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Shield's Tavern-Colonial Williamsburg

422 E Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-4250
+1 757-220-7765
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good32%
  • Average17%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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Open Now
11:00 - 21:00 Hours
American, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
422 E Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-4250
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Reviewed 5 days ago

While this tavern may not have the reputation of Kings Arms, we found the found to be at least as good. We had beef pasties for a starter and they were excellent! The ale-potted beef was also very good. And, the wait is not as...More

Thank joshaurora
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is perhaps my second choice Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg after the Kings Arms Tavern. The 18th century atmosphere is good but we left before candle light. Like the others, this is not for handicapped Steps to get in, and two flights of stairs to...More

Thank cfuller603
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I recently ate here. The food was delicious and the server was very pleasant and attentive. The only negative I found was the limited menu options for dinner.

Thank Elizabeth M
Reviewed 1 week ago

It had been thirty years since our last visit to the Historic Triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestowne, and Yorktowne. As we walked the DOG in late September we decided to have lunch at Shields Tavern. We were seated in a dark basement. We asked for seating...More

Thank Howard Bud D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We LOVED our dinner at Shield's Tavern. Our waiter James was full of knowledge about the colonial period and the history of every question we could think of. There was a musician who went room to room delighting guests and providing a musical taste of...More

Thank Patti M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the largest Colonial tavern and actually has some of the original building components. We had 48 seniors on our tour and they seated us together in the basement area. Loved the colonial look while we dined with candles served by ladies in historic...More

Thank duffer47
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant offers colonial style recipes with a few certainly not of the period. The menu is somewhat limited and the food quality was just ok. We had meatloaf (meh), mashed potatoes (fine, but hard to do poorly) and some veg (ok). Another meal was...More

Thank giorgitd
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pleasant, nothing particularly outstanding or original, but a pleasant family experience and both the food and the service were good.

Thank Virginia R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This historic tavern offers dinner upstairs and lunch in the cellar. Candlelight warms the rooms, while the servers teach you all about the history of the tavern. A roving minstrel serenades you with songs from the colonial era. Try the potato soup, berry crisp, and...More

Thank Aliena G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We like the King's Arms better for atmosphere but this is also a good choice. We had lunch here. It was very good as was the service. Price fair for what you get. Would return.

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Steve P
23 July 2018|
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Response from larryb1340 | Reviewed this property |
Not in Williamsburg. Mac and cheese is on the buffet at Michie tavern in Charolettesville VA at Montecello, Jefferson's homestead.
15 October 2017|
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Response from Belinda N | Reviewed this property |
There are so many great restaurants in Williamsburg, but in the colonial area we love Christina Campbell's and Shields. Considering it's Thanksgiving, I would say, getting the reservation is a must, and some places don't... More
Richard F
19 January 2017|
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Response from 59Lighthouse | Reviewed this property |
you would have to contact CWB they could help you out with that
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 422 E Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-4250
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Williamsburg
  • Phone Number: +1 757-220-7765
Drawing influences from every corner of the former British Empire, the cuisine at James Shield’s Tavern offers an authentic taste of the cosmopolitan nature of the Colonies in the 18th century. Enjoy sugar, molasses, and rum from the West Indies. Sip wines from Portugal, coffee from Africa, and tea from Asia. Savor unique spice blends from around the world, and sample colonial favorites such as black eye pea soup, butter chicken, and West African stew.
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