Gobble, Gobble! Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner at Williamsburg Area Restaurants
From traditional to innovative to farm-to-table, these area eateries dish up delicious holiday meals.
For centuries, turkey — wild turkey in Colonial times — has been the centerpiece of the American Thanksgiving meal. But if you're considering dining out for the big meal, the choices in Greater Williamsburg range from that tradition to the innovative.
Several restaurants in the area will serve special meals offering everything from sage-rubbed roasted young turkey to seared Chesapeake rockfish and lump crab to a seafood bar featuring oysters.
Here are Thanksgiving dining spots where you can let others do the cooking — and the cleanup.
Go traditional in style at the Trellis Bar and Grill on Duke of Gloucester Street. It will serve oven-roasted breast of turkey, a dark meat brioche stuffing roll, mashed potatoes and homemade cranberry relish along with a host of traditional desserts and holiday cocktails including hot cider and eggnog.
Try a historical take on Thanksgiving at the taverns of Colonial Williamsburg including King's Arms and Chowning's Tavern, which will all serve the same menu featuring peanut soup, young turkey, pan-seared salmon, prime rib and sides including garlic-roasted potatoes, cranberry orange relish, and cider-glazed yams.
For something different, head to Waypoint Seafood & Grill. Start with sweet potato chowder or a crab meat and lobster pavé with mango green apple slaw and then choose from a roasted, herb-rubbed heritage turkey with sausage stuffing, seared Chesapeake rockfish and jumbo lump crab with forest mushroom fricassee and golden polenta, or a roast dry-aged beef tenderloin with grain mustard and fennel dauphine before finishing with a choice of pumpkin, apple, and chocolate treats.
At Berret's Seafood Restaurant and Taphouse Grill in Williamsburg, there are set seating times for lunch from 11 a.m. through 2:45 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. through 8 p.m. Make a reservation with the restaurant for a menu that features roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, and dessert specials.
The buffet goes on all day at Opus 9 Steakhouse in Williamsburg, with ham, turkey, prime rib and all the trimmings, both traditional and non-traditional. If you're looking for wine choices, Opus 9 has more than 150 bottles on its extensive list.
You can also dance the buffet line in Yorktown at the Riverwalk Restaurant where the traditional turkey and prime rib is joined by seared tuna loin and a seafood bar of raw oysters, marinated mussels, shrimp cocktail, and crab dip. The choices also feature both traditional and oyster stuffing, mac and cheese, greens, and a green bean casserole with crispy shallots.
At Café Provençal at The Williamsburg Winery, the special Thanksgiving menu is inspired by foods from the same land and waterways first cultivated by the colonists. It starts with butternut squash bisque with savory granola and sage marshmallow; roast of venison larded with Autumn Olive Farm pork; or a roasted game bird with truffle stuffing and a choice of sauces including pomegranate cranberry pecan or roasted chicken veloute. Sides range from potatoes and Brussels sprout petals to baked oysters, duck bacon, absinthe green beans and leek and mushroom soubise.
Want something different to do? Take a walk back in time at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown where Foods and Feasts of Colonial Virginia, from Nov. 24 to 26, will show how the colonists and Indians gathered and prepared food, as well as what the soldiers ate during the American Revolution. If you want to sit in the middle of history for Thanksgiving, the Jamestown Settlement Cafe in the Jamestown Settlement living history museum is serving a traditional dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.