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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Walking around this area is a lot of fun and you get to see a lot of cool things. Highly recommend visiting this restaurant and stopping by for some food/drinks if you get a chance.

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 5 days ago

We went there for lunch and they opened at 1130am. People began lining up around 11am. At 1130 they began seating people, but after the 6th group was let in they told everyone it would be at least a 2 hour wait. Why? Because they...had 1 server and only 6 tables inside. The garden in the back was open, but it is the same price for food without any atmosphere, table service, etc. This is the only tavern open for lunch in a tourist area right now. A sign or something to let people know they have VERY LIMITED seating might be helpful before you line up, waste your time and then find out it will be over 2 hours to eat. On another note, does it take 2 hours to feed 6 tables??More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food with large portions. We all got something different, each dish was delicious. We ate outside which was nice. Both desserts we got were awesome too!

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

Part of the Colonial Williamsburg experience is eating in at least one tavern during your visit. Chowning's Tavern was the only one open in February during the pandemic, and it had the added bonus of being across the street from the Market Street Tavern where...I was staying (part of Colonial Houses). The atmosphere is charming and they did a good job of distancing the tables. The waiter was excellent - friendly, good sense of humor and provided an iced tea refill without asking. The menu is somewhat limited but provides enough choices for a lunch. The food was good especially for one geared towards tourists. Prices were correct. Would recommend as a nice break during a day of walking.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice tavern atmosphere. Great food and service. Wife and I split Shepherds Pie and Brunswick Stew. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed February 7, 2021 via mobile

We have 3 kids and wanted to give them a more “local” dinner experience while learning about the colonial history. This restaurant does not take reservations. At least not when we went. So, we arrived. In February. In the cold. During covid. In the pitch...dark of unlit Williamsburg, parking a distance away due to streets being shut down, which happens everyday. During covid. We were told it was a long wait. So where we were sitting here with no real other options at this point. Stuck in there cold. A table for five is hard enough to find so we don’t usually go places that won’t reserve. It’s ridiculous that they don’t offer it. And it made our night miserable.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed January 24, 2021

We stopped for a late lunch during our long weekend in Williamsburg. We had the SAVORY PASTY to start (short a sound, please!), beef trench and pulled pork sandwiches. All quite good. Oh, and hot buttered rum. at the beginning of the meal, and why...not, another for dessert. delicious. Service was very friendly and attentive. We would certainly eat here againMore

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed January 13, 2021

Due to COVID-19, Chowning's offered seating outside which probably impacted our experience. While it was great weather, the lack of atmosphere and table service led to an average experience. The food wasn't bad and we ordered at a counter and then picked up our food....May be better if we could have sat inside and experienced the dining room.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed December 25, 2020

This exceeded my expectations. My family got burgers and bbq, but I got the Pork cooked two ways special, and it was terrific. The chef clearly did the job more wholeheartedly than necessary--everything tasted top shelf and complimented each other.

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed December 7, 2020 via mobile

Had a fun evening with the best drink you can imagine. Witches Revenge!!!! Wow!!! Give it a try, but probably just 1. My daughter and I were in Williamsburg on a Mom/daughter trip and we love the taverns. Chownings was all we expected! Enjoyed our...evening there. Mark was personable and fun. Will ask for him next time we are there. Always nice to have someone with a smile on their face and a pleasant personality.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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November 8, 2018|
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Response from Peter L | Reviewed this property |
Not necessarily. They will ask you if you are willing to, but you aren't obligated to.
February 8, 2018|
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Response from patriciasowers | Reviewed this property |
There were no games the day we were there with our British friends but it might have been the timing as we had a late lunch. We were used to the old days of Gambols but I think that is only on special nights, weekends. The... More
December 23, 2017|
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Response from FrankG776 | Reviewed this property |
You can make a reservation at the visitors center but honestly I wouldn't recommend this place
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