A Taste of the 18th Century
Visit one of Colonial Williamsburg’s historic dining taverns for a taste of early American times.
In the 18th century, these public houses were gathering places for residents and travelers. Climb the steps of one of these dining taverns and taste meals similar to popular dishes enjoyed by patriots like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry. Dine in a tavern and experience how some of America’s most illustrious figures ate and socialized.
This family-friendly tavern offers lunch and dinner. Weather permitting, enjoy garden seating and tasty sandwiches and salads. Strong beer and porter are featured on the late-night Gambols menu. Raise your glass for a toast or your voice during sing-alongs.
Christiana Campbell’s Tavern
Our first commander in chief loved the seafood at Christiana Campbell’s Tavern, and you will, too. Drop by and try delicious dishes based on Mrs. Campbell’s original “receipts.”
King’s Arms Tavern
Dine like a king, or at least pretend to. This genteel establishment offers present-day diners meals from 18th-century recipes—with adaptations for 21st-century tastes.
Taste southern comfort food in the charm of Shields Tavern. This reconstructed tavern has a history all its own. After dinner, take a Tavern Ghost Walk and learn about the ghosts that haunt Williamsburg today.