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Reviewed 26 February 2020

It took us four years to get in, but thankfully there was a hint of a snowfall, Virginia panicked, and spaces opened up. This is a gourmet meal, cooking class, folk hour, wine instruction, and product pitch simultaneous. We can't wait to go back.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 17 February 2020

My hubby and I enjoyed dinner at Chef's Kitchen for Valentine's Day on February 14, 2020. Chef's Kitchen is like a cooking class and you get to eat the delicious results! The evening starts with check-in in the shop area (great merchandise and wine on...sale). At 6:30 the door to the "kitchen area" opens and you have champagne and small bites for half an hour while you find your seat (all seats are assigned in advance). Sometimes there is a piano player to entertain during this time period. At 7:00 Chef John and Chef Nick begin the "show" and regale you with wonderful food, stories and cooking instructions for the next 2.5-3 hours. Cherie does a great job of serving the wine, food and running the shop. Everyone is so friendly. The food is outstanding and atmosphere is great. Questions are encouraged. Unlike some restaurants on Valentine's evening...there is no rush here...just the normal meal. An outstanding experience! One caution: you must make reservations well in advance (think several months out). They do have a wait-list if your desired date is taken. Go to Chef's Kitchen. You won't be disappointed.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 12 February 2020 via mobile

This is a great place to experience great food and learn how to prepare it at the same time. We went as a neighborhood group and it was a lot of fun. Can highly recommend!

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 26 January 2020

Prior to entering the demonstration area, you wait is a small, crowded area, shop. It is dusty and has mostly wine. Recommend getting rid of space taking center island and providing more waiting area. Once the kitchen/demonstration area opens, you go to your assigned seat...on one of three tiers. It is entertaining and an experience to watch your meal prepared, but other than being given recipes, you are really not shown how to cook it.the courses run from great to OK. Service is good. May recommend for a one shot experience, but not a second trip. Pricy.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 10 December 2019

We had the awesome opportunity to have dinner here. It wasn't just a meal. It was a night out. Although it is a 5 course meal, it is spaced over 2 - 3 hours while you watch the chef cook. It is not too much...food as you might think. Rather, it was just right. The food was amazing. While you are there, buy the carrot peeler. It's only $7.50, but works great. You'll get tips on what salt to use, what baking soda, etc. You have to book 6 months in advance, but we got in with our time share. They will work out diet restrictions. My husband felt it was the best night out he's had.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 2 December 2019 via mobile

I have watched Vivian's program on PBS for awhile. I love it, and her restaurant did not disappoint. There is a great park nearby. The kids enjoyed the playground until it was time for our dinner. The park was donated by the restaurant and other...locals.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 6 November 2019 via mobile

Chef’s Kitchen is just another Williamsburg tourist trap gimmick . A complete waste of time & money. Crowded with tourists, & way too boring. It’s not that bad... but it’s just over-rated, & over-priced. Go eat somewhere else.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 31 October 2019 via mobile

There’s a reason this restaurant is the highest rated in Williamsburg. The incredible food was only surpassed by the entertainment provided by the chefs. Chef John, Chef Nick, and Deirdre provided an unforgettable dining experience. Glad we were able to get in from the waitlist....Next time we’ll plan ahead to make sure we get in. Space is limited!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 21 September 2019

A Chef's Kitchen is a true dining experience. The food is outstanding, and Chef John's presentation and instruction is legendary. Lovely selection of wines to accompany our delectable meal.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 7 September 2019 via mobile

Chef kitchen is awesome, now,i,see,why,there, is,a,waiting list. The,food,is delicious, prepared right in,front, of,you,,the,crab cake, was,delicious, ,they,make,the,sauce, in,front of,you,the,mayonnaise in,front,of,you,and,you,get,educational, while,listening to,the,chef,playhis,harmonica, love this,place.

Date of visit: August 2019
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johnkodell
20 October 2018|
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Response from hll333 | Reviewed this property |
Most reservations need to be made about 6 months in advance. You can call, and if there is a cancellation, they will seat you. Remember, the restaurant only holds 30 people and there is only one seating per day.
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Jena B
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Response from Janice S | Reviewed this property |
I called for a reservation--they are booked solid until the beginning of the year
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