DoG Street Pub


19 Reviews
DoG Street PubDoG Street Pub

Type: Bar, Eatery

401 W Duke Of Gloucester St
Williamsburg, Virginia, 23185-3602
United States

(757) 293-6478 | map

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Added by bushycook on 06-18-2012

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Photo of hophugger
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Outstanding place in the middle of Colonial Williamsburg, VA. Atmosphere is very nice, eclectic menu and food. An amazing selection of beers on tap and in bottle, lots of goodies that you don't see anywhere else. Staff is very knowledgable and prices are reasonable

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Photo of Craft_Imperial
3.2/5  rDev -22.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25

Same selection as when I went half a year ago. I like to try new beers and walked out without a purchase. Nice atmosphere, hopefully not the same awful owner as their bottle shop.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.25

I come here often. It's in the most tourist-centric part of town so if you're coming to eat or looking for a place to sit I'd suggest reservations.

The beer list is great. On tap is a relatively small list but some great offerings that move fast. They get some great offerings and they'll fill a growler of just about everything except for something like KBS (which they charge $10 per 5 oz pour so not sure anyone would pay that anyway). They have a good combination of local (Alewerks, Hardywood) semi local (Blue Mountain) American Craft (Stone, Founders) and imports (BFM). Alewerks brews an ESB exclusively for them, which I think is pretty cool. Bottle list is far more expansive.

Food is okay. I feel like it's overpriced but decent. It's one of the better options in the area for sure.

Service is fine. Depends on who you get like anywhere but last time I was there I had a bartender looking through me while I was trying to pay while others walked past. Four people at the bar so not sure what the deal was.

It's great if you're a tourist looking for a beer list in the Colonial area, but there are less expensive options that get the same things around otherwise.

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Photo of arizcards
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2.5

Stopped in yesterday for a bite to eat and a pint.

Vibe was OK, this sits in a major tourist area so you have mostly middle aged and younger seniors that compose the customer base. And yes I am one of those middle aged people LOL!

Quality of the beers offered were good. The brews on tap were 3.75 IMO and the bottle list was 4.25. Da Boss had a Scottish ale and I had the Founders Oatmeal Stout on Nitro.

Da Boss and I sat at the second bar. The main bartender was a bit snooty and took awhile to warm up. Once I chatted him up he warmed up a bit and clued me into some regional breweries to visit.

Selection was pretty solid, the bottle list was very good.

We split the Fish and Chips. The fish was flavorless and greasy and the fries were undercooked.

Overall not a bad experience but definitely overrated.

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Photo of jprivott
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Located in the tourist-heavy Merchant's Square, DoG St Pub is part of a larger syndicate of restaurants in the area (all of which serve good food, to be honest). There is indoor/outdoor seating, and true to its name, your pooch can tag along for an outside meal. The place revs up pretty early, and stays that way thanks to a tourist/townie combo. The foods are rich, the beers are varied. There are always local brews that are constantly rotating (they're heavy on the Legend (Richmond)and Alewerks (Williamsburg), as well as their own house brand of course), and they make good picks on their imports as well.

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Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great selection of beers - love the various sizes of pours, flights and growlers. We had two meals, the pasty is fantastic, trust me - really good food. Back to the beer - lots of local beers, national and international. On two separate occasions on a recent vacation to the area I ordered 4 half pint pours of beers I'd never had. Love the half pints. The spicy peanut mix is addictive as hell. If you're in the area, this place is a must.

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Photo of Hanzo
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

I'll put this simply. If you are ever in the colonial Williamsburg area you must stop at DoG Street Pub. No questions, just do it.

The food, while a bit pricey, was delicious. Service was passable though there were times we weren't checked in on for over ten minutes. The beer selection was great, but the best part for me was their serving size options. Full imperial pints, half pints and my favorite, 5oz tasters. I love being able to try several beers without drinking gallons of beer.

You really can't beat the area it is in, parking can sometimes be a hassle but really, if you have to park far away it is neat to walk through the area and look at all the shops and various sights they have around. Sure it is touristy, but I dig it.

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Photo of Badger6
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

I was in Williamsburg to participate in a roundtable at William & Mary with 4 colleagues. After we decided to get a bite to eat and a couple of beers. Did a quick search and this place came up. I will go back, hands down one of the best gastropubs I've ever visited anywhere. What a gem they've got there.

The food was exactly what you'd want to pair with beer, a wide selection of appetizers, a la carte, great salads, mains, and sandwiches. Had the lamb burger, and was not disappointed. Also had two different beers, both were fresh and served in the appropriate glass. The service was fantastic, and the server was knowledgeable on all of the food and the beers...with 6 people at our table with varying tastes he was answering a lot of questions, and when the fare arrived, it was clear he nailed everything perfectly.

If you want to get some great food, visit this place. If you'd like to try some new and hard to find beers in the Tidewater...this is it.

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Photo of JA_Douglas
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great gastropub atmosphere. Food is decent--certainly better than any other bar in town. Liquor and especially craft beer selection is great. New microbrews on tap every week. Only classy bar in town, or at least the only one within a reasonable walking distance of the College and Colonial Williamsburg.

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Photo of JandJMD
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This is a good place to get a beer in the historic Williamsburg area. A little more formal (but in no way dressy) than some of the other spots around town. Just fitting for the setting in town.

Good draft selection with a pretty extensive bottle list.

Service was good. Bartender was nice but not chatty. Food was solid but not anything great. Decent prices.

One good thing for BA's, they pour tastes, half pints, and full pints. So, you can try plenty without getting too bombed before checking out the 18the century stuff.

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Photo of nortmand
4.66/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

DoG Street Pub is sort of the 'high end' beer bar in Williamsburg. The selection of draft beers isn't as big as some other places, but it's a very carefully thought out list. There are some really cool beers that you rarely see on tap in this area. They have a huge list of bottles.
The food is great, and has a lot of English influence, with a good selection of pub standards, such as burgers. I've had a number of things here, and it's all been great. The menu also changes seasonally, so it's interesting to see what they have to offer. The appetizers stay pretty exciting, as you can get things that are typical of English food, but are rarely seen here, such as Scotch eggs and Welsh rarebit. The Cornish pasty, and any of their curry dishes are excellent.
It's a fun atmosphere, with a large common table in the middle and regular seating elsewhere. Sitting at the common table allows you to intereact with other patrons. I've met tourists and locals this way. The only drawback is that this place get really busy during the tourist season and that it's very loud in the main restaurant area. It's a large, high ceilinged area, and it echoes a lot.
The theme here is to provide a high quality pub experience. This place respects beer, and is a fun visit. If it's packed, you can walk to the nearby Green Leafe, which is still great, but not as fancy.

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Photo of ZenPanda69
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The atmosphere was interesting. I enjoyed the bartenders willingness to converse about the many beers and were very helpful in choosing the correct flavors for my taste. The food was outstanding. They have a great menu with many interesting choices. I enjoyed the Bangers and mash (twice). The fried green tomatoes and the hummus appetizers were fabulous as well.

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Photo of zee3are0
3.39/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

A - Way too loud, even downstairs.

Q - The beer quality of selection wasn't all that impressive given that they've probably got the best selection in Colonial Williamsburg. Still good, just not what I would have hoped.

S - Our wait staff was slow, and one of my beer orders came out wrong.

S - The beer selection was diverse; they had everything from obscurist American IPAs to decent German, British and Belgian ales and lagers.

F - My father-in-law wasn't blown away by his meal, but everyone else at the table was. Outstanding food made it worth the wait. The second-best food, unto itself, in Colonial Williamsburg, and given that they have the best beer selection available, it's definitely my favorite place in that neighborhood.

V - Colonial Williamsburg. Ergo, pricey.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.49/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

This place is slightly hard for me to be objective for two reasons: a) I try to avoid touristy and/or popular spots that just happen to serve craft beer and b) my wife, in particular, had a horrible experience. Went there on a Saturday night at 9 and the place was booming with tourists and locals and yes, it's tourist based pricing. What happened to me is that the (as we were later told "brand new") server forgot my drink order so I waited about 20 minutes for one beer. Aggravating, somewhat, but compounded when the three empty tables next to us when seated but filled shortly after received their drinks first. The real kicker was that the server forgot to put in my wife's order and only realized then apologized and rushed said order after 55 minutes...for a burger. That was terrible for her and of course did not make me feel so good. The manager and server apologized for their mistake and wiped the whole (about $35-$40) bill so I can't say it was bad service but just made us frustrated. As for the beer, quantity wise they have a good bottle selection of imports and domestic but nothing outstanding and they do frequently rotate taps with some hard to find gems. So beerwise this place is a must, at least one time, but be forewarned they run out of stuff/rotate pretty quick (my first beer selection off bottle menu was out). So that was my experiece and review - if you're a local or on vacation I would check it out, maybe save for lunch when less crowded (I assume) after walking around the colonial properties.

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Photo of rtrasr
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Classic English Pub. I had cask ale. A White IPA brewed in Maryland. Loved it. I had steamed mussells. It was the type of place you would meet one of King's men at. It was primarily an adult crowd considering it is located in the center of touristy historical williamsburg that was somewhat surprising but welcome. i would recommend the english desert called spotted dick.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This was our second time going to Williamsburg so we were more than excited to see this place open up in Market Square. The beer list was awesome and they had a very diverse well thought out range of styles. I order 3 5oz tasters and one which included FW DDBA which sold out instantly in Nova so I was very happy to see it on tap and so easy to get!

The food was good although my girlfriends pot pie was a little cold in the center. The Fried Green Tomatoes were outstanding.

The prices were fair for the area. The beer was actually pretty well priced but the food a little expensive. Some of the beer seems to be priced a little high but you must notice that much of it is served in authentic 20oz Imperial Pints.

If you are in the area on vacation of not it is the best beer place in town.

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Photo of ebby82
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I went here for dinner with friends, and I was impressed. The food is pretty good, although nothing amazing, but the beer is why I will return.

The bottle list is three pages long, and includes some hard to get items. A decent mix of American, Belgian, and English beers. The tap list is only about 15 or so, but it is varied enough to be interesting. On tap, there were several local beers, as well as some very interesting Belgians.

I had a Flanders Red Ale, which was excellent, followed by a Belgian Saison, again very good, and finally a nitro tapped Scottish stout which was enjoyable. How can anyone complain about a place that has a sour and two different saisons on tap. I shall return for the beer, and incidentally, the good food and atmosphere.

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Photo of paddyfitz
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went to check this place out on vacation based on the reviews on both this site and trip advisor. They have about 12 taps with one reserved for the cask ale. The Firestone Walker Velvet Mirkin had just kicked, so my wife and I enjoyed a pint of Heavy Seas Loose Cannon on cask which was excellent. The entrees lean very English with traditional English fare. We split the calamari and crab dip which were both excellent and my son's cheeseburger was great as well. The fish and chips also looked great. The one complaint was that my son's hot dog came out cold and that service was slow - that was the one mark against it. Otherwise, the building and ambiance was great and I would highly recommend this as a place to hit up for a great beer in the heart of Williamsburg.

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Photo of bushycook
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This establishment in the heart of the Colonial Capitol, Williamsburg, VA, is a new venture for the proprietor, David Everett. His long standing place around the corner, Blue Talon Bistro, is one of the top restaurants in the city. The DoG(Duke of Gloucester) Street Pub is his reimagining of an upscale British gastropub that have become ubiquitous in the past decade across the pond. First things first, when you walk in, you will definitely say "Wow, this space is amazing!". The building was converted from a circa 1930's bank building, with a lot of the features reclaimed for use in the pub, such as old wrought iron bank teller grills. A 50' or so cathedral ceiling with a skylight at the cap gives a great impression. This was the first week in business, so the place was packed, but we had reservations so were seated promptly. So beerwise this place has a great selection, not as crazy as the Birch, but 20 or so rotating taps and a big bottle list. The food is awesome, classic pub fare modernized with some quirky entrees included such as chicken tikka to represent the U.K.'s obsession with Indian food. It was all awesome and the beer's were served in appropriate glassware. If you're in Williamsburg and want great pub grub and a killer selection of beer, hit it up, you won't be disappointed.

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DoG Street Pub in Williamsburg, VA
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