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6 Local Restaurants We Love

Posted by: Mira Roberts

We love living and working in Williamsburg for so many reasons, including the beautiful landscape that surrounds us, historic landmarks around every corner and access to culture, art and music, all year long. There's so much to do in Williamsburg, but when it's time to do less, there's space to relax and get quiet, and we appreciate that balance.

We've spent time exploring our wonderful city and we've learned that one of the best ways to get to know the area is by enjoying local fare at some of our favorite, locally-owned restaurants. We understand the value in supporting local businesses (after all, we are one!), and we enjoy celebrating food, family and the joy that comes from sharing a meal made with heart and with passion.

That's why we figured we'd highlight a few of our favorite local restaurants that focus on values that we share: Quality, Service and People. The next time you're searching for the perfect place to spend a date night, or want to get your hands on a world-famous sandwich or plate of piping hot pasta, you'll know where to go. Salut!

Second Street
Purchased in 1985 by two born and raised Williamsburg natives, the Chohany brothers, Second Street is a true, modern American Bistro that focuses on friendly service and incredible food. It's vibrant interior decor is complemented by its stunning outdoor seating areas, surrounded by a fire pit, koi pond and water features. Awarded Wine Spectator magazine's prestigious Award of Excellence in 2010, 2011 and 2012, this restaurant boasts a powerhouse wine menu and is a local favorite for date night, socializing with friends and enjoying the good life.

Giuseppe's Italian Restaurant
Giuseppe's is the epitome of a locally-owned, family driven and family friendly Italian restaurant. Focused on quality ingredients and customer service, Giuseppe's has been open for more than 23 years in the Williamsburg area and serves gourmet pizzas, pasta, salads and regular wine dinners. 

The Cheese Shop
Started in 1971 by a husband and wife couple in Newport News, The Cheese Shop has evolved to be one of the most highly acclaimed restaurants and shops in all of Williamsburg. From their famous sandwiches and impeccable cheese selection to their upscale dinner and wine menu at neighboring sister restaurant, The Fat Canary, The Cheese Shop is a one of kind dining experience.

Carrot Tree Kitchen
Serving breakfast, lunch and made from scratch baked goods (trust us-try the carrot cake), Carrot Tree Kitchen's 3 locations in Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown feature homemade food made with love by its passionate chef, Debi. Whether it's a light snack or a decadent dessert you're looking for, you'll find it and more at any one of these 3, locally-owned locations.

Shorty's Diner
Using family recipes and fresh ingredients, this family owned diner is committed to offering its customers good food and large portions at affordable prices. Famous for their fresh cut fries, french toast and all beef, hand pressed burgers, Shorty's is a completely unique diner that will warm your heart and fill your belly without breaking your bank account.

Opus 9 Steakhouse
When it's time to celebrate and spend a meal out at a local fine dining establishment, Opus 9 is the place to go. An elegant steakhouse with a superb wine menu, private dining and first class service, you'll want to celebrate your next anniversary, job promotion or graduation with Opus 9's famous steaks and house made desserts.


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Mira Roberts

Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 


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