Waterman’s Surfside Grille
Waterman's Surfside Grille, family owed and operated since 1981, specializes in steaks, ribs and the freshest seafood available. Our oceanfront dining room features stadium seating for the best possible view of the Atlantic. An outdoor bar and large patio dining space is situated right on the boardwalk to enjoy the sights and sounds of Virginia Beach. Waterman's private event space on the second floor, called 'The Attic' is the perfect location for rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, corporate events and the like.
Waterman’s Surfside Grille
We walked here from our stay at Best Western Sandcastle Inn. We were told the wait was between an hour and hour and half, at 9:30pm, but their estimates were way off, as we were seated within 30 minutes. They ask for your phone number to send you a text message with Yelp. Very cool. While most restaurants give you a pager to let you know when your table is ready, they provide you updates in real time of how many are left in front of you.
So by the time we walked to the end of the boardwalk and back, our table was ready.
Dishes rather pricey (between $20-$35 per entree), so I ordered the Ginger/Soy Salmon with the sauce on the side. My party also ordered the sampler. The restaurant sources their fish and seafood locally, perhaps that's why it's more money, but also the fact that you are right on the ocean! The oceanfront bike trail and boardwalk are right outside your open windows from your table.
Included on property is a gift shop and indoor bar/restaurant with D.J. (we were there on a Friday night). I saw that they also have rental space for bridal parties.
Overall an amazing experience. First off free Valet Parking. They work off tips and took care of the car and where quick when we needed it. The atmosphere is great, with amazing views of the beach. On the day I went the air show was going on and planes flew just above the restaurant and did a loop. It was crazy. Then we had Chad as our waiter and he provided the best service I’ve ever had at any restaurant. He knew the menu inside and out and provided great options. The dish I got was a combination of two different entrees that happens to be his favorite. He had a great sense of humor and was very interactive and attentive, without being overbearing. The crushes were great and so were the margaritas. We also got to keep the little cups as souvenirs. Will go back when I return to Virginia Beach.
Pros: Nice portion of kids pasta. Crab dip was good. Hamburger was good. Ribs were good... dry rub and not too saucy. Nice view of the ocean. Our waiter was extremely personable. We enjoyed his service most of all!
A few tweaks and it’d be a 5, such as homemade fried chicken tenders instead of frozen. Scallops were cold as if they’d been sitting for too long before served. Maybe a bit pricey but expected given the location.
My friend and I visited this place for the first time. My first time in Virginia Beach also. I was very impressed with the knowledge of the waitress and the staff. Very friendly and professional. Everyone working there was very nice! The food and drinks were outstanding. The restaurant itself has a very nice look and ocean views. Very classy looking. If you don't visit this place when you go to Virginia Beach, you're doing yourself a huge disservice. I will definitely go there again!!!
My husband and I were given lots of recommendations for our anniversary dinner by many of the locals from the area, but we decided to go the route of looking at the reviews online and making our decision from there. The reviews that were posted were great so we decided to take a chance and they did not steer us wrong...from the time we pulled up to the restaurant and were welcomed by the friendly valet service (no charge, so please tip them), to the hostesses who greeted us with a warm friendly smile at the front door and who seated us at a wonderful booth overlooking the oceanfront, to the great waiter Chris who gave us the white glove treatment. The meal suggestions were great and when our food arrived, we did not get disappointed at all. I'm a big seafood lover from MD and my meal did not fail to wow me at all with so much flavor and wonderful preparation. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his surf n' turf, his steak was cooked exactly as he requested. The staff was friendly and courteous and the ambiance was fantastic! When we travel back to Virginia Beach, we most certainly will dine here again...no special occasion needed, just to enjoy a wonderful evening of dining out.