Rockafeller's Restaurant
Rockafeller's Restaurant

Rockafeller's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rockafellers.com/
  • Phone: 757-422-5654x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Mel Claiborne
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: At Rockafeller's, we're all about serving up the local flavor. Bring your appetite and the whole gang to our little slice of heaven at the end of Mediterranean Ave and Winston-Salem Avenue (5th Street), just minutes from the oceanfront. Corporate and office parties, family get togethers, and customer appreciation..no matter what the occasion, Rockafeller's banquet services let you shine while your guests dine! We can accommodate groups from 9-90 with private banquet facilities available upstairs!
  • Private Party Contact: Brian Sutton 757-422-5654x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Winston Salem Ave
  • Public Transit: Catch the Wave to Rockafeller's on Virginia Beach's hybrid electric trolleys! Trolley stops are available up and down the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Simply take the trolley to the 5th Street stop, then you will have a short and pleasant walk down Winston Salem Avenue (note it is the same as 5th St.). This deadends into Rockafeller's parking lot.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Rockafeller's offers ease of parking via full time complimentary valets in season (May-September) as well as peak days off season. Free self parking is available all other days. Rockafeller's is easily accessible from the oceanfront and pedestrian/bike traffic is always welcome and just a short walk/ride from the Virginia Beach oceanfront.
A word from Rockafeller's Restaurant
When visiting Rockafeller's, one of Virginia Beach's landmark seafood restaurants located on Rudee Inlet, customers can expect a casual atmosphere and a menu with endless options, featuring fresh local seafood, steaks, pasta, sandwiches, Sunday Brunch, three course early bird specials and more! Our chalkboard specials will provide you with the freshest fish and seafood offerings available in Virginia Beach. Don't forget that Rockafeller's award winning homemade desserts offer the perfect way to finish off your dining experience . While there they can also feel good knowing that by supporting Rockafeller's they are also supporting one of the first Virginia Green restaurants. Large parties are always welcome with private banquet facilities which can accommodate groups from 9 to 90. Please visit our website, www.rockafellers.com to see a complete edition of what we have. Rockafeller's is committed to great service, freshly prepared food and environmental excellence.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Rockafeller's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (38)good for groups (28)kid-friendly (22)great for outdoor dining (18)special occasion (15)neighborhood gem (13)fit for foodies (13)great for lunch (10)great for brunch (7)hot spot (6)romantic (3)notable wine list (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • What a GREAT Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I booked a party for 20 on my husband 39th Birthday. I must say it was an awesome experience. The server “Andrew” was great and friendly. Took everyone’s orders and his food recommendations were great for us first timers. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Nice For a Group
    disappointed
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a group of 15 and everything was very nice! Our waiter was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • hard to say
    mommy2go
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The last few times I have been here I have had a won.useful time and loved the food. I went there the other day for my birthday and it was ok the food wasn't very good and our waiter took a long time to get our drinks. I will most likely go again but on a not so busy night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than ever!
    MySandyFeetVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    As a previous local of Va Beach, I booked a reservation at Rockafeller's to celebrate my Mom's 80th birthday hoping it was still as good as I remembered. It IS! Everyone in our group of 8 thoroughly enjoyed their meals, and our server, Nathan, was so great and patient with all of us. Great job to one and all for helping make my Mom's birthday memorable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always great!
    Andrea
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Rockafeller's is a place my hubby and I frequented when we lived in VB, so we couldn't wait to go there again when we were in town last weekend. The server was quick with the kids' menus and drinks, and was back in a flash to take our order. I usually would get the Crab Norfolk, which is faaaabulous, but I decided to get something different this time (hubby stuck with the Crab Norfolk). I got the stuffed flounder, which I have to say was kind of tough, but the stuffing was yummy. As usual, the cornbread was terrific, the salads were fresh, and the veggies and potatoes were also great. All in all, a good experience again, but next time, I think I'll just stick with what I know.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really great food!
    Luvgoodseafood
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We actually ate there twice within a few days. The food was wonderful especially the desserts!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome dining experience
    Lulu
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I would recommend this place for any occasion. Our experience with a wedding dinner was absolutely the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Susiestomach
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We always think of rockefellers when we have company visiting from out of town. We are always happy with their super fresh selection of seafood, great service, and a great view of the water. We had my son's and daughter in law's rehearsal dinner at Rockefeller's and everyone from out of town have mace it their favorite place to go when here. Wish they would open one on the bay!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • nice place
    papa
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    excellent service, good food, my teenage granddaughters loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Friendly
    Beachcomber
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Great with the kids. Friendly with smiles. Food good prompt service
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dinner in VA Beach
    Bear
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We showed up on a busy Friday night in August but had a short wait, great table, excellent steamed shrinp as an app, and a splendid dinner. My blackened tuna steak was among the best I have ever taste. One in our party has celiac and the staff went out of their way to ensure a gluten free meal was served. They also provide killer cornbread before dinner, which was great except for the guy with celiac. Bigf thumbs up to Rockefellers. We will return next year
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great Food
    Laura
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We ate here twice while on vacation. Everyone loved their dinner. Unfortunately the seating arrangements left a less than desirable atomosphere for our group do enjoy our dining experience. We were jammed in and one person stuck at a very far end of a table to by herself and was not able to converse due to the noise level. The purpose was to clearly jam more tables in while leaving room for service staff to squeeze in between tables. Our waiter seemed overwhelmed and forgot about our drinks twice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We are from richmond. Even my husband, who does process improvement And really struggles with the restaurant industry was impressed! Food was excellent. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On vacation
    copper
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    It had a nice view. Didn't care for selection on vegetable. Needs baked potatoes. Shrimp excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night!
    Van24
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Arranged a dinner for 9, including 3 children under 3, at the last minute. They were able to accommodate us without an issue. The food was outstanding! Even our 3 little ones enjoyed their meals. The waitress was fantastic! We couldn't have been happier.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun place to have dinner
    JackieVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We enjoyed our visit very much. The place was hopping -- didn't seem to have quite enough servers, so we had a long wait for our food. The presentation of the shrimp/bacon barbecue appetizer was really unappealing; grilled shrimp shouldn't be totally black even with the sauce. Delicious corn bread; everyone enjoyed their entrees. The waitress was very, very nice, just a bit overwhelmed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great hush puppies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    There were 15 of us for the scattering at sea of my mother-in-law's ashes and Rockafeller's was the perfect place to wind down afterwards. The bloody Mary's were excellent, as were the shrimp and crab hush puppies. We all had them and loved them. Equally good were the crab cakes, and there were compliments all around about the other food. But the most worthy of compliments was the waiter who took such good care of us. It's hard waiting on a table of 15, but he handled everything with efficiency, good humor and everyone got what they ordered exactly as it was ordered, including all the "special" requests. We would certainly recommend Rockefeller's to anyone visiting Virginia Beach.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good not great
    HelpinghandVAVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Food was good not great to me. Based on other reviews I was expecting my socks knocked off but was not the case. Even with the dry aged tomahawk. I'm not saying it was bad but as cost for performance I'd try another steak house. Service was slow but very good. Just my two cents
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EatwithZIGGY
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    My friend bit on a bone that was in his Salmon...I found a long hair hanging from my fork and another one in the same piece of Key lime pie that I was eating "UGH"!!!.... Called for the Manager...he came over with a defensive in your face attitude......"So what do you want me to do???...."This happens everywhere". No apology nor any show of actually caring. He wouldn't last an hour in a New York Restaurant. This took place Sunday July 27th 2014 at approx. 5 P.M.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • waiter had wrong order
    SeafoodLover
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    we had a table of 8 and the waiter got all the orders right except one. He did confess he couldn't read his writing when it put it in? (could have come back and asked?). Unfortunately, it took a very long time to get a new entree. Most of us were finished eating by the time the correct order appeared. I really couldn't understand why it could not have been rushed. All he wanted to comp was a free dessert. No one was having dessert. The entrees were good, not great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • going downhill a little
    uvachiefVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We eat here every year for week 29 (timeshare). We've always enjoyed it. Little pricey but food was top notch and service was good. Past 2 years service has dropped considerably. Waitress disappear at times probably hung up in the kitchen. When you have small children, their patience is thin which makes mine thin as well. We enjoy it but for the price there are better options I'm Rudee's Inlet. We hope they can improve the service and we will return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • "Wonderful!"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    You can't beat the veiw. The food was fresh and hot and service is spot on. Can't wait to visit again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rudee's gem
    see7
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Great food and setting. Would definitely recommend. My only complaint is that they brought our salads at the same time as our meals and forgot our soups and hush puppies.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AlwAys great
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Great food. Good service. Nice atmosphere. Oysters rockafellars were perfect. Crab lumps Norfolk is amazing large lumps of crabmeat in butter topped with a great seasoning. Their she crab soup is the best in the area. We come here every year when vacationing in Sandbridge. Wouldn't miss it!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 391 reviews are from the Rockafeller's Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Anniversary celebration
    Teacher
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary this past Saturday at Rockafeller's in Virginia Beach. Reservation was made for eight people via Website, flowers ordered from Website and a note that champagne would be ordered. Checked confirmation by phone day before. When we arrived, the table was set and the flowers were placed on the table by maitre d. Waitress checked on us early and brought the champagne promptly at 6:00 PM as requested. Everyone in group complimented the food and service. Waitress did an excellent job especially since she had responsibility for two groups. Left full tip and will return whenever the occasion fits this restaurant. Outstanding experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food not right
    Jmac2505
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Calamari as appetizer, very chewy. All other food pretty good except my Cajun tuna. It was served well done. I asked if that was normal they said no it suppose to be medium. They gave me some sauce to moisten it up. Not pleased at all.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • meet the parents
    meettheparents1
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My husband and my parents were having dinner with my daughter and her fiancé and his family. Didn't know that it was graduation night for Virginia Beach schools. It was extremely loud and had to raise our voices to hear one another. We also were stuck at the table at the door. Had we known that it was graduation night we would have gone somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • out of wine
    karoljeanne
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    They recommended a wine... which I then okayed and then waiter came back to the table and said that they were out of it.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun Evening for Family
    cmctdc
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Had my children and grandchildren together for the weekend - 9 of us for dinner at Rockafellers. LOVED that they took reservations and we walked right in and was seated. Should mention that grandchildren are 2, 3 and 4 years old. Great server who helped them on their drink order and got adults their cocktails lickity split! Food was hot coming out; everything was delicious (mac and cheese was creamy and kids loved it!)oysters rockafeller were awesome! Had a great dinner!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mother's Day
    BMW1
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This was a wonderful place for Mothers Day. Made a reservation and did not had to wait. Will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a great time!!
    DineAHolic
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food was the great. Our server, Brandon, was great. The atmosphere was great. We loved everything about our experience and will go again soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & service
    Tark
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Mother's Day at Rockafellers was terrific and very organized. Knowledgable server that was always available for the party of 8. Will return again!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too busy for special occasions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Will not go again on a major holiday. Too busy and the food was not up to par, as I have been to restaurant before.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice, beachy location w/great food
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Been here many times. Food is always great & did not disappoint our out-of-town guests who wanted good seafood & good view. However, our waitress was bad ... Laughably bad. After checking to be sure salad would not contain cheese due to food allergy, she plopped a salad full of cheese in front of me & then complained that kitchen could not read (although she clearly never bothered to look at the salad before delivering). As noted, brought totally wrong food to several others (things nobody ordered). Also, she displayed no remorse & instead acted irritated we did not want the incorrect food she brought. Like a "mystery meal" every time she arrived! Are dinner this night, but don't miss the the Rockefellers Sunday brunch--best ever.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 11 Fat and Happy
    HungryDieterVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    A group of 11 business partners enjoyed a delicious meal at Rockafellers. Also, celebrated a 60th birthday too for one of the attendees. The Food and Services was very good. The crab Norfolk was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Be sure to get a good table
    Waterview
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We were seated in the kids area, way back in the corner of the restaurant, despite the fact that we did not have children with us and I'd requested a table with a water view when I made the reservation. The server was among the worst I've ever had. She got our drink orders wrong multiple times (bringing Pinot Noir instead of Pinot Grigiot, etc.), and was extremely slow with everything but getting us the check, which sat on our table throughout half of out mescal. However, the food was delicious, and from what little I could see from our little alcove, the restaurant looked quite nice. If I were to go back, I would be sure to get a better table, where I have to believe the better servers are working!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Took my youngest daughter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Took my youngest daughter out for a birthday dinner with family. The 7 of us had a great time! Our server, Vanessa (first week there) was exceptional...very good hire. We will be back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An average restaurant
    HistoryLoverVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    This is an average tourist restaurant. It has an extensive menu, but relies heavily on fried & pre-prepared dishes. The waiter forgot one of the entrees for our table of 5. Salads were soggy as if prepared early in the day. Oysters on the half shell were good & fresh. Flounder stuffed w/ crab was pedestrian. The restaurant was noisy & not at all relaxing. It was nearly impossible to have a conversation at our table. A family w/ children would likely find this restaurant satisfactory.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunset Dinner at Rockafeller's!
    FitnessbabeVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We dined at Rockafeller's on 14 March 2014. Pretty sunset during our din din! It was incredibly busy already for our 6:30 PM reservation. I recommend you get there early for dinner if on a Friday and I recommend the sunset timeframe, because the view is scenic. Most impressed with the oysters. The she-crab soup had too much shell in it. They serve tasty cornbread for table bread. Thank you Rockafeller's for the friendly service!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful annual stop
    Buzz
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    we come down every year for a week or two and save Thursday Night for your lobster special
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.