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Berret's Restaurant
Berret's Restaurant

Berret's Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.berrets.com
  • Phone: (757) 253-1847
  • Hours of Operation: Open Daily for Lunch: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Sunday-Thursday:5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday: 5:00 p.m.-10 p.m.
    Closed on Mondays in January and February EXCEPT, open for lunch on Presidents Day
    Taphouse Grill: Open daily at 5:00 p.m. (weather permitting and first come, first serve basis) NO RESERVATIONS TAKEN FOR THE TAPHOUSE GRILL
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Richard Carr
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Music on the outdoor stage at Berret's Taphouse Grill on Fridays and Saturdays in the summer time. Check the website for entertainment schedule.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Francis Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking available behind the restaurant- Paid parking available across the street from restaurant for $1 per hour.
A word from Berret's Restaurant
Berret's Restaurant specializes in fresh regional seafood-shrimp, blue crab, scallops, oysters, and tuna. Also offering steaks, chicken, and vegetarian selections. Full beverage service, micro brews, and wines. Voted by Williamsburg locals as the best seafood restaurant for over 20 years.
The Taphouse Grill features the food wines and beers of Virginia with 8 drafts, unique and hard to find wines grilled fish, steak, rotisserie chicken and burgers all in a casual outdoor seating. Weather permitting
from April until November.
For parties over 6 people, please call us at (757) 253-1847
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "We enjoyed the patio. The food was very good, but the waiter continuously made inappropriate remarks like "still snackin' on your salad?" when we stopped him from taking our plates away before we had finished. He almost succeeded in ruining the experience, but the little girls running around were very entertaining. Probably a better experience for lunch than for dinner."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Although the service is still top notch at Berret's, the food is not as good as it used to be. We were somewhat disappointed with the Seafood Blue Plate Special, which we have had many times before. The crab cakes in particular are not what they used to be."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Berret's has become our families favorite restaurant when we visit Williamsburg. The seafood is fantastic, the outdoor dining beautiful, and the service impeccable. In fact, we dined there 3 times during our recent visit and loved it each time."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Service was attentive and pleasant. Unfortunately, my meal was uneatable. I ordered the Blue Plate Special and it was anything but. The crab portions were fried and full of filling with a poor taste and worse yet, no crab. The oysters were just plain awful if it is possible to ruin fried oysters. I will say that my wife enjoyed the fish special in parchment paper. Maybe I should have avoided the fried entrees. Nice atmosphere in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg but came up disappointing."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "My wife and I liked this restaurant. The cocktails and food were delicious and affordable. The service was very friendly but inexperienced and somewhat awkward."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We have had several anniversary dinners at Baretts and have never been disappointed. I also took a good friend from Israel to dinner there and he was very impressed."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Berret's is always a must when we're on vacation in Williamsburg. We always go once for lunch and once for dinner. As usual, everything was excellent. By far our favorite Williamsburg restaurant- maybe our favorite restaurant anywhere!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The menu suited my food tastes, they offered a nice variety."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "what a wonderful meal, with seafood prepared like no other! Excellent service and friendly atmosphere throughout."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Service was good, but the food was lacking—very expensive for what it was. I would recommend dining elsewhere unless you're only planning to have a few drinks and appetizers in the outside area."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Lunch selections were plentiful with a large variety of seafood and some enticing specials. The food was well-prepared. We scaled back on our entrees, since the dessert menu looked too good to pass up, but still couldn't finish our dessert choices. The large portions were rich and delicious, although I would have been fine with a smaller portion. The fruit cobbler was especially good."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The ambience was wonderful, and my anticipation for great food was high based on numbers of people in the bar and patio, and based on their write up in local guide. However the fish dish was a bit disappointing ( perhaps the fish had been frozen or frozen too long). The service was just frustrating. The waitstaff member was pleasant, but not well trained and quite forgetful and inefficient. Perhaps we should have eaten in the bar/patio."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food, ambience and our server Josh, made our night extremely enjoyable! Will visit the restaurant each time we visit Williamsburg."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "It is a nice restaurant, but nothing outstanding in our opinion."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "A delicious option near Colonial Williamsburg. Berret's is known for its seafood and also has a kids' menu. They have a more casual taproom next door, but don't think the restaurant is stuffy. The service is good. We enjoyed the mixed grill and the special in parchment (it was salmon and scallops cooked perfectly with white wine, orzo, tomatoes, herbs). Our second time here and we'll be back."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Parchment wrapped salmon and scallops was outstanding."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We found Berret's through Open Table while searching for a place to dine while travelling home from Virginia Beach. Berret's did not disappoint! The food was delicious and the atmosphere quaint. It's located in a really nice part of Williamsburg with easy parking, lots of shopping nearby, as well as W&M across the street. We will be back!!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Pass on the oysters in the half shell, we were really diasappointed. Several other local Restaraunts offer better. Otherwise the meal was good."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Excellent service, good steak, and a nice break for dinner on a hot day in Williamsburg. Do no hesitate to go here."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We ate at Barrets two evenings. The first night we had a special occasion and ate in. We had swordfish, which was delicious and well prepared. It is only available certain times of the year. We also had the mahi-mahi which was well prepared and very good. The bar selection of craft beers was interesting. We had a great time. On the next night we ate out on the patio and had the BBQ dinner and shrimp po-boy. They split the BBQ and fries and you couldn't tell they were split. What a feed."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "This charming dining establishment in the Merchant's Square area of Colonial Williamsburg is a real gem. Although the menu may be limited and a bit pricey, the quality of food and ambiance more than make up for the expense. The food was excellent, as was the service and attention to service details. You may find this a welcome option outside of the overcrowded, overbooked, and noisy taverns on the main street of the historic area. This would an exceptional location for a special occasion. I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Came in to celebrate my dad's 60th birthday and they did a wonderful job. Accommodated us pushing the resv back 30 min with no fuss. My sister and her friend joined us as a surprise and they sold it! Joshua was an excellent server, made us sweet tea on his own and kept the pita chips coming for our delicious crab dip appetizer. Even brought some unfried for the health conscious. Always enjoy Berret's and this time was no exception!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Asparagus goat cheese soup was fabulous !!! A wonderful summer soup."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "They never disappoint. I don't know how they could improve upon what they do & how the customers are treated. It is a treat to eat there!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We always try to visit Berrets whenever we come to Williamsburg. Food is always top notch. We ate outside this visit and were pleased with the setting and watching the children play corn hole in the front lawn. Hope to be back again."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "This restaurant was recommended to us by my sister so when we knew we were going to be in Williamsburg for Father's Day, I knew this is where we wanted to eat. The food was very good..we had the Seafood Chowder, the broth could have had more flavor but it was still good. We also had the Salmon, Scallops wrapped in parchment paper with spinach, wild rice - very tasty. My son had the filet w/ Brie cheese - he loved it. My husband's martini wasn't up to par but the waitress got him another one and all was good. The service was very good and everyone was friendly!! Will go back!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Quiet and peasant for an early holiday Sunday lunch. Menu had some interesting touches and old reliables. Very nice garden salad with chicken; the chili shrimp with grits was a nice idea, but ended up as a tomato based stew with a few shrimp and a dollop of grits--not quite there."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Arrived 6:30pm for 7:00pm reservation. Was going to go to Taproom for Happy Hour before dinner reservation. Asked hostess if the dining room had Happy Hour. She told us "yes". So we decided to go in for our dinner reservation early. Was seated and waiter asked if we wanted a drink. I asked what beers were on for Happy Hour. He said that there was NO Happy Hour and the hostess didn't know what she was talking about!! This attitude almost ruined an almost perfect meal and dining experience!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience from beginning to end! Our dinner included the Warm Creamy Pesto Crab Dip, Seafood in Parchment Paper and Pineapple & Strawberry Cobbler--highly recommend all, they were each amazing! The dessert, however, was even a notch above and was like taking a bite of heaven! This was our anniversary dinner and the experience at this classy establishment made it a memorable one!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "My steak was overdone and I was generally underwhelmed with my experience. Waiter was great. The two friends I was with enjoyed their meal. Worth giving another try but there are other restaurants I enjoy much more in the area at the same price point."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I was very pleased, but I have to say that the portion size was lacking. I had the filet and crab cake. The filet was about the size of an old flip phone. It took me about 4 bites to eat it. $30......not a good deal."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The spoons were dirty, service was slow and they charge for every soft drink refill without telling use first. The waitress brought a refill without asking leading us to believe they were free, but when we received the bill we were charged with all refills also. We were not checked on through he meal very often. Food was ok, not great. Nothing special. Nice they had music. Nice location near merchant square. Web page needs more pictures of seating area, etc. to help travelers decide on the location. Expensive food, low cost appearance seating areas. Made a reservation of Saturday night, but almost empty in the dining room. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dining experience at Berret's a few evenings ago. After a long day of touring with temps in the 90's, the evening was very pleasant so we enjoyed dining on the patio. I had the fish in parchment which was very good and my husband had salmon, both were delicious and our waitress was very cordial and attentive."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Berret's - the first one was 5 years ago - the last time we were in Williamsburg. I'm happy to say that it is still excellent. We started with the Appetizer sampler platter, I had the blue plate special and my husband had the seafood baked in parchment paper which that day was salmon and scallops. Everything was cooked perfectly. My overall favorite was the she crab soup. The portions are generous. Next time I'll have to remember that so maybe I'll have room for dessert. The service was great - our courses came as they should without being rushed or waiting too long. We'll definitely put this on our list for our next visit."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We thought the food was average and overpriced for what it was. The wine list was overpriced too. We will not return. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the portions so generous. Our seafood was fresh and prepared in ways that were adventurous but still rooted in the comfortingly familiar at the same time. Lovely special occasion experience. our server was attentive and gracious. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This place never let's us down! We visit at least twice a month."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Excellent, well presented food. I will come back to this place often."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We were able to get a table during one of the busiest weekends in Williamsburg. The waiter was great and the food was timely. The meal received top reviews by all in attendance. Thanks and well done."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Delicious food as always. Very busy on Mother's Day and also W & M graduation. The temp was a little warm but our waiter was awesome! A great experience all around."
    Dined on 5/11/2014