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Surf Rider Restaurant

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1 Marina Rd, Hampton, VA 23669-4548
+1 757-723-9366
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good33%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“crab cakes” (134 reviews)
“seafood” (145 reviews)
“shrimp” (67 reviews)
Opens in 12 min
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1 Marina Rd, Hampton, VA 23669-4548
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We so enjoyed a meal at Surf Rider after seeing an IMAX movie at the NASA Center in Hampton. Feel like we made a great discovery. We took two friends visiting from England. One had fried shrimp. The other had the grilled Tuna salad. My...More

Thank Gracie B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice, simple setting and wonderfully fresh sea food. The wedge salad was outstanding-- tender baby lettuce and a fantastic dressing. Service was pleasant and the place was wholesome and fun.

Thank travelswitht0mat0es
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Four of us stopped in for lunch. Staff was very friendly and helpful. We all ordered something different and it all came out fairly quick. I had the fish tacos and they were awesome.

Thank ice1955
Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

To be fair I would give this place 3 1/2 stars not 4 but that is not an option and I am being nice! Certainly a nice view of the water and all the boats here. Crab cakes pretty good although not quite up to...More

Thank Scot L
Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

Good service with friendly and polite staff. Food was nice but most of menu was fried food choices. Not as light as we had expected. Coming from new Zealand we are used to a greater variety of preparation choices. Seemed to be popular with the...More

Thank KimP3784
Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

Food and customer service is outstanding. Great environment. Great view .... not too pricey I will be returning.

Thank Stefan T
Reviewed August 7, 2018

The fried oysters were superb as was the flounder. Everything fresh, good service. The Manhattan drink ordered by my husband was curious at best with a huge slice of orange in the bottom with a smashed cherry on top of that, then ice and who...More

Thank Paminhampton
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

Do you like shrimp? This restaurant has some of the best fried shrimp! The tuna is also very good. Great place to eat lunch and or dinner.

Thank Robinsons4ever
Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

The Surf Rider is justifiably famous among locals for its excellent seafood. This is the place to go, on a fishing harbor, big room with lots of tables and benches. It is casual, very busy, with good service. Its hush puppies and crab cakes are...More

Thank TravelNut12309
Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

This seafood restaurant is a light and airy location with views of maritime Hampton and Hampton University. Wait staff and kitchen were very quick and thorough. Both dishes my party had were at the bar and were delicious; crab cake sandwich and flounder sandwich. This...More

Thank Robert B
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May 26, 2017|
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Response from BURGESS-IN-VA | Reviewed this property |
No, there is not. But, Deadrise at Fort Monroe has patio on which you can eat. Good food too.
June 1, 2016|
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Response from GrandpaGene | Reviewed this property |
Soft shells are in season - but you need to contact the restaurant itself for the definitive answer.
January 25, 2016|
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Response from C. Scott E | Reviewed this property |
They have a nice wine list and a good selection of local beers. Prices, I'm not sure about.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Marina Rd, Hampton, VA 23669-4548
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Hampton
  • Phone Number: +1 757-723-9366
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