About Berret's Restaurant

199 South Boundary Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185
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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

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Francis Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(757) 253-1847

Website:
http://www.berrets.com/

Entertainment:
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.

Parking Details:
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.

Executive Chef:
Richard Carr

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Promotions

Happy Oyster Hours at Berret's Bar

Special valid Apr 27, 2016 - Jul 1, 2016 all week from 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Details
From 3:30 to 7:00, Every evening, enjoy Oysters on the Half Shell, raw or steamed for $1 each in Berret's Bar. Also $1 oysters are available during lunch in the dining room. Excludes Tax and Tip. Special valid Apr 27, 2016 - Jul 1, 2016 all week from 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM.

Berret's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience5
service5
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RELIABLY GOOD!

vip
Dined 3 days ago

Berrett's is a longtime favorite, with changes in the menu, but unlike some other local eateries, new offerings are different but not strange. Our (reserved) table was ready the instant we arrived, and next to a window, as I'd requested. Food and service were great!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Seafood Heaven

Dined on April 25, 2016

The menu was inspiring, the food fresh and delicious. This was a spur of the moment decision that paid of handsomely. I would dine there again when visiting Williamsburg.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

yummy!

Dined on April 24, 2016

Food was great and it was so nice dining outside on a beautiful day. Nice selection of gluten free choices. I ordered the crab cake sandwich which came with asparagus. I really don't care for asparagus much but the way they made them they were absolutely delicious.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
food5
ambience4
service5

My date had the special which was A fish ...

Dined on April 23, 2016

My date had the special which was A fish filet garnished with strawberries. She said it was the best fish dish she had ever had. I had a medley of crab dishes which was very good.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Excellent find!

Dined on April 17, 2016

Best crab cakes anywhere! Four of us had four different dishes, and every one was exceptional. Best restaurant we've found in quite a while.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighbourhood gem, notable wine list
food3
ambience3
service2
value2

A Very Long Lunch

Dined on April 16, 2016

We went to Berret's Restaurant on a Saturday afternoon for lunch around 1:00. We sat inside a small room which was very quiet - almost uncomfortably quiet. It was a nice day and there were people sitting outside - I would imagine the atmosphere out there is much better. Our food was decent, but it took forever to come out. In fact it took forever to take our order as well and our drinks were never refilled. As we walked around the area, there seemed to be a lot of other places to go that would have had a better atmosphere. (We couldn't get reservations at any of those though - and now we know why...)

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Best of Colonial Williamsburg

Dined on April 13, 2016

Located in Merchant Square Berret's is truly the best of the area, from service to food look no further for a great restaurant and happy hour. They have outside dining, $1 oyster, superb food with a great waitstaff. We tried their lunches, dinners and happy hour never being disappointed only looking forward to our next vacation in Williamsburg to visit again. Thank you wish you were closer!!!!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience3
service3

Overall OK. Oysters are very good, howev ...

Dined on April 12, 2016

Overall OK. Oysters are very good, however the tuna, crab cakes and seafood ravioli were nothing special. The tuna was overcooked, dry.and bland. Better seafood options in the area.

food5
ambience5
service5

Great dinner. Service was wonderful. I ...

Dined on April 11, 2016

Great dinner. Service was wonderful. I had a stuffed seafood pie thing that was flavorful and unique. My co-worker had amazing crab cakes. No filler at all! And our server was knowledgable and a delight! We till be back!

food4
ambience3
service3
value3

Very nice seafood restaurant

Dined on April 6, 2016

Barret's was recommended to us for nice seafood. It is located in the shopping area of Colonial Williamsburg not too far from the College of William & Mary. It makes for a very nice evening, and the food was very tasty. I would recommend this for dinner, though there wasn't anything about it that really stood out. I think the meals were very good but other good restaurants would be on par.

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Our Mahi Mahi was the best seafood we ha ...

Dined on April 5, 2016

Our Mahi Mahi was the best seafood we had in Williamsburg on vacation. The salads and entrees are beautifully presented as well. Excellent location when visiting Colonial Williamsburg.

Tags: kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Outstanding meal!

vip
Dined on April 1, 2016

All four of us ordered the crab-stuffed trout. It was absolutely delicious! Ryan provided us with terrific service ~ we love this spot in the heart of Williamsburg!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

We were visiting the area and saw that B ...

Dined on March 30, 2016

We were visiting the area and saw that Berret's had really good reviews. After eating there, we can see why. Took our 7 and 5 yr olds. They liked the kids "cocktails." The salted shrimp (fried shrimp) were great. Great food and great service.

food3
ambience3
service4

New England Clam chowder was thin and n ...

Dined on March 28, 2016

New England Clam chowder was thin and not very flavorful. Tables small and very cramped. Wouldn't recommend.

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Lovely

Dined on March 27, 2016

Delicious, service excellent! Ambiance a bit casual from what I expected. But still nice.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Our server, sorry do not remember her na ...

Dined on March 27, 2016

Our server, sorry do not remember her name, was terrific.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies
food3
ambience3
service2
value3

Uneven

Dined on March 27, 2016

After a wonderful greeting by a very professional hostess things went downhill. Our server varied between attentive and leaving us alone way too long such as for simply taking our order. She crab soup was cold and very thick. Entrées were OK , desert good. Still we like Berrets a lot for its hometown feeling and will certainly go back.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Awesome lunch

Dined on March 26, 2016

Had a great lunch here - food, atmosphere and service was great! Will be back!

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4

Lunch time wine and beer flights are gre ...

Dined on March 25, 2016

Lunch time wine and beer flights are great when on vacation. Walking distance to local historic scene.

food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Excellent Seafood as Always

Dined on March 24, 2016

Berret's Seafood specializes in fresh seafood. We enjoyed our meal on the outdoor patio in early spring. They had an incredible array of specials that night. I especially love the rainbow trout stuffed with crab meat. Every time I've gone there the sea food was fresh. It's the best seafood place in Williamsburg.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great place to dine in Williamsburg

Dined on March 21, 2016

Wonderful food and a great atmosphere located just a short walk from Colonial Williamsburg. We had the most fantastic dessert. The prepared a 3 berry cobbler in a small skillet. It came out piping hot with ice cream on top. It was delicious and big enough that two of us couldn't quite finish it. Salads were great and we shared a seafood pasta dinner.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food1
ambience2
service3

Arguably one of the worst meals for the ...

vip
Dined on March 13, 2016

Arguably one of the worst meals for the money i've ever had. $150 for two people--shared appetizer, two entrees, shared dessert, two cocktails and a glass of wine. The cocktail, the "Virginia Apple" was unremarkable. The appetizer was good, but no better than anything from Applebees. The crab cakes, for $29, were terrible. The menu described them as "sautéed" but they were clearly pan fried to the point of being black on one side. They must also have been dropped in a trier because they were extremely hot on the inside. There was no filler, but the meat was not all "lump" as promised. There was clearly claw and/or backfin mixed in. There was also no flavor. The mashed potatoes and carrots and green beans were also under seasoned. The dish looked and tasted like something from a diner. My partner's wahoo steak was likewise a disappointment. The fish was chewy and had a grey, unappetizing color. It must have been frozen. Dessert, the raspberry cheesecake, was admittedly delicious. But we left frustrated that we wasted $150 on a meal we wished we never ate.

food5
ambience4
service5

We enjoyed the fried oyster appetizer fo ...

Dined on March 9, 2016

We enjoyed the fried oyster appetizer followed by stuffed trout. Excellent food ably served by Susan who made the evening pleasantly memorable. The special that Wednesday evening was half price wine bottles. We chose French Champagne which topped off a great experience.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent dining experience

Dined on March 4, 2016

We were an adult party of four and enjoyed one of the best seafood dinners we have ever had here. The wait staff was superb, the atmosphere was quiet but friendly, andthe food was marvelous.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food2
ambience2
service4
value1

Not a four star restaurant

Dined on March 3, 2016

The hydrogen atoms in the stars for Berret's Restaurant are gone. While the service was good the she crab soup lacked any crab at all. It was a tasteless cream soup. The house salad was just some greens taken out of a typical grocery spring mix plastic container. There were no tomatoes or any thing else in the salad. I ordered an additional crab cake with the salad. There was more filler than crab. No crab in the soup and not much in the crab cake. This was a typical high priced tourist trap in a beautiful historic district. I will never go back considering all the other great restaurants in the area, especially the one across the parking lot on the next street.

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Really good food.

Dined on February 27, 2016

Think about ordering several appetizers instead of a full main course!!! Good service for the most part and very friendly staff!!! Consider the wine flight instead of a glass. Better Value and good selection.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Always consistent

Dined on February 21, 2016

Always consistent for excellent quality in all areas. Food is excellent, staff are knowledgeable and courteous, restaurant is cozy and inviting. Had a wonderful birthday dinner there and enjoyed every second.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Good

Dined on February 15, 2016

Went here for valentines' day date night. Very good food, but not spectacular. This sums up the entire restaurant, really: very good, but not spectacular.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5
value3

Saturday Night Review

Dined on February 14, 2016

We took my son and two William & Mary friends on Saturday night. Our waiter was very attentive. The food was delicious - calamari, fresh oysters, the crab cake (innovative that it was gluten free); mahi mahi, petit filet with oysters, salmon, mixed seafood in paper). One of our son's friends remarked that Berret's is one of his favorite restaurants. I will note that despite my clear request that my dish be dairy and gluten free, it did come with mashed potatoes, which looked incredibly delicious, but obviously were not dairy free. Just something to be aware of. That did not affect my enjoyment of the meal.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

loved it

Dined on February 13, 2016

What a great find Berret's was. Probably one of the best meals I've had out in a long time. The parchment wrapped seafood was to die for! Will definitely be back

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great !!!!

Dined on February 13, 2016

What a wonderful experience. Great food. Great wine. Great service. Beautiful atmosphere. So romantic.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience3
service5
value4

Service

Dined on February 12, 2016

Our server, KAITLYN, enhanced the experience. She was very knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

The food was outstanding! Very cute, gre ...

Dined on February 12, 2016

The food was outstanding! Very cute, great location.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great local dining place

Dined on February 12, 2016

We are close enough to walk, so we do. Great food and nice menu, changes with seasons and specials. Very attentive waitstaff as well. In the summer they have a great Tap House with awesome burgers and beers. Whether you want fine dining or to grab a cold one with some pals, this is a great place to dine. Their crabcakes are awesome by the way!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

a very nice evening

Dined on February 11, 2016

We had a lovely evening. We have come so many times over the years. We miss Tom Austin but enjoyed the quiet delicious meal.

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Berret's in Merchant Square

Dined on February 5, 2016

Every time we come to Williamsburg we go to Berret's. It is our favorite restaurant for years. My wife and I started going there at on our annual trip to Williamsburg more than 10 years ago. The food is outstanding and the environment is quiet and pleasant. It is a small restaurant, but not small on flavor and variety. They have many great specials and the menu changes often. A real Williamsburg gem.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Delicious.

Dined on January 24, 2016

I have been here several times and always enjoy it. I especially love the crab cakes, she-crab soup and caesar salad. Very good service, great atmosphere. Parking can be full but there is a pay lot across the street.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Hospitality

Dined on January 22, 2016

A warm, inviting restaurant on a cold winter evening! Good hospitality, friendly service. An enjoyable dining experience!

food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Reliable Favorite

Dined on January 21, 2016

Always impeccable service and a welcoming atmosphere. I had the soup and sandwich. The turkey wrap was yummy. I would love to eat it again. The potato leek soup was a little disappointing. It was very thick and over seasoned.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Always Delivers

vip
Dined on January 20, 2016

This restaurant always delivers great food, great service in a charming atmosphere. Best seafood in Williamsburg!

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch

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