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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” (146 reviews)
“home fries” (45 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 2 days ago

Daily specials are very good, especially the meat loaf. I usually order breakfast. Service is excellent and the food is good and a good value, too.

Thank 126charlesi
Reviewed 3 days ago

One of our more favorite places to go -- large portions, reasonable prices, and generally busy. The acoustics are a bit overwhelming at times. I tough place to have a conversation if may diners are talking.

Thank vacivilwar
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Visited based on reviews and wasn’t disappointed. Classic diner food and prices. Crowded but service was friendly and food was delivered fast. I had an omelette (pretty standard but good), my husband had the country fried steak (tasty with nothing left on the plate), and...More

Thank KGinCLE
Reviewed 4 days ago

We drove out of our way to try this place based on good ratings, but it was just so-so. Definitely they have large servings for a good price. But the blueberry pancakes, promoted as having lots of fruit, just had a dollop of jam. The...More

Thank hazelnutandlizzie
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate breakfast here and felt very lucky to get in before the massive rush that came in while we were eating. The food was great (although there wasn't a noticeable difference between my "over medium" eggs and my husband's "over easy" eggs), portions were...More

Thank Buddykat
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited between breakfast and lunch, so one of us ordered lunch and the other got breakfast. The breakfast was okay except that the hashbrowns tasted like "old grease" and were inedible. I ordered lunch and had a burger. Not sure what the issue was,...More

Gil S, Owner at Shorty's Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Sorry about your experience, that's not the Shorty's way. I apologize,

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to Shorty's for brunch and had excellent food and excellent service. So I feel like an insufferable prude writing this, but there is one thing that gives me pause about returning: waitresses wear tight tank tops with "Shorty's" in sparkly rhinestones and short...More

Thank srs3k
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First they are opened for breakfast and lunch. And that’s disappointing. Why? Because you will want to eat there every meal. Second, you know the place is going to be good when Shorty and what appears to be his wife are both working. Owners on...More

Thank mike M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been going to Williamsburg for decades and sadly I haven't had the pleasure of visiting Shorty's until this year. Well, I am now convinced that this will be my new favorite breakfast joint. It's unassuming, friendly service, fun atmosphere and great food. The eggs...More

Thank Ko E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful breakfast food with great service! Loved the pancakes with light syrup and butter! Totally delectable and a large portion!

Thank Mismel2kl
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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, Child-friendly, Kids
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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