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Dudley's Bistro

183 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasion (200)
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Dudley's Bistro in Williamsburg creates classic and contemporary dishes using the freshest ingredients available. With a focus on preparing food with flair and providing an exceptional experience with every guest, the bistro is a foodie's paradise.

Guests can stop in at Dudley's Bistro for a salad or sandwich for lunch, or visit at dinnertime for flavorful entrées and drinks. Start off with the lobster mac and cheese, wild boar sausage or one of the many other appetizers. Dudley's Bistro entrées include traditional favorites like filet mignon and rack of baby lamb, or diners can experience wilder dishes such as the twin venison chops, New York Strip of bison or two stuffed quail.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, Low Country, Wild Game
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Friday 11:30am - 9:00pm
Saturday 12:00noon - 9:00pm
Sunday 11am-3pm
Closed Monday

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Phone number
(757) 566-1157
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jim Kennedy
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Cross street
Main Street
Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.6  based on all time ratings
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vipOpenTable Diner (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on May 21, 2016

The cream of asparagus soup with crab meat was superb!

vipSsnsailor (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on May 19, 2016

It was only fitting to break bread once again at Jim's table. Thank you for all the memories going back to the Farm house in Toano to Newtown. We never were disappointed, good choices, excellent presentation, food full of flavors and fine service.

GeorgePBurdell (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2016

Jim Kennedy is the chef here and he knows how to cook. I highly recommend any of his soups or bisques. He always has good specials. The entire wait staff is very good. Lunch here is a very good value.

This is a place to go if you want good food in a relaxing setting. Go once; you will go back.

Grateful (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2016

We had an excellent dinner in a quiet setting before heading off to a movie. You can count on their service and high quality of food in a beautiful presentation. Yet to be disappointed.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on May 11, 2016

I went there again, now for a lunch with my son. I wanted to be on the light side, so I ordered a salad; my son ordered a burger (he said it was fair: college student appetite!). Although it was late lunch time, it seems my salad was chopped early morning... Dehydrated shredded carrots and sliced choux were simply topped with a thick and heavy concoction of blue cheese and molasses, carelessly and unappealingly. It seems the menu tends to steer you towards fat and heavy food, even the salad! No third for me...

BigSister (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on April 30, 2016

Food was wonderful, service was fantastic, interaction with the chef was marvelous!!!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 29, 2016

Perfection. Every time. I will follow this restaurant wherever it ends up and cheer Chef Jim on along the way. He should have won the James Beard he was nominated for without a doubt!

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on April 15, 2016

After reading many reviews here and on Trip Advisor I wasn't 100% sure I wanted to eat here as anytime anything critical was said the Chef/Owner seemed to respond very defensively and aggressively.. What that ultimately meant to me though was that the Chef/Owner is passionate about what he is doing and takes pride in the product they put out.

Our server did an excellent job and was very attentive yet not smothering. He was knowledgeable about the food. He explained the specials very well and it was a long list of them!

For an appetizer we had the mushroom tart and it was excellent! My wife and I shared a wedge salad and the blue cheese dressing was what made that so good!

Unfortunately as soon as we finished our salad, the entrees arrived. Way too early.

For entrees my wife had the crab cakes which was one of the specials. The flavor was very good although being from Maryland we are used to jumbo lump crabmeat and while it was very good it didn't seem to be jumbo lump.

I asked the waiter whether he recommended the venison chops or the rack of lamb and he said he would check with the chef. I said bring me whatever the chef recommends. He brought me the rack of lamb and just like the menu says - it was a full 18 oz rack of lamb! I have never had that much lamb served in one dish. It was cooked perfectly and presented beautifully.

A couple of minor issues - the vegetables (carrots in particular) were not cooked enough for my liking. Doesn't mean they were bad - they weren't. They were just harder than I would have preferred.

A bigger issue was the table we sat at (a two top) had one chair and the other seat was on an upholstered bench with cute pillows in an alcove. The seat was too high for the table and my wife was uncomfortable after a few minutes as she had to lean over.

You expect a lot when you dine at a place like this and for the most part they more than live up to that expectation. I would definitely go again when in Williamsburg.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on April 13, 2016

Dudleys is always an incredible experience. Tonight's dinner was no different. The new Spring menu is rich with fresh local flavors. Chef/Owner, Jim, makes sure to always serve the best ingredients. I had the crab bisque and crab cakes. YUM. Never had such fresh crab meat. Dudley's soups are the best I've had and always highly recommend them. Smooth and DELICIOUS! The crab cakes are pure meat, no fillers. A must try. From 4:30-6:30 PM they offer fresh fruit martinis, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry and peach-for only $5. Talk about a MUST HAVE for the warmer months. Summer in a cocktail. If you haven't tried Dudley's yet, go now! If you haven't been back in a while, go try the new menu. It's fresh, local and absolutely delicious. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

CinEri (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 5, 2016

Delicious: from starter through to dessert! Excellent martini and wines, too. Fresh food well presented.