It is difficult to write this review because of the history of the Chamberlin. The place is a historic hotel turned retirement living facility. The elegant dining room is open to non-residents most days, including for Sunday brunch. After visiting recently, our general thoughts were great atmosphere and view of Hampton Roads, fine service, but average food at best. For $29 per person, there needed to be a wow factor. There wasn't. The buffet had a seafood section, a breakfast section, an omlet station and a carving station. My wife is the seafood eater in the family and she pronounced the varied quality OK at best. She also noted that her portion of carved beef was full of fat and gristle. I enjoyed the omlet station. Very tasty. However, the grits and the potatoes I had were between lukewarm and cold. Both of us had a piece of teriyaki chicken at different times during our meal, and both of us found the meat bone dry and unappetizing. My immediate thought was Golden Corral would have provided a better brunch at a third of the price.
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