Shields Tavern

4.6
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$30 and under
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American
Drawing influences from every corner of the former British Empire, the cuisine at James Shield’s Tavern offers an authentic taste of the cosmopolitan nature of the Colonies in the 18th century.
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4.5
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4.7
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Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place to have New Year's eve dinner - the food and service were excellent and what an interesting building.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Disappointed in lack of entertainment. It used to add so much to the ambience but I guess they’re trying to save $$. Food was good - not great and expensive.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our New Years Eve Dinner. Food was really enjoyable. Having dinner by true candel light was fun. Go for the true experience of dinner at that time. My Son is 9 and loved the soup and dinner I shared with him the short ribs. He is not a chicken finger kind of kid. Loves good food.

R
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My meal was excellent. My server, Mo, provided service with a song and a smile! I enjoyed the butternut squash soup, ale potted short ribs, followed by raspberry sorbet and vanilla ice cream.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food, service and entertainment was good. We all enjoyed it.

VD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Shields Tavern has been reinstated to a historic dining venue. My last visit to Shields we bought sandwiches on a table inside the front entry and ate at long tables and benches with other visitors. Avoided that. The new/ old environment was lunch very and food far superior to our last dinner at Kings Arms! Miss the historical ambiance provided by servers and appetizers!

LB
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love dining at the colonial taverns of Williamsburg, VA. We hadn't eaten at Shields for awhile but we had a lovely meal on New Year's Eve. I had the short rib entree and my husband had the seafood pot pie - both were delicious. Started off with butternut squash soup (wonderful!) and ended with a fabulous chocolate fudge cake. I would highly recommend treating yourself to a meal at Shields or one of the other taverns if you're visiting Williamsburg. Wonderful step back in history when you dine at these places.

DF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s vacation in Colonial Williamsburg. Food was great. Service great. Ambiance absolutely incredible.

DG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, food, and ambiance! The hot butters run was a delicious seasonal drink.

DB
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Server was fantastic! The Chicken was Outstanding!

LO
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience with 6 family members was amazing. We were seated promptly at a nice table at our reservation time. Seating was low for my tall husband and our server, Grant provided a cushion to elevate him which improved his comfort during dinner. Grant was polite and professional and answered all of our menu questions with ease. We felt carried back in time with hearty menu items that could have been made during colonial times. Having the serving staff in costume was an added treat. There was even dinner music provided by a harpist who moved about the room. Our hot buttered rum drinks were delicious as were our meals of short ribs and Shepard’s seafood pie. Desserts were excellent and finished a great experience. Highly recommended!

DM
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We made Shield's Tavern, our first dining experience on our past trip, and, we were not disappointed. It is a very casual environment, steeped in history. Our Server was informative, interactive, jovial, and, well informed of the menu choices. My husband ordered the short rib dinner, and, I ordered the fried chicken dinner. Excellent, albeit I took home part of my chicken and baked mac and cheese! Large portions! I had the rum pie and my husband had the fudge cake which finished our meal off perfectly. If I had one comment, it would be, be prepared for chairs that are very, very low!! When you are a Senior citizen, trying to make it down the stairs to the basement level, then, wrestling with the lower chairs, it can be, a challenge! Go and enjoy the meal you won't be disappointed!

RC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent. The wait staff was most attentive. Excellent dessert.

TG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated promptly, service was good as our waitress was very attentive. Food was very good.
We were very satisfied with our dining experience.

d
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

I felt there was not enough options at shields tavern with only 4 entrees to choose from. Our meal was just mediocre.

E
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As with all the Williamsburg taverns Shields is awesome. Food is very good and service is excellent. Ambiance is great - how can you beat dinner by candlelight with live period correct music

n
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Food was not hot and way overpriced.

OT
Charlotte
22 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Monique was a wonderful server and her singing voice added to the dinner as well as the strolling violinist. It wasn’t as crowded as we thought it would be since reservations were hard to get but maybe the foundation was limiting seating because of the holiday.

B
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, superb ambience and excellent service. Not crowded as we feared and getting seated at our reservation time was right on. Highly recommended.

MT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Service was nice but food cost twice what it should have been. Fried chicken special was rubbery, braised beef had no flavor. Tasted like institutional food.

DO
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I needed a special place with the right atmosphere. I chose Shields's Tavern as we we're already visiting Colonial Williamsburg. Making reservations was easy and quick. Staff accommodated my request for a different table (I needed just the right spot) after initial seating, which happily was earlier than my reservation by 15 minutes. Service and wait staff excellent. Waiter accommodate request and took photographs. Excellent appetizer, excellent main and excellent desert in a timely fashion. Finally, under candlelight and as the evening wound down towards closing time, I asked my dinner partner to marry me, and she said yes. Thanks to all!!

HY
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and wonderful music. Meal was pricy but very good.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent. The ambiance was very nice. We learned a lot about the music and history of the Tavern while dining. The roving entertainment was very good. It was a great and fun experience!

T
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We really enjoyed Shield's Tavern. I wasn't very hungry so I had the butternut squash soup and a sampler platter. The soup was outstanding and the shrimp on the sampler platter was excellent. We had a private room towards the back as it turned out so that made it special. We had had Easter dinner there 30 years ago so it was fun to reminisce.

CW
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 4 year old grandson told the waitress he wanted bacon for dinner. We told him it was not on the menu. The next thing we knew he had an order of bacon. She definitely went above and beyond.

I was a little disappointed that there was no music that night. We look forward to that every year.

Thanks for a great meal.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Christmas trip with family

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So nice, felt like I was back in colonial times.

DK
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!! Great food ambience and music. We ate there two days with our colonial experience. Recommend to anyone who enjoys a step to the padt.

B
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic! Love their squash soup and the tavern sampler platter. Server told us history of the oldest tavern and told us to go downstairs to look at original huge fireplace. Mandolin player was wonderful and had a great voice.

PM
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had an enjoyable candlelight dinner at Shields Tavern. The waitstaff were very personable and provided excellent service. The food was very good. The menu reflected the historical period with some modifications for current taste. We were treated to live entertainment and an oral history of the tavern. The seating capacity is large but divided into many small rooms and a wine cellar which makes for an intimate setting.

R
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On a two day visit to Williamsburg VA. This was our final evening. What a great way to end a nice birthday celebration. Good food and great service.

JD
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful place to eat. I always ask for the basement as I am eating then in a space that is one of the oldest in the US. And a fine meal to boot.

a
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a treat to spend time at the colonial taverns, and Shields is the best all round.

MB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Grand Illumination weekend puts an added stress on an already busy set of restaurants. Shields Tavern is a fun period restaurant with good food and a fun atmosphere. During Grand Illumination weekend reservations are full and groups and tour buses put a stain on the normally well-oiled system. We will go back.

TJ
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience! Food was great and the ambiance perfect! The service was fantastic too!

BB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious from the shrimp and crawfish soup to the bourbon pecan pie. Our server, Ashley, provided excellent service and gave us great recommendations on our meal choices. We enjoyed our visit and will definitely be back!

JH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner and our service was very good......

LG
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance, great service & good food. I would definitely recommend Shields Tavern.

TJ
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting was amazing and authentic. The food was very good and the service was great! By far the best meal we had while enjoying our mini vacation to Williamsburg, VA!

DS
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The portrayal of authenticity was appreciated and enjoyed.