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“Williamsburg Experience”

Josiah Chowning's Tavern
Ranked #33 of 383 Restaurants in Williamsburg
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $22
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Large groups, Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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147 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Williamsburg Experience”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

Love the atmosphere and service. Our waitress stayed in character the entire time. The strolling musician was also very nice. The food was average. We did like the Brunswick stew. My meal was polenta with mushrooms. It wasn't really polenta...it was corn bread. My son had the fried chicken which he said was very good. It was a lot of food which is always good to a teenager! My husband had the salmon. Just average. You are paying for atmosphere not quality food. I would suggest going for drinks then hitting one of the local restaurants for dinner.

  • Visited August 2013
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London, Canada
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Great food and atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

The salad was excellent, food was great and unique. Service
was extremely good. The server gave us history of the tavern.

Visited July 2013
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Thank Ron S
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Orange Park, Florida
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8 reviews
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“Great place to relax after walking aroung all morning.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

Had lunch here and it was great. Not a great lunch menu for finicky kids, but luckily old enough to take out back and order them hamburgers and hotdogs while me and the wife eat inside the tavern. Great live music.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank JRHETZ
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Greenwood, Delaware, United States
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70 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Not quite as good as Shields, but still very good!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

Lunch here was good, but not as good as Shields Tavern the day before. Crabcake ok, but not great. Barely warm. Salad fresh and very good, all in all very good-service excellent.

Visited July 2013
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Thank Evard H
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New York, NY
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22 reviews
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“Skip dinner and visit during Gambols.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2013

Like all the taverns in Colonial Williamsburg, the atmosphere is awesome at Chowning's. I love the experience of the candles and the mugs and the dinnerware. We had dinner here at the latest seating so we could stay and enjoy the Gambols portion of the evening that begins at 9. If we had it to do over we'd have just come at 9PM. The food was fine, nothing great and leaning towards the not so great side. I was super surprised that a side of microwaved cooked, no seasoning or butter or anything, vegetables came as a side making me think I'd stepped into Applebee's for a second. The food was also on the pricier side with prime rib at $32, ribs at $26 and a bowl of Brunswick Stew at $11. (We stopped at a Smithfield's BBQ on the way home and the Brunswick Stew was far superior there.) The fun really began at 9 when baskets of peanuts in the shell are placed on tables and a much smaller "lighter fare" menu takes over. Your server also joins in and offers to teach colonial style games and strolling musicians engage you in sing alongs. If it weren't for the Gambols portion of our evening we would have walked away disappointed. The beers were all great and they do a nice beer flight.

  • Visited July 2013
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