Trying to pick a handful of locally owned restaurants to showcase in Virginia Beach is a daunting task. We asked around and ended up with a really long list, and for no particular reason (other than loving these places) we made a short list of five restaurants you shouldn’t miss in VB. There are so much more, we might have to revisit Virginia Beach food hot spots sooner than later, but it’s a start!
205 23rd Street 757-422-0081
A casual dining experience set in a historic seaside cottage, Tautog’s offers top rate house developed dishes with an emphasis on fresh and local seafood. Come to Tautog’s for top rated service, a comfortable dining experience, and some of the best fresh seafood dishes around. Perfect setting for a special dinner or date night in the heart of the Oceanfront area.
The Route 58 Delicatessen
4000 Virginia Beach Blvd Suite 156 757-227-5868
Started by a local radio DJ in 2004, Route 58 is an homage to the food Jeff grew up with in New Jersey. Insane portions of deli favorites sandwiches and sides are the highlight of a visit to this casual dining experience where no one leaves hungry. Get a sandwich to split, some warm matzo ball soup, and a half sour pickle. Just be sure to save room for dessert shipped in from the world famous Carnegie Deli.
Shorebreak Pizza, Sports, and Billiards
2941 Shore Drive 757-481-7227
Shorebreak has no shortage of fans. This family-friendly restaurant offers some of the best burgers, pizza, and wings around. You can catch almost any game on their plethora of TV’s, play pool, or just enjoy some tasty food. They also have a kid’s area to keep the young ones occupied while you catch your favorite team in action or so you can just enjoy your wings without having to share them. Multiple local’s choice award winners, Shorebreak provides something for everyone in a casual environment.
Waterman’s Surfside Grill
5th Street and Atlantic Avenue 757-428-3644
Waterman’s is the spot to hit if you want to dine at the Oceanfront. A full patio is a perfect place to take in the salt air, watch the activity on the boardwalk, and enjoy one of their famous Orange Crush drinks. The main attraction (besides the Crush) is their seafood. Not only do they prepare some great dishes, but they also take part in the Sensible Seafood Program to make sure that future generations can enjoy the same bounty of fish, crabs, scallops, and oysters that we do.
17th Street and Baltic Avenue 757-822-6008
Their tagline is “Craft Beer & Curated Provisions” and you need to pay them a visit to experience both. They have an incredible selection of craft beer from all over the world- a nice way to find your new favorite. The food is unique, sustainably sourced, and incredible. They offer a wide selection of dishes without being overwhelming. You can find something new and different if you’re adventurous or you can find something comforting and familiar if you prefer your food that way. No matter what kind of eater you are, make sure you make this a stop in Virginia Beach.
So which of your favorite, locally owned restaurants did we miss? Let us know in the comments. We’re always open to trying new places with delicious eats!