Seafood

Certain restaurants are known for their expertise at turning out signature dishes really well. They've pinned down the ingredients, mastered the process, and gained a strong following as a result. Williamsburg has had much success cultivating great restaurants and creating a substantial market for Seafood. Locals can't get enough of the city's excellent food, and you'll often find them, along with eager tourists, at popular The Seafare of Williamsburg or at Berret's Restaurant & Taphouse Grill, a major player in the field. Make sure you see what all the fuss is about!

6 Berret's Restaurant & Taphouse Grill
If you are lucky, they will have the "Hot Pot" on the menu when you dine here. It is a combination of seafood, vegetables and beans and is a complete meal. But other items are also outstanding — local seafood is done right here! On a summer day, the outside raw bar is a great place to dine and people watch. There are lots of specials for lunch and dinner, and they are always excellent. This is a casual, fun place in Merchants Square. (757-253-1847)

5 Christiana Campbell's Tavern
This is the place for historical seafood! Regional seafood dominates the evening menu, and many dishes are prepared just the way George Washington would have had them when he dined here. For non-seafood lovers, there are beef and chicken dishes. There are "seatings" at this restaurant, and reservations are made through Colonial Williamsburg. There is a wonderful porch for resting before or after dinner, and strolling balladeers make dinner even more interesting! (757-229-2141)

4 Backfin Seafood Restaurant & Raw Bar
One of the best-known seafood places in Williamsburg, this is a casual, laid-back place with photos instead of stuffed fish as decor. The crab cakes are popular at lunch and dinner, and the "backfin skins" with crabmeat and cheddar are a local favorite. The raw bar offers just about anything you could want this side of sushi. This is a family-friendly place with great seafood. Let the key lime pie finish off whatever room your stomach might have left! (757-565-5430)

3 The Seafare of Williamsburg
Excellent seafood, old-style dining and reasonable prices make this a popular spot for visitors and locals. Both the waitstaff and the meals are well dressed here — the place is famous for its lobster that comes delivered in various sizes and done in different presentation styles. The meals come with salad, potatoes or rice and fresh vegetables. There is a wine steward to assist with the extensive wine list, and there is also a full bar. (757-229-0099)

2 Captain George's Seafood Restaurant
Even if you turn up your nose at all-you-can-eat-buffets, this one may change your mind for one night. There is an absolute feast of wonderful items — scallops, steamed crab legs, clams, mahi-mahi, shrimp, barbecued ribs, prime rib, salads and vegetables. There are always at least six desserts, and everything is fresh and plentiful. Bring a big appetite to get your money's worth — you will have plenty of company here since the restaurant seats over 1,500 people! There is also a full menu with lobster and other meat dishes. Children under 10 eat for half price. (757-565-2323)

1 The Whaling Company
For over 20 years, this restaurant has kept customers coming back for more. The wide selection of seafood can be prepared just about any way you want it, and the suggestion of mixing items does not make the servers cranky. The fish and shellfish options are plentiful, and the meals come with satisfying side dishes. This is a great choice for anything from a romantic date to a family outing. (757-229-0275)

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Berret's Restaurant & Taphouse Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Neighborhood: COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG
COST: $$
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Christiana Campbell's Tavern 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Local Specialty, Seafood
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Live Music
Neighborhood: COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG
COST: $$
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Backfin Seafood Restaurant & Raw Bar 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: WILLIAMSBURG
COST: $$
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The Seafare of Williamsburg 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Sommelier, Take Out, Wine Cellar
Neighborhood: WILLIAMSBURG
COST: $$
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Captain George's Seafood Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Neighborhood: WILLIAMSBURG
COST: $$
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The Whaling Company 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: KINGSMILL
COST: $$
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