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Upscale Eats and Seafood Shacks - A Look at Virginia Beach Dining

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Seafood dominates the Virginia Beach restaurant landscape, which isn’t surprising given its location. Most of the city’s dining scene is concentrated near the coastline, where you’ll find boxes of Old Bay seafood seasoning on every tabletop waiting to be sprinkled on fish, crabs, and oysters. neighbourhoods just west of the boardwalk, like Hilltop, feature casual eateries with international flair.

Typical dishes

 

Plump, freshly harvested oysters and line-caught fish are popular menu items, especially if you dine near the coast. Southern-style barbecue and soul food fare like fried chicken, collard greens, and cornbread are also staples.

Virginia Beach Boardwalk

 

Virginia Beach’s main tourist neighbourhood is loaded with an eclectic bunch of restaurants. While there are a few along the boardwalk, the lion’s share of the dining action takes place 1 block west of the promenade. The area with the most options is just south of 24th Street Park. Here, Tautog’s Restaurant serves regional favorites like oysters Rockefeller and crab cakes from a 1920s seaside cottage. If you head to Neptune Park, you can enjoy Salacia’s fresh seafood, prime steaks, and wines. Or, if you can't decide where to eat, you might want to consider taking a food tour.

 

  • Tautog's Restaurant, 205 23rd Street, Virginia Beach 23451; Tel: +1 757 422 0081; Website: Tautog's Restaurant
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  • Salacia, 3001 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach 23451; Tel: +1 757 213 3473; Website: Salacia

 

Shore Drive

 

This laid-back north Virginia Beach neighbourhood is where the locals go when they want to hang out at the beach. The perimeter is dotted with seafood shacks and casual eateries that overlook the surrounding waters. Chick’s Oyster Bar has a prime view of the creeks that feed into Lynnhaven Bay and Broad Bay. It's an ideal setting for slurping down shellfish or devouring a plate of fried flounder. The beachfront Lynnhaven Fish House serves up freshly caught fish along with a sparkling view of Chesapeake Bay, no matter where you sit.

 

  • Chick's Oyster Bar, 2143 Vista Circle, Virginia Beach 23451; Tel: +1 757 481 5757; Website: Chick's Oyster Bar
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  • Lynnhaven Fish House, 2350 Starfish Road, Virginia Beach 23451; Tel: +1 757 481 0003; Website: Lynnhaven Fish House

 

Hilltop

 

This inland “neighbourhood” primarily consists of a trio of shopping centres that line Laskin Road. It is also home to one of Virginia Beach’s highest concentrations of non-chain restaurants serving something other than seafood. Hilltop West Shopping centre is where you’ll find Cotton Southern Bistro’s menu of hearty breakfasts and made-from-scratch Southern favorites like chicken and dumplings. Fire and Vine is located across the street in the appropriately named Hilltop East Shopping centre. The menu here features steaks, chops, and pizzas prepared in a wood-fired oven.

 

  • Cotton Southern Bistro, 1637 Hilltop West Shopping centre, Virginia Beach 23451; Tel: +1 757 961 6474; Website: Cotton Southern Bistro
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  • Fire and Vine, 1556 Laskin Road, Suite 134, Virginia Beach 23451; Tel: http://www.fireandvine.com/ordereze/home.aspx; Website: Fire and Vine

 

Sandbridge District

 

Virginia Beach’s other popular beachside tourist spot used to be a quiet residential area. The local food scene has responded to the increased presence of visitors by turning this area into a must-visit foodie destination. If you make your way to Upton Drive and snag one of Blue Seafood & Spirits’ 60 seats, you can explore their menu of sophisticated, Southern-influenced seafood dishes. If you don’t, there's always Whiskey Kitchen and its menu of over 40 whiskeys and gourmet pub fare, only 3 blocks away.

 

  • Blue Seafood & Spirits, 2181 Upton Drive, Suite 420, Virginia Beach 23454; Tel: +1 757 689 5395; Website: Blue Seafood & Spirits
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  • The Whiskey Kitchen, 2149 General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach 23454; Tel: +1 757 689 8860; Website: The Whiskey Kitchen