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The Historic Lancaster Tavern

8373 Mary Ball Rd, Lancaster, VA 22503-2519
+1 804-462-0080
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good30%
  • Average6%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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“scallops” (4 reviews)
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American, Bar
$$ - $$$
8373 Mary Ball Rd, Lancaster, VA 22503-2519
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Historic location in the wonderful Northern Neck of Virginia. Great service and delicious food. Located across the street from the historic jail and the Mary Ball Library. A Mecca for the student of Virginia History.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank johnhenrytaylor07
Reviewed August 6, 2018

The Lancaster Tavern is an amazing place. Its a restored historic landmark with a warm, friendly, quiet atmosphere. The food is fabulous. This is a terrific place for a special occasion dinner or a quiet relaxing spot to lunch with friends! It's our favorite, never...More

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank Theresa C
Reviewed July 2, 2018

Whenever we want a wonderful evening involving atmosphere and good food, we head for the Lancaster Tavern. Whenever we want to get our extended family of cousins together to catch up on everyone's doings, we head to the Lancaster Tavern. Whenever we have out of...More

Date of visit: June 2018
1  Thank Marcia R
Reviewed April 29, 2018

This story begins with a silent auction that was nearly a year ago. Jim thought it would be neat to bid on a weekend at a Bed (oh, no breakfast, so we'll just call it a B) in Lancaster, VA. He won the 2-night experience...More

Date of visit: April 2018
1  Thank Elizabeth B
Reviewed March 24, 2018 via mobile

I've eaten in great restaurants in most of America's major cities. Lancaster Tavern ranks right up there with the best of them. Forget the "name" chefs. Trust Brenda in the kitchen. Fresh. Simple prep. Local style with sophisticated touch. Chesapeake chowder. Ouch! So good. Oysters...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Lawrence S
Reviewed March 12, 2018

It has that old tavern feel because, well, it is an old tavern. Brenda Jackson, owner and chef is often on scene. She checks in on diners and knows many of them. There are some rooms at the Tavern but I haven't stayed there. We...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank ViennaVaFedman
Reviewed July 15, 2017 via mobile

Joined a group to eat at Lancaster Tavern. The menu had a variety of offerings. Entrees in the $25-30 range. Starters $15. I wasnt that hungry so I order s $12 burger. I ordered well done. When it arrives the burger looked ok but the...More

Date of visit: July 2017
Thank Andy W
Reviewed April 24, 2017 via mobile

No four stars for this place -- absolute 5! Gourmet delivery of appetizers, main course and stiff drinks. Personal attention. Commitment to excellence by Brenda the proprietor. Enjoy.

Date of visit: April 2017
2  Thank Lawrence S
Reviewed March 21, 2017

As a local, I eat here regularly as one of my preferred locals. The chefs have changed a number of times over the past few years but the menu and the preparation remains interesting and well prepared. Over the past six months the new sommelier,...More

Date of visit: February 2017
1  Thank PamelaattheRiver
Reviewed January 21, 2017 via mobile

Had a great time and a wonderful meal. Brandy did a great job with multiple trips to the kitchen to make sure my gluten-free spouse knew her options! My wife settled on tavern style crab soup and the scallops but had plenty of other choices...More

Date of visit: January 2017
1  Thank 472kennethb
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$9 - $35
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Television, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8373 Mary Ball Rd, Lancaster, VA 22503-2519
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Lancaster
  • Phone Number: +1 804-462-0080
  • E-mail
The Historic Lancaster Tavern has been serving great drinks and wonderful cuisine since 1790. Our cuisine is New Southern Cuisine focus on particularly the Plantation South culinary region begins just south of the Mason-Dixon Line in north central Maryland, where it's bounded on the east by the Chesapeake Bay Shore region and on the west by the Appalachian South region. It encompasses much of Virginia and the eastern Carolinas, then sweeps southwestward along America's coastal plain.
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