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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Williamsburg

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants in Williamsburg? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Le Yaca - Williamsburg restaurant
4.9
4.9 (8750)
$31 to $50
French
Williamsburg
About the restaurant
Le Yaca began in 1964 in Courchevel, a tiny, country village in the French Alps. Daniele Bourderau & Gerard decided it would be fun to open a small restaurant. When friends learned of their plans, they told the hopeful restaurateurs they were crazy to think people would drive eight kilometers on a winding, icy road for dinner. Daniele and Gerard hesitated for three months and then decided, “yaca le faire,” a contraction of the French phrase “il n’y a qu’a le faire,” which basically means, “let’s do it.” They called the restaurant Le Yaca as a gag, but the name caught on with customers who were amused by the pun and contributed to the restaurant’s lore by inventing “yaca-isms” of their own: yaca y aller (let’s go). Daniele came to the United States and opened Le Yaca in Williamsburg. Daniel Abid bought Le Yaca in 2001. Daniel worked and trained in such prestigious places as “Le Pre Catelan” and “Lenotre” in Paris; “L’Amandier” and “Roger Verge," and to top it all off, “Alain Ducass
Top review
corinnaC
Dined 3 days ago
Delicious meal and fabulous service! Going back soon!
A photo of Fat Canary restaurant
4.9
4.9 (4810)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Williamsburg
About the restaurant
This high-energy bistro took over as Williamsburg's best restaurant as soon as it opened in 2003. The sophisticated but relaxed dining room has an open kitchen, which uses fresh, local ingredients for its creative American fare. Reservations for the dining room and the bar are recommended and may be made up to 2 months in advance. Open daily for dinner, a hostess is available during the day to take reservations by phone.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
We were celebrating our 37th wedding anniversary and had such an amazing time! From the time we walked in the door and when we were leaving! Outstanding food and our waiter was truly amazing! Cannot wait to go back!! Thank you to the Staff at Fat Canary! The McKinley’s
A photo of Opus 9 Steakhouse restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5854)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Williamsburg
About the restaurant
To Our Guests:
Whether you are having a romantic evening for two or a business dinner, Opus 9 is sure to surpass your highest expectations. Why not join us tonight?




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gwc1vip
Dined 4 days ago
Food and service were, as expected, wonderful. Table was as requested. What a great place to have lunch with a friend!
A photo of King's Arms Tavern restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5624)
$31 to $50
American
Colonial Williamsburg
About the restaurant
For parties larger than 6, please call for reservations (855)-240-3278 .
Originally opened by Jane Vobe in 1772, this authentic reproduction public house serves up a transporting experience for the senses in Colonial Williamsburg. Everything is true to the time period at King’s Arms Tavern, from the fashion sported by servers to the pewter candlesticks—all adding to an air of colonial elegance. Inspired by 18th-century recipes, but with updates to suit 21st-century tastes, tuck in to a chophouse menu featuring prime rib, pork chops, and more.

ADA Accessible dining is available in the Purdie Kitchen. Please note this colonial building is separate from King’s Arms Tavern. Please check-in at the front, and our host will escort guests to the Purdie Kitchen.

The taverns are located in the Historic Area, and not on a public street. The Tavern is a short walk from the Tavern Parking lot which is on Francis Street.

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Genghis
Dined 1 day ago
A very unique yet nice dining experience, living history done in a personal way
A photo of Cochon on 2nd restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2697)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Williamsburg
About the restaurant
With innovative cuisine, genuine hospitality and a welcoming atmosphere, Cochon on 2nd is a place where fine cuisine meets approachable comforts. We work hard to find the perfect selection of ingredients that create a memorable dining experience. Our chef-driven restaurant, located in Williamsburg, Virginia, offers rotating menus of food creations that make this a top choice when dining in the Hampton Roads area. Our unique concept is perfect for both special occasions and everyday dining.

Whether you’re planning a family dinner, a night out with friends, or a gastronomy treat for out-of-town guests, we believe Cochon on 2nd will become your favorite dining destination.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The evening was wonderful and the food delicious. Our server, Jordan, was outstanding and very personable. We look forward to our next visit there.
A photo of Christiana Campbell's Tavern restaurant
4.6
4.6 (4143)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Colonial Williamsburg
About the restaurant
For parties larger than 6, please call for reservations (855) 263-1746.
Not much has changed since George Washington frequented Campbell’s Tavern for its delicious seafood in the 18th century. Dig in to locally sourced shrimp, scallops, and fish, and be sure to try Christiana’s famous Crab Cakes, Fried Chicken, Sweet Potato Muffins and Spoon Bread.
The street address is 101 S. Waller Street, with ample parking behind the tavern.


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Annevip
Dined 3 days ago
Absolutely divine experience. The service was impeccable and the servers historical knowledge such an added bonus. You truly felt whisked back in time- with the addition of air conditioning and clean water :)…. The food was absolutely delicious as were the drinks, the music, the entertainment. 10 out of 10
A photo of Waypoint Seafood & Grill restaurant
4.5
4.5 (677)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Williamsburg
About the restaurant
Welcome to Waypoint
Waypoint is located in Williamsburg’s Quarterpath Crossing at the intersection of Kingsmill and Route 199, next to the Harris Teeter. The interior décor is polished casual, featuring original works from regional artists – highlighting the Tidewater influence.

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MichaelSvip
Dined 3 days ago
A must do for dinner in williamsburg area. Food and service was fantastic!!
A photo of The Rockefeller Room at The Williamsburg Inn restaurant
4.5
4.5 (642)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Colonial Williamsburg
About the restaurant
A culinary adventure in modern fine-dining.

The Williamsburg Inn is pleased to present the Rockefeller Room, the crown jewel of Abby and John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s home away from home. The featured menu is a five-course prix-fixe menu with available wine pairings from the Inn’s world class cellar. We are delighted to offer the finest and most luxurious ingredients from local watermen, farmers, and worldly artisans.

The Rockefeller’s revered opulence, therefore, we developed our menu to offer an evening filled with extravagance. Familiar flavors paired with southern hospitality reflect the soul of our story, history, and the melting pot of ingredients brought to our country from its inception.

Before we begin, we may be limited in our ability to modify our menu, especially for severe allium and dairy allergies. However, with advance notice, we will be happy to accommodate any allergy with customized menu adjustments.



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DavidS
Dined 2 days ago
The service was excellent, but I was unimpressed how the server pointed at my food when she told me what it was. Karen should have had a better composure and just explain what the food was. The dessert tray was really great. The duck unfortunately seemed a little hard on the outside for my liking and the green shell actually cut the inside of my roof of my mouth. I was very surprised. Usually the outside is tender. I enjoyed the golden rice with the quail egg.
A photo of Terrace Room at the Williamsburg Inn restaurant
4.4
4.4 (760)
$31 to $50
American
Colonial Williamsburg
About the restaurant
For parties larger than 4, please call for reservations 1-888-447-8679.
Relaxed yet luxurious, The Terrace and Goodwin Rooms retain The Williamsburg Inn’s charm and sophistication while serving up contemporary expressions of American classics. At breakfast in the Terrace Room or Goodwin Room, enjoy Chef’s morning amuse-bouche to jumpstart your day, followed by a two-course prix-fixe menu featuring new creative dishes and showcasing seasonal signatures dishes.

Dress: Resort Casual
Dine with us in comfort! You are on vacation!
Dress preference includes shirts, polos, blouses, dresses, skirts, slacks, jeans and shorts.
Footwear includes shoes, tennis shoes, sneakers, and sandals. Please refrain from wearing flip flops and sportswear.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Dining in The Terrace Room at The Williamsburg Inn was such a treat. The atmosphere is lovely and the room is well appointed. The staff were very attentive but discreet. It is apparent they take their jobs seriously and are superior to other dining establishments. The food was excellent, from start to finish. There is a nice assortment of cocktails. My personal favorite was The Queen Mary G&T, but they all looked appealing. Our entrees of salmon and filet mignon were perfectly cooked. We are looking forward to our next visit and will highly recommend it to our friends!
A photo of Riverwalk Restaurant restaurant
4.3
4.3 (62)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Yorktown
About the restaurant
Nestled along the serene banks of the York River, Riverwalk Restaurant offers a picturesque dining experience with breathtaking views and a diverse menu featuring fresh seafood, savory pasta dishes, succulent steaks, and lunchtime favorites like salads, burgers, and sandwiches. Whether it's a leisurely lunch with friends, a romantic date night, or a memorable family dinner, our warm and inviting ambiance caters to all occasions. Committed to community engagement and sustainability, we prioritize sourcing local ingredients and fostering connections within our community. Join us at Riverwalk Restaurant, where every meal is a journey of flavor amidst the tranquil beauty of the York River.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 1, 2024
Beautiful view, fantastic food, incredible service. By far our favorite restaurant in town. This place is simply the best
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