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About Berret's Restaurant

Berret's Seafood 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 30 years.
Berret's 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.
ONLINE RESERVATIONS ARE FOR INSIDE DINING ONLY.
For parties over 6 people, please contact Berret's Restaurant directly.

199 South Boundary Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, American, Southern

Hours of Operation:
Berret's Seafood Restaurant is 0pen Daily from 11:30 am to 9:30 pm
Berret's Taphouse Grill: Open daily at 4:00/5:00 p.m. April through November (weather permitting and first come, first serve basis) NO RESERVATIONS TAKEN FOR THE TAPHOUSE GRILL

Cross Street:
Francis Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(757) 253-1847

Website:
http://www.berrets.com/

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.

Parking Details:
One hour free parking available behind the restaurant- Paid parking available across the street from restaurant for $1 per hour. Berret's validates for two hours of free parking in pay lot when you dine with us. Bring your parking ticket with you to lunch or dinner and ask your server for details.

Executive Chef:
Richard Carr

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Steal the Pint Nights at the Taphouse Grill on Thursdays throughout the summer. Live entertainment on the outdoor stage on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through October.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

25% Off Select Wines

Wednesdays from 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Open for dinner on New Year's Eve

25% Off Select Wines

Wednesdays from 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM

Details

25% Off Select Wines. Excludes Tax and Tip. Available on bottled wine only. Not valid with other discounting. Special valid Oct 5, 2017 - Feb 5, 2018 on Wednesdays from 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM.

Berret's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.0

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (44)
Special Occasion (36)
Quiet Conversation (34)
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Good for a Date (34)
Creative Cuisine (33)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Cozy (30)
Fit for Foodies (29)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Worth the Drive (27)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Local Ingredients (21)
Great for Lunch (20)
Great for Outdoor Dining (18)
Romantic (18)
Business Meals (16)
Authentic (14)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Good for Groups (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Fun (8)
Seasonal (8)
Healthy (7)
Great Beer (6)
Live Music (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
People Watching (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Bar Seating (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Waterfront (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

A friend of mine and I go to Williamsburg every December and always go to Berrets for one dinner. The parchment paper special with tilapia and scallops was awesome! Can’t wait til next December.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Becks was terrific

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 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

On the menu was a "blue plate" special which includes a bowl of she-crab soup, a crab cake, flash fried oysters, fried shrimp, seafood imperial, redskin mashed potatoes, and asparagus.
The she-crab soup had great flavor and it was nice to have the waitress approach the table with a small bottle of sherry. She asked if I would like to pour some sherry in my she-crab soup. You can have as much or as little as you want for flavor. There was plenty of crab shredded into the soup, but I would like to have had some larger pieces of crab meat.
The main plate came out quickly and appeared appetizing. However I quickly became disappointed. The crab cake was lightly crusted on top, however it was slightly burnt on the bottom. Upon cutting into the crab cake, it was not completely done with a VERY creamy consistency inside the cake. Flavor was totally lacking.
The seafood imperial had a good flavor but I was really disappointed to find pieces of imitation crabmeat throughout the imperial. That too was not cooked entirely. The flash fried oysters and shrimp came in a small metal bowl with drain holes. The fried items were very greasy and dripped grease when I removed them from the metal bowl. Very unfortunate because the grease overcame the taste of the oysters.
The redskin mashed potatoes were okay for flavor but were not creamy. The asparagus was sautéed and had a good flavor. Overall I did not enjoy this meal.
I DO NOT recommend this restaurant because there are much better choices in Williamsburg.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent meal and good value for money. It’s not cheap but I would have gladly paid more. We were seated right beside the fireplace, which was perfect for the cold wintery mix fallen today. We had the sampler appetizer and it was perfect for two. My wife had herb encrusted salmon with orzo and it was outstanding. I had the crab cakes with asparagus and bacon grits and they were awesome. The meal was so good we bought my parents a gift card for Christmas. We will definitely be back.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Oysters! Wow, this restaurant knows how to prepare them. We had the house salad which was mixed greens with cranberries and pepitas dresses with the house vinaigrette. Then we asked for the oyster appetizer x2 which was served with choice of side (at extra cost) so we had the creamy rice (rice mixed with cheese). The oysters were outstanding so we had oysters for dessert: crispy on the outside but tender on the inside. Service by Dan was very good. Loved their Christmas tree decorated with hanging oyster shells.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Wonderful mid week lunch starting with York River oysters...

The service was excellent!

Delicious food. In addition to the raw oysters, the crispy salmon cakes in tomato stew and grilled pound cake, chocolate sauce, and vanilla ice cream were exceptional.

Great atmosphere.

Certainly worth returning to and recommending.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The food and service are always exceptional. We go there every time we go to Williamsburg. One of the highlights of our trip!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Met friends to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season. Everyone agreed the food and service was great. Highly recommend our server, Lillian. She was delightful and ensured we all felt relaxed and able to take our time enjoying the evening. Several of us had the Blue Plate Special, which was excellent and plentiful. Desserts were oversized and half of each went home in a take out box. The interior is divided into small rooms, which gives it an intimate feeling and keeps the noise level extremely low compared to other restaurants. Outdoors was highly decorated for the season with beautiful white lights in all the trees. Will be going back soon. Well worth the drive from Hampton to Williamsburg for this restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Authentic, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Again this year on our annual trip to Willimsburg we dined at what we feel is one of the finest restaurants in the area. We have never been disappointed, the food and service was, and always has been, excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Superb food, supberb service, excellent value in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Cousins from Richmond, NJ and FL all liked their food choices ... and we ordered mostly different dinners. Impressed that we could change out the starch for another vegetable without charge. Waiter was friendly & helpful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Poconos)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food choices are top notch. Our server was outstanding, explained the specials and answered all of our questions. She was attentive but not obtrusive. Food was excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Brought my husband there for his birthday. Good, unique food. Friendly staff. They even did a little something special for his birthday before we left 😊 it was a nice experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Our first foray at Berret's left us a bit underwhelmed but, to be fair, we are admittedly a somewhat "food snob" couple with high expectations. The major detractors to our experience were the noise, the food was actually lukewarm when served, and the sense that we were being 'rushed' so our table could be turned for the next customers. Please don't get me wrong - while Berret's is not necessarily suitable for us, it was clear that it is a popular restaurant with many besides us.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We enjoyed our evening at Berret's very much. We had made reservations which was good since they were booked for most of the evening. Our table was ready and the service was excellent. Our waiter, William, was friendly and offered recommendations . Our food, the seafood in a parchment and a shrimp dish, was delicious. The cobbler desert was outstanding. We enjoy eating at Berret's when we are able to visit Williamsburg.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2017

It was my 69th birthday celebration.

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

First time at Berret's. Food was delicious, wait staff was great and ambiance was good. N disappointments.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Conveniently located, nice menu. Food pleasant, not great. Good service, friendly staff.
Accommodated requests for menu adjustments extremely well.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Outstanding! Food and service we're wonderful. Blue plate was outstanding!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Had an excellent meal (the day’s special cooked in parchment) together with the recommended glass of wine. Service was attentive without being pushy. Ambiance pleasant but nothing special.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Quite satisfied with our general holiday get-to-gether with our neighbors.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We were happy to have a booth by a window which helped on the noise level. It is not a restaurant to go to if you have difficulty hearing. Food was good. It is very casual.
I had crab cakes and grits which were good. A little green on the plate would have been nice.

Tags: Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had a great time here for our first among many more to come visits. We had strict dietary needs that the staff was most accommodating with. No worries and the meal great.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We've been there for Thanksgiving looking for a special place. The diner was nice, but nothing remarkable. I chosen seafood and was great with a Williamsburg chardonnay. With the thanksgiving diner there was a carrot cake included, a huge and delicious slice.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We went for Thanksgiving dinner and the food was amazing, the wine was great. A great overall experience, highly recommended!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent! Great service especially for a busy tourist area. We were treated like locals and the food was excellent.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My husband and I enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving dinner at a cozy table for 2. The turkey plate was delish and because it was all you could eat servings my husband had a whole 2nd plate just like he used to do at his Mom’s - and then had pie too! Wonderful service and great food just blocks from Colonial Williamsburg. Just wonderful.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We were there for Thanksgiving Day dinner and, fortunately had. Made reservations a few weeks ahead of time. Turkey dinner was good, Our waitress was excellent.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Pricey...I understand it’s Williamsburg and will have tourist pricing, but $30 for a not so generous portioned plate of turkey, mashed sweet potatoes, green beans and stuffing was ridiculous. Our hunger wasn’t close to satisfied. Our service was wonderful and the specialty drinks were excellent.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We enjoy this restaurant and the food. However, for the second year on Thanksgiving the same blonde haired older women was very snotty to us upon check in and made us wait over a 1/2 hour with a reservation!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We have visited here on Thanksgiving for the last 12 years. We expect to be there on the next one. Love it. Wait staff is excellent, warm, and inviting. Thanks, Berret's.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Went here for our Thanksgiving meal. Food was great, beyond our expectations. Price was quite reasonable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving eve, and all of the Colonial Williamsburg inns were booked. We found Barret’s thru Open Table as a nearby establishment with pretty good reviews. The food was hearty, tasty and worth the trip, but the selection of types of both seafood and land food was more limited than what we would expect from a primarily seafood restaurant. Still, a pleasant evening and certainly more economical than the inns who could not seat us.

Tags: Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Excellent food and great server. My mother has many food allergies and aversions and the waitress was very helpful and accommodating. Everything was delicious.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Casual, Gluten Free Options
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 (Savannah)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Wonderful food, well served. Great selection of local oysters

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We've been stopping at Berrets for many years on our various trips to Williamsburg, and enjoy it each time. The food is very good, the wait staff very friendly. Our only issue this trip was that the lighting was way too bright for the romantic dinner my husband and I always try to enjoy at Berrets. It felt like we were in any family restaurant in America instead of a lovely, quiet retreat while out of town.

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Savannah)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great food well served. Fabulous local oysters. Oyster stew is awesome.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Overall good. We were able to be seated upon arrival even though we were earlier than our reservation. I had an expectation that Barretts knew of the message on a birthday and anniversary celebration, however that wasn't the case. My husband had to ask about a birthday candle for our dessert and our anniversary went unknolowdeged.
Our server was great, attentive and friendly. I would have preferred a slower pace than to feel rushed to order, be served our app, quickly followed by dinner than dessert. Since we were celebrating 2 important dates and choose Barrets as the place to spend our time and money I would have like a little more attention. I think the notes I left for open table never made it to Barretts staff which leaves me disappointed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

The service was great Lillie I think her name was. The atmosphere great for a date night.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 16, 2017

One of the best places in Williamsburg.

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