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Jul 21, 2009 06:51 PM

Local Seafood joints near Williamsburg, VA?

Greetings! My family is planning a visit to Williamsburg during the second week of August. This board has turned up a large number of great ideas for our time in and near the historic area -- thanks to all who have shared them. What recommendations do you all have for seafood joints that would be within a one hour-ish drive from Williamsburg? Proximity to a small town that is fun to explore is a plus, but not required.

We are traveling with a 13 year old boy who has an adventurous palate. Fresh, tasty and local is more important to us than atmosphere. We're looking for those little hole-in-the-wall places that do fresh seafood simply and well. The ones the locals know about and the tourists never find. Please hook us up!

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  1. My family and I just had lunch in Williamsburg today as tourists. I would recommend Francesco's Ristorante. It's not necessarily a seafood place, but they do seafood really well. They're also using fresh, locally grown produce and making their own pasta. The chef/owner is Sicilian and makes sure his kitchen turns out great food every meal.

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    1. re: mamasquirrel

      Thanks, Mama, that sounds great! Anyone else?

      1. re: alirn

        we ate at Berret's when we were there 2 years ago- thought it was very good- also ate at Christina Campbell's tavern inside Williamsburg and it was very good also- look on yelp for reviews

    2. For seafood in Williamsburg, we like Shackelfords. They have a great selection of steamed, raw and frield.
      In Gloucester Point, try the River's Inn. 30 minute drive down the Colonial Parkay. Nice views of the marina. You can eat indoors (more formal) or outside.
      Berret's was so so when we ate there last week. We have eaten there previously and enjoyed it. Maybe too busy this time of year. There are better selections for the money.