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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%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (349 reviews)
“welsh rarebit” (66 reviews)
“brunswick stew” (103 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 23:00All hours
American, Bar, Pub, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
109 East Duke of Gloucester Street, Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Reviewed yesterday

My husband and I were looking for a place to have dinner after driving hours to reach Williamsburg. We were pleasantly surprised to find the tavern within walking distance of our hotel. The staff was very friendly and the food was excellent.

Thank Mary W
Reviewed yesterday

We elected the quick outdoor setting. The service was just ok and the food not quite. Would seek something else. Sitting outside on a nice fall day was the best part.

Thank Leslie0447
Reviewed 2 days ago

We ate at this restaurant once for supper and again for just a drink. The service was extremely fast and the sparkling apple cider was surprisingly good. The food was good and the establishment has the best value in the Colonial Williamsburg proper. This is...More

Thank lckeller
Reviewed 3 days ago

The food was good, but I liked it because of the building. It really did feel like being in the past. The servers were dressed historically, too.

Thank HTNewReviewer2015
Reviewed 4 days ago

The sampler was a good size for me and my friend to share at lunch. The meat pasty was very good, but the chutney they put with it is to die for! So good and nice atmosphere, great waitress!

Thank Michele B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Most reasonable of the Colonial Williamsburg taverns. Usually good service and good food. I actually prefer it to King's Arms and Shields. Miss the balladeers. Made the experience less than what it has been. Oh well.

1  Thank Marie T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We chose Chowning’s for dinner one night due to its reasonable pricing and were very happy with our choice! Our meals were delicious and served in a unique Tavern atmosphere which added to our enjoyment. We returned for lunch a few days later as a...More

1  Thank HappilyretiredNePa
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is nice, you back to old times, the ales testing are very good, the food was good... a little expensive for the size of the food.

Thank elda m
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great lunch in one of the only places to eat on the tour. 30 minute wait, worth it though. Large group & they were very accommodating. Shared the basket of home made chips which came with 3 dipping sauces. Excellent. Had the Cob Salad with...More

Thank Deb1205
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food and service were both enjoyable. The soup sampler was superb; the pulled Virginia Pork sandwich (with a combination of vinegar and ketchup-based sauces) was very tasty - hint of smoke, and flavor explosions!

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Questions & Answers
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.
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.
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
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 - 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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