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Best Sea-to-Table Dining in Virginia Beach

by Mary Melnick

May 31, 2021

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North America

Virginia Beach is the ultimate summer destination for friends, family and seafood lovers. With the Chesapeake Bay in its backyard, it’s easy to catch the freshest seafood. The Mid-Atlantic retreat and its beloved beaches are fully open for all to enjoy.


Although the beaches are the main focus, the destination’s world-renowned seafood is just as good. With the town situated where the Chesapeake meets the Atlantic, Virginia Beach’s waterways teem with multiple species of fish and shellfish, including its famous Lynnhaven oysters.


The waters of the Atlantic are filled with a diverse array of fish, such as marlin, tuna, shark, wahoo and rockfish. For travelers wanting offshore fishing, Waterman Sportsfishing offers charter trips for fishing on the open sea. Continue the experience at Waterman’s Surfside Grille as they prepare your catch for dinner.


Experience an authentic River Crab Feast at Moore to Sea Photo Expeditions. Following a three-hour eco-tour on the scenic North Landing River, the trip ends on a private dock where guests will enjoy freshly steamed blue crabs from nearby Back Bay and Currituck Sound.


Visit Pleasure House Oysters for a chef’s table experience unlike anything you’ve experienced before. The restaurant runs oyster tours on the Lynnhaven River that showcases how mollusks are harvested at oyster farms. Participants will dine on the delicious flavor of the oysters.


Dinner always tastes better when you work for it. Surf & Adventure Co. ensures guests earn their meal with a kayaking dinner tour through Back Bay Wildlife Refuge. While on the journey, a guide will point out unique seabirds and marine life. After two hours out on the water, enjoy a delicious dinner at Blue Pete’s, a beloved Virginia Beach staple since 1972 serving delicious surf and turf.


If you aren’t into aquatic adventures, there are plenty of other restaurants that offer delicious food and stunning views, such as The Back Deck and Outer Banks Boil Company.


For more information and dining experiences, visit Virginia Beach’s website.


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