Recommended Local Restaurants

Seafood Restaurants

These are a few of our favorite seafood restaurants.

Dockside Restaurant

Great portions- My favorite is always the fresh catch with fresh veggies! Nachos are a favorite too. Great views, happy hour specials, and music in the summer. You can eat at the restaurant OR get your seafood at the market and dine at home. WATER VIEWS

Chick's Oyster Bar

Local favorite with boat access Great happy hour specials and good food. Party atmosphere that is still family friendly. Buffalo shrimp is a favorite!  WATER VIEWS

The Porch on Long Creek

This is upscale dining- not as kid friendly. This restaurant was formerly One Fish Two Fish. Great for an anniversary or special occasion. WATER VIEWS


Not my first pick but views are amazing. My husband enjoys breakfast there as it offers a great, peaceful view. WATER VIEWS


Great oceanfront dining and can handle large parties of people. Located on the VB Boardwalk with ocean views. Their crab dip is the talk of the town! 

Hair of the Dog

Great locals spot. Lots of choices and great happy hour food and drink specials.  This was formerly "Croakers" and remains a locals favorite. Not located on the water but fun atmosphere. 

Hot Tuna

One of our favorite restaurants. Great fresh local seafood with other choices as well.  Calamair is a favorite here! Fun atmosphere. Family friendly. Not on the water but close to the beach house (less than a mile if you wanted to walk). Only downfall is that it can be somewhat loud in there. Happening nightlife. Great bands late night as well. 

Leaping Lizard

One of my FAVORITES!! FRESH, FRESH, FRESH. Tell the owner (Bill) I sent you. Always busy. Great fresh catchs and many speciality items on the menu. Fresh, local produce. Seafood and everything in between. 

Tautog's Restaurant

Incredible seafood- no water views but located down at the oceanfront in the heart of the action. Great crab nachos! Really we have NEVER had a bad meal there! Make sure you get there early. They are always busy in the summer! 

Simple Eats

Simple Eats serves many fresh catch items and focuses on supporting local farmers. Excellent meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Great ice cream too. Watch out you will think you have stepped into a scene of Fixer Upper! Closed Mon & Tues. Reasonably priced. No water views. But we get take out from here ALOT and watch the sunset on the beachhouse deck!

Coastal Grill

Been a local's favorite for seafood since 1989. Known for their soft shell crabs, fresh catchs, and "blackboard specials". You are sure to have an incredible meal here. No water views but the cuisine makes up for that! You will not be disappointed. Great place for a special occasion or anniversary. 

A Bite of Maine

If you like lobster- look no further! This restaurant started out as a food truck and now has a restaurant. Seafood Bisque is DIVINE! Lobster rolls are great too. Best thing about's super close to the beach house! Inside decor is delightful! No water views. 

Italian Restaurants

Zia Marie's

This is a quaint Chic's Beach neighborhood restaurant. Serving great meals for over a decade now. Specializing in authentic Italian cuisine, the chalkboard features an array of flavorful chicken, veal, beef and seafood dishes made with the freshest ingredients. No matter what you get, you will not be disappointed! No water views. 

Il Giardino

Two convenient locations in Va Beach. This restaurant has been a local favorite for years as well. Great italian dishes ranging from chicken to seafood. You can't go wrong here either. They have a lot of specials in the off season. No water views. 

Bella Monte

As well as incredible food, Bella Monte also houses Enoteca- which is a wine repository. You can join in on wine tasting and purchase some of the finest wines at responsible costs. They also have a gift shop that is worth going to just by itself. No water views. 

Mexican Restaurants


Hands down my FAVORITE mexican joint in our area. Locally owned and as fresh as they come. This is a SMALL place so make sure you are not in a rush or get there early. The food is worth the wait. Their guac is the best! Everything on the menu is delicious! You can't go wrong here! 

El Taco Loco

This restaurant has great service. great prices, and great food! They have plenty of seating and should be able to accommodate your larger parties with no problem. Never had a bad item on the menu here! No water views. 

Pelon's Baja Grill

Super fun atmosphere that every kid is sure to love. Bumper stickers and decals all over the walls. A coastal, surfer vibe for sure! Excellent FRESH mexican here. Their chucnky guac is our fav! Great fish tacos. Every item is sure to fill you up. Very casual. Very close to the oceanfront so they have a wide variety of dress. No water views. 

Fun Spots

Scotty Quixx West

This is a great sports deli- both locations are great, we just happen to prefer the one off Va Beach Blvd (West). Some of our favorite here- Fish tacos, pork quesadillas, and old bay chips! Never had a bad meal here. If you see Marc and Crystal (the owners) tell them Tom and Dana sent you!. No water views. 

Shorebreak Pizza

This is a great place to take the whole family! Lots of tvs with sports on all of them! A small arcade area for the kids. You can even play pool while you are there. Great happy hour specials for drinks and food. Something for everyone in the family from pizza, to chicken, to seafood- a little bit of everything. You can't go wrong here! Lots of big tables for large parties. No water views. 

Taste Unlimited

With several locations in Va Beach- the Bayville Location is by far our favoirte. With all types of deli sandwiches, and salads- there is something for everyone. They have the BEST pimento cheese on the planet here!! Fun atmosphere inside and outside. They also have LIVE on the Lawn (weekly concert series) on Friday nights- 5:30-8:00 pm. Fun for the whole family!  No water views. 

Breakfast Places


Two locations- my favorite is the one on West Great Neck simply because it is closer to the beach house and has more of a family feel. The food is great at both and they do have great cocktails as well. Gets really busy on the weekends- get there early. No water views. 

Bay Local

Regionally inspired brunch and dinner fare. Parking can be challenging here but it is within walking distance of the beach house- less than a mile. Chicken and waffles are a favorite here!  No water views. 

Sunrise Cafe

My personal favorite simply because of their fast, friendly service. Nothing fancy here just good food and good service. If you go in, tell them Dana sent you! No water views. 

BBQ & Fried Chicken

(Cause duh, that is a food type!)

Dave's BBQ

Don't be fooled by the small building and lack of inside seating. They do have outdoor seating. This business is family owned and you will NOT find better bbq, ribs, brisket, and/or smoked turkey in Va Beach. Wait til you try all the sides- the coleslaw, the beans, potato salad, and their seasonal creations (mac & cheese, roasted veggies, etc)! You will thank me! 

Mission BBQ

I love to support this place. What an incredible MISSION. Read more of their story HERE. Recommendations- MOIST brisket (not regular), melt in your mouth fries, and my kids say...don't skip the Mac & Cheese when they have it. Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. 

BoBo's Fine Chicken

DRIVE THROUGH ONLY. This gem is so small inside that COVID restrictions forced the dining room to close & biz is bombing so they never reopened. They have amazing fried chicken and seasonal sides. If you ever catch them when they have their homemade strawberry ice cream- buy it ALL!! Also don't forget their limeade!  


Lolly's Ice Cream

This is a FAN favorite. It's about 15 minutes from the beachhouse-closer to the Oceanfront but definitely worth the trip! Enjoy the outdoor atmosphere at this adorable ice cream shop. Our friend Joey Launi owns it and it has been so fun watching his dream come to life! This is, hands down, our FAVORITE ice cream joint in VB.  Every flavor is amazing!  And check out his Donut Shop/Truck in his trailer on the premises. 

Blue Cow Ice Cream Company

This is super close to the beachhouse. It has limited indoor seating. Sea Salt Brickle with Caramel Swirl is my absolute fav. The Goat Cheese with Blueberry Swirl tastes just like Blueberry Cheesecake in an ice cream. They do have VEGAN options. 

Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt

Sweet Frog allows you to indulge without the guilt-go the frozen yogurt route. You can get lots of your favorite healthy (and not so healthy) toppings to add to your creation. They do have at least one non-dairy option everyday. Enjoy plenty of indoor seating with limited outdoor seating. 


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