Lunch at the Dale House Café comes with the best view of the James River for miles in either direction! Place your order at the new pickup window on the patio and enjoy the beautiful scenery as you eat. The fare includes BBQ and light sandwiches along with beverages, salads, and desserts. Vegetarian, gluten-free, and children’s options are available.

The café access is from the patio, on the river-side of the building. All seating is outdoors, and we ask that tables not be rearranged, in order to maintain physical distancing. Restrooms are available inside the building, through the patio door. Masks must be worn indoors.


Summer Hours: 11:00am–5:00pm (observed during daylight savings time)
Winter Hours: 11:00am–4:30pm (observed during standard time)


The Dale House Café is approximately a one-third of a mile walk from the Visitor Center and is located between the fort site and the Archaearium Museum. The Dale House Café is only accessible to guests who have a valid admission ticket and all patrons must park in the Visitor Center parking lot.

contact information

To contact the Dale House Café, please call (757) 229-1170 during operating hours.

dale house history

The cozy riverside building was known as the Relic House when it was built in the early 20th century. It showcased displays of the artifacts unearthed by members of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (which still owns the building and original fort site, under the name Preservation Virginia). Later the building served as a pottery demonstration area and museum store before becoming the headquarters for the Jamestown Rediscovery Project in 1994. In spite of its small footprint, the Dale House supported all functions of the archaeological project for several years, including collections storage, conservation, staff offices, and exhibit space.