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Shield's Tavern-Colonial Williamsburg

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422 E Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-4250
+1 757-229-2141
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had lunch here today with a friend while visiting Colonial Williamsburg. I ordered Shields Tarragon Chicken Salad that was served on a brioche roll and fries. The chicken salad was very good, perfectly seasoned with just the right amount of fresh tarragon. My friend ordered the Salmagundi salad, and also enjoyed her meal. Our waiter was very attentive and... More 

Thank Pat E
Greenville PA
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A great place for a dinner or a lunch. This was our first time and we had a great lunch. We were able to walk-in - don't know if they take reservations. Food was excellent and there was Colonial-period entertainment during the meal - just a couple of minutes so we could still talk with the others in our party.... More 

Thank JRH731
Hampton, Virginia
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219 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The establishment is set in a historic environment in Colonial Williamsburg. Everyone is dressed in the appropriate attire for that era. The wait was too long and the food was OK but the pure experience is worth it. The staff was friendly, accommodating and prompt too.

Thank MasCabron23
Oriental, North Carolina
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145 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Uncomfortable chairs - need to change. Bland food, but large portions. Wait staff very friendly not in " character " as in other Inns. All in all I'd pass this one.

Thank Frank R
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a wonderful dinner at Shields Tavern. The Ale-potted-Beef, WOW!!!!! My husband would go back just for that. Everything was delicious......

Thank lindacR9606BI
Westchester County, New York
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190 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A meal at Shield's Tavern is a nice trip back in time. The wait staff is friendly and accommodating, the dining area (mostly in the basement) is comfortable and has a pleasant atmosphere. Shields requires a reservation, which may be made online, by phone or at the Visitor's Center. We were two couples and two children and greatly enjoyed it.... More 

Thank MawaNewYork
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was surprised that the menu items at Shield's Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg were reasonably priced. I'd say they were comparable to restaurants outside the historic area. A menu was posted outside to help with decision making. Our server was dressed in period costume, as were the greeters at the door and hostess. All were friendly and helpful. I chose... More 

Thank Shawna C
Port Orange, Florida
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170 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had lunch which was overpriced, but not so overpriced as eating dinner in the restored area. Both the food and the service were good. I was a little disappointed that the service staff didn't give any educational information as we had in other restaurants. The chairs were extremely uncomfortable. The seats were too low to the floor and the... More 

Thank FSUWizard
Wilmington, DE
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69 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There were 14 of us celebrating a birthday and an engagement that happened in front of the King's Arms that day, Everyone's meal was delicious and the staff celebrated with us. A little pricey but WELL worth it.

Thank MooreaLover
San Francisco, California
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107 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So not as cheesy as I thought it would be, they did not try and make you participate in the history making but was traditional in a good way. The service was excellent as was the food. Delicious.

Thank NerdyTravelGirl

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 422 E Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-4250
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Williamsburg
  • Phone Number: +1 757-229-2141

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?