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.
You should have asked us first. The Inn has never been a favorite of mine. Even when the food is good the service is so incredibly snobby. I don't care for the other tourist fave, the Trellis, either. For all 3 qualities: service, food, atmosphere I recommend Whitehall on Jamestown Rd or Le Yaca near Busch. Fat Canary and Blue Talon have good food but less elegant atmosphere.
I am very sorry to hear of your report. I have recently moved back to Richmond and was planning a weekend this Fall at the Inn. I used to dine at the Inn in the late 1980's and it was always a very special experience.
What are your recomendations today for a place with great food, service and atmosphere in the area?
Looking roward to your response.