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“Nice view but probably would not return”

Bubba's Seafood Restaurant
Ranked #96 of 1,590 Restaurants in Virginia Beach
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Bubba’s Seafood Restaurant is an institution on Shore Drive in Virginia Beach. Bubba’s was one of the FIRST seafood restaurants along the bay. We guarantee you the freshest seafood, delivered daily to our dock, prepared to your liking. You can relax and enjoy the best view of the Lynnhaven River, inside a rustic dining area or on a covered deck where the sounds of the birds & watermen will attract your attention.
Reviewed May 24, 2014

We were deciding between the Shellfish Company next door and Bubba's (same owners). In hindsight, I would choose the Shellfish Company since they had some great happy hour specials.

Nevertheless, the waterfront view from Bubba's was very nice, and the service was great. The food came in very large portions - two fillets of fish or two chicken breasts for a sandwich with a mountain of coleslaw on the side. The taste was pretty standard, but it was a nice, relaxed lunch. My friends also tried the crab soup, which had chunks of crab and was quite delicious. Overall, an enjoyable lunch, but I probably would not return.

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1  Thank Ashley S
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Reviewed May 20, 2014 via mobile

Although not the restaurants fault, the outside deck air smelled terrible because of all the dead fish floating past. Not an appetizing sight.
My wife who almost never complains commented to the waitress that the size of the fish in the 12 dollar fish sandwich was smaller than normal. The waitress took the sandwich to the kitchen and came back saying the kitchen told her it was the correct size. Obviously not that interested in pleasing the customer, not even repeat local customers.

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Thank rkclassic1
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Reviewed May 20, 2014

Our experience at Bubba's was very good...and it was mostly because we loved the outdoor, by the water dining. The water is so close! We sat in the corner only a couple feet from the water and with water on two sides of use.The view of the bay is so pretty as the sun set. Service was slow. The food was ok. But the outdoor experience made up for any mis-steps.

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Thank ottofueler
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Reviewed May 6, 2014

Used to be our favorite place for reasonably priced seafood, relaxed waterside dining. In the last year, regardless of day or time, service has gotten terrible and the food is starting to seem almost pre-packaged, with inconsistent quality and flavor. I don't know if there has been a management change or what, but the staff just appears confused. While waiting (forever) for a table when three were clearly open, we watched the bartender studying the tabletop menu card to try to figure out what was in the signature drinks. The kitchen is just as bad. Not only is the menu is getting tired, but we get shortchanged on something each and every visit. The last time we ordered jimmies, for example, they arrived missing half of their claws! We told the waitress that we were locals and it probably wasn't smart to try and rip us off. She showed up a few minutes later with the missing claws that had clearly been removed and saved from OUR crabs. After five years of Bubba's, we're giving up and recommend avoidance.

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1  Thank michelle h
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Reviewed April 29, 2014

When traveling in Europe, one of the adjustments that Americans need is to accept the service industry can be indifferent and uninspired. In the USA, usually this type of service is not tolerated. Restaurant owners know where their revenues come from and servers know their tips depend on good service. Unfortunately, Bubba's is living in a bubble of delusion.

My wife and I came to Bubba's after church on a Sunday. 20 minutes after arriving and sitting at our table, we flagged down a server to take our drink order. The "girl" server was sweet, but over her head or over worked. We gave our order.........and waited. The good news is we met some new friends on the patio in the same boat as us and at first it was a big joke. My wife, who's in the service industry, decided to do management a favor and let them know that the whole patio was ridiculing his place. Surprisingly, the manager wasn't interested and actually blamed the customers for the bad/slow service. When my wife shared this feeling with the patio, we were aghast.

By the way, Bubba's isn't a fine dining establishment with innovative food. Nope, poor presentation and it's fried seafood/bar food with mass produced wine offerings. So, the fact that the restaurant was so under managed and poorly organized is a mystery.

Save yourself the aggravation, the signature crab cake isn't worth it.

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3  Thank Mayoplan
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