Staying in a Newtown Road hotel, I didn't have time to go all the way to Norfolk or the beach for seafood. Even for a quick dinner, I was pretty sure I could find a decent non-chain choice without driving far. With those criteria, the Web reviews led me to Surf Rider West.
If you're looking for ambience, upscale dining, or pampering from the staff, go somewhere else. But if you're in the mood for simple, good seafood and efficient service, you might want to give Surf Rider West a try. Prices were a tad high-- $5.15 for a CUP of Hatteras clam chowder, for example (but it was good). The "crab cake" was actually a ceramic dish of crab (spread out and served in a dish to keep it hot longer, the server explained), which was fine with me; I wasn't feeling a need for a patty shape. It was mostly crab meat, without much binder (little extra to mask the crab flavor; so much the better). Not much added seasoning, which, again, was fine with me, but some might prefer more built-in zip, without resorting to the butter, tartar sauce or cocktail sauce containers alongside. The side dishes were undistinguished-- a good-sized but very simple salad (lettuce, croutons, grape tomatoes), and corn almost certainly from a can. (I also asked about the collard greens and the server acknowledged that they are nothing special.) A couple of small-ish hushpuppies also adorned the plate.
I can't comment on other offerings on the menu, but there was a variety of fresh fish, clams and oysters on the specials board to supplement the fixed menu.
Bottom line: this place definitely is nothing fancy outwardly (though it generally seemed well kept for its age), and there may be better choices if you want to look a little farther, but I would gladly go back for the seafood when I'm nearby. For my needs and taste on this particular night, I was glad I picked Surf Rider West over the big national chain restaurant next door.