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Surf Rider

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8180 Shore Dr, Norfolk, VA 23518-2451
(757) 480-5000
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 51
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    Very good
  • 10
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  • 8
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  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Delicious food!

Good food, my husband had the crab legs, I had the popcorn shrimp. They had a small but diverse selection of beer and wine. Price wasn't bad, the crab legs were a bit pricey. The service was slow, but we went during a busy dinner.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
D&J B
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Abingdon, Virginia
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

One of the best meals I have enjoyed that included crab cakes. Lots of crab meat and good portions. I paired it with a broccoli spear (a small tree) with a great dipping sauce that never jelled. The staff are attentive without being in your space, if you know what I mean. You have a great view of the boat... More 

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Norfolk, VA
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62 reviews 62 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I go to this location often and never think to review it. Very casual atmosphere with outside dining in-season. Nice to sit and watch the boats. The fried shrimp is amazing. Their broccoli counts as two sides and it is huge!!!!! Their crab cakes are wonderful too.

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Saint Joseph, Michigan, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

We arrived late, but were still happily seated and provided menus. Experience went down hill after that. I had to ask if we were going to get service or if we should leave. After being apologized to, we placed our order. Twenty minutes later, the waitress came out to tell me one of our orders was ready, but that the... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

My son and I went for dinner and were most impressed. He had a strip steak and Caesar Salad. I had steamed shrimp, fried oysters, cucumber/tomoato salad, and backed potato. Our food was outstanding and so bountiful that I ended up taking home quite a few oysters and shrimp. Will be back.

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Suffolk
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015 via mobile

Seven of us are here on a Saturday afternoon and we all loved the food. The view was awesome and staff was attentive. We will definitely eat here again!

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michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

While visiting from the Midwest, I wanted crab cakes. Friends and family agreed on Surf rider for a reason. I ordered crab cake/rock fish special. It was perfect. So much food, that I made fish tacos for the next two days. the side salad is more than a side. One of us ordered 2 thinging they would be the usual... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Good food, my husband had the crab legs, I had the popcorn shrimp. They had a small but diverse selection of beer and wine. Price wasn't bad, the crab legs were a bit pricey. The service was slow, but we went during a busy dinner.

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Chicago, IL
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77 reviews 77 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Not only were the crabcakes delicious but the broccoli (the side I chose) was perfect. My husband had the sandwich and the fries were very good. I hear the fried oysters are excellent.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This place has this reputation around town. I couldn't believe how awful the service was when I went alone. Sat at the bar inside and was waited on by a skinny blonde woman with the worst attitude I've ever encountered. I swore I'd never go again but some friends convinced me it isn't bad if you don't sit at that... More 

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Norfolk, VA
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62 reviews 62 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Love to sit outside when it is warm. They truly have the best crab cakes and best friend shrimp ever!!!!!!! Very casual atmosphere located at a marina.

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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8180 Shore Dr, Norfolk, VA 23518-2451
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Norfolk
  • Phone Number: (757) 480-5000

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?