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“Decent Place to Have Lunch”

Josiah Chowning's Tavern
Ranked #54 of 411 Restaurants in Williamsburg
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$22
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: 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.
Reviewed 15 November 2013

When we ate lunch in Chowning's Tavern, it wasn't at all crowded, and we ate upstairs. The setting, of course, looks and feels appropriately old, small, and dark. Great ambiance. My wife and I had peanut soup, which I remember tasting good from a previous visit to Colonial Williamsburg. It was still good. We split a salad and an apple cake dessert, which looked better than it actually was. Wanda got apple cider. The meal was decent, not terribly expensive, and the setting was great.

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Reviewed 11 November 2013 via mobile

Had to go here for the colonial dining experience. All was expected and consistent with all the 3 star reviews but am giving them a 4 overall.

Ambiance: 4 stars
Entertainment: 4 stars
Food: 3 stars, huge portions so be prepared to share and pack some home. Root beer was tasty and the dear old mum beer was just as good. Service was slow. Wished they could bring the bread out earlier but I guess that's how they ate back then....with the meal not before so can't complain. Ragout was bland. The pork ribs were better but the veggies were tasteless. But this is prolly part of the 'theme and setting'. I am putting this all in context with the whole experience. So maybe I am giving them a break but hey, at least I am setting your expectation so you can be prepared and enjoy the moment for what it is.

Thank Irina N
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Reviewed 10 November 2013 via mobile

Our meal was delicious. My salmon was perfectly cooked as was my daughter's prime rib. Service was just ok, nothing special, however it really took nothing away from the great 18th century experience. The music was quite enjoyable as well.

Thank Kelklein
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Reviewed 9 November 2013

Such a fun atmosphere. Wonderful service. A lovely woman playing music and singing tavern songs. Food was good - Not the best I have ever had but the setting is great. We had a flight of beers, some from recipes in the 1700s - Nice touch

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Thank Joanne T
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

We had the pleasure of eating two meals at Chowning's Tavern. The first was outdoor in the grape arbor on a warm November afternoon. We ate there as the wait was a little long for the indoor dining room, we were hungry, and the weather was lovely. Outdoors is counter service, but most of the same foods as inside. We ordered a sandwich, soup, and a salad as well as drinks. It was quickly served (think Panera Bread) and we found a lovely table to relax and enjoy the food and the surroundings. The food was fresh, hot, and very tasty. Sitting outside gave us a perspective of what the colonists would have experienced. As we sat there, a horse drawn carriage came down the street - just adding to the atmosphere. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we decided to return the next day for lunch. That day was much colder, so inside with a fire was perfect. Our waitress was very kind, accommodating, and enjoyed talking with her visitors. Our lunch was a crab cake over a salad along with the waitress' suggestion for the tavern ale. We were not disappointed! It was a wonderful lunch, warm, delicious, friendly, and we were invited to return in the evening for the "gambol". Unfortunately, we were too tired that night to return, but plan to on our next visit to Williamsburg!

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Thank Karen M
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