Innkeeper’s Choices: Williamsburg Restaurants
When visiting the area, you’ll have your choice of many Williamsburg Restaurants. From popular chain restaurants to privately owned ethnic restaurants.
We recommend eating at least one lunch or dinner in a Colonial Tavern: Christiana Campbell’s located near the Capital building specializes in seafood; The Kings Arms Tavern is where the “gentry ate”, and at Shield’s tavern the “Innkeeper” gives you a “taste” of 18th Century Inn-keeping. Dinner reservations are required by calling 800-HISTORY. Lunch is first come, first served, but the nice thing is you can put your name in and continue to sightsee.
And, for non-colonial dining, we regularly visit the following restaurants and recommend them to our guests. We can even tell you about some of the specialties of the house. An asterisk beside the name means reservations should be made prior to your arrival (especially on a weekend).
Pierce’s Pit Bar-B-Que
So popular is the restaurant that, for the third year running, it’s been voted one of the South’s best barbecue restaurants in Southern Living magazine’s “Readers Choice Awards” Carry out-dine in.
447 E. Rochambeau Dr.
With a focus on “serious comfort food”, the menu features traditional favorites and original creations from Chef David Everett. The Blue Talon Bistro offers a rare combination of casual comfort and quality that makes both newcomers and regulars feel completely at ease.
420 Prince George Street
World class coffees, exotic teas, homemade soups, delicious sandwiches, tempting fresh pastries and invigorating smoothies await you. More than a coffeehouse, wine, beer and a little music are there to enjoy with your casual dining. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at Aromas. Live music dates posted.
431 Prince George Street, Merchants Square
Cheese Shop Café
New Merchants Square location! More than 200 imported and domestic cheeses, over 3,000 great value wines in the new wine cellar, freshly baked breads, specialty foods and the renowned Cheese Shop. sandwich. Family owned and operated since 1971. Open Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
410 Duke of Gloucester Street
Fat Canary *
After many years in the making, Fat Canary is now open for full-service dinner with seating for 60 in an intimate, bright and high energy atmosphere. Located adjacent to the Cheese Shop in Merchants Square; owned and operated by the Power family. Reservations recommended. Open Monday through Sunday 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
410 Duke of Gloucester Street- Merchants Square
LeYaca Ma Provence *
Le Yaca takes the idea of French country food to extraordinary heights. Interior surroundings are casual yet special, and the excellent staff adds to this comfortable atmosphere. Instead of an a la carte menu, the restaurant offers four complete fixed-price menus, each one more elaborate than the previous. Favorites include appetizers such as a hearty onion soup and escargots and entrees such as lamb and beef tenderloin. The chocolate torte and homemade ice creams end the meal in fine style
1915 Pocohantas Tr.-Rte 60E
Food & Beverage
Late night bar with music
Old Chickahominy House
Authentic Southern fare is featured at breakfast and lunch. The house specialty in the morning is the plantation breakfast. Real Virginia ham with eggs, biscuits, cured country bacon, sausage, grits and coffee. At lunch, Miss Melinda’s special is Brunswick stew, Virginia ham on biscuits, fruit salad, homemade pie, tea or coffee. Three adjoining rooms house a charming antique/gift shop. Open daily. No reservations needed.
1211 Jamestown Road
Opus 9 Steakhouse
College hangout with pizza, subs, Greek salads, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine.
761 Scotland Street
American café type indoor and patio service in Merchant’s Square. B&B eligible for 20% discount. Sunday brunch.
110 S. Henry St.
The Corner Pocket
The Corner Pocket offers outstanding food and entertainment in a casual, upscale environment. Dine indoors in our stylish, contemporary cafe or outdoors on the umbrella-shaded patio from an interesting and eclectic menu. Separate billiards room available with 12 pool tables. Weekly tournaments and leagues for the more serious players, but families and date-night couples are equally at home shooting pool and having fun. Live jazz every Wednesday night. A Williamsburg favorite for 12 years. Open Daily – serving full menu until midnight.
4805 Courthouse Street
The Golden Horseshoe Clubhouse Grill
The Kitchen at Powhatan Plantation *
The Trellis *
The nationally acclaimed Trellis is a favorite of locals and visitors for lunch or dinner. “It is unforgettable” says The Insiders’ Guide To Williamsburg. The seasonal menu features freshly prepared regional items, many of which are grilled over an open fire. Marcel Desaulniers, Co-owner and Executive Chef, has received some of the nation’s most prestigious culinary awards and is recognized for his fantastic desserts: Death by Chocolate, homemade sorbets & ice cream.
403 Duke of Gloucester Street
The Williamsburg Inn *
As Williamsburg’s only 5 star restaurant, this beautifully restored world-class restaurant/hotel portrays the casual elegance of a country estate. Surrounded by Colonial Williamsburg famed Historic Area and championship golf.
136 East Francis Street
Dog Street Pub
The theme and scope of a gastropub combines the leisurely and unpretentious ambience of a watering hole with the epicurean delights of a good eatery at an affordable price.
Duke of Gloucester Street
Nawab Indian Restaurant
Authentic delicacies in a wonderful atmosphere. Lunch buffet daily. Seafood, Lamb, Steak, Chicken and Vegetarian. Take out.
204 Monticello Ave. – Monticello shopping center
Always voted “the best” by locals. Entree specials prepared in the true Northern & Southern Italian style. Contemporary pasta dishes with flair to excite your dining experience. Salads big and small, homemade soups, including our Lentil recently featured in Bon Appetit Magazine. Italian desserts, including Tiramisu. Bar service and the owner selects great wines at super prices. Reservations for five or more accepted. Takeout available.
5601 Richmond Road
Sal’s by Victor Italian Restaurant
Features everything you would expect from a traditional Italian pizzeria or from a great family- style Italian restaurant. Victor Minichiello and his staff use the finest ingredients preparing fresh pastas, veal, chicken and heart-healthy sauces. And don’t expect to pay an outrageous check when you leave. Please bring your group and your family to Sal’s by Victor – it will be a meal that you will never forget. Established in 1974.
Williamsburg Shopping Center
1242 Richmond Road
Casa Maya Mexican-Access Cantina
Bring your laptop and enjoy free wireless web. Access the internet with our wireless satellite web access available in our cantina. Casa Maya is a great place to conduct business. You can work through lunch or schedule a business meeting and have access to your presentation and/or business materials utilizing our wireless internet access.
300 Bypass Road
One of the truly Texican owner/operated family retaurants in this area.
South of the Border
Mexican restaurant with delicious salsa and margaritas. Very casual.
322 Second St
Berret’s Seafood *
Two choices, one location! Berret’s Restaurant specializes in fresh regional seafood – shrimp, blue crabs, scallops, oysters, and tuna. Also offering steaks, chicken and lamb. Full beverage service, micro brews, and wines. The Taphouse Grill features the foods, wines, and beer of Virginia with eight drafts and unique and hard-to-find wines plus grilled fish, steaks and burgers. All in a casual outdoor setting. Voted ” Best Seafood Restaurant” for over 10 years!
199 South Boundary Street
The Whaling Company *
The house specialty is fresh seafood with a menu offering a wide variety of daily fresh fish selections, fresh-cut steaks and chicken entrees. Relax in a setting which is reminiscent of an old New England fishing village. Dress is casual, but reservations are recommended. Located on Route 60 just one mile west of Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Meals: $12.95 – $16.95, early dining just $9.95, and children’s menu available. Major credit cards accepted.
494 McLaws Circle near Busch Gardens