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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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“pot roast” (537 reviews)
“meatloaf” (438 reviews)
“shrimp boat” (73 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00 Hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
1647 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185-2723
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Reviewed yesterday

It is not just the food and the service but the atmosphere that also makes this place amazing! We can't get enough! We had dinner and breakfast both were really good. Every time we go to Williamsburg Food Thought is a must.

Thank henny h
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went here on a friends recommendation. The wait staff was superb and first asked if anyone had any allergies to anything. He explained that his question was to make sure that if we did that they took extra care to make sure that there...More

Thank Roger S
Reviewed 2 days ago

Recommended by a friend we stopped for lunch on the weekend. The hosted said our wait for a table would be 35+ minutes, and handed us us a pager which would sound when they could seat us. Within 10 minutes it went off and we...More

Thank NovaSouth
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great find. Breakfast was delicious. We will definitely be back. Portions are very generous, so you won’t leave hungry.

Thank Chrissy L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Found this restaurant on the web, had excellent reviews & they were all right. Food & service were outstanding. A bread basket comes with each meal, so delicious. We were just traveling through but it was so good, we stopped twice. For dinner, be both...More

Thank Kim K
Reviewed 4 days ago

I took my 80+ year old parents for an early dinner here based on the reviews I read. We absolutely loved it! The food was excellently prepared, the atmosphere is quaint and elegant but yet comfortably casual. The waitress was kind and pleasant. The owner...More

Thank Sharon B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Best vegetarian selection ever. Husband had meatloaf and pot roast combo,loved creamed spinach and real mashed potatoes.

Thank Laura Lee D
Reviewed 5 days ago

Only a 15 minute wait with GREAT service, speed and amazing food. Everyone in party enjoyed different entrees and desserts. Watching wait staff interact with other employees shows a lot about a restaurant. Manager also came around. Seems to be popular with locals too. Overall...More

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

Thank you for the outstanding review! It's wonderful to hear your visit was great from beginning to end. Your kind words mean a lot. Looking forward to having you back in again soon! Best, Howard, Owner

Reviewed 5 days ago

We were greeted by a friendly hostess and seated immediately. Alex our friendly server greeted us and explained the menu and answered several questions. My wife ordered Grandma's Meatloaf from the 55 menu expecting to be smaller portion. It was a whole meatloaf with mash...More

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

Happy to hear you'll be back! We aim for amazing service and delicious food. I will pass on your kind words to Alex. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! Best wishes, Howard, Owner

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I can’t say I made the best choice of lunchtime entrees... a tough and rather bland vegan jerk chicken. My companions seemed to enjoy their crab cakes and pad Thai. The choices are broad, and it feels like a place to enjoy the scene and...More

Thank aztxca1
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Jena B
23 September 2018|
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Response from FamilyManTraveller | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. Please contact the restaurant directly about their Thanksgiving day hours of operation.
wav l
23 September 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.
12 August 2017|
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Response from Mean B | Reviewed this property |
Yes, full bar.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 11:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 11:00
11:45 - 21:00
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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