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Top 5 Places to Get Seafood in Virginia Beach, VA

Jon Fesmire | March 9, 2022 @ 12:00 AM

Virginia Beach is one of the best beach towns in the U.S., both to live in and to visit. There’s just so much to do here. You may get the impression that everything the area offers is on the boardwalk and Fisherman’s Wharf, and honestly, since it has so many great restaurants, this article may reinforce that idea. We also have Chesapeake Bay, activities a bit more inland, and more.

Today, though, we’re focusing on our top five seafood restaurants where you can dine on shrimp, salmon, and more.


Captain George's Seafood Buffet

With an upscale atmosphere and an all-you-can-eat buffet, Captain George's Seafood Buffet is perfect if you want to fill up on delicious seafood. The restaurant has four menus, Buffet, Gluten Free, Kid’s Menu, and To Go.

They serve dishes like lobster pasta, shrimp scampi, now crab legs, shrimp, steamed clams, crawfish, blackened Mahi, broiled salmon, defiled crab, veggies, steaks, and desserts.


Waterman’s Surfside Grille

On the Virginia Beach Oceanfront you’ll find Waterman's Surfside Grille with its rich surf and turf menu. Waterman’s features American and Middle Eastern inspired dishes.

Check the menu for their Mediterranean Hummus Platter, Greek Salmon Salad, a Vegetarian Hummus Wrap, a Guinness Burger, crab cakes, a seafood platter, pasta dishes, scallops, and seafood tacos. Peruse their menus on the website before you go. They have separate menus for drinks, specials, lunch, dinner, kids, and Sunday brunch. Sit down for a meal and watch the waves and activity on the boardwalk.


Chick's Oyster Bar


Chick's Oyster Bar is right on the water and serves a big variety of dishes like creamy she-crab soup, jumbo fried shrimp, calamari, steamed crab legs, hush puppies, and more. You’ll also find salads, burgers and sandwiches, tacos, and homemade desserts. There are a dozen draft beers on the menu, a selection of red and white wine, and daily specials. Oh, and happy hour in the bar area is 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Spacious outdoor and indoor seating and a gift shop where you can buy Chick’s Oyster swag like tee-shirts. They also feature live DJs on Saturdays for your musical entertainment.


Tautog’s Restaurant

Popular among locals, but less known to travelers, Tautog's Restaurant is a restaurant not to overlook. Dine in and enjoy a tasty meal, or order take-out with a bottle of wine. Their selection includes a large variety of whites and reds.

Their robust menu includes she-crab soup, salmon salad, four-cheese flatbread, white shrimp flatbread, crab nachos, oysters Rockefeller, shrimp scampi, flat iron steak, and seared tuna sandwich. There’s so much more on the menu, and we encourage you to check the website before you head over. 


Big Sam's Inlet Cafe & Raw Bar

If you enjoy the tiki bar aesthetic plus great food, head over to Big Sam's Raw Bar for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The breakfast menu lacks seafood, but don’t worry. Come in for lunch or dinner and you’ll find plenty, including fish tacos, rockfish dishes, sesame tuna, a seafood basket, fish and chips, and more, including soups and salads, sides, and a raw bar. Be sure to check out the chalkboard specials every day for gourmet meals not on the main menu.

Big Sam’s is in the Rudee Inlet region of the boardwalk right on the waterfront.

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