Our Favorite Things to Eat in Williamsburg Restaurants

Menus heightened by locally sourced ingredients, robust portions of Colonial-inspired fare and authentic international tastes are all a part of the Williamsburg dining scene. Here we’ve gathered a few of our favorite dishes from restaurants in Williamsburg to get you started on your culinary journey.

Any Five-Course Feast at A Chef’s Kitchen
Because the menu at A Chef’s Kitchen changes monthly, no two visits to the lauded Williamsburg restaurant are the same. The fixed-price meal includes insight from Chef John Gonzales on food preparation, three wine pairings and recipes to take home. Sample courses include Canadian salmon with zucchini-spaghetti-squash pan fritter and saffron beurre blanc, and red velvet beet cake with orange buttercream and frozen cocoa cream.

The T-Bone Lamb Chops at The Trellis Restaurant
The Trellis’ lamb chops are perfectly complemented with fingerling potatoes, balsamic grilled vegetables, lamb sausage, parsley salad and a rosemary reduction. Save room for desserts like bourbon-apple bread pudding and black-bottom peanut better pie with a decadent Nutella chocolate ganache.

The Pancakes at Shorty’s Diner
Back-to-basics tastiness is the theme at Shorty’s Diner, where you can’t go wrong with any of their pancake flavors, which include classic buttermilk, blueberry and granola. For lunch, consider their home-style daily specials like baked spaghetti, meatloaf and fried chicken livers. 

The Crab Cakes at Christiana Campbell’s Tavern
Touted as George Washington’s favorite seafood joint, Christiana Campbell’s Tavern bustles with servers in 18th-century clothing and musicians serenading patrons with sea melodies. While the Colonial Williamsburg restaurant serves up a variety of satisfying old-fashioned dishes, the crab cakes served with a lemon-caper sauce and onion crisps rake in praise for their freshness and simplicity. And the tavern’s spoon bread (a super-moist cornmeal-based bread) and sweet potato muffins are perfects sides for any meal.

The Pan-Roasted Duck Breast at Fat Canary 
While the menu at Fat Canary is inspired by the seasons and changes regularly, their succulent pan-seared duck is a favorite, with faro, stone fruit, pecans and pea shoots. Wash everything down with the Canary Yellow cocktail, a mixture of lemon-peel vodka, Dolin Blanc, white cranberry juice and lemon. Stop at the connecting Cheese Shop to examine more than 200 cheeses and specialty foods. 

The Shrimp & Grits at Second Street
This mouthwatering brunch plate at Second Street is served with Cajun-seared shrimp, Andouille sausage, smoked-gouda grit cake, tomato, scallion and a shrimp-infused, beer broth-poached egg. Try it with the Bloody by the Bay, a bloody mary topped with fresh crab and an Old Bay rim.

The Chocolate Truffle Cake at Le Yaca French Restaurant
Also known as La Marquise au Chocolate, Le Yaca French Restaurant’s specialty dessert is a flourless cake served with a side of crème anglaise. Try it after you devour the Les Coquilles Saint Jacques – pan-seared diver scallops paired with saffron-infused champagne sauce and tiny green lentils.