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Blue is a chef-owned and operated seafood restaurant in Virginia Beach that offers high quality and fresh seafood in a casual setting. This 60-seat restaurant's specialties include crab cakes, tempura fried shrimp, and creative seafood fares based on its “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” food philosophy. Chef and owner Charles Thain is an ardent supporter of farm-to-table practices and sources fresh local produce, seafood, hormone-free meats, and more from local purveyors. It is one of the priorities for the restaurant to offer brews from local breweries to showcase everything the area has to offer. Blue accommodates special dietary needs and food allergies in its menus to suit everyone’s palate. The menu
PRICE RANGE
$9 - $26
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Dinner
CUISINES
Bar, American, Seafood, Healthy
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed December 10, 2020

This was a dining experience...more than just a meal. This Wednesday night we arrived and the hostess greeted us with menus and allowed us to select one of two tables and I chose the one in the corner by the bar. I ordered the oysters...Rock as my appetizer and a Margarita. My friend ordered a Mojito with pineapple juice. Derek (our waiter) had given us the specials verbally and I was thinking the Bass Vera Cruz would be tasty. I asked him to repeat the specials when he returned and I couldn't believe he'd said the lamb chop was accompanied by Andouille Sausage and veggies. I was "SOLD". The drinks arrived and he offered to let me taste his and it was outstanding! I was close enough to the bar to tell the bar tender that I'd been fortunate enough to travel who world while I was in the Marines and that she's the best bar tender on the planet! Chef Charles just happened to be leaving our table and we all had a nice laugh. The chef bought us something delicious made with cream cheese on a crostini. Wish I'd been paying attention when he told me what it was called. Dinner arrived and it did not disappoint. My friend loved the tempura shrimp and salad...the cheesy potatoes were okay. We both thought the apricot butter on the sweet potato biscuits could win an award of some kind. When I came home the one thing I was sorry I didn't have in my doggy bag was the apricot butter. It's right on point! My lamb chop was medium rare as I asked and the veggies were tasty. I'd never seen the larger julienne cut of parsnips and carrots that were almost as large as the Haricots Verts (or thin green beans). The andouille sausage was nothing like the type I'd become accustomed to while I was stationed in New Orleans but it was acceptable. I not only highly recommend this restaurant, the chef and bar tender but I also can't wait to go back again. The atmosphere was very friendly and welcoming. Chef Charles gives that personal touch to the dining experience. I can also recommend Derek (our waiter) and the especially talented bar tender who's name I forgot to ask. I'll make sure to get it for my next review. She's gotta get a raise in pay now! (Smile)More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed November 27, 2020 via mobile

Pleasant dining experience. I had the crab cakes. They were so good. I'd get them again. My waitress was very efficient and cordial.

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed October 31, 2020

Thanks to Trip Advisor for showing us this place. It doesn't look like much from the outside, just a little storefront in a strip mall, but once you sit at the table you won't care. The seafood was incredibly fresh and prepared to perfection. Our...server, Gwenna, was friendly and attentive, and provided great service. We don't live in the area, but we'll visit again when we're back!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed September 24, 2020 via mobile

Really excellent seafood. A bit of a drive from the Cavalier Hotel but worth the 20 minute drive. We were treated to a shrimp hors d’oeuvres before we ordered. We ordered crab soup, crab cakes and fried shrimp appetizers - all very tasty. Main course...was broiled local fresh Atlantic fish all tasted amazing. We had a wonderful friendly waitress and the owner (Charlie) spent some time.with us giving us history and how he prepares food and even gave us suggestion of other restaurants that served quality food. Worth your time and treasureMore

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed August 8, 2020

We visited for supper, I had the crab cake, fried oysters, and garlic mashed potatoes. The crab cake was not made with a lot if any bread crumbs, all crab with a binder ingredient. Excellent. The oysters were done just right for me and so...were the potatoes. We also had salmon mouse on a cracker with cheese on top. Very good.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed July 28, 2020 via mobile

So glad that we discovered this gem! It isn't particularly impressive from the outside (small restaurant in a shopping plaza) but don't judge a book by its cover! Everything was delicious. We had crab soup, crab cake appetizer, the salmon, the fish special, and chocolate...bread pudding for dessert. Great find!!!More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed July 24, 2020

Delicious food and excellent service. The chef is very present in the restaurant and is always making sure you’re enjoying your meal. We will definitely be back!

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed July 11, 2020

This place is great! My dinner was easily on of the best salmon meals I have ever had. Nice atmosphere, good service. Good kids options.

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed March 14, 2020

We just came back from our 50th wedding anniversary meal at Blue. Couldn’t ask for a better meal. We had a great waiter who took the time to explain everything we needed to know. The chef and we believe owner also came out to greet...us and everyone else in the dining room. I had the grilled tuna and it was just great, it came with a side of sauce ( forgot what it was but really made it more enjoyable ). My wife had a gluten free sea food combo which she really enjoyed. We both had dessert to top off everything. Wow what a great ending to our anniversary day. Thanks BlueMore

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 5, 2020 via mobile

My husband and I took a quick trip to Virginia Beach and used Tripadvisor to find a highly rated restaurant to eat at. Blue seafood and spirits did not disappoint!!!! We both had Caesar salads and I said to my husband that my salad was...in my top 10! Loved the dressing! Of course, the seafood to follow was fresh and delicious. I had the seaside scallops(broiled) and my husband had the broiled seafood medley. So good! The sides were delicious as well. Then came the desserts, chocolate bread pudding and creme brûlée. Oh my! AMAZING! So I’ve been raving about the food, but I cannot forget to give five stars to the service. Everyone was so friendly and it was a wonderful experience. Definitely will come back when we are in the area.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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janets515
August 17, 2019|
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Response from Nestlebrook | Reviewed this property |
The answer is no, they do not take reservations. I didn't know the answer until I called the restaurant myself in order to be able to respond to the customer who wrote this question after I submitted my review. On a busy... More
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mammamiller7
June 27, 2019|
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Response from jenskismithson | Reviewed this property |
Just call ahead and ask. We were there the other night and they still had them. You eat the whole crab. Super good!!!!
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Response from Steven K | Reviewed this property |
I believe you will be able to find a delicious meal!
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