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Williamsburg Inn

BigEats | Jun 19, 2007 08:45 AM

About 20 years ago on our honeymoon, my wife and I enjoyed a fine meal at the Williamsburg Inn. It was first rate service, the sommelier was outstanding and the food was on a par with the Inn at Little Washington -- we ate there on the same honeymoon as we toured Virginia for a week.

A few weeks ago we returned with our 3 children, and for about $400 total, we had a meal that was a notch below Applebee's on the quality scale. Menu selection is limited, but I was surprised to see that the children's menu is exactly the same as at the other Williamsburg eateries -- yuk! Frozen microwaved chicken nuggets, anyone? And the overall menu selections were unimaginative and somewhat limited.

My duck sausage appetizer was fatty and chewy, its bed of lentils boring; my wife's seafood sampler could have been a nice $5.95 nibble down the road at a Norfolk seafood shack, not a $19 rip-off; the mixed vegetables side dishes that accompanied EVERY entree may have come out of a frozen Costco bag; I ordered my filet medium and it came out rare. The not-too-busy dining room taxed the wine stewardess to her limits. On and on it goes, total mediocrity. I was embarrassed for the place.

For the price tag, this place is living on past laurels. It's clearly at an all-time low. I highly recommend avoidance -- there are hundreds of better meals in the Williamsburg area, and thousands of better deals for your money.

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