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11212 Iron Bridge Road, Chester, VA 23831
(804) 748-8899
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Today
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

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Visitor rating
  • 38
    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
Most recent review
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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Charlottesville, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

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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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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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Chester, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I frequent this restaurant about once per month for lunch with friends and dinner occasionally. I enjoy their variety of seafood and superb service. We enjoy sitting in their outdoor patio and bar as it is lovely and relaxing in the Spring, Summer, & Fall. Although a bit pricey, the quality, atmosphere & level of service from Christine & Jason... More 

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Chesterfield, Virginia
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

My husband and I used to come here shortly after they opened and enjoyed it each time. We moved away and I have recently returned to the area. Thinking of treating myself to a nice meal, I decided to try here based on past experience. It was busy when I walked in, so not wanting to take a table for... More 

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Chester, Virginia
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Stopped here for an early dinner, the fish tacos were excellent, our server suggested the seasonal hot apple cider, the perfect thing for a cold overcast day. Outside seating was available, even a patio heater for cold days. Would eat here again, even though it was a little pricey.

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Richmond
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I ordere frog legs for an appetizer. They were over cooked. For my main, I had fish and chips. The fish was too greasy for me. The Bloody Mary was pretty good. The atmosphere was too loud as I couldn't hear the other people at my table. I expected a better meal and atmosphere for the price. I wouldn't go... 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?