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Shorty's Diner

627 Merrimac Trl, James-York Plaza Shopping Center, Williamsburg, VA 23185-5320
+1 757-603-6674
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good30%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“pancakes” (139 reviews)
“home fries” (41 reviews)
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American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
627 Merrimac Trl, James-York Plaza Shopping Center, Williamsburg, VA 23185-5320
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Reviewed yesterday

We enjoyed a very good lunch at Shorty's. The Tuna Melt was quite delicious. We were seated immediately. Very friendly waitstaff and clean surroundings.

Thank ZeelandScoutMom
Reviewed 4 days ago

Stopped by before heading into Busch gardens, convenient and close to the park, breakfast was quick and hot, delicious eggs Benedict, home fries were so so, I prefer the shredded hash browns, service friendly and quick although it was very crowded, wish we had time...More

Thank Jobo14
Reviewed 4 days ago

I came from NJ where there were great diners. Shorty's is great- homefries with peppers and onions, best biscuits around , excellent service and good sized portions.. If i have a mid morning breakfast I skip lunch. Happy atmosphere and everybody loves Shorty's. Tourists should...More

Thank 347ace
Reviewed 6 days ago

We came to Williamsburg for a short getaway. We found Shorty's on Trip Advisor and were not disappointed. The food was delicious and for the price, you get a lot of food. We loved the banana cream pancakes. The home fries are grilled potatoes with...More

Thank Michele C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family really enjoyed eating at Shorty's. My husband and I had breakfast while my kids each ate lunch foods. The staff was very nice and our waitress took very good care of us.

Thank Jennifer M
Reviewed 1 week ago

September 17 six of us ate at Shorty’s Diner “Good Food, Large Portions, Small Prices!” for breakfast or early lunch 6a-2p. It is family owned/operated and uses family recipes including the hubcap-size pancake. 1950s decor, gray brick walls, and long shelf around the ceiling displaying...More

Thank friendgetaway
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We tried eating here on a Sunday around 11:00 and there was a line waiting to be seated. Left because hubby can't stand waiting, but decided to return the following day. I understand why there was a line! Great selection for breakfast, service was very...More

Thank Angela S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've been coming to Shorty's for years making it part of every trip to Williamsburg because of the great food and service... this visit was very different... I ordered three eggs over medium well, the country fried steak and the chunky potatoes... I don't know...More

Thank Lori D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food, generous portions, big fluffy pancakes! Manager very attentive, service is fast but not rushed, in and out in 35 minutes as breakfast should be. Very clean throughout, love the classic diner feel. The collection of toy cars was nice and just the right...More

Thank Saggybeach_6
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good food in a good (retro) setting served by friendly people. The place is rather small but that is made up for by the large portion size and the very friendly staff.

Thank John D
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Sally W
30 June 2016|
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Response from jim_aldredge | Reviewed this property |
Roger that - 2PM closing.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
6:00 PM - 2:00 PM
6:00 PM - 2:00 PM
6:00 PM - 2:00 PM
6:00 PM - 2:00 PM
6:00 PM - 2:00 PM
6:00 PM - 2:00 PM
6:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 627 Merrimac Trl, James-York Plaza Shopping Center, Williamsburg, VA 23185-5320
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Williamsburg
  • Phone Number: +1 757-603-6674
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We are a family owned and operated diner using our own family recipes, open daily from 6 AM - 2 PM. We offer homemade soups and salad dressings, fresh whipped cream on our French Toast and cakes and only the best quality meats and cheeses. Because we serve 100% all Beef hand pressed Burgers, our soon to be famous Shorty's fresh cut fries and Ms. Bonnie's special recipes, you're sure to see and taste the difference.Shorty's Sweet Side is now open daily from 3 PM - 9 PM. Enjoy soft serve ice cream, sno-balls, milkshakes, malts and more!
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