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“Loved it a few years ago, after the new owner took over, not so much.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Riptides

Riptides
11212 Iron Bridge Road, Chester, VA 23831
(804) 748-8899
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Ranked #14 of 107 Restaurants in Chester
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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64 reviews 64 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Loved it a few years ago, after the new owner took over, not so much.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012 via mobile

We went a lot when it first opened. Loved the down home crab shack feel & the food was excellent. After the new owner took over & renovations where made, it didn't live up to the hype. Overly ambitious menu that wasn't delivered.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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Chester
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great Seafood in Chesterfield”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

When we want seafood and cannot drive to the beach.. We go to Riptides.. The seafood tastes fresh and we enjoy it.. We go about once a month and have gotten to know the staff --who are great! It does get alittle crowded if you go at normal dinner hours (try other times if you do like to wait and hate noise). And yes, it can get a little noisy but for a casual local seafood restaurant we love it!!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Richmond, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Our fav seafood restaurant in the Richmond area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

We go here regularly, and I almost always get the scallops - huge, sweet and never overcooked. Recommended -

Visited May 2012
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Mechanicsville, Virginia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“AVOID a horrible experience”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

Wanted seafood so hooked up with friends to go to Riptides. NEVER again! Four in our party and none of the food was acceptable. Two of us ordered crabcakes $21. When those plates finally arrived, meal was lukewarm, maybe a tablespoon of crab in 2 cakes. They were more like breadcrumb cakes with old bay. After waiting 45 minutes for our meal, I was afraid to send it back as I might not get a replacement until midnight. Slow kitchen and others that were seat after we arrived at resturant got their food before we were served. I don't think it was totally the young server's fault; however, My husband's spinach salad looked as it had been sitting under a warming light--totally limp and the server should not have served it. That salad was left after one test bite! One of our friends could not find any clams in the chowder. What a waste of $. The manager knew we were displeased and discounted a portion of the bill...which was the only redeeming part of the experience.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Richmond, VA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“LOVE this place.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

Riptides started small and humble... and has become a wonderful place for a meal with friends and family! And most nights people are lining up to get in! The atmosphere is casual, warm and cozy. The bar side of the restaurant can get a little noisy, but the other side is quieter. They have an outdoor patio as well. My favorite meal is the teriyaki tuna steak - cooked med-rare. AMAZING. They have awesome glazed carrots and their french fries are to-die-for! The menu ranges from sandwiches to deluxe seafood dishes. One of my friends (from Maryland) said she wasn't a fan of their crab cakes, but every other meal my family and friends have had at Riptides has received RAVE reviews. We love it! Highly recommend this place!

  • Visited April 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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