was amazing and so was the service !

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  37. JorgeB

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Service was right on point, the Food was delicious and the Server was Wonderful.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve eaten there several times over the years and it never disappoints. The only downfall of the bill at the end, but everything’s expensive these days. Don’t cheat yourself, give the place an opportunity you won’t be disappointed.

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  39. SarahW

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was phenomenal, and the ambience was lovely - I especially loved the fiddler! My husband and I are pretty well versed in 18th century history, and we felt a little overwhelmed by the servers' persistence in explaining the context and minute details on how best to appreciate each course. The historical information and recipes provided in the menu were an excellent resource, and we felt that was sufficient to be able to fully experience each of the dishes we ordered. Folks with less of a grounding in the context of the Revolutionary era might find the accompanying discourse enlightening and informative, but we would have preferred just to be served the meal and given space to enjoy it.

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  40. JeffP

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Limited food selection, but the food and service were excellent. You are not rushed at all.

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    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

King's Arms Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 5402 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


Booked 29 times today
Google Map for King's Arms Tavern

416 E Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Colonial Williamsburg
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 4:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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