Called "Williamsburg's best restaurant" by The New York Times, Fat Canary opened in 2004 and has become a local favorite. Located in the bustling Merchant's Square, there is a separate menu for those sitting inside and for those on the porch during warm weather. The porch menu is more limited and less expensive than the indoor menu, but great fare can be found on either. Fat Canary serves nouveau American cuisine featuring many fresh ingredients and the wine list is extensive.
Located a stone's throw from Colonial Williamsburg, The Corner Pocket is a popular place among locals and visitors alike. This bar-restaurant-music venue hybrid serves up a variety of delicious foods, wines, beers and mixed drinks, and hosts some of the best blues and zydeco acts in town. Its got a casual and fun atmosphere with a slightly upscale flare, so its perfect for any occasion, from a first date to a night out with your pals. And after dinner be sure to stay and have some fun at the bar, the billiards room or on the dance floor. Call ahead for details and reservations.
The original King's Arms Tavern was constructed in 1772 under the direction of Jane Vobe and immediately became the tavern of choice for the upper echelons of Colonial Williamsburg's society. Today, the tavern has been reconstructed so that visitors can enjoy a delicious meal in a fashionable colonial setting. Little details like the period piece descriptions on the menu and the colonial offerings, will make patrons feel like they've stepped back in time. At dinner, the restaurant is lit entirely by candlelight, and musicians dressed in colonial garb serenade patrons.
Established in 1980, Le Yaca French Restaurant is devoted to giving their patrons the taste of authentic French cuisine. Founded by renowned French restaurateurs, this eatery serves their dishes adorned with the finest garnishes and sauces. Put yourself into the hands of the chef and try the prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus or select a la carte. Escargots, Sautéed Calf’s Liver, Thinly Sliced Raw Salmon are just some of the exotic delicacies you can dig into. You can also opt for special wine dinners. Be sure to finish your meal off with one of the best desserts in town. Trio de Sorbets, Le Fondant au Chocolat and La Tarte Fine aux Pommesare just some of the favorites on the menu. If you are looking for a hearty French meal, then Le Yaca French Restaurant is your best bet.
Oceans & Ale offers up a lot of great things: from fresh seafood, to perfectly cooked steaks, to craft beers that will make any beer-lover feel like they've found paradise. This restaurant-bar aims to please every sort of clientele, from young couples, to families, to groups of friends looking for a good time. Oceans & Ale has daily deals, a rotating tap, and live music, which means it should be on everyone's list of places to visit while in Williamsburg.
Cozy and comfortable, Yorktown Pub has a lot to offer tourists as well as its loyal, regular patrons. The food is plentiful, reasonably priced and fresh - especially the seafood specials. There are lovely views of the river, making it a delightful place to get down with the locals, knock back a beer or three and enjoy the pretty Williamsburg scenery. If you have had your fill of the gorgeous views, turn your attention to the great live musical performances by local bands and singers. Open mic nights are also held every Tuesday. You'll be surprised by how much talent the budding artists show. The bar also boasts a great happy hour menu featuring extremely pocket-friendly prices for beers and cocktails. Whether you want to make new friends or simply want to enjoy a casual evening out in town, Yorktown Pub is where you should be headed for a great time.
As might be expected, Berret's Taphouse Grill has many beers on tap, including eight local microbrews. Their extended drinks list includes many other domestic and international beers and wines. For the peckish, there is a reasonably extensive menu with a focus on seafood and local produce. The Taphouse Grill is open from late spring to early fall - call for details.
This gastropub draws its name from the road upon which it sits, Duke of Gloucester (DoG), but the interior is much more focused on man's furry best friend. Owner and chef David Everett opened the pub with the goal of pairing the best craft beers with the best pub food around - a goal he has since attained. Visitors to the pub can sip on craft beers from around the country while munching away on one of the gourmet menu offerings.
Open late every night, Paul's Deli Restaurant is a child-friendly deli by day and a hip college bar by night. Whether you are choosing a sub, pizza, a sandwich, or just a drink, there is a wide variety of each to choose from. Besides the regular menu, the restaurant serves daily lunch and dinner specials too. With a number of televisions showing sports, the restaurant is also a great place to watch the big game. Or if it is late, drink your cares away with specialty shooters or wines. Paul's also caters for groups and parties.
This popular establishment's mission is to evoke the fun, rowdy and nostalgic idea of a traditional 18th century tavern. Famous for its Gambols, uproarious games and songs that were forms of entertainment in old taverns and pubs, Josiah Chowning's Tavern is a popular joint for the young and old alike. Visitors are often encouraged by the friendly staff members to join the festivities and if you decide to participate, you certainly won't regret the decision. The atmosphere is antiquated yet comfortable; perfect for an engaging, fun night out.