Virginia Beach Sea Food – Why it is special

Last Updated: Monday, September 11, 2017 by Virginia Beach

Seafood is big in Virginia Beach… no correct that…. seafood is HUGE in Virginia Beach.  There are a lot of different places to get seafood throughout the Virginia Beach region.  Some people wonder why seafood is so popular here but anyone who lives in Virginia Beach or has visited before knows it is because the fresh fish in the area is some of the best that can be found.  Fishing boats go out and come back every day with supplies of fresh fish of all types. Fresh fish markets are stocked with fish that just came out of the boat!

If there is something with fish in it that you want, you can find it in Virginia Beach.  If you want a fish sandwich, fish and chips, fish tacos, fish fillet, Mahi steak or crab you can be sure to find it at a restaurant in Virginia Beach.  Even if you just want a fillet of fish cooked to perfection with rubs or spices you can find it at the beach. Don’t even get us started on the mussels, clams and oysters.  If it comes from the ocean, you can find it here in Virginia Beach, fresh and ready to eat.

Sport fishermen and commercail fishermen leave Rudee inlet daily on the search for a great catch of the day
Sport fishermen and commercial fishermen leave Rudee inlet daily on the search for a great catch of the day


Virginia Beach is home to more seafood restaurants than you can shake a stick at.  If you want a truly unique and authentic seafood experience though you will want to go to a local restaurant.  There are many chain restaurants who have found homes in the area and while they may have good food their menus won’t be unique to the area.

Here are a few restaurants that recommends for great seafood.

  • Salacia – a high end restaurant located at the base of the 31st Street Hilton
  • Fire & Vine – A great locals restaurant that serves seafood as well as steak and a great wine menu
  • George’s Seafood Buffet – located righ on Atlantic Avenue, George’s has one of the most inexpensive Seafood Buffet’s in town.
  • Lucky Oyster Seafood Co. – If you want oysters, this is the place to go!

Catch it yourself!

If you want to make your seafood experience even more special at Virginia Beach you can catch your seafood yourself.  There are a variety of seafood charters and fishing experiences that depart from Virginia Beach that promise amazing seafood experiences.  You will get to feel what it is like to be someone who sets sea and catches various fish of all shapes and sizes. If you are experienced at fishing you can even fish at certain locations in the Virginia Beach area to cook at a rental house.

Git R Done Sports fishign leaves from Rudee inlet and you can have them take you out and catch fish all day!
Git R Done Sports Fishing Charters leaves from Rudee inlet and you can have them take you out and catch fish all day!


What it boils down to is that seafood at Virginia Beach is special because of the close ties to the fishing communities and the years that have been available to refine local seafood menus.  Fishing experiences can also make any seafood meal an experience.  To truly experience food in Virginia Beach you have to try a selection of the available seafood, as it is the food that the area is most well-known for.


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