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Waterman's Surfside Grille

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
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Waterman's Surfside Grille captures a slice of coastal living for the true flavor of Virginia Beach! Family owned and operated since 1981, Waterman's serves only the freshest seafood, steaks, and ribs. Serving lunch and dinner daily and brunch on Sundays, we offer indoor and outdoor dining overlooking the ocean, as well as a patio boardwalk bar. It's not a trip to Waterman's without a taste of our signature She Crab Soup and Original Orange Crush cocktail!
US$12 - US$25
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
American, Bar, Seafood
Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront, Beach, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed today via mobile

I decided to go here for my birthday. We went for an early supper. It was cold out and they were offering the enclosed heated patio seating but we decided to sit in the restaurant. Our server was pleasant and quick. I enjoyed the virginia...crab imperial and my husband had the ribs. Both were very good and we topped it off with sharing a slice of chocolate flourless cake, which was perfect. The only thing that may have been lacking in our meal was some bread or rolls.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The atmosphere is really good. We were there at night and it was a bit dark, but really nice. Food was fantastic! And it came out hot and quickly. Service was attentive and really nice.

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Staff was friendly and the food was excellent! The place was crowded for the off-season but we only waited about 5 minutes.

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great experience! Excellent service, nice atmosphere and delicious well prepared food. The menu has a variety for all diets. We dined in the enclosed patio area which was pleasant , allowing us to view the ocean as we ate. The inside dining area atmosphere is...pleasant also. Parking at this time of year was a breeze- we parked diagonally across street in municipal lot but they also have a valet service. I highly recommend this restaurantMore

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of our favorite places to eat during our recent trip to Virginia Beach. Great location right on the beach. Friendly casual atmosphere and a menu varied enough to satisfy a variety of tastes. Service was very well paced. Great Bloody Mary's and the lobster...fries are to die for. We will for sure return next time we're in town!More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 24 October 2021

We started with the She Crab soup which was very creamy and loaded with crab. Then we enjoyed the famous crap dip with tortilla chips. My husband had a fried seafood combination platter with crab cake, fried flounder, fried shrimp and fried scallops and he...really loved it. I had the fried shrimp meal with fries and hush puppies. We both had crushes. Overall, it was an amazing meal. Highly recommend Waterman's. Nice view of the ocean from the restaurant.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 22 October 2021

Daniel and Courtney were great at the bar. Food and cocktails were awesome. Overall great experience

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 20 October 2021

From its website, this looked like a great restaurant with outside seating on the boardwalk. The food had received good reviews. Well, the "outside" seating was on a completely enclosed porch. It wasn't very crowded so we stayed. We are fully vaccinated but in our...mid-70s and still being careful. We were completely thrown by the fact that none of the staff, including servers, were wearing masks. Where we come from in Northern Virginia outside Washington the staff at all restaurants wears masks, even in the outside dining areas. We were starving so we stayed. Must say, the broiled seafood combination was excellent. And they have a half-way decent wine list. But we were unhappy with the lack of a masking policy, which apparently is common in Virginia Beach. We will not be returning.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 18 October 2021

My wife and I ate at Waterman's Surfside Grille on 16 October 2021. We arrived around 6:00 PM and it was very busy. We were told that the wait to eat inside was about 20 minutes. Received text 5 minutes later that our table was...ready. The menu contained a nice variety of choices. We both had the cream of crab soup, which was so delicious that we ordered two extra portions as take-out. It was cooked very well and balanced with a good mixture of Old Bay. Two thumbs-up on that one. My wife had the Surfside fish tacos and I had the Guinness Burger. My wife can sometimes be a picky eater but she thoroughly enjoyed both tacos, which were amply filled, along with the side aioli and pineapple-tomato salsa. My burger was cooked perfectly medium-well and the flavors from the applewood-smoked bacon, marinated red onions and Guinness mustard aioli played nicely on the palate. It came with fries. i opted for a nice IPA to down the meal. Although the place was very busy, the waiters, food servers, and bus personnel were all keeping things on track. There were ample staff and service was top notch. Best of all, the prices are very good. Highly recommend checking this place out if you're in VA Beach and hungry. You won't regret it.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 13 October 2021 via mobile

My husband and I ate here on a Monday evening. We were seated on the patio. It was crowded, but I felt better about sitting out there because there were open windows. No COVID precautions here, so probably not a great place for high risk...people. The food was delicious. I had the flounder with their Parmesan sauce and my husband had a bunch of broiled shellfish with cold water lobster, which he also loved. The service was excellent. We will definitely come back here next time we are in VA Beach.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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7 June 2021|
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Response from Sydney P | Property representative |
We are wheelchair accessible both through the main entrance for our indoor dining area and the back patio entrance if you prefer covered patio seating!
Derrick M
9 January 2020|
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Response from ColinW1431 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Derrick; No specific dress code but beach casual is assumed. While not a formal place, they expect basic decorum. Anything from jeans, t-shirt and tennis shoes and up will be fine. Regards, Colin
20 August 2019|
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Response from Tiffany G | Property representative |
You are correct, this establishment used to be called Fogg's Seaside Grille until the owners changed the name to Waterman's in 1981.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Waterman's Surfside Grille

Yes, Waterman's Surfside Grille offers takeaway services.

Yes, Waterman's Surfside Grille is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Waterman's Surfside Grille is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5