Williamsburg, VA Restaurants That You Shouldn’t Miss

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When I first think of Williamsburg I think of Busch Gardens or Colonial Williamsburg. Never did I think of Williamsburg, VA restaurants right off the bat.

However, that has all changed with my recent trip.

We ate at some absolutely incredible restaurants with not only good food but great vibes as well. I would honestly go back to Williamsburg just to try out some more local restaurants.

So here are a few of the restaurants that we tried plus some that come highly recommended!

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Williamsburg, VA Restaurants Map

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Tipsy Bean Cafe

I am in love with this place and I don’t think my sister has stopped talking about this breakfast since we went here.

They have a whole section of the menu dedicated to lattes and while I don’t typically order those I decided I had to since it was their specialty. It was probably my favorite coffee drink of all time.

If you love chocolate then I highly recommend the Mudpuddle Latte. For breakfast, I got their chicken & waffles with the vanilla buttermilk waffle. My sister had the same with sweet potato waffles and raved about them.

They also have a great selection of mixed drinks and very good mimosas for $5 which you can’t beat.

Address: 1430 High St Ste 709B, Williamsburg, VA | Site: Tipsy Beans

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Aromas Coffeehouse Bakery & Cafe

This place was hoppin’ on Sunday morning and I’m so sad we didn’t get to try it. There were just way too many people here so we decided to try somewhere else. First on my list when we go back!

They also have an interesting selection of coffee drinks though and I really want to try the S’Mores or Snickers Lattes.

Breakfast is served here until noon and they have many traditional items like omelettes, egg scrambles, and waffles. They also have breakfast sandwiches to choose from.

You can get sandwiches and wraps here for lunch starting at 10:30am and they also have a small dinner menu that they begin serving after 5pm. This is one of the top casual restaurants in Williamsburg to grab any meal!

Address: 431 Prince George St, Williamsburg, VA | Site: Aromas Coffeehouse

Blue Talon Bistro

When Aromas was too busy we walked across the street to Blue Talon Bistro and were pleasantly surprised. They have a large patio covered with a tent and with fans as well as indoor seating.

Their menu is French-inspired and both couples got French Toast and the Blue Talon Breakfast Platter to split. The French Toast was very thick and dense, almost like a cake.

The Breakfast Platter was definitely my favorite (nothing against the French Toast). The ham biscuit was fluffy and light with just the right amount of ham. The sausage link was one of the best I’ve had and the hash brown cake was crisp and crunchy on the outside.

They also have a great selection of mixed drinks to pair with your breakfast.

Address: 420 Prince George St, Williamsburg, VA | Site: Blue Talon Bistro


Berrets Seafood Restaurant and Taphouse Grill

They have double-fried tater tots and that’s really all you need to know to go here. This is the perfect spot for fresh seafood and especially crab cakes.

The food isn’t the only thing that shines here though, they have fantastic service and a great patio when the weather is nice.

They have a good list of microbrews to choose from so you really can’t go wrong here. It’s a great spot for dinner as well as lunch!

Address: 199 S Boundary St, Williamsburg, VA | Site: Berrets Seafood

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Josiah Chowning’s Tavern

Eating at a Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg is an entire experience. Most of them can be on the expensive side but Chowning’s is typically very reasonable. If you go for lunch it will be cheaper as well.

The only downside to lunch is you don’t get the “performance” like you do at dinner. You can still try the traditional food though which is what I’m interested in anyways!

They have indoor and outdoor seating and the building is a reconstructed tavern from 1776. It’s a unique experience for sure.

Address: 109 E Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA | Site: Josiah Chowning’s

Gabriel Archer Tavern

If you love wine then you can’t miss the Williamsburg Winery and Gabriel Archer’s Tavern. They have the cutest little patio that is shaded so it isn’t too hot.

You can make reservations on OpenTable but only during certain times of the day. We decided to make a reservation for Saturday at 11:30am – we weren’t allowed to make reservations after 12pm so it was first come-first served.

Service was fantastic and the winery was peaceful. I chose the red flight and my sister did the sweet flight. They also had a good selection of beers, ciders, and mixed drinks which the guys loved.

We had a big breakfast that morning so we weren’t super hungry but we got the Virginia Charcuterie board and the Turkey & Brie sandwich. The Turkey & Brie was one of my top 10 favorite sandwiches of all time.

Lots of sliced turkey, savory brie, plus crisp apple slices on the bottom. My sister got a cheesecake dish and was very impressed with it as well.

This is definitely one of the best restaurants in Williamsburg so you shouldn’t miss it!

Address: 5800 Wessex Hundred, Williamsburg, VA | Site: Gabriel Archer Tavern

The Cheese Shop

I’ll be 100% honest and say I didn’t have the best experience at The Cheese Shop. My sandwich wasn’t made very well but that HAS to be a fluke.

This place has a cult following and everyone loves their sandwiches so I’m sure we just hit it on a bad day.

This store is literally a cheese shop and specialty food market with a sandwich counter in the back. It’s a neat place to stop in even if you don’t plan on buying a sandwich.

They also have beer on tap and wine by the glass downstairs at The Cheeseboard. This is the perfect place to stop in and get picnic supplies. They also sell charcuterie boards!

If you go within a couple hours of closing time it shouldn’t be too busy but during lunch it gets pretty hectic especially on weekends. Call your order in ahead of time and you won’t have to wait in line.

Address: 410 W Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA | Site: The Cheese Shop


Casa Pearl

Here is your place for oysters and tacos. Yes, that does sound like an odd combination but it works well.

The blend of flavors in the food is second to none, they have fun cocktails, and fair prices. What more can you ask for?

It helps that the food is beautifully presented as well. Makes my mouth water just looking at it. The hushpuppies and brussel sprouts appetizers come highly recommended.

Address: 722 Merrimac Trail, Williamsburg, VA | Site: Casa Pearl

Second Street American Bistro

Second Street has a menu with varied options so it’s perfect if you aren’t quite sure what you want to eat or if you have a big group. Everyone should be able to find something they like here!

The portions are large so while the prices are a bit high, you actually get what you pay for here. You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu here.

They have a nice patio for outdoor seating but the indoor area is welcoming as well. They also serve lunch if you need a more up-scale lunch spot.

Address: 140 2nd St, Williamsburg, VA | Site: Second St. American Bistro

Amber Ox Public House

If you love biscuits and jelly then be sure to get the Biscuit Board appetizer here. This is a trendy spot and I believe they said that 90% of their menu is sourced within 100 miles.

They have their own brewery next door – Precarious Beer Project – and they make cocktails with small batch liquors.

I had shrimp & grits while Tyler got the lamb shank but their menu changes pretty often. No matter what you have here it’s sure to be delicious though!

Address: 525 Prince George St, Suite 102, Williamsburg, VA | Site: Amber Ox

Fat Canary

If you are looking for fine dining in Williamsburg then this is your place. Located adjacent to The Cheese Shop, head here if you are celebrating or if you just want to splurge on a meal.

They have a fantastic cocktail menu and wine selection and innovative dishes to choose from. You’ll want to order appetizers, a main course, and dessert just so you can try everything.

Make sure to make a reservation here if you’d like to go during your time in Williamsburg!

Address: 410 W Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA | Site: Fat Canary


Blackbird Bakery

Right off the main plaza in Merchant’s Square, you’ll find Blackbird Bakery. This is the perfect place to go to get your sweet tooth fix.

They bake a variety of cakes, cookies, and other sweet treats fresh daily. In addition to sweets, they also sell fresh bread!

Stop in for breakfast or an afternoon pick-me-up to get a pastry and coffee.

Address: 407 W Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA | Site: Blackbird Bakery

Raleigh Tavern Bakery

This is an old-fashioned bakery located in Colonial Williamsburg and a cheaper lunch alternative to one of the main taverns. They serve sandwiches as well as baked goods.

Most people love the ginger cakes or ginger cookies here. There is a shaded picnic area just down the path from the bakery where you can sit and eat your food.

Address: 410 E Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA | Site: Raleigh Tavern Bakery

Williamsburg, VA Restaurants Recap

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When dining out in Williamsburg – especially during peak tourist months – it’s best to make a reservation. Many restaurants have their own reservation system or you can find them on OpenTable.

There were so many great options for dining that it was hard for us to choose during our trip! I’m so glad that we got to try a few gems though.

We will definitely be back to try many more of these places.

If you love wineries, here are 8 great wineries in Williamsburg, VA!

Are there any great restaurants in Williamsburg that I missed? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Always saying I should make a quick trip here. I’m from New York and haven’t been to Willimsburg since I was a kid but some of these spots might get me out there.

  2. That is a really extensive list of cafes and restaurants in Williamsburg you’ve put together! It’s a shame your sandwich wasn’t made properly at the cheese shop, but I do love cheese so I would definitely try it out on my trip to the city!

    1. I would definitely try it again just because so many people rave about it! Sometimes you just hit places on a bad day.

  3. I haven’t been to Williamsburg yet but have been meaning to go! The food sounds amazing!! *-* (+ now Im’ craving chicken + waffles, haha.)

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