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Josiah Chowning's Tavern

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$$ - $$$
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109 East Duke of Gloucester Street, Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA 23185
+1 757-229-2141
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went here for dinner and had a great time. The foos was really good and the fiddler who entertainted us was excellent.We played some 1800 games while we were there and spoke with one of the interpeturs who was on site.

Thank Missy3
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427 reviews
296 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Pretty good food in a Colonial setting. While the prices were modern (but not bad), the portions were good and the service was very good.

Thank bilewis
Greenbelt, Maryland
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157 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant is trying to reproduce a 17th century tavern with 21st century comforts. It does a good job at neither. During our visit (mid-week) the service was very slow, the food was only so-so, and the size of our party made it such that we had to pay extra tip on the souvenirs that we (foolishly) purchased at the... More 

Thank gpcd
Maggie Valley, North Carolina
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must when visiting Williamsburg. Excellent service, musicians playing music of the period. Varied menu , all delicious. Bon Appetite !

Thank Shirley1940
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332 reviews
277 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not many historical places open for lunch in Williamsburg. Chownings was it. Surprisingly tasty lunch. My husband ordered some sandwich, but my sample of soups, though the portions looked small when it arrived to the table, was remarkably DELICIOUS! And surprisingly, not salty!

Thank Crazzzzs
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

WE LOVE CHOWNINGS! It's our favorite eatery in the Revolutionary city. Food has always been excellent no matter what we order, and the service is fabulous! Go for dinner and enjoy great period-appropriate entertainment. A must-visit.

Thank pvtsam1775
Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Has a pub type menu. I had the Brunswick Stew and Pastes. My stew was average but the pastes (one beef and one veggie) were really good. Good choices of beers including local craft beers, which the waitress was helpful in selecting. A fun place. Next time we will try dinner.

Thank TK-GT17
Durham, North Carolina
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was so looking forward to celebrating my birthday at Chownings. Arrived at 3:30 on Sunday, no line, requested not to sit with others. My husband asked if we could wait the 10 mins inside the door, host said "uh NO", and closed the door in our faces. Didn't even wish me happy birthday. I sent in a handwritten comment to... More 

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Annapolis, MD
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51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visit Williamsburg several time each year and a Colonial dinner is always a must. Alas, January is the month Colonial restaurants are often closed. But Chownings was open and we were quite pleased. We had a RUMMER for a cocktail. Yum. Next, we shared a bowl of PEANUT SOUP and PLOWMAN'S PLATTER. Topped off with PECAN PIE. perfect. And... More 

Thank HReedAnnapolis_MD
Dinwiddie, Virginia
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I suppose my review really applies to all the "taverns" of Colonial Williamsburg but I do seem to hit Chownings more often than the others and I, for one, greatly enjoy dining there. It is different than a regular, "modern" restaurant. First, the menu is simple, without a lot of choices. I actually find this refreshing. Second the food is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 109 East Duke of Gloucester Street, Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA 23185
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Williamsburg
  • Phone Number: +1 757-229-2141

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