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05/14/2021 | by Caroline Camp Harrison | Dining Local Area Visit Virginia Beach

Discover Virginia Beach Food Experiences that You Won’t Forget

Coastal Accommodation’s Foodie Restaurant Guide

As travelers continue to seek fun, unique things to do when visiting a new place, it’s clear that just seeing isn’t enough—they want to taste! And what is a good meal if there isn’t a great food experience to go along with it? With “foodie vacations” on the rise, we have compiled some of our favorite restaurant food experiences in Virginia Beach.

Including Food in Your Travel Plans is a must..

We’ve all started to realize that many of our favorite things to do on vacation and the strongest memories we take back home with us have to do with food.

From that time you had that amazing cup of she-crab soup, or the time your grandmother sang in Italian with the waiter, to the time you learned to eat your first oyster over the Lynnhaven River. Those are all cherished memories now.

Have you ever noticed how even the faintest aroma of something you ate on vacation instantly takes you back to when you experienced it? And all the stories that go along with that!

Glide with the Tide

Rudee’s Restaurant and Cabana Bar will have you fitting in like a Virginia Beach local in no time! Located in the active boat marina on the heart of Rudee Inlet, you won’t find seafood fresher than you find at Rudee’s. But the piece de resistance that makes this such an amazing food experience is their unique wooden gliding tables on the dock.  Positioned to see the beautiful sunsets these tables will have you swaying the night away with your favorite drink in hand. We recommend bringing a sweatshirt as the nights on the water do get chilly, especially if they have not broken out their season firepits yet.

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A Signature Dish Prepared Tableside

As on of the most historic restaurants in Virginia Beach, Isle of Capri is a restaurant that is top-rated for visitors and locals alike. This restaurant’s authentic Italian cuisine paired with panoramic views of the Virginia Beach oceanfront are the basis of what makes this restaurant a can’t miss. As you exit the restaurant’s private elevator, the smell of fresh-baked bread and garlic will have your mouth watering.

But what makes Isle of Capri so memorable is their signature dish: the tableside Caesar salad.  It is something you will dream about! We swear there is magic in the bowls that they use because though you see all the ingredients go in there is no way to recreate this tableside deliciousness.

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Prime Suspect or the Prime Rib? 

Dinner and a show certainly not a new concept to many. If you love to be entertained while you eat then you will love the Dinner Detective. The Dinner Detective is America’s largest interactive comedy murder mystery dinner theatre show.

If you have experienced a traditional murder mystery dinner show before this is will be different! The actors (and the culprit) are not dressed in costume but rather are hidden in the audience! The show will keep the night interactive and full of laughs like no other Virginia Beach food experience you have had before. These dinners are only performed/served on Saturday nights so be sure to get tickets ahead of time while spots are still available!

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A Foodies Delight, Outdoors!

Whether you like to eat, drink, play, or shop The Shack on 8th has it all! On 8th Street in Virginia Beach, the Shack will soon become your favorite watering hole; whether you are looking for a Sunday-Funday or need a fun mid-week meet-up spot.

As far as drinks go you would be mistaken if you got anything other than one of their signature orange crushes. The crushed ice and hand-squeezed orange juice make this drink refreshing and delicious. But to order like a real local we suggest asking for it “skinny”, substituting the sprite for soda water! Your sugar hangover the next day will thank us.

With lawn-sized games to play or macramé swings to relax add to the fun of this “shack”. But just when you thought one place couldn’t have it all – this one does! The food options are abundant. The Shack has its own restaurant menu as well as a food bus and a taco cart. When there is an event, live DJ, or band this place really gets rockin’ and will be sure to generate stories to remember!

Sea, to Grill, to a Table with a View

There is just something about eating seafood by the water that makes it that much better. At The Back Deck you won’t just be looking out at the water you will be sitting out over the water on their wrap-around deck that surrounds their also highly recommended seafood retail store:  The Shellfish Company. Be sure to get there early so you can get a spot on the side that faces the Lynnhaven Inlet. This particular view is so exciting because it is a thoroughfare for boats heading in out of the Bay toward the Ocean for fishing and cruising alike. In addition to watching the boat traffic, the sunset and dolphin watching are exceptionally beautiful from this spot!

Back Deck Virginia Beach Food Experience over the water

Here are Coastal Accommodations we are always here to give a restaurant recommendation and any other Virginia Beach food experiences you are looking to have. Give us a call to find out more recommendations and book your trip!