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Josiah Chowning's Tavern

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” (367 reviews)
“welsh rarebit” (68 reviews)
“brunswick stew” (107 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
109 East Duke of Gloucester Street, Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Food was great. We did not need a reservations. This was a lighter menu and we had a hearty soup sampler that was very good.We really enjoyed the hot cider. The food was great and in large portions.

Thank caensley
Reviewed 3 days ago

Had the Welsh rarebit and Shepard;'s pie and beef trencher. All were very tasty. The tankard of brown ale was very satisfying. Would recommend showing up before they open as they fill up quickly. Fun eating in a colonial tavern atmosphere. Can recommend.

Thank Don H
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Dinning buy, candle light, is the way to go at this tavern, you can get folk songs music, as you eat good food,one,of the best tavern, around, come, and,eat 1776 style, and dine and wine, and be marry, ,I love, the setting the,food,great atmosphere, ,come...More

Thank craigj802
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We ate a wonderful lunch at this establishment on Gloucester Street here in Colonial Williamsburg. The server was delightful and very accommodating. I had a yummy corn chowder with bread. Another of my company had the Shepard’s pye, which had creamy mashed potatoes and lamb....More

Thank Steve M
Reviewed 6 days ago

My sisters and I ate here while touring Colonial Williamsburg and had a wonderful lunch. I had a white bean, ham, and kale soup with a two pasties, one vegetable, one meat. The atmosphere is like it was in colonial times and felt very authentic....More

Thank Karen D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was one of those experiences that doesn’t blow you away nor was it bad. I found many things nice about Chownings. We had an excellent waiter. The atmosphere was fine. But for some reason I just couldn’t get into the menu. I had the...More

Thank KentuckyBreezing
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a lovely lunch here. Wait time was long unless you chose to eat with other diners (which we did.) Turned out to be a very nice experience. The hot cider was perfect on a chilly fall day. The bean & kale soup was delicious....More

Thank Marlene P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food was very good, service was good, drinks also good. Located in Colonial Williamsburg just 1 block from the courthouse. Great experience.

Thank syegolfinggirl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I hiked all over Williamburg and after a long, hot day, decused to try Chowning's Tavern. I couldn't have been more pleased! I had the garden wedge ask at and a cup of the corn chowder. I do not remember what my...More

Thank Amy S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very pleasant tavern for lunch and refreshments in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg. All of the staff are dressed in colonial garb and the food is reminiscent of colonial fare. At the time of our visit, there were four musicians playing the music of...More

Thank Joe H
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Donna E
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Response from Jaren M | Reviewed this property |
Hi call them at 1-757 339 2141
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.
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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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
Gather ‘round at Chowning’s Tavern for hearty, Colonial-inspired pub fare, all served up in an authentic alehouse atmosphere. Try favorites of our founding fathers, including savory Shepherd’s Pye and satisfying trenchers served in bread bowls. Make friends with fellow diners over a frothy pint, or enjoy an ale outside in the beer garden. Want to take a piece of Colonial Williamsburg home with you? Order a local craft beer and keep the traditional salted mug. If you’re in need of a quick bite to fuel your day of exploration, stop by Chowning’s Garden Grill between 11am and 4pm daily for burgers, sausages, stew, BBQ, salads, and sweet treats.
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