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Josiah Chowning's Tavern

109 East Duke of Gloucester Street, Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA 23185
+1 757-229-2141
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good36%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“lunch” (367 reviews)
“welsh rarebit” (68 reviews)
“brunswick stew” (107 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
109 East Duke of Gloucester Street, Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Reviewed 10 January 2017

We visited Chowing's in the beginning of October, when it is still about 70 -75 degrees, and were on a campus tour. We knew the food would be good, and had a variety of different items on the lunch menu, to fit myself and two...More

Thank Christin T
Reviewed 9 January 2017

The meal was nothing special compared to some other establishments in the Williamsburg area, but the atmosphere makes it worth a trip! The Tavern workers are so fun and kind, they wrote poems for us and made us the center of attention!

Thank clay_shep1
Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

On our recent visit, this was the only tavern open in Williamsburg historic area. I thought it would be overpriced and mediocre quality food. I was wrong. It was great food, reasonably priced and served in a lovely ambience that was a wonderful homage to...More

Thank AHappyCat
Reviewed 8 January 2017

We loved the atmosphere and commadiere that the wait staff created. The service was good even with the tavern full. We enjoyed Shepherd's Pie and Brunswick Stew. Very generous portions. Salad was typical. Wine and beer reasonable with great selection. The troubadour was good. Being...More

Thank desear2016
Reviewed 6 January 2017

Authentic atmosphere, delicious food, excellent beers on tap, and even delightful 18th century entertainment. All the taverns in Colonial Williamsburg are good, but Chownings is my favorite. Expect to wait. No reservations!

Thank PGinNC
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Super location in historic district. Wonderful atmosphere. No reservations. I had Shepherd's Pie and it was a very pale imitation of the real thing. Service was slow. Dinner for two with a shared dessert and three drinks was $78.

Thank NCLoggerheads
Reviewed 3 January 2017

We did have to wait for a table despite there being plenty empty in the restaurant. The number of wait staff working at the time seemed to be the main reason during our visit. My boyfriend and I were asked if we would be willing...More

Thank Saucygirl106
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Colonial Williamsburg was an incredible vacation experience. Josiah Chowing's Tavern was a culinary delight. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. A truly wonderful "step back in time" event. I highly recommend this Tavern.

Thank Renee W
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

We ate in Josiah Chowning Tavern this trip and enjoyed the meal. They offer quite a bit of variety and stay busy. Most of their offerings tend to be sandwiches, chowder, and salad. They offer beef, turkey and type BBQ flatbread sandwiches. They even have...More

Thank Mark4AU
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Foods: I got a cup of White Bean and a Portobello sandwich. They were very good: 5/5 Customer Service: my server is Catherine. She is very nice and friendly. She knows clearly the menu. I enjoyed my dinner while a musician in the 18th century...More

Thank InandOut21
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Donna E
26 November 2017|
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Response from Jaren M | Reviewed this property |
Hi call them at 1-757 339 2141
2 April 2017|
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Response from Suzkd | Reviewed this property |
They do not take reservations for lunch, dinner, or gambols in the evening.
30 September 2016|
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Response from hawaiiansurf8 | Reviewed this property |
I suggest you direct your question to the venue where you purchased your special event ticket. I only dine at Chownings at regular dining, not special events. No idea what the menu will be.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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
Gather ‘round at Chowning’s Tavern for hearty, Colonial-inspired pub fare, all served up in an authentic alehouse atmosphere. Try favorites of our founding fathers, including savory Shepherd’s Pye and satisfying trenchers served in bread bowls. Make friends with fellow diners over a frothy pint, or enjoy an ale outside in the beer garden. Want to take a piece of Colonial Williamsburg home with you? Order a local craft beer and keep the traditional salted mug. If you’re in need of a quick bite to fuel your day of exploration, stop by Chowning’s Garden Grill between 11am and 4pm daily for burgers, sausages, stew, BBQ, salads, and sweet treats.
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