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Whether you want to dine in an atmosphere that channels the area’s historic charm or leave the history behind and feast on gourmet cuisine in contemporary surroundings, the restaurant scene in Williamsburg, Va., has options.
The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Williamsburg Inn might be the city’s best spot for foodies. Here, enjoy a multi-course menu at the hotel’s popular Regency Room, which serves classic upscale cuisine such as duck-bacon-wrapped scallops, lobster bisque, bourbon-brined skinless duck breast and black sea bass. For more casual fare, the Williamsburg hotel’s Terrace Room offers everything from succulent Kobe beef burgers to short ribs and pastas.
To experience the authentic ambience of an 18th-century restaurant once favored by former president George Washington, head to Christiana Campbell’s Tavern. It specializes in the same seafood-inspired fare that the first U.S. president may have enjoyed during the colonial days. Reservations are required at the family-friendly restaurant.
Two other 18th-century-style restaurants our Forbes Travel Guide editors feel are worth checking out are Chowning’s Tavern, a legendary spot that pays homage to the birth of the modern sandwich, and King’s Arms Tavern, which serves traditional Southern fare, decadent desserts and unique cocktails.