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Gabriel Archer Tavern

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner

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A memorable farm-to-fork dining experience! In 1607, the Susan Constant, Discovery, and Godspeed reached the shores of Virginia. After exploring several sites along the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, the colonists, fearing pirates and Spanish competition, decided to explore further inland. Captain Gabriel Archer, after whom the restaurant is named, proposed they settle on land where The Williamsburg Winery now stands. ​In 1987 the Duffeler family constructed the Gabriel Archer Tavern on the footprints of an old farm shed on the grounds of Wessex Hundred. Originally, this first completed winery structure housed barrels, bottling equipment, and the finished wines. ​ Today, its mission is to provide
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Brunch
American, Bar, Wine Bar, Contemporary
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed April 18, 2020 via mobile

We got their “Easter dinner take away meal on Sunday” I say that lightly because it was ranked at one of the worst meals I’ve ever had in my entire life...... Short ribs were barely edible just a huge bone with literally one bite of...More

Date of visit: April 2020
Reviewed February 24, 2020

My husband and I visited the area for my birthday and we stopped at the Winery for the first time. We decided to enjoy a bottle of wine and light lunch at the Tavern. We had Jenna for a server and she did not disappoint!...More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed December 1, 2019

My friend and I were really looking forward to having lunch and made reservations. Let me say that I am really easy to please----as long as I don't have to cook or do the dishes! I ordered the corn & crab chowder and the salad...More

Date of visit: November 2019
Kristen D, Owner at Gabriel Archer Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded December 2, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback on your recent experience at the Gabriel Archer Tavern, we sincerely apologize for not meeting your expectations, our team strives for excellence on a daily basis and we are disappointed we failed to create...More

Reviewed October 10, 2019

Went there for lunch...a tradition during our annual trip to Williamsburg. Two of us had the turkey and Brie sandwich which was good but a bit dry. Other orders included the soup of the day (bland) and a Caesar salad (ok). May think twice before...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 8, 2019

We had an excellent lunch this past weekend at the Tavern. We didn't make reservations and decided to take our chances since we were arriving right when the opened and our party only had two people. We were seated quickly on the patio and it...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 7, 2019

Our party of six enjoyed the patio for our lunch. We had good service, delicious food and nice presentation. Waiter was attentive. We enjoyed the lamb sliders (4 in the order) which my husband and I shared. The waiter brought two on each plate. The...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed September 4, 2019

The Gabriel Archer Tavern space is open, warm, friendly and inviting. It took only a few minutes to get seated and the staff was immediately on top of it. The rustic look and rough-hewn tables set the tone. Two of us had the White Wine...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Reviewed August 22, 2019 via mobile

Just enjoyed a lovely lunch at the Gabriel Archer Tavern (at the Williamsburg Winery in Williamsburg, VA). I’ve eaten at the GAT several times (Fish Tacos and Crab Cakes are delicious) but it was a first for my friend and her daughter visiting from NoVa....More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed August 6, 2019 via mobile

We frequent this place quite a bit when looking for a nice lunch. Indoor and outdoor dining depending on the weather. Always start with the cheese platter. Enough to serve 4 with something for everyone to like. Sandwiches are good and filling. Never had a...More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed July 23, 2019 via mobile

I don’t give 5 stars often and I write plenty of reviews! Staff was very helpful and answered all of our questions, even if they didn’t know, they’d ask the chef. The shrimp and grits were some of best we’ve ever had and we get...More

Date of visit: July 2019
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