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Surf Rider

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8180 Shore Dr, Norfolk, VA 23518-2451
(757) 480-5000
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11:00 am - 9:00 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, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 54
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
An Annual Tradition

This was my 2nd visit to the Surf Rider. I've been thinking about their crab cakes for over a year. I think they were better this year! Totally delicious! I ordered the 1 crab cake platter that comes with 2 sides. The sides were tasted fine but were nothing special. The meal was filling and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
Ames025
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Stafford, VA
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
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Stafford, VA
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56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

This was my 2nd visit to the Surf Rider. I've been thinking about their crab cakes for over a year. I think they were better this year! Totally delicious! I ordered the 1 crab cake platter that comes with 2 sides. The sides were tasted fine but were nothing special. The meal was filling and I didn't have room for... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

To clarify myself: The NORFOLK location, 8180 Shore Drive, Norfolk VA closed. The Hampton location and All other locations are up and running well. We will greatly miss the Norfolk location that closed this week. Great bunch of people and great food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We have been dining here for about 12 years. We have never had bad service and never ever have had a bad meal. Always greeted with a smile & waitresses have always been friendly. Best crab cakes I've ever had. Chesapeake Bay burger is awesome. Anything we've ever ordered has been delicious.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We had a wonderful dinner tonight. They were packed with groups and everyone enjoying the beautiful views on this gorgeous night. My fried Shrimp and Betsy's Steam Shrimp were great. Friendly staff they got us seated quickly. Reasonable value.

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Abingdon, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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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69 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 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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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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7 restaurant reviews
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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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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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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: Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?