Green Leafe Cafe

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Type: Bar, Eatery

765 Scotland St
Williamsburg, Virginia, 23185-3545
United States

(757) 220-3405 | map

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.08/5  rDev -46.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1

I had high hopes for the Green Leafe, and was looking forward to visiting it on my trip to Williamsburg. Sadly, it was TERRIBLE.

At first, the waitress wasn't very good, which can be forgiven. However when the food came things went way downhill. We ordered salads and received a collection of brown and wilting greens and toppings. We sent the salads back, but the kitchen said there was nothing wrong with them, and that they would give us another terrible salad, but not refund us.

I asked to talk to the manager, but he was unprofessional and very rude. I informed him I would never return, and neither would anyone from my party. He didn't give a shit.

The beer selection was ok, good for local area beers. With an awful experience like this, I wouldn't worry about the beer.


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Photo of oldn00b
2.18/5  rDev -44.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5

This place is sadly a shell of its former self. The last time I went here was the worst "dining" experience I'd had in a long time. The chicken tenders and fries were worse than microwave food. The service took hours - they were not packed. There were open tables, no folks standing around flooding the area (I remember those days and service was much better then on a jammed night than it was this time on a quiet night). We waited on drinks that never came, food that came after a manager (who took our order) disappeared to the kitchen for 40 minutes to make the food for other tables then ours.

The biggest let down - the beer. This place used to be THE place in town to go for craft brew. It was here I fell in love with things that are now standards for me - Arrogant Bastard, Legend Brown, Delerium Tremons, Aiyinger Celbrator etc. Now, they carry zero bottle and have only taps. Some are admittedly decently rotated out but that's a few not the norm here. It's sad to see how far this place has fallen but there are plenty of other great places in walking distance to get better food with a vastly superior beer selection.

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Photo of scottstrades
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I've been back to the Leafe a few times since my last review a few years ago and every time I find the beer list to be seriously lacking for a place that once used to be killer. Here is a current list of their tap selection:

Lindeman's Framboise
Chimay Cinq Cents Triple
Hoegaarden Belgian White Ale

EUROPE & ASIA (really UK only)
Guinness Stout IRELAND
New Castle Brown Ale ENGLAND
Stella Artois BELGIUM
Bodington's Pub Ale ENGLAND

Dominion Oak Barrell Stout ASHBURN
Legend Brown Ale RICHMOND
Legend Lager
Legend Imperial IPA
Legend Barleywine
Mobjack Red Ale RICHMOND
St. George Golden Ale
Tupper's Hop Pocket Ale ASHBURN

Williamsburg Brewing's Cask Conditioned Pale Ale

Allagash White MAINE
McSorley's Ale WISCONSIN
Carolina Blonde NORTH CALOLINA
Abita Purple Haze LOUISIANA
Woodchuck Hard Cider VERMONT
Victory St. Victorious Doppelbock PENNSYLVANIA

Anchor Steam Beer CALIFORNIA
Widmer Hefeweizen OREGON
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale CALIFORNIA
Sierra Nevada Stout CALIFORNIA

Unless you are new to craft beer, this list is far from interesting. If you live anywhere near Richmond, the Legend beers are pretty common. Though a very good beer, they are very easy to get. In fact, all of the listed VA beers are easy to get. The European selection is dismal and consists mostly of macro beers. To make things worse, this list is pretty stagnant. Don't come back months later expecting to see a major change. Those days appear to be long gone.

The bottled beer selection is much better but IMO overpriced and not worth it.

On the positive side, the food menu has gotten better over the 8 yrs I've been going there. Their "what the heck is this" menu items are gone. Their Crab Ravioli is great and is reasonably priced.

Service is usually friendly, but slow. If you want something else or want your check or change, you may be waiting awhile.

The look of the place is OK, though you can tell that it is definitely a college bar. Unless you like your atmosphere LOUD, I'd recommend going early or wait until the students are gone. The loud students can make for a very unrelaxed evening.

So, looking at the Green Leafe as a restaurant, the food is definitely beyond most pub food. If you are interesting in having good food in a relaxed atmosphere with a semi-interesting beer list, then it's recommended. If you want a somewhat quiet environment (ie no rowdy students), then pick the time of your visit carefully. If you are interesting in finding an interesting tap selection, I suggest you go elsewhere.

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Photo of nixonshaffer
3.05/5  rDev -22%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Arrived in Williamsburg last night. family was looking for dinner and i was looking to make sure we could find a place that served a good selection of beer. The selection was a little better than average with nothing truly unique. It did provide an opportunity to try several local selections. The service was good but i also noticed staff more concerned with talking to their friends than making sure customers had a full pint. The noise level was almost unbearable and it was hard to hear the person at your own table. The menu has a little something for everyone.There is a large selection of burgers some being unique. We went with Nachos and burgers. The burgers were very good.

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Photo of avisong
3.44/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Photo of PhageLab
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been here a few times now, but my most recent visit sparked my desire to voice my opinion. First of all, the parking is terrible. A narrow lane behind the building into a dirt lot with barely enough room to park, let alone get out is your only option.

The bar itself is very nice, the crowd is usually very good, and the place is always clean. The staff however, on my last visit, were more interested in talking with their friends than they were with serving anyone. It was like pulling teeth to get a beer, and it wasn't even crowded. There were even 3 people serving beer. The 2nd round? We had to get another server to get it, and the bartender didn't even notice. Being as honorable as I am, I told him we got another round and practically forced him to get my tab.

As far as selection goes, there are plenty of reasons to visit. Good variety of local brews, Belgian and English imports, and American crafts, like Bell's, are readily available. They even usually have a cask selection.

Food and price points are tasty and entirely reasonable. Nice place, but they really need to work on their staff, or at least tell them that they'll probably make more money if they pay attention to their customers.

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Photo of JackStraw22
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I haven't been back to the Leafe since my undergrad days a couple of years ago, so I may be looking back on it with rose colored glasses. During the day and early evening, the Leafe is more of an eatery, with some families and locals even. As it gets later, the food is mostly cleared for drinking :-) I've heard that some of the menu has changed, but if the white pizza is still there, it's great! I'd say the food is better than average for a bar/pub. The inside is dark and all wood, like an old English tavern. I remember the wooden tables being very slick, and I've had a couple glasses slide off before, so be careful.

The beer selection is good for a college tavern. There's a number of the regular imports on tap (Bass, Newcastle, Etc.) Sierra Nevada, Legands(from Richmond) Nothing real obscure, but certainly more than the huge American macros. This was one of the first places I got into "better" beers. A group of us would come here on Friday afternoons, and we tried pitchers of just about everything. Sunday night is mug night, you can get a big (22 oz?) plastic mug with good deals on refills. The parking sucks at night, but you can usually get a spot in the back during the day.

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Photo of Bulljump
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 2.75

The Green Leafe is a solid low-key college bar. It has a good selection of beers, though stay away form the Brass Cannon beers (unless you want your beer to be sweet enough to pass as cream soda). They have an assortment of good IPAs, which is appreciated.

Food is good but not anything special. Stick with burgers and you'll be fine. Trivia nights are a lot of fun.

The staff is very laid back and polite, although I'm not sure how knowledgeable they are about beer. Most of the staff are college students or fresh out of college. They allow in all ages, though if you're under 21 and it's dark out the bouncer will draw a little X on your hands with a marker.

There selection changes day-to-day, but I've seen Gubna IPA, Matilda and Devil's Backbone there (I'd recommend any of those).

Service is relatively quick and accurate, but they've messed up before with large orders.

Atmosphere is usually good, but varies. Sometimes it's mostly college students (usually fairly low-key though - maybe some dancing alter at night but its not the place people usually go for parties). Other times it's invaded by townies and can fill up with an eclectic mix of older individuals. Good music.

The walls and floor are dark wood paneling, with beer taps along the top of the walls on display.

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Photo of sholland119
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Dropped in for dinner after a day at Busch Gardens, 8/11/10.

Nice looking place. We headed in the side door. Long bar on the left, with a bunch of tables on the right. Brightly lit, but otherwise a great local vibe. Truthfully, we were excited to find a place that was not a tourist trap or chain restaurant. Thanks, Beerfly!

Good quality selections with a strong local contingent. I have to admit it cracked me up to see Bud and Shock Top listed in the "Virginia beer" section. I mean, it's true, I'm sure, but still silly.

Beyond the Va. macro, some Legend and St. George on tap. Sadly, the ones on tap were not that great. Whether this is generally true of those breweries I do not know.

Beyond that there were some nice broadly distributed crafts such as Two Hearted (freshest keg of Two Hearted I have ever had, so kudos!) and Unearthly.

Food was quite good as well. We stuck to the pub food but everyone was happy with the burgers and chicken sandwiches.

Service was pleasant but incompetent. Long waits for service, no place settings until we asked, food not cleared even though we were done for 15 minutes before we left. But all service was provided (or not provided) with a smile and good cheer.

All in all, I'd still go back, so check it out.


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Photo of intobenme
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Scooter77
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A small "hole in the wall" type place. A very laid back and relaxed place to have a few brews. However, our waitress seemed to know nothing about the beers that she was serving. She wasn't even familiar with any of the selections on the beer menu. It was a great let-down when she brought me a Fin Du Monde, plopped it down on the table with no glass and then jetted away before I could even had the chance to request a glass. I did, however, ask another server to bring me one, which she so kindly did. You would think that in a place that focuses on carrying fine craft brews the servers would have the knowledge to give it to you in the proper glassware much less even give you a glass to pour it into. The beer menu contained the largest variety of beer that I've seen an establishment carry in this area. The food selection was very good. For such a small place there is a lot of effort put into the taste, presentation and quality of the foods. Overall, this is a great little place to hang out, as long as you don't get the same waitress that I had.

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Photo of thor638
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A- Very English pub type feel excluding the HDTVs. Wonderfully worn in tables and chairs, mixed group of college age and older crowd.

Q- Just above-average quality.

S- Server knew her beer and made amble suggestions. Very quick service and attentative.

S - Coming from NY, I am used to large selections. This was a VERY amble selection with an extensive bottle list and over 30 taps. Many "usual suspects" but mostly enjoyed the selection of Virginian breweries, I mean that's what I came here for.

F - EXCELLENT food as well. Crab Cakes were great, and had Tuna Bites as an appetizer. The French Fries were some of the best I have ever had.

Would reccomend a visit if you are traveling this way. Definitly consider as a dinner destination. The only downfall of the place is the parking, AWFUL ATROCIOUS parking. If you have one beer and are driving good luck getting out of the lot.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Don’t blink or you will miss The Green Leafe Café. It is a nice but small place up in Williamsburg Va. The atmosphere is laid back with a worn out fell to the room. It gives off the feel of an older establishment.

There is a great selection of tap and bottled beer there. Every Thursday is a fresh conditioned cask open of Williamsburg Ale. They have a rather large selection for the size of the establishment.

The food is also very nice. They have great burgers that are always great in portions and flavor. The menu has a little bit of everything. Nothing fancy. It is set up more of a place to come and relax than be stuffy and fancy.

Service is fair. I order an O’fest special thinking it was from Harpoon and when the server sat it down he said it was from Legend. As Scooter77 mentioned about the glasses, it seems to be getting better. It does take a few minutes to get someone’s attention to order. Other than that, it is a very nice place to visit after a day of playing tourist.

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Photo of Boppar
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

I would love this palce if it weren't for the large crowds of raucous, drunken college students that frequent it on weekends. Perhaps a Saturday night was not the best time to go there, but that's nonetheless when I was there.

A truly impressive selection of (reasonably priced) beers on the menu. Waitstaff are courteous and efficient although obviously overwhelmed by the W&M crowd there.

The building itself is a very long, nice room. I would definitely liketo come back at a time that would do it justice. It is, after all, fairly hard to enjoy a nice brew when there are loud, drunken college students doing whatever it is kids do these days,

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Photo of dafizzif
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

As a student at the College, I frequent the Green Leafe. First of all, the food is rather mediocre and the food next door at Paul's is much better. However, the Leafe blows Paul's and the College Delly (located across the street) out of the water when it comes to beer selection. They have 30+ different beers on tap, most of which are very solid to excellent craft selections, with only a few macro swill selections. They also have an enormous list of bottles from which one may choose. Great deals throughout the week, such as $3 micros on Mondays and discounted VA beers on Thursday I believe. Good, rustic pub atmosphere that is great for having a few pints with friends or even professors. Better pricing than most places and a good selection of other alcohol. Music can be annoying and too loud to talk over some nights. Check it out if you are in the area.

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Photo of engagechad
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here after a trip to Willamsburg Alewerks.

The wife and I showed up mid day on a Saturday and it was completely dead. The place is kind of shabby but hey it's a pub. Very pubby feel to it.

There are tap handles mounted around the walls kind of like crown molding, it was really neat to look around at all of the taps. Tables are old and severely dinged up, smells kind of funny in there, kind of like bleach+poo.

Service was great, our waitress knew what they had on tap and all that - very attentive.

Selection was good, the menu is separated by region which was neat. I got a local brew - O'connor irish stout

Food was good - i got the french dip and it was AWESOME. :) Fries are the shizzle there. The wife got a flatbread pizza and it was lame.

Overall this was a cool place, I plan on coming back

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Photo of etenbus
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Just returned from a meal at this W & M hangout. Yes, the parking is tough as you drive along the narrow alley next to the building into the rear parking loot which had a huge lake of mysterious water in the middle of it.

At first glance, I like the decor. It looks a bit like a British pub with plenty of stained glass, snug walls and seating along the side of the walls. Why can't American pubs look more like these? Why do we have to have so many beer signs and bad posters of previous mass market beer campaigns? Anyway, they had nice black and white beer posters from Green Leafe events.

The beer list was above average; although seeing the listing of Shocktop from Williamsburg is a bit disingenuous. There was nothing exceptional on the draft list. I had a brown ale on cask from the local Alewerks that was fine, almost like a mild. My wife had an IPA from another local brewery that was anything but pale. Much of the rest of the draft list was not anything to get excited about: Stella, Guinness, Magic Hat, etc. But no Dogfish on draft in Williamsburg, VA?? (NB: they do have Bombardier ESB from Britain, a personal fave!)

The bottle list is better: Green Flash, Victory, Stone, Dogfish, but not much from the midwest, other than Bells.

The food was fine but basic. I had a nice shrimp po boy and my son had a flash fried club sandwich. Basic bar food.

While we were enjoying the end of our meal, however, they ruined the atmosphere by a professional DJ who started playing hip-hop. Recently, I just went to a beer festival in KC where they had a similar idiotic idea. Beer folks don't like hip-hop. We like classic rock or alternative, or alt-country, etc. But hip-hop simply grates on the nerves of someone trying to enjoy the hop aroma of a beer and discussing the finer details of the brews. So, stop it.

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Photo of jprivott
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

The Green Leafe personifies the college bar. Dark wood tones, wall that should have been painted years ago, and an aroma of grease and industrial cleanser. This unassuming dive will impress you with its beer menu, decent prices for grub (don't get too's a college bar after all), and busy environment when patrons fill the booths (and I mean pack them!) on a weekday or weekend night. Whether it's grabbing a simple bite an enjoying a new beer, or playing trivia, the Green Leafe balances consistency with new experience, and it keeps folks coming back.

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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of jwjon1
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

My old college stomping ground, revisited recently. Loved this place back in the day, and my appreciation for what they do hasn't changed: excellent tap selection of local treats, national delights, and international brews. Our server was kind enough to obligue our individual requests for sampler trays, at minimal cost. How's that for service! While the ever rotating tap list of quality brews is impressive, the food is less so. Eat elsewhere around town (Paul's next door serves great sandwiches, as does the Cheese Shop in Historic W'burg), but drink here. And pee at Paul's too... the bathroom in the Leafe smells like it hasn't been cleaned in over a decade. Not at all appealing.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Nice, rustic surrounding which considering how it is in the colonial williamsburg area/close to W+M is not surprising. Went in the afternoon on a Sat. and the place was almost deserted...hmmm. However, the bartend was very cool and he, myself and the manager were shootin' the bull about beer and sports most of the day (they were on the clock after all). There aren't any diamonds in the rough and I'm always a little jaded w/ overall beer counts b/c I've been to the Bier Garden (300+) in Portsmouth and the Brickskeller (500+, or so they say) in DC. Nonetheless, a good quantity of micros and imports, although nothing that is hard to find. Beer prices were a little steep but again consider the area. My main gripe, only gripe really, is the food. The plain pizza I had tasted great, but it was also the size of my hand. The wings my wife and I got were very small and fit in a salad bowl. Not bad tasting, but $9 for about 10 wingdings? No thank you. If I come back, and I probably will, I'll definitely enjoy some more brews and hope they get some seasonals in there (they were very light on that). Don't think I'll be eating there again.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Went here on a Wednesday night around 6pm. Place was a bit crowded but nothing too obtrusive. Service was okay. It seemed like once I was approached by one server, the other servers left me alone and depended on the one who served me: I think everyone should be responsible. With that said, service was decent but not extra ordinary.

Really nice atmoshpere. Parking was tough to find but once found, behind the bar, it was a breeze. Lots of bar seats and plenty more bench style seating for larger parties.

On Wed night, all micro bottles were 3 bones which was a good deal. I got Stone Levitation and Racer V for 3 bones each. I also had a Legend IPA on cask which was pretty good. Really good overall selection.

I would certianly come back. Close to the hotel and nice beer and food.

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Photo of breweryaprntc13
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

A: Overall great rustic taphouse feel, tucked away in an awkward location but it makes the most of it. Wooden tables and benches, sometimes live music, with a crowd of both college students, local regulars, and tourist all coming together.

Q: Parking is terrible, but the Green Leafe embraces that on their mugs "Good Food, Good Service, Bad Parking". Seating is seat yourself which can sometimes be a hassle. However it is generally clean and stays true to its theme.

S: Wait service is sometimes slow, however the bar tending staff is usually quite knowledgeable and can make great beer recommendations. They make you feel like a regular even if it is your first visit.

S: The beer selection is the best at any bar or restaurant in
Williamsburg, with weekly rotating tap selections with over 20 beers always on tap. Great specials on beer, such as half price off East Coast beer night or Mug Night. Roughly 50 or so beers available in bottle, possibly more.

F: The food is nothing to write home about, however it is better than many other bars I've been to. I have tried the crab dip and their burgers. The burger was average but the crab dip was surprisingly good, however if I want a really good meal this is not the place I would go to.

Overall fairly priced, but I would lean towards going here for drinks and not for food as the wait staff and food are below the quality of the bar staff and the beer selection.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here after a day of shopping around Williamsburg. Old building right across from the W&M campus. The inside is all wood. With some stained glass in some of the windows. Gives it a very nice pubby feel without being fake. The whole building is non smoking or so I heard a server tell a customer. It was odd that for the good portion of our visit here we were the only people there on a Sunday afternoon ( I guess with no football to watch people did other things. Service was OK, a few times it looked like he was more concerned in reading the paper than seeing if we needed anything. Also it did take a bit longer than I thought it would have to get our food seeing as we were the only ones in there. These are minor however and since we were in no real hurry they didnt matter. The beers-- I believe it was about 20-30 taps with no BMC. A few locals from Old Dominion, Legend and St. George. The rest were a decent selection of craft and imports. Their website seemed pretty current as to the selections so one might want to check that before going as they did have several seasonals on tap. There is also a good selection of bottles if nothing on tap strikes your fancy.

Food was decent pub grub. My better half enjoyed the oyster po-boy and my burger was quite well done. One note during lunch hours its only salads, burgers, sandwiches. Entrees do not begin til 5 I believe.

Overall, I would definately go back to the Green Leaf especially if I had more time. I could easily see spending some time here with friends while enjoying a few pints.

Upon a next visit the service and food both were a bit better.. I will wait for a 3rd visit to totally rereview. But this place is growing on me greatly.. I woud love to own it

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Photo of wilhelm_phoenix
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.25

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Green Leafe Cafe in Williamsburg, VA
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