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Shield's Tavern-Colonial Williamsburg

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422 E Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-4250
757 229-2141
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Dana, Kentucky
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We ate here tonight and had a good meal. The 18th century entertainment in the tavern is the best part of the experience. We were serenaded by flute, guitar and singing of 18th century music. The whole meal was by candlelight. It always makes my wife and me shed a few tears, but this time even more so because our... More 

Thank HawkeyetheLawyer
Norfolk, Virginia
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Saturday evening we had dinner at Shields Tavern. The atmosphere was very nice, re-creating the Shield's tavern from the 1700. Service was prompt and courteous. The food was very good and portions were generous, no need for appetizers. For dessert we had the wild berry crumble and the chocolate mousse. Both were very good. Entertainment was very good. A duet... More 

Thank JPick626
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We ate a late supper at the Shield's Tavern and it was wonderful. Excellent service and food with very good colonial music. Fun

Thank isabel n
Northport, New York
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45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We wanted lunch in the restored area and couldn't deal with the deli and Cheese Shop lines. So we happened to pass Shields and were able to walk right in. A small but good menu, great ambiance, very comfortable, with very good service. All for about $16. Not bad for the food and location. Try it and treat yourself.

Thank Michael G
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent an hour here during our vist to Williamsburg, staff were very attentive, the food was great and the Rummer was superb. The entertainment soon had the whole place clapping along, an enjoyable end to a memorable day.

Thank Jim M
Centerville, Ohio
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2,264 reviews
1,486 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3,598 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have enjoyed fine dining in Colonial Williamsburg for nearly fifty years. Shield Tavern remains one our favorite CW taverns. We highly recommend reservations even in October. We recommend Shields Peanut Soup. We both enjoyed a beef, potato, and veggie dinner. Ambience Pure Colonial Williamsburg. Service Simply excrement. The fare tis appropriate for the tariff.

Thank SavantIII_11
Ambridge, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I ordered a roast beef dip and expected to get real roast beef but it was lunch meat beef. Others in my group had better choices that weren't as disappointed as I was.

1 Thank Christine F
Morganton, North Carolina
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86 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very popular place for lunch. Don't wait till you're too hungry because you'll have to wait. Once we got in we were attended to within about 10 mins. by a nice young man from Turkey. I had a sample of 3 soups and they were delicious. Quaint décor and pricey as you would expect in an old tavern in Colonial... More 

Thank luckeyedie
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here as part of the package we purchased at the time we ordered our admission tickets and made our reservations. The food was good, service good. They had entertainment in the tavern as we dined. I would only eat in one of these places as we also had lunch in another tavern during our visit where you didn't... More 

Thank Colleen W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The entertainment at this event was so good! They make jokes and sing songs and talk to the people, very interactive. The food was good, but we enjoyed the staff more than the food. It is outside so it was chilly for us, but could have been much worse. There is plenty of food in a buffet style setting. Non-alcoholic... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Kids, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 422 E Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-4250
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Williamsburg
  • Phone Number: 757 229-2141

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?