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Reviewed 2 days ago

We had three in our party. Each of us had something different and all the food was great. Was interesting to try items that would have been served during colonial times.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It had been a few years since we were here due to the pandemic. We are pleased to say that the great food and dining entertainment is back. There were not many gluten-free options, but the pot roast I had was over the top delicious.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate here for lunch and the menu resembles what would be served in colonial times. We were very pleased and the staff was helpful.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love the 18th Century Recipes! Get the chicken hash!! So good! Half our party thought the food was just average and half loved it! The Onion Pie was good too. Take in the atmosphere of being in a tavern setting and try the old tavern...options. Being serenaded by the gentleman was the highlight. His storytelling songs were fantastic. Be prepared to put your name in at the door and comeback later.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 21, 2022

I went here in August 2021 and back in 2022. I like to walk around Colonial Williamsburg, so I think it's only fair I eat at one of their places to support them. In 2021, I really enjoyed being able to come in, sit down,...and eat inside with the AC. They had some more expensive colonial-style dishes and some classic American dishes. Now, in 2022, I went back, and was told that all the classic American dishes are in the garden. Well the Garden has no air conditioning, so no chance to cool down. Also, the garden has no real roof, so when it began raining, there's nothing really you can do except get wet. The quality of the food also dropped. In 2021, I didn't mind paying for it. In 2022, I got a lukewarm concession stand mass-produced hamburger. Not great, not terrible. I'd like to see the all day menu restored inside.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 31, 2022

We tried to visit in September 2020. The food was sitting out under a tent. I was very concerned about food that wasn’t served at proper temperature. We decided that it wasn’t the restaurant for us. And there were not any customers. We decided to...go to the Williamsburg Inn. They had excellent service and food. The prices were not very high. Tables were very far apart.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed July 10, 2022

All food was wonderful including the egg white desert....service lovely too. Pus they serenaded us with a harp

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 23, 2022 via mobile

An authentic period restaurant with food representative of colonial times. The servers are dressed in period clothing and furniture/place service is authentic to the time. The fruity cider (hard) was delicious, and we were served the best peanut butter pie ever!

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 21, 2022

Compared to 20 years ago, the overall quality of food at all the taverns has been wanting of late - say the past 6 years. But this visit, the food was back up to par, and they even have a grill in the back for...outdoor eating. Well done Chowning's!More

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Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 3, 2022

On a very very hot day in Williamsburg we found this lovely colonial pub for lunch. Although not air conditioned they had large fans cooling the area and it was very pleasant. A "colonial actor" played the fife and sang to a guitar adding to...the ambience. Our meals were truly delicious. Brunswick stew was great, salads were crisp and delicious, BBQ yummy and chicken stew wonderful. This is a for sure go to.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 14, 2022

YES, Chowndings Tavern is wheelchair accessible. Scooters are tougher because their lift is quite small, but doable. Here are some things to think about. 1. They do not take reservations. Walk up put your name on list. 2. They are not open every day. Check...schedule or call general number. 3. They were fast. Food up in about 5 minutes. The food was great. Desserts were good. Family like peanut butter pie best.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 16, 2022

We ate here (on April 13, 2022) to cap off our trip to Colonial Williamsburg and enjoy an authentic tavern meal. Due to the worker shortage, only 2 Colonial Williamsburg Taverns were open during our stay. By Sunday when we arrived, no reservations were possible...at Kings Arms Tavern. This same worker shortage prompted us to put our names down at 3:15pm (on a Wednesday) for a table at Chownings Tavern for dinner. We were seated at 5:30pm. This was due, I believe, to the fact that only about 20 tables were available for seating (compared to more than twice that in the past.) There simply aren't enough staff to use the full capacity of the restaurant, like most restaurants in Colonial Williamsburg. There was live colonial music (as per usual) but it was centrally located and comprised of only one musician (who was very talented and entertaining.) The musician also went outside for a bit to play for those waiting for their tables. The appetizers were delicious, as was the beer. My burger was mediocre, but the rest of my party was pleased with the meals they ate. The peanut pie I had for dessert was AMAZING. All in all, we enjoyed our experience and food, but it was subdued due to the worker shortage. Hopefully the next time we return, Chownings will be back to it's old self again.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 8, 2022 via mobile

Luckily we got in line before it opened, as the other taverns in Colonial Williamsburg were not open. We were seated right away, but felt rushed throughout our meal. We got a beer flight, it was good. My Aunt got the Shepard’s Pye, she said...it was good, however small portion for the price and was more on the soup side and not hearty with meat and mashed potatoes. I got the pasties and for the price it was a good deal! One pasty was meat, delicious and the other was root vegetables, very good. It also came with a small salad which was really good. I wanted desert, having been there before, I love the peanut pie, but our waitress kinda made a face and talked us into the warm chocolate dessert. However, we were charged for the ice cream, even though menu said it comes with ice cream. Overall, good experience, but found they wanted to get in as many patrons as possible… so not a relaxing meal!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 28, 2022

My wife and I stopped into Chowning's Tavern for a quick lunch on a brisk day. We ordered their Brunswick Stew and thought it was very good. Since it is already made and available in a pot in the kitchen, we were served very quickly....It has a nice colonial vibe.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed December 20, 2021

We've been here before and we really like it. This time for an early dinner, so perhaps that is why there was no minstrel playing music, or the staff shortage or the virus restrictions, unfortunately that is one of the highlights of this tavern and...it wasn't available. However the food was as always very good. We had a flight of beer, with some great choices, hard to decide between the ones available, but we liked the ones we ended up with. The Pulled Pork BBQ sandwich was messy but good, the Vegetarian Pithvier was good and great veggie taste with good crust. The chocolate cobbler was dangerously good. Our server was super busy, but despite that she answered questions and was patient. The front door person was a bit terse, but again the staff shortage is not helping. We would go again, but will wait until more taverns open up as it is impossible to get in on any other day than Wednesday.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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