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King's Arms Tavern, Williamsburg, VA

King's Arms Tavern

4.7
4.7
5549 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.

The taverns are located in the Historic Area, and not on a public street. The Tavern is a short walk from the Tavern Parking lot which is on Francis Street.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 34 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 5,549 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia

    Best Ambiance

  • Williamsburg

    Best Food

  • Williamsburg

    Best Service

  • Williamsburg

    Best Ambiance

  • Williamsburg

    Great for fine wines

  • Williamsburg

    Romantic

  • Williamsburg

    Good for special occasions

  • Williamsburg

    Lively

  • Williamsburg

    Most Booked

5,549 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I had a delightful dinner. Our server was excellent, with lots of information about the colonial era. We also serenaded by a troubadour who also interesting information about Williamsburg. We had a lot of fun.

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  2. JayH

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visit Kings Arms every time we visit Williamsburg, and that has been 20-25 times over the years, and we always enjoy dinner there. Our server, Sheila, was fantastic!!! We ordered the prime rib dinner, and I deducted one star because my meat was not great. Sheila and I talked about the amount of doneness I wanted, and I ordered medium well. I should have ordered medium (as my husband did). My meat was more like a steak than a prime rib. It wasn't tender. Everything else was terrific. Did I mention that Sheila was wonderful??? :) I had snow eggs for dessert........yummy!!!!

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  3. gkonie

    Chicago

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The Chiat Dish or Pork shanks were excellent. Try the onion Pye. Entertainment and great food.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you have never had the peanut soup, it is a must try! I finally had the opportunity to have it again—27 years later from the first time. Our servers, George and Russell, were the best. The food was outstanding. Yes, a little pricey, but well worth it.

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  5. LynneT

    Kansas City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely ambience excellent service and the food was authentic and very tasty

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  6. Bigkahuna

    Greensboro

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wife had steak and I had trout. Both were delicious.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Favorite part about the restaurant were the servers! They were polite and true characters of the time. Food was great too.

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  8. Momma

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stephen T was courteous and helpful. We learned so much from his presentation. It was a delightful evening

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very tasty with interesting menu items based on recipes from the colonial era, nice atmosphere, good service with quirky stories, pleasant live period music by a solo guitar/recorder player. A bit pricey. Overall a pleasant experience.

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  10. GaryB

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual everything was very good and the waitress was excellent!

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  11. Hughes

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was phenomenal and service was perfect. We had a wonderful time!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Venue exceeded expectations, server was friendly, informative and attentive. She made the evening very enjoyable. Dinners were excellent and well prepared to represent the period. Worth the visit and cost.

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  13. RichardM

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food, service, entertainment, can't go wrong enjoying the evening there.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    First had Peanut soup over 40 years ago, not as good now. My wife makes it for New Years Day dinner each year, hers is better. Everything else was lovely and very enjoyable, music was not too loud.

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  15. SusanM

    West Palm Beach

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Great ambience. Loved the history lessons and the harpist.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant takes you back in time. Servers dressed in period costumes and a strolling musician add to the ambiance. Unique menu items such as peanut soup, onion pye along with prime rib and other items gives many choices. Advanced reservations necessary! Very popular dining choice in Colonial Williamsburg.

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  17. RMBradshaw

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience at King's Arms was outstanding. The food was delicious and the service was extraordinary. There were six people in our party and everyone had a different meal. We all agreed that our time at King's Arms was an exceptional dining experience.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible experience and meal! The ambience was beautiful.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. Prices were too high. Loved the ambiance.

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  20. AprilC

    Exclusive

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We expected a very touristy experience with meh food but were very surprised that it really wasn’t. The food was good quality and delicious and the atmosphere was good. The building was lovely and service was very good. I had the game hen and my hubs had the prime rib. Everything was delicious. Glad we went. It was a little more than I would pay at a nice steak house but not probably $10 more for similar food.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely make a reservation if you are coming on a slower day. We did so and had a great experience. The service was friendly and accommodating, and while the menu is written in oldish English, they will help explain the dishes. I had that trout which was a full fish and I highly recommend it. My partner got the beef steaks which were well seasoned but a little gristly. Overall, the ambiance was great and definitely a must-do in Colonial Williamsburg. I particularly enjoyed the musician who went room-to-room serenading the guests. Oh, also get the punch bowl!

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  22. Jmj1

    Poconos

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very tasty, home style colonial entrees. Interesting cocktails and great desserts. Wonderful service and ambience.

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  23. CliffordA

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress, Julia was very attentive and thoughtfully explained the Colonial menu. The bread, condiments and our ham starter was very tasty. I enjoyed a very tender Choat entre and my wife enjoyed her vegetable pie. A talented fiddler pasted through the room playing several colonial tunes, which added to the overall atmosphere.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious, and the ambiance was great. The menu lists the origin of the recipe used in the dish.

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  25. Sara

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been going there for years. I was disappointed at how the prices have gone up and they no longer have the same menu options for kids :(

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  26. Richard

    Richmond

    188 reviews

    5.0

    188 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent authentic experience!! Great Prime rib and peanut soup. Served impeccably!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    London

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The ambience was great. The server very pleasant but unfortunately the food was almost inedible.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family and I have been here several times, and the experience and service is always outstanding. The peanut soup is a definite must.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Book with anticipation, I booked with almost 3 months and I was close not to get a reservation. I had a great time. I went for my anniversary and they gifted me a nice card and the musician played us a song that George Washington played for his wife. The food was really good. The menu will give you references from the actual recipes. My husband had Tomas Jefferson champagne and it was really good. We had for dessert Egg Clouds and it was delicious! I highly recommended. The service was excellent and you’ll go back in time with the restaurant vibes.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I ordered the BEEF STEAK... Seriously, I've never had a more disgusting piece of beef in my life. It was the worst cut of beef I could imagine. Chewy, over-cooked, gristlly, and SALTY as heck. I actually think the cook threw this beef in a salt bin. I've eaten at the King's Arms Tavern on numerous occasions and usually the food is fair to decent, but this time I think they had an idiot for a chef, and an idiot who purchased the beef from a garbage bin.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinner and ambiance. The history of the tavern is amazing.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a wonderful experience! George is an outstanding waiter and explained how things were in the 18th century as we went through dinner. The food was excellent in both presentation and quality.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a good time. The food was average for the cost. The service was outstanding!! He also gave us so much historic information & presented it in an entertaining way!!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very unique dishes. Awesome peanut soup. Pork shoat and prime rib very tasty. Snow eggs perfect. Our waiter Stephan was terrific!!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and incredible service! Highly recommend stopping here on your visit to Colonial Williamsburg!

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  36. RichardD

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Recommended from friends, excellent food with historical context.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server’s name was George and he was outstanding! Great experience and great food. Highly recommend.

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  38. KrystynaS

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to eat. Loved the life music during the meal. The food was excellent. Nice service, with the explanation what we were eating and how was it prepared. Little history about the place. It seems that everyone in the room was very impressed with the meals. I recommend the “King’s Arms Tavern to everyone who enjoy the good food and little story telling.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is always wonderful as is the atmosphere! We eat here every year.

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  40. Victoria

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific waiter and food! But pretty expensive. The waiter recommendations were spot on and totally honest.

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FAQs

King's Arms Tavern is rated 4.7 stars by 5549 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 34 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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