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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 good33%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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422 E Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-4250
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I ate lunch at Shield's Tavern while visiting Williamsburg in November. I ordered the beef pye. It looked so good when the server brought it to the table. The top crust was golden and flaky. I was so disappointed when I started to eat....there was...More

Thank Rebecca B
Reviewed 11 January 2018

We enjoyed such a lovely lunch at this tavern. Really felt as if we had stepped back in time. I had the beef stew, which was fantastic.

Thank sinnissippi
Reviewed 7 January 2018

good food with old colonial atmosphere good choice versus other taverns who are also great great place for a family to visit

Thank Q2827RQjoycec
Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

I am surprised that Shields is still open in January. Our waiter on New Years Eve told us they were closing the next day for two months as a preface to the long list of menu and drink items they were out of. I made...More

Thank Gailsailor
Reviewed 4 January 2018

It was a very cold day so we went in to have a drink. It was a lovely tavern and we had a hot Toddy of sorts.

Thank Maggie1875
Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

We had lunch here a few years ago and the food was very tasty. We have tried to get a reservation at Christiana Campbell’s for some seafood but they were booked solid. The good thing about Shields Tavern is that you have a nice variety...More

Thank Family_In_Ardmore
Reviewed 28 December 2017

A good lunch, honest tavern fare at a reasonable price. Recomended if you are visiting Colonial Williamsburg.

Thank GreatProphetZarquon
Reviewed 28 December 2017

We had a great experience at Shield's Tavern in Williamsburg. It did not take long to be seated and our server, Mo, was really kind and helpful. There was a musician who played fun and pleasant music. We ordered cocktails, which were exceptionally good. When...More

Thank pmjpmj2016
Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch — well, we were lucky enough to stop in! Grabbed one of the last spots on the walk up list (no reservations for lunch, anyway). Waited about 10 minutes to get a table at 2:15pm (lunch seating stops at 2:30 so...More

Thank Jaclyn D
Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

Wonderful atmosphere and really good food. There was something for both the adults and the children. A variety of drinks, both alcoholic and nonalcoholic. Really a nice place to eat.

Thank John V
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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
Christina H
17 May 2016|
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Response from 59Lighthouse | Reviewed this property |
In the restored area you don't see many animals unless service animals. Not sure if there is a real ban on them but the best thing to do would be to contact CWB information center and they could definitely tell you.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
US$ 30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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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