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“Our New Favorite Local Restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Swan Terrace Restaurant

Swan Terrace Restaurant
5641 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23464-5247
+1 757-366-5777
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Ranked #21 of 1,256 Restaurants in Virginia Beach
Price range: $30 - $30
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Good for: Romance, Doing business
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Centerville Turnpike
Description: 'Fresh, local cuisine with a touch of Southern elegance.' The award-winning Swan Terrace Restaurant takes guests on a sensory journey inspired by both regional and authentic Colonial dishes. The menu features locally grown fruits, vegetables and the freshest seafood as well as prime beef, lamb and pork prepared to perfection. Dine by the fireplace or alfresco on the lakeside terrace.
Smithfield, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Our New Favorite Local Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

My wife and I went to the Swan Terrace restaurant for our first time today, 7/5/2014. Our only regret is that we had not tried it before. We will definitely be coming back again.

The service we received was great. We had the pleasure of having Karima Darren as our waitress. Even though it was just her second day working at the Swan Terrace, she new the menu well, and she provided us excellent service, as did the other attendants assisting her, who together made sure that our meal was served as soon as it was ready, keep our beverages full, and made sure that we were never lacking for anything that we needed.

Our dinners started out with an excellent amuse-bouche for each of us.. Each had 2 large shallops with bacon and 1 large shrimp with a spicy balsamic vinegar reduction, and toasted bread with fresh shaved parmesan cheese. The chef, Darren Scott, came out to see how we liked it. We let him know that we thought that it was excellent.

I ordered the chefs special for today. It was a Surf and Turf. It came with both soup, salad, crab legs, a lobster tail and and filet mignon. All were excellent.

The filet mignon was supposed to be 4 ounces (it was actually was more like 8 ounces). It was very tender, cooked perfectly, and was very flavorful.

The lobster tail was large, probably 10 or 12 ounces and cooked perfectly.

The crab leg was also large and excellent.

The surf and turf also came with risotto, asparagus and sautéed mushrooms. All cooked perfectly and large portions.

As you have probably figured out, this surf and turf is intended to feed 2 people. I took the other half home with me.

My wife ordered the honey glazed baked chicken with duck fat french fries that she thoroughly enjoyed. She had the beet and goat cheese salad. She said all were great. She also had her favorite dessert, a freshly made creme-brûlée, which she said was great. She also took half of her dinner home.

A very fine, home made, hot pumpernickel bread with currents and raisins served with butter came with the meal.

All of the meal was prepared very eloquently and gourmet. We were could not be more pleased with the meal, or the service.

The restaurant was formal, quiet, very roomy, and had a great atmosphere.

We will definitely be going back again.

We have found our new favorite local restaurant.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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FoundersInn, Manager at Swan Terrace Restaurant, responded to this review, July 13, 2014
Good Afternoon Mr. Robert

Thank you for taking your time to come to Trip Advisor and leave a review of your recent visit to the Swan Terrace Grill. We are pleased to hear that you and your wife had a fantastic evening with us. Our team enjoys creating a wonderful experience through our professional staff, creative kitchen, and memorable atmosphere. The special you enjoyed by Chef Darren was one of a kind, and he is a wonderful new aspect to our growing team. The amuse-bouche is a special, tasty gifts for those celebrating a special occasion with us. An event that you and your wife might be interested in is our wonderful Tuesday on the Terrace. It has a fresh seafood station, carving station, grilling outside, other wonderful stations, and live jazz music. We hope that you will return soon with family and friends to share another memorable experience with us.
Warm Regards,
Rachael Hamilton
Manager Swan Terrace Grill
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  • Dutch first
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English first
Virginia Beach, Virginia
1 review
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Tuesday night on the Terrace, best way to celebrate an Anniversary”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Two couples, one celebrating their 58th Wedding Anniversary, the other couple celebrating their 54th Wedding Anniversary chose to dine at "Tuesday night on the Terrace" Swan Terrace Restaurant, perfect weather. Had steak and Alaskan King crab legs from the grill. Fresh oysters, large shrimp and many other succulent food items to chose from on the inside bar. Chef Darren made a special dessert for us and spent a lot of time making us feel "special" and well as our server. We had a lovely celebration.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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FoundersInn, Manager at Swan Terrace Restaurant, responded to this review, July 12, 2014
Good Evening Dee Dee M,

Thank you for taking your time to come to Trip Advisor and leave a review of your recent visit to the Swan Terrace Grill. We are pleased that you and your guests joined us for your anniversary celebration. We enjoy creating special evenings for all of our guests and have many guests who return to us for special occasions throughout the year. Tuesdays on the Terrace is a great night to come, not just for a special occasion but each week. We have three house Jazz bands that rotate throughout the Summer to keep our guests returning for a new sound. Tuesdays on the Terrace always has a fresh seafood station, a grill station, a salad station and a dessert station. Chef Darren and our line chef's take pride in creating memorable dishes for all guests to enjoy. We hope that you will return many times through the season.
Warm Regards,
Cheryl Stephens
Asst. Manager Swan Terrace Grill
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Best outdoor grilled prime rib in the Region”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We attended the Tuesday evening summer dinner at Swan Terrace. They have live Jazz and an outdoor grill plus the indoor buffet during the summer on Tuesdays. For $30 it was all you can eat. I kept going back to the outdoor grill for the prime rib. I selected rare pieces and seasoned end pieces. After four or five trips to the carving station, I must have eaten at least $30-$40 of delicious prime rib. The indoor buffet was excellent and the desserts were very good. They charge extra if you want raw oysters. The music was good and the setting indoors and/or outdoors is very nice. We were celebrating a birthday and the couple at the next table were celebrating an anniversary. The downside to buffets is the weight gain. It took two days of workouts to lose the additional pounds.

Visited June 2014
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FoundersInn, Manager at Swan Terrace Restaurant, responded to this review, June 23, 2014
Good Evening MaryDen,
Thank you for taking time to leave a review of your experience at the Swan Terrace Grill on Trip Advisor. Our Tuesday on the Terrace Jazz Dinner has become a summer tradition here at the Founders Inn and Spa. We have 3 Jazz bands that rotate through in order to allow guests to join us on multiple weeks and have a variety of live music. The Chef prepares a grill station outdoors each week in addition to the seafood station, grill station, salad station and main course area inside the restaurant. We have many guests join us on special events such as Birthdays and Anniversarys and we enjoy celebrating with those who return each year. We hope you will join us again soon. If you enjoy the Tuesday on the Terrace Jazz Dinner you would enjoy our Sunday Brunch with live Piano Music and a Champagne or Cider Beverage.
Fond Regards,
Cheryl Stephens
Asst. Manager Swan Terrace Grill
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Wonderful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We always have a great time here! The food is delicious and the service is wonderful!! We always go for special occasions.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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FoundersInn, Manager at Swan Terrace Restaurant, responded to this review, June 16, 2014
Good Evening Elizabeth M,
Thank you for coming to Trip Advisor to tell others how we are able to provide a wonderful dining experience for you and your family. I am happy to hear that you join us for special occasions. I hope that you will follow us on our website and facebook for specials not relating to Holidays such as our Tuesday on the Terrace Jazz Dinner Buffet, or our Saturday Afternoon Tea. These are 2 of my favorite meals that we have as options in the Swan Terrace Grill.
Fond Regards,
Cheryl Stephens
Asst. Manager Swan Terrace Grill
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“A Total Delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

My husband and I stopped in one afternoon to see the restaurant, and to inquire if they would be able to accommodate my gluten-free dietary requirements. Hostess Kristen showed us around, assured us that they were experienced & trained in providing gluten-free foods, and she reviewed menu items with us. She was friendly, thorough, and professional. Several days later, we enjoyed lunch there. There was a wide array of options, covering salads, soups, fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, and desserts. The entire presentation had great eye appeal, all within a comfortable atmosphere. Kristen introduced me to Chef Shawn. We discussed celiac, and he was most eager to prepare dishes that met my needs ... and, indeed he did. It was a wonderful lunch ... capped off with gluten-free chocolate cake. During lunch, Kristen and Shawn both stopped at our table to make sure I was pleased. Their visits added to the enjoyment of the experience. They excelled in every aspect of providing a pleasurable dining experience. We since have gone back and highly recommend Swan Terrace at The Founders Inn.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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FoundersInn, Manager at Swan Terrace Restaurant, responded to this review, June 16, 2014
Good Evening,
Thank you for taking time to write a review on Trip Advisor to tell others of the wonderful service you received at the Swan Terrce Grill. I am pleased to hear that not only was Kristen our Hostess able to assist you but that Shawn was able to follow through on the items she made you aware we would be able to take care of to allow you to dine with us. Our lunch buffet is available Monday through Saturday and is a great meal. The Terrace also allows our guests to enjoy the outdoors if they prefer. The dessert selection on the buffet is an area you definitely want to save room for, with options available for guests including gluten free, vegan, vegetarian. I hope that you will join us again in the future.
Warm Regards,
Cheryl Stephens
Asst. Manager Swan Terrace Grill
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