Green Leafe Cafe
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Taps: 32 / Bottles: 180
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 37 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jwjon1:
3.85/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $
My old college stomping ground, revisited recently. Loved this place back in the day, and my appreciation for what they do hasn't changed: excellent tap selection of local treats, national delights, and international brews. Our server was kind enough to obligue our individual requests for sampler trays, at minimal cost. How's that for service! While the ever rotating tap list of quality brews is impressive, the food is less so. Eat elsewhere around town (Paul's next door serves great sandwiches, as does the Cheese Shop in Historic W'burg), but drink here. And pee at Paul's too... the bathroom in the Leafe smells like it hasn't been cleaned in over a decade. Not at all appealing.
12-30-2008 17:20:01 | More by jwjon1
More User Reviews:
3.84/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75 | $$
The Green Leafe personifies the college bar. Dark wood tones, wall that should have been painted years ago, and an aroma of grease and industrial cleanser. This unassuming dive will impress you with its beer menu, decent prices for grub (don't get too adventurous...it's a college bar after all), and busy environment when patrons fill the booths (and I mean pack them!) on a weekday or weekend night. Whether it's grabbing a simple bite an enjoying a new beer, or playing trivia, the Green Leafe balances consistency with new experience, and it keeps folks coming back.
07-03-2014 02:02:51 | More by jprivott
3.61/5 rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 2.75 | $$
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 +4.9%
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 -3.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went here after a trip to Willamsburg Alewerks.
The wife and I showed up mid day on a Saturday and it was completely dead. The place is kind of shabby but hey it's a pub. Very pubby feel to it.
There are tap handles mounted around the walls kind of like crown molding, it was really neat to look around at all of the taps. Tables are old and severely dinged up, smells kind of funny in there, kind of like bleach+poo.
Service was great, our waitress knew what they had on tap and all that - very attentive.
Selection was good, the menu is separated by region which was neat. I got a local brew - O'connor irish stout
Food was good - i got the french dip and it was AWESOME. :) Fries are the shizzle there. The wife got a flatbread pizza and it was lame.
Overall this was a cool place, I plan on coming back
12-05-2011 19:08:42 | More by engagechad
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
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 -21.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Arrived in Williamsburg last night. family was looking for dinner and i was looking to make sure we could find a place that served a good selection of beer. The selection was a little better than average with nothing truly unique. It did provide an opportunity to try several local selections. The service was good but i also noticed staff more concerned with talking to their friends than making sure customers had a full pint. The noise level was almost unbearable and it was hard to hear the person at your own table. The menu has a little something for everyone.There is a large selection of burgers some being unique. We went with Nachos and burgers. The burgers were very good.
10-09-2011 12:41:12 | More by nixonshaffer
3.78/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Just returned from a meal at this W & M hangout. Yes, the parking is tough as you drive along the narrow alley next to the building into the rear parking loot which had a huge lake of mysterious water in the middle of it.
At first glance, I like the decor. It looks a bit like a British pub with plenty of stained glass, snug walls and seating along the side of the walls. Why can't American pubs look more like these? Why do we have to have so many beer signs and bad posters of previous mass market beer campaigns? Anyway, they had nice black and white beer posters from Green Leafe events.
The beer list was above average; although seeing the listing of Shocktop from Williamsburg is a bit disingenuous. There was nothing exceptional on the draft list. I had a brown ale on cask from the local Alewerks that was fine, almost like a mild. My wife had an IPA from another local brewery that was anything but pale. Much of the rest of the draft list was not anything to get excited about: Stella, Guinness, Magic Hat, etc. But no Dogfish on draft in Williamsburg, VA?? (NB: they do have Bombardier ESB from Britain, a personal fave!)
The bottle list is better: Green Flash, Victory, Stone, Dogfish, but not much from the midwest, other than Bells.
The food was fine but basic. I had a nice shrimp po boy and my son had a flash fried club sandwich. Basic bar food.
While we were enjoying the end of our meal, however, they ruined the atmosphere by a professional DJ who started playing hip-hop. Recently, I just went to a beer festival in KC where they had a similar idiotic idea. Beer folks don't like hip-hop. We like classic rock or alternative, or alt-country, etc. But hip-hop simply grates on the nerves of someone trying to enjoy the hop aroma of a beer and discussing the finer details of the brews. So, stop it.
07-08-2011 03:07:29 | More by etenbus
Green Leafe Cafe in Williamsburg, VA
88 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.