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.
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 have stepped back in time. At dinner, the restaurant is lit entirely by candlelight, and musicians dressed in colonial garb serenade patrons. Known for its hearty American meals, its specialties include Peanut Soupe, Romaine Hearts Salat, and Tavern Ice Cream.
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.
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.
Started in 1985 by brothers from the Williamsburg area, the Second Street Restaurant is an American bistro serving up creative and tasty fare. The brunch menu is available only on Sundays, but lunch, dinner, and nighttime options are available the rest of the week. There is a wide range of entrees and a good choice of inventive salads. Delicious burgers have been voted the best in Williamsburg and the desserts are as sumptuous as they sound. On Fridays and Saturdays, the restaurant becomes a great local hangout to drink and meet the locals.
Fin Seafood welcomes its guests to gorge on their tantalizing fare of American cuisine. Known for their seafood preparations, do try out their crab cakes, Seared Scallops and Oysters with Meyer Lemon Mignonette. Complement your food with a delectable wine from their list. On weekends, this place throws its door open to guests who would love to enjoy a delectable brunch fare. The Portside Room, that can accommodate a maximum of 40 guests and is replete with audio visual equipment and its own bar, is a great place to host a business meeting.
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.