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Surf Rider

8180 Shore Dr, Norfolk, VA 23518-2451
(757) 480-5000
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Ranked #44 of 601 restaurants in Norfolk
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
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English first
Charleroi, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I had the seafood platter and one of the parts was a crab cake. (My wife ordered the Crab cake meal) Well, once I tasted the crab cake on my plate, I wished I had ordered the meal like my wife. WOW! Was it good. Everything on my platter was excellent and fresh, but the Crab cakes were over the... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Go there hungry the portions are generous and service is very good. When Norfolk, try crab cake, it really is the best we have tasted . The price for our meal was very reasonable. Getting there is tricky as if you are not mindful, you will pass your exit.

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chesapeake, va
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Visited this restaurant on a whim for lunch. What a pleasant surprise!! The ambiance is great. I was seated after a very short wait. My server, Nicole, was pleasant and genuinely friendly and attentive. The restaurant overlooks a marina crowded full of boats, but the water views are nice and soothing. I ordered the blackened tuna sandwich which came with... More

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

They having been bad the few (3) or less times I've visited but it's a step or 5 up from Red Lobster. I can only speak for the GreenBrier Location.

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Dayton, Ohio
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This place is a find! The atmosphere is casual, and they have a great menu with beer, wine, and drinks. You can sit inside or out on the water and the staff is friendly. The prices are good, too!

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Roanoke, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Surf Rider is one of my favorite restaurants and I will return again, BUT, every good restaurant has an off day and I am sorry to say that this past Wednesday was one of those days. The food was still VERY GOOD , but not quite as good as the norm. The crab cakes were just a little too dry... More

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Washington, DC
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We really enjoyed our meal. My sister-in-law had the diner salad with Calamari which she raved about during the entire meal. My wife who is really not into seafood ate the flounder which she enjoyed, and I had the fried seafood platter which was cooked to perfection. Service was a little slow but pleasant (the place was packed by the... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

This is our go to restaurant when we want an excellent Maryland style crab cake and I've already reviewed how good the food is. However, this review speaks to how well they handled our group of 30 on a recent afternoon. They do not take reservations, but I had called ahead to tell them that we would be coming in.... More

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Topeka, Kansas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Surf Rider restaurant is awesome. The friendly, professionalism of the staff was great! the view of the marina adds to the ambiance of the restaurant. The food was great. had the seafood combo (chunk crab meat, large shrimp, and scallops) over pasta with alfredo sauce. Hubby had calamari and fresh oysters. we really enjoyed this experience. no complaints. will recommend... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

I took my wife to lunch there and was bummed out that we made an expensive bad mistake. Surf Rider used to be the place to go not too long ago. What happened? The crab dip was very bland and didn't have much crab in it at all. Not good. I had a crab cake sandwich. It was very bland.... More

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