Rockafeller's helps anchor the south end of the boardwalk in Virginia Beach, four blocks from the beach, overlooking a marina near Rudee Inlet. It has been a popular seafood spot for over 20 years. The dining rooms are decorated in a casual, tasteful style and many tables give you a view of locals puttering around the harbor or commercial fishermen bringing in a fresh catch. No need for lobster traps and fishing poles hanging from the ceiling to establish a salty ambiance!
We ordered a variety of steamed and fried seafood items, and a cup of award-winning she-crab soup, thick and loaded with crab. The soup was good, not great, with tangy spices that threatened to cover up the crab flavor. Similarly, the fried items seemed a bit heavy, not bad, but dominated by the frying. Dipping sauces were pretty conventional mayonnaise-based items, brightly flavored. While newer restaurants have lightened up just a bit, Rockafeller's is more traditional. Service was great: the conversation was fun and informal, the pace allowed for a relaxed meal, and our server was attentive.
This was a pretty good meal, served in an outstanding location, which adds up to a significantly above-average experience. Rockafeller's has a style and formula that has pleased their customers for many years - we ate here four years ago and they seemed to have not changed at all. No cutting-edge cuisine, just familiar favorites, consistently delivered in a beautiful setting. And early-bird specials if you're so inclined.
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