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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

Happy Oyster Hours

Special valid Oct 5, 2017 - Feb 5, 2018 all week from 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

25% Off Select Wines

Wednesdays from 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM

Specials

Happy Oyster Hours

Special valid Oct 5, 2017 - Feb 5, 2018 all week from 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Details

From 11:30 to 7:00, Every day, enjoy Oysters on the Half Shell, raw or roasted for $1 each in the dining room or bar. Excludes Tax and Tip. Special valid Oct 5, 2017 - Feb 5, 2018 all week from 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM.

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Open all day on Thanksgiving. Special of the day: Complete Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings.

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

5
4
3
2
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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.5

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (33)
Special Occasion (25)
Good for a Date (23)
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Neighborhood Gem (23)
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Good for Anniversaries (21)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Worth the Drive (19)
Cozy (18)
Great for Lunch (17)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Business Meals (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
Authentic (11)
Comfort Food (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Healthy (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Fun (8)
Great Beer (8)
Romantic (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Live Music (7)
Happy Hour (5)
Notable Wine List (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
People Watching (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Hot Spot (1)
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Organic (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 2 days ago

One of the best places in Williamsburg.

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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined 6 days ago

For a date, which we specified on the reservation, we were amazed that we were in and out in less than one hour. Not enough time. Our dinner wine arrived before the cocktail and we just felt rushed.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

Every time we visit Williamsburg, we have to go to Berretts. The food and service are exceptional

Tags: Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The best crab cakes I’ve had in a long time. Staff were friendly and waiter was excellent.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We usually really enjoy Berret’s....this evening the meal and service was mediocre. Hopefully things will return to its normal good food and service.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 7, 2017

When visiting Williamsburg,it is always a place to have lunch or dinner. The food is fresh and creative, the staff friendly and efficient. Many times after a day touring, we stop for a relaxing meal. I recommend reservations especially if the Colllege of William and Mary have scheluded events.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We were dining with friends while visiting Williamsburg. We wanted a nice comfortable dinner, somewhat more than average meal. My salmon was delicious. The rest of the table ordered a plate with several types of seafood. They all really liked the crab cake. The fried shrimp were in a small bowl on top of the fried oysters which made the breading soggy on the oysters. I would go again for the food but the waitress was not good. She seemed to be getting mixed signals from the bar regarding which beer was avaiable. we were told first they were out and the told they had the type we ordered. She seemed overwhelmed and frustrated with management which took a bit away from our evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Another excellent dining experience at Berret’s. The service was prompt and attentive, orders arrived quickly, and the portions were very generous. We sat in the main dining area but it would have also been a beautiful evening for the patio. We always try to make a stop here when visiting in the area.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We have been to Berret's for a meal nearly every time we have been to Williamsburg, proof of the high level of consistent excellence we normally experience. Tonight's meal was excellent. The calamari were lightly friend and tender, the house salad was fresh and the seafood trio special was excellent. Kudos to our wait staff, Ashly and her trainee Allie.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Though I do not live in Williamsburg whenever I visit , I always have lunch or dinner at Berret's. Over the years, my favorite treat was Berret's she crab soup. I raved about it to my friends so they would order it also. Three nights ago, my husband and I had dinner at Berret's. Again, I bragged on the soup. We all ordered it. Needless to say, it was horrible! I might have tasted one sliver of crab in the soup. It had no flavor. I swear I have tasted better she crab soup from a can! And this soup tasted as if came out of a very cheap brand of canned soup. However when we told the manager, he quickly took it off the bill.

PS... I also had to remind the waiter....where is the sherry for the soup?

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Dinner was superb. She crab soup delicious. I had the red white and blue platter. Amble serving size- I took some home for lunch the next day. Nice place - great atmosphere. It was a little loud though. Our server was attentive. But when asked for a suggestion for dessert replied I don’t eat dessert. Perhaps it was her tone that took us back a bit. We settled for the Peach Bread pudding which was mediocre especially compared to the rest of the meal.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Casual, Business Meals
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Wonderful as usual! Always eat at Berrets when in Williamsburg

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Casual
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Would not recommend this place for any reason short of starvation. Food was overbearing and not worth what we paid. The noise was horrible from some off key fool posing as a singer.
Wish I had gone anywhere else but, here.
The only good part was the service.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We've dined here several times but usually at lunch. Our experiences have always been quite positive, and we will return when next in Williamsburg.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Great Beer
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We only had appetizers. She crab soup very good, fried green tomatoes tasty as well as calamari and the mixed seafood dish.
we also ordered a cheese plate that was interesting.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on October 27, 2017

First time here. It was a great experience. Very friendly waitress with great service. The filet was great as well as the seafood. Will be back when visiting.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We ate dinner here for our anniversary. The food and service were both excellent.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

I love dipping bread in olive oil. I would have preferred additives to the oil and plain chibatta with a crust.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Dinner was exceptional. We will definitely put Berret’s on our favorite Williamsburg Restaurant list. First time, won’t be the last time!

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

The Food was outstanding and the Service - Emily was our server - was GREAT!!
In fact we went back a 2nd night because it was so excellent...
Strongly recommend

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 24, 2017

The most wonderful blue plate special I've ever eaten. The food was well prepared and excellent tasting. The staff was very attentive and friendly.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Consistently good seafood and service in a light and airy atmosphere. The Blue Plate lunch special is very good; portions appear small but the items are perfectly and somewhat richly prepared. You won't go hungry. For a long time now, Berret's has been one of the better dining options in Colonial Williamsburg.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Very comfortable restaurant. Friendly and helpful staff. Lunch was very good. Both of our choices were tasty and nicely presented. Needed to schedule a group dinner and manager was very helpful. Very nice experience.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Food was not good . People in the restaurant were very nice but we did not enjoy the food at all. Very fishy smelling and not tasty

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We walked inside and received a friendly greeting. While going to our table we noticed there were no tablecloths and it almost looked like a diner. Don't let that fool you. The service was professional and efficient, as good as any so-called 5-star restaurant, and the presentation of the meal was the same. Certainly not over priced, but certainly a restaurant that deserves its high rating.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Waiter was attentive and very friendly. The Seafood in a Parchment was extremely good and we would order that again. The music outside after the meal was also entertaining. It was an enjoyable evening. The only negative was where we sat - by the wait staff counter and the door from the kitchen. A bit noisy, but not a negative on the overall experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2017

The food was excellent in both quality of taste and in a wonderful presentation. Service, including the charming hostesses, was superb. I highly recommend, it rarely disappoints.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Things you want in a great dining experience:
1. Friendly greeting at the door.
2. No waiting
3. Excellent service but not overly in your face
4. Creative selection of freshly prepared food w/ a knowledgeable wait staff
5. Low pressure chill atmosphere
Berret's had the entire package and this is coming from a heavy travel business professional who is in restaurants all the time.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We really enjoyed our meal. Mahi mahi was outstanding along with creamy rice. Large portions so took some home and was too full for dessert but it looked awesome. Will definitely return .

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 10, 2017

We had been there for Mother's Day last year and when our anniversary came around this year, we decided to have it there. We knew that they had oysters so we had them as an appetizer. For the entree, we ordered the Red/White/Blue plate of seafood and the steak. Both were very good.
The only mistake we made was in ordering two appetizers, as this prevented us from finishing our meals.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Hands down! Some of the finest food I’ve had. And the staff was terrific. Will definitely go back each and every time we visit Williamsburg.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Soup was great. Oysters Rockefeller was terrible. Asked twice for bread and butter. Had sparkling wine. Waiter not trained on how to open wine. Cork flew into adjoining party’s table. One entree fair. Other entree came out at room temperature at best. Caesar salad presented with a Parmesan crisp that was greasy due to it being under fried. Oyster’s Rockefeller had no taste due to the omission of Pernod and other essentials. It was our anniversary as well and nothing offered except to write me an apology note and send at a later date. Saw 2 mgt. but nothing more offered except to take off the oysters and entree.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Went on friends recomendation. Will not return. Good adequate. My pork chop was overcooked. My fellow diners thought the food just o.k.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Berrets bloody Mary and she crab soup are amazing

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Place was okay. More hype than it deserves I think. Food was average.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We had a great anniversary dinner at Berret's. Contrary to another review I saw, they did see the comment on our reservation that it was our anniversary and our server was sure to wish us a happy one.

Service and food were both great - not just for us, but for the tables behind us. I heard multiple servers having good, friendly dialogued with their tables.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Sorry, folks, but this Merchant Square restaurant never fails to disappoint me. This was my third attempt there, and we only went there since we couldn’t get in anywhere else. It was a busy weekend. My friends and I were hesitant about what to pick from the menu since previous dishes have been lousy or mediocre. I picked a salmon dish with a crust that was fair. My friend ordered fish and chips thinking it was safe. Th fries were soft, not crisp. So he asked for another order of fries.

Although we asked Nick, our server, to replace the fries, we had to ask several more times. By the time they finally arrived, my friend had finished his fish. So we had to ask repeatedly for a container. Nick should have removed the fish and chips from the check for all those mistakes they made, but he didn’t. All foodies should avoid this place.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Parking is very challenging. Other than that, we had a wonderful experience.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great food as usual. This is a must go to place for us when we come to Williamsburg.

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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Ordered She Crab soup and kept biting into pieces of shell. Ordered the herb crusted Salmon with risotto and asparagus. Risotto was not warm at all, but salmon was hot. Wine and service from waiter was good. Having come from D.C. for a mother/daughter trip I was really disappointed with the food. Your place came highly recommended by Fife and Drum where we stayed. When they asked how it was I told them and they were very surprised by our first time experience not being as good as they thought it would be.

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