Traditions at the Williamsburg Lodge

3.7
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355 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Southern
Carry on traditions—or start some new ones—in a comfortable and classic environment at Traditions in the Williamsburg Lodge. Chef Michael Ellis and Restaurant Manager Stephanie Wise give Mid-Atlantic cuisine a modern twist during daily breakfast and brunch on Sunday.

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  • Williamsburg Lodge Christmas Day Meal Adult (11+)

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     $65.95 per person 
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    Dec 25, 2020 only
    Gather the family to enjoy a sumptuous family-style Christmas day meal at the Williamsburg Lodge.
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3.7based on recent ratings
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3.6
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food!

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vipRosemaryR
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific Sunday brunch! Recommend to all. Shrimp and prime rib was delicious.

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piperacres
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Meeco was fabulous. Went above and beyond when omelet station girl said she wouldn’t make omelet because she was short staffed. We requested him the next time we went and enjoyed him again. Most workers were more interested in complaining to each other about short staffing and we waited til they finished. The young chef was a delight and made my omelet himself and carried on a nice conversation. Overall weekend was frustrating because of lack of staff but key people made it worth it!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Never fails to please. Great assortment of brunch buffet fare that is replenished frequently. Casually elegant presentation and affordable price.

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PatH
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Above average in service, food, and environment.

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MarkR
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food selection and service by our waiter, Mico, were fantastic. Would highly recommend.

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vipdkreview
London
40 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Prime rib was smothered in gravy and was rare although medium rare was ordered. Salad buffet was minimal, pecanpie was tasteless.

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PattiL
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, server offered a few options for the child with our party.

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PaulaE
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Entree quality just okay - no vegetables except salads and mashed potatoes - desserts were all a blah color and not tasty, would have been nice to have some berries or fruits

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JimT
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Went to the Traditions Buffet on Christmas eve and found the service slow, food mediocre and prices ridiculous. They charged $40.95 per person for a buffet that didn't even provide the quality or variety you would expect from 1 $12.95 buffet at one of the chains. Upon being seated, it took about ten minutes before a server came by the table to take drink orders. When we reached the buffet line, all the plates were already gone and it took another five minutes for anyone to notice and bring more. The buffet choice were very limited,as was the choice of desserts. I'm convinced the establishment was taking advantage of the fact that most customers were tourists who probably wouldn't be back anytime soon, anyway, so they thought it was just fine to charge rip-off prices, provide mediocre food, and slow service. Would NOT recommend Traditions to visitors to Williamsburg, Va.

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vipOpenTableFan
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Christmas Eve buffet. We were late trying to make reservations for dinner Christmas Eve. This restaurant was the only one in the area with reservations available. Now I know why. My expectations were low, but it did not meet my expectations.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Christmas Eve buffet. I was pleased with the variety and quality of the meats. However, I was very disappointed at the lack of healthy vegetables. The salads were doused in dressing and the red cabbage had been soaking with the pork loin juices. Steamed vegetables, like broccoli or green beans, would have been a good addition.

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vipAtlanta
Atlanta
35 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service with the added bonus of Colonial Williamsburg ambiance!

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AnneT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Rathe plain inside considering the price. No cream for our coffee. Service so so. Theyd had a morning rush and seemed like when we came in, they were recovering and not especially attentive (coffee water refill)

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GJGJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had brunch there and it was good. Initially service was quick but we waited too long for just cereal fruit and oatmeal. Then we waited 20 minutes for the check. They could use one more server to cover the floor. Food was good and overall it was nice.

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Charlestonfoodie
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent Thanksgiving dinner. Our server couldn’t have been more welcoming and all of the staff was very friendly.

Our dinners were delicious.

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Danny
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We went to Traditions for Thanksgiving dinner. Normally, this establishment is not open in the evening but they had a special event just for Thanksgiving. We had reservations and were seated quickly. The temperature of the dining room was uncomfortably cold. We waited forever for our food. The waiter said the kitchen was "backed up" which seems odd since everyone knew Thanksgiving was coming months in advance. They had plenty of time to plan and arrange for proper staffing. The waiter disappeared and was seen anywhere in the room spending 90% of her time somewhere else. When the food finally came it was lukewarm and mediocre. The portions were tiny consisting of a small scoop of mash potato, 5 green beans, 3 pieces of processed turkey, gravy, and a tablespoon of cranberry sauce all mixed together in a bowel like at KFC. For 3 people the meal cost north of $150. Neither the food, the ambiance, nor the service nor all three together were worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The food quality and service was not worth the price. We would have gone to a buffet for a Thanksgiving feast at a much lower cost.

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blueiristn
London
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Our food was okay, but it was noisy in the kitchen with shouting orders like a waffle house, that we could hear at out table. There was nearly an hour that passed from our starter to our entrée was served. This was our Thanksgiving Dinner and we were disappointed with the ambiance and noise level. Will probably not come back to this restaurant. Desserts were cheap and poorly displayed at the dessert bar. Manufactured, no warmth for such a holiday meal.

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vipCathyM
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My steak was delicious and prepared just the way I like it

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ReginaM
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Served a limited menu for Thanksgiving and everything was good.

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BobB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Food quality not good at all but service was excellent. $28/person is way overpriced.

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vipRaymondB
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We always look forward to the Williamsburg Brunch. There is an excellent variety of dishes, all well prepared and at the correct temperature. The ambiance is gracious and welcoming. The staff is friendly and very competent.

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vipHalK
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The brunch was good. The choices were typical, but not a lot of choices outside the normal breakfast fare.

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Nanathome
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Sorry to say that the quality of the brunch has decreased just since our last visit a few months ago. Frittata was like a brick. the "Chef's Special;" wasn't. Many things seemed as though they were cooked long before our seating time and then kept warm in such a way that they were dried out. Breads seemed stale and the dessert offerings were not very original (danish?) and fewer choices of pies and cakes than in the past. Such a disappointment to bring guests and not have it live up to what we had expected.

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vipIslandgirl
Charleston
30 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding brunch buffet which included a mimosa. All southern inspired favorites including delicious pastries, biscuits and gravy made to order omelettes and smoked salmon or shrimp. Bread pudding was fabulous. Great for familes. A lovely and hearty way to end our family vacation.

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vipLindaC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

For the price paid and the location, I expected better tasting food. My family and I did the brunch buffet and the food was very disappointing. The biscuits and pastries were dry. The sausage gravy was mediocre. The waffles and French toast were so so. We got better food from one of the small pancake houses in the area for half the price.

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Phena
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to the brunch before during the week and enjoyed it so very much. This time we went on a Sunday for the breakfast brunch and to our surprise it came with a mimosa. The chef, the chef that cooked our omelettes, and our waittress was extraordinary. Every element was perfection. I wish I could remember all of the staff names. The main chef, who was female, made a blood orange chutney that was out of this world. Yours is the only restaurant that I know that offers crabmeat as a choice to incorporate in the omelettes. oh my gosh that fried chicken was the best I’ve ever had in 57 years which was amazing with the blood orange chutney. And how could I forget the pineapple and chocolate bread pudding. I wish I could have that every birthday instead of a cake. The value was amazing. I wish I could come back at least once a month. Thank you for the amazing Sunday.

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Ashley
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were the only ones enjoying the all you can eat breakfast buffet! Will definitely go back!!

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vipLightingGirl
New England
16 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Brunch was really disappointing. While the food we had tasted fine, the selection was very limited. Aside from the fried chicken and biscuits, there were no other “lunch” foods - no carving station, no seafood, veggies etc. It was really a breakfast buffet. There were also no brunch cocktails (like mimosas or bloody Mary’s) available. Left a lot to be desired for a price of $28 per person! Would not go again.

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JudyC
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prompt service and pleasant surroundings characterized this brunch. The food was good and the selection was extensive.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Made this reservation month ahead before we knew our sons full graduation weekend schedule. We needed to change our reservation by 30 minutes to see our son get his diploma. It’s was Mother’s Day so we believed them when they said it was impossible. When we arrived there were plenty of empty tables. Place wasn’t close to full.
Food options were pretty basic and limited for Mother’s Day

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GrammaG
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was an ideal place to celebrate my husband's 65th birthday when one of our party was a 2-year-old. The adults were able to have good food and conversation, while she could eat or toddle around the restaurant area. We also had a great server, Christina, who anticipated our every need!

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sped
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The atmosphere is not elegant but the food and staff were great

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Jonno
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Sunday brunch left much to be desired. While the food was good, It was more of a breakfast than a brunch. It's not what it used to be. Maybe a reflection of the association with Marriott International. We've been coming for 40+ years and, overall, I was disappointed with the selection, for the price.

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vipWakeman
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall2food1service5ambience2

Food was terrible. Selection awful. Probably the worst buffet I’ve ever seen. Not worthy of Williamsburg Lodge location.

On the other hand, the server (from Serbia) was great.

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vipTheyCallMeGerald
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Booked Sunday brunch so we could celebrate an older friend's birthday. We literally waited 15 minutes at the host stand for someone to show up -- and then no apology. My wife went to the hotel desk to let them know and they shrugged it off. Food was "hotel coffee shop" ordinary. Only reason this rises to two stars was the attentive service provided by our waitress and smiling chef at the omelette station. With a little management, this could be much better.

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vipEECToronto
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

December 30 2018 for Sunday brunch with family: Our group of 5 (parents and 3 kids between the ages of 16 and 26) had an 11am reservation post a long colonial Williamsburg walk. We were seated promptly in the side room which was great for us - quiet and with large tables. The $28 per person buffet was absolutely worth every penny and then some - the spicy French toast! The spicy potatoes! The omelettes to order! The biscuits and gravy! The peanut butter cups! (Need I go on?) and then there was our charming, friendly, just-found-out-he’s-going-to-be-a-father server Mico who was the cherry on top of our our wonderful Traditions experience. We already thought he was fabulous and then he came over with the bill which - with the approval of his manager - he’d changed to a 2 adult and 3 children’s meal (ie. 1/2 price per “child”) bill despite each of our “kids” being over the legit age for the half price cost. Well, we were bowled over by his generosity and that of his manager...this was a magnificent memory made in Williamsburg! Thank you Mico and Traditions.

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vipgaryz
Richmond
101 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Buffet only. We weren’t told ahead of time.
No child friendly foods on buffet. Cannot complain about the efforts they put forth to satisfy two young boys but it still didn’t work.
Scallops were great.

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vipREDCOW
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Bad service and cold food.

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Traditions at the Williamsburg Lodge is rated 3.7 stars by 355 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.