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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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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good36%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (324 reviews)
“welsh rarebit” (60 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
109 East Duke of Gloucester Street, Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A delightful tavern with staff in period clothing and in character. The food and drink was excellent. Our server was delightful and we were serenaded by guitar and then visited with him. Great food, good friends, and a enjoyable immersion in colonial experience.

Thank Penguin73
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited in April 2017 with a group of people. All 14 of us enjoyed the selections we chose. No one left disappointed, no one left hungry either! I will definitely return to this place!

Thank 689windy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good food, good service. We were visiting CW for 3 days and were happy to have the fortune to get into Chowings for lunch one day. Great atmosphere and good lunch date with variety and nice cold beers!

Thank sallyhczer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a very late lunch here during our visit to Williamsburg. In spite of how empty the streets were, Chowning's was busy. We opted to share a table with others in order to get seated earlier. As a result we got in quickly and...More

Thank Campmaster55
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Chowning's Tavern is quite different from the other historic area taverns in that it serves the same menu for lunch and dinner and has less expensive choices. It is very casual, more like a pub, and has bowls of peanuts in the shell on the...More

Thank Donna B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One thing I have to say is it was difficult for me to choice anything I could eat. I ended up with a salad with ham/chicken which was good. My husband has welsh rabbit. Service was great. I just wasn't a fan of the food

Thank bskfran
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Chownings for beer. I have used this place as a "watering hole" for 36 years. They serve your adult beverage in a pint mug. The establishment has determined that the mugs are really 18 oz. instead of 16 oz. so now they only...More

2  Thank Altehase2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting Colonial Williamsburg we were staying late for the "Cry Witch" witchtrial so decided to stick around the place for dinner and stopped here at Josiah Chowning's Tavern. The old tavern house is simple yet charming looking and exudes a happy energy. The costumed staff...More

1  Thank zette2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Upon entering for lunch, they asked us if we would sit at a table with others or if we wanted to wait for a private table. We opted to sit with others, and glad we did, as meeting a young couple who were down from...More

Thank Garam
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had lunch here while touring Williamsburg. Be warned it is really the only sit down restaurant open at lunch and the wait can approach two hours. We shared a table with a nice couple and had some great beef sandwiches. The prices are a bit...More

Thank ags35
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Do they take reservations?
3 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.
We are coming Nov. 26, 2016 for the SP Event Dinner at 1:15pm. I'm wondering what the meal will entail? We have a 6 person party attending and already pre paid for the meal. Has gratuity already been included in that price we paid?
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.
do they still serve Welsh rarebit?
5 February 2015|
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Response from nickijk |
Nope not any more. We went there yesterday and it's been pulled from their menu I ordered the crock of cheese instead and it was not very nice. Looked like whipped cheese u get out of a can
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, 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
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