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8180 Shore Dr, Norfolk, VA 23518-2451
(757) 480-5000
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Ranked #37 of 616 Restaurants in Norfolk
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood
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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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Sussex, Wisconsin
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76 reviews 76 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This place was recommended by a local for having the best crab cakes. So true! We ordered the fried shrimp & crab cake platter. The shrimp was lightly breaded & large. The crab cake was large, no filler, all crab. There was a good variety of options for sides. Unlike a previous post, our Caesar salads came with the lettuce... More 

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Seymour, Tennessee, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Surf Rider is always on our itinerary when we visit Norfolk, and it has always been great. Very casual atmosphere with big windows overlooking pretty lake and the marinas. Food is fresh and delicious without fillers... seafood done right. I'm only sorry we didn't discover this place sooner.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

we my wife and I went for dinner at this restaurant. the food exceeded our expectations we had the fried sea food plater it comes with two sides so I had the mashed potatoes and Caesar salad. the salad was very fresh and loaded with cheese the Food was very very good the oysters melt like butter in my mouth.... More 

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King of Prussia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

As regular visitors to family in Norfolk, for several years we've been eating at this branch of the Surf Rider . . .and for good reasons: they have the best seafood--crab cakes, broiled or fried seafood platter, raw and fried oysters--in the area between the Naval Base and the Bay Bridge; their prices are very fair ($12 for a dozen... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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73 reviews 73 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I had been passing the Surf Rider sign on my way to work for over 15 years, but it looked so small (judging only from the sign) I decided that it probably wasn't a place we would enjoy. However, I had several people tell me what a great place it was for seafood and that the fried oysters were to... More 

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Natick, Massachusetts, United States
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We showed up for dinner with a party of 21. After we waited for a few minutes the manager came out and asked if we could spread out over 4 tables that were next to each other. We agreed, and we were seated very quickly. Our food also arrived quickly. I had the crab dip appetizer and it was really... More 

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Crab cake was good it's sits on the water nice view sweet tea good husband enjoyed the blackened chicken salad I'm sure in the day the view would be better

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

My wife and I are regulars at this restaurant that sits on Pretty Lake and Little Creek Naval Base outlet to the Chesapeake Bay. When we want a good seafood diner this is our number one spot. We both enjoy the fried shrimp dinner (unless you are very hungry, get the 6 shrimp platter instead of the 10 shrimp) the... More 

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Dillsboro, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

tripadvisor reviews were very positive so I decided to try this place out while in the Norfolk area. I decided to give the crab-cakes a try for lunch one day since most of the reviews raved about them. Holy cow were they good, actually no not good but great. I selected the steamed broccoli to go along with the crab-cakes... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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196 reviews 196 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We had a wonderful dinner with friends. Our table had steamed shrimp, fried shrimp, crab cakes,calamari, broccoli, cole slaw,fried fish,soups.The dinner was very good as usual. Friendly and responsive service. Tonight was unusually empty an event for charity may have scared people off along with the rain.

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Additional Information about Surf Rider

Address: 8180 Shore Dr, Norfolk, VA 23518-2451
Phone Number: (757) 480-5000
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Norfolk
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Seafood

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