The Trellis Restaurant has been a landmark in Williamsburg since the 1980s went it first opened. Located in Merchant Square at the end of Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Williamsburg it is a favorite among visitors and residents alike. Last year Marcel Desaulniers and John Curtis, original owners of the restaurant, sold the establishment to David Everett. According to staff and local papers the restaurant was closed in January of 2010 for remodeling and reopened in April 2010. My husband and I recently celebrated our Anniversary with dinner at the Trellis.
The Trellis is listed at Open Table as priced between $30-$50 per person.
Open Table notes the attire as “Smart Casual.”
The trademarked ‘Death by Chocolate’ desert is still available under the new ownership.
The Wine list showcases American Wines.
The Coffee is locally roasted.
Vegetarians who eat fish will find a variety of options, persons who don’t eat meat or fish may wish to check the menu first.
We made reservations online through “Open Table” which we were directed to from the Trellis website. Open table confirms, time, date, number in your party and allows you to leave a comment. We made note that it was our Anniversary and we requested a quiet table knowing we would want to take our time with dinner. When we arrived at the restaurant we were greeted by the host, a pleasant young man, who showed us to our table and wished us a Happy Anniversary. Inside the space is open, earthy but elegant, with interesting textures in the floor and walls. We were seated and waited on by Ben who was very charming. Ben also wished us a Happy Anniversary and he struck just the right balance between being attentive and yet not hovering.
My husband ordered red wine and then asked to have it decanted. It opened up beautifully. Warm bread was brought to the table. We started with “Mozzarella and Heirloom Tomatoes: House made Mozzarella with a selection of Heirloom Tomatoes with Cilantro” for my husband and “Warm Goat Cheese: Chevre Goat Cheese with Beet Compote, Marinated Sweet Onions & Crispy Celery Root” for myself. My husband followed with Blackened Tuna and I had Grilled “Porterhouse” Lamb Chops. The Lamb Chops were served with a lamb sausage that reminded me of Scottish sausage my in-laws used to purchase from the butcher in Kearny, N.J. I can only describe dinner as exquisite. We finished our meal with coffee, each pot brewed separately by the server, and the Dark Chocolate & Carmel Tart. “Happy Anniversary” was written in chocolate on our desert plate.
One of the things that I love about Chef Everett’s restaurants is his attention to detail. Being a painter I am particularly sensitive to visual presentation and Chef Everett always has his kitchen serve food in an aesthetically pleasing arrangement. There is both color balance on the white plate and attention paid to balance of space as well as attention to taste. Not only was the goat cheese delicious, the white circles of cheese presented over the purple beet compote was simply beautiful to see. The lamb was arranged on the plate in such a way I actually said to Ben “it is so pretty” when he brought it to the table.
If you are visiting Williamsburg and are looking for a nice night out I highly recommend you try the Trellis. If you are a local and you are wondering how it may have changed I would say, it has changed but it is still a wonderful restaurant with a pleasant atmosphere and a quality menu.
I look forward to eating at the Trellis again.