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King's Arms Tavern Dining-Colonial Williamsburg
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Ranked #21 of 395 Restaurants in Williamsburg
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $25
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Originally opened by Jane Vobe in 1772, this authentic reproduction public house serves up a transporting experience for the senses in Colonial Williamsburg. Everything is true to the time period at King’s Arms Tavern, from the fashion sported by servers to the pewter candlesticks—all adding to an air of colonial elegance. Inspired by 18th-century recipes, but with updates to suit 21st-century tastes, tuck in to a chophouse menu featuring prime rib, pork chops, and more.
Reviewed April 20, 2013

This was our third trip to Williamsburg. We tried to get a dinner reservation for our favorite tavern, Christiana Campbell's, but it was all full. Our second choice was the King's Arm's Tavern, and we were very pleased with the experience. We were seated promptly at our reservation time, and everything was period perfect, from the costumed staff, to the furnishings and the candle lit dining rooms and tables. We were a little puzzled by the oversized linen napkins, but our Russian waiter explained that this was the standard in colonial times, and allowed the diner to tie two corners behind the neck and have the remainder cover practically the entire front and lap. I guess eating was a sloppy affair back then. Along with bread (a little too soft - I wonder if that's the way it was back in the day), and room temperature butter (thank you, thank you) we were served a trio of chutneys (the best way I can describe them) of pickled watermelon rind, corn, and a kind of chopped corned beef (?). These complimentary "appetizers" kept us busy while we chatted and waited for the main course. For our entree, we both had the Colonial Game Pye, and it was both ample and delicious. Out companion chose the salmon special, and was equally pleased. The price was what I'd expect for the experience and the quality of the food, but it was worth it, especially when you consider that we were entertained by a very talented musicain, playing period instruments and tunes. The only complaint I have is that the candles on the table are a distraction, as they provide a very intense point of light that can be annoying. When this happens in other restaurants, I simply put out the flame, but that is not an option at this establishment, as there are no other lights. Perhaps a frosted glass instead of the clear might help alleviate the glare.

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Reviewed April 17, 2013

This tavern is centrally located on the central thoroughfare, Duke of Gloucester Street. It was nice to have lunch then get back to enjoying the days' historical events. We only had to wait a few minutes to get a table and the food was delicious.

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Reviewed April 13, 2013

Our first trip to Kings Arms. The most expensive of the taverns, and not the best food.

The service was very good, and the taverns are a fun part of staying in Williamsburg. But the beef collops were tough and quite overpriced at $34.25. The vegetarian version of the "macaroni" (really angel hair) was much better, and a better value at $23.25. The chocolate fudge torte was OK.

The chairs were more comfortable than at Shields, which had better food.

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Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

This was such an enjoyable dinner and experience! The King's Arms Tavern is the best of the four taverns in Colonial Williamsburg. The food and service were fantastic, and we were also given various bits of historic information throughout our dinner. It may have been pricey, as all of the taverns are, however it was a wonderful experience....worth every penny!

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Reviewed April 12, 2013

Our second night we come to this tavern. Very good. Huge portions. The relish tray was outstanding. Bread and salad ok. I had a salmon special-delicious way too much. The bread pudding which was shared was fabulous. The entertainment very good. Overall very good.

Thank Cheri M
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