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About Berret's Restaurant
Berret's 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 30 years.
The 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 call us at (757) 253-1847
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Seafood, American, Southern
Hours of Operation:
Open Daily for Lunch: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner:5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday: 5:00 p.m.-10 p.m.
Bar open all day serving food and beverages
Taphouse Grill: Open daily at 4:00/5:00 p.m. April through October (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 started slowly when we had to wait 15 minutes for our reservation. When we were seated the waiter took all most as long to say hello. He the apologized for the kitchen being slow - a large group order was in front. Except that we were seated before the group arrived.
The crab bisque soup had a fishy aroma.
Too close to a college and too many tourists to be a serious restaurant.
We were in williamsburg for a special art exhibit and had been warned that restaurants catered to tourists and, while ok were not exciting or especially good. We chose Berret's because seafood sounded good and we could walk from our B& B. It was a good choice. Not "the meal of a lifetime," but much better than it had to be. Good, fresh seafood (try the oysters Rockefeller for sure), nicely done. Big, not huge, portions, pleasant service.
This is a big restaurant that does a nice job. We'll go again when we're in town.
There were a couple bumps in our meal, but issues was handled quickly and professionally. There was a wedding taking place at the same time, so the kitchen was quite busy and the cause of the mistakes understandable. I do not expect perfection when I dine out, but I do expect kind and attentive attention when there is an issue, which Berret's provided. Food was delicious and we would most definitely go back!
Service here was attentive and consistent. The food varied from very good to lackluster. The crab me and grilled tuna stood out favorably while the Mahi Mahi was a bit tough, probably over cooked. We did not complain, however, when asked how everything was.
Had an excellent birthday dinner and I had original blue plate which was phenomenal. She crab soup is the star and the whole plate worked well together. My wife had the Rockfish which was also excellent. Service was spot on and I highly recommend this restaurant! Will be back soon!
I had the red, white, and blue. The scallops were excellent, beyond expectations. The vegetables were just a tad under cooked, but I do like them a little softer, personally. the salmon was delesious, but after eating the scallops and the crab cake, I took most of it home and had it for lunch the next day. The crabcake was unremarkable, and appeared to be from frozen or processed. For the price, I expected lump crabmeat to be obvious, and it appeared to be a minced blend. The sauce which was served with the dish complemented the seafood and was very nice. While I couldn't put my finger on the ingredients, I really enjoyed it, and wasted not a drop.
My date order the seafood in parchment, and she took her time and enjoyed every bite of it, completely finishing the abundant portion. She had a nice white pinor noir which seemed to complement her meal, and I had the Argintine Malbec, which is one of my favorites, not a usual seafood pairing, but hey, it's what I like.
The service was excellent, the server was new, it was her first day, her lack of knowledge of the menu was made up for by her addendant care, hence our choice of what looked to be the main items on the menu. I was not disapointed. Management followup was appreciated, however, was unneeded. Just knowing that for future visits, management will followup, tells the prospective guest that the owners really care that the experience is the best possible.
Thank you Berrets, it was 2.5 hours of fine food and enjoyable conversation.
I will just be blunt. The service and the quaint atmosphere was the only thing good about this place. My mussels appetizer had at least 7 dead ones and the rest tasted fishy. I was waiting for some kind of neurological disease after eating some of them. I got a plate with salmon, scallops and a crab cake. The salmon had 0 flavor and was slimy, the scallops were also flavorless, both painfully obvious low quality seafood. The worst part was the crab cake. Tasted like cheap crab meat, lots of filler and it was cold. I am used to Maryland crab cakes, if that tells you my standards... but for 30 bucks a plate, it should have come close. Overall, the seafood tasted old and second hand. The wine flight was good but I needed drink multiple glasses to pretend like I was enjoying the meal. My daughter just turned 21 so I didn't want to ruin it by complaining; but I did have them take off the mussels as they were really, really bad. The best part of the plate was the mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts; maybe they should try for vegan food. Never going back.
We were in Williamsburg for one night as a quick get away and decided to give Berret's a try for dinner. Despite a reservation for 2 @ 7:30, we still had to wait about 15 minutes to be seated. No big deal but their waiting area is not huge so felt a little cramped. Whole restaurant seems a little chopped up from a room perspective, but once seated we were fine. Our waiter was great - very attentive. We started with the Fried Green Tomato stack. It was good but not great, but perfect for sharing without spoiling your appetite for dinner. My wife got the beef filet with fried oysters (they were huge!) and really enjoyed them. Oysters were really amazing. I had the crab cakes and they were excellent - mostly crab with minimal to no filler. Food and table service were great and would go back despite not having quite the ambience of some of the other area restaurants.
Seriously surprised by the excellence of the food at this little restaurant! We had chosen it based on the reviews of the food and it did not disappoint! The decor and ambiance weren't nearly as special as the meal itself and the excellent service provided by our knowledgeable server, Amy. As this was Valentine's Day, there was a special menu which included a really special cocktail for me and a great entree for my husband--blackened ribeye topped with spicy (but not too!) fried oysters, over risotto with asparagus. I had the "Blue Plate Special," which involved a lot of fresh crabmeat--all good, but the she-crab soup was made even more special by Amy's addition of sherry tableside. I have wished for this addition many times, but never seen it done. The special dessert was "Sticky Bun Cake." Think warm, cake-shaped sticky bun bread pudding, topped with vanilla ice cream and warm caramel sauce...We are still full two hours later. The fact that the place was completely full the entire time we were there testifies to its quality. Seriously delicious!!
We came here for our Valentine's Day date and it was our first time eating here. I ordered the filet mignon which came with mashed potatoes and mixed veggies. My steak was fairly undercooked and sent it back, the manager brought it out, apologized for the mistake and said dessert would be on them. My steak came back and was cooked just how I had ordered it and was very tender. The potatoes had a strange after taste and just weren't anything spectacular. My husband got the red white and blue plate which had a variety of seafood on it, it also came with mashed potatoes and veggies. He said it was very good. Our dessert we shared an apple raspberry cobbler skillet which was topped with vanilla ice cream, hands down favorite part of the meal; I would definitely order dessert every time! The waiter and hostess were both very friendly. Overall for the price I thought it was just ok, but had a decent first time experience. Special occasions only type of place for our liking.
Lovely friendly greeting upon entering; warm inviting decor including faux-fireplace in rear, large dining room. BEAUTIFULLY presented and superbly delicious food. The Original Blue Plate and Red, White & Blue Plate Specials are precisely cooked, served piping hot, and are hugely proportioned. Service was appropriately attentive. Great find in Historic Williamsburg!!
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