Traditions at the Williamsburg Lodge

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323 reviews
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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 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.
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

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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GG
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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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JR
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

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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Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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

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Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

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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TC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

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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EE
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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g
Richmond
68 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

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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RE
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Bad service and cold food.

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R
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We made a reservation here because all of our favorite restaurants were closed for Christmas Eve and we would be eating at Kings Arms on Christmas. Didn't know when we made reservation that it was a buffet. The fact that it was a buffet was disappointing but the food was good.

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DT
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, the food was a buffet and very good.

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WB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Totally a disaster. reservation was for the Traditions but we were seated in the Sweet Tea and Barley. Were told that the Traditions was closed. We ordered beer and cocktails and it took almost 30 minutes to be served. Food was served cold and was sent back to be warmed. We had to change room because the lack of heat. Saturday was the worst visit we have had to Williamsburg over 58 year and will be our last visit.

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CT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We were visiting Colonial Williamsburg and needed lunch. Of course I checked Open Table, I always do and have done so for years. Great there was one (and only one) table available and in ten minutes. I book it. We dash over to Traditions to find 20, no kidding, 20 empty tables. There was no reason to run. And the lunch was a buffet style, not what we were looking for. On the Open Table phone app, I don’t think there was any indication of buffet service.

I don’t hold Traditions accountable for this misrepresentation. I suspect that Open Table is playing fast and loose with the “only one table available” in hopes of encouraging a quick booking. It worked. Guess I’ll need to be more skeptical of Open Table from now on. BTW, the food at Traditions was fair to good.

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JD
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Late night supper after grand Illumination in colonial Williamsburg. The prime rib was perfect as were the salads and other courses. Well done.

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D
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

After a day in Colonial Williamsburg, we looked for a nice restaurant. Traditions was a nice setting, quiet, upscale, and there was plenty of room between tables for privacy. We arrived at buffet night. Unfortunately, the food did not live up to the overall quality of the restaurant. There was hand carved roast beef, which was actually quite good. But the salmon was dry, the fried chicken was dry and not particularly tasty, and the shrimp and grits also had little taste. The desserts were good but variety was limited. The food might have been acceptable for half the price, but should have been higher quality for the actual price.

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BC
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

I was disappointed in the choices on the buffet. The food was just ok. The combinations were less than appealing. I would have preferred ordering from the menu.

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JW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible. Booked for 11am. Told in a very roundabout way there had been a kitchen fire and that we should return at 11.30am. Very suspicious because when we got back, buffet menus were printed. Awful buffet costing over $50 for 2. Immediately cancelled other reservation.

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TB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

Lousy service. Waitress told us that they could get a drink but requested that we didn’t order it because the other table requested the same drink and she had mistakenly told them that they didn’t have it. At the end of the meal as the dessert plate hit the table she was asking us how we wanted to pay for the meal.

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f
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

The poor place burned down the day before we arrived! They changed our dinner to a buffet and made do as best they could in a banquet room. The food was still terrific and the staff could not have been more gracious.. here's hoping they're able to reopen soon!

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JD
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

Unfortunately, there was a fire in the kitchen the morning of our reservations. I booked online thinking it was the seafood buffet we enjoyed in the past. We were placed in the back of a large room with no ambiance, and a makeshift buffet setup. The server was great, food was good but not the seafood I was expecting. Unfair to rate based on the fire and not being in Traditions.

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Z
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I was very disappointed, when we came at 1:30, time of my reservation and I was told, that restaurant is closed! Nobody send me any messages, it is very rude and unprofessional! Never again!

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C
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been a guest for many years and never a negative experience. The upgrades overall added style without losing the historical ambience. Food always very good and with sweet tea & barley as an option it enhanced dining at leisure after visiting sites and performances. All personnel from front door to desk, servers and bartenders, and cleaning staff are friendly and willing to converse for a few minutes with each interaction..
Will continue to look for package offerings in the future. Thanks to all!!!! Charmaine Murmer

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CH
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed Thanksgiving Dinner! There was a good mix of traditional Thanksgiving fair and fresh salads and salmon. The food was great and we really enjoyed it.

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DP
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent spread for Thanksgiving that was as good as a home-cooked meal and topped off with superior service.

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c
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Although the food items from the buffet were very tasty, the small selection of items and portion size left much to be improved upon. We were one of the earliest patrons in the day and the turkey had already run out and we had to wait 10 minutes for another turkey to be available. The side dishes were very limited. The way the buffet items were presented, in one continuous line, caused diners only wanting main entrees to wait in slow lines behind others getting salads. The dessert area was not restocked in a timely manner, leaving only a small selection to choose from. A very high price paid for limited choices and small servings.

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GG
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

My husband, stepson, and I attended Thanksgiving Buffet at Traditions. The buffet was presented in a beautiful manner. However there were some glitches: 1) Turkey was white meat only and the kitchen was VERY slow in replacing; my husband and stepson did not get any. 2) The prime rib was well done to medium -- no rare or medium rare; 3) the stuffing was dry; 4) the wine list did not note vintage; the Barboursville cabernet was '17 -- too young to drink comfortably. The service was enthusiastic but just adequate. This was obviously a popular event for families as 3 generations were obvious. At optimal times (5 to 6:30) the line became quite long. A separate line for dessert would be helpful.

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MD
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I dined with four guests on a day when we could not anticipate the crowded conditions. There was a very large meeting at the CW Lodge which meant many conference guests poured into the Traditions venue while we were there from 11:45am until we left at 1:15pm. After a tasty meal, it took at least 20-minutes to receive our checks several of which were inaccurate. Very disappointing because of the length of time it took to correct problems. I don’t know how to judge ahead if the location will be seriously affected by conference diners. Lunch Oct 31st, arriving at the same time after a class we had, was very nice and served with timeliness and courtesy. I was able to pay my bill and depart in 1hour & 5-minutes that day but it took 90-minutes on November 14. Very frustrating!

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MD
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I both enjoyed the mixed salad greens with grilled salmon. Service was gracious and the staff member was very knowledgeable about food preparation. We were on a lunch hour and our checks were delivered in a timely manner. We'll go again very soon!

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GS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent, food was just OK

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f
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent southern meal with outstanding service from Aretha. She went above and beyond to make our lunch enjoyable.

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P
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Too noisy --- and we were looking for lunch at 1:00. There were only brunch options.

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PD
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took my wife there for Sunday Brunch as part of her surprise birthday celebration. Everything was great, the service the food the atmosphere. She/we were totally pleased.

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N
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The food was basically mediocre. I paid for the buffet and they were out of strawberries and nobody was interested in filling the bowl back up. I had an omelette which had no flavor to it. Boiled shrimp had no flavor whatsoever. The smoked salmon was good. I tried the frittata and took one bite and stopped there cause it was not good. The bread pudding was also not good. Service was slow and I had to get up from the table and find a waiter just to get some water on the table. Coffee was not hot. Overall a very disappointing experience and not worth the price.

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PP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Traditions was exactly what we needed and we were fortunate enough to get a table on short notice.

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PB
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I expected some traditional cuisine for out of town guests
There were less choices than Sunday Brunch at other places.
It was pricy
Services were excellent
It was not busy but we had difficulty booking for a group of 15

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s
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food service was very slow for a half empty restaurant. Lunch Buffet was decent for price.

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JR
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Friday night seafood buffet for 35+ years. Though it's changed over the years, it's still a great tradition that we look forward to each time we come to Williamsburg.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my wife’s birthday and the entire staff was friendly... just amazing. The food was excellent. We love coming here every time we are in town.

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VA
Richmond
139 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Total disappointment. Confusion with our reservation. Was seated and told who our server would be. A man came and asked if we wanted drinks. He left to get them. Then the manager came and asked if wanted drinks and asked if we were ready to order. That was about 30 seconds after being seated. W asked about specials. There were none. Everyone in our party ordered the crab cakes. Nothing but mealy, ground backfin. The taste was OK - nothing special.
Mine are better. Iced tea was terribly weak. Mostly ice in the glasses. Service was - well....interesting. Kept getting interrupted and asked how everything was. This is NOT the Colonial Wmbg of days gone by. Really pitiful how disorganized everything was. Won't be back - will NEVER recommend this place - EVER. OH....and the prices? Not worth it. Don't waste your money. By the way, their website says that they have a lunch buffet every day. It is only on Fridays and Saturdays at lunch and a seafood buffet on Friday nights.

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CK
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Terrible...such a disappointment.. BBQ sandwich was all bread...literally a spread of BBQ...not a typical BBQ sandwich. Crab cake sandwich was very thin and the crab cake was mostly filler. The brunch bar was very limited asnd mediocre. Would expect more from the Williamsburg Lodge. Will never return and will never recommend.

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