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11212 Iron Bridge Road, Chester, VA 23831
(804) 748-8899
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 42
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Casual dining, great seafood and service

We went to Riptides for dinner two nights in a row. We were there for the Instant Classic Marathon and did not want to cook at the campground. The wait was long, but worth it. To us, it is a great sign when the parking lot is full and there is standing room only. Once seated, the service was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
lynnie l
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Love this place as a local restaurant for seafood. They have GREAT red sangria 🍷too. Nice folks here, always aim to please!

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Chester, Virginia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Go here expecting something a little different in terms of the food -- especially the special items. During seasonable weather the outdoor patio is our favorite, complete with live entertainment of weekends.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The food and the service was outstanding. The best seafood restaurant that I have visit in the Richmond area. It was my first time but it would not be my last visit.

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Ottawa, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We live in central Canada and are "seafood deprived" so friends who live near Richmond offered to take us to the best seafood restaurant they know. It was beyond our hopes. Their Riptides special (ask for melted butter) contained dry scallops done to perfection (moist and tender in the middle, crispy brown outside), a huge mound of fresh, fresh white... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

We went to Riptides for dinner two nights in a row. We were there for the Instant Classic Marathon and did not want to cook at the campground. The wait was long, but worth it. To us, it is a great sign when the parking lot is full and there is standing room only. Once seated, the service was excellent.... More 

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Chester, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Nice atmosphere; fresh seafood -- love the mahi mahi and the crab dip. The Aquariums are beautiful. Make a reservation most nights as it stays crowded. They take a lot of pains in the care of the place, both inside and out. It's a nice place to go just for an appetizer and drink.

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Chester, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Had a great seafood chowder and awesome tuna bits for lunch! The service was great as always. Love coming here and can't complain about the quality of the food or the service we receive.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Best seafood restaurant in the Chester area. Beautiful atmosphere. Great wait staff. Food is to die for and they make their own desserts. Bar and music in evenings.

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Chester, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I've gone to this place quite a few times, and it's consistently declined. The menu is tired and the skill of the cooking isn't very good. They need to step up their game, or they won't be here much longer. Just not very good seafood.

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Chester, Virginia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Had not went for several months as the food quality gad declined. We went twice with friends and there had been substantial improvement so over Christmas took my son and his fiance, Overall we were disappointed. Waiter was friendly but poorly trained. There was a pad at the table saying margaritas on special. Asked price, he did not know, asked... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 11212 Iron Bridge Road, Chester, VA 23831
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Chester
  • Phone Number: (804) 748-8899

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?