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About Traditions at the Williamsburg Lodge
Carry on traditions—or start some new ones—in a comfortable and classic environment at Traditions in the Williamsburg Lodge. Chef Sean Gonzalez and Restaurant Manager David Givens give Mid-Atlantic cuisine a modern twist during daily breakfast and lunch service. Friday evening’s Seafood Feast is a real catch, showcasing the freshest selections from local vendors.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Contemporary Southern, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday 7am-11am
Monday - Saturday 11am-2pm
5pm - 9pm Friday
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live entertainment in Sweet Tea & Barley! Friday night's guests experience an evening of jazz--past and present--performed by the Timeline Jazz Quartet. On Saturdays enjoy a relaxing evening listening to to live entertainment provided by Smith and Wade or Jocelyn Oldham.
Complimentary on-site parking is provided for all Lodge dining guests, as well as valet parking for a fee.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Traditions at the Williamsburg Lodge Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Traditions is located in the Williamsburg Lodge which has a lovely lobby with American folk art displays. The luncheon items at Traditions were and flavorful and nicely presented. The room was spacious and the noise level low .
There is valet parking ($8) with courteous attendants.
I love visiting the Williamsburg Lodge and I enjoyed very much the lunch buffet I ate on November 4, 2017. Unfortunately, the brunch buffet I had on Sunday, Nov 5, 2017 was not a remarkable experience. The pastries did not look fresh and tasted stale, the potatoes were average at best, and the biscuits and gravy were not something I would ever try eating again. The service as always was awesome. I have eaten at the Lodge numerous times in the past and will continue to patronize the Lodge whenever I am in the Williamsburg area, but on this day, I am sad to say that it was a poor value for the quality of food that I received.
From the moment we arrived at the Lodge we were made to feel welcomed. the staff in particular the Dining room Manager and the lady who waited attentively on us was impeccable. We haven't had an experience of eating out like that for some time. There was no one on their phones and the attention to us , (as if we were the only people there) made us feel special. thank you for a wonderful experience and we have been telling all friends and family to please experience the dining at "the Lodge".
We had the Friday night seafood buffet and it was out of this world, especially the she-crab soup, scallops, crabmeat, prime rib (yes, it's fabulous), jumbo shrimp, outstanding pulled pork barbecue, and more. Don't pass this up if you have a chance to eat here.
Traditions has reduced their Friday night seafood buffet by about half since we first tried it 3 years ago and that was a little disappointing. However, the price is still the same so that was better than if it increased. The Rock Fish and Risotto was likely the worst dish on the buffet because the fish was so over cooked it was inedible. The king crab and scallops were fine but the lobster was cold. We would have preferred warm. The shrimp were large and generous and also served cold as cocktail shrimp. Also halved in selections were the desserts but the 4 that they had were good. We will probably do the buffet again if we return to the area because the restaurant is beautiful and the service is fabulous.
We ate at Traditions twice during our stay at the Williamsburg Lodge.
First we had the Seafood Buffet on Friday. All of the salads were pre-made & dressed; which meant they were soggy & not fresh tasting. The variety & quality of the buffet dishes was disappointing; especially for $39.95/person.
Second, we had breakfast on Saturday. Again, the food was disappointing. Sausage was not even browned; and eggs ordered over medium were well done.
Restaurant could be a hit due to its great location, but seems to be mismanaged.
The Friday night seafood buffet has returned to Traditions, and foodies should rejoice! The food is great and changes weekly. But it usually includes hot and cold crab legs, steamed shrimp, scallops cooked in butter right in front of you, several fresh salads, luscious prime rib, a seafood soup (li,e lobster bisque), sushi, oysters, several other seafood dishes and several house-made desserts, including bread pudding. I love the desserts! The quality of the food is high so the price tag of $40 is reasonable. Yes, Captain George's charges a lower price, but you get what you pay for. Captain Georges' desserts look like something you'd find at Golden Corral.
Come often so that Mitchell Reiss doesn't have a reason to shut down this superb seafood buffet.
Unexpected pleasure. As a group of six, we ate off the menu, rather than the brunch. Tradition's brunches, have traditionally, been less than cost/quality friendly. The Sunday lunch menu is limited. It includes only those items listed on the regular lunch menu as "Southren Specialties."
The omelettes, off of the menu were excellent with a long list of ingredients to choose from. The hash brown potatoes were done done to perfection. Two in our group had the fruit, pastry and croissants. Both agreed the fruit was varied and fresh, and the pastries and croissants flaky and fresh.
We went for fridays all you can eat seafood buffet. It was good! Felt like they could have refreshed it more often, felt like we got a little skimped on the fresh raw seafood such as the lobster, oysters crabs etc but the other foood options were still great and I would go back!
All foodies should rejoice. The Friday night Seafood Buffet at Traditions in the Lodge has returned!
The food is fabulous. The Buffet changes every week but I'm sure that a lot of these dishes will reappear every week: hot and cold crab legs, steamed shrimp, hot mussels, cold oysters, shrimp bisque, cold lobster, corvina with a sauce, crab mashed potatoes, smiled salmon, a luscious and marbly prime rib, 3 fresh salads, brisket, and some elegant homemade desserts, such as pumpkin pie tarts, bread pudding, cream puffs, and an elegant chocolate cake.
Yes, the buffet is about $40 per person so it's more expensive than the buffet at Captain George's. But the quality is much higher. You get what you pay for. I think everything is fresh, tasty and made in house.
Please don't give Mitchell Reiss an excuse to close the seafood buffet. It's worth the price. Go there and bring your friends.
The food was excellent. We went for the Friday night seafood and we're not disappointed. The quality was above average for a buffet. From the soups and salads to the crab dishes and desserts we felt we could eat here every night. The only negative would be a lack of selection on vegetables.
This restaurant was nothing but ok. It is a hybrid buffet--you get your salad and dessert from a buffet bar. The waitress brings the main meal. It is a fixed price for the three portions and the pricing was ok. The salads on the bar had the dressings mixed and had way too much dressing added. The food was just ok and I don't even remember what I had. The wine was horrible and had a very limited bar menu. Would not return.
We were in Colonial Williamsburg for 4th of July and wanted something walking distance from the events. At there for lunch and it was reasonable and food was good value for the price. Our server was attentive. It was quiet in the room where we were seated, only one other party. Had their peanut soup but wouldn't recommend that as compared to soup at other locations. However, the soup of the day was outstanding, Tomato Bisque. Would highly recommend it. My spouse ordered the pork sandwich special and thought the meat was slightly fatty.
We went here for breakfast. It is in the Williamsburg Lodge where we were staying so it was VERY convenient. They have a GREAT breakfast buffet if you eat a lot. We don't do we ordered off the menu. There were three of us and we each got the Traditions Breakfast which was 2 eggs any style, meat of your choice, toast, and hashbrowns. The food was tasty. Only complaint was the is wasn't that hot but it was super busy and with breakfast unless it's out right away it cools off quick! The service was great and everyone was very very friendly. Due to being in the Lodge the price was a little high - $15 for each not including drinks. I would recommend going at least once if you are staying in the Williamsburg Lodge though!
Traditions had lunch type food with a lunch buffet with very casual setting. I ordered a sandwich but they had a full buffet of sandwiches, soup, and fixings available for a higher price for lunch. We also ate there for Sunday Brunch. The brunch had what you would expect and it was tasty. But the waitstaff kept coming over to see what we needed and asking if we finished with our dishes. It wasn't crowded and there were available tables but we felt we were being rushed and pushed out. I had to ask for another half cup of coffee. I got it but the waitress wasn't happy about it. We left before the brunch time was over so we're not sure why they were so pushy.
We had made a reservation and were taken to our table pretty much on time. Our server, Aretha, was a lovely person and kept checking on us to make sure we had everything we needed. It was a very busy weekend (W&M graduation, Mother's Day) but we weren't hurried in any way. The only negative was the number of cars outside blocking the entry/exit. I guess these were patrons checking into or out of the hotel. Maybe some thought could be put into fixing that.
The Friday night seafood feast/buffet is so good! Lots of options and you can go back for more as many times as you want. The scallops, salmon, clam pasta, she crab soup, and horseradish mashed potatoes were especially delicious- along with the bread pudding for dessert.
Management and staff are superb. I have dietary issues and showed up on buffet night. Explained my issues and they catered to me and adjusted the cost to accommodate what I consumed. Food was fantastic and varied. My restaurant of choice when in Williamsburg.
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