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The Historic Lancaster Tavern

8373 Mary Ball Rd, Lancaster, VA 22503-2519
+1 804-462-0080
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible5%
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“brunch” (4 reviews)
“bread pudding” (3 reviews)
“seafood” (5 reviews)
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American, Bar
££ - £££
8373 Mary Ball Rd, Lancaster, VA 22503-2519
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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...More

Thank Keith M
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 -...More

1  Thank DCTraveler02
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...More

1  Thank E R
Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

What a wonderfully quaint venue. Old school tavern and great food. I had gazpacho, Tavern Salad, and broiled crab cakes (lots of lump!!). One of the best restaurants on the Northern Neck!!

1  Thank LuchoByrd64
Reviewed 26 July 2016

What a wonderful way for the working mom or soccer mom to escape. This location is full of history and serenity. Away from the noise, this location is perfect for a quiet get away for couples to connect or friends to relax. If you are...More

1  Thank akferrell2016
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Found this delightful little place. The food was excellent, even had the chef asking how we wanted things prepared! Excellent service, great wine list. An old property with 2 double rooms, steeped in history. Will be staying here when we visit the area again.

1  Thank Tony2237
Reviewed 17 July 2016

We were treated to first class service, particularly impressive for a week night, and every bit of the meal was delicious. I chose the chicken pot pie, served open-faced beneath a flaky pastry crust, and it was top-notch. Absolutely excellent experience!

1  Thank Hillary M
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

10/10 would recommend, Great atmosphere! Great service! The food was amazing! Wish I could give a higher rating! We will definitely be coming back!

2  Thank Haley K
Reviewed 29 April 2016 via mobile

Damone is the new chef here and is Excellent! I had the Seafood Lasagna and my wife had the Seared Scallops. Both were extremely good! The couple with us had the Blackened Salmon and Soft Shell Crabs. Again the food was excellent. The waitress we...More

1  Thank Dstudder
Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

The food was excellent. The atmosphere was similar to Colonial Williamsburg. Very cozy and relaxing. The prices were very good and the servings were large. Highly recommend. The service was also excellent.

Thank Stan B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$35
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Television, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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 Rd, Lancaster, VA 22503-2519
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Lancaster
  • Phone Number: +1 804-462-0080
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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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