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The Historic Lancaster Tavern

) #1 of 2 Restaurants in Lancaster $$ - $$$ American,
8373 Mary Ball Rd, Lancaster, VA 22503-2519
+1 804-462-0080
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“crab cakes” (7 reviews)
“seafood” (6 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 14:30All hours
American, Bar
$$ - $$$
8373 Mary Ball Rd, Lancaster, VA 22503-2519
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Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

No four stars for this place -- absolute 5! Gourmet delivery of appetizers, main course and stiff drinks. Personal attention. Commitment to excellence by Brenda the proprietor. Enjoy.

Thank Lawrence S
Reviewed 21 March 2017

As a local, I eat here regularly as one of my preferred locals. The chefs have changed a number of times over the past few years but the menu and the preparation remains interesting and well prepared. Over the past six months the new sommelier,...More

Thank PamelaattheRiver
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Had a great time and a wonderful meal. Brandy did a great job with multiple trips to the kitchen to make sure my gluten-free spouse knew her options! My wife settled on tavern style crab soup and the scallops but had plenty of other choices...More

Thank Kenneth B
Reviewed 27 November 2016

This is definitely a place to try if you are in the area. We hadn't planned on eating here but glad we did! The dinning area was booked but we were able to go in the "bar area" were they have a few tables that...More

Thank Beverly M
Reviewed 8 November 2016

If you are in the Northern Neck of Virginia this restaurant is not to be missed. This rural lodge and tavern offers a dining experience in a cozy, quiet, romantic setting. The seafood was cooked to perfection and the steaks coming out of the kitchen...More

Thank Gordon H
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

What a beautiful place. We stopped for lunch and the house was like stepping back in colonial days. I had the shrimp n grits for my entree which was one of the best shrimp n grits dishes I have eaten. My wife had a salad...More

Thank Rusty M
Reviewed 29 September 2016

Sometimes this is a wonderful charming restaurant with great meals ranging from seafood to prime rib. However, about 10% of the time the meal just is not up to snuff, such as asking for medium rare and getting well done. Not sure what the issue...More

Thank gssilverman3
Reviewed 29 September 2016

one of my favorite places to eat. Seafood is breaded in house and lightly fried. Lunch spot for womans groups and professionals.

Thank 162garnettb
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Went for lunch, had not been in years. Bisque was delicious as recommend by our server. The pork quesadilla was so tasty!

Thank GiGiFoodSnobbie
Reviewed 9 September 2016

Great atmosphere for our 43rd anniversary celebration. My wife ordered the crab cakes that were delicious and I ordered the ribeye steak medium rare that was cooked medium and dry. I probably should have ordered the salmon special for the evening. We heard it is...More

Thank Keith M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$35
American, Bar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Television, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
09:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 14:30
11:00 - 14:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8373 Mary Ball Rd, Lancaster, VA 22503-2519
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Lancaster
  • Phone Number: +1 804-462-0080
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The Historic Lancaster Tavern has been serving great drinks and wonderful cuisine since 1790. Our cuisine is New Southern Cuisine focus on particularly the Plantation South culinary region begins just south of the Mason-Dixon Line in north central Maryland, where it's bounded on the east by the Chesapeake Bay Shore region and on the west by the Appalachian South region. It encompasses much of Virginia and the eastern Carolinas, then sweeps southwestward along America's coastal plain.
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