Yorktown Serves Up More Than Just a View!
Enjoy Craft Cocktails, Delicious Seafood & Scratch-Made Desserts
Planning a romantic dinner for two or looking for a pizza to share on the beach with your family? Historic Yorktown has several locally owned restaurants with amazing culinary talent and the menus to showcase it. You're bound to find something for even the pickiest of palates in your group. Our food isn't all that makes our destination unique. Whether you grab a seat overlooking the York River, or get your meal to-go and set up a picnic—you'll find yourself surrounded by beautiful panoramic waterfront views. Be on the lookout for dolphins, stingrays, and a variety of impressive military ships that pass through the channel every day!
Water Street Grille
Speaking of views, the patios at sister eateries Water Street Grille and Riverwalk Restaurant have some of the best, especially at sunset. Their streamlined single menu features everything from seafood and brick-oven pizzas to gourmet burgers and pasta. We are excited to be one of the first to share some of their brand-new dishes—just unveiled! We got a sneak peek (and taste) of them as they were being finalized by the chefs, and you’re going to love them.
To start with, you'll find mouthwatering appetizers like the Crab Empanadas, Locally Harvested Oysters, and Toasted Cornbread. The Sweet Tea Tennessee definitely caught our eye. It's a serving of Tennessee Hot Chicken Wings served over a Belgian Waffle with Jack Daniels Pure Maple Syrup. A lil' spicy and a lil' sweet - a perfect combination!
Check out the Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl with Ahi Tuna, Chilled Sesame Rice, Carrot Slaw, Avocado, Cucumber, Radish, Jalapeno, Fresh Mango Salsa, and Soy Ginger Glaze. It's drizzled with the most amazing Thai Peanut Vinaigrette. Go ahead and order it for its healthy ingredients and vibrant colors... or just do it for the Gram!
The real show stopper on this new menu is hands down the Grilled Elk Chops & Seasoned Crab Meat. Words simply don’t do this plate justice. The melt-in-your-mouth chops are served with Garlic Herb Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, and the most exquisite Housemade Blueberry Demi-Glace. Another one that's sure to wow the whole table, in both flavor and presentation, is the Whole Fried Fish. It's lightly fried, drizzled in Sweet Chili Sauce, and this entree is served over Seasoned Rice and Vegetable Medley.
Oh, and have you heard? Water Street Grille now offers weekend brunch! Stop in Saturday or Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Chicken & Waffles is a breakfast version of the Sweet Tea Tennessee and also comes with fresh blueberries. The Smoked Salmon Bagel is a toasted Everything Bagel topped with a generous portion of Smoked Salmon; Baby Arugula and Lemon Vinaigrette; Cream Cheese; Tomato and Red Onion; and Fresh Fruit. We're told one of the most-ordered menu items is the Maine Lobster Benedict - a Cold Water Lobster Salad, Buttermilk Biscuit, Sunny-side Up Farm Eggs, Bacon Lardons, and Arugula topped with Charred Lemon Hollandaise and Fresh Fruit. Pair either with a chilled carafe of Bloody Marys or Mimosas!
Ben & Jerry’s
One of the busiest shops—no matter the time of year—is Ben & Jerry’s! It’s no wonder with 36 different flavors and the ability to personalize your order. Get your ice cream scooped into a chocolate-covered waffle cone with sprinkles. Go for a vegan Non-Dairy flavor made with almond milk or sunflower butter! Or ask for an added pump of caramel to go with your hot fudge sundae.
The hardest decision is going to be choosing your flavor, especially with their expanded selection. If you haven’t visited lately, they’ve added eight new ones just this year! And of course the names are as clever as they are delicious: Boots on the Mooooo'n, Chip Happens, Half Baked, Netlflix & Chill, Oatmeal Cookie Chunk, Peanut Butter Half Baked, Pineapple Passionfruit Sorbet, and Non-Dairy Cold Brew Coffee Fudge Chip.
If you're feeling super adventurous - pile the family into the car and head down to order a Vermonster Mash. Are you ready for this? It's a bucket filled with 20 scoops of ice cream, 4 bananas, 3 chocolate chip cookies, 1 chocolate fudge brownie, 4 ladles of hot fudge, 10 scoops of walnuts, 2 scoops of your favorite toppings... and loads of whipped cream. We can't think of a more memorable way to celebrate the first day of school, even if it's virtual!
We also have the inside scoop on their September specials. Skip the grocery store freezer section and buy straight from the source. They're offering a buy three pints, get one free special all month long. You can also take advantage of $3 off any sized cake to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or the fact that you made it through another day of Zoom meetings!
Historic Yorktown's favorite ice cream shop is open until 10 p.m. during the week and 11 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so if you get a late-night craving, they'll be waiting to serve you. You can also order through Door Dash, GrubHub, or Uber Eats to get your treats brought to you!
Known to us locals simply as "The Pub" - this beloved spot has been serving some of the best seafood to the community for more than 30 years. You’ll find freshly shucked oysters, amazing crab cakes, and an always delicious "fish of the day" which you can order blackened, broiled, or fried. That's in addition to other specials like their Greek Gyro, Thai Chili Calamari, Clam Strips, and Lobster Rolls.
As we head into fall and cooler temperatures, be sure to stop in for a warm bowl of the Pub's New England Clam Chowder, Shirley's Seafood Gumbo, or Clint's Famous Chili.
Don't miss Raw Bar Thursdays! Enjoy $1 Oysters and Clams; Raw or Steamed (min 6). They usually have a daily drink special - always served in a frothy mason jar, just how we like it here in the south!
The Pub has a delicious partnership with Carrot Tree down the street. So even though the bakery closes at 4 p.m. - you can still satisfy your sweet tooth with a slice of carrot cake, checker board almond cake, chocolate peanut butter cake, and seasonal pies.
Due to COVID-19 - the Pub has limited indoor seating but they've also set up a tent with socially distanced tables outside and they're offering curbside pick-up and take-out! To order ahead, simply download the Swipby app, purchase what you want, and they'll have it ready when you drive up. Check out their full menu here.
Life is short; eat dessert first! That’s the motto at Carrot Tree Kitchens where owner Debi and her staff bake cakes fresh from scratch, daily. While they're probably best known for their signature triple-layer carrot cake filled with decadent cream cheese frosting—the bakery serves up a variety of delicious desserts for every palate. With so many options from which to choose, why pick just one? We certainly never do!
Sweets aren't all you'll find on the menu. This small restaurant serves up southern favorites like Ham and Buttermilk Biscuits, Brunswick Stew, and Pimiento Cheese. Choose from salads, the quiche of the day, and a variety of different wraps. Each is named after the history in the area or a local attraction within it like the Alliance, 1776, and U.S Grant. The Yorktown Onion comes with mixed greens, hummus, carrots, olives, cucumbers, and red onion. And The Bellfield is filled with chicken salad, bacon, lettuce, and tomato. You'll find the full menu here.
On beautiful days, Carrot Tree always has a seat waiting for you on the patio, or you can choose from their grab-and-go options and enjoy your lunch on one of the many benches along the Riverwalk. They are also offering limited seating inside. If you'd prefer to call ahead or order online, just scroll down on the homepage of their website.
This adorable locally owned Japanese corner shop and restaurant offers authentic oriental dishes such as sushi, salads, and a signature Korean dish known as Bulgogi Dup Bap.
Sushi can be ordered a la carte from selections of tuna, salmon, eel, shrimp, tilapia, octopus, and other seafood variations. The menu also features Avocado Rolls, Cucumber Rolls, the California Roll, Philadelphia, Spicy Tako, and more. Here's the complete rundown as well as prices.
Traditional dishes include Seaweed Salad, Sunomono, Kimchi, Edamame, and Miso Soup. For dessert, there's Mochi Ice Cream in green tea, mango, and red bean flavors.
If you're looking for a unique way to celebrate a special occasion, call Son and Michael! They love doing custom orders. And don't forget about their selection of sake (hot, cold, and sparkling), Japanese beer, and plum wine. They also sell soda and a variety of teas.
The dining counter is very small so customers are asked to please place to-go orders in advance at 757.989.6464 and wait outside until their meal is ready. There's a bench beside the restaurant as well as a little patio area and small courtyard directly behind the building.
Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters & Petite Cafe
Up on Historic Main Street is a quaint little building with white-washed bricks and teal shutters that serves up so much more than just coffee! Mobjack also sells a selection of Harney & Sons Tea, wine by the glass (and bottle), beer, and 18th-century "drinking chocolate."
The Petite Cafe is Historic Yorktown's own little hidden gem dishes out delicious baked goods, sandwiches, dips, and desserts. Oh... those desserts. You'll love the Vegan Bread Pudding, Chocolate Buttermilk Pie, and homemade ice cream sandwiches.
We recently shared a blog about their efforts to expand the menu to serve something for everyone, including visitors who are sensitive to gluten and/or dairy. Try their Petite Quiche, Dayspring Farm Cucumber Salad, and Fresh Fruit Tart to name a few. There are also memorable seasonal additions like the Loaded Tomato Pie, Spinach Artichoke Dip, and Capstan Pimiento Beer Cheese Sandwich. You really can't go wrong with any choice from Mobjack, and we guarantee you'll be back for more!