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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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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped in for a cold drink after a long hot walk and had great service. We really enjoyed Lynn and the atmosphere! The manager was awesome and gave us a brief tour and history lesson about the restaurant which we really enjoyed as well!

Thank Tini1285
Southampton, Pennsylvania
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83 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Like all of the historic taverns, Shield's offers great food, but a somewhat limited menu form which some people may have trouble finding something they like. But it's really about the experience, of which the food is only a part. The menus are period, or period inspired, and your server will be more than happy to help you both in... More 

Thank Greg W
Montebello, California
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Share a platter or just stop by for a cool drink. This is a casual tavern and you can get right in without reservations, just time your stop not on regular lunch time

Thank selewynnb
Franklin, Tennessee
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had reservations for Christiana Campbell's and due to our flight being late we missed our reservations. Chirstiana was so nice about it -their kitchen was already closed - they called Shields tavern to see if we could get in there. Shields was so good! The place was almost empty but the staff were so nice and accommodating. Musicians walked... More 

1 Thank patsywbrown
Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
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146 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The place was like being back in time and the food was good. We were seated in the basement and there were candles burning so it made it seem even more realistic of living in those days. Service was great.

1 Thank Ryan S
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our first dinner in Williamsburg. It was fantastic. There were great drinks from the bar and the food was awesome. My kids both ate all their dinner, which is a rare occasion. The prices were decent as well. I really loved the atmosphere, it was like being in an old colonial tavern.

1 Thank HarleyGin
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had a delicious meal here. Food was very tasty and the table side entertainment was great (stories and music). Ambiance is great, eating by candlelight. Food is expensive though, so come prepared.

1 Thank Becky V
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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74 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We ate here for lunch during our visit to CW. The menu has a lot of great choices and there is a kids menu too. It is not terribly priced given its tourist location but don't think it's a cheap lunch.

1 Thank DJBrandon
New York
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A nice atmosphere with entertainment in a convenient location make this a good choice for families looking for a traditional meal in Colonial Williamsburg

1 Thank susieny2015
Williamsburg, Virginia
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lunched at Shields Tavern with visiting family. Everyone loved their lunch choices, including Crayfish and Shrimp Stew, Carolina-Style Barbecue Sandwich, root beer, Old Stitch and fantastic Whipped Chocolate Pudding. Looking forward to our next visit.

Thank 18thCTimeTraveler

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?