Touring historic Williamsburg can really work up an appetite. With many great restaurants in the area to choose from, you’ll never have to get worked up about finding a place to eat.
Best Restaurants in Williamsburg
Traditions—310 S. England St., Williamsburg, VA 23185
Traditions is a classic Southern restaurant famous for garden-to-guest dishes from ingredients harvested throughout historic Williamsburg. Menu items feature cuisine made from locally-sourced ingredients.
At breakfast, order from the Southern Specialties section and start the day off right. The All-American breakfast includes a little of everything with two eggs served your way, home-style potatoes, toast, and choice of Virginia ham, bacon or sausage. Fruited Flap Jacks off the griddle are made with granola buttermilk and topped with blueberries, strawberries, bananas and Highland County maple syrup.
For lunch, treat yourself to a tasty bowl of She Crab Soup, then dig into the Virginian sandwich. It’s the most popular lunch item at Traditions, and made with fennel-roasted porchetta, caramelized onions, pepperoncini, sautéed peppers, provolone cheese and basil aioli. Another popular selection is the Fish and Chips. This one features cornmeal-crusted herb Aqua Farms Tilapia, coleslaw, Mobjack Bay tarter sauce and fried potato chips.
Dinner small bites are a great way to start a meal. Go for the Anson Mills White Corn Grit Fitters or the Southern Dough Pie. The Grilled Carolina Shrimp and Virginia Shore Scallops are served with fresh ribbon noodles, crispy house bacon and salt-crusted beans. From the range, you can enjoy the Joyce Farms Chicken Two Ways. This dinner entrée features cast iron fried chicken breasts, chicken ham, vegetable crepe gratin and creamy chicken gravy. The Goat Cheese Stuffed Berkshire Pork Chop at this Williamsburg restaurant comes with pretzel dumpling and sausage hash plus honey mustard lacquer.
Second Street—140 Second St., Williamsburg, VA 23185
Second Street is one of the very best neighborhood restaurants in Williamsburg. Enjoy al fresco dining on a patio that enhances the experience with a relaxing fire pit, Koi pond and soothing water treatments for a totally unique American Bistro atmosphere.
A Williamsburg vacation should include Sunday brunch at Second Street. The Chesapeake Benedict is a flavorful combination of griddled blue crab cake, smoked Gouda grit cake, spinach, pork belly cracklings, Old Bay hollandaise and poached egg. Sweet Potato Pancakes offer a unique twist on morning classics. These fluffy treats are served with nutmeg crème fraiche, warm bourbon maple syrup and apple wood smoked bacon.
For lunch, Second Street serves plenty of handheld favorites. The VA Farm Road is a tasty BBQ pork sandwich with crispy onions and cheddar cheese. The Wall Street Burger is 10 ounces of fresh ground steak on a toasted ciabatta with arugula, caramelized onions and scampi bitter. Order the Creamy Grilled Chicken Sandwich and enjoy chopped chicken with mixed greens, cucumber, tomato, candied pecans and fresh grapes on a grilled flatbread.
Small plate dinners include the Tuna Tataki. This dish is a flash-seared rare sashimi grade Ahi tuna. The Crab Tostada is made with Chesapeake blue grab, frijole de gaello, iceberg lettuce, queso fresco and cilantro crema. Families will enjoy the Cuban Pizza with slow-braised carnitas, Virginia pit ham kosher dill pickles, Swiss cheese and Chipotle mustard. Those with big appetites are encouraged to try the Grilled Bison Meatloaf with mashed Yukon Gold potatoes, vegetable du jour and demi-glase. Second Street Lasagna is a signature dish made with Italian sausage, ground beef, roasted garlic, cheese medley, fresh pasta, rustic tomato sauce and includes a side of garlic bread.
The Trellis Restaurant—403 W. Duke of Gloucester St., Williamsburg, VA 23185
Regional cuisine reigns supreme at The Trellis Restaurant. Big rich flavors are developed using products from small-scale, local artisan farmers. Every dish focuses on responsibly raised and grown food items. Menu items change frequently at this neighborhood restaurant with service at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Start the day off with a tasty meal from the Farmers Market Breakfast menu. A top savory dish is the Four Egg Frittata. This monstrous creations is an open-face omelet covered with asparagus, Andouille sausage and Havarti cheese with a side of potatoes served with broiled tomatoes. Sally Lunn French Toast is a sweet morning treat with berry compote, bourbon vanilla syrup and smoked bacon strips.
Midday meals at this Williamsburg restaurant are typical lunch fare. Make sure both hands are free then dig into a juicy double patty beef Angus burger with your choice of American, Gouda or Pepper Jack Cheese plus Trellis Burger Sauce and fries. Sandwiches choices like the Italian Market, Trellis Grilled Cheese and Duck Barbeque are definitely more than a handful and come with choice of fries or slaw with a dill pickle.
Begin dinner with a gnocchi appetizer. This one is a favorite with Trellis restaurant-goers and comes stuffed with duck confit and pine nuts in a mushroom broth. For the main course, nothing satisfies like the Double Cut Pork Chops. This hearty meal includes whipped potatoes, buttered carrots, green beans, stewed apples and carmel sage sausage. The Blackened Salmon is healthy seafood delight with kale, field greens, red grapes and sugar snap peas drizzled with a caramel sage sauce.
Berret’s Seafood Restaurant and Taphouse Grill—199 S. Boundary St., Williamsburg, VA 23185
Year after year, Berret’s Seafood Restaurant and Taphouse Grill receives accolades like “Best in Williamsburg” and “Best Crabcake” from locals. This Williamsburg restaurant seeks out regional seafood from the waters of the Atlantic, Chesapeake Bay, York River and James River. Fresh catch seasonal fish include softshell crabs, sea trout and shad row in the spring. Summertime fish served feature flounder, wahoo and tuna. In the fall, rockfish, red fish and sea bass make the menu.
Oysters service begins in mid-afternoon, with everything from Fried Oyster Sliders and Traditional Oyster Stew to Baked Oyster Rockefeller and Oyster Shooters.
Berret’s dinner menu has starters like the Southern Fried Green Tomato Stack and fresh steamed mussels. For dinner, it highly recommended to order the Seafood Baked in Parchment Paper. It’s the house specialty and served daily. Non-seafood dinners like Braised Short Rib of Beef and the Grilled Naked Bird Chicken Breast & Surry Sausage are sure to satisfy even the heartiest of appetites.
For those with a taste for sandwiches, the Taphouse Grill has tempting creations. The Blackened Mahi Mahi BLT is served with a tangy and sweet mango-peach sour cream spread. Make sure your Williamsburg restaurant experience includes the Fried Shrimp of Clam Po’ Boy, made with lettuce, tomato and remoulade sauce.