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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” (372 reviews)
“welsh rarebit” (70 reviews)
“brunswick stew” (109 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

This tavern was filled with good food, great items with historical references. Wait staff stayed in character and we all enjoyed the richness of the past. The costuming was very authentic and the furnishing of the tavern stayed within the time period. It was as...More

Thank jazdancerrlh
Reviewed 1 week ago

After a cold day wandering the streets of Colonial Williamsburg, we stepped into Chownings Tavern for Supper. We got a great table right by a window where we could watch dusk fall on the historic buildings. The food was a mix of authentic tavern fare...More

Thank txyz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although it was the only restaurant open within Colonial Williamsburg and we were arriving close to closing time, we received top service from our waiter. The warm cider was ideal for the freezing temperatures outside. I had the wing appetizer and they were flavorful and...More

Thank Margi A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was a cold day, so we got to the tavern at 11:30 am and snagged a table without any wait. It was a fun tavern experience, and the corn chowder and beef trencher accompanied by a whiskey cup made for a perfect lunch. Jodi,...More

Thank TCC55
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were invited by a neighbor who recent ate at Josiah Chowning's Tavern and wanted to introduce the place to us as well as having an opportunity to go back. Steeped in the tradition of Colonial Williamsburg, the tavern is not disappointing. The only down...More

Thank johnthetraveler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First off this is a first come first serve tavern, so if visiting for a meal on a busier day get here early because sometimes the wait can be anywhere from 45-60min. The day we went it was later during the week so was only...More

Thank sharkeygrad2014
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took the kiddos for lunch. Had a 30 minute wait but it was worth it. Crayons delivered for kiddos but the wait for food was less than 10 minutes. Ordered the soup sampler and loved the corn chowder, enjoyed the brunswick stew but the bean...More

Thank Sunflower53092
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

OK, This is my 2nd visit to this adorable place. I know food. Their food was very non plus and expensive for what we got. Way too much salt. Excellent service though. It's unfortunate it's a tourist trap. If you'd like awesome food, Fat Tuna...More

Thank mary2love
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visiting Williamsburg on Christmas eve and decided to have lunch at Chownings. It was chilly, windy and bone chilling but we were able to get a table at Chownings. It was upstairs and our waiter, Mark, was the best. He made the total meal worth...More

Thank mrbillVirginia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed every thing here from the punch to the pasty, the soup and sandwiches all was very good!

Thank Glenn P
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Response from Randy G | Reviewed this property |
Hi, you don't need one for this tavern.
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Response from Jaren M | Reviewed this property |
Hi call them at 1-757 339 2141
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Response from Suzkd | Reviewed this property |
They do not take reservations for lunch, dinner, or gambols in the evening.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 22
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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
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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