The Seafare of Williamsburg

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1228 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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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service with attention to detail. Would recommend the sauton. Pecan pie also delicious. Afterwards, we had a lively conversation with the owner and her son, who is now the owner/general manager. Their family established the restaurant 47 years ago! The decor boasts an interesting collection of Jack Woodson art.

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SteveG
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner was wonderful. Scallops and flounder were cooked to perfection. Our dining area was extremely quiet and very inviting. Keep up the good work.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
40 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good choice for dinner during these challenging times of the coronavirus - appropriate social distancing and servers with personal protective gear made you feel comfortable while dining!

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vipWeekend
Orlando
138 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

This was a return after many years. The food was as excellent as we remembered. The gentleman serving as manager that evening could not have been nicer. We were running late, due to traffic, as we were enroute from the northeast, heading south. Our server was pleasant, however seemed to have a communication issue. Will definitely return.

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vipFoodie113
Pittsburgh
37 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A lovely "old school" restaurant. White tablecloths, warm bread at arrival, attentive service. They even serve sherbet to cleanse the palate! Great food with generous portions. Something for everyone on the menu.

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Manny
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and wonderful food. Have eaten at Seafare before and have always been very satisfied.

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Ashley
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were delighted with the ambiance, our booth was extremely comfortable, we loved, loved ,loved our shrimp cocktail, the bread treat was amazing, the orange sorbet between our appetizer and entree was yummy! Now, our entrees were fantastic! My seafood dish had a full assortment of the sea, loved it!! My husband had trout stuffed with crab meat amazingly delicious! I highly recommend this restaurant for a special seafood night out, I heard their steaks are just as amazing! My husband and I will visit again when we are in the area.

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dcrva
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had mussels and the salmon - both were excellent

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vipcaseman
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Giving them a break because of the virus - but we were greeted with a list of items that were not available from the menu, first bottle of wine I ordered was not available then told that other similar wines were not available. Switched to a well know Chard that I have ordered and purchased many times and it was off taste they took it back and we settled for another. Giving them credit they finally decided not to charge us for the wine. The food was fine even though we came for another entree that was on their website. Hoping this was just an off night -

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nychris61
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

quiet restaurant along the strip. the interior is definitely dated, but all in all it was good.

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MichaelW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was beyond outstanding. The decor could use some updating.

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localfan
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Seafarer was very nice nothing in the food stood out while all very good as over the top outstanding with one exception! that being the Crab Cake it was made and full of jumbo lump Crab meat being from the Baltimore area I have had some great crab cakes but this one rates near the very top highly recommend! The service was friendly and attentive while not being overly pushy. On the down side the wine list was surprisingly limited you would expect for this type of restaurant.

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STEPHENC
New England
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were the only party there, due to the Coronavirus, I assume, so we got all the attention!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

I’ll start with the fact that the food was awful. Seriously. I can’t stress that enough. A previous reviewer said they’ve had better food at Long John Silver and this is no exaggeration. Secondly, I ordered a bottle of Chardonnay that was about $30. The server came to the table stating they were sold out of the bottle, but had a replacement in hand and asked “would you like this one?”. Sure why not, right? Wrong. After giving her my card to pay for the check, I get the bill and SHE GAVE ME A $60 BOTTLE TO REPLACE THE $30 ONE! Who does that? Especially with no notification. I just ate the charge and vowed to never EVER return to this establishment again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I’ve had better seafood from Long John Silver. Staff was very nice though.

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vipdwayneb
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and service. Second time we have eaten here and would highly recommend

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vipAnnieb
Charleston
78 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We were seated quickly but service was very slow. Food for the most part was good. We had veal, steak, flounder. I would not recommend the oysters. The restaurant staff were very pleasant. They are doing the best they can during these difficult times.

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vipmypalatte
Greensboro
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Nothing to offer... potatoes only as side.
No Cabernet wine

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vipRyanH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service!

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vipjpershing2
Philadelphia
99 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food and service were excellent just a little pricey.

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impresaria
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience5

We used to love Seafare, and even enjoyed our previous visit post reopening. But this last visit was a dud. The server didn't know what the ales were like, sea bass is (still) not in the menu, and the salmon which I ordered came bare and with a buttered vegetable instead of with balsamic cream and spinach+rice. After I had eaten everything but the salmon, the server brought me what appeared to be melted butter to put on the fish. When I asked for balsamic cream sauce she came back after I had eaten the fish with some white sauce -- Mornay maybe?

A strength of Seafare used to be the beautiful presentation of the food. But this wasn't as good as I could do at home, and the delays in getting the various parts of the meal were irritating. There was a boisterous and crude party at the next table for which I don't blame Seafare but it didn't enhance the experience.

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vipChristheB
New England
100 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very few patrons in the restaurant on a Tuesday evening at 7 pm. Local informed us that they enjoy going here mainly because it is viewed as a "tourist" restaurant, but is never very crowded, even with COVID-19. Several options were "out", but choices we made were very good and enjoyable. "Jester", our server, was very attentive (since he did not have any other customers) and kept us informed. Prices were "reasonable" for a tourist restaurant. Food was prepared to our liking and presentation was nice. If you are looking for a quiet spot for dinner this is your place.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Ambiance was nice. Service and food was sub par for the price.

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KyleS0904
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our experience was not pleasant. We left out before our food arrived due to the lack of service. There was only one other table in the restaurant. We will never visit again :-(

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Mason
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We have been customers for many years. We have always accepted the relatively higher prices in exchange for the entire dining experience - excellent food, atmosphere and service. Whether COVID 19 has caused a shakeup there or the business is under new management, the service aspect of the experience was drastically different from what we have experienced in the past, from the manner in which we were greeted, seated, and then served. While I suppose the waitress was doing her best, the service she provided was more in the vein on what you would expect at a chain restaurant, at best. She was late bringing water, taking drink orders, and then almost (perhaps unintentionally) slapped our plates of food on the table. She then served us corn muffins by holding out a basket and inviting each of us to grab one. That level of informality was surprising for this restaurant. If our server is representative of most of the current staff there then, sadly, the dining experience there is no longer the same and not worth the extra cost.

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dalmee
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent. Food ordered was excellent but presentation not considered up to par for $$$ or $$$$ price point. Not advised for romantic anniversary evening out. Looking at restaurant seating layout caters more to number of patrons rather than meal & experience. When someone recommends “highly” consider the source.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Food took way to long, half of the menu was not available, there was one server for the entire dinning room that we felt sorry for. Never again.. don’t take the time to wait at the place for the horrible food! We left after the food took 1 hour to come..

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LMCW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good food, great service and ambiance. We like to drive down a couple of times a year for the food.

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vipAtlanta
Atlanta
35 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and attentive service. A pleasure dining at Seafare Williamsburg

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Mom visiting

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MonicaJ
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Our server, Adam, was not attentive to his section at all the whole time we were there. Everyone around us looked annoyed and frustrated by the poor, slow service we received. I understand that it was Valentine’s Day and that places would be busy, but this was beyond slow service due to the amount of people. As the night died down, our server left and was not located for a good 30 minutes. Even the manager was trying to find him because people were getting frustrated. The food was good, but not good enough for the cost and the service we experienced was terrible. We will not be returning to Seafare.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Service was terrible, we were served our food after a couple that came much later than we did. Food was far below expectations. For 125$ dinner I was not happy! We will never go there again.

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BobbyH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I always enjoy having dinner at the Seafare.

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BarryC
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Server was excellent. Food very good

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vipJamesM
Richmond
46 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The food was just ok. Crab bisque was somewhat bland. Having just moved from Connecticut, the lobster was not up to my expectations. The bed in the surf and turf was excellent. The veal was just ok. Cheesecake was good for one commercially prepared (not made in the restaurant). Whipped cream was obviously ersatz; tasted kind of like cool whip.
Service was good. I really liked the decor.

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vipBR549
Pittsburgh
153 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

I went late so I could book a 1,000 point table, so maybe that's why the place was basically empty, but I wonder if there are other reasons. The greeting and service was excellent. The decor not so much. The place could use a good upgrading and modernization. The threadbare carpets in places do not speak well for the restaurant.

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CathyW
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always expect a super meal from The Seafare.. this was no exception... we both had the beef tourneados and they were so tender... The staff is very professional an courteous. A very relaxing evening and wonderful ambience.

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ThomasF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice quiet and peaceful ambiance. The service was excellent. Very good variety of options on the menu and the food was delicious. This was our first visit but we will definitely be returning.

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vipDM50
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a wonderful dinner with family the last night we were in Williamsburg. Beautiful restaurant with a nautical theme, very clean, nice soft music. The waitress was great. Answered all of our menu questions and was very attentive to our needs. The food was amazing. We had baked grouper, a very nice size filet with vegetables, very moist and very well seasoned. The desserts were incredible, the banana foster was prepared in front of our table, the cheesecake was enough for 2 people and the baklava was fresh and great tasting. It was also large enough for 2 people. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting the area. January is the slowest season for them so if you go you will have no wait and great service.

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vipWonderful
E. Tennessee
23 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our New Years/wedding anniversary dinner at Seafare. One would not want to dine in haste there -- you'll choose and receive your drinks well before your food order is taken, and the pace is unhurried. Can't remember the last time we dined for nearly two hours. The staff are courteous, the food well prepared (we really liked the Norwegian Salmon), and the ambiance pleasant.

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The Seafare of Williamsburg is rated 4 stars by 1228 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.