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About Berret's Restaurant
Berret's Seafood Restaurant specializes in fresh regional seafood-shrimp, blue crab, scallops, oysters, and tuna. Also offering steaks, chicken, and vegetarian selections. Full beverage service, micro brews, and wines. Voted by Williamsburg locals as the best seafood restaurant for over 30 years.
Berret's Taphouse Grill features the food wines and beers of Virginia with 8 drafts, unique and hard to find wines grilled fish, steak, rotisserie chicken and burgers all in a casual outdoor seating. Weather permitting
from April until November.
ONLINE RESERVATIONS ARE FOR INSIDE DINING ONLY.
For parties over 6 people, please contact Berret's Restaurant directly.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Seafood, American, Southern
Hours of Operation:
Berret's Seafood Restaurant is 0pen Daily from 11:30 am to 9:30 pm
Berret's Taphouse Grill: Open daily at 4:00/5:00 p.m. April through November (weather permitting and first come, first serve basis) NO RESERVATIONS TAKEN FOR THE TAPHOUSE GRILL
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live Music on the outdoor stage at Berret's Taphouse Grill on Fridays and Saturdays in the summer time. Check the website for entertainment schedule.
One hour free parking available behind the restaurant- Paid parking available across the street from restaurant for $1 per hour. Berret's validates for two hours of free parking in pay lot when you dine with us. Bring your parking ticket with you to lunch or dinner and ask your server for details.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Steal the Pint Nights at the Taphouse Grill on Thursdays throughout the summer. Live entertainment on the outdoor stage on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through October.
Berret's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Things you want in a great dining experience:
1. Friendly greeting at the door.
2. No waiting
3. Excellent service but not overly in your face
4. Creative selection of freshly prepared food w/ a knowledgeable wait staff
5. Low pressure chill atmosphere
Berret's had the entire package and this is coming from a heavy travel business professional who is in restaurants all the time.
We had been there for Mother's Day last year and when our anniversary came around this year, we decided to have it there. We knew that they had oysters so we had them as an appetizer. For the entree, we ordered the Red/White/Blue plate of seafood and the steak. Both were very good.
The only mistake we made was in ordering two appetizers, as this prevented us from finishing our meals.
Soup was great. Oysters Rockefeller was terrible. Asked twice for bread and butter. Had sparkling wine. Waiter not trained on how to open wine. Cork flew into adjoining party’s table. One entree fair. Other entree came out at room temperature at best. Caesar salad presented with a Parmesan crisp that was greasy due to it being under fried. Oyster’s Rockefeller had no taste due to the omission of Pernod and other essentials. It was our anniversary as well and nothing offered except to write me an apology note and send at a later date. Saw 2 mgt. but nothing more offered except to take off the oysters and entree.
We had a great anniversary dinner at Berret's. Contrary to another review I saw, they did see the comment on our reservation that it was our anniversary and our server was sure to wish us a happy one.
Service and food were both great - not just for us, but for the tables behind us. I heard multiple servers having good, friendly dialogued with their tables.
Sorry, folks, but this Merchant Square restaurant never fails to disappoint me. This was my third attempt there, and we only went there since we couldn’t get in anywhere else. It was a busy weekend. My friends and I were hesitant about what to pick from the menu since previous dishes have been lousy or mediocre. I picked a salmon dish with a crust that was fair. My friend ordered fish and chips thinking it was safe. Th fries were soft, not crisp. So he asked for another order of fries.
Although we asked Nick, our server, to replace the fries, we had to ask several more times. By the time they finally arrived, my friend had finished his fish. So we had to ask repeatedly for a container. Nick should have removed the fish and chips from the check for all those mistakes they made, but he didn’t. All foodies should avoid this place.
Ordered She Crab soup and kept biting into pieces of shell. Ordered the herb crusted Salmon with risotto and asparagus. Risotto was not warm at all, but salmon was hot. Wine and service from waiter was good. Having come from D.C. for a mother/daughter trip I was really disappointed with the food. Your place came highly recommended by Fife and Drum where we stayed. When they asked how it was I told them and they were very surprised by our first time experience not being as good as they thought it would be.
We went to Berret's on a Saturday night to celebrate a birthday and the experience was wonderful. Our server was friendly and attentive but not annoying. The food was fresh, tasty, and presented in a beautiful fashion. If I were the type to photograph my food this plate would have been worth the effort. I will return to this restaurant the next time I visit Williamsburg. We both ordered the red, white and blue plate and were pleased with the portion size, not too big. The salmon was delicious and the crab cake was one of the best I have had in a long time.
Excellent in every respect. Been there many times over the years and always have had good experiences. First-rate food, really excellent service, not rushed and courses delivered precisely as they should be. The noise level is low; you can have a normal conversation (this applies to the restaurant inside. The Taphouse Grill is more open and a little rowdy as it should be. Often overlooked by locals because of its location in the historic area.
We had a great experience on our recent trip to Williamsburg. It was a perfect evening to dine outside. Nice lighting and live music that was not too loud added to the ambiance. We both ordered specials and were more than pleased with the flavors and generous portion. Service was attentive but not hovering. We would highly recommend and would go back anytime.
We were here 2 years ago. I think they have different people in the kitchen. Shrimp had too heavy coating. Presentation of main dish was nice, but flavors were not outstanding as we had in other years. This place was always the first dinner when we visited area-sometimes 2-3 times a year.
We had a fantastic meal here over William and Mary parents' weekend. The food was outstanding across the board, and the excellent service from our female server (whose name escapes me) made our experience even more pleasant. My son's tuna arrived a bit rarer than he wanted, but they were quick to correct it so it was cooked perfectly, and the manager came to apologize ensure my son was ultimately happy (which he was!). We sat indoors because we had been out in the heat all day and welcomed the A/C, but they had a very lovely outdoor seating/patio area as well as live music and corn hole games, which would make it a nice place to eat outdoors or go to happy hour. We hope to return the next time we are in Williamsburg!
Was not pleased with the service, the food, the temperature of the restaurant, the parking.. Traveling from out of state to meet an old friend for Dinner and this was not a good start to the evening..
The spring rolls? Do they come frozen and then fried for customers?? Because thats what they Tasted like. The Barrett special I believe it was called Crab Cake no good, baked imperial no good, fried oysters soggy, the shrimp overcooked.. We both got the same thing and both were exactly the same.. Being a former student at Johnson and Wales University I was extremely disappointed and was just gonna let it go as a bad experience. But then I was asked to take this survey...
The decor is dated and carpet pulling up at edge of table. The food was sub par, but the service was great. The fried green tomatoes were soggy and not flavorful. The salmon, scallops, and pasta in parchment paper was lacking flavor. However the creme brûlée was to die for! Skip dinner and order dessert.
We went on the recommendation of our hotel comprises concierge and the fantastic reviews. Unfortunately, we were let down. The meal itself was underwhelming - my wife's cream sauce was more like broth and the seasoning was very bland. My Mahi mahi was dry and also relatively tasteless. Our server was a very nice but was not well informed about the menu items. We dine out frequently so our standards may be high, but we felt disappointed in our experience at Berrets.
The whole experience was fantastic. We were there on our 42nd anniversary with two old friends.
The food was really good, mostly seafood and the server Emily was great. We were in a small room with four tables by ourselves until two slightly loud guests came in. They did quiet down though.
The only downside was that I figured the tip wrong and did not give the intended 20%, but I will make it up.
When looking for a great spot as an out of town guest to get your Colonial Williamsburg fix in, then come here. Great location, fun outside vibe one could take in while waiting and the food was delicious!!!! I wish we stayed for dessert because this place was charming, great menu, great value and had that mid-Atlantic flair to their menu.
We were celebrating our 50th anniversary and it was our first trip to Berrets. The service was exceptional and our server, Jessica, was very helpful. Her recommendations were great. Our starter, baked brie in a puff pastry with shrimp was outstanding. We tried two of the specials: seafood baked in parchment paper could not have been more scrumptious and the tuna steak was tender and quite large compared to other restaurants. The wine was paired well with the selections. Thanks, Berrets! We will be back. It is worth the drive from Chesapeake.
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