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Virginia Beach Dinner Recs

I will be in Virginia Beach on Thursday and Friday night, fishing for rockfish out of Rudee's Inlet on Friday. I've eaten at some of the restaurants on Atlantic Ave, and most of them were reasonably good dinners. What I would really like to try is something special, a place where the chef/staff really produce some serious flavors and dishes. Any cuisine is open for consideration. I strongly prefer a restaurant right in the area of the beach as we may be cabbing it. Can anyone assist me with this request please.

Rudee's Restaurant
227 Mediterranean Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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  1. Terrapin, Zoes, La Dolce Vita, Il Giardino.
    Though I haven't tried them, I heard Eat Bistro and Pacifica are also good.

    La Dolce Vita
    400 4th St, Sutton, WV 26601

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    1. re: VBeatso

      Thanks VBeatso, we do enjoy Il Giardino very much, just a nice old school Italian Ristorante atmosphere with good food. We'll look into other suggestions.

      1. re: picklelicious

        I'm a big advocate for La Dolce Vita on 17th. It's great New Orleans-style cuisine.

    2. Tautogs is pretty good at the beach.

      Steinhilbers for a little more upscale and a longer cab ride, but still in the city of Va. Beach.

      I really like the Boardwok which is off of the road to Sandbridge. It's a fusion of Chinese-Polynesian-American food. Always fresh and good. Also in the city, but a little more of a cab ride than the oceanfront area.

      Steinhilber's Restaurant
      653 Thalia Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

      Boardwok Restaurant
      1993 Sandbridge Rd Ste 109, Virginia Beach, VA 23456

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      1. re: foodjack

        Thanks for recommendations, looks like some cold fishing up there!

      2. I second Eat Bistro. I've been there several times and it's always divine!

        1. Next time you are in town the best high end place to eat near the ocean front is Terrapin. Always fresh and always good but a bit pricey. Mojito Cafe is more downscale but fantastic. Just a little hole in the wall, mom and pop kind of place churning out some righteous food.

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          1. re: sasmatt

            Thanks sasmatt, I'll check them out next time I'm in the neighborhood.

            1. re: sasmatt

              I know this is an old thread, but absolutely yes! for Mojitos. We went for a late lunch a few weeks ago. Even at 2pm on a Saturday, the place was packed. I had the rice and bean bowl with pork, and a side of tostones. It was amazing.

            2. if you don't mind a "divey" atmosphere, Baja Cantina on 23rd and Pacific has the BEST fish tacos in town! The Costa Azul are prawns wrapped in wahoo wrapped in bacon and deep fried. They are amazing!!

              Baja Cantina
              206 23rd St, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

              Costa Azul
              237 Hanbury Rd E Ste 8, Chesapeake, VA 23322

              1. Well we are driving up to VA Beach tomorrow for a couple of nights, and I was reviewing this thread from last year, when my trip was cancelled due to weather, and was reviewing the different recs and wanted to make sure that none of the recs need to be removed before I start making decisions. The recs I'm looking at are:

                Baja Cantina
                Mojito Cafe
                Terrapin Restaurant
                An Eat American Restaraunt
                Zo√ęs Steak & Seafood

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                1. re: picklelicious

                  Baja Cantina on 23rd is a must!! Ernest makes the BEST blackened Mahi tacos! Mojito is good too, small and family owned. The remodel to Baja Restsurant in Sandbridge are INCREDIBLE. The food is amazing, the interior is gorgeous and Melissa runs the joint like a Swiss watch, makes a killer bloody Mary too! Also try Todd Jurich's Burger Bar on Rudee Inlet, Mike is the bar manager and is the absolute local favorite mixmaster here at the beach. Those would be my "must do" places. Hope that helps!

                  1. re: chelhitch

                    Thanks chelhitch...we'll definitely give Baja some consideration.

                    1. re: picklelicious

                      The burger bar looks great...I'd say we'll stroll in there right when our boat hits the dock Saturday afternoon.

                      1. re: picklelicious

                        Saturday is NYE, Mike will be working and we'll be buying our just 21 son his first LEGAL drink. :-) Enjoy your visit, it's the perfect time of year, not too crowded and not too cold!

                  2. re: picklelicious

                    Hi I am going to the beach and am wondering what places you tried and how they were.

                  3. There are a couple of new restaurants in the VA Beach area that might be worth a try. We've tried the new Prime 103 Steakhouse and thought it was very good, but here are a couple of articles with some more suggestions: