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Shield's Tavern-Colonial Williamsburg

422 E Duke Of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185
757 229-2141
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Ranked #54 of 349 Restaurants in Williamsburg
Price range: $0 - $30
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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85 reviews 85 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Very tasty vegetarian option. Staff dresses in time period attire. Staff knowledgeable about taverns history and can answer your questions regarding the tavern, history, etc. Lighting is dim if you are seated downstairs. Very cozy place. Loved it!

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Geneva, Illinois, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Dinner was delicious and the atmosphere was lovely. Enjoyed the music and candle light. We arrived later than our reservation, but were seated without issues.

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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54 reviews 54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We enjoyed Christmas Eve Dinner at Shield's Tavern.We had dined at Shield's multiple times over the years and always liked the authentic atmosphere and menu.Walking in from a cool evening to a roaring fire in the entrance/waiting room fireplace set the mood.We were a party of 8 and were seated in a side room off one of the many small... More 

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Wake Forest NC
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

My family usually went here as the food is great and mr Shields would visit our table. He has since passed, but usually musicians will sing and spin a yarn in the many dinning rooms.

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Barboursville, West Virginia, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Food was a little expensive and not very good. This was our third and last trip to this tavern. Also tables are crowded and service slow. Liked the looks of the place and they had a shorter wait time than any of the other taverns. Wonder why!!!!!!

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

food choices are good and prices are reasonable for families. When we entered, view of the street was colonial scenic but the only available table was in the cellar. At least there was a balladeer with a mandolin during our lunch. Barbecue was great.

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Gainesville, FL
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Was nervous about reserving dinner for big party because of past somewhat average reviews. Was very pleasantly surprised. Service was prompt and perfectly timed. We sampled some of the specialty drinks which we all enjoyed. We also tried a few appetizers and everyone raved about their meal. There was entertainment which moved through the rooms of the restaurant and were... More 

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Springfield, IL
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180 reviews 180 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We had a reservation at another restaurant but were able to change to Shield's and I'm glad we did. This tavern has the atmosphere as does King's Arms but the menu is different. I had the beef ale and my husband had the pork shank. Both were very tender and good. We sampled each others to make sure.

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Bethesda, MD
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

We were lucky enough to get a last minute reservation because someone cancelled. We were so lucky! We were there as a family of four with two young kids. We all loved it! The atmosphere is incredible, live musician going room to room singing period songs was so much fun, and the food was fantastic! Three of us had the... More 

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Macon, GA
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68 reviews 68 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

We wanted to eat in Williamsburg, but evenings were all booked 4 days out. Ate lunch here instead. Seated upstairs. It seemed pricey ($120 for 5 people, no alcohol), but the food was tasty. The atmosphere was classic Colonial Williamsburg, and quite pleasant. Can't help but wonder what supper would have run.

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Additional Information about Shield's Tavern-Colonial Williamsburg

Address: 422 E Duke Of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone Number: 757 229-2141
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Williamsburg
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 0 - 30
Cuisine: American

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