Our weekend in Williamsburg (May 28-31, 2004)Author: loriandwill83103
Date of Trip: May 2004
Image of Water Country USA appears courtesy of the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance.
Our first night in Williamsburg found us tired and hungry. Luckily, the Jefferson Restaurant was directly across the street from our hotel. We took a gamble here, having seen several ads in the tourist magazines we picked up at the front desk. There was a coupon for a free shrimp cocktail or cup of peanut soup in several of the publications so we set out to grab what we thought would be a quick dinner.
After being seated, it took at least 10 minutes before our server came over to get our drink orders. I had a ham combo which included a crab cake, mashed potatoes and apple sauce. My husband had a ham and fried chicken combo. His chicken was undercooked and I'm quite surprised the chicken didn't actually cluck at him. Needless to say, he didn't eat the chicken and the server took that portion off of the check.
All in all, it took 1.5 hours at this restaurant as the service was wicked slow. I wish the experience had been better as I hate not being able to recommend a place, but as it stands, I wouldn't return here again. The food was just so-so and combined with the extremely slow service, I wouldn't waste my time going back. Our total, minus tax and tip, was somewhere around $35.00.
Captain George's Seafood Restaurant
Our second night in Williamsburg found us starving (after a fun-filled day at Watercountry USA) so we decided on Captain George's. We felt more confident in our decision when we arrived as the line was out the door... the food must be good, right?!
The wait was minimal, maybe 15 minutes, and the atmosphere was definitely worth it. I was amazed to walk into the dining area and see the 12-foot waterfall off to the left. Then I noticed the "stream" they have going through the entire restaurant. One wall was covered in a beach/lighthouse/shore motif which was beautiful. The thought put into the decor was incredible.
Our server was very prompt and took our drink orders right away. That was a welcome change from the night before at the Jefferson. We were obviously both having the buffet so we went ahead and got our food. I was very impressed with the selection and quality of the food. Coming from coastal South Carolina, I'm quite picky about seafood, but this stuff was great. The dessert bar had at least 15 different things to choose from as well.
Will and I stuffed ourselves to the point I wasn't sure I could walk. I bought two t-shirts with the Captain George logo on them ($16 each) and our total for food was $65 before tip. That was a little steep since seafood around here is rather inexpensive, but the atmosphere was worth every penny.
In closing, I would highly recommend this place. The food is excellent and there is something to be said about having dinner in a place with a waterfall and stream. It might be a little pricey for large families, but the quality of the food is worth every penny, which is certainly not the case with many of the other places I'm sure!
Old Chickahominy House
Sunday morning Will and I headed off to the Old Chickahominy House. I read about this place online and knew I had to try it while there, and I am so glad I did.
We arrived rather early, I guess around 9:15am. The wait was only 5 minutes, which gave me time to look around the gift shop. The items in the shop were nice and it was a good blend of antique and new items.
We both ordered the two eggs, ham, and biscuit combos; mine with water, Will had coffee. The service was quick...our food was on the table within 10 minutes. Everything was so delicious, especially the biscuits.
Our total, minus tip was around $10, which was very reasonably priced. Out of all of our meals, I think I enjoyed this one the most. I'm not sure if it was the simplicity of the food or the fact that Will and I were tucked away in this small dining room that only had four tables. It was certainly a welcome change to be in a restaurant and actually be able to carry on a conversation with my husband. Niceand peaceful indeed. I would highly recommend this place, and can't wait to get back there again.
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