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“Atmosphere is great”
Review of Catch 31

Catch 31
Ranked #11 of 1,431 Restaurants in Virginia Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $31
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Buffet, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
Description: For avid diners who are visiting Virginia Beach or live within 20 miles of the VB Oceanfront and are looking for the premier dining location, Catch 31 with unique oceanfront dining vignettes and located on the most recognized and valuable real estate in Virginia Beach offers the largest selection of fresh fish and seafood delivered in contemporary style and with high energy.
Springfield, Massachusetts
2 reviews
“Atmosphere is great”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

i cant say enough about this place catch 31 is top notch from the service to the food to the atmosphere. the prices can be a bit high but it is well worth the price. The food is excellent from the steaks to the sea food and if its a little bit cool outside you can sit around the fire pits and have a good time. the managemnet seems to be on top of things as well the manger came over to our table several times to check on us. i will definately be going back to catch 31 i cant wait.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank jeff h
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Jay E, Director of Food & Beverage at Catch 31, responded to this review, October 5, 2013
Thank you for the great five star review of Catch 31. I’m grateful that we were able to provide you the value in your experience and that you state you’ll be back again. I couldn’t ask for anything more. Best wishes and we’ll see you soon.
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Potomac Falls, Virginia
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fantastic Food & Service”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

A trip to Virginia beach for a birthday celebration capped off with a wonderful dinner at Catch 31 Seafood restaurant. Atmosphere is a modern but cozy sea themed restaurant with comfortable seating. The menu is an eclectic mix of fish & steaks. The bread basket is brought to the table warm and a mixture of herb rolls and small baguettes featuring a sweetened soft herb butter spread to enhance the nice warm crusty bread.

I started with the "steamed kettle" section featuring mussels in a fresh tomato and fennel sauce with slices of spicy sausages. There were other selections including steamed clams which were probably as delish as the mussels. A nice large portion (although, the sausage was too spicy for my taste but anyone who loves spicy foods would have devoured the entire bowl) of plump mussels served with toasted garlic bread points. A side of linguine would have been a wonderful addition to absorb the wonderful flavors of the tomato sauce. My husband ordered the chicken potstickers which he thoroughly enjoyed (4 per order).

I also ordered the Flatiron steak which came as four large pieces cooked to perfection (medium rare) and so tender you almost didn't need a knife to slice through the meat. Melted in your mouth. Served over garlicky mashed potatoes with several (not 2 skinny spears) tender large asparagus spears. Unfortunately, with having the mussels, I couldn't finish but really enjoyed that steak! My husband had the salmon on plank which was a very generous portion and cooked perfectly. He had the roasted vegetables which in some restaurants would have been a portion to be shared.

No room for dessert but the menu was enticing but we just couldn't eat another morsel and opted for regular coffee instead. For a restaurant of this caliber and price, we thought portions would have been compromised for presentation and "foo foo" adornments on the food but we not only got the presentation & adornments, but sizeable portions as well.

The next morning we had the breakfast buffet (we were guests at the Hilton where the restaurant is located). Nothing special but self serve scrambled eggs (a bit cool and overcooked), bacon, sausage, country style roasted potatoes (cool), biscuits with sausage gravy (not our thing), French toast, cold cut & cheese platter, some fruit, yogurt parfait, grits & oatmeal. A small selection of muffins, breads & plain bagels available as well as a toaster if you wanted them warmed or toasted. However, later that afternoon after a relaxing day spent at the beach, we headed to the outside patio for some ice teas and a light bite for lunch. Great patio with gas pit tables (you can feel the heat from other tables). The staff at Catch 31 are friendly and pleasing. We each ordered soup - mine was the Bookbinder's chowder which was similar to Manhattan clam chowder with the addition of shrimp, scallops & fish. My husband enjoyed the very creamy, buttery chock full of clams and potato New England style clam chowder. That bowl was full of tender fresh clams - almost stew like. The lunch menu has a great assortment of pizzas, burgers, appetizers all large enough to share and not really expensive for the quality and quantity you are getting.

Upon our next visit to Virginia Beach, Catch 31 will be on our priority list of restaurants to enjoy a wonderful meal.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank 897terriw
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Jay E, Director of Food & Beverage at Catch 31, responded to this review, October 5, 2013
Thank you so much for your wonderful and comprehensive review of Catch 31. You pay us the highest compliment when you let us know you’ll be back again. You can be sure that I will be sharing your thoughts with my entire hospitality and culinary teams. Thanks again and I look forward to your next visit.
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Baltimore, Washington
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great Pasta”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

We were able to sit outside near the fireplace!! Great atmosphere!!! Food was great! Nice wine selection!!!

Visited September 2013
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Thank Ophelia99
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Williamsburg, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
557 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
“Slow service, so-so food”
Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

This boardwalk restaurant is attractive, although on the day we visited, our beach view was blocked by several large tents. We had lunch on a Wednesday, and there were many empty tables. In spite of that, we waited a long time for our food. The burgers were just average, served with shredded lettuce, a tomato slice, and a scrawny pickle on the side. The coleslaw was disappointing. The dressing was good, but the cabbage was swimming in it. The talapia special was decent, if not inspired, and the vegetables were well cooked. One bright spot was our waitress, Chelsea, who was knowledgeable and friendly and did her best to make our meal pleasant.

Visited October 2013
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Thank Crcb
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Jay E, Director of Food & Beverage at Catch 31, responded to this review, October 5, 2013
I do apologize that your recent dining experience at Catch 31 was less than we are capable of. It’s always disappointing when we don’t live up to our standards and I do hope you give us another opportunity to show you that we deserve your patronage. On the positive side I’m glad the service that Chelsea provided helped to make your visit just a bit better. Best wishes.
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Buford, Georgia
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great restaurant!”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

Been here twice when visiting the area and love the atmosphere! Very classy. The environment is conducive to business, casual, or romance. The outdoor patio comes equipped with a couple of fire pit tables. Awesome feature! Staff has been nothing short of friendly and helpful. Good drinks. Good food! Well-worth the money spent, especially for the view that you get: the boardwalk and ocean!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank fitQueenbeast
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Jay E, Director of Food & Beverage at Catch 31, responded to this review, October 5, 2013
Thank you for choosing to come back to Catch 31 while visiting Virginia Beach. I couldn’t agree more that our restaurant is great for a wide variety of needs, business to romantic getaway. We are on the 50 yard line of activity on the beach and the best place to be. We look forward to your next visit.
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