The Seafare of Williamsburg

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1269 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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vipelfwils
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Outdated, ousters were good but fries, and “grouper” which didn’t taste like grouper were awful.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Rum bread was amazing. Crab bisque was bland. French onion soup was good. Crab cakes were amazing. Scallops were good. Beef medallions were warm/cold. Glass of white Chardonnay was terrible - could have been open too long. Overall - disappointing experience.

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vipLouiseR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was delicious, but the best part was the service. Victoria is the best!

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vipMarlynZ
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at the Seafarer last night. The food was fabulous! Our server Christine was excellent, so pleasant and efficient! The general manager, Howard, stopped by our table to say “hello” and truly topped off the evening with his outgoing personality. I highly recommend this restaurant!!
Sorry, this is the wrong restaurant. But this restaurant was nice.

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JonathanW
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a great place for a quiet special dinner. The ambiance is quiet and fancy. The service is excellent. The food is very good and the price is very reasonable for a "fancy restaurant".

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MarilynQ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The restaurant looked tired and dated. The waitstaff were very nice. The food was just OK, nothing to write home about. They seemed more interested in presentation rather than quality of food. Every person was served a square of some very bland bread with an icing on top before they were even given a menu. Odd. They brought out orange sorbet to cleanse the palate after the appetizer or before if you didn't order appetizers. Odd again. Just couldn't seem to decide what kind of restaurant they wanted to be.

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vipFrank
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a really nice experience at the Seafare. The service, background music and food quality was to the level that we will come back again when we’re in town.

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Kathy
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak and Seafood Platter was delicious! Beautiful cozy place with great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very best service and atmosphere. Seafood well prepared and tasty!

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vipGinaF
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was outstanding! Party of 6, 4 adults 2 older children. 6 different entrees, 3 apps. All were excellent. A great fine dining experience for adults and fine kids.
It's been quite a few years since I dined here and it was just as good as I remember it from the 70's and 80's. Glad the kids and grandkids were able to experience it. Compliments to the owners and the chef!

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DonnaW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Try the crab cakes! They were delicious AND LARGE. It is not a contemporary restaurant. More like an upscale traditional restaurant. Quiet enough to hear and listen to your dinner mates

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GeorgeP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Only bad thing was that they didn’t have any oysters

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Food was sub par... service was slow.. took 20 min after sitting down to get drinks... was just slow from there...

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CJJ805
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Seafare is a classic in Williamsburg but we were a bit disappointed this time.
We made a reservation and then waited nearly 20 minutes to be seated, then waited another 15 min or more for a server to come by and then had to ask for water. Perhaps there are fewer servers covering more tables but with spring break and other activity in town it would have been helpful had the management been better prepared. Server was very pleasant and worked hard once our table started to be served. Service was a bit slow and food was good but nothing outstanding for the price.

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vipgerrya
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great Service was also great. Will return again

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AlanW
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We recently visited the Seafare for dinner for the first time. We really loved the nautical themed decorations and paintings. The ambience, food, and service were all excellent. I highly recommend it to anyonebfor a night out or special occasion.

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GeorgeK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was very good. The food was excellent but the soup was a little cool.

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Henry
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Return visit did not disappoint. Will visit when I again stay in Williamsburg.

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LindaR
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The food was fine, not the best seafood I've had. The prices were a little high for the quality of the food. The restaurant was empty, so it seemed a bit uncomfortable.

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Lilbits13
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere and service was outstanding. Our meals was delicious. The only thing we can't remember our hostess but we give her thumbs up nice and pleasant. We would recommend this Restaurant to our Family and friends. We will definitely dine here again in the near future

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MichaelW
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around. Attentive staff, fresh food, very polished elegant atmosphere that takes you away from the central hub in town where the restaurant is located. Unique bread and sherbet options in between soup/salad course and main entree. Succulent surf and turf portioned correctly to enjoy appetizers and desserts. Superb value especially taking everything entrance to exit into consideration. We have already recommended this fabulous place to all our Williamsburg friends! Thank you for the special night for my wife and I!

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BarbaraM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner! The food was great. And so was the service. I had perfectly prepared salmon. My husband enjoyed the oysters. Ou server was very attentive but not over the tip. We recommend the Seafare.

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HannahB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

This place hasn't been updated in a whiiiile (aesthetically or otherwise). Service was good although not as attentive as I'd have liked, and for a $200 meal I was not impressed with the portion or the quality of the meal. Also, they were out of several sides when we were there. I would go back because the food was fine, but not for this price.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an intimate romantic dining experience. The food was delicious too.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Great place!

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AdamL
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience1

Steeping in the Seafare of Williamsburg is a step back in time. Decor, Staff uniform, lighting all belong in the mid 80's. Our server never asked if we wanted more drink from the bar, 2 minute check back did not happen; the best part of he evening I was with my wife. This is a no go fo us, and do not recommend unless they spend months overhauling from the floor up, to include the menu.

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radsailor
Wilmington
7 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food probably came out of the freezer. It was tasteless.
Limited liquor selection.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience.

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JLnVA
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food, but the menu was a limited due to COVID-19.

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angela
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the fried seafood platter, which was excellent. The wait staff is very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

It took an hour just to get appetizers. They were out of literally every 1st option I chose, drinks included. I made the reservation with a note about our anniversary...not even mentioned. I will NEVER return to this restaurant. The food was unimpressive and extremely expensive for what you were served. Mary our waitress was kind but didn't even apologize for timing as if it was normal to wait an hour for a shrimp cocktail and escargot. They weren't even worth the wait. The rice with my entrée was served in a saucer and ice cold. Save your money!

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Kaye
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

The food was good as usual, but we shouldn’t have had to wait for almost two and a half hours for our entree. Five couples came in after us and left before we finally finished our meal. Heard a tray of food dropped about the time we should have received our dinners, but staff didn’t own up to it. Not sure if it was ours or not but assumed so with the delayed service. Would have had a better experience if staff had told us the problem so we didn’t have to ask manager and waitstaff why the delay. Second time for special occasion and terrible service. Regular dining we’ve had no issues and risked it again for special event but no more.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience!

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vipwineguy
Tampa
73 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great. The food was delicious and ample. The crab cakes among the best I have ever had. Very fine dining at a reasonable price.

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DonO
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated in the large dining room on the left as you walk in. Ou immediately response was a wow!! It was elegant and beautifully decorated. It just got better from there. The wine to the appetizers to the entree and to the dessert were absolutely outstanding. We were so thrilled with our meal we went back there for dinner two days later!! It was just a wonderful. It will be a regular stop whenever we visit Williamsburg in the future. The service was excellent also as you would expect.

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vipDocBill
Charlotte
21 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner! Unfortunately COVID restrictions have hurt an excellent restaurant. Our server Mary was fantastic!

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vippoppiest
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were there on a Friday evening. Seating capacity is probably 200 seats plus. There were four of us and two other tables with a couple and one family. Needles to say empty restaurants don’t feel good. The special was stuffed lobster, which was a fantastic deal and a nice entry. The other two meals were ok. Service was fine but hardly exceptional as the waiter nothing else to do. The ratings exceeded the meal

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RichardS
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Poor service. No one ever came to wait on us. So we left. We never got a chance to experience the restaurant.

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RonL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attractive decor, pleasant, efficient service with excellent and reasonably priced seafood. Great oysters!

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DeniseK
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crab stuffed shrimp is must to try. The portion is perfect. We come to Williamsburg yearly for Celebration and we always eat here. They are so nice and service is great. Will return next year.

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The Seafare of Williamsburg is rated 4 stars by 1269 OpenTable diners.

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