The Rockefeller Room at The Williamsburg Inn

4.8
303 reviews
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Contemporary American
This contemporary fine dining restaurant serves as the jewel in the crown of the Williamsburg Inn. Paying homage to the foundation and evolution of a uniquely American cuisine, the Rockefeller Room embraces Southern tradition and infuses flavors brought to the New World from exotic lands. Featuring locally sourced ingredients and creative dishes, the menu epitomizes the Nouveau British approach to gastronomy: refined, worldly, sophisticated and adventurous. Carrying on the tradition of innovative cooking and fine dining, a meal at the Inn is a spectacular culinary experience.
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M
Richmond
53 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Venue was beautiful- food was delicious- service was wonderful and constant. wonderful place

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UA
Nashville
35 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal in a beautifully renovated setting. This was a birthday dinner that was an elegant experience. Charles was attentive and gave nice menu suggestions. The meal itself was beautifully presented and the flavors were perfectly blended. The meats cooked just right. Love the desert sampler, a perfect way to end a heavenly meal. I enjoyed everything immensely and will be back. Thank you Williamsburg Inn for making #5? more ‘tolerable’.

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q
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellence in all respects. Just what you would expect from the Williamsburg Inn. Not stuffy but elegant

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LP
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first dining experience at The Rockefeller Room, and it was truly an exceptional one! The service was impeccable. The food was perfection. The waiter was genteel, knowledgeable, personable and appropriately witty. The ambiance was graceful, richly elegant, and very romantic. Flatware and glassware were all spotless. Everything about this restaurant was the best there is and definitely a rare jewel that tops the crown of the Inn itself. The chef at the Williamsburg Inn is exceptional. The staff and service ethic at The Inn is the best of the best.

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MP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I came here for our 10th anniversary and it was perfect. The ambiance was elegant, quiet and romantic. Much to our pleasure, we were seated in a cozy corner sofa seat. Our waiter, Charles, was engaging with just the right amount of attention and he made the evening a delight. Our food was outstanding (especially the Crab Cake appetizer and half chicken main entree). And the dessert sampler tray was a perfect solution to not being able to choose which of the tasty desserts to choose. We highly recommend this for anyone looking to celebrate a special night in a place of elegance with the ability to hear one another speak.

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MB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious from start to the end!

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TH
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charles is an excellent waiter. The ambiance of the Rockefeller Room is very apprpriate for the Williamsburg Inn. Please consider re-opening the Regency Room on a regular basis.

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PS
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I dined at the Rockefeller Room when I visited her at college. It was truly a special evening. From the valet parking to dessert, the service was impeccable! We arrived early for our reservation and had a drink at the bar, which was delightful. Dinner was superb (try the oysters!), and David, our water was attentive and had great recommendations. The scallops were delicious, as was the filet. Great wine and the best cheesecake I have had in a long time (light, smooth, and tasty). The decor was very elegant and comfortable. Perfect mother-daughter night!

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MF
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. A bit noisy due to a wedding party in the same room, but this is likely unusual. Overall excellent.

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EP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 1

I booked a reservation at this restaurant based on recommendations from a number of colleagues. I was told it would be a nice, quiet restaurant for a romantic dinner with my wife. The food was good and the service was excellent; however, the atmosphere ruined the entire experience. A wedding party of about 12-15 people was seated at a large table directly across from us. They were very loud (as one would expect) and boisterous, to the point that my wife and I could not even carry on a meaningful conversation. In fact, we rushed through dinner so that we could get move on from the restaurant to a place we were could actually talk and hear one another. That was very disappointing to me.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and service in an outstanding environment.

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WM
Tucson
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An out of the park experience at CW's Rockefeller Room. Our 30th wedding anniversary. We dined in the Regency Room 30 years ago. The service was perfect. The food was wonderful, very modern takes on standards. The room was very nice but it was little occupied, like 5 parties on a Monday. It was probably the most expensive meal we've ever had but the night was completely worth it.

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EK
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was one of the top best I’ve been to. Live music, decoration, food and its presentation were amazing! We will definitely come back!

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LF
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an all around delightful and delicious experience. We will certainly go back on our next trip to Williamsburg.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent wait staff

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P
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The staff was wonderful, but a little slow to perform common practices. For example, they were slow to take our order, maintain our glasses with wine and remove the used dishes and cutlery. The staff was lovely when available. They also made recommendations for the wine and food that were very complimentary. I will most definitely return; I probably just need to remember to slow down and enjoy the experience and conversation next time.

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TJ
Baltimore
70 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Charles & all staff were outstanding! Top quality! Food was superb!

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DM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous fresh food selections prepared perfectly. Wonderful fine dining!

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JH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife and family for my wife's birthday. Food was incredible. Charles was a fantastic server and so pleasant to converse with him. Very well decorated with lots of food options. Recommend for any occasion and very tough to beat for special occasions.

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JP
New England
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service. Food was good not great, and didn’t really merit the high prices.

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f
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have stayed at the Williamsburg Inn numerous times and were devotees of the Regency Dining Room. I wasn’t certain how I would feel about this new dining experience at the Inn. But, The Rockefeller Room and Goodwin Room lived up to our expectations for fine dining at the Inn: white tablecloths, delicious food and wine choices, attentive service, and an ambience that is conducive to conversation. Having read previous reviewers’ remarks regarding business casual and casual attire, I was concerned. But, the evening we met friends there for dinner, we saw men in sport jackets or sweaters and slacks and women in dresses, skirts or slacks with jackets and sweaters. We had Bibb lettuce and citrus salads to start, salmon and rockfish entrees, and panda cotta for dessert. A wonderful dining experience in Williamsburg.

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PW
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Rockefeller Room is 5 Stars from excellent guest service, elegant decor to absolutely amazing food. The presentation of the dishes were lovely but the taste was beyond expectation. I had the lamb, my friends had the rock fish and the filet. I tasted all three and all were excellent. We then shared the sample dessert, of which I could not pick a favorite, as they were all delicious!

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KB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner. Food was perfectly prepared and the service was incredible. Everyone was very accommodating. It was fabulous!

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MJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Wonderful food experience. Our server was not as good as we have had in the past. Seemed more interested in chatting with people he knew. Service was slow and did not clean up the table of crumbs. He really did not measure up to the service we experienced in the past from Cecil, Treyvon and others.

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The decor is outstanding, gives one a very elegant appearance. The service is impeccable, best in Virginia ( always a Homestead, Hot Springs fan).
The food selection is excellent and taste is as absolutely delicious.
A wonderful place for special occasions.

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p
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For our 50th anniversary dinner we chose the Rockefeller Room for it's quiet, refined, and romantic ambiance; excellent food; and superior service. We were not disappointed. Our waiter was excellent - never intrusive but always available. The food was delicious. We particularly liked the comfortable couch for our seating at the large round table with very attractive decorations and lighting.

If we had to find fault, the cocktails (manhattan and whiskey sour) were a bit weak and the hostess seemed strangely confused. Nevertheless, it was an outstanding meal, perfect for this important occasion. Our complimentary desert plate (with two chocolates) was personalized for us. The desert sampler with all five of the delicious deserts and the excellent coffee was great. Our two and a half hour dinner (we made it last as long as possible) was a delight; we felt like we were dating again.

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OH
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Service
Excellent food
Perfect proportions
Ambience
The individual interest of our needs by the staff went beyond what anyone would expect

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DB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The setting and service were outstanding. The soup, salads and bread were excellent, but the entrees were disappointing.

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RM
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was first class. The staff was the best, our server Jane was phenomenal. The drinks were excellent and the food was outstanding. I would strongly recommend a visit to the Rockefeller Room while in Williamsburg.

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DT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and came to the table hot. Service was excellent. The Wine Steward and our server were attentive and helpful. We were however, VERY disappointed we could not make reservations for dinner in the Regency Room. It is always where we have had supper during the holidays in the past. Being stuck in the Rockefeller Room was a total let down. It has always been nice to dress for the Regency Room and people were dressed in jeans and tee shirts around us. Total letdown on the experience we were expecting.

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CC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An elegant meal in an elegant setting. Service and cuisine were excellent. Kudos to Sommelier Richard Gerardo and our superb server, Cecil.

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OT
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible atmosphere and food!

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D
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solid service and a VIP experience. Felt a little pricey for kids menu and appetizers, so be prepared for 5 Star prices along with 5 Star service.

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BC
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superlative in all respects. Derek our waiter was quite relaxed but totally on top of his game. The food was memorable and out of the ordinary. Pricey but all that we hoped for!

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j
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A wonderful venue for a special occasion. Food, service and ambiance very good and festive.

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JU
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is superb and the wine list has choices for whatever you desire including reasonable prices. The service is beyond compare! After our first visit, this will become an annual holiday tradition.

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MM
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Rockefeller Room is THE best dining in Williamsburg bar none. The ambience and food are exceptional, but what makes it truly a special dining experience is the service. We save dining at the Inn for very special occasions for this very reason.

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J
Philadelphia
347 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A very elegant beautiful room. This was our second visit. Nd the food preparation wasn’t as careful as the first time. My bone-in filet was overdone but still good. We will be back in hopes that the third visit will be as great as the first.

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R
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Rockefeller Room! The chef’s surprises are always fun touch!

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JK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The service and ambience were fabulous. Our server, Mary was gracious, warm and professional. She went above what was necessary, bringing us a lovely plate inscribed with chocolate for our anniversary.

My meal was a pasta (Cavilinni ?) which was unfortunately, over salted. My husband had pork, which he felt was average.

The service and ambience made up for the rather disappointing food and we will remember the night fondly due to the beautiful room, comfortable seating with ample room between tables and especially, our wonderful server.

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