The Rockefeller Room at The Williamsburg Inn

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$31 to $50
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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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Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience4

My husband and I ordered the same entree- scallops. It arrived luke warm. The scallops were much too salty - to the point of inedible. The accompaniments were “unusually “ mismatched. The tastes did not go together. Biggest waste of $250. Room 2012 Jan 18,2020. We are donors

C
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The Inn is trying to maintain it's history and reputation but it is too bad they feel the need to relax their dress code. Guys in pullovers will never cut it in my mind in a white tablecloth restaurant.

Food borders on innovative but selections are somewhat limited. Presentation and flavor are top notch. Superior wine selections and understated attentive service make for a relaxing enjoyable evening.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience all around! Especially perfect for a special occasion.

CW
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was looking for a romantic restaurant to take my girlfriend to and I came across The Rockefeller Room. The pictures and description on their website did not do it justice. The service, the food, the ambiance, and value was spot on. I have traveled many places around the world and I would highly recommend any and everyone to experience one of the finest restaurants I have ever had the pleasure to dine.

L
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and somewhat unusual (for us) food and really excellent service.

AC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were absolutely blown away by the food and the speed of service. Both exceptional.
We were in town for the Marriage Retreat hosted by the Navy. Our dining experience was part of our "date night" part of the retreat, we were also celebrating our Anniversary.
We presented two vouchers paid for by the Navy for our dining experience at the beginning of our dinner. The waitress said to keep them until after dinner. All was fine. However, she brought us the bill and we put them in the book as asked. When she saw we put them in the book for her to take, her friendly demeanor and attitude completely changed to stand off-ish and an attitude of contempt. And the tip wasn't the problem. We provided a fine cash tip on top of the vouchers.
It was a great experience overall but we left feeling like we were looked down upon for using the vouchers provided to us by the Navy.

PM
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful decorations for the Christmas Season were still up in the front of the Williamsburg Inn. Food and service was excellent. Only issue was salmon seemed a tad underdone, but it was the chef's recommendation. I prefer it to be cooked a bit more. Even so, it was delicious. Service was exceptional. Cauliflower soup and crab cake appetizer were excellent. Everything first rate.

M
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to the Rockefeller Room in the past and as usual it was excellent! The food and service were wonderful and the atmosphere while formal is always comfortable-looking forward to our next visit.

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing property and restaurant. From the valet to the busser the service was outstanding. Cecil was our server and he was lovely. The food was amazing. I would skip the dessert, just okay and after the incredible meal, it was not necessary.

CM
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were on our Honeymoon and the staff was remarkable, our waiter Charles was outstanding. Nice atmosphere and our meal was great!

OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

While the space is beautiful, the food fell short of the ambience. Portions were too large for a formal setting and not cooked to perfection (as the price paid for the meal should dictate). The staff were all pleasant and professional but not overly engaged. It will be a while before we return to that room for dining as it fell short of the high expectations we had for its location and reputation.

MP
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fantastic experience. The food and service were outstanding. The ambience and setting were magnificent. The outside of the end was decorated for Christmas and it was beautiful. Can’t wait to go back again.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This experience was incredible great food, phenomenal ambiance in a historical setting. Highly recommend this experience to anyone!

B
Richmond
57 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New Year's Day meal for three of us and each of us loved everything about the experience. This is perhaps the last restaurant with even a vestige of grace and elegance. The food was excellent, particularly the pork belly special of the day and our waitress was knowledgeable and helpful without being obtrusive. The only very slight downer was a rather loud table nearby but that wasn't the restaurants fault. Sure would be nice if people dressed appropriately for a restaurant of this sort, again not the Inn's fault, just a sign of the times.

LI
Baltimore
40 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Lovely room, nice staff. But food was all disappointing. Crab cake was overwhelmed with garnishes because it had no flavor (but I'm a Md. girl); scallops had crust that was salty beyond belief (I had to scrap off); didn't bother ordering dessert based on entrees.
Very expensive (one appe, 2 entree, wine, coffee) $161 before gratuity.

MC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service, and accommodations. High end dining with the quality and creativity. Holds up to its reputation and the awards are well deserved.

P
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, ambience truly excellent, especially the sous vide style chicken!!!

JW
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barrick was our waitperson. He did outstanding service. Polite and there to meet our needs my wife had the salmon. She said was some of the best she’s ever had. My lamb was awesome. Pleasantly done well. We split the cardamom cheese cake. A different experience. Overall was a n exceptional evening. Thanks for providing us with such an outstanding evening. A great way to end our 5 days in colonial Williamsburg

GS
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and ambiance was wonderful and our server, Charles, was perfect!

M
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice holiday dinner. Excellent service.

T
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

This was supposed to be one of the highlights of our week in Williamsburg and it turned out to be the worst meal and most expensive. This was very disappointing for my husband and myself as well as our friends. I ordered the filet "medium" and it came rare to medium rare AND not one petite filet but three small strips of meat that were not very good at all. All of us complained about the saltiness of our food. We felt very bad for the waiter because he was very nice. The manager came over to chat with us and did offer desserts and coffee at no charge to compensate for our meal. It is a pretty place but I would recommend that you have a drink at the bar and then eat at one of the restaurants in Merchant Square.

R
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We have food allergy problems and were quite disappointed that the waiter had no idea what was in the various dishes. Actually suggested that one of the party could just have a salad. We were ready to pack up and leave when a manager arrived . He seemed to be more on top of things and we finished the meal. One of the food allergic members of the party was sick with gastrointestinal issues that night and the next day we believe because she was given food she reacted t. Wouldn't go back. Sorry.
Servers at starred restaurants know what they're serving. That is what we expect and usually experience.

P
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Our party of 4 was pretty disappointed in the quality of the food especially considering the prices. The "value for the money" was simply not there. The most startling thing was that "Crispy Pork" on the menu, which 3 guests had, turned out to be Pork Belly. Who knew that pork belly could be served as a dinner entree at a restaurant with such a highly rated reputation? Not any of us. I ordered the Beef Filet and, while it was very good and cooked exactly as I like it, it was surprisingly small. The menu said "6 oz". Well, it certainly did not look like 6 ounces. It looked more like 4 or 4.5 oz at the most.

So 4 out of 4 guests were disappointed in our meals. Never again.

RL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server, Derek, was outstanding. When my dinner companion asked about a drink she had a few months ago at a special event at the Inn, Derek called the Sommelier at home and had the recipe for the drink sent to bar (it was not on the regular bar menu). When I could not decide about the wine selection to go with my steak, he allowed me to taste various reds until I found the one I liked. The entire staff was friendly and attentive to our needs. The food, although pricey, was excellent (filet mignon for me and scallops for my companion). My appetizer of a quarter-dozen (private joke with Derek) oysters on the half-shell was an unusual taste treat. My companion and I are senior citizens and were celebrating her birthday. She thoroughly enjoyed the dining experience, as did I.

CS
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

I have dined at the INN since the mid 1980’s and recall the elegance and graciousness of the lower dining room. We enjoyed a delicious dinner, an excellent wine. However, the service was not attentive. The server did not recall who ordered which starter or entree; I had to ask for a refill of my sparkling water; our plates were not cleared in a timely manner. The food was excellent and the presentation very pleasing but without attentive, personal service it falls short of outstanding.

VA
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place to celebrate a special occasion or experience fine dining. The ambience was very fitting with Colonial Williamsburg. The food was phenomenal with unique flavors and our entrées were prepared just right. Bonus, we arrived early and walked around Colonial Williamsburg before dinner, came in to the Williamsburg Inn, sat by the fire with some hot tea and then had dinner.

TD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A bit pricey for small portions. Food tasted good but too salty.

JW
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was outstanding. However, I do miss the ambiance of the Inn from 1976-1993. Aww, but it is a different social era now. I’m just getting old

KC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place in Williamsburg for two couples, both celebrating anniversaries. It helped that it was
decorated for the holidays. The service was excellent, the room was quiet and it was a perfect
evening.

SK
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was just ok. The food was fine. I did not feel it was worth the price.

MG
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best cauliflower soup and roasted lamb! Service was excellent atmosphere mice and not too stuffy.

TJ
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place for a special occasion! Food and service were great.

p
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place for an elegant dinner in Williamsburg

W
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

My friends and I travelled 300 miles to visit Williamsburg and a fine dinner at the Inn was to be the highlight of our trip. It was the first week of December and the outside facade of the Williamsburg Inn was all lit up for Christmas and very impressive but step inside and there was a very fake, undecorated and unlit Christmas tree in the foyer and the only other sign of Christmas decor was a small fake tree that could have come from Walmart in the corner of the Rockefeller Room. Food was good though, wine was mediocre and expensive. Overall, a bit of a let down.

OT
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing five star meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time as always

JE
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience. Our waitress, Sharon, was knowledgeable from the wine to the food preparation. There was a delightful pianist that added to the ambiance.

MH
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was very slow. Good food but not memorable. Small portions as expected, expensive.

WD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

This was extraordinarily disappointing. A party of six was seated next to us, including three young children, quite literally allowed to scream by their parents. We asked to be moved; however, they were allowed to scream and run rampant through out the restaurant during our entire stay. To be clear, this was beyond what one would reasonably expect with children in a top tier restaurant.

We mentioned it to our waitress twice. She said she would notify the manager, he would come see us and deal with the situation. He never did. The kids were allowed to run wild. My dinner partner and I noticed other patrons scowls at the behavior. No attempt by manager to quiet them down. At least one other table left.

To double matters, I ordered an oyster appetizer in a cream sauce. Advised it was being served on a hot plate which it was. The oysters and sauce were barely warm. The last oyster was "off," and I rather unfortunately swallowed it. I have been having a nasty bout of stomach cramps most of Wednesday. My guest had pork belly which was served tepid, barely warm and not thoroughly cooked - a bad combination for pork - and he chose not to finish it. .

Food preparation was very poor. Manager was totally indifferent to controlling the environment. Waitress was doing her best in a very indifferent, but expensive environment.

JS
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening, although we didn't know that this room is not the making dining room. The premiere room is actually the Regency room, which was booked for a private birthday party. We totally enjoyed the bar prior to dinner. Lots of changes over the last 50 years I've been coming to the Williamsburg Inn, but still absolutely love it.