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“Came for the band and now have a new favorite riverfront cafe!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Willaby's Cafe

Willaby's Cafe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $25
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Williamsburg, Va
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Came for the band and now have a new favorite riverfront cafe!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2014

We drove about 1hr 15mins across 3 bridges to reach Willaby's Café from Williamsburg. We came for the band The Delvers. What we found was a great, laid back little café right on the river with a wonderful view of the river and the bridge, great food (my lightly fried oysters were the best I've had anywhere; catfish was wonderful too), attentive wait staff, very engaged and friendly owner enjoying the music with all of us, and a super lineup of Fri night musicians.

2 1/2 hour round trip for us on a Fri night after work and yes, definitely worth it! We will definitely be going back - soon I hope.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Richmond, Virginia
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146 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Fabulous lunch spot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2014

Traveling on business and stopped in. I had some of the best Fish Tacos I've eaten and my co-worker had the Reuben and was equally impressed. Our server was great, the manager stopped on his way through the room and asked how things were and told us some local history when we asked. The view is more than pleasant. The only downside was a child that was a bit loud and slightly out of control for part of our visit. Not a restaurant problem, just annoying.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank phil753
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White Stone, VA
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39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great beer on tap, fun atmosphere, live music, good food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2014

We live just about 10 minutes down the road, so this is a place we frequent often. The food and beer are awesome, and on Friday nights they usually have wonderful live music. We love it here!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Lisa H
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Germany
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269 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Lunch with a view”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

Out on a Saturday motorcycle with friends and stopped for lunch. Had Chili, ham sandwich, and cornbread. The cornbread was excellent, but they would only sell it with soup; not separate. So when we wanted more, they wouldn't sell a piece ala carte!?! Ridiculous, right? The food was decent, and the service was good. But the pettiness over the cornbread really bugged me. What happened to the customer being right? That may keep us from coming back.

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Thank Billy P
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“Great food... Horrible service!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

Went there to enjoy music & dinner Friday night. Took a phone call & over 1 hour to get appetizer. Took a total of 3 hours for 2 steak dinners. Salad never arrived until boxed to go. Server never brought our change back. Definitely not worth the tip. Food was great but not worth the horrible service!

Visited February 2014
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