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Prime46forty Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.prime46forty.com
  • Phone: (757) 224-4640
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Tim Westby-Gibson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Live music Saturday only beginning at 9:30pm on the patio weather permitting. Otherwise in bar area.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Old News Road (back left corner of Monticello Marketplace)
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Semi private parking lot adjacent to front door of restaurant. Handicapped spaces available.
A word from Prime46forty
The philosophy of Prime46forty is simple--take the best ingredients you can find and "don't mess them up." Chef Tim features the finest prime beef from Allen Brothers, sustainable seafood from around the world, and locally sourced all natural produce from regional farms. Each crafted dish on the menu will envelope you in flavors, aromas and texture and his nightly specials will instantly entice you. Co-owner Carroll complements the menu with an eclectic mix of unique and distinctive wines not found in any other Williamsburg restaurant. Clever cocktails, enormous martinis and craft beers are offered as well. Service is friendly, knowledgeable and memorable. Add live music on Saturday nights and Prime becomes your "go to" restaurant for every occasion. Come for a special night or just to enjoy a couple of appetizers---the decor is modern, comfortable and lively featuring abstract art created by Vicki Foster, a popular local artist. You will love our energy!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food was excellent. I ordered arancini as an appetizer, and duck as a main course. Both the arancini and the croquette that accompanied the duck were fried perfectly -- they had a nice crisp crust and a moist center and were not at all greasy or heavy."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Great find in Williamsburg. Interesting menu with many inventive dishes. More sophisticated than what you usually find in the area. Attentive waitperson and meal was well paced. Much better than location might suggest (large outdoor mall) but that means easy parking. Would certainly go again"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Two couples enjoyed a fine dinner served by "Reck Visa" (really?), an old friend from nearby Second Street Bistro. Our friends enjoyed an excellent steak and delicious veal while I enjoyed two different small plates. And while we encourage the ever changing menu, the long winded details (chocalate milk from Daisy, a left handed, grass fed, single udder charmer from Hunterdon County, NJ) you get the picture, could be reined in. Service continues to be noteworthy (Ryan stopped by to make certain Reck Visa had us well in hand) but my wife's "special" halibut was quite overdone and very spicy (for her taste). Suggestion: If it's spicy (even a little) make certain to call it out. We will DEFINITELY return."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Took my 25 year old niece who was visiting from out of town. She loved it. We had fabulous drinks from the cocktail menu; shared a fried green tomato; I had fish and she had beef . . . both were excellent."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We were a party of four and sampled a couple of appetizers along with our entrees. We shared a ahi tuna appetizer which was well prepared and 2 in our group had the filet mignon. One wanted it prepared with fries rather than whipped potatoes and there was no problem accommodating the request. I had the duck breast which was very well prepared and most tender. And the fourth dinner entree was the Chilean Sea Bass. Every item was perfectly prepared and delicious. The service was excellent and the cocktails were also yummy. We will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The service, food, and décor was phenomenal. This was our first time to dine at Prime46forty and so glad we did. The appetizer, the entre, then the dessert, simply unbelievable. This is the best kept secret in Williamsburg. Matches the quality of La Yucca's and Fat Canary. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Wonderful restaurant!! A true gem in Williamsburg, VA! The Steaks are amazing! The desserts are exceptional!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Prime46forty on Sunday. The food was creative and seasonal. Everything we ate is what I had seen in the farmers market or was in season. We especially enjoyed the Confit of Pork which was a starter served over a well textured polenta cake surrounded by an excellent romesco sauce. The pork belly was tender and flavored slightly with herb d'provence and a bit of lavender. All of the dishes were equally innovative and delicious. The mains were in the mid 20's to 30's and the appetizers were 10 to 20. The wine list was well selected an tod fairly priced. We had an excellent Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay from LaFrond for 48. We are looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "This is a restaurant that features attention to detail from artisanal tonic water to well-plated, & well-prepared entrees & specials. The cold soup was simply scrumptious on an August evening, & a Branzino special showcased the freshness of the fish as well as the accompaniments. Service was pleasant, and the waiter very knowledgable. This is a restaurant with fine cooking, & it makes for a very pleasing evening. As locals we will return often & with glee."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The best in Williamsburg! Steaks are fantastic and kitchen is fantastic in helping with dietary constraints."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We were looking for anew restaurant to try in celebrating a birthday. AWESOME across the board. Terrific service, outstanding presentation and great atmosphere. Price/value relationship was very good. The chef's imaginative spin on every course was a delight. We will be back."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "If this restaurant were in NYC or DC, there would be a line outside the door every night! Outstanding food - creatively imagined, perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. It is located in a hidden corner of a shopping center (between Martin's and Target) with plenty of parking. Best to get a reservation on a busy weekend night, but we had no problems on Sunday. We ordered two appetizers - a prawn special and mussels - both were delicious. We split and order of rack of lamb - five perfectly cooked chops on each plate which we paired with a lovely Merlot. A friendly greeting and competent server set the stage for yet another perfect dinner at Prime."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The folks at this restaurant are really, really trying and, in our opinion, succeeding. The room has a night club vibe to it with low light and some bright colors, the food is fresh with some complex taste combinations that were new to us and enjoyable. My son's chicken was a little "tough" in his opinion but my 3 appetizers and my wife's 2 appetizers were outstanding (salad, shrimp, butterfish, a different salad and crab cake). This isn't a "steak house" though they feature 3 different cuts of steak for those interested. Our server (Ryan) was attentive, knowledgeable and invisible - all good. Our check, though steep by Williamsburg standards, was well worth the very, very enjoyable experience. This was our 2nd visit and rates another meal!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This was our first visit. The menu is unique with much variety and the wine list is good. The food presentation was excellent. The grouper and sea bass entrees that my wife and I ordered were outstanding. The service on this night did not measure up to the price and quality of the food. Our server did an excellent job of presenting the specials along with explaining the preparation but we had to ask for bread to accompany our appetizer, our food was delivered to the wrong table and I ordered a second glass of wine that was not delivered until I had finished my meal. The decor could be more warm and friendly. With all this said we will definitely dine here again. It is nice to have an upscale local restaurant."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Visited while on vacation in Williamsburg. Steak was outstanding and salad unusual and tasty. Great wine recommendation and dark chocolate bourbon special dessert was amazing. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Great time again at our favorite Williamsburg dining location. Drinks were perfect as usual. We enjoyed the change of the new menu. I had the special which was a bourbon pork chop and the best I have ever had."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Went to Prime46forty based on recommendations from friends. Service and food were outstanding. Waiter was highly knowledgeable of menu items and was quick to get answers to the couple of questions he couldn't answer immediately. A bit on the pricey side, but I knew that going in and it was worth every cent."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "This was only our second visit to Prime 46 Forty, but we felt so welcomed and relaxed - and the whole experience was EXCELLENT!! This time we brought another couple to celebrate a birthday - and promised something really special. They were delighted!! The food, service, atmosphere are all above and beyond = expectations exceeded!! We are already looking forward to our next visit, but may not be able to wait for a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Great restaurant. Pricey for Williamsburg, but food is definitely a cut above any local steakhouse. Owner Carol is omnipresent but not overbearing, just adds attentiveness that makes restaurant "go.""
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Msde our special day even more special. Great staff great food!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We were seated promptly with a warm welcome. Our pre-dinner drinks were excellent. Appetizer through dessert were top notch and brought to the table with excellent service."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We were visiting from Ohio with a group of nine and wanted a nice restaurant to celebrate July family birthdays. We couldn't have done better! The food was terrific, the service was superb (the bartender even created a drink for our daughters) and the evening was a great success. The restaurant even baked a cake for us for the birthday celebration. If you live near Williamsburg this is a great place for dinner. We wish we lived closer."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We were early on a quiet night. The restaurant has an extensive bar area that runs half the length of the large room. Tables are nicely spaced for quiet and private conversation. One person in our party had the night's special of rock fish and raved about it. I had the filet mignonette dish that my wife had ordered on a previous visit. It was as good as she had claimed it to be. My wife very much enjoyed the Chilean sea bass. We also enjoyed two bottles of German Reisling. We all intend to return."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This is one of the best restaurants in Wiliamsburg. Last week they began a new menu which has something for everyone. My wife had the veal scallopini and I had the rack of lamb. Both were exceptionally good. The portions are generous. The wine list is very good with something at pretty much every price point. The service was professional and prompt without being intrusive. The restaurant has also installed new sound absorbing material at various places so that it is now a good quiet place with allows for free conversation."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "A delicious chicken dinner with risotto to "die for" and a salad that was artistically displayed and incredibly good."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Carole and her chef truly know how to mix flavor to perfection !! A must go for anyone in the tidewater area worth the drive"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "On vacation and this was the best meal we had in the Williamsburg area."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Food choices were diverse and preparation (fillet and striped bass) were moist and tender. Appetizers were excellent and showed the creativity of the chef. Restaurant decor and ambiance were colorful but subdued. Great restaurant for special occasion or just a night out for a terrific meal. Service was very helpful and friendly."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I don't know if it was our snobby server, or the kitchen, but this was memorable only for the over the top attitude. The menu was fine; the specials read by our server including at least 10 "ingredients" we'd never heard of, and words and combos for the meal that were, well, simply ridiculous. Take away all the crap surrounding the process of ordering, and the food was good. But let's call "salmon"...."salmon". And let's call "scallops"...."scallops". Our server was a complete food snob with zero understanding that some people like their food relatively plain and simple. We frequent at least 3-4 restaurants a week, and we have very experienced palates. Good food, though. You just have to wade through too much nonsense to get it."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I picked Prime46Forty based on other opentable reviews, and we were not disappointed! I even got lost on the way there, and when I called for directions, they were happy to help. Carol actually called me back to make sure I hadn't gotten lost again! Every dish we ordered was superb. You really cannot go wrong here."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This was my first visit to Prime 46Forty. From the get go, it was amazing. The food was the best I have ever eaten and the service was impecable."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Prime46forty has a menu that will make your mouth water. Their appetizers were a perfect size and full of taste. The menu is amazing and contains all different types of foods. We ordered entrees that were that evening's specials, and we were very happy with our choices. I want to mention that when I made the reservation, I wrote that one of us is gluten-free. Not only did they have plenty of GF options, but the waiter made note of it right away from the reservation and made us aware of several meals that would be appropriate."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food and service were outstanding. Attentive server and never intrusive, the best one could ask for. I require a special diet and the server and kitchen could not have been more competent or supportive. It is a jewel in Williamsburg."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I suggested we visit Prime46Forty on the spur of the moment after noting some Open Table subscribers had recently enjoyed it. Tucked in the back of our local Martin's / Target shopping center our expectations were minimum though we were pleasantly surprised. My wife rated her salmon 4/5; I rated my veal 4/5. The waiter was friendly, well informed though not intrusive and the atmosphere was pleasant in the nearly empty (Wednesday night) restaurant. The wine list was eclectic at the very least. The first restaurant in the area to populate the wine list with completely unknown vintners from around the globe. The waiter helped me select an excellent (though unknown) Merlot to compliment my veal. Overall a very pleasant evening; we will return."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "This restaurant is on par w/ Fat Canary & Le Yaca. The Saturday evening specials were innovative-a totally refreshing, tangy/mellow melon soup, & a lovely scallop dish w/ complementary sides. The swordfish was delightful w/ its fruity tang. The bar uses a wonderful artisanal tonic which makes for great summer drinking. The wine list is notable, & owner/hostess Carroll circulates in a friendly, yet unobtrusive manner."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Prime with its chic atmosphere, friendly and competent staff, and fabulous food. Brought our own wine on a Sunday (no corkage fee) and paired it with the Chilean sea bass and strip steak entrees. Both were perfectly cooked and served with delicious sides. Love the amuse-bouche too! Chef Tim uses only the best ingredients and turns out some of the best meals in the area (including the best steak!)."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Prime 46forty is truly a find in Williamsburg. After eating for a week in NYC I didn't think we'd be able to match up to the excellent food that abounds in New York. But Prime 46forty is a place that can hold its own against any great restaurant. The food is inventive and delicious. The service was friendly but respectful. The owner is named Carol and she is doing something wonderful by opening a restaurant of such high quality in every department. The decor is really upbeat, modern , and fun. Go there.. it's worth every penny."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Prime46Forty has the best food in Williamsburg - no contest. The preparation and presentation is artful, and the service is attentive and hospitable."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We were greeted by one of the owners in a very friendly, welcoming manner, and she came by to chat later. This was not the standard forced table visit, she was very personable. We were very pleased by the wine, beer, and menu choices. Our waiter, Jay, promised my husband that the bone-in ribeye was going to be the best steak he had ever had. It was delicious - seared on the outside and perfectly cooked to temperature. My husband agreed that the steak was very possibly the best ever (We have had some great ones). My filet was perfect as well. The restaurant was not busy and we sincerely hope that we just caught it at a slower time, because we want them to succeed! We will definitely be back and have already recommended it to several people."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We enjoyed our first dinner in this new Wmsbg restaurant immensely. Food was fabulous - much more than we expected. Loved that they feature no corkage fee on Sunday evenings for wine that the customer brings in. Great idea. Recommend it to anyone. Price is well worth it. Expensive but worthy every penny. It was our wedding anniversary and we received a free FABULOUS dessert too. WOW!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014