The Seafare of Williamsburg

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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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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
1 review
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
11 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
10 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
21 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
39 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!

MF
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.

BN
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We have come to the Seafare for many years. The table was set with out napkins, small plates, etc. The lighting was so dark that we could not read the menu. They did turn it up but not much. The food was delicious. Rather expensive. Special occasion only.

CY
Wilmington
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Unfortunately we had a very poor experience. Empty tables everywhere, but sat walkins before us even though had reservations which had us wait unexplainably 40 minutes without any comments as to why. Then sat with lack of Serivice, overpriced mediocre food.

Food looked as if prepped day in advance and served like in a cheap cafeteria. Very disappointed.

RO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 2

Seemed understaffed for volume on Mother's Day. Waiter did not get order correct. Menu items were not available. Amazing food

RR
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I had made reservations for 1:00 PM to celebrate Mothers' Day with my daughter and 97 year old mother. We arrived at around 12:30 AM, there was a couple standing in front of the reception desk looking around as if looking for someone. It became obvious that there was no one manning the desk. After a few minutes I pulled out a chair for my mother to sit in while we waited. I dialed the restaurant number and just as it started to ring, someone came up. We were seated immediately and given menus. The selection was very nice. There was a three-course dinner for $37 featuring a choice of two soups and two salads, four or five entrees, and six deserts. There was also a $25 Sunday Brunch menu with the same salad/soup and desert choices and a surf and turf as the entre. There was also a larger a la carte menu. A server brought us each a slice of a sweet bread and poured water. After waiting a rather long time, a server came by for our drink order. We ordered a bottle of a Cote de Provence Rose. The server came back with a bottle of Chateau Neuf du Pape, a red wine. He went back and brought us the correct wine. The wine was excellent. Then, again after a long wait, the (I believe he was the Manager) came and took our order. My mother loves surf and turf, so she ordered that; only they did not have it today. So my mother and I ordered the Crab Bisque, Veal Oscar, and she had the cheesecake and I had the Pecan pie. My daughter ordered the Caesar's Salad, Shrimp Scampi, and the cheesecake.

The appetizers came. My daughter's salad was good, our bisque was tepid, but good. All of our entres were excellent. The veal was very tender and not over-cooked. The plate was served with asparagus, broccoli, and mashed potatoes, all were excellent. My daughter's scampi was also good and served with the same vegetables. The deserts were, also, good. Other than the slow service (probably due to larger than expected crowd) the Seafare is a great restaurant.

OT
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Slow service and average food...not a good combination.

DG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been there numerous times and I have always had a great meal. The kitchen knows how to cook seafood beautifully. The place just relaxes you and it is QUIET so you can actually have a nice conversation with people at your table.

m
Richmond
34 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is always excellent, one of my favorite restaurants in Williamsburg.

MW
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The fixed price menu of $37 is a terrific bargain!

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