Our top picks for fun places to dine in the ‘Burg
When Applebees and Olive Garden just won’t do – we’ve selected Williamsburg’s top spots for something different. From progressive brewpubs, to quirky cafes, here are five stops in Williamsburg, Virginia that should not be missed.
One of the only other waterfront dining options in Williamsburg, Virginia isn’t really a restaurant. Instead, it is a local brewery that offers indoor and outdoor seating, live music, locally crafted beer, and daily food trucks. Billsburg Brewery is located at the James City County Marina – near Jamestown Settlement, the Jamestown Ferry, and the Jamestown Beach Event Park. The brewery’s waterfront taproom is cozy – cool in the summer and warm in the winter – and features comfortable seating, games and wall-mounted TVs. Outside, you’ll have the option of picnic tables on the lawn or bistro tables on the deck. Besides the delicious beer, many of Williamsburg’s best food trucks are parked at Billsburg and feature a variety of options including seafood, BBQ, sandwiches and tacos.
Featured Food Trucks:
- FoodaTude…Food with Attitude
- Uncle Russ’s Dockside Seafood Market
- Scottish Pig BBQ
- The Hungry Pug
- Two Drummers Offbeat Eats
- Creekside Catering Co.
- Bali Bali Korean BBQ
- VA Blue Crab
- MatchSticks BBQ Co.
- NOSH Mobile Bistro
Precarious Beer Hall
Williamsburg’s newest and hottest spot isn’t just a restaurant. And it isn’t another microbrewery. Instead, the Precarious Beer Hall is all-of-the-above, plus an entertainment venue that features arcade games including skee-ball, pinball machines, arcade basketball, shuffleboard, air hockey – and more! Located in Merchants Square, it features a walk-up food stand (which was crafted from a decommissioned shipping container), called the Electric Circus which offers delicious street-style taquerias and nachos with fresh ingredients. The brewery is a division of Amber Ox, a popular restaurant near Colonial Williamsburg, so it always features an amazing selection of beer on tap that is inspired by local and seasonal ingredients with combinations of flavors from the kitchen. With an extremely knowledgeable and talented culinary and bartending team, ample indoor and outdoor seating, creative food, family-friendly games, and a lively atmosphere – Precarious Beer Hall offers fun for all.
Precarious Beer is located at 110 South Henry St in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Dale House Café
The Dale House Café – operated by Carrot Tree Kitchens – is one of the only waterfront restaurants in Greater Williamsburg. The ambiance is casual and cafe-style featuring light meals, sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts, a kid’s menu, plus wine and beer- including many local options. It’s reasonably priced and an excellent stop if you’re visiting the National Park Service’s Historic Jamestowne site. The location offers outside dining on a covered patio and offers beautiful views of the James River. You’ll enjoy watching the wildlife and the Jamestown ferry system which crosses the river within view. Spend the day visiting the Archaearium, pose for a photo with the Pocahontas Statue, see the 17th-century Church Tower and then unwind at the cafe for a waterfront lunch. See Menu
The Dale House Cafe is only accessible to guests who have a valid Historic Jamestowne admission ticket.
A Chef’s Kitchen
A Chef’s Kitchen is a unique dining experience that combines delicious gourmet meals with a live cooking demonstration.
Chef John Gonzales along with his Sous Chef cover cooking techniques, science, history – plus fun and often funny stories, all while preparing an incredible five course dinner paired with wine. You’ll need to make plans well in advance as reservations for a spot at the table are often booked out 3-6 months!
The 3-hour event generally begins with champagne and hors d’oeuvres giving you the opportunity to mingle with other guests and talk with the chefs. Dinner starts around 7pm with creative soups and salads, and life-changing (yes… LIFE CHANGING!) cornbread, followed by eclectic entrees and to-die-for dessert.
Chef John Gonzales is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY with more than 30 years of experience, including work as the executive chef at the Watergate Hotel, the Jockey Club, and the Washington, D.C. Ritz Carlton. John has also owned two of his own restaurants, written two cookbooks for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and been featured on HGTV.
The menu changes often so check A Chef’s Table facebook page for updates.
Revolution Golf and Grille
Revolution Golf and Grille is a family-owned Williamsburg-area sports bar and restaurant – with a twist. Along with the great food, an extensive beer selection and lots of TVs for your favorite sports, the restaurant also begs you to get in the game with its state-of-the-art indoor golf simulators. Using a real golf club, you’ll be able to putt, chip and drive on some of the most sought-after courses in the world. If golf isn’t your thing, don’t worry. You can choose from a variety of other games including putt-putt, bowling, poker, darts and more.