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Surf Rider
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8180 Shore Dr, Norfolk, VA 23518-2451
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8180 Shore Dr, Norfolk, VA 23518-2451
(757) 480-5000
Today
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/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • 42
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  • 31
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Fine seafood and a reasonable price

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 19, 2014
Joe Q
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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95 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

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
3 helpful votes 3 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
Top Contributor
188 reviews 188 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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Coral Springs, FL
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We were told that Surf Rider has the best crab cakes in town so we had to try it. They are now our favorite crab cakes in Hampton Roads. Mostly crab, very little filler or binder, and at a reasonable price. I have tried other things on the menu such as the fried oysters which were very good. Oh... you... More 

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We came here based on previous reviews and left wondering what all the hype was about? We both ordered salads with meat toppings. The Caesar salad was dry romaine lettuce with a few shavings of cheese, dressing on side?? We asked for grilled not blackened chicken - and got blackened. Very small portions. Crab cake was OK.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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57 reviews 57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I had found Surf Rider on Trip Advisor and while down there, decided to give it a try. I thought the crab cake I had in a restaurant in D.C. was good, the crab cake at Surf Rider would put it to shame. The person I dined with had shrimp salad with the house-made potato chips with their seasoning. Very... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Neat place right on the water. Not fancy and a great view. Most important, they have an unbelievable crab cake. Broiled lightly and zero filler. Get the Caesar salad ($6.99) with a crab cake on top ($6.99), it's fantastic. Didn't try anything else but everything I saw looked great.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

My wife and I decide to choose this place after reading the reviews and at the advice from the Hotel staff from where we where staying for our 1 year Anniversary Vacation this past Sunday. We where not disappointed ! The food was excellent! The steak, Crab cakes are superb! The outside patio is the perfect atmosphere overlooking he boat... More 

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

My husband and I began coming here after I had a business lunch here. We like it so much we come here to celebrate special occasions. I was most recently here for my birthday dinner. My husband always has the crabmeat in one form or another. I LOVE the scallops and the shrimp tacos. I usually alternate. I tried the... More 

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San Diego, CA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Excellent restaurant. I had the broiled seafood platter which was great. The crab cakes are some of he best that I have ever had, and I eat crab cakes everywhere and compare! Lots of seafood and great taste. Nice atmosphere by a marina.

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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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