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Virginia Originals Chesapeake Grill

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One Island in the Bay, Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, South Thimble Island, VA 23324
+1 757-318-4818
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Budd Lake, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We expected an overpriced 'concession' but were pleasantly surprised! The restaurant and gift shop were exceptionally clean and neat, the staff very helpful, and prices reasonable. This is a family owned/operated eatery, and the food is all homemade. We were there for breakfast - and mimosas. As we sat next to huge windows overlooking the pier, it was quite relaxing.... More 

Thank flucc0
Moneta, Virginia
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83 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our family of four stopped for lunch and was pleasantly surprised. My mom and I each had the she crab soup and hush puppies. They were outstanding! My son had the Smithfield chicken sandwich. Very yummy. Younger son had chicken tenders and they looked good. Enjoyed the walk on the pier.

Thank Cori F
Clarksburg, Maryland
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wife and I stopped for lunch on the way home from VA Beach. Real nice place with very good food. Enjoyed sitting outside, although it was very hot and humid, but the sea breeze made it delightful. Not only enjoyed the meal but, as a Navy vet, got a kick out of watching a few fleet ships pass by fairly... More 

Thank Michael M
Sevierville, United States
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149 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stopped at this restaurant three miles off shore on the Chesapeake Bay and Tunnel System because I was looking for a place to stop for lunch and I was surprised by finding a restaurant actually on the bridge and tunnel system. I had the fried scrod (fish and chips). Service was actually pretty poor, but the food was great.... More 

Thank Matthew U
Richlands, North Carolina
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here today on our way back to NC. We got seated pretty quickly...wasnt too crowded and got a seat overlooking the pier. We were all pleased with our food. I got the french dip and it was pretty good., not $74 worth what or bill was for 5 people (3 kids meals) Gift shop has alot of cool items... More 

Thank seasoothesthesoul
virginia beach, virginia
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79 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

My mom and I had breakfast for the first time on June 10 2016. We both thought our meals were just ok. My mom got the Dawn Patrol: eggs, 2 sausage links, diced potatoes and wheat toast. My moms potatoes and links were both over cooked.( cost $5.99) I got The Chesapeake: eggs, 2 buttermilk pancakes, 2 sausage links, diced... More 

Thank manning42
Pineville, Missouri
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364 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

What a great place to view the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel from. We traveled across and back, stopping here to eat. The view was tremendous and the food was good. Enjoyed the meal and the window seat. Afterward we walked out on the pier and saw a Naval Destroyer go by. Great experience

Thank recorder
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558 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 292 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

We stopped at this restaurant before going again in the tunnel in this amazing area and although we did not expect much we were pleased to discover clean cut premises with efficient staff and very very fast service. My steak was OK and our drinks cold enough to keep us going again. From the window we had a great view... More 

Thank TERRAvelista
Lewes, Delaware
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34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016 via mobile

While crossing the Chesapeake Bay this afternoon we decided to stop and try the restaurant in the middle of the bay. This the first time to stop and eat in probably 20 years. We usually stop and use the bathrooms and stock up on the junk food before driving on. This is a beautiful place to stop for eats whether... More 

Thank Steve T
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75 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

We expected a tourist trap with over the top prices and bad food. We got the vegi sub with coffee and fries with key lime pie for dessert. We loved everything but the pie but I'm picky about my key lime pie! I would recommend this stop. The view was the topper.

Thank cybrjunkii

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $25
American, Soups, Seafood
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Takeout
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: One Island in the Bay, Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, South Thimble Island, VA 23324
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  South Thimble Island
  • Phone Number: +1 757-318-4818

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?