The Seafare of Williamsburg
spinach, rice, seasonal vegetables, balsamic cream
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!
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.
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.
Great service and wonderful food. Have eaten at Seafare before and have always been very satisfied.
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.
I had mussels and the salmon - both were excellent
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 -
quiet restaurant along the strip. the interior is definitely dated, but all in all it was good.
The food was beyond outstanding. The decor could use some updating.
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.
We were the only party there, due to the Coronavirus, I assume, so we got all the attention!
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.
I’ve had better seafood from Long John Silver. Staff was very nice though.
Great food and service. Second time we have eaten here and would highly recommend
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.
Nothing to offer... potatoes only as side.
No Cabernet wine
Exceptional food and service!
The food and service were excellent just a little pricey.
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.
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.
Ambiance was nice. Service and food was sub par for the price.
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 :-(
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.
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.
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..
Good food, great service and ambiance. We like to drive down a couple of times a year for the food.
Excellent food and attentive service. A pleasure dining at Seafare Williamsburg
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.
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.
My wife and I always enjoy having dinner at the Seafare.
Server was excellent. Food very good
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This restaurant is an old gem for Williamsburg. It is dependable and has a sufficiently broad enough menu to offer variety for repeat visits and consistency to make it a place for a specific preference available every visit. Both taste and presentation of the food is very good.
Waitress was surly, my steak with crab was cold, overall mediocre for what used to be a great Williamsburg restaurant
The Seafare of Williamsburg is rated 4.1 stars by 1226 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.