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Howlett’s Tavern

Welcome to Howlett’s Tavern, a place that holds a special spot in the hearts of those who appreciate good food, relaxed vibes, and a touch of American nostalgia. As the owner of this beloved establishment, I’m excited to personally invite you to our casual American eatery where the flavors are as rich as the history that inspired our name.


Situated in the heart of Chester, Virginia, Howlett’s Tavern is where classic meets contemporary. Our restaurant is not just about satisfying your taste buds; it’s a place where friends and family gather around wood tables and enjoy hearty steaks, delicious sandwiches, and a whole lot more. And when the weather’s just right, our inviting patio beckons you to savor your meal outdoors.

We take pride in providing an exceptional dining experience, and our wainscoting adds a touch of timeless charm to our warm and welcoming ambiance. So whether you’re seeking a delightful meal with loved ones or a cozy dinner for two, you’ve found your place at Howlett’s Tavern.

Join us on a culinary journey that blends the flavors of classic American fare with the comfort of a local gathering spot. We can’t wait to serve you and create lasting memories together.

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Find us on Google Maps:

Address: Howlett’s Restaurant & Tavern, 3530 Festival Park Plaza, Chester, VA 23831

Call: (804) 930-1034

Dine in Hours

Monday-Sat 3:00-9:00 PM

Sunday 3:00 – 8:00 PM

Carry – Out Hours

Weekdays 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Saturday Noon-9:00 PM

Sunday Noon – 8:00 PM

About Joseph “Joe” Helbling

Hello, I’m Joseph “Joe” Helbling, and I’m proud to share a little about my journey alongside my former wife, Heidi, as the owner and operator of Howlett’s Tavern. For 13 incredible years, we poured our hearts and passion into this establishment, which was nestled at 10002 Courtview Lane in Chesterfield, Virginia—just a stone’s throw away from the historic Magnolia Grange.

Our story with Howlett’s began with a dream of creating a welcoming haven where good food, laughter, and cherished moments could flourish. In 2009, after a brief three-year hiatus, we eagerly reopened Howlett’s in Festival Park, right within the heart of the Village Green.

Our commitment to providing an exceptional dining experience has always been at the forefront of our journey. We believe that food has the incredible power to bring people together, to tell stories, and to create lasting memories. It’s this unwavering passion for food and the joy of sharing our experiences that have led us to a new adventure: the desire to write a food blog.

With this blog, we aim to offer you a glimpse into our culinary adventures, share our love for food, and bring you on a delightful journey through flavors, recipes, and the stories that unfold around the dining table. We’re excited to embark on this new chapter, and we look forward to having you join us on this delectable voyage as we explore the world of food and hospitality through our eyes.

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