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11212 Iron Bridge Road, Chester, VA 23831
(804) 748-8899
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Ranked #4 of 106 Restaurants in Chester
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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75% Recommend
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English first
Chesterfield, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

There are few family owned restaurants in this area and Riptides is a welcome respite from the customary chains. Their food is fresh and the atmosphere and quality of their offerings are well above average. They have done a great job with landscaping and the outdoor patio is lovely in the evening.

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Chester, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My wife and I visited Riptides a couple weeks ago. I have to say this place is great. They have a friendly staff, great food, if you don't mind paying a little more for it. The live guitarist was a plus as we sat and dined on the patio.

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Blackstone, Virginia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Based on other reviews we tried dinner at Riptides before attending a play and it was ok. The atmosphere is nice, especially since it reportedly was a gas station in an earlier life, and the service was good. The house and Caesar salads were just average, with dressing that tasted right out of the bottle (and very little "blue" in... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Our 3 couples ate dinner there 7-16-2014. We all had fish dinners (Salmon and Mahi-Mahi), salads, and spiced shrimp as an appetizer. Salads were large, and everything was excellently prepared. Our waiter was great; the restaurant appeared clean. A nice experience. We will be back. Don't forget that on Wednesdays they have 1 1/2 lb. of steamed shrimp for $17.99;... More

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Wife and I had a night away without kids and it was a great evening! Patio dining with spacing, we weren't on top one another. They had a guy playing guitar and it enhanced the experience, loud enough to hear but to were we could easily carry on a conversation. We had drinks and meals and it was $70 bill,... More

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

When it first opened there was great service. but alas, not so much anymore. The last two visits were poor. I don't know who trains the servers, but they badly need training on customer service. Plus, one would think a seafood place would have somebody that knows how to shuck an oyster.

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Richmond, Virginia, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

First, we were given menus we couldn't order from because they were there for decoration. We each ordered an fried oyster dish... all the oysters were soggy. It was my dad's birthday so he complained about the quality of oysters and the waitress rolled her eyes. The manager did get him a new order of oysters that weren't soggy, but... More

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Hopewell, Virginia
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105 reviews 105 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We were a group of 5 and went to Riptides for dinner. The service was attentive but not overly. The food was delicious, hot and plentiful. The music was pleasant and not overbearing. Save room for dessert, they are all home made.

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Richmond, Virginia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Riptides is actually an old gas station that has been converted into a great restaurant with both great food and appealing atmosphere / decor. They have daily specialties - Thursdays is oysters on the half shell - always fresh and tasty. If the weather permits, sit outside and enjoy the entertainment (musicians) and relax with a beer, mixed drink and... More

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Anaheim, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

When visiting my mom she took me here for dinner. Food very good, service friendly and attentive - I love seafood so perfect for me others in my party who don't like seafood they had a great selection of "turf" foods. Everytime I would visit I would request to go here and every time my meal was excellant.

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