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.

310 South England Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary Southern, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast
Monday - Saturday 7am-11am

Lunch
Monday - Saturday 11am-2pm

Brunch
Sunday 7am-2pm

Seafood Buffet
5pm - 9pm Friday


Cross Street:
Francis

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(855) 546-7748

Website:
http://www.colonialwilliamsburghotels.com/dining/traditions/

Entertainment:
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.

Parking Details:
Complimentary on-site parking is provided for all Lodge dining guests, as well as valet parking for a fee.

Executive Chef:
Justin Addison

Additional:
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

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4.2

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4.2

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4.0

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3.9

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Paleo Friendly
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·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Cozy, Kid-friendly, Seasonal, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Buffet dinner was above average

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Very nice! Excellent food and service!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent selection of lovely seafood. Beautifully presented. Elegant. Was able to try everything. Such a treat!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great seafood bar on Friday nights. Highly recommend it!

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, Disabled Access, Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Tremendously overpriced. Tasty food, but consistently lukewarm. Good service.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We are from Oregon and visited the area for Thanksgiving. It was perfect and the staff was wonderful! Highly recommended!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

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".

Tags: Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The food was great but nothing like the old Chesapeake Bay Feast We have been coming to Williamsburg for 40 years and it used to be the high light of our trip

Tags: Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 22, 2017

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.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Outstanding seafood buffet. Impeccable service. Lovely setting. Made for a special evening.

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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Hospitality was superb. The manager told us good night by name as we were leaving. Waitress and wait staff, buffet cook staff were friendly. Not rushed, nor did we have to wait for any desire. Absolutely wonderful evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Seafood buffet was outstanding. Everything was fresh and delicious.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 1, 2017

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.

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·Dined on August 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 4, 2017

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.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 27, 2017

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!

Tags: Great for Lunch, People Watching, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Had a great family get together for Father's Day. Only problem was we could not seem to get servers attention for refills on iced tea. Buffet selection was good but not as lavish as price would indicate.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 4, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 19, 2017

We were treated like special guests for our anniversary and the food was delicious

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Plenty of food at the seafood buffet on Friday nights, but the quality of it is only fair. Not a bad deal for the amount of food you get, but it's not a cheap meal and there are no a la carte options.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Restaurant was crowded due to graduation, but the buffet was excellent and well stocked. Our waiter was very attentive and had a great attitude even though he was covering two rooms.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 7, 2017

It was a genetic buffet with minimal lunch items Available.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on April 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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