Green Leafe Cafe

very good

38 Reviews

Type: Bar, Eatery

765 Scotland St
Williamsburg, Virginia, 23185-3545
United States

(757) 220-3405 | map

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Photo of oldn00b
2.18/5  rDev -43.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5

This place is sadly a shell of its former self. The last time I went here was the worst "dining" experience I'd had in a long time. The chicken tenders and fries were worse than microwave food. The service took hours - they were not packed. There were open tables, no folks standing around flooding the area (I remember those days and service was much better then on a jammed night than it was this time on a quiet night). We waited on drinks that never came, food that came after a manager (who took our order) disappeared to the kitchen for 40 minutes to make the food for other tables then ours.

The biggest let down - the beer. This place used to be THE place in town to go for craft brew. It was here I fell in love with things that are now standards for me - Arrogant Bastard, Legend Brown, Delerium Tremons, Aiyinger Celbrator etc. Now, they carry zero bottle and have only taps. Some are admittedly decently rotated out but that's a few not the norm here. It's sad to see how far this place has fallen but there are plenty of other great places in walking distance to get better food with a vastly superior beer selection.

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Photo of jprivott
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
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'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.

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Photo of Bulljump
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of JandJMD
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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Photo of engagechad
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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

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Photo of Jayli
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of nixonshaffer
3.05/5  rDev -21%
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.

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Photo of etenbus
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been here a few times now, but my most recent visit sparked my desire to voice my opinion. First of all, the parking is terrible. A narrow lane behind the building into a dirt lot with barely enough room to park, let alone get out is your only option.

The bar itself is very nice, the crowd is usually very good, and the place is always clean. The staff however, on my last visit, were more interested in talking with their friends than they were with serving anyone. It was like pulling teeth to get a beer, and it wasn't even crowded. There were even 3 people serving beer. The 2nd round? We had to get another server to get it, and the bartender didn't even notice. Being as honorable as I am, I told him we got another round and practically forced him to get my tab.

As far as selection goes, there are plenty of reasons to visit. Good variety of local brews, Belgian and English imports, and American crafts, like Bell's, are readily available. They even usually have a cask selection.

Food and price points are tasty and entirely reasonable. Nice place, but they really need to work on their staff, or at least tell them that they'll probably make more money if they pay attention to their customers.

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Photo of welldigger888
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

This joint was next door to our hotel (The Williamsburg Ho House). The place was nice and relaxed with enough space to enjoy ones self.

The quality of the beer was real nice, with a cask of williamsburg alewerks coffee porter on the pullman.

The service was slow but friendly & with a smile too. Seemed fairly knowlegable as well.

The tap list on my visit was good, legend- miabock,brown & IPA McConneleys dry irish stout & red And of course the cask of coffee porter by Williamsburg alewerks was the star of the show. Fuller's ESB & a nice helles as well as other stuff.

Did not personaly eat at this lcation but folks in our group were not disappointed with the grub.

$6 + a pint was a little steep, but that said the have lots of deals. Tues til 9pm east coast beers 1/2 off so that was nice.

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Photo of dafizzif
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

As a student at the College, I frequent the Green Leafe. First of all, the food is rather mediocre and the food next door at Paul's is much better. However, the Leafe blows Paul's and the College Delly (located across the street) out of the water when it comes to beer selection. They have 30+ different beers on tap, most of which are very solid to excellent craft selections, with only a few macro swill selections. They also have an enormous list of bottles from which one may choose. Great deals throughout the week, such as $3 micros on Mondays and discounted VA beers on Thursday I believe. Good, rustic pub atmosphere that is great for having a few pints with friends or even professors. Better pricing than most places and a good selection of other alcohol. Music can be annoying and too loud to talk over some nights. Check it out if you are in the area.

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Photo of sholland119
3.63/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Dropped in for dinner after a day at Busch Gardens, 8/11/10.

Nice looking place. We headed in the side door. Long bar on the left, with a bunch of tables on the right. Brightly lit, but otherwise a great local vibe. Truthfully, we were excited to find a place that was not a tourist trap or chain restaurant. Thanks, Beerfly!

Good quality selections with a strong local contingent. I have to admit it cracked me up to see Bud and Shock Top listed in the "Virginia beer" section. I mean, it's true, I'm sure, but still silly.

Beyond the Va. macro, some Legend and St. George on tap. Sadly, the ones on tap were not that great. Whether this is generally true of those breweries I do not know.

Beyond that there were some nice broadly distributed crafts such as Two Hearted (freshest keg of Two Hearted I have ever had, so kudos!) and Unearthly.

Food was quite good as well. We stuck to the pub food but everyone was happy with the burgers and chicken sandwiches.

Service was pleasant but incompetent. Long waits for service, no place settings until we asked, food not cleared even though we were done for 15 minutes before we left. But all service was provided (or not provided) with a smile and good cheer.

All in all, I'd still go back, so check it out.


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Photo of afordney
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Loved the hardwood tables, wood paneling and all the taphandles around the top of the space. Seems like a great place for dinner or just to get some beers for whatever reason.

I was looking for local and it was fresh and served well.

The first beer I asked for was out and the server had a good replacement suggestion. When I asked for something local she immediately had a suggestion to match my first choice.

Good selection on tap as well as good bottle selections as well.

Had a chicken cordon bleu sandwich that was delicious, the Wife enjoyed her plate as well.

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Photo of breweryaprntc13
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of nriech
4.4/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Decent pub style place. Long bar, about 25 taps. Good selection, special stuff from Williamsburg Brewery. Food was decent, as said the fries are excellent. Calamari are good too. Our server was great, even giving reccomendations on the tour at Williamsburg Brewery. The seating is a little wonky, large large tables, small small tables. Dont go here for a fancy dinner, its all about the beer. The fish of the fish and chips were, meh.

I would be here every week if I lived nearby

An absolute must visit.

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Photo of thor638
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A- Very English pub type feel excluding the HDTVs. Wonderfully worn in tables and chairs, mixed group of college age and older crowd.

Q- Just above-average quality.

S- Server knew her beer and made amble suggestions. Very quick service and attentative.

S - Coming from NY, I am used to large selections. This was a VERY amble selection with an extensive bottle list and over 30 taps. Many "usual suspects" but mostly enjoyed the selection of Virginian breweries, I mean that's what I came here for.

F - EXCELLENT food as well. Crab Cakes were great, and had Tuna Bites as an appetizer. The French Fries were some of the best I have ever had.

Would reccomend a visit if you are traveling this way. Definitly consider as a dinner destination. The only downfall of the place is the parking, AWFUL ATROCIOUS parking. If you have one beer and are driving good luck getting out of the lot.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Went here on a Wednesday night around 6pm. Place was a bit crowded but nothing too obtrusive. Service was okay. It seemed like once I was approached by one server, the other servers left me alone and depended on the one who served me: I think everyone should be responsible. With that said, service was decent but not extra ordinary.

Really nice atmoshpere. Parking was tough to find but once found, behind the bar, it was a breeze. Lots of bar seats and plenty more bench style seating for larger parties.

On Wed night, all micro bottles were 3 bones which was a good deal. I got Stone Levitation and Racer V for 3 bones each. I also had a Legend IPA on cask which was pretty good. Really good overall selection.

I would certianly come back. Close to the hotel and nice beer and food.

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Photo of Jimbo87
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I love the atmosphere here. I like the wooden theme, it reminds me of a cabin.

They've got lots of very high quality beers.

On average, servers are good.

Beer selection is good. A lot of VA craft compared to other places, but also a good selection of other US craft and some great imports too.

The burgers are tasty. The french fries aren't my favorite, but I usually get a salad with my burgers anyway, and the salads are good. I can't really comment on the rest of the menu, because I only get burgers and beer when I'm here.

On Monday nights the value is AWESOME: Half-priced burgers and $2.50 for most craft and import 12 oz bottles. There are a few exceptions that they won't give you for $2.50, e.g. DFH 120 minute, but that's not surprising. I just had a Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock there for $2.50, and a burger w/ side salad for like $4.25.

On days other than Monday, the value is probably average for bar/restaurants like this. Sunday is also Mug Night, where VA beer on tap is pretty cheap, but I don't think any of the food is half-priced or anything.

MUCH better than the New Town location, in every department.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Nice, rustic surrounding which considering how it is in the colonial williamsburg area/close to W+M is not surprising. Went in the afternoon on a Sat. and the place was almost deserted...hmmm. However, the bartend was very cool and he, myself and the manager were shootin' the bull about beer and sports most of the day (they were on the clock after all). There aren't any diamonds in the rough and I'm always a little jaded w/ overall beer counts b/c I've been to the Bier Garden (300+) in Portsmouth and the Brickskeller (500+, or so they say) in DC. Nonetheless, a good quantity of micros and imports, although nothing that is hard to find. Beer prices were a little steep but again consider the area. My main gripe, only gripe really, is the food. The plain pizza I had tasted great, but it was also the size of my hand. The wings my wife and I got were very small and fit in a salad bowl. Not bad tasting, but $9 for about 10 wingdings? No thank you. If I come back, and I probably will, I'll definitely enjoy some more brews and hope they get some seasonals in there (they were very light on that). Don't think I'll be eating there again.

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Photo of jwjon1
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Green Leaf is in a good location between the university and the colonial part of town.

It occupies a narrow older building (imagine that, an older building in Williamsburg....). The dining area is in front with the bar in back to your right. It has kind of a rustic decorating style that fits in well with its environs. They make good use of wood, iron, old glass light fixtures, etc. I Love the tap handles on display above the bar.

The actual bar seats about 15 with more small tables behind you as your seated at the bar. They offer 32 taps and 2/3rds are good. Large bottle selection and reasonable prices add to the attraction. Note the bottle menu has a macro selection with the tag line shame on you attached.
Unasked for free samples, got to like that!! The beers/tap lines were in very good condition. Good prices with no tap beer over $4.50 per pint and lots under $4.00!

Food was tasty and there are good sandwich and entre selections. Noticed a few choices for our vegetarian friends.

The service was friendly but not hovering. Lots of political discussions going on at the bar, which seems appropriate given the coming election and the proximity to the University.

Well worth a stop if you find your self visiting this fascinating town.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.08/5  rDev -46.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1

I had high hopes for the Green Leafe, and was looking forward to visiting it on my trip to Williamsburg. Sadly, it was TERRIBLE.

At first, the waitress wasn't very good, which can be forgiven. However when the food came things went way downhill. We ordered salads and received a collection of brown and wilting greens and toppings. We sent the salads back, but the kitchen said there was nothing wrong with them, and that they would give us another terrible salad, but not refund us.

I asked to talk to the manager, but he was unprofessional and very rude. I informed him I would never return, and neither would anyone from my party. He didn't give a shit.

The beer selection was ok, good for local area beers. With an awful experience like this, I wouldn't worry about the beer.


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Photo of Boppar
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

I would love this palce if it weren't for the large crowds of raucous, drunken college students that frequent it on weekends. Perhaps a Saturday night was not the best time to go there, but that's nonetheless when I was there.

A truly impressive selection of (reasonably priced) beers on the menu. Waitstaff are courteous and efficient although obviously overwhelmed by the W&M crowd there.

The building itself is a very long, nice room. I would definitely liketo come back at a time that would do it justice. It is, after all, fairly hard to enjoy a nice brew when there are loud, drunken college students doing whatever it is kids do these days,

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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This cozy little place reminded me a lot of being inside a colonial meeting hall/pub, but the vibe was altered a bit by retirees and W & M grad students. Not to say that's a good or bad thing, just an observation on the split age range and diverse crowd.

For a Sunday night it was sort of busy, this day of the week being reserved for 32 oz. "Mug Night." I ordered a St. George's Cask Conditioned IPA, but it came in a plastic mug, which will likely be used for soda from here on out... Nevertheless, the selection was definitely on point, with a handful of Belgians on tap, as well as some solid locals, like Legend and St. George's, and some old standbys on draught. Plenty of bottles, too, all of which seemed to be reasonably priced.

The service was decent, but nothing to write home about (that's what this review is for). Had a personal pizza which was nice and light, but ran me about 7 and a half bucks. I can imagine on other nights the place is packed to the rafters with the college crowd, but it'd still be worth cutting through the melee to grab a good pint. Definitely worth stopping in if you happen to end up in Williamsburg.

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Photo of Braudog
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Among the two best beer bars I’ve found in the Hampton Roads-Norfolk-Williamsburg area. Kind of a noisy, crowded college bar atmosphere, but they have good pub fare and a nice little selection of beer. UPDATE: After living here, this is by far the best beer bar in the area. If I lived closer, I’d be here once a week or more. The food rocks, the beer list is quality and updated regularly, all top notch. Only the service (which is high turnover, no doubt) can sometimes be touchy, but usually very good. PS, yes park on the street if you can.

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