Raising a Fork
Our Eleventh Annual Platinum Plate Awards Serves Up The Best Restaurants In Coastal Virginia
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Byrd & Baldwin Brothers Steakhouse
From this richly appointed two-level steakhouse, quality steak and related fare are served. Over the years we’ve seen Byrd & Baldwin progress from a charming downtown offering to one of Norfolk’s restaurant gems.
116 Brooke Ave., Norfolk
Eat – An American Bistro
This jewel-box of a restaurant, located in the North End of Virginia Beach, offers fresh, creative cuisine with a focus on seafood and American regional. Relaxing, hip, fabulous service and outstanding food from chef/owner Erick Heilig keeps us coming back.
4005 Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach
With a degree from Johnson & Wales University and pedigree in seafood from such Outer Banks restaurants as The Left Bank at The Sanderling and Aqua S in Duck, chef/owner Kenny Sloane tempts palates with fruits de mer and other dishes, too with contemporary approaches using classical techniques.
3150 William Styron Square, Newport News
Le Yaca French Restaurant
This restaurant always pleases with impeccable service and cuisine. The intimate French-inspired dining rooms set the stage for classic French cuisine from chef/owner Daniel Abid.
1915 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg
River Stone Chophouse
Set in a stunning two-story restaurant inspired by the American Arts and Craft movement, the food at River Stone is equally impressive. A fresh, seasonal menu with an emphasis on steak is offered. In addition to prime, aged beef, a large selection of seafood is also offered and prepared deliciously. Outstanding wines round things out.
8032 Harbour View Blvd., Suffolk
The Trellis Restaurant
Legendary restaurant now showcasing the talents of Executive Chef David Everett includes updated American Regional cuisine prepared with classic executions.
403 W. Duke of Gloucester St., Williamsburg
Diners are wowed with the food here, dubbed “seasonally Southern,” and dishes as simple as pimento cheese, she-crab soup, sweet onion spoon bread and grilled belly bacon are pure art. The restaurant’s sophisticated interpretations of rustic regional classics bode well in this comfortable restaurant, resplendent with stone walls, exposed ceiling beams, hardwood floors and spectacular wooded views.
1900 Governors Pointe Dr., Suffolk
Waypoint Seafood & Grill
The magic from chef/owner Hans J. Schadler and Executive Chef Kyle Woodruff come alive on the plates in this comfortable fine-dining restaurant that is relatively new to the Williamsburg cuisine scene. The elegant atmosphere and menu—which pulls from local food and foodways heavily—is a true delight and a capstone in Schadler’s 45-year culinary career.
1480 Quarterpath Rd., Williamsburg