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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%
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“lunch” (349 reviews)
“welsh rarebit” (66 reviews)
“brunswick stew” (103 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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109 East Duke of Gloucester Street, Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Reviewed 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came to Williamsburg for a day trip and while in Colonial Williamsburg we made sure we had lunch at Chowning's for the Welch Rarebit which my husband enjoyed...his only complaint about it was it was the size of an appetizer instead of lunch. I...More

Thank 48mel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've been to WBurg 4 times and decided to try the tavern experience. The ambience of a colonial tavern is nice but the food quickly kills that. The waitresses need to be cognizant that patrons will probably not understand the colonial descriptions used on the...More

2  Thank Tim Q
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful service by costumed wench. Delicious plate of cheeses, fruits and meats. Charming building.

Thank Pam G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped by the Chowning's Tavern for lunch...we had to wait, but it was very nice! Great tavern! Our server was Karen G. It doesn't take very long, and it was super! We had the Beef Trencher and Banger's Mash--very nice, with the British! We...More

Thank Karen R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food was good....Turkey Sandwich, Room Beet and the Apple Dumpling were very tasty. Miranda was our waitress and she was GREAT! Good sense of humor.....very professional!

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a great setting. Food, music, games are all characteristic of the colonial period. We witnessed staff dressed in colonial garb, singing and playing music on historic instruments. The staff explained the instruments and the history behind them, origin, etc. You can learn a lot...More

1  Thank Joe F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in for a late lunch while walking around Colonial Williamsburg. Like everywhere in town the decor, waitstaff, and food are all of the time period. We shared a crock of cheese (beer cheese "dip" with crackers and fruit). It was delicious! I could...More

Thank tullymcq
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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
US$ 22
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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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