A picture of Fat Tuna Grill, one of the best seafood restaurants in Williamsburg VA.

The Best of the Best Seafood Restaurants in Williamsburg VA

It’s hard not to crave fresh seafood when visiting Virginia – after all, you’re so close to the Atlantic and its beautiful beaches.

Let’s say you’re in the historic triangle and get the hankering for some seafood. Where should you go? Here are some of the best seafood restaurants in Williamsburg, VA. Sure, you could stop at Red Lobster or fast-casual spots like Skrimp Shack – but why not try one of these unique spots in and around Colonial Williamsburg?

1. Berret’s Seafood Restaurant & Taphouse Grill

Love both regional seafood and outdoor seating? Then Barret’s is the place for you. They have a host of mouth-watering appetizers like New England-style clam chowder, fried calamari, and she-crab soup. Their entrees are sizable and offer a diverse selection of tastes. The locals rave about the Original Blue Plate, which features sauteed backfin crab cake and baked oysters Rockefeller.

Berret’s also regularly features live music and other events like crab races. When you’re ready to swing by Berret’s, you can find them at 199 S. Boundary St, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

2. Fat Tuna Grill & Oyster House

Fat Tuna Grill has some of the freshest seafood in town. They feature a mouthwatering seafood raw bar with mussels, clams, and Alaskan crab legs. They have plenty of other specialties to choose from, like Williamsburg-style shrimp and grits to parmesan crab crusted flounder.

Not only do they offer fresh catches of the day, but they also offer a killer happy hour every Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 pm to 6 pm. Sounds good, doesn’t it? We thought so.

Fat Tuna Grill is waiting for you at 1433 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

3. Aberdeen Barn Steakhouse

While Aberdeen Barn is a steakhouse, it has an extensive menu with plenty of options for regional seafood lovers. Their Chesapeake Bay blue crab dip is made from scratch and absolutely to die for, and their crab soup is deliciously buttery and comes with ample crab on top.

When it comes to dinner entrees, some local favorites are the swordfish Rockefeller grilled up in a creamy spinach sauce and the Mahi-Mahi Oscar topped with lump crab and bearnaise (not to mention the perfectly blended cocktails).

Looking for the Aberdeen dining room? Find it at 1601 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg, VA, 23185.

4. Bonefish Grill

Bonefish is a hotspot for anniversary dinners and other celebrations. It’s got a classy vibe, French and Italian wines, fancy cocktails, and loads of delicious seafood entrees.

Their cod imperial stuffed with mozzarella and parmesan cheese is a show-stopper. Or, you could go with classic, butter, cold water lobster tails. If you want something straight out of the waters, you can always ask the waitstaff about the catch of the day.

As good as the food is, we can’t help but stress once more that the cocktails are a knockout, especially the Coral Reef Punch, which is the perfect companion after a sunny summer day.

Bonefish Grill is waiting for you at 5212 Monticello Ave, Williamsburg, VA 23188.

5. The Seafare of Williamsburg

In the mood for something nautical? Then you should head towards 1632 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

There, you can dine at the award-winning seafood restaurant Seafare of Williamsburg. It’s got everything you could want: stunning ambiance, French onion graten, and some of the best crab cakes around, not to mention oysters straight from the Chesapeake Bay.

6. The Whaling Company

Some of the best local seafood (and steaks) can be found at The Whaling Company over at 494 McLaws Cir, Williamsburg, VA 23185. Designed to resemble a New England boathouse, it’s also got a fun vibe to go along with its delicious fare.

Visitors sing praises about the exquisite shrimp cocktail and the crab legs at this unique and locally owned and operated boathouse. The Boatwright’s Platter or the Baked Seafood Platter are great options for those who have a big appetite and want to taste some variety.

And though it isn’t the usual star of a seafood restaurant, check out the cheesecake while you’re there. You won’t regret it.

7. Oceans & Ale

Oceans & Ale is renowned for quality service, food, and craft brews. If that’s not enough, it’s also a hot spot for local live music. There isn’t a more perfect spot for dates and families alike.

Have you ever tried seafood nachos? Well, you definitely should. You can find them at O&A, along with inventive dishes like crab cake sandwiches and their Ahi tuna stack, as well as classics like she-crab soup.

The O&A can be found at 5601 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23188.

8. Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant

Buffet lovers, rejoice! Captain George features a delicious spread of snow crab legs, fried scallops, boiled salmon, the list goes on and on. It also features other American steakhouse favorites like smoked beef brisket, pork BBQ ribs, and a sirloin. If you’re looking for a great dining experience for a group of folk with diverse tastes – this is a great option for you.

Ready to grab your spot in the buffet line? Head on over to 5363 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23188.

9. Waypoint Seafood & Grill

Waypoint has all the classic seafood starters and entrees your heart could desire. We’re talking locally harvested oysters, crab and shrimp fritters, and pan-seared scallops. The wood-grilled stuffed oysters with spicy garlic butter are worth the trip to Virginia alone.

This is another spot that’s favorite with locals for celebrations and special occasions. It has a classy ambiance, but also a relaxing vibe that makes you want to stay and connect for a while.

You can find your way to Waypoint by heading to 1480 Quarterpath Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

Stuff Your Face and Your Day

Now that you know of all the best seafood restaurants in Williamsburg, VA, you can get your fix and get on with your vacation – but the question is, what to do next?

We have plenty of recommendations – just check our blog. From sunning on the beach to taking in American history, there’s always something to do when you visit Colonial Williamsburg.