Gainesville's Best Restaurants

Visitors come to Wiliamsburg for the history and charm, but the food scene is worthy of a visit all on its own. Whether you're looking for a melt-in-your-mouth steak, some succulent seafood or All-American comfort food, you'll find it in Williamsburg.

10 A Chef's Kitchen
Foodie's looking for something a little different than the usual sit-down restaurant should make a reservation at A Chef's Kitchen. Over the course of a three-hour dinner, you'll be wined, dined, entertained and taught to make the same classic recipes you're eating. Appetizers, entrees and desserts are prepared right in front of you with a seasonal menu that changes to reflect the best ingredients available at the time. Chef and owner John Gonzales compares the experience to watching the Food Network but getting to actually eat the food at the end. (757.564.8500)

9 Second Street - An American Bistro
A casual atmosphere, good basic food, great beer selections, and free wireless Internet service -- what more could you want to party or relax? Locals like the burgers so much they have voted this place as having the "best burger" for nine consecutive years. The menu also includes huge salads, chicken, steak and gargantuan sandwiches. The crowd is young and fun, and a lot of locals bring the whole family. Early bird specials from 4-6pm. (757-220-2286)

8 Blue Talon Bistro
Chef David Everett at the Blue Talon Bistro describes his cuisine as "serious comfort food," and everything from the food to the friendly neighborhood atmosphere will make you feel right at home in this French-inspired bistro. Try the chicken and mushroom crepes, served with asparagus and Parmesan cheese or the fresh goat cheese drizzled in honey. Wash it all down with a selection from the extensive wine list. (757-476-2583)

7 Fat Canary
The upscale yet casual Fat Canary in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg is the perfect place to sit back and relax over a glass of wine and a sumptuous meal. The seasonal menu featuring fresh, local ingredients -- like crispy Rappahannock Oysters, caprese with homemade mozzarella, seared foie gras and stuffed quail -- has earned the Fat Canary a spot on Williamsburgs' best restaurants lists for nearly a decade. (7572293333)

6 Cafe Provencal
Rated as one of the best restaurants in Williamsburg, Cafe Provincal makes you feel like you're dining in a rustic French countryside kitchen. The romantic yet informal restaurant, located on the grounds of the Williamsburg Winery, prepares their menu using vegetables grown in their own garden and locally sourced fish, all served alongside a local and international wine selection. Service is always top notch. (757-941-0310)

5 Five Forks Cafe
For real American diner food, it doesn't get much better than the family-run Five Forks Cafe. Virginia locals are known to drive an hour just to eat breakfast here on the weekends, and there's almost always a wait. To eat like the Southerners do, try the corn cakes with honey, grits or country-fried chicken with sausage gravy. (757-221-0484)

4 Opus 9 Steakhouse
For the best aged, melt-in-your-mouth tender steak in Williamsburg, check out Opus 9 Steakhouse. The casual yet sophisticated restaurant is the perfect place to take out a date, business associates or friends when you're really looking to impress. Dine on Maine lobster cooked fresh from the tank or a signature steak. On Sundays, Opus 9 hosts a Sunday Brunch Buffet featuring a chef's prime rib and Smithfield ham carving station and omelet station. (757-645-4779)

3 Food For Thought
With a playful menu that tips a hat to great thinkers of the past, Food for Thought specializes in classic American fare, though you'll find a little bit of everything on the menu. The service consistently receives rave reviews and portions are filling and worth the very affordable prices. Meat lovers will find the pot roast melt-in-your-mouth tender, yet there's a variety of vegetarian options as well. (757-645-4665)

2 Art Cafe 26
Sibila Dengs, owner of Art Cafe 26, grew up in Europe and missed it so much she decided to bring a little of it to Williamsburg. The mission of Art Cafe 26 is to expose people to the world of art who wouldn't get that exposure otherwise. Whether or not you're an art aficionado, the thoughtful tasting menus at Art Cafe 26 are worthy of a look. Choose from a Crazy or Country tasting menu, or if you're in the mood for something lighter, come on Thursday evenings for Light Night Out. (7575657788)

1 Le Yaca Restaurant Français
A little bit of country French tucked into the Village Shops at Kingsmill. Le Yaca Restaurant Français is locally known as one of the most creative and best dining establishments in the area. Their French onion soup and leg of lamb are house specialties, and another claim to fame is the Marquis au Chocolat -- a rich chocolate truffle cake in vanilla sauce. The food is the real thing, and the atmosphere is as appealing as the menu -- elegant but not stuffy. (757-220-3616)


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A Chef's Kitchen 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Local Specialty
Dining Options: Wine Cellar
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Second Street - An American Bistro 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Williamsburg
COST: $$
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Blue Talon Bistro 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental, European, French
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Fat Canary 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Non-Smoking, Smoking (outdoor area)
Neighborhood: Colonial Williamsburg
COST: $$$$
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Cafe Provencal 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Mediterranean
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: Colonial Williamsburg
COST: $$$
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Five Forks Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner
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Opus 9 Steakhouse 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
Neighborhood: Williamsburg
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Food For Thought 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Eclectic
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Art Cafe 26 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Smoking (outdoor area), Take Out
Cuisine: European, Mediterranean
COST: $$$
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Le Yaca Restaurant Français 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Catering, Disabled Accessible, Parties / Private Rooms, Pastry Chef, Take Out
Cuisine: European, French
Neighborhood: Busch Gardens
COST: $$$
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