Green Leafe Cafe

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Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(757) 220-3405 | map

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of tgbljb
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

visited on my recent vacation to Williamsburg. This was one of the places I selected to visted based on BA reviews. My wife and I arrived there late on a Sunday evening and were quickly seated. The palce was filled with college students and I felt slighlty out of place (but I quickly got over that feeling). Our waiter arrived promptly with their beer menu and answered my questions in a competent manner. I made my beer selection and my wife and I placed our food order. The beer were served quickly. We ordered a pizza and that was delicious. My second beer was also served promptly. It brought memories of my college days (a long time ago).It was really an enjoyable experience.

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Photo of hophead311
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The Green Leafe has a motto: Good Food, Good Beer, Good People, Bad Parking. Located just across the College of William & Mary on Scotland St. the Leafe is one of Williamsburg's better establishments and my favorite place to eat, drink, and be merry. It is also just a few blocks from Colonial Williamsburg, so it is a good option for tourists. The usual crowd consists of William & Mary students and professors, locals many of whom work for Colonial Williamsburg, and tourist. I don't want to sound too biased, but it is great.

The atmosphere feels like a local pub/deli should. Dark hardwoods keep the light under control and add warmth. The tables are pieces of an old bowling alley and the bar is cozy. There are only two TVs in the back so there is little distraction when you want to be with friends.

The Leafe always has 30+ beers on tap and over 100 in the bottle. Of these only a few are macrobrews (Shame on You!). The beginning of the beer menu features a rotating selection of Virginia beers, which cost $5/pitcher on Tuesdays! They almost always have a beer on the hand pump which is usually St. George's cask-conditioned IPA. It certainly is a great place for cheers.

Their food is also worth noting. The head chef, Adonis, has refined the menu since his arrival and has a penchant for Cheesecake. The burgers and potato salad are always a good call . For the most part the food is hearty but isn't the same grease covered bar food you can find elsewhere.

I've been going to the Leafe for three years and would recommend it to anyone visiting the area. Because it is right across the street from the College, however, it does get crowded at night, so go in the early evening for the best visiting experience.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of nriech
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
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 karst
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Green Leafe Cafe offers everything but parking. Smoke free and packed with locals and W&M seniors and grads - Tuesday and all VA beers were $1.50 and $5 pitchers. They offer 30 drafts including 1 hand pull and lots of bottled microbrews. Even Robert the Bruce @ $3.85 " we stock it for a local guy Rob Bruce".

Sandwich & fries were $6.50 a pint of DFH-90miknute was $5.25 for a top of the rim pint fill. The St. George Cask conditioned IPA was well cared for and served at a 50-55°F cellar temp.

Best bet for parking is to walk from nearby shopping center or get a drop off.

Looking foward to returning to front window table #114 a great place!

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Photo of guinnessfan
4.3/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Researched places to eat/drink for our annual trip to Wmbg. Based on reviews, I decided that we'd stop here.

First impression, the parking here blows and I missed it on the first pass down the street. Coming from the other side requires about a 110º turn into the microscopic parking lot. Than God they were not busy at noon on Saturday.

The place is pretty cool on the inside, nothing fancy but that's fine. Sort of reminds me of what a pub should be like. Solid tables and chairs, etc.

Service was nothing special, but the food was good and the beer selection was astronomical. Like 30-plus beers on tap. Plus St. George's cask IPA, which was perfect IMO, and only $3.85/pint, served at cellar temp.

I definately would NOT want to be here on "kiddie college nights" It's way too cramped for that. But for a decent meal and a great beer selection on a non-kiddie night, I'll be back...

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Photo of afordney
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
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 GCBrewingCo
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Finally found and made it to the Green Leafe Cafe. It is off Richmond Road at Scotland and you need to turn just before the restaurant to park behind it.

Entering you find the place it smoke free! Yee Haw! Bustling and happening was the best way to describe it with people moving to and fro. We were seated immediately and our server was upon us in an instant.

It was a Tuesday and all VA beers were $1.50. Yep, $1.50. A few Legend Imperial IPA's, St. George Cask Conditioned IPA's and Dominion Oak Barrel Stouts later and all was well with the world. There were about 30 drafts including 1 hand pull and numerable selections in the bottle that really did not seem overpriced at all. The draft were varied and fairly good with only one Bud and one semi-macro around. 28 quality drafts.

The food was good and the place was ecclectic and entertaining. After two folks drank numerous brews and had dinner the final tab was $25.50. Glory be, I have found a new home.

I'll be back, perhaps even for a Tuesday pitcher which are only $5.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bradybeer
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Having had some free time in the Tidewater area while on business I decided to stop in and visit St.George Brewing in Hampton. While I was there I mentioned to Connor (who was pouring some samples)that I was heading up to Williamsburg-he suggested this establishment.

Thank you Connor!

Parking is a hassle here-one way in and one way out-a one lane drive way.

When I entered Green Leafe I was impressed with the wood and the comfy feeling-it looked like the kind of place the Students from William & Mary (across the street) could whittle away a few comfortable hours.

I sat at the bar-which was a perfect location for me to check out the taps.

On tap were about 30 beers including two hand pumps. Most of the beers were from VA: Legends, Mobjack, Old Dominion, Tupper’s Hop Pocket Ale, and several from St.George.

On tap as well were a few western taps-along with a couple of Belgian and UK taps.

They also have a nice broad selection of bottles-from Victory to North Coast. I also spied a few bombers of Stone, Victory and a scattering of Belgian beers.

I had a pint of Tupper’s Hop Pocket-nice beer-I had been wanting to try this brew for a while-and I was not disappointed.

I wish I could tried more-but only pints were offered-really a shame given the number of taps. I would have preferred to try several smaller pours.

I had the Meatloaf Sandwich with a side salad. The food was good-not outstanding but good-the menu was nice and broad in choices.

I would come back here in a heart beat.

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Photo of Jimbo87
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Braudog
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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 JandJMD
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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 queenboadicea
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is by far the best place to go for a BA if you're ever in the 'Burg. They recently re-vamped their menu so the food is back on par with what it used to be about 4 years ago, which is to say, pretty darn good. Believe it or not, even thought the place looks like your typical small pub, they have Sushi night ever Monday night! And it’s actually some of the better sushi I've had in this area. Other reviewers were correct in that the service can be slow and unknowledgeable...even though it's more crowded on the weekends, the servers are usually a little better then. Also, like a true pub, you'll get a lot better service if you go up and order from the bar in person.

Onto the beer....they have a very nice and eclectic selection of beers, with a good focus on local breweries. There are usually around 20 beers on tap, with another 70 or so available by the bottle. If something isn't poured or served correctly, they'll usually remedy it, oftentimes with the second drink/pitcher on the house, so don't be afraid to speak up if there's a problem. They rotate their selection around quite a bit, so there's almost always a chance to try something new. Good food, good beer....a fine place, overall.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 welldigger888
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Jayli
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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 NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This small restaurant/bar is quite cozy and nicely decorated with old wood, wrought iron, stained-glass windows, chandeliers, and a dark tiled-floor. It's an old building and it really oozes character with an "antique" feel to it (although some of the items are clearly new and don't quite fit in very well with everything else). The small bar is really interesting to look at, and the display of tap handles on the wall in front of it can be amusing as well. It's a bit of a college bar, and why wouldn't it be, since it's just an inch or so of being on the William and Mary campus! And the late-night college-bar crowd is quite jovial, but it also serves as a casual family restaurant during the quieter, early evening hours.

The service leaves a little bit to be desired, but you can't really expect too much from a continually revolving staff of college kids. The food, however, is pretty good and fairly priced. It's not much more than standard fare, but it is a step up from being just "bar food". A cup of Gumbo is $3; the house salad is $4; the nacho appetizer is $7; a variety of pizzas run $7.25-7.50; burgers are $6 to $7.25; the Aussie chicken sandwich is $6.75 and dinner entrees run from $9 for the blackened chicken alfredo up to the $16 for the Chesapeake Bay crabcakes.

The draft selection is quite good and includes 10 local beers (although one is Bud Light!), and there's usually a cask-conditioned beer on the handpump. And, overall, there are 30 draft beers available!!! The bottle selection is also quite good, although it tends to include alot of the more common imports (Bass, Samuel Smith's, Chimay, Aventinus). The domestic micros, however, offer a wide selection!

There are food and/or drink specials every night; and they feature live Jazz on Mondays! So if you enjoy a somewhat dingy (dirty?) bar atmosphere and a terrific selection of beers, this is your place. Bonus: there's parking in the rear if it's not already full!

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Green Leafe Cafe in Williamsburg, VA
Place rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 50 ratings