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Josiah Chowning's Tavern

££ - £££American, ,
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” (375 reviews)
“welsh rarebit” (70 reviews)
“brunswick stew” (110 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 2 weeks ago

We've been here several times over the years, but not for quite a while. Whether because it was off season or just lost luster this visit was a let down. They apparently no longer do any entertainment or games, and the menu is a shadow...More

2  Thank jerseymariner
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Step back into colonial days with servers and musicians dressed in period costume seeking to recreate a authentic 18th Centruy tavern experience. The menu for lunch is limited with few gluten free options, but the shepherds pie made with lamb was tasty and piping hot....More

Thank KLE2013
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One waiter Mark made the most fun of times for us. Dressed in period costumes and in an original building that was the high light of our lunch. The best thing we had were the house chips with dipping sauces. I spared no expense and...More

1  Thank MissMarthaAnn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love history thus our visits to Williamsburg. The Tavern does a nice job of immersing one in the colonial period and is really quite fun. The food is better than expected as well. My Shepherd"s Pie was very good and the selection of beverages...More

Thank JackDu
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

At a quiet time of year, it's nice to take a turn at the "tourist" venues. In season, the line is daunting for a local but on a January Friday, I was taken in and seated immediately. My order was taken, delivered and eaten in...More

Thank Dancerose
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Pricey But Wonderful Experience! Highly recommend to first time visitors for the Grand Illumination Weekend.

Thank patriciasowers
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This tavern was filled with good food, great items with historical references. Wait staff stayed in character and we all enjoyed the richness of the past. The costuming was very authentic and the furnishing of the tavern stayed within the time period. It was as...More

Thank jazdancerrlh
Reviewed 16 January 2018

After a cold day wandering the streets of Colonial Williamsburg, we stepped into Chownings Tavern for Supper. We got a great table right by a window where we could watch dusk fall on the historic buildings. The food was a mix of authentic tavern fare...More

Thank txyz
Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

Although it was the only restaurant open within Colonial Williamsburg and we were arriving close to closing time, we received top service from our waiter. The warm cider was ideal for the freezing temperatures outside. I had the wing appetizer and they were flavorful and...More

Thank Margi A
Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

It was a cold day, so we got to the tavern at 11:30 am and snagged a table without any wait. It was a fun tavern experience, and the corn chowder and beef trencher accompanied by a whiskey cup made for a perfect lunch. Jodi,...More

Thank TCC55
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8 February 2018|
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Response from ponysnooper | Reviewed this property |
Chownings always has a game going on in the evenings. They are simple games from the 1700s so don’t expect a “wow”factor. They are simple fun for adults. They are traditional games that the average “Tavern goer” would be... More
23 December 2017|
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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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26 November 2017|
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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
Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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
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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