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“Great seafood on Sunset creek”

Surf Rider Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 298 Restaurants in Hampton
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Scenic view
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Hampton, Virginia
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great seafood on Sunset creek”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

Crabcakes, Backfin crabmeat, shrimp (steamed or fried) and Scallops are always very fresh and tasty. Fried flounder is not on the menu, but is often listed on the menu board specials. Don't miss it! I find the starter menu the best bang for the buck. The Caesar salad topped with a crabcake makes a great lunch entree at a very reasonable price. The same is true of the starter serving of the Backfin crabmeat. This is a lively restaurant with the noise of people enjoying their food and friends. Think neighborhood bistro. If you like your dining experience to be quiet like a morgue, Surfrider is not for you... And the amazing Broccoli counts as 2 sides. The best approach is to share.

  • Visited September 2012
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2 Thank HamptonJoe
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English first
Hampton, Virginia
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80 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“If cash isn't an issue, this may be the best place for seafood in Hampton Roads”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

It's a bit pricey and it is generally packed, but Surf Rider consistently serves some of the tastiest seafood offerings in SE Virginia. The portions are sufficient to fill you up and you definitely get your money's worth. As for a recommendation -- open menu and choose anything! This is one place where it really is . . . "All Good!!!"

Visited August 2012
1 Thank duffpilot
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Atlanta, Georgia
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160 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Go for the view”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

Their crab cakes are excellent and the rest of the menu average. The view is excellent. Wine choices poor. Umbrella drinks are available. The location in Poquoson has an even better view.

Visited May 2012
Thank Dean-ATL-USA
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Portsmouth, Virginia
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Awesome Crabcakes”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

I am a seafood lover and have been up and down the Chesapeake Bay sampling seafood. I would have to say out of all the seafood restaurants I have visited, the Surf Rider has the best crab cakes. They are full of fresh lump crab meat. There is very little filler...just enough to hold them together. They aren't overpowered with Old Bay. A must have for crab lovers.
The fried shrimp are colossal, perfectly fried, and are firm and full of flavor. The hushpuppies were good too...not greasy and fried to perfection. The coleslaw was the only disappointment. It was too bland. A little vinegar and sugar would enhance it.
The service was good and the restaurant was clean. I would highly recommend this restaurant for those seeking the perfect crabcake or flavorful friend shrimp. Yum, yum.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank urlookingood
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Painted Post, New York, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fire the manager!!!!”
Reviewed September 19, 2012

Went to this restaurant with a party of 15. It was a rehearsal dinner for my daughter and my son-in-law. Needless to stay that the manager of this restaurant must be the owners relative, because there is no way in heck anyone else would hire him. Lets just say August 17 was the worst evening in my life. The manager refused to seat us together after a 2 hr wait, even though there were tables for us. I can't imagine anybody working in the "hospitality" field and be so down right rude. Run people away from this place, or you will be at the mercy of this prima dona and his special " mood for the day. " I traveled 12 hours from New York to Virginia - were was that southern hospitality everybody talks about ? It is NOT here, gratefully there were other great places instead.

  • Visited August 2012
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3 Thank Dee F
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