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Shield's Tavern-Colonial Williamsburg

422 E Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-4250
+1 757-220-7765
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good33%
  • Average17%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“shrimp stew” (18 reviews)
“pork” (40 reviews)
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422 E Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-4250
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Had a great dinner at the Shields tavern circa 1705 with fraternity brothers celebrating the 50th anniversary of our Sigma Chi chapter. We were in the large west room in the basement, tables for four or six, candlelit, huge fireplace, within a stone and brick...More

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed the atmosphere here. We had a strolling minstrel entertain us as he sang ballads of old. The waitress was very nice and attended to us well. I ordered the crayfish and shrimp stew which was creamy, rich and very tasty with good amounts of...More

Thank dadbeme
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Started with a mango apricot cocktail which was very nice. The menu is quite limited but the offerings are varied so there should be something for everyone. The meatloaf wrapped in bacon was a big hit with our party and the rockfish special was good...More

Thank buffylane
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wanted to treat our grandchildren to one meal at one of the Taverns right in Colonial Williamsburg. The kids enjoyed their chicken strips and fries but the adult meals were expensive and boring. Flavorless even though the presentation and description were enticing. We were...More

Thank phosford
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fabulous dining - A great dinner of simple - straight forward food. Great preparation - and service. We both individually selected the "Meatloaf" dinner - with sauteed vegetables and mashed cauliflower. The sauce with the meatloaf was so good I asked for and got a...More

Thank HarryKidd
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our lunch was surprisingly fresh, tasty and not too expensive. The Fish & Chips were flavorful without being greasy and the chips were very tasty. My salad was fresh with plenty of ham and chicken. As expected in Colonial Williamsburg the ambiance was charming as...More

Thank WonderingMomma
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family ate here for lunch on our visit to Colonial Williamsburg. The restaurant atmosphere was great but the food was not. The portions were small--we spent a lot of money and left feeling hungry. Our server though, I think her name was Devin, was...More

Thank tfleming75
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped for a late lunch about 13:30-13:45 and waited less than 15 minutes for a table, which was 10 less than estimated. "BBQ Pork Sandwich" was a winner for my son. After my meal, I was bit a jealous. "Southern Fried Fish and Chips"...More

Thank Anthony C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had dinner with my two kids, during our visit to Colonial times. Food was good, huge portions: I enjoyed the appetizer cup of shrimp stew, and could not finish half of my main course. Interesting adult beverages, but cocktails definitely skimpy on alcohol content. Wish...More

Thank L-Bolek
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a family birthday dinner. The candles were lit and everyone working was in Colonial period clothing. You can't just go and stay on the floor you eat on. You've got to check out the entire tavern....especially the beautiful and mysterious basement! If you...More

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15 October 2017|
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Response from Belinda N | Reviewed this property |
There are so many great restaurants in Williamsburg, but in the colonial area we love Christina Campbell's and Shields. Considering it's Thanksgiving, I would say, getting the reservation is a must, and some places don't... More
Richard F
19 January 2017|
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Response from 59Lighthouse | Reviewed this property |
you would have to contact CWB they could help you out with that
Christina H
17 May 2016|
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Response from 59Lighthouse | Reviewed this property |
In the restored area you don't see many animals unless service animals. Not sure if there is a real ban on them but the best thing to do would be to contact CWB information center and they could definitely tell you.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 422 E Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-4250
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Williamsburg
  • Phone Number: +1 757-220-7765
Drawing influences from every corner of the former British Empire, the cuisine at James Shield’s Tavern offers an authentic taste of the cosmopolitan nature of the Colonies in the 18th century. Enjoy sugar, molasses, and rum from the West Indies. Sip wines from Portugal, coffee from Africa, and tea from Asia. Savor unique spice blends from around the world, and sample colonial favorites such as black eye pea soup, butter chicken, and West African stew.
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