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Terrapin Restaurant
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Ranked #30 of 1,453 Restaurants in Virginia Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 32nd Street & Holly Road
Reviewed February 25, 2013

The tasting menu is superb! All four of us were delighted. The bar is lovely and nicely separated from the dining area. This buffers the noise level perfectly for dining. The heritage beet salad was beautifully colorful and retained the exact slight amount of crunch. We split this salad and the presentation and serving was stellar. we were stuff but the single scoop of ice cream offered the delicious economy of calories and price- (great deal for there dollars the blood orange and the chocolate (best) were divine.

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Reviewed February 24, 2013

Been wanting to go here for years, and it didn't disappoint. Service was terrific even down to black or white napkin depending on your clothing color - much appreciated with black pants. Had the 4 course menu (3 of us, and each ordered different items). We all LOVED the mushroom short stake, even though my daughter doesn't like mushrooms. Scallops and grouper also great.
Highly recommend!!

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Thank Dana B
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

Portions were meager but very well presented. It was very hard to get the taste of the wonderfully described dishes due to miniscule portions. The waitstaff was excellent and the outragious cost might be due to their contant presence.

4  Thank FBryant
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

There's certainly a reason, after over six years of being on the top of the heap of fine dining spots in Va Beach, that Chef Rodney Einhorn was invited last year to take his kitchen team to cook at the James Beard House in NYC. Even though you'll find him these days more often directing traffic and order flow in the kitchen, rather than himself being at the cutting board or on the stove, there's no doubt that Chef Rodney still runs this restaurant, both front end and back end, with the same excellence and attention to detail that first got everyone's attention back in 2006.

And we're never disappointed in Chef's usual superb choices of food ingredients from as many local sustainable farms as he can find, and his wonderful ability to combine these ingredients in exciting and unexpected ways to generate all kinds of "...I would never have thought of that" culinary treats. But, at this visit during Restaurant Week, we were especially struck by the quality and depth of experience and knowledge of the restaurant team that Chef has built over the years. We arrived a little late for our Sunday reservation, but were quickly seated by our host and warmly greeted by our server Erin, a four-year Terrapin veteran (and substitute teacher). Menus delivered, cocktail orders quickly taken and delivered, and we're off to review the menu and wine offerings, with Erin as our guide. Although the Restaurant Week menu is interesting, the always-available 4-course tasting menu is our usual choice, and tonight's choices are as luscious as ever. But the wine list had changed a bit since we were last here, and, since we were looking for a nice white to go with our food, we were surprised and pleased to spot a mid-range Alsatian Riesling --- the only one I have ever seen on a Tidewater wine list. The bottle's list price was reasonable, but, hold on --- it's Sunday Night 25% Wine Discount Night, on top of the reasonable list price! So we make our choices, finish or cocktails, and Erin's service starts right on cue, with perfect timing and spacing between the various dishes, and perfect attention to the wine. But, again, hold on --- it's not only Erin that's helping us at our table. It's also several other members of the waitstaff (each with their own tables to manage), plus our host who initially seated us, plus even Chef Rodney himself, delivering my wife's wonderful risotto from the kitchen. In addition to Erin, we probably visited with --- and conversed with - these visits didn't just include plates being dropped off, and people disappearing --- three different servers, plus our host (again), plus Chef. And, towards the end of our 2+ hour visit and another wonderful meal, it occurred to us that Terrapin's team is a very, very good team, and is really unrivaled in our Tidewater restaurant experiences. To say that everyone on the floor at Terrapin has each other's back is a gross understatement: while we did feel that Erin was our primary caregiver, it was clear that every other restaurant employee had at least a little bit of their eyes on us, wanting to make sure we were well cared for and were enjoying our visit. And, with that level of attention, on top of the evening's wonderful food and wine choices, we couldn't help but feel just a little bit special.

We often compare our own restaurant experiences to a very special visit at a small French restaurant in Quebec City a number of years ago, where our dinner stay ran 3+ hours, and we also were assisted by multiple servers and kitchen staff. Terrapin's staff brought back fond memories of that experience, but maybe without the French sophistication and reserve we enjoyed in Quebec. And I can guarantee that you'll not find this level of service anywhere else in Tidewater. So it's still true that, when you're looking for fine dining in HR, Terrapin is still the best choice in town.

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Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

We had an extraordinary meal. The service was unassuming but flawless, prompt and attentive. Remarkable attention to detail, such as matching napkin color to outfits. All of the dishes we ordered were well executed, but some were superb. The perfect tasting menu would have been the cauliflower soup (simple, rich, and tasty), the mushroom stack (umami heaven!), the scallops (perfectly seared), and the chocolate pudding (finally, serious chocolate in a pudding!). Could have skipped the truffle Mac & Cheese (too much sharp cheddar). We were well cared for and allowed to enjoy at our own pace. I loved it.

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