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Josiah Chowning's Tavern

109 E Duke of Gloucester St, Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA 23185-4255
+1 757-229-2141
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good36%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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American, Bar, Pub, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
109 E Duke of Gloucester St, Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA 23185-4255
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Reviewed April 19, 2017 via mobile

We wanted the tavern experience without the huge price tag. The food was pretty good without breaking the bank. We arrived early for dinner at 5:30 p.m. and were seated within 5 minutes. If you prefer eating at peak hours in the candlelight, make sure...More

Thank J1337
Reviewed April 18, 2017

They offer a terrific menu here and there are plenty of good waiters and waitresses who are happy to accommodate your requests.

Thank Frances F
Reviewed April 17, 2017

This place is busy! We were waiting in line when it opened and that was a good call. We didn't have a long wait for our food. Our kids tried the soups and liked them. My husband and I enjoyed the Ploughman's platter. The dining...More

Thank happycmpr731
Reviewed April 17, 2017

First, just remember this - you have to put your name in with the host so don't expect to walk up and get a table immediately during busy times of the year (ex. spring break, holidays). We were told 1 1/2 hours wait but it...More

Thank mtars
Reviewed April 15, 2017 via mobile

We were told the wait was 40 minutes and it was more like 110 minute wait. If you plan on eating in the town make a reservation.. the man out front told a family they were to big of people and made them wait longer.....More

Thank krocking123
Reviewed April 14, 2017

They will take your name and give you an approximate time for your meal. the inside was rustic looking as you might expect in the middle of colonial Williamsburg. Amy, our waitress,was very efficient and friendly.Along with our dinner we listened to a singer and...More

Thank MaryLouandJohn
Reviewed April 14, 2017

I visited Colonial Williamsburg with a friend and had lunch at this tavern. The atmosphere was friendly and warm, our service was great and the food was very good. We had no wait, the lunch was served quickly and we were both very pleased with...More

Thank Pat E
Reviewed April 12, 2017 via mobile

Our kids really wanted to eat in a tavern. The first day we got there at 12:30 and it was a two hour wait. The next day, we went when they opened at 11:30. There was already a line. They told us 30 minutes, and...More

Thank forhym216
Reviewed April 12, 2017

We went at around 5 pm so there was no wait. Waitress was pleasant. We had hot turkey sandwiches. I wouldn't recommend them. They weren't hot. The cheese had been melted but it is not a hot sandwich. The bread/roll was not good and way...More

Thank nicolediane
Reviewed April 12, 2017

For 16 years this was the best tavern in Colonial Williamsburg. The reason for that is the entertainment that could be found there. The balladeers have been wonderful and their knowledge of 18th Century music and the instruments is incredible. They are dedicated and committed...More

Thank CWfave
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February 8, 2018|
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Response from patriciasowers | Reviewed this property |
There were no games the day we were there with our British friends but it might have been the timing as we had a late lunch. We were used to the old days of Gambols but I think that is only on special nights, weekends. The... More
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Response from Frank G | Reviewed this property |
You can make a reservation at the visitors center but honestly I wouldn't recommend this place
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Response from Jaren M | Reviewed this property |
Hi call them at 1-757 339 2141
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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
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 109 E Duke of Gloucester St, Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA 23185-4255
  • 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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