How far in advance do you need to make reservations?
We are now filling up about six months in advance. We do keep cancellation lists for every evening and you may go on as many cancellation lists as will work with your schedule.
Why do you require a credit card to hold a reservation?
When we first opened, the only information we required to make a reservation was a name and phone number. Unfortunately, there were “no call-no shows” or parties that cancelled on such short notice we couldn’t call anyone on our wait list. Because we are so small—only 26 seats—with one seating per night, we just can’t recoup our losses like a more traditional restaurant. We adopted our current policy after losing thousands of dollars in those scenarios.
Do you allow children to attend the dinner classes?
We feel parents know their children best. Our dinners last about three hours (beginning with the champagne and hors d’oeuvres through dessert). If your children would be comfortable with that, then they are welcome. We have had seven-year-old Food Network addicts attend and enjoy our dinners. Our young daughter would consider it a trial.
Is there a reduced cost for my child(ren)?
We charge full price for each person because we have such limited seating and only one seating per night.
What beverages do you have as alternatives to wine?
We have: sparkling cider, San Benedetto sparkling water, Coke, Diet Coke, Budweiser, Bud Lite and Amstel Lite. If you prefer beer to wine or a soda other than Coke, please let us know when you make your reservation. We will do our best to have it here for you.
Is there a reduced cost if I don’t drink alcohol?
No, substituting non-alcoholic beverages for wine doesn’t change the price because we keep our wine costs so low. The cost per glass of wine is comparable to the cost of soda, sparkling water, etc.
Do you have off-street parking?
No, but you have two parking options. You can park on the street after 5:00 p.m. without risking a parking ticket. It can be challenging to get a space when college is in session, though. You can also park in the city’s parking garage on North Henry Street. It’s located directly parallel to our corner of Boundary Street and costs $1/hour.
I'd like to make a reservation, but I'm allergic to something on your fixed menu.
Our chefs can accommodate almost all dietary restrictions. It’s logistically impossible for us to prepare orthodox kosher alternatives and it’s proven too challenging to prepare vegan and non-dairy alternatives to every course. With those exceptions, we feel confident that we can accommodate dietary restrictions. So don’t let food allergies stop you from joining us!
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes, we do offer gift certificates. They can be purchased either at our location or over the phone and delivered via (snail) mail.
Is there a dress code?
No there is not a dress code. Most people dress business casual. It just depends how you want to make your evening. We’ve had people come in shorts and some people in mink coats.
What is the difference between the Dinner and the Dinner Class?
Nothing. They are one in the same.
Does this price include a gratuity?
No. We are not your typical restaurant, but we do have servers that will be taking care of you throughout the evening. Our servers work hard to make sure you have a great experience.
What People are Saying
John Gonzales “is a cookbook author and a performance artist whose medium is food.“
“It took us four years to get in, but thankfully there was a hint of 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.“
“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!“
“Outstanding Dining Experience”
“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.”
“Our Guests Loved It!”
“When your guests have been to the very best restaurants on east coast, where did we take them for a special dinner? A Chef’s kitchen. It did not disappoint.“
Learn, Dine and be Delighted
A Chef’s Kitchen Executive Chef and owner John R. Gonzales is a Certified Food and Beverage Executive, graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, former Executive Chef of The Ritz Carlton-Fairfax Hotel, home to the famous Jockey Club Restaurant, and Executive Chef of The Watergate Hotel in Washington DC. In 1996 John was hired as a consultant for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and then became their Executive chef for the four operating Colonial Taverns and multiple other CW properties. Chef John is a native of Williamsburg, Va. and grew up in The Robert Carter House in Colonial Williamsburg. He has written two best selling cookbooks for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, The Colonial Williamsburg Tavern Cookbook and Holiday Fare – Favorite Williamsburg Recipes.
Wine Shop Hours
Tues – Sat
12:00pm – 5:00pm
Sunday - Monday
Dinner classes will resume once our kitchen remodeling project is complete. Our hopeful target date is late October.
We will begin taking reservations again in October. Thank you for your patience and support.
A Chef's Kitchen
501 Prince George St. #102
Williamsburg, VA 23185
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