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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” (356 reviews)
“welsh rarebit” (75 reviews)
“brunswick stew” (103 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 1 week ago

I was visiting Williamsburg with 2 other ladies, (Last year in September 2016) and they wanted to treat me to an authentic williamsburg restaurant. I Love the old look to it, the wait staff was all dressed up, plus with old time charm. One of...More

Thank phillyburb
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am not as charmed by the taverns within Colonial Williamsburg as I am by their other amenities, but it is difficult to spend as much time as one might like perusing the grounds without getting hungry. It is even more difficult to find a...More

Thank Sam H
Reviewed 1 week ago

I remembered eating at Chownings in 1958, my last visit to Williamsburg, so this was a must-do for us. We came for lunch on a Thursday, and even though the town wasn't crammed with people, we had to wait quite a while. Fortunately, there's much...More

Thank Emily M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The place is a fun place to eat. You get to eat in a real old tavern with wait staff in period dress. The menu has interesting items to try. The beers and ales are local and are worth a try.

Thank Jaren M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The place is fun and suggest you enjoy the table games and let yourself get absorbed in the atmosphere. Karen is a great waitress and the food, while not terrific it's very good. The staff at the front door could be a little more friendly...More

Thank jim L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ate at Chowning’s for lunch when in Williamsburg. The food and service was excellent! I had the Welsh Rarebit and my wife had the shepherds pie. Both were very good. We will always eat at the various restaurants at Historic Williamsburg. Bruce B

Thank Bruce B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Saying they have entrees is misleading. You'll end up with a sandwich. Food is average at best. The bottled Ginger Ale was the best part. Flies in the dining room is never a good thing. Won't go back.

Thank Frank G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here two nights in a row! Wonderful home made chips & dips, amazing corn chowder & Welsh rarebit! The service was also impeccable. Don’t forget to try the hot buttered rum to warm up! Yum! We will definitely return again this week!

Thank HiltonHeadIslandNavy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped at this tavern for a drink and ended up having diner.The waiter was fantastic both as a colonial waiter and as a fellow human being. He gave us many good ideas on what to do while we were in Williamsburg and what to...More

Thank NYCborn1944
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed the atmosphere and the servers at this tavern. It certainly was a fun experience with interesting food. Picky eaters may have a hard time but if you are adventurous then this can be fun. Be sure to check the menu outside of...More

Thank U9671UVryanm
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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.
6 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
USD 22
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
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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