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Walker's Dam Grill

4.4
76 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

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Walker's Dam Grill serves up traditional Italian cuisine. Its homey setting is welcoming, and guests can also enjoy the wonderful waterfront view while dining outdoors. Owner Aldo Bertuglia opened Walker's Dam Grill for locals and travelers to taste the flavors of Italy right in Lanexa, Virginia. Shrimp cocktail, fried calamari or crab-stuffed mushrooms make for tasty appetizers. Guests can feast on an entrée of linguine with clams, veal marsala, New York strip steak with roasted vegetables or a rack of lamb. This restaurant also serves pizza with a choice of tasty toppings and delicious desserts.

Walker's Dam Grill offers a variety of drinks with meals, including wine and specialty cocktails. It is open for dinner and lunch services Wednesday through Sunday.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation


Breakfast:

Saturday& Sunday: 8:00am - 11:00am


Lunch:

Wednesday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm


Dinner:

Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm


Closed Mondays & Tuesdays
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Phone number
(804) 966-8333
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
waterside drive
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4.4based on all time ratings
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4.5
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3.6
ambience
4.3
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5.0Dined on April 3, 2016

Love this place each time we visit. The food is great.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2016

This is one our favorite eating places. You can't get better Italian food in the Williamsburg area.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2016

The staff was very welcoming and friendly. However the food was disappointing. I had the Chicken Limone and my spouse had the Flounder Francese, dishes which we have both enjoyed before in various restaurants. While I realize that each chef puts their own touch on a dish, the sauce for this was so heavy that it completely overpowered the flavor of both the chicken and the fish. Additionally, the sauces tasted the same for both dishes. The chocolate cake with raspberry sauce that we had for dessert was very good.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2016

A little off the beaten path but the freshly made meals is well worth the trip. The prices are reasonable and the wait staff friendly.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2015

We were staying in Williamsburg so finding Walker Dam took a little effort, but the GPS took us right to it and it was well worth the trip! Food was plentiful, authentic Italian, and wonderful! We split the mussels marinara appetizer and it was delicious and all were pleased with their entrees. Be sure to try the garlic knots! Our server was excellent and very friendly and helpful, and the owner was also very friendly and came around to our table to see how our meal was and just to chat. We were there in the winter, but in the summer there is also an outdoor patio or deck overlooking the water. The restaurant is in a campground which was pretty deserted in December, but the restaurant was packed. I'm not sure where all the people came from, but I think in the summer reservations would be a must.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2015

We shared the veal Marsala which was to die for. I felt like I was back home in NY on Arthur Avenue. The pasta was silky. I bet it is home made. While this place is off the beaten path it is worth the ride. My second time here. Looking forward to another great meal!

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2015

I've been here more times than I can count and it is reliably outstanding every time.

I get the same thing 95% of the time - boring perhaps, but it is just so darn good.

If you get an appetizer, by the time you're done with salad and the unbelievable warm garlic knots, you can count on needing a take-home box. The entry sizes are enormous. Our dinner leftovers are usually our lunch the next day.

If you dine here and don't yearn to return, I'd be very surprised.

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5.0Dined on November 13, 2015

As always the food was great. Was sad to hear of Tony's death. He always made our visits enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on September 11, 2015

Not too many dining options in the area - happened upon Walker's Dam a few weeks ago, and judging on its location, didn't have high hopes. Once again, I have been taught that you cannot judge a book by its cover - EXCELLENT Italian food!

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5.0Dined on August 28, 2015

Food was hot & all courses served in reasonable time. Recommended to friends that it was worth the drive.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2015

The grill has great specials that make the trip to its somewhat out of the way location worth while. The service and food are always good. The wait staff is especially friendly.

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5.0Dined on August 15, 2015

We love this place. Food here is always gooood and plentiful. Italian food at its best.

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2015

Excellent food; lots of it. Great service by a young man whose name escapes me. A neighbor told us about this outstanding place tucked away on the Chickhominy River....what a find. Uses cash or check only which was a pain. THanks for using OpenTable altho.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2015

In a nutshell, this is the best Italian food anywhere in the Williamsburg area. Very flavorful, portions are good-sized and everything is fresh. It really is located in the middle of nowhere unless you are familiar with the local campground. The one beef - and it is a big one, is that THEY DO NOT TAKE CREDIT CARDS. We would go here more often if they did. I don't carry a lot of cash on me and refuse to pay ATM fees.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2015

The Walker's Dam Grill is the most wonderful discovery we've made since moving to the Williamsburg, VA area. Tucked away in an RV park on the Chickohominee River, this marvelous little place serves some of the best Italian food this side of Little Italy. Everything we had was fresh, cooked to order and delicious. Can't wait to return and share this with our friends in Ford's Colony.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2015

Our frequent visits to this ristorante speaks well of not only the food, but the service. This place is like sitting at Momma's table growing up in an Italian household. Once again our thanks to Tony, Barbara and the kitchen staff for another wonderful meal. Buona mangiata.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2015

great Italian food, best red sauce ever-everytime I go there it is a 10. We go at least once a month

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2015

We have always enjoyed our visits to Walkers Dam Grill. The wait staff is always friendly and the food outstanding.

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3.0Dined on December 6, 2014

Salad was excellent. Appetizer excellent. Main course arrived shortly after appetizer was served. Bad timing.

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2014

We so enjoy Walker's Dam Grill for its food and especially friendly service. It is also oh so nice to be able to enjoy all this in a casual atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on November 14, 2014

I'm running out of new good things to say - went with the Marsala this time and it was excellent - just missed the veal parm which is my favorite.

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4.0Dined on November 5, 2014

As always we had a great evening at Walkers Dam Grill. The Wednesday night special was awesome. Dinner for 2 for $25.00 is great. They have a variety of menu choices. Everything we had was wonderful. The service was excellent.

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4.0Dined on October 26, 2014

Great food and good friendly service for a good price.

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5.0Dined on September 27, 2014

Our first time here and will not be our last. Yes, it is tucked away in a campground on a lake - kind of hidden from the world. The food is AMAZING! Great Italian cuisine made with care - delicious - haven't had food this well made since I was actually in Italy at a 5-star restaurant. This place deserves 5 stars across the board. Visitors to Williamsburg are missing a real treat here! Enjoy! Mangia!

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4.0Dined on September 27, 2014

My husband and I were so glad to hear the restaurant was back but were scared it might have changed the quality of its food over the past few months. We had no reason to worry. The appetizer was delicious and started the night off perfectly. The wine was full bodied and complimented Italian food of all kinds. The portion sizes were very generous and we had enough left over to eat well again the next day! I would recommend the now named Walker's Dam Grill to all who enjoy great Italian food and wine.

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5.0Dined on September 20, 2014

Was given the name of this restaurant with rave reviews from diners. They weren't kidding. It is the best Italian we have had in the area, and we have lived here for 13 years. Started with the Mussels Limone. Outstanding, the buttery, lemon wine sauce was over the top. My husband had the Rockfish, I ate the rest of it the next day. So much food, we took home the yummy Risotto too. I had the Flounder, also had mussels, and little neck clams enough for two people took that home as well. Loved this restaurant. We will be back! It is a drive but who cares when such good food is available. Can't wait to bring family here when we want to go out of the way for the best Italian food in the Williamsburg area.

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4.0Dined on September 14, 2014

If you are looking for a fancy place to eat; this is not it. But if good italian food is your objective, WDG is the place for you.

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5.0Dined on September 6, 2014

This was our fourth visit to Walkers Dam and the food is what brings us back. They have their wine and beer license renewed now so we enjoyed a reasonably priced bottle of Pinot Noir with our Lobster Ravioli and Rockfish specials. They also had their seafood soup which we have enjoyed on past visits and is an excellent first course. We enjoy the casual ambience of the place and, though it gets abit loud at times, you can tell that it is a dining room that attracts a satisfied crowd. We carried on a lively conversation with our waiter throughout the meal and enjoyed his comments about the food prep. Walkers Dam will be our "go to" restaurant when we have friends in from out of town and when we are in need of another great meal.

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4.0Dined on September 3, 2014

This restaurant is about a 25 minute drive west of Williamsburg and well worth the effort. It is located in a campground setting on a scenic river just off of Rt. 60. The "Special" that we had was a fabulous Italian dinner that consisted of an appetizer, salad, garlic knots and two entrees for a total of $25! I think that it is a Wednesday promotion. Even without the promotion the food is well worth the drive. The wine list was fine with the house selections being "Banfi" and were priced reasonably. The service was good and reservations are suggested as the place was packed. Be sure to check the operating hours and and keep in mind that they accept Cash and Checks only for paying the bill. AAA+++

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2014

Food is great. The design of the restaurant creates a frantic scene for the servers but that is overcome by the quality of the service and the food.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2014

Four of us went there for lunch. It was our first time. The Italian cooking was really outstanding. We will be back.

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2014

Tried a coupe of new things this visit - the eggplant & ricotta appetizer and trietta carbonara. Both were excellent and more than you could eat. The appetizer in particular is sized for sharing

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2014

Best Italian food in Williamsburg/Hampton Roads. Don't miss this one.

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2014

Best Italian food ever! Definitely will be back.
Everything was so good, and such a variety of dishes to choose from.
Will be sure to bring our out of town guests to this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on June 4, 2014

An excellent destination by boat with ample docking available. The Wednesday night special is a very good deal and includes an excellent salad, numerous appetizer choices, and many main courses available for one low price. The food is very good with ample portions served by an excellent attentive staff. A bit out of the way but well worth the visit.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2014

Even though the restaurant is a bit out of the way, it's a great place for a good meal. We were in Williamsburg and wanted to drive a bit from the city to find a good meal. We found it at Walker's Dam Grill. We had read about it online. When we arrived it was very busy inside and since it was a nice day in May, we asked if seating was outside. They said 'yes' and we were seated. It would have been great if the construction machines doing work on the dam were not sitting right in front of us. At the end it got a bit busy when a big group was seated at two or three tables. The food was great. we shared a delicious appetizer, a sort of cheese pizza with a salsa on top. I couldn't finish my salmon, but took it home to enjoy later.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2014

As a frequent diner at Walkers Dam, the food is always excellent. On this trip we were seated in the new dining room. It is quite small and there was a large party at one table that was quite loud. Once they left, everything was fine. Service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2014

Have dined here on many occasions. When first found it was the "best kept secret". Now the word is out. This gem of a dining location is unsurpassed in food and service. Portions are allways plentiful, more than enough for a next day or two meal. Italian food extraordinary. Always pleased with selections. The flavors in each dish leaves the diner wanting more. Not a Weight Watcher's dining place, too much temptation.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2014

Love the restaurant. Off the beaten path but all who know it love it. Food and service excellent and a good value.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2014

As always the food was outstanding
I am hooked on the mussels and linguine with shrimp, clams and calamari
we brought friends who are now a big fan

My drive from Williamsburg is worth it!

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