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Sep 28, 2006 04:01 AM

Williamsburg, VA Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas needed


We will be in Williamsburg VA for a long Thanksgiving weekend and would love to have suggestions as to Thanksgiving dinner places. Very traditional Thanksgiving restaurant offerings that will satisfy fussy foodies from NY or very non-traditional choices if the traditional options are warmed over buffet options or the like.

Also, we would appreciate receiving ideas for other restuarants/meals/dives we shouldn't miss while in the area. We will be driving from New York City and ideas for places along the way would be gratefully received.

Many thanks,


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  1. I have never done Thanksgiving at a restaurant, but I would bet you that the Williamsburg Inn goes all out that day and would undoubtedly be both "very traditional" and good for "fussy foodies." It will also undoubtedly be very expensive, but my experiences there have been good. The only other option that I can think of for a high style traditional Thanksgiving feast would be the Dining Room at Ford's Colony (or whatever name they call it now, the Colony Room?). I'd prefer the Inn myself.

    In the dive category, I feel that no trip to Williamsburg is complete without a stop at Pierce's Pit BBQ. It is no longer a picnic table shack in the woods, but it is still the best sweet pulled pork BBQ for miles and miles.

    I'm a big fan of the underrated Le Yaca, for good quality French food with exemplary service. Sadly, it is not as good as it was in its heyday after a change of ownership, but it is still well worth a stop if you enjoy French cooking. The lamb is especially tasty. It is not at all stuffy, casual dress is fine.

    People will try to send you to The Trellis, but I can no longer endorse that. It was once the best spot in town, but has gone downhill to the point that I hear more bad than good these days from those who visit.

    If you insist on dining in a tavern, Christina Campbell's is the best of the lot.

    Soya is a decent sushi place, although not spectacular. Most of the places along Richmond Road (Rt 60) are bad -- if it has a buffet, doubly so.

    If you have specific cuisines in mind, I can suggest some other places, but Williamsburg is not a foodie paradise since it is easy for a place to cater to tourists who will never be back.

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    1. re: SouthernGent

      Hi...your post info is timely as we are planning to spend xmas day in williamsburg and would like some ideas for a good traditional dinner. We tried to book the Inn but it is completely booked. Any other ideas? What about Christina Campbell's? Should we consider that? Thanks a lot.