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The Historic Lancaster Tavern

$$ - $$$
American, Bar
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8373 Mary Ball Road, Lancaster, VA 22503
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 20:00
Closed now
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Sun 09:00 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 14:30
Thu - Mon 17:00 - 20:00
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great time and a wonderful meal. Brandy did a great job with multiple trips to the kitchen to make sure my gluten-free spouse knew her options! My wife settled on tavern style crab soup and the scallops but had plenty of other choices for our next visit. I enjoyed the rockfish tacos and barely saved room for their... More 

Thank Kenneth B
Gloucester, Virginia
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

This is definitely a place to try if you are in the area. We hadn't planned on eating here but glad we did! The dinning area was booked but we were able to go in the "bar area" were they have a few tables that will seat 2. Service was very attentive, friendly. Food was amazing! My husband had fresh... More 

Thank Beverly M
Stafford, Virginia
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

If you are in the Northern Neck of Virginia this restaurant is not to be missed. This rural lodge and tavern offers a dining experience in a cozy, quiet, romantic setting. The seafood was cooked to perfection and the steaks coming out of the kitchen looked and smelled wonderful. Do not forget the bread pudding for dessert. Sit back, relax,... More 

Thank Gordon H
Richmond, Virginia
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

What a beautiful place. We stopped for lunch and the house was like stepping back in colonial days. I had the shrimp n grits for my entree which was one of the best shrimp n grits dishes I have eaten. My wife had a salad with fried oysters. She really enjoyed it. The best dish we had was the oyster... More 

Thank Rusty M
Lancaster, Virginia
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Sometimes this is a wonderful charming restaurant with great meals ranging from seafood to prime rib. However, about 10% of the time the meal just is not up to snuff, such as asking for medium rare and getting well done. Not sure what the issue is but they also seem to have a revolving door of chefs, that implies management... More 

Thank gssilverman3
Reedville, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

one of my favorite places to eat. Seafood is breaded in house and lightly fried. Lunch spot for womans groups and professionals.

Thank 162garnettb
Kilmarnock, Virginia
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Went for lunch, had not been in years. Bisque was delicious as recommend by our server. The pork quesadilla was so tasty!

Thank GiGiFoodSnobbie
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

Great atmosphere for our 43rd anniversary celebration. My wife ordered the crab cakes that were delicious and I ordered the ribeye steak medium rare that was cooked medium and dry. I probably should have ordered the salmon special for the evening. We heard it is a great place for lunch and may come back with some friends.

Thank Keith M
Lancaster, Virginia
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36 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Full disclosure, my partner and I are building a house about a mile away from this restaurant, and it's a great option to order and bring back food to sit by the river and enjoy on a nice evening. We started eating lunch here - the sandwiches are consistently good. I wasn't expecting much from the dinner menu, but the... More 

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Tappahannock, Virginia
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

The end of July, I had the pleasure of having lunch with some friends at the Historic Lancaster Tavern. The place is charming and filled with history. The food was outstanding. We all had one of their delicious salads. Two of the salads were topped with salmon and one with shrimp. I'm not sure what the glaze was on the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$35
American, Bar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Television, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
09:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 14:30
11:00 - 14:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8373 Mary Ball Road, Lancaster, VA 22503
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Lancaster
  • Phone Number: 18044620080
The Historic Lancaster Tavern has been serving great drinks and wonderful cuisine since 1790. Our cuisine is New Southern Cuisine focus on particularly the Plantation South culinary region begins just south of the Mason-Dixon Line in north central Maryland, where it's bounded on the east by the Chesapeake Bay Shore region and on the west by the Appalachian South region. It encompasses much of Virginia and the eastern Carolinas, then sweeps southwestward along America's coastal plain.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?