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Surf Rider West

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723 Newtown Rd, Norfolk, VA 23502
(757) 461-6488
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Best crab cakes in Tidewater Va. Two other location in area but this is the original. No frills and small but the service is good and the prices are right. Fresh local fare.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Mike R
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  • Families with children
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English first
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201 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place has been our favorite for seafood in Norfolk for many years. Since Frankie's in Chick beach closed, this is the place for oysters and scallops. Small, friendly, menu specials on a chawk board and great waitresses. So, when 4 of us went there for dinner at my request, I was embarrased with the food. Two orders of fried... More 

Thank Joe-Lincoln-CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Best crab cakes in Tidewater Va. Two other location in area but this is the original. No frills and small but the service is good and the prices are right. Fresh local fare.

Thank Mike R
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

After finding this Restaurant---we were happy to enjoy a very nice meal--some items stood out--like the fresh oysters and crabcakes. The large steamed dinner was nicely presented but contained some over cooked shrimp that should be added later in the process. Hush puppies were flavorful but a bit heavy for our taste. Whitney was attentive and friendly. I was a... More 

Thank Chefmahr
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Great local spot for good eats! The service was great and it's a family oriented atmosphere. Very close the area hotels as well.

Thank Willie W
Fayetteville, Arkansas
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

If you're looking for mediocre food made not to order without a staff that takes pride in anything, look no further. Everyone ordered something different: crab cake, a burger, and shrimp. The burger ordered medium came well done. The crab cake was gritty and didn't taste fresh. The shrimp were cold. The wait staff didn't care about our concerns but... More 

Thank Jeremy D
Chapin, South Carolina, United States
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55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

All the reviews of the Surf Rider gave high marks to the crab cakes. So, we decided to go and try them. As predicted the grab cakes were very good . Not the best I ever had but certainly in the top 5. My wife had the seafood platter and it was very good.

Thank Bob W
dunbar, wv
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

I Was looking for some good seafood ...hit the jackpot here. Not a fancy place but good quick service and awesome food. Thier key lime pie is to die for...good hush puppies . ..roasted red pepper and smoked gouda soup wowzer,,my entree was wonderful

Thank celticpenguin
Virginia Beach
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92 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is a locals hangout. It is in the middle of a strip mall. Locals love the crab cakes. It is their specialty. I got the steamer. All the food was fresh and did not smell of seafood. It is decorated like a dive, but the food is unbelievable.

Thank picturetakingone
Leesburg, Virginia
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Went last night with the family- it was pleasant enough but it is pretty basic fare though reasonably priced. The staff was very friendly and food was good but pretty basic. Local place and atmosphere- didn't try any of the seafood specials, just ordered off menu which is pretty limited

Thank Kiloplt
Jacksonville, Florida
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

A friend of mine took me here some years ago when I started working for a company in VB and the food was excellent! So, every time I get back to the main office I make it a point to stop by and have the crab cakes. You will not be disappointed. I have been doing this for over 8... More 

Thank Ron K

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 723 Newtown Rd, Norfolk, VA 23502
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Norfolk
  • Phone Number: (757) 461-6488

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children


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