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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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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Photo of sholland119
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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 SaCkErZ9
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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 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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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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Photo of clayrock81
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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 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 avisong
3.44/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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 oldn00b
2.18/5  rDev -44.2%
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 Hojaminbag
2.08/5  rDev -46.8%
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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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

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 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 TinusTime
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here after a day of shopping around Williamsburg. Old building right across from the W&M campus. The inside is all wood. With some stained glass in some of the windows. Gives it a very nice pubby feel without being fake. The whole building is non smoking or so I heard a server tell a customer. It was odd that for the good portion of our visit here we were the only people there on a Sunday afternoon ( I guess with no football to watch people did other things. Service was OK, a few times it looked like he was more concerned in reading the paper than seeing if we needed anything. Also it did take a bit longer than I thought it would have to get our food seeing as we were the only ones in there. These are minor however and since we were in no real hurry they didnt matter. The beers-- I believe it was about 20-30 taps with no BMC. A few locals from Old Dominion, Legend and St. George. The rest were a decent selection of craft and imports. Their website seemed pretty current as to the selections so one might want to check that before going as they did have several seasonals on tap. There is also a good selection of bottles if nothing on tap strikes your fancy.

Food was decent pub grub. My better half enjoyed the oyster po-boy and my burger was quite well done. One note during lunch hours its only salads, burgers, sandwiches. Entrees do not begin til 5 I believe.

Overall, I would definately go back to the Green Leaf especially if I had more time. I could easily see spending some time here with friends while enjoying a few pints.

Upon a next visit the service and food both were a bit better.. I will wait for a 3rd visit to totally rereview. But this place is growing on me greatly.. I woud love to own it

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Photo of jwjon1
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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 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 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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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

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