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Explore Virginia Beach’s Thriving Culinary Scene

by Katie Skrzek

Apr 29, 2024

Terrapin Restaurant © VBCVB – City of Virginia Beach

Destinations / North America

Virginia Beach is home to a flourishing culinary scene, with everything from classic seafood dishes and vegan restaurants to a guided beer trail and international cuisine.

 

Fine Dining

Stop by Zoës Steak & Seafood for its namesake dishes and impressive wine program. The award-winning Aldo’s Ristorante has been serving classic Italian dishes for more than 20 years. Located atop Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront Resort, Orion’s Roof boasts stunning shoreline views alongside Asian-inspired cuisine.

 

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The Atlantic on Pacific © VBCVB – City of Virginia Beach

Seafood

A trip to Virginia Beach wouldn’t be complete without experiencing fresh seafood. Dine at family-owned and -operated Waterman’s Surfside Grille for classic seafood dishes and the popular Orange Crush cocktail. Oyster fans head to The Atlantic on Pacific for its famous raw bar. Go for the seafood and stay for the views at Rockafeller’s Restaurant.

 

International Cuisine

Virginia Beach boasts a large Filipino community. Grab traditional Filipino pastries at local institution Angie’s Bakery. Ray Ray’s at the Mayflower serves classic Filipino dishes daily, 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Dine on Caribbean cuisine at Carib Shack and Jerrrk Time Caribbean Cuisine.

 

Vegan Restaurants

Desmond’s Island Soul Grill offers a unique menu of Guyanese-influenced Caribbean vegan cuisine. Visit here for eclectic breakfast and lunch vegan fare.

 

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Duck Donuts © VBCVB – City of Virginia Beach

Dessert

End your culinary journey on a sweet note. Gerald’s Ice Cream Bar utilizes liquid nitrogen in its ice cream and sorbet production. Rigoletto Italian Bakery & Café features authentic Italian pastries, desserts and gelato. The Sweet Spot serves Instagram-worthy confections like over-the-top milkshakes.

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