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About The Seafare of Williamsburg
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.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm , Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Seafare of Williamsburg Ratings and Reviews
Three of my sisters and I visit Colonial Williamsburg several times a year and usually dine in the taverns. We decided to venture out of the colonial city and tried Seafare of Williamsburg for the first time. It was awesome!! Friendly, smiling staff. Excellent food and presentation. Nice, quiet atmosphere. We'll be back!
Overall the food was good and the menu expansive. The decor definitely reflected the 1970s, though it was clean and is constructed to look like you are dining on a ship. The restaurant is clearly working, through food and service to be top notch in Williamsburg (hoping to earn the price of their meals).
The service was attentive and very nice ... perhaps even a bit over-attentive (according to my wife, and I agree). It's best for servers to be standing in the periphery and to just watch for a glance during any passes by. In this case, the staff huddled close by and anytime you might accidentally look at them, you'd have someone at your side. Nice, but ... too attentive!
One sad note (well twice actually):
1. The server serving the table near us removed the first plate from the table and placed it on a tray next to the table, then she proceeded to remove one plate at a time and scrape all the leftover food onto this first plate. This was right in front of us, for all to see. While clearly, this must happen someone, it should NEVER happen within the public dining area. It might be efficient, but it's not what one would expect to see in a nice restaurant.
2. Then, when our server (a different server) cleared our plates, he did the same thing! So ... they clearly have a problem. There is a proper method of clearing plates and moving them back into the kitchen. It does not include scraping things onto one plate OR stacking the plates in the public dining area.
Will we go back? I don't really know, there are a lot of choices in Williamsburg.
New Years Eve apparently was a challenge for The Seafare. Our dinner was quite good with fried oyster appetizers, garden salad, crab stuffed flounder and red snapper entrees, but their timing between servings was disappointing. 45 plus minutes after appetizer and salads were finished before main entrees were served indicated problems in the kitchen. Overall .... food good, kitchen preparation and service not so much.
The Seafare of Williamsburg has become an annual tradition at Christmas evening, for myself, my wife, and my mother (when we visit mom at that time). The ladies love the special menu selections, as well as the small complimentary appetizers of rum cake and sherbet. The waitstaff are very professional, and we enjoy the restaurant's nautical decor.
The lack of attention upon arrival was our only complaint. There was a line at the door. All waiting indicated they had reservations, but there was no one greeting patrons or noting arrivals. Our reservation was for 6:00 PM. After repeated attempts to get someone's attention, we were seated at about 6:25. After that everything was great. Our server was attentive & the food was great.
We had limited options for Christmas dinner, due to working around a concert reservation. The Seafare very nearly caused us to miss that reservation. We waited over 20 minutes between finishing our appetizers and being served our main course, with no sign of our waiter during any of that time. Finally we were able to flag him down, and our main courses eventually appeared. The small piece of lobster in my dish was woefully overdone, and terribly tough. Apart from that, food was OK, but definitely not worth trekking far out of the historic district. We have had much better seafood at Christiana Campbell’s tavern.
We dined here on Christmas Day for our Holiday Dinner. The service was ok, but VERY SLOW. The appetizers were good but the meals were not very tasty. The veal was tough and had no sauce on as advertised. The steak was over cooked and the sauton meals did not contain "vegetables" as stated on the menu - they contained red peppers. The costs were high and the portions small. There was not anything about the meal that would make us return or tell a friend to dine there.
Seafare is our “go-to” restaurant for special occasions, out of town guests and friends. Food is delicious, menu is comprehensive and ambiance is special. The General Manager, Mr. Saras, has assembled an A-Team of chefs and wait staff. Go there....you won’t be disappointed.
It was entirely too noisy for a special occasion. I have eaten there in the past & the atmosphere was pleasant for a special evening meal. This time we were seated next to a table with a cranky, screaming child. Late, loud young children were seated on the other side of my table. A group of young people were having a celebration that was also very distracting to enjoy an evening at an elegant setting.
My wife and I have been wanting to try this restaurant for a long while, however, we could not afford eating out like this. Anyway, the atmosphere was very nice. The waiter was the BEST! But the entrees were terrible.
First, the shrimp was way over cooked. My wife’s meal, the Super Sauton was small and chewy! I had the seafood casserole and it was mostly mushrooms and peppers and my shrimp we not edable.
We were very disappointed. We could have complained, but we don’t get out much and didn’t want to embarrass ourselves.
Jim and Cheryl Squares
We have been here several times while visiting Williamsburg. Always a delight and the food, service and overall appearance is great. Luka our server was absolutely outstanding. He made every request possible and with wonderful presence. Our seating was a bit crowded. We were seated on top of the steps to and from the kitchen and so close other servers bumped our chair. I was very concerned that I might fall backwards down the stairs if I pushed my chair back too much. Overall our dining experience was awesome and we would definitely recommend it to anyone.
Our experience at the Seafare was decidedly mixed. The look is authentically and amusingly retro - think 1950's booths and paintings of cruise ships with real lights in their windows. Our waiter was gracious and delightful. However, the food was a mix of good and poor. We began by sharing the crab bisque. It had little flavor and was over-thickened with flour; no taste of sherry or cream. Next, my husband got the night's special, a crab-stuffed lobster, and loved it. (Side note: we arrived before 6:00 p.m., and he got the last serving of the night's supposed special.) I got a ceramic dish of shrimp, scallops, crabmeat, mushrooms, and lobster in a wine-laced broth. It arrived with a pile of sliced pimientos (like those that come in jars) just plopped on top. Every item in the dish was overcooked and tough -- I truly could not get my knife through the chunk of lobster meat -- except the mushrooms, which were almost raw. We both got a baked potato, and both potatoes were undercooked and hard. A lady I encountered in the restroom happened to comment that she had gotten an undercooked baked potato, as well. So, we reported the undercooked potatoes to our waiter. He offered to replace them, but because we were nearly through with our meals, he offered us a free dessert instead. We selected the Cherries Jubilee -- another retro element, along with Bananas Foster. He prepared it at our table, complete with flames. However, the cherries were not the large bing cherries I expected, but were small and so far outnumbered by the sliced almonds that it was difficult to taste them. So, we loved the decor and our waiter, and we saw many things on the menu that we might enjoy -- if they would be properly prepared.
Four of us dined, three of us were less than pleased. My meal was the worst and that is what I will address mainly here. My fried oysters were cold, almost black from over cooking, soggy, and tasteless. The steak fries I ordered were a fitting accompaniment, cold, tasteless, and soggy. No coleslaw was served for which I am thankful, based on the other two items. I can't fully explain how terrible this meal was except to say I never have digestion problems but that night I suffered heart burn. Ordinarily, I would have returned the dish, but with two friends dining with us, I just wanted to eat and leave as soon as possible. My wife's crab cakes were tasteless and cold in the middle. I believe many diners have coupons from their hotels which entice them to Seafare. I would advise them to skip this place at all costs.
On the one bright side, the service was very good, the tables appeared to be well spaced, but the place was very noisy until the crowd thinned out after 9PM. We're locals and we'll never return
This was the second visit to this restaurant. The food was excellent on both visits whether the choice was seafood or steak. Cost is comparable with other restaurants of this caliber. Service on the first visit was prompt, while unusually slow on the second visit. I do not know whether the difference was dependent on having different wait staff, or with the kitchen. I will return for dining with special guests who will be impressed with the quality of the food.
The meal for two was Pricey running around $100 for both. Do not mind paying any Price for very good food. The food was good. not exceptional but good, Service was excellent and the atmosphere was great. All in all it was a good experience but have since found a couple other restaurants that I would recommend as five star.
Very disappointing. Bread served was like sweet cake; much too sweet. Blue margarita special ($10) was awful. Much too sweet and a strange combo. Fish was good, but soft, as if it was previously frozen. Service was good, but we would not return for a meal that cost more than $70 and wasn’t that good!
MY FAMILY AND I ATE THERE MANY TIMES FROM ITS OPENING IN 1976 THROUGH THE ‘90S, AND HAD NOT VISITED IN MANY YEARS BECAUSE OF UNRELATED CIRCUMSTANCES...WENT THERE FOR MY WIFE’S BIRTHDAY - SO GLAD WE DID! STILL FAMILY OWNED AND RUN, STILL NOTHING FROZEN, EVERYTHING PREPARED FRESH, PROFESSIONAL SERVICE (WE HAD KATHY, JAMES WAITED ON THE NEXT TABLE - BOTH EXCELLENT). A TRULY FINE EVENING!
This is one of our favorite restaurants in the area and the food is good, however our dining experience Friday evening was outrageous as we had reservations at 6pm and did not get out for three hours . The evening started our with a waiter that could not speak good English and got our drink choices wrong. We had to wait on each course for over 45 minutes. We complained to manager and he sent over free drinks. We were really ready to leave the restaurant, finally got our bills as we had asked for separate checks, we each got the wrong bill, did not complain and just paid the tab and left.
I hope this service and experience willl not be the norm for this restaurant, we hope to come back again.
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We had a reservation for 5 people at 5.45pm and arrived at 5:41pm. At 6.10pm we were still waiting to be sat. At 6:15pm we asked if we could be split into two tables so we could get sat sooner. The manager appeared to be routinely “hiding” in the back and the lady at the front desk said she could not do anything till the manager got back. They finally agreed to seat us at 2 tables and we got back-to-back booths.
We had 4 servers come by to take our order. Very confusing. Food was okay; nothing special at all.
Manager avoided eye contact since he knew we were not happy.
Will not return to this restaurant.
We were disappointed. We Had dined there several years ago when the meal was delicious. This time we ordered "lump backfin crabmeat " cocktail as appertizer and new england flounder stuffed with "backfin crabmeat". The "backfin crabmeat" was almost tasteless and the flounder was the same. We wonder if the "backfin crabmeat" was suremi.
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