The Seafare of Williamsburg

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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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Sun 12:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:00PM
Mon - Sat 4:00PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

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LN
Richmond
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meco, our waiter was so nice and we enjoyed our conversations w/him. His recommendations for menu items were spot on. We had a delicious appetizer, soup, meal and dessert. Thank you very much for a enjoyable and wonderful Anniversary dinner. This was our 2nd time dining and we definitely plan on a future visit.

JW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The place was empty which should have been a clue. I ordered a beer and the calamari. They brought me the wrong beer and the calamari was over cooked in oil that was long over due to be changed. We got the check and left. I was looking forward to a great meal, but it wasn’t to be had here.

FR
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Servers had trouble understanding what we wanted...but were very nice and cordial....one person tried to order a lemon drop martini and received a straight vodka martini with a lemon dropped in it

overall not to bad...

v
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

I visited this restaurant for the first time on my vacation. It was disappointing. The menu on the opentable app and website isn’t accurate. I went there specifically for the Chilean sea bass and they didn’t have it. In fact they had a pretty limited menu in comparison to what was on the website. I started to leave when I got there but figured I’d give it a shot. The food was terrible. I asked for the trout with imperial crab. They brought me a whole fish grilled with the skin on that definitely wasn’t trout. I had to remove the skin. The fish wasn’t seasoned and the inside where the crab imperial was was cold. The service was ok but the server never asked me why I left pretty much my entire meal on the plate. I ordered grilled oysters as an appetizer which weren’t cooked. I wouldn’t recommend this place.

LW
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Our server was very slow. Food was very good even though it was a little pricey.

ST
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Food was absolutely awful. Rice tasted like medicine and the scallop and trout dishes had virtually no taste. The waitress had no idea of the lobster sizes and was very slow. This is the worst meal I have ever had in a restaurant. Furthermore, this place is way over priced. Thank goodness we did not have guests with us. We will never eat there again and we are local williamsburg residents.

C
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Nice menu with mostly well-prepared seafood. We were disappointed as one member of our party had her order forgotten--it arrived only after everyone else's was finished. Staff were apologetic but no one offered, for example, to throw it in for free or to give us something else instead.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

While the service was impeccable, the food was not. Soup was cold and way too salty. Entrees were all undercooked. Disappointed.

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Item descriptions on the menu are misrepresented. They were out of many dishes. It was our first bad experience at Seafare but it has changed quite a bit from a year ago. The attention to detail is now lacking. May try it one more time.

SF
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is fine dining at affordable prices. The atmosphere and the ambience are beautiful. The table settings, the lighting. Our waitress is clearly professional she knew really how to take care of people. The food was outstanding. All in all it was an absolutely wonderful experience and and The best dining experience we had while in Williamsburg. I recommend it without reservation.

SN
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited the restaurant years ago and we impressed with the food and service. We were not disappointed during this visit and look forward to recommending The Seafare to friends.

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

First time, but will not be back. Food was bland and service was slow. I know many places stopped offering bottled water because of environment but have filter water, this place does not have either.

TS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

No air conditioning in August. When we mentioned it, the host simply said, "Have a nice evening" ... and showed us out.

CM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We all loved our dining experience! The food was delicious and our service was outstanding. The steaks were perfectly cooked and the crab cakes were fantastic. We will eat here again when we are visiting Williamsburg.

RD
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal. The food was excellent. The service was very good. The restaurant has a nice seaside decor.

BL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

To sure we would return...too many other places to eat in Wmsbg

BM
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

I am very appreciative of the service provided by Anya, Nick and Jester. In addition, the restaurant setting was comfortable. The serious drawback to these compliments is the food. The lump crabmeat appetizer was tasty but it was all downhill from there.

The super sauton which features various seafood was a mess. Red bell pepper strips atop the mixture were mushy and bland, the lobster was overcooked and tough, and the other seafood was just okay. We will not return.

M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

Going into the place my husband was very uncomfortable sitting in the booth and he is a tall man but not an oversize man I just felt very uncomfortable so we asked to be receded at a table area with chairs. The place is definitely a revival of an old ship but definitely a 70s vibe. Our waitress was Kristine who is very sweet and means very accommodating. My husband and I both had soup’s that were very delicious in the crowd desk in the New England clam chowder. We split a chopped salad, How were very tasty. I had the grouper, My husband had the fried fish dinner, both were good. The air conditioning was a HIGE issue! 2 tables of people walked out complaining! They had tried to give me some excuse when I complained at the front desk everyone is experiencing the same thing...no they aren’t. Won’t be back! Good luck to the wait staff on getting tips.

A
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Baked grouper a bit over cooked which made it tough.
If you want wine by the glass you get ONE brand choice, and it’s a low end wine. Wines by the bottle choices are not much better. That was disappointing. Service was excellent!

KK
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Good food but its too expensive for me to come back. Also, the waiter was extremely nice and attentive but he brought my house salad out at the same time as everyone else's main course. So I got to enjoy my main course while everyone watched me.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The food was OK. Wasn't great, wasn't awful. Waiter was intermittently to our table. It was an average experience, but overpriced for what we got.

RN
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Inside the restaurant was warm to almost being uncomfortable. Actual food quality and taste were excellent. A little on the expensive side compared to another excellent seafood restaurant in the near vicinity.
Service started out little uncomfortable due to a very new international student on exchange program. After a little bit of conversations with her she relaxed and service became excellent.
I would return again.

L
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. They take good care of large parties, which we have taken there several times.

PK
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The seafood was delicious but the ribeye steak was terrible. My husband says it was the worst steak he ever had out to eat. It was not how it was cooked, rather it seemed to be the cut of meat itself. Please review how the meat is selected because otherwise we thought the Seafare was an elegant, wonderful restaurant with utterly scrumptious seafood!

MA
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant-food, staff, atmosphere! Highly recommend.

AP
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Seafare has been a favorite restaurant over many years. Consistently fine food, service, and atmosphere. Costs a bit of money but the experience is worth it.

E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Waiter was OK and tried hard. Food wasn't be the best and some of it was cold. My complaint is with the owner/manager. The lady wasn't friendly and acted as thought we were bothering her when she went to seat us. After receiving the appetizers the waiter said our order was lost and ask for us to provide the order again. No big deal. The lady (manager/owner) jumped on the waiter for the mishap. I'm not certain it was his fault but she shouldn't have said anything to the waiter in front of customers. On the way out I asked the lady if she was having a bad day or acted like this all the time and mentioned she shouldn't have said anything to the waiter in front of customers. She said she would run the business as she wanted. Our party won't go back.

L
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Miko, our waiter, was excellent!

JH
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and very attentive staff. Really enjoyed the decor as well

RN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The crab cakes were delicious. The drinks were ok but not the best. The place was ok in atmosphere

l
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Crab cakes were delicious, the spiced breading / crab meat ratio was perfect. Also the veggies were very fresh and served simply which I prefer.

JH
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Wonderful waitress, Karen. My wife had whole stuffed lobster and lived it. I had the Super Sauton(hope this spelling is correct) . This is a shrimp, lobster, sea scallop,and oyster combo( not battered fried) and was excellent. Decor is pleasing and comfortable. Wall hangings are a bet cheesy , lithographs of ocean liners with electric lights in the ship's windows!! Overall very good food and great service. Would recommend to anyone looking for fine dining in Williamsburg, Va.

g
Kansas City
22 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Disappointing! Very few customers in a huge dining space. Food average at best.

KM
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had an joyable dinner. Food was well prepared perfectly and the sorbet was a treat.

f
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Seafare since 1992 and I can say that the quality of the food, the service and the ambiance all continue to be excellent. Every time we go to Williamsburg, getting a reservation at Seafare is a must do!

R
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I dined on a Sunday evening and we both ordered the Sunday surf and turf special. Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and excellent service provided by our waiter.

N
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

This is tourist trap run by a surly and arrogant manager (owner?). The first impression of the interior is what you would expect of a cheap New Jersey seaside dive (Sorry NJ). The dining area was two rows of booths with tables crowded into the middle. The only positive was that the food was tasty, particularly the scallops, but the overall experience was not one I care to repeat. The waiter was pleasant and attentive, but could not explain how a couple of dishes on the menu were prepared. And in spite of a VERY thin wine list, he did not know about any of the wines offered. At leaving time we had an issue with the coupon from our resort. The manager’s sarcastic response was “read the fine print”. I did, and found that almost everything was excluded. I suspect this restaurant’s business plan is to fleece tourists and not worry about locals. I can’t imagine anyone paying them a second visit.

OT
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good seafood restaurant. Service was excellent, very attentive and great advice about menu items. Clam chowder was very good, not salty like most places and lots of clams. Crab meat in stuffed shrimp nice and meaty. Terrific dinner, we're looking forward to going there again.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The seafood was excellent. Our waiter Miko was very personable and very timely with each course of our fine meal. The restaurant that evening was surprisingly quiet and that made for a peaceful no rush ambiance. Will definitely make return visits when we are in town!!

DD
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was really good.Portions were small even though I am not huge on wasting food. I left somewhat hungry but satisfied taste wise.

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