Located in downtown Williamsburg, A Chef's Kitchen is the perfect place to go to learn how to cook a multi-course meal. While you learn to cook, you'll be served the meal you're learning how to make, both as guidance and to keep the hunger pangs at bay. Learn how to make perfect cornbread, or find out the perfect amount of grilling time a scallop needs - A Chef's Kitchen expands on whatever cooking skills you have and sets you up with the tools to impress at your next dinner party.
The plush, private booths, cozy fireplace and elegant dark wood finishings are just some of the touches that make Opus 9 Steakhouse truly sophisticated. From the carefully moderated wine list, to the pianist serenading guests on the grand piano, visitors to this establishment are sure to enjoy an evening of fine dining. And this is to say nothing of the menu, which offers up the finest cuts, from filet mignon to the restaurant's famous porterhouse. Patrons who would prefer something other than steak can choose from a selection of seafood, pasta, and chops.
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.
At Blue Talon Bistro, a poster of a red rooster on its walls is a common sight. Dedicated to French cuisine and manners, this little bistro is themed accordingly. A bistro is a casual and laid back affair and Blue Talon tries to achieve just that with its French countryside-inspired decor. This bistro serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and also brunch on weekends. Coffees and decadent pastries are a special feature. The restaurant also has a fully stocked bar supported by a competent staff.
Come eat breakfast or lunch at Shorty's Diner, where customers are treated like family and the portions are gigantic. The diner is owned and operated by a family that uses all of their family recipes to create a homey atmosphere and delicious food. In particular, visitors flock to the diner to try Shorty's fresh cut fries, which are cooked to perfection. Other menu items include sandwiches, homemade soups, and a mighty fine breakfast menu that is sure to win any breakfast-lover's heart.
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.