Lunch at the Dale House Café comes with the best view of the James River for miles in either direction! 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. Accessible to guests with a valid admission ticket.


11:00am–4:00pm, daily
Winter Hours: 11:00am–4:00pm


The Dale House Café menu, which features soups, salads, and sandwiches as well as tempting desserts, changes seasonally.

location and access

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 (see the Visit Map).

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

The café is operated by Magnolia at Dale House. To contact the Dale House Café, please call (757) 229-1170 during operating hours.

You can also follow Magnolia at Dale House on social media for updates and daily menu specials:

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.