Local’s Lunch Guide to Williamsburg, VA

November 25, 2019

Williamsburg is known for the rich cultural history around every corner, but one of the most surprising aspects of the town is the abundance of great food. No cheap dining halls serving day-old, lukewarm food in sight! Strolling around downtown, you can stumble on the freshest seafood, or the smokiest BBQ, or the finest French food straight out of the alps. For a perfect mid-day treat stop at any one of these Williamsburg staples.


Sandwiches: Carrot Tree Kitchens

Carrot Tree Kitchens is a lunch spot that you will never tire of because they are always changing up their menu with seasonal twists. You will find incredible salads, soul-warming soups, and juicy burgers on the menu, but nothing in the world will ever top their incredible, lick-your-fingers-good sandwiches. Healthy, locally sourced produce is layered together on your choice of bread, croissant, or bun. Even if you forget to save room for dessert, take one of their sweet treats to-go. These fresh-baked delicacies are the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. 


BBQ: Pierce’s Pitt Bar-B-Que

Since 1971, Pierce’s Pitt Bar-B-Que has been serving hickory-smoked, Tennessee-style BBQ that has turned into a cult classic over the years. This award-winning restaurant has been acclaimed by BBQ masters from all across the US. Much down on a tender pulled pork sandwich or grab a couple of racks of ribs to share with your friends or family. You’ll know when you’re getting close because the sweet smoke smell of homemade BBQ will fill your nose and make your stomach rumble. So bring an appetite!


Seafood: Oceans and Ale

Oceans and Ale is a favorite among visitors and locals alike. Inside this seafood & steakhouse, you will find the freshest seafood executed with culinary finesse. While everything on the menu falls under our must-try list, the seafood nachos have to be one of the most unique and mouthwatering items on the menu. Corn tortilla chips are piled high with lump crab and fresh shrimp plus all the nacho toppings. Get a small for an appetizer and venture out to see what other incredible dishes you can find on their entree list. You can’t go wrong with anything off their incredible menu!


French: Le Yaca

Le Yaca is one of Williamsburg’s most sought after restaurants. The first Le Yaca opened in a little skiing village in the French Alps and was an instant hit for serving some of the finest food in the region. In 1980, Le Yaca moved to Williamsburg, VA and revolutionized the restaurant scene in town. This is a popular spot for romantic dinner dates, anniversaries, and birthday celebrations, but most people don’t know about their incredible lunch menu. For only $19, you can eat a lavish 3-course meal fit for a king! Check out their special lunch menu


Indian: Nawab Indian Cuisine

On a cold autumn or winter day, almost nothing sounds better than a big bowl of Indian curry. You may not expect to find the best curry in Colonial Williamsburg, but lo and behold, Nawab Indian Cuisine is it! This intimate restaurant serving up traditional Indian dishes is a local legend. If you haven’t been here before, then the daily lunch buffet is the way to go. Sample all of their best curries and dishes for only $12-$14. Eat as much or as little as you like and figure out which dish is your favorite.


Unique to Williamsburg: Food For Thought

A trip to historic Williamsburg wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Food For Thought. The walls are decorated with important historical figures from Benjamin Franklin to Einstein and some lesser-known but just as important inventors, scientists, and social leaders. The tables are stocked with discussion cards to make learning about history fun for everyone! The menu is packed with classic American eats, healthy vegetarian dishes, gluten-free options, and so much more. Their kid’s menu will leave even the pickiest eaters smiling and their Magic 55 senior’s menu is one of the best deals in town. 


From burgers to curry, and French food to Tennessee Bar-B-Que, Williamsburg has something to satisfy any craving. Head in for lunch and avoid the dinner crowds while still enjoying the same service and incredible food. Caution: After trying a couple of these Williamsburg staples, you may have cravings until the next time you visit!

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