Virginia Beach, you certainly know how to feed a girl. There are some good foodie eats in your ‘ville, and they’re worth sharing, so I put together a list of restaurants in Virginia Beach worth trying. I’ve done my best to group them geographically to make planning a little easier for everyone.
Restaurants in Virginia Beach
The locals must be keeping this gem of a restaurant plenty busy on their own, because there’s no big flashy sign outside beckoning tourists to visit. Thankfully I heard about it, and stopped in for lunch. The restaurant used to be a doctor’s office in the late 30’s, and now it’s serving up breakfast and lunch open kitchen-style. Really neat place, friendly staff and feel-good sandwiches.
(Website) Open daily 7am-3pm. 207 23rd St. Virginia Beach
Waterman’s Surfside Grille
I couldn’t resist trying the famous Waterman’s Orange Crush cocktail, so we made it the last stop of the evening and sat in the heated outdoor patio with a beautiful view of the ocean as we sipped. There are lots of “crush” cocktails available, but the bartender highly recommended getting the original Orange Crush if we hadn’t tried it before. We really enjoyed them and almost ordered another round, but we were driving, so responsibility won out. We’ll be back for another Orange Crush and a meal next time!
(Website) Open daily, Happy Hour Sun-Fri 3-6pm. 5th St and Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach Valet parking available.
Chesapeake Bay Beach area
Bubba’s Seafood Restaurant & Crabhouse
This longstanding Chesapeake Bay restaurant serving fresh local caught seafood really draws in the crowds, and it’s no wonder. Not only is the food delicious, but the dining room has a beautiful sweeping view of Lynnhaven inlet. We had a seat right next to the window, and it was really fun to watch the birds and boats come and go. Great lunch spot!
(Website) 3323 Shore Drive Virginia Beach
ViBe Creative District (near Boardwalk area)
The restaurants in the ViBe district were my favorite of the bunch. They’re on top of current food trends with clean eating and locally sourced fresh ingredients, and the food is superb!
Virginia Beach’s first farmer owned eatery uses sustainable, seasonal and local ingredients (many from the on-site garden) to make unbelievably delicious and memorable food. Surprising ingredient combinations result in unexpected flavors, so be prepared to fall in love with Commune at first bite. Staying true to its name, seating is community-style with tables and counters, but it’s a fairly small place, so go early if you’re on a time crunch, or just grab something from the bakery.
(Website) Open daily for breakfast and lunch. 501 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach
It’s all about healthy comfort food, and yes… soup at The Stockpot, and this unique little eatery doesn’t disappoint. Everything is made from scratch with locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, and the food is outstanding. The full menu is available all day, so you can order breakfast, lunch or dinner. Soups are served with tasty little rosemary biscuits for dipping, sopping or popping — your choice.
(Website) Open Mon-Sat. 700 19th St. Virginia Beach
Esoteric is where you’ll find the best craft beer selection in Virginia Beach along with a diverse and carefully curated menu. The restaurant shares a garden with Commune, so many of the ingredients used are sourced right from their own backyard. I ordered one of their amazing cocktails – the Boozy Apple, and we shared an order of their award winning cinnamon sugar sweet potato donuts. Fantastic! We’ll definitely be back to sample the full menu though.
(Website) Open Mon-Sat at 4pm. 501 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach
Hearth Wood Fired Cuisine
If you’ve got a craving for a great wood fired pizza, Hearth (which originated as a food truck) is the place to go. If you can dine between 5-6 pm during Pizza Happy Hour (Tues-Sun) even better, because pizzas are just $10! The restaurant’s rustic decor and fireplace add a cozy warmth, and the staff is very friendly. If you like cocktails, the signature “Hearth Mule” is excellent!
(Website) Open Tues-Sun 5pm. Reservations recommended.
The Royal Chocolate
Escape from the beaches for a while, and head to Town Center for the popular Chocolate Fondue dessert at The Royal Chocolate. Choose from three different types of chocolate and four dipping items, or choose the package which includes a drink and three pieces of chocolate. We ordered the full package with frozen hot chocolate drinks, and everything was sensational! The servers were super friendly and helpful, and it made the experience even better. Highly recommended!
(Website) Open daily. 164 Central Park Ave. Virginia Beach
As you can see, I did a lot of eating on my recent trip to Virginia Beach, and not a bad meal was had. I received complimentary gift certificates to use towards my meals at Commune and Bubba’s, and the remainder of the meals I paid for myself. I’m really impressed with the culinary offerings in the area, especially with what’s happening in the ViBe district, and I’m looking forward to seeing what else pops up there over time.
Where are your favorite places to eat in Virginia Beach? Have you tried any of the restaurants I mentioned?