Williamsburg Restaurants that bring you from colonial to modern fare in Virginia
Williamsburg is best known for its impractical woolen wear, horse carriage rides, ghost stories and wooden swords. What you might not know is that Williamsburg restaurants have come a long way since you visited with your class back in elementary or middle school.
Chefs are scooping up that Virginia farm produce, hitting the coast for fresh seafood, and importing jamon direct from Spain. The locals have figured this out. Now it’s your turn.
Williamsburg Restaurants Not to Skips
My family and I went down to Williamsburg to pop into the usual spots– Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and a new event, the Williamsburg Taste Festival. I honestly wasn’t expecting much from the food. Everyone has a “culinary scene” and “beer trail,” but the Williamsburg restaurants have stepped up their game.
You need to know where to look, but once you do, you may be surprised that there is more to this colonial icon than turkey legs, burgers and your typical blasé tourist food.
Thanks to the spring Taste Festival, we were able to sample a lot of area restaurants all at once. We still managed to hit a few brick and mortars for a little quality control too.
Williamsburg Bakeries and Cupcakes
- Allure Bakery, 5248 Rockingham Dr, Williamsburg, VA 23188. Get the strawberry cupcake. If you don’t, we can’t be friends anymore.
- Extraordinary Cupcakes, 1220 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185. My new friend Bob in Williamsburg says that they have the best carrot cake cupcake ever. He is not a man to dismiss when it comes to cupcakes.
- Blackbird Bakery, 407 W Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185. Amazing key lime tarts. Pro tip: Pastries and bread are half price after 5pm.
Williamsburg Breakfast and Brunch Spots
- Aromas Coffeehouse and Café, 431 Prince George St, Williamsburg, VA 23185. Locals will point you here if you ask around.
- Williamsburg Inn, 136 Francis St E, Williamsburg, VA 23185. Good for a special Sunday Brunch. Make sure you order a smoothie and the donut holes. Definitely our favorites on the menu.
- Culture Café, 747 Scotland St, Williamsburg, VA 23185. You must try the blackberry lavender mocha. It’s an intriguing treat.
- Food for Thought, 1647 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185. Allergies are taken very seriously at this comfort food joint.
- Shorty’s Diner, 627 Merrimac Trl, Williamsburg, VA 23185. A local staple if you like a good, old-fashion greasy spoon diner.
- The Cheese Shop, 410 W Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185. A very popular grocery style shop with a deli counter, and for good reason. Be prepared to wait a bit for your sandwich. It will be worth it though.
- Paul’s Deli, 761 Scotland St, Williamsburg, VA 23185.
- Green Leafe Cafe, 765 Scotland St, Williamsburg, VA 23185.
Dinner in Williamsburg
- La Tienda- Tapas Bar and Market, 1325 Jamestown Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185. They are importing jamon (cured meat!) direct from Spain, as well as other meat products and wine. Check hours for dining, or just pop into the shop to bring items home.
- Amber Ox Public House, 521 Prince George St, Williamsburg, VA 23185. Make a reservations on the weekend. This place gets packed! But you never need a reservation to sit in the massive bar area, where kids are actually welcome.
- Le Yaca French Restaurant, 1430 High St, Williamsburg, VA 23188.
- Opus 9 Steakhouse, 5143 Main St, Williamsburg, VA 23188.
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