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“Amazing Evening” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of A Chef's Kitchen

A Chef's Kitchen
Ranked #1 of 381 Restaurants in Williamsburg
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Newport News, Virginia
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482 reviews
309 restaurant reviews
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“Amazing Evening”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

If you are a foodie, you must visit Chef's Kitchen in Williamsburg, VA. We went for our anniversary on Jan. 4. Reservations are a must....they sell-out 30-60 days in advance. From my first phone call to make reservations, to buying wine at the end of the evening, everything was great! Menus are available on their website. Menus change monthly, so check on line before you reserve. You arrive at 6:15 and pay for dinner ($85 plus tax and tip per person). There is a small shop to browse. At 6:30 you are welcomed by Chef John and his assistant Chef with champagne and appetizers (gouda and blue cheese apps the evening we went). Then you visit with other attendees and sip champagne while pianist serenades you for half an hour. Dinner begins promptly at 7:00. Seats are assigned and it is classroom seating for 28....tiered seating so not a bad seat in the house. Recipes are at your place setting. Chef John and his assistant cook and explain their techniques, ingredients, tips and methods for the next 2 and a half hours. You can ask questions at any time and they are so friendly. Willing to chat before and after dinner. Dinner is 5 courses and 3 glasses of wine. (If you like the wine it is available for $10 a bottle to purchase at the end of the evening.) (They also serve water for everyone and beer and soda if you don't like wine and tell them this in advance.) The food, service, attention to detail and friendliness of everyone at Chef's Kitchen makes this a must do! I highly recommend this experience and can't wait until we can return!

  • Visited January 2013
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Princeton
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“A very neat experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

This was one of the coolest dining experiences that my wife and I have shared together. If you are a fan of Food Network and like to know more about how good food is made, this is definitely a must see in this area. The meal consists of 5 courses, 3 glasses of wine, and a glass of champagne - the chefs will prepare a majority of this food right in front of an audience of about 25 people so they can understand the cooking style and learn how to make the dishes. Any small dishes that they prepare before dinner are also explained to the audience. The chefs are very friendly and the food is great - you even get to take home the recipes for the food that you ate if you wanted to make it at home. We will be coming back the next time we are in Williamsburg!

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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“It does not get better than this!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

The Chef's Kitchen is a fabulous experience! We try to go once or twice a year and wish our budget and their schedule allowed us to go more often.
The food is unbelievable. Chef John Gonzales and his staff are so friendly, entertaining and helpful.
If you enjoy great food, learning more about cooking and wonderful entertainment please do not miss this special experience.

Visited August 2012
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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“ALWAYS SPECTACULAR!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

John Gonzales and the Crew at A Chef's Kitchen are incredible! The entire experience is top notch and the food is always spectacular. It is amazing to watch them create their culinary masterpieces consistently and in such an entertaining manner. The wine pairings are always spot on without costing a fortune. We always leave with a case of vino and very full bellies. This is one of those very special occasions that I always look forward to weeks in advance...which is how you better book your reservation, by the way! Thanks for always being fantastic, A.C.K.Team!

  • Visited October 2012
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North Carolina
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“Not just a show but a real demo, great dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

Chef John and staff do a first class job of making a very fine dinner and actually teaching techniques. It is not the same as a small technique class...they are making dinner for you as they go....but it is not just fluff talk, there is real culinary science talked about here. The food was excellent and the supplied recipes will be used in our house for sure. There was not one section of the meal that I did not like. The wines are extremely affordable for purchase. If it means anything to you we are booked to go again in January. And it is no small thing to say that both chef's are fast on their feet in both talk and prep....a humorous point of view while keeping true to their very deep training and commitment to fine food with an eye toward good ingredients and locally focused purchasing. Just go! You will love it.

  • Visited November 2012
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