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Food For Thought

1647 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185-2723
+1 757-645-4665
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Open Now
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1647 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185-2723
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were in town for a Triathlon, and wanted a restaurant with lots of menu choices & good food. Two thumbs up, we made the right choice! The menu was extensive, the drinks were delicious, the atmosphere relaxing. I had the crab cakes and they...More

Thank Redaco
Reviewed 3 days ago

This eatery is a must for lunch if you are visiting the area. Friendly, good food and thought provoking atmosphere. Sayings on the walls and on T shirts are wonderful as well as the thought provoking cards on the tables

Thank jackstras
Reviewed 3 days ago

This restaurant is awesome! It deserves more than 5 stars. We came with a group of 7 people and every dish was amazing. It was one of the best meals we've had in a very long time. Everything from the bread, the appetizers, the entrees,...More

Thank Trail212537
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I wish I could give this place higher ratings. I love it here! The menu is eclectic and even funny. The food tastes clean and is so well prepared. It is truly one of my favorite restaurants on the planet. Williamsburg is so lucky to...More

Thank Karen G
Reviewed 4 days ago

I never write reviews but this place deserves on. We got stationed here about a year ago and drove past this restaurant on the way to our new home! I thought it sounded interesting but it took us months to finally walk in! First we...More

Thank Amanda N Seth H
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The restaurant has several dining areas and a bar area. Throughout the rooms are inspiring and thought provoking quotations from famous people. At each table there are cards with conversation engaging questions - maybe a good place to engage children in conversation. We both had...More

Thank George H
Reviewed 6 days ago

Fantastic food and wonderful quotes everywhere you look. Darrel was the best server! He had wonderful recommendations, was very attentive, and a pleasure to speak with. The GF menu was not just a few offerings on the regular menu, he brought an entirely separate one...More

Thank cejones93
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We came here for breakfast and while the restaurant was busy, we were promptly seated and our orders taken. The restaurant offers excellent options, including delicious vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes. We ordered pancakes and they were perfect! So was the coffee and the fruit....More

Thank Trekker2020
hehohop, Owner at Food For Thought, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your kind words about our breakfast -- I'm delighted the service and food was top-notch. You're always welcome back! See you next time, Howard, Owner

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stumbled upon this unique restaurant while visiting Williamsburg & will definitely visit anytime we're in the area. Unique & eclectic, book themed decor & menu. Great selection of house cocktails & an adventurous menu that doesn't disappoint. Portions were generous & everything we tried...More

Thank CaseyPO
hehohop, Owner at Food For Thought, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Casey, I'm glad you found us, too -- sounds like a lovely family meal full of new flavors and smiles! Can't wait until the next time you make it our way. Many thanks, Howard, Owner

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a place I wish was near my home. Excellent food, service, reasonable prices, good portions, nice atmosphere.

Thank ferretay1
hehohop, Owner at Food For Thought, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

I'm so happy everything was to your liking! Thanks for the stars. Hopefully we'll be all over someday, but for now, consider it an excuse to visit beautiful Williamsburg. :) See you next time, Howard, Owner

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wav l
September 23, 2017|
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Response from romanrutha | Reviewed this property |
No. They do however offer priority waitlist seating to a limited number of guests. It is important to note that even the waitlist seating does not mean that seating will be available upon your arrival.
August 12, 2017|
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Response from Mean B | Reviewed this property |
Yes, full bar.
May 26, 2017|
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Response from StephanieSelene | Reviewed this property |
I believe they do, they say their fries are gluten free, but cooked in the same fryer as items with gluten. Let them know when you go about your allergy, they are absolutely wonderful in making sure they take care of you!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
11:45 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1647 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185-2723
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Williamsburg
  • Phone Number: +1 757-645-4665
Food For Thought is a family restaurant in Williamsburg, Virginia, that’s as engaging for the mind as it is for the senses. Surrounded by quotes and images of inventors, scientists, and social leaders, our atmosphere aims to inspire families and encourage discussion over wholesome, delicious food. Food For Thought’s menu is as diverse as the great thinkers themselves. Our diner’s choices vary from American classics, ethnic dishes, healthy vegetarian options, or one of our nightly seafood specialties. The foundation of our menu is built upon American staples like our famous Fork Tender Pot Roast, Grandma’s Meatloaf, and “fall off the bones” ribs. America grew up on these meals, and we love paying homage to our country’s past. To complement these favorites, we added some newer, more contemporary flavors and ideas like Pad Thai, Jamaican jerk chicken, flavored butters, and original vegetarian dishes. To ensure everyone finds something they love, we also provide a gluten-free menu, a kid’s menu (with healthy options!) and our “Magic 55” senior’s menu. Our food is prepared with love and served with pride. A truly wonderful meal is a combination of good food and good conversation -- so talk about the special people featured here. Talk about the contributions that these people have made to the world! Have a meaningful conversation about how everyone can be great in his or her own way.
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