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Giuseppe's Italian Cafe


For a hearty Italian meal, this off-the-beaten-path spot is the place to be! Pizzas rule here, although the other dishes are also excellent. The Caesar salad with smoked oysters is outstanding. Order from the extensive vegetarian menu, or try one of the desserts that are worth the calories. This is a casual place with beer and wine and friendly service.

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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.

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Doraldo Ristorante Italiano


Serving both Northern and Southern Italian cuisine, this restaurant has been a favorite of locals for several years. Located in the Village at Kingsmill, this small place fills up fast with diners who savor the pizzas, pastas and veal dishes. The pizza ovens can be seen from the dining room, and the aromas waft across the tables. The cannoli is made on the premises and is a wonderful end to a meal here. This Italian restaurant has pizzazz beyond its prices.

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Old Chickahominy House


This 18th-century house has marvelous food and antiques. Evenly split between dining and shopping, this is a well-known landmark for both in Williamsburg. With English and American antiques and gifts, ham, gravy and biscuits and Brunswick stew, you will not leave empty-handed or hungry. The clientele is also split between locals and visitors, but don't let the crowds deter you – the service is as good as the food.

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The Trellis


The Trellis has become one of the best-known restaurants in Virginia. For over 20 years, patrons have been enjoying regional delicacies such as baby halibut, soft shell crabs and pigeon. To top it off are the desserts – Desaulniers is the author of three best-selling cookbooks and one of them just happens to be called "Death by Chocolate." So don't leave without tempting fate! There are three different dining rooms and an outside patio for dining in good weather.

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Pierce's Pitt Bar-B-Que


To say this is a local favorite is an understatement. Right off Hwy 64, you can usually follow your nose or just look for the trucks parked along the highway to find it. The pulled-pork barbecue is cooked out back, and lines form early for take-out. There are a few tables inside, but take it somewhere else – that is what the regulars do. The onion rings are a great accompaniment. This is award-winning, absolutely succulent barbecue, and people come from all over the state for it!

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Hayashi Japanese Restaurant


Cooked or uncooked? That is the question here, and you can pick your answer. Chefs make the food sizzle at your tableside grill, or you can belly up to the sushi bar for some Hurricane rolls and other uncooked delicacies. The service is attentive, and the selection of wines and beers is as extensive as the menu. There are various coupons for this restaurant in some of the local guidebooks. There is also takeout sushi.

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Kyoto Japanese Steak & Seafood House


Showmen chefs make this a fun place for the whole family. They slice, dice, grill and make other magic with their sharp knives and witty conversation. The house specialty combines beef, chicken and seafood, and most entrees come as a complete meal with soup and salad. There is also a children's menu. The sushi can be ordered as a combination platter or à la carte. There are Japanese and domestic beers as well as a wide range of exotic cocktails. Reservations are suggested.

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Fireside Chophouse


Since 1975, the Fireside has been serving excellent beef to locals in a setting that is a throwback to the real steakhouses of the past. The restaurant, decorated in dark colors, has well-dressed waiters who open heavy, bound menus for customers who are seated at linen-covered tables. This place does not appear to have changed much at all. However, the menu has changed so that now, along with the superb beef, you'll find more seafood opportunities. But go for the beef.

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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.

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