Green Leafe Cafe
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Taps: 32 / Bottles: 180
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 37 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by breweryaprntc13:
3.88/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
A: Overall great rustic taphouse feel, tucked away in an awkward location but it makes the most of it. Wooden tables and benches, sometimes live music, with a crowd of both college students, local regulars, and tourist all coming together.
Q: Parking is terrible, but the Green Leafe embraces that on their mugs "Good Food, Good Service, Bad Parking". Seating is seat yourself which can sometimes be a hassle. However it is generally clean and stays true to its theme.
S: Wait service is sometimes slow, however the bar tending staff is usually quite knowledgeable and can make great beer recommendations. They make you feel like a regular even if it is your first visit.
S: The beer selection is the best at any bar or restaurant in
Williamsburg, with weekly rotating tap selections with over 20 beers always on tap. Great specials on beer, such as half price off East Coast beer night or Mug Night. Roughly 50 or so beers available in bottle, possibly more.
F: The food is nothing to write home about, however it is better than many other bars I've been to. I have tried the crab dip and their burgers. The burger was average but the crab dip was surprisingly good, however if I want a really good meal this is not the place I would go to.
Overall fairly priced, but I would lean towards going here for drinks and not for food as the wait staff and food are below the quality of the bar staff and the beer selection.
05-17-2010 17:26:43 | More by breweryaprntc13
More User Reviews:
3.84/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75 | $$
The Green Leafe personifies the college bar. Dark wood tones, wall that should have been painted years ago, and an aroma of grease and industrial cleanser. This unassuming dive will impress you with its beer menu, decent prices for grub (don't get too adventurous...it's a college bar after all), and busy environment when patrons fill the booths (and I mean pack them!) on a weekday or weekend night. Whether it's grabbing a simple bite an enjoying a new beer, or playing trivia, the Green Leafe balances consistency with new experience, and it keeps folks coming back.
07-03-2014 02:02:51 | More by jprivott
3.61/5 rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 2.75 | $$
The Green Leafe is a solid low-key college bar. It has a good selection of beers, though stay away form the Brass Cannon beers (unless you want your beer to be sweet enough to pass as cream soda). They have an assortment of good IPAs, which is appreciated.
Food is good but not anything special. Stick with burgers and you'll be fine. Trivia nights are a lot of fun.
The staff is very laid back and polite, although I'm not sure how knowledgeable they are about beer. Most of the staff are college students or fresh out of college. They allow in all ages, though if you're under 21 and it's dark out the bouncer will draw a little X on your hands with a marker.
There selection changes day-to-day, but I've seen Gubna IPA, Matilda and Devil's Backbone there (I'd recommend any of those).
Service is relatively quick and accurate, but they've messed up before with large orders.
Atmosphere is usually good, but varies. Sometimes it's mostly college students (usually fairly low-key though - maybe some dancing alter at night but its not the place people usually go for parties). Other times it's invaded by townies and can fill up with an eclectic mix of older individuals. Good music.
The walls and floor are dark wood paneling, with beer taps along the top of the walls on display.
05-31-2014 20:07:04 | More by Bulljump
4.08/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Went by for lunch on a Saturday during vacation based on a recommendation here from BA.
Definitely a old run down college bar, but in a good way. Lots of character. Good vibe.
Draft list was very good with plenty of local beers, which was nice if you want to try what Virginia has to offer. But, also a good number of regional and national beers.
The food was better than expected based on the look of the place. Standard burgers and bar food, but very well done. The surprise was how reasonable everything was. $5 or $6 for pints, but then the burgers and sandwiches were too.
It was dead when we arrived, but more starting coming in. Service was great and the bartender was nice to talk with.
Very good if you are looking for something low-key with a good tap list in Williamsburg
12-14-2013 22:41:03 | More by JandJMD
3.75/5 rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went here after a trip to Willamsburg Alewerks.
The wife and I showed up mid day on a Saturday and it was completely dead. The place is kind of shabby but hey it's a pub. Very pubby feel to it.
There are tap handles mounted around the walls kind of like crown molding, it was really neat to look around at all of the taps. Tables are old and severely dinged up, smells kind of funny in there, kind of like bleach+poo.
Service was great, our waitress knew what they had on tap and all that - very attentive.
Selection was good, the menu is separated by region which was neat. I got a local brew - O'connor irish stout
Food was good - i got the french dip and it was AWESOME. :) Fries are the shizzle there. The wife got a flatbread pizza and it was lame.
Overall this was a cool place, I plan on coming back
12-05-2011 19:08:42 | More by engagechad
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Hit up Green Leafe on 10/13 on a day trip to Williamsburg. Yea, we were suppose to check out the sights and ended up here most of the afternoon. Oops!
Bar is true local bar feel. All wooden fixtures and decor. Dart boards were present. Looks like the front may serve more predominantly as the eating area, as the bar is set in to the back. Above the bar are tons and tons of tap handles ... pretty cool decor.
Being an out of towner, there was a great selection of brews that aren't available in New England - Blue Mountain, St. George, Tuppers, Bluegrass, Bell's, Greenflash, Rogue, and other local gems that I can't recall right now.
Bartender/Server was pleasant, came over and joked and laughed with us a bit.
Food was ok. Menu seems like it would be phenomenal, but it kind of fell short. Flat bread pizzas aren't a true flat bread, wings were decent, but based off what they had, I expected a bit better food.
I really dug the feel of the atmosphere of this place, and will most definitely hit this place up on my next visit down to VA.
10-16-2011 23:25:49 | More by Jayli
3.05/5 rDev -22.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Arrived in Williamsburg last night. family was looking for dinner and i was looking to make sure we could find a place that served a good selection of beer. The selection was a little better than average with nothing truly unique. It did provide an opportunity to try several local selections. The service was good but i also noticed staff more concerned with talking to their friends than making sure customers had a full pint. The noise level was almost unbearable and it was hard to hear the person at your own table. The menu has a little something for everyone.There is a large selection of burgers some being unique. We went with Nachos and burgers. The burgers were very good.
10-09-2011 12:41:12 | More by nixonshaffer
Green Leafe Cafe in Williamsburg, VA
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