We will be doing a familiy trip to Williamsburg - Norfolk in a couple weeks for 10 days. We have two kids, 5 and 6, and we eat everything and we can do any price. I have combed the board and found these restaurant references and opinions. Anything else?
Pierce's - (off Rt. 199 on your way into or out of town.). A "must go." Great, cheap BBQ.
Kings Arms - Not chowhound worthy but a special experience if you're "doing" W'burg. The best of the colonial taverns.
Christiana Cambells -S imilar to King's Arms.Good if you're interested in a real colonial dining experience, and fun if you've never done it.
Fat Canary - About the best for high-end dining. More formal/pricier then Trellis.. Expensive. Make sure you have a reservation and ask for the table in the window if you have four or more.
The Trellis - Great for brunch also. Fist rate. For the best food I'd stick with the Trellis.
Blue Talon Bistro. - Great and fine for kids. Fantastic brunch and great atmoshpere and is in Merchant's Square, the heart of Colonial W'burg.
Surry House Restaurant in Jamestown - Take the Ferry over to Scotland/Surry. is right there, and is famous for its country ham, peanut soup, and several other traditional southern dishes you are unlikely to encounter elsewhere. The Ferry is free, and the ride is fun.
A Good Place To Eat. - On Duke Of Glouster Street (DOG Street) - Not a good place to eat.
Carmine's - For the absolute BEST sandwiches in Williamsburg,
The Cheese Shop - Not bad for cheese, bread, and wine. The sandwiches are overrated.
Le Yaca - excellent for French cuisine. There are also some nice ethnic places, Chez Trinh (Vietnamese), Emerald and Thai Pot (both Thai), and Taco Mexicali (authentic Mexican, but no atmosphere). I would also suggest Food for Thought on Richmond Road.
Hog Wild Smokehouse - A bit of a drive from the Colonial area. Good and less expensive, I'd suggest (although it's).
Berret's Seafood Restaurant - Excellent all around! She-crab soup is a favorite. Their crabcakes are rumored to be the best in Williamsburg. And save room for dessert as their pastry chef is fabulous! A lot of locals like it better than The Trellis...Good for a casual lunch outside.
Bardo – One posters favorite. Really good, talented chef and amazing, relaxing atmosphere. Interesting, creative, Asian and Indian inspired small plates menu and a great bar menu.
Food for Thought - American Child-friendly. Very good
Cora - 723 W 21st St, Norfolk . For brunch. Loved it. Don’t they serve booze anymore.
AW Shucks - Great comfort food. Wonderful pan-fried oysters with some amazing side dishes!! The raw bar menu looks fabulous also!
Jade Villa - Best chinese food in the area. Red menu for traditional chinese fare which includes octopus, frog, etc. The pan fried noodles with vegetables and gravy is exceptional! Dim sum menu Open late (1-2am?).
Terrapin – Expensive. Similar to Fat Canary in Williamsburg with great food
Charlie's - Best divey diner ever
Pho 79: - Poor atmosphere but the food is great. Love their spring rolls. Love it. Dirt Cheap.
Pasha Ottoman Bakery & Café. In Chesapeake - Terrific. Turkish.
Kotobuki - In Norfolk's Ghent – Sushi is really fresh and the service is great.
Kyushu - Newtown Rd. – Better sushi. Almost offer a complimentary appetizer.
Luna Maya – For mexican is very good, Serve the best martinis I've ever had in my life, specifically The Margatini, rimmed with chipole chili salt.
Empire Little Bar and Bistro. - Tapas. Interesting twists on classic things and lots of fun stuff. A tapas restaurant affiliated with Crackers in Ghent. Personally, I like Crackers much better. But I'm a bit biased, as I live in Ghent and eat more often in Ghent.
Minnie Lumpia - Minnie was ridiculously nice, the Lumpia were excellent.
Bobbywood - New American/Seafood plus some regional flavor. Great and a fun place to go. Very good and cool scene.
Todd Jurich's Bistro - . American, French, Seafood, Contemporary. The finest restaurant in Hampton Roads.
The 219 - Dessert, Pizza, Eclectic. Reservations recommended. I love the Potstickers for an appetizer and the Asian Tuna for an entree. This is probably my favorite appetizer-entree combo in all of Norfolk.
No Frill Grill - I usually order the fresh fish chalkboard special, and it is usually delicious
Crackers - Tapas. In my opinion, Crackers is better than its sister restaurant, Empire, located in downtown Norfolk.
Restaurants To Avoid: The New Belmont, Szechuan In Ghent. The Max, Club Soda, San Antonio Sam's
Cogan's - A great cool friendly neighborhood restaurant/pub. The pizza is VERY good and you can get a whole pie or a huge slice the way you like it.
Carriage House (now Omar's?). French, Eclectic, International. Fantastic, a great setting too.
Bardo - Asian, Tapas, Vegetarian Great Experience. You have to tell them you want to chill there and order. the tapas plates in shifts so your table is not over run with stuff.
Winehouse - Sunday night 1/2 price entrees. Love it, although you need to stick to simple dishes because sometimes they can get a little crazy.
Cora - Creative take on Southern and Vegan foods. Casual but sophisticated. Can eat outside in warm weather.