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“Back in time!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Josiah Chowning's Tavern

Josiah Chowning's Tavern
109 East Duke of Gloucester Street, Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA 23185
757 229 2141
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Ranked #80 of 341 Restaurants in Williamsburg
Price range: $0 - $22
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Lewiston, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Back in time!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

Loved the authenticity of this venue. Felt like we were back in time.Simple menu but excellent taste. Barbecue pork sandwich was tasty and it looked like turkey and ham sandwiches delivered to other tables were other good choices. The staff kept in character and that's always a wonderful experience in Williamsburg.

Visited December 2011
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English first
Opelika, Alabama
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“very good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

they were very friendly and the food was great. I am from the south and wondered about the fried chicken.... it was so good. My only suggestion would be smaller portions.

Visited December 2011
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Duluth, Minnesota
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73 reviews 73 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Christmas dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

We ate at Chowings for our Christmas dinner and to be honest I wasn't expecting much since this is their busiest day of the year, and even with a set menu many places still have average food at best. But this was great food, I had the seasonal greens with Baron's Roasted Rib of Beef, which was cooked to perfection. My husband ordered the Brunswick Stew, something new for both of us and a treat to try, very delicious, and the Salmon with Crab cake. The salmon was slightly over cooked which is common when cooking for a huge turnover like Christmas night, but the crab cake was light and flaky and cooked just right. For dessert we had the peanut pie and the Sweet Potato pie, we had never had peanut pie before and I didn't care for it much, its not as sweet as Pecan pie, the sweet potato pie was very good but the nutmeg cream made it a little bit to much for spice flavors.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Great Dinner!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

Dinner at Chowning's Tavern was a blast!!!! While the menu was limited in its selection, the food was lovely. Definitely go for the homemade root beer on tap (literally, the best I have tasted)! I felt I was in a colonial tavern (save the printed menus and the check, of course!). One thing to try is "Gambols;" it is a there are musicians, magicians and other colonial figures going about the dining room entertaining the guests. In between, the waiters teach everyone at the table to play dice games (my personal favorite: "Ship, Captain, Crew." Simple, yet very competitive!!). Overall, a very fun dining experience the whole family can enjoy! (Note: According to the website, Gambols starts at 9 every night, but the restaurant is packed each night at that point! Make your reservation early so you do not have to wait in the cold for your named to be called at 10:30...trust me, I know!!!!)

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Brick, New Jersey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Way to Go”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

The food and the atmosphere was wonderful. The staff amkes you feel like you have stepped back into the 1700's and very welcomed.

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