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Shield's Tavern-Colonial Williamsburg

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422 E Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-4250
+1 757-229-2141
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Hingham, Massachusetts
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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This tavern was fun and even included a few items, which were tasty, added by a culinary historian to give an idea of how African culture was influencing meals. There is always a wandering entertainer who tells jokes and sings or plays an instrument - part of the fun. It's expensive for what you get in terms of the food,... More 

Thank HappyMommy41
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82 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great lunch, my wife had a salad and I a chicken salad sandwich. Both were very good. The waiter gave us a history of the Tavern. I would recommend for lunch and dinner.

Thank Rudolph2
Blacksburg, Virginia
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family, including my mother in law and my brother in law and his husband went to dinner at the Shield's Tavern while visiting Colonial Williamsburg. The staff is very good and there are musicians and actors entertaining the guests. The food is sophisticated. However they are not period meals. My mother in law had two appetizers and so did... More 

Thank Mycroft31
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food and service were great. Multiple groups of children for end of year field trips made dining rooms a little louder normal. Server still very attentive and polite. IDme3L6DFGGSKStrolling minstrels with various instruments and songs provided great evening entertainment.

Thank Diane A
Moyock, North Carolina
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a large group, made reservations, arrived on time but it took forever. Appetizers we're cold, kids chicken was undercooked and fries were awful. Kids did well for having to sit so long. They got their food and we're finished eating before the adults got theirs. All the entrees were good as far as the meat went but the... More 

Thank Sherri R
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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36 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Outstanding food and entertainment ... dinner like it was 1785! With candlelight and wine ... great service. Exceeded expectations.

Thank DickMcD
New York City, New York
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After a few hours of baking in the sun, we were ready for a bit of a break. Many of the other taverns had long lines, but this one was unexpectedly available. We were led into a cool, dark cellar dining room which doesn't sound that appealing until you've been in the VA sun all day! The grain salad and... More 

Thank Crowski1
Gig Harbor, Washington
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177 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 278 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On our several previous visits to Colonial Williamsburg we had eaten several times each at the other three historic-area preserved taverns.. But for some reason we had never dined at Shields until our latest visit. Perhaps it is because it is at the end of the Duke of Gloucester street in front of the Capitol, but then, Christiana Campbell's is... More 

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Duvall, Washington
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87 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great atmosphere and service. Seats upstairs feel nicer to me than the wine cellar. Was a bit warm in our area- other rooms were cooler. Disappointment in the food though- I am not sure I buy that in Colonial Times they used spices so heavy as this place. Jamaican jerk and all of that. Made this meal my least favorite... More 

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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228 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

ate here with a family of 4. had reservations and seated promptly. food came a little slow. nice mixed drinks. good rolls to eat prior to meal. new menu with ethnic inspired options that is an improvement over the previous menu which was a little bland. the options are somewhat limited to look at the menu online prior to a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
American, Gluten Free Options
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: +1 757-229-2141

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?