The Seafare of Williamsburg

3.9
1302 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
A 2012 DiRoNa award winner featuring three unique dining rooms. The Seafare of Williamsburg introduces a 91-item menu that features fresh seafood, certified prime beef and tender veal. Our speciality is sauton ceramic cooking where seafood is simmered in its own juices and blended with ingredients.
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4.3
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4.1
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Peasnparsely
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice dinner pleasant staff

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DickS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service. A nice quiet, classy, restaurant with extremely friendly & attentive staff. And cloth tablecloths and napkins!

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WayneS
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience3

The waitress we had was not a very friendly person. She took a lot out of our experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
58 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

All the nice touches to a meal from pre-dinner rum cake to sorbet to cleanse the palate to hot corn muffins served with the well prepared meal. Servers were pleasant and attentive - a hidden treasure in Williamsburg!

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vipDezieB
Raleigh
26 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Of our party of 4, two caesar salads served were inedible being soggy lettuce, that was not fresh, drenched in a tasteless dressing. The seafood meals were more like fast food caliber also tasteless The server did a good job which was a saving element of the meal. There were not many guests dining and some areas empty. We were seated in a room where there was a very large party having fun but extremely loud making it near impossible to have a conversation over our meal. Too bad they hadn’t been seated in one of the empty areas. Overall it was a very disappointing experience with prices not commensurate with the food served.

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vipsethr
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The seafood was frozen and tasted as if it was cooked in a microwave . Exceedingly salty and soggy and the baked potato and vegetables were the same. Rarely do I find food inedible .

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

My steak was tuff snd over cooked
My cocktail was very weak
My server was fast and friendly

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vipedithr
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Food wasn't bad but a bit high for what you got and it was very noisy the entire night we were there.

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ChrisW
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent service with very good food and drinks. The Veal Oscar was excellent, and the pound cake dessert tasted great.

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vipDCFre
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for a special occasion

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Food was not good very expensive for poor quality. Restaurant smelled musty and they didn’t have a restroom to use for the public. Will not return.

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vipBarryF
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The Seafare of Wmburg was a DELIGHT. It was a high quality seafood meal, nicely served in a quiet dining room. It was “old world” in the nicest way possible. Everything was real and fresh and prepared exactly as ordered. We will be back!!

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PeterC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was fabulous! Out for date night and was treated great. Food, service, ambiance we all THE TOPS! Be sure to order one of the flambé deserts, Peach Melba made tableside was to die for! THANK YOU!!!

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klmgreatfood
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food service

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Terri
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

My adult son and I took my husband to Seafare of Williamsburg to celebrate my husband's birthday because previous ratings seemed to be pretty good and we're always looking for good seafood restaurants. First, I want to say the restaurant was very clean and tidy. The tables were set with freshly-pressed cloth tablecloths and napkins and the glassware sparkled. The decor is a little dated--reminiscent of the 80s--but overlookable because of the cleanliness. We ordered the Crab and Artichoke dip as an appetizer to share. There didn't seem to be much crab or artichokes. Or baguettes, for that matter. It was mostly cheese. And lots of grease from the overwhelming amount of cheese. We actually tipped the serving dish on its side and drained off the grease (apologies to the dishwasher for the grease-soaked, paper doily stuck to the plate). My husband ordered the Super Sauton and my son and I each ordered the Veal Oscar. My husband commented the scallops were cooked to perfection but the lobster and shrimp were overdone and tough. He didn't mention the oysters or crab so I'm not sure if that meant they were cooked properly or if they didn't have enough presence in the dish to warrant comment. The veal was breaded, tough, and floating in grease which made the breading soggy. The asparagus was delicious and topped with hollandaise and four or five chunks of lobster. Unfortunately, the lobster chunks were overcooked and tough, as well. Our server did an excellent job of serving, ensuring our drinks were full, and clearing the used dishes and cutlery. Overall, we rated the meal as mediocre. Perhaps they lost their chef during the pandemic and haven't been able to secure a satisfactory replacement? At any rate, we visited Seafare of Williamsburg and ticked it off our bucket list but it's highly unlikely we'll make a return visit.

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FunSandy
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a truly lovely experience. The service and food was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good and it was a quiet environment for my son and I to have good conversation.

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vipLisaD
Dallas
34 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We had been wanting to try this since we moved to Williamsburg. We were disappointed.

Felt old and stale.
Chowder was good but overall, we did not enjoy and could not eat much.

Felt like at one time it was probably a really nice place but it has seen better days.

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tcomer4418
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Unfortunately, there were were very few wines available and the service was choppy. I was surprised at how rigid the menu was. A lot of things went wrong tonight. Love the look and feel of restaurant. But the actual dining needs work.

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LDBVA
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

What I thought was going to be an upscale place to eat dinner was mediocre at best. It seems the word is out since there were only a few patrons on a Friday night. The waitress was tentative and gave off the impression of being new. Our drinks were frequently left empty, there was no specialty drink menu, the food was okay nothing to go out of our way. If they are going to continue to compete they should step it up a bit.

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BSha
San Antonio
15 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very 50s old school upscale dining! Great building and interior. Food fresh. Recipes a flash from the past.

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Ellen
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Our server was amazing! The 3 different kinds of breads they serve and the fried shrimp were delicious, however the crabcakes were so salty they were inedible.

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george
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were outstanding. We will return the next time we are in town.

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vipKellyM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out to on vacation. Promptly seated. All the food was great and excellent service!

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RichardG
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well worth giving yourself and significant other a beautiful night out. Service was outstanding, food was simply delicious, especially the cherries jubilee.

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LauraS
Omaha
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had a reservation for my Girlfriends birthday at 9. But when we got there they said they were closing early. A phone call text or email would have been nice. Instead we went to the Fat Tuna where we were sat immediately and well taken care of.

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happydiner
Savannah
10 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The scallops are wonderful! The service is friendly and attentive.

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WendyR
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Dining room was dated and falling apart. My husband cut himself on a broken chair and the booth was taped together. The restaurant got good reviews online so we tried it. We are not from the area. We dressed up thinking it was a nice place but other customers were wearing t-shirts and sandals. The food was expensive and not very good. We had the scallops and crab cakes. The bill came to around $130 dollars for 2 people including tip! The only positive was the good service. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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vipTHECOS
Poconos
120 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Vacationing with friends first time visit. Crab cakes and stuffed trout were very good. Filet was tasteless. Service was poor due to what appeared to be too little help (thank you Covid.). Overall not memorable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Even giving slack for challenges during the pandemic, this was horrible. 1.5 hours to START getting entrees. Took 15 minutes for all of them to come out. The filet mignon was way overcooked, ribeye undercooked, vegetables bland, fish overcooked. Unremarkable food that was way overpriced. The servers could do nothing but bring bread and apologize. Management was helping, I mean hiding in the back. A round of free drinks would have softened the situation or the manager making the rounds to schmooze.

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vipAlexWC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience2

Very dated decor. The food wasn’t up to par with the prices, and although the server was kind we likely won’t be back.

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DavidW
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The server was nice and the portions were generous, but the ambiance had an unusual feel to it. We won’t go back.

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vipgarry
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good. Nice atmosphere. Attentive wait staff.

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CrystalJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience5

Filet mignon had no flavor. Not even like they used salt, pepper or garlic. Béarnaise was forgotten about. Escargot was good and the peach melba was mediocre. Service was good but the place was empty for a reason…

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KelleyL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and attentive service.

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vipAshleeB
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our waitress was very short with us, curt and almost dismissive. She was very friendly with the white tables but didn’t are for the black folks. It seemed that way for every blank person in the restaurant. Our wait times were insane, the food was ridiculously over cooked (main courses) and the table seated next to us (white folk) stared so rich they made me uncomfortable. I will NEVER go back to this restaurant. As a black woman, I will never give this place my money again. I felt embarrassed and talked about and my husband and I were not treated as though we were paying customers.

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KevinQ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was good. A little slow at times but they were busy and they may have been light on staff considering the current employment climate. We enjoyed our meal.

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Winefollower
Pittsburgh
43 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Very disappointing. While the salmon was well cooked and very flavorful, the baked grouper was terrible. It was tough and difficult to cut unlike any fish we’ve ever had. I would never do back.

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IKOIKO
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I was expecting a high quality meal and it was just average. Bisque was rather bland, scallops were something I could have whipped up myself. My server was very attentive but the overall experience was just so-so. With so many great dining choices in Williamsburg I probably won’t be back.

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The Seafare of Williamsburg is rated 3.9 stars by 1302 OpenTable diners.

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