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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Williamsburg

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 Gold Course Clubhouse Grill restaurant
4.9
4.9 (81)
$30 and under
American
Colonial Williamsburg
About the restaurant
Keep up with the Joneses at the Clubhouse Grill.

Cap off a round on the Gold Course with a cold drink at the Horseshoe Bar, dine in the restaurant, or soak in views of the 18th hole from the outdoor terrace.

The Golden Horseshoe Clubhouse features the Golden Smoke Menu showcasing Virginia local oak smoked BBQ including brisket, pork, chicken, and weekly specials. Also available are delicious appetizers, vegetarian options, burgers, salads, and seasonal cobbler. A gathering place for golfers and guests alike, the Gold Course Clubhouse Grill offers a casual dining experience just minutes from more at Colonial Williamsburg Resorts.

Stop by the Gold Course Clubhouse Bar located downstairs for grab-and-go sandwiches, salad, and snack options.

Top review
JCMBBvip
Dined 6 days ago
The smoked meats were outstanding, we tried the pork, chicken, and turkey. Our server was outstanding! He made every effort to engage our 8-year-old and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Highly recommend!
A photo of King's Arms Tavern restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5628)
$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.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Great experience and excellent food. Definitely a must do in Williamsburg.
A photo of Cochon on 2nd restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2702)
$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.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 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 Berret's Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (4716)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Williamsburg
About the restaurant
RESERVATIONS ARE FOR INSIDE DINING ONLY, outside dining is first-come, first serve.
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 Tidewater locals as the best seafood restaurant over 40 years.
RESERVATIONS ARE FOR INSIDE DINING ONLY, outside dining is first-come, first serve.

Top review
TimTvip
Dined 5 days ago
Our waiter was very knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. Food was delivered promptly and everything was outstanding and all this at a very decent price. We loved it!!!!!!!
A photo of Christiana Campbell's Tavern restaurant
4.6
4.6 (4144)
$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.


Top review
AnthonyM
Dined 6 days ago
Dining at Colonial Williamsburg’s restaurants is always pleasant and satisfying, and Christiana Campbell’s has always led the way in providing a welcoming, fun, and delicious experience. Wonderful cocktails, warm and tasty muffins and spoon bread, attentive service and delicious entrees (get the Crab Cakes!) - a perfect way to finish a day of touring CW.
A photo of Waypoint Seafood & Grill restaurant
4.5
4.5 (678)
$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.

Top review
CeceEvip
Dined 3 days ago
Service was amazing! We loved our Wagu burger and fish tacos. Will definitely return.
A photo of The Rockefeller Room at The Williamsburg Inn restaurant
4.5
4.5 (644)
$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.



Top review
MichaelM
Dined 5 days ago
Attentive and knowledgeable staff, food perfectly proportioned and excellent, and the ambience was suited for the dining experience. Only complaint was my wife's duck was overcooked.
A photo of Craft 31 restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1714)
$30 and under
Burgers
Williamsburg
About the restaurant

To Our Guests:
We look forward to seeing you soon.

We offer take-out, curbside pick-up and delivery options to serve our community.



Top review
JCMBBvip
Dined 7 days ago
The food was excellent and the beer menu was extensive. Our server, Kennedy, was knowledgeable and attentive and her recommendations were spot on. The Virginia burger (beef patty and crab cake) was very tasty! We would definitely eat there again.
A photo of Water Street Grille restaurant
4.3
4.3 (7)
$30 and under
American
Yorktown
About the restaurant
Located in Historic Yorktown, VA right on the banks of the York River we provide a unique dining experience with amazing, unrivaled views of sunsets over the York River and Coleman Bridge from our expansive covered outdoor patio area. Known for creative & innovative dining selections, abundant & evolving craft beer selections and a relaxing & fun atmosphere, Water Street Grille is Yorktown's best kept hidden secret!!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 31, 2024
Great food and service and the outdoor seating was nice. Busy atmosphere until after 7pm but then quieted down. Food selection is good and craft beer menu changes often but has solid choices.
A photo of Sweet Tea and Barley restaurant
4.3
4.3 (118)
$30 and under
Contemporary Southern
Colonial Williamsburg
About the restaurant
Southern hospitality shines through with the familiar, yet innovative, cuisine and casual atmosphere of Sweet Tea & Barley in the Williamsburg Lodge. From fresh salads, to perfect pub bites, to satisfying sandwiches, it’s the place to gather for a good time. Drinks are crafted by hand, and local ingredients highlight the true spirit of the area. Drop in and sit a spell at the bar and lounge area, or take it outside to the patio for a cocktail where laughter and lively conversation fill the air.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
Excellent place for food and drinks. We also really appreciate the service.
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