Best Virginia Beach Restaurants

Posted Nov 23rd 2010 07:30 AMUpdated Feb 3rd 2011 01:11 AM

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Best Virginia Beach Restaurants

Some of the best eats in Virginia Beach are known to the locals by the powerful use of "word of mouth." But visitors often must resort to locals and other travelers writing online reviews to discover some of the best Virginia Beach restaurants.

AOL Travel shares a few of these restaurants with you today.

Best Virginia Beach Restaurant: Fine Dining Category

Whenever you're in the coastal city of Virginia Beach, it's difficult to leave without trying some of the famous seafood dishes of the region. Virginia blue crab, sea scallop, and farmed oysters are all common local seafood ingredients. But what is the best Virginia Beach restaurant for seafood? Both locals and travelers alike have discovered that Tautog's Restaurant ranks highly among other restaurants for its seafood dishes.

Most appetizers at Tautog's are generously sized, sufficient for two people. Both the she-crab soup and the crab nachos receive a lot of fanfare from regulars. As for entrees, most are very reasonably priced and delicious. The blackened tuna in its special Gorgonzola cheese and red onion relish simply dances on the taste buds. The savory Scallops Barca are always delicious and well presented. Tautog's features an extensive wine list, but know that many of the options are not available to purchase by the glass. While not extensive, the beer menu has enough variety for most beer fans. In all, Tautog's offers a lot of value for anyone looking for the best Virginia Beach restaurants serving seafood.

Tautog's Restaurant: 205 23rd St., Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 422-0081

Best Virginia Beach Restaurant: Moderate Category

Sakura Japanese Restaurant looks rather unassuming on the outside to most, even the locals. Yet it's not until you enter that you begin to see that there's more to the place. The well-lit, roomy seating area stands in contrast to many Japanese restaurants that make you feel trapped. Service is typically prompt and courteous, and the sushi options are abundant. And for those who don't do sushi, there's still delicious tempura and teriyaki to be had. If you're considering doing the specialty rolls, know in advance that many of them are pricey compared to other sushi restaurants. However, you're definitely getting some high-quality eats. For the budget conscious, discover their lunch specials. There are several locations, but the Oceanfront and Shore Dr. locations tend to be the most popular.

Sakura Japanese Restaurant: 3623 Pacific Ave., Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 428-2899

Best Virginia Beach Restaurant: Budget Category

For those seeing Virginia Beach on a budget, finding good eats on the cheap is a priority. We mentioned a few great options in the previously linked article, but here's one more: Citrus.

This breakfast- and lunch-only restaurant is situated just off Virginia Beach's northern Shore Drive. If the décor doesn't make you feel a little bit like home, the home cooking definitely will. Chow down on the Shore Drive breakfast special for $3.99 or walk away full and content with Citrus' hearty French toast platter. For the lunch crowd, salads and sandwiches of many varieties are all reasonably priced and made consistently well. There's even a kid's menu for those doing Virginia Beach with kids.

But it's not merely the food that pleases regulars and first-timers - the Citrus Mimosa and Bloody Mary brighten up most anyone's day. While these drinks are a touch pricey, splendid mixology and presentation justify the price.

One final note: the weekends typically draw big crowds, so be prepared for the occasional wait. But what else would you expect from one of the best Virginia Beach restaurants?

Citrus: 2265 W. Great Neck Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 227-3333

Photo by joanna8555 from Flickr


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