Very BEIGE Easter brunch! Waffles, French toast, fried chicken, biscuit, gravy, potato, bagels, toast, croissants, oatmeal, etc. No salad or vegetable in site. No other color but beige. Who would have thought Easter in Virginia would be ham less? No ham! Very disappointed.
A great Sunday brunch.
The place is nice, we went for the Friday night Seafood Buffett. It was good but a little pricey for what it was especially with kids since they don’t eat all the variety of seafood. Regular menu was not available so they had to get the $50 buffet. Maybe a limited alternate menu would be a good idea for those who aren’t able to eat a ton of seafood.
My wife and I went for brunch with friends. There was a large variety of food, but most of it was dry. No one was tending the omelette station nor the sirloin - lights were turned off. Neither were we offered champagne, as we were told.
Great food! Excellent service!
More like a cafeteria ambiance than a fine dining experience. Service was exceptionally poor. We expected more. Food was mediocre. Following evening dined at Williamsburg Inn which was comparably priced with great service and food.
Thanks for the volunteers/employees discount that includes friends. So glad the Seafood Buffet is back. Staff is amazing!
Service great, ambience great, food choices could have been improved if dishes were hot and if they had a few more veggie or just plain food choices. Everything seemed to be mixed with something else - just let the foods BE. Seafood buffet is not for us but we'll be back another time for Sunday brunch.
We went for the Seafood Buffet mainly because it was Friday during Lent during our visit to Williamsburg. Service was fine and because it was our anniversary we received chocolate covered strawberries for dessert as a gift (very nice!). Wine was good but VERY over-priced - only $10 retail but marked up to $40 at the restaurant. Food was either terrific or bland. Because it was a buffet many of the main dishes were just not warm enough. Loved the smoked salmon, rockfish, lobster salad and the Caesar salad. She crab soup needed some salt and pepper to give it more flavor - once we added both it was very good.
Lunch Buffet was excellent. A nice selection, fresh, high quality. Everything from the chicken salad, shrimp scampi and pulled pork to the brownies and bread pudding was well prepared and delicious without being buffet bland. Service was polite and professional - the standard at Traditions.
From the moment we were greeted at the door by name and led to our table we knew that we were in for not just an ordinary meal, but an experience. The Friday Seafood buffet was superb with incredible freshness and variety from scallops, lobster salad, too much to describe, the emphasis on the word "arts" in culinary arts. We let them know that it was our son's 10th birthday and they prepared a special cake that we had no prior knowledge of. Our son was totally surprised and we were equally as appreciative for the level of service and drive to please. For the level of service and quality of everything we thought that Traditions represented a very solid value, and if one is active duty or military retired you will receive additional recognition as well. We plan to return once the weather turns warmer.
The Friday Night Seafood Buffet was a delight. The pan seared scallops, tender skirt steak, lobster salad, and perfectly cooked shrimp cocktail that was piled high and all dishes were replenished on tbe buffet as needed.
Manager Michael Ford and the waitstaff made our dining experience fantastic.
The friday night seafood buffet was delicious, as always.
Great selection of soup, salads, seafood, vegetarian , prime rib, and awesome desserts.
Will return soon......
The seafood buffet was horrendous and our server never refilled drink glasses or cleared plates. Overall a huge disappointment.
Friday night Seafood Buffet: The food is excellent and the selections plentiful - from soup to dessert choices. Our server was outstanding (ask for John). The value is average, IF you return for many helpings. If not, the value is very questionable.
nice crablegs,could use more salads and desserts ; nice ambience
We all chose the buffet. It's popularity was obvious as multiple trips were made to sample the variety of dishes. All in our party were impressed at the quality and variety of the dishes.
We enjoyed the "American Bounty" Buffet very much! Food was nicely displayed and service was excellent. Lots of variety in the courses and food was tasty and well prepared.
Although the menu choices were small, the quality of the “local” fare was excellent. Really Good! Pleasantly surprised!!!
The buffet was very good and well presented. The price was a bit steep for the overall offering but well worth the experience in the Lodge at Christmas. We have enjoyed breakfast here previously and that was exceptional. Will choose the breakfast over the dinner in the future.
We dined at Traditions at least 6 times both for breakfast and dinner. We were happy with all experiences; the seafood buffet was especially enjoyable - I must say, however, that looking at the menu online it appeared that this was offered every night. The only disappointment was the lack of halved lobsters the night we dined.
At breakfast we appreciated Liana's service and Lupita was especially helpful at dinner. Both were very pleasant and attentive to the extent that we requested their tables at subsequent visits.
Chef Michael Ellis spoke to us a number of times while we were in the lobby area and in the restaurant; he sympathized with our desire to have Tito vodka for our martinis to the point of offering to get them from the lounge. Abigail, a bartender in the lounge remembered how we liked our martinis made and our names after just one visit. She was also a joy to deal with.
Michael Ford was very helpful with getting our reservations changed and accommodating our choice of wait staff.
All in all, we had a wonderful experience.
Thank you to the staff at Traditions for working on Christmas! I am grateful for their efforts and outstanding hospitality. They were friendly and attentive. The atmosphere was quiet and pleasant. The decor was authentic Williamsburg. The Christmas buffet presentation was clean and inviting, but I was expecting more variety for the cost of the meal -- there was lentil soup, three green salads, fried scallops, green bean casserole, turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, braised short ribs, Italian salami, capocollo, and cheeses. The dessert selection was limited -- pumpkin and pecan pies, chocolate and peppermint mousse, bread pudding, custard tartlets. I would have appreciated a piece of cheesecake or chocolate cake to finish the meal. However, all the food was fresh, tasty, and well prepared.
After eating at two historic taverns, we had little hope for the restaurant at the lodge on Christmas Day but it turned out to be a much better experience. It was a buffet that was pricey at $45.00 per person but was one of the few restaurants open. The food was generally good but the selection was somewhat limited (to be expected at Christmas). However, we had lunch the next day at a regular price and I have to say that I was very happy with the meal and the service. Also, the bar service is fantastic and there is every attempt to serve patrons quickly and with warmth. Because of our experience at the Traditions and the bar restaurant, we would stay at the hotel again without any hesitation.
Very nice Christmas dinner .Good dinner for the occasion .Family oriented .Friendly service and atmosphere .
This was a rather disappointing buffet dinner for Christmas Eve. The salads had too much dressing, the soup had too much starch thickener, the selection of entrees was mediocre although the pork was good. The best thing about the meal were the desserts which is not why I choosa restaurants
Buffet service. Mediocre in every way imaginable. Best bet is the "action chef," which means that someone slices turkey for you.
We went for the Seafood Buffet. ( We have been to the Seafood Buffet on other visits to Williamsburg and so are able to compare this time with previous visits.) The selection was limited. The baked fish was dry. The lobster salad was tasteless. The seared scallops were over cooked, but when they put out fresh ones, they were very good. The snow crab legs were very small and you could not serve yourself. The items were replenished very slowly. The rolls, which were delicious, were totally gone at one point, and never refilled while we were there. The cold shrimp was very good and the best thing on the buffet. The desserts were just average.
The restaurant is lovely with a festive atmosphere, so I would recommend it. Our server was very attentive and kept our glasses full and the table cleared.
Our lunch bunch enjoyed their meal very much and the service was very good. The only complaint we had was the noise level. It was difficult to communicate.
The food was excellent, and the service was great. Delicious omelets, roast beef, shrimp, lox, bread pudding, breakfast pastries, eggs, meats, mimosas, and much more.
We are not generally big fans of buffets, but we were staying at the Williamsburg lodge and we could not find a reservation elsewhere. Based on the reviews and price, we thought the quality of the food would be better than the average buffet. That was not the case. Almost all of the food options were disappointing and there were items that we were skeptical to even try. Even the desserts (with the exception of the bread pudding) were not appealing. This was completely overpriced for the quality and selection of food.
We had attended the seafood buffet years ago and were so excited to attend again. The Host was rude. The waitress was very nice but lacked confidence in anticipating our needs. The food was of fair to good quality, not very warm or hot. We did enjoy our friend and for that we are grateful. Colonial Williamsburg needs to train the help they are hiring to meet the high expectations of those who visit.
Buffet dinner was above average
Very nice! Excellent food and service!
Food was good. Seafood buffet was excellent. Unfortunately my wife and I can't really eat our money's worth. Too bad all they offered on a Saturday night was the seafood buffet.
Excellent selection of lovely seafood. Beautifully presented. Elegant. Was able to try everything. Such a treat!
Enjoyed our last minute reservations at Traditions. The seafood buffet was fresh, local and delicious. The selection was plentiful and above average choices. The staff was friendly and helpful. We usually shy away from buffets but we're very happy to chose Traditions while visiting Colonial Williamsburg.
Great seafood bar on Friday nights. Highly recommend it!
Tremendously overpriced. Tasty food, but consistently lukewarm. Good service.
Took family to Traditions for Thanksgiving dinner. Reservation was for 7:00 pm. We were seated immediately. Buffet was fresh and replenished even after they had had a busy afternoon. Food was delicious, well- prepared, and beautifully presented. Ambiance was pleasant and we could hear each other across the table without having to talk loudly. Our waiter, John, was fantastic and checked on us frequently and kept beverages filled. Attentive but not intrusive--just the right balance. He was very professional. Manager also checked on our table. Enjoyable dining experience.