Williamsburg Journals

Wining & Dining in Williamsburg

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A May 2008 trip to Williamsburg by MilwVon

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Wining & Dining in Williamsburg

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National Pancake & Waffle House Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Williamsburg is a wonderful place to experience a lot of great food! During my time living in Virginia, I always enjoyed visiting my mom in Williamsburg, especially when I had the opportunity to take her out for dinner. Today my visits to this area are less frequent and usually part of a vacation trip via our timeshare at Kingsgate. I've had the opportunity over the years to come to Williamsburg for conferences, but then I've typically been tied to the conference center hotel and its restaurant facilities. I must admit, Kingsmill Resort is outstanding and their dining first class.While you are in Williamsburg, you owe it to yourself to dine in Colonial Williamsburg at least ...Read More

Williamsburg Winery

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Williamsburg Winery Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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While Virginia isn’t well known for its wines, it is the number five state in the US for wine production, behind California, New York, Oregon and Washington. During colonial times, it was the law that all Virginian land owners were to commit a minimum of ten acres to the production of grapes for the purpose of building a local supply of grapes for wine production. Unfortunately, wine production did not really take, as farmers found another crop to be more productive: tobacco.Williamsburg Winery is the largest of some 70 wineries throughout the state. From their humble beginnings back in 1985, they have become one of the better known producers of wines utilizing both local and imported gr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 12, 2008

Williamsburg Winery
5800 Wessex Hundred
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(757) 229-0999

Shields Tavern

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Restaurant

Revolutionary Music Man Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Just this week (May 6, 2008) Shields Tavern reopened with a renewed focus on the full dining experience for lunch and dinner. Previously they were more of a coffee and bakery shop, open to visitors for snacks during their time in Colonial Williamsburg and more specifically, Revolution City.We opted for Shields Tavern quite frankly due to their more reasonably priced menu options to Christiana Campbell’s or King’s Arm Taverns. With dinner entrees in the $16 to $20 range (versus $26 to $32) you can see how a budget conscience visitor might choose Shields Tavern over the other Colonial Williamsburg options. If there is a negative to consider, it might be that Shields does not accept reservat...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 12, 2008

Cities Grille

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Restaurant

Inside City Grille Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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During every vacation trip, you know how you stumble across a pleasant dining surprise? Well on this trip, Cities Grille was such an experience for us. We didn’t learn of them through word of mouth or even the local tourist advertisements, but rather, through my favorite resource for dining on a shoestring budget . . . Restaurant.com! For just $10 you can purchase a $25 dining gift certificate and when they have sales, you can get them even cheaper. The certificates I bought for this trip were 70% off, so I paid just $3 for the $25 discount.We arrived just as they opened for the evening at 5:00pm so we were immediately seated. Within minutes the main dining area was nearly half full and...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 12, 2008

Bourbon Street Bar & Grille

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Restaurant | "Bourbon Street Bar & Grille"

Bourbon Street Bar & Grille Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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My personal bias against hotel restaurants will come through in this review, I’m sorry to say. Not because I’m sorry that I have a bias, but more that I’m sorry that this restaurant fell short in many ways and was much like the cliché hotel restaurant . . . short on menu selections and disappointing in overall value.Billing themselves as “The best Creole restaurant in Williamsburg” they are highly advertised in the local tourist magazines and featured on Restaurant.com, we had at least moderate expectations for this place. As we navigated through Williamsburg’s tourist area to the edge of the restored historic area, I soon realized we were going to be dining at a restaurant in a hotel. Su...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 12, 2008

Bourbon Street Bar & Grille
315 York Street
Williamsburg, VA
(757) 229-4100

Williamsburg Dining Favorites Revisited

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Crab Cakes Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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If you’ve found my journal entitled “Dining in Williamsburg – Not Just Pancakes” you no doubt read my reviews on National Pancake & Waffle House and Shackleford’s II, two of Williamsburg’s finest. On this trip we paid two visits to each of these perennial favorites . . . and neither disappointed. While it is a bit hard to gush about a pancake house, I must say that National Pancake & Waffle House (1605 Richmond Road) is sure to please. We dined there for breakfast on our first and last mornings in town. Both experiences were excellent with prompt, attentive service and hot delicious meals. If you like Virginian country ham (the salty variety) you will find this restaurant to serve general portion...Read More