Swan Terrace - Founder's Inn
Tuesdays on the TerraceThis was our first visit to Swan Terrace and what drew us was the Tuesdays on the Terrace theme. The weather was spectacular, the food was very eclectic and the jazz was fun. We will definitely be back! On the buffet the night we went were bison short ribs, pork tenderloin, lemon herb chicken, mahi mahi and a large array of sides and desserts. Price was less than $25 a person, which, for the quality and quantity of food was very reasonable.6/11/2013 12:00:00 AMSunday BrunchThe food was simply outstanding wiuth a wonderful selection. Unfortunately, we went at the peak time and had to wait quite awhile for the drinks. I would go again, just probably a little later.6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing ExperienceGreat food. Awesome staff. Love this place for brunch.6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat for groupsI made the reservation online for 8 people. When we arrived, they seated us immediately at a table that had already been set up for us. The food was fantastic, 4 of us had the lobster ravioli which was spectacular. It was a great environment and I will definitely be bringing groups back again.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMPROBLEM WITH THE RESERVATIONWe made our reservation through this site and received confirmation by e-mail. The restaurant had no such reservation on the books. Since it was a weekday we were seated without any problem, great service, meal, great overall experience.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMGood Value for the areaThe food at the Swan Terrace is very good and reasonably priced. The service is very good and you get the right amount of attention from all the staff. You would be hard pressed to find a better overall value in Hampton Roads. There may be food, service, and ambiance that is a little better at some of the high end water front venues, but you will definietly pay a lot more for that too. Everything at Swan Terrace is excellent without braking the bank. We will definitely go back to Swan Terrace for most of our special ocassions.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMHidden GemThe Swan Terrace is a secret treasure found in Virginia Beach. The service is outstanding, the food is delicious, desserts are fabulous and its good healthy food. Not fatty or greasy, fine dining with plenty of selection. Its quiet, the setting is absolutely superb. After lunch you can walk the grounds that make you feel like you are on some rich country squire's estate. Well manicured lawns, gorgeous gardens, great picture spot. I have never understood why more people don't come here. I go several times a year. The food isn't cheap, but the buffet price covers everything: soup, salad, entrees, cheese, fruit, desserts and multiple selections of everything. Its clean the service is excellent, my favorite hidden gem.5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMTuesday on The Terrace is WOW !!!I always enjoy Swan Terrace but Tuesday was amazing. Fabulous view overlooking lake & garden with best Sangria I have ever tried while trio performed great jazz. It’s seasonal fare. Nice salad bar & homemade dressings. chilled fresh watermelon with mint. I enjoyed wheat pasta salad with tomatoes, basil & asparagus. Plenty to choose from, a creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup, Shrimp & Risotto Fritters with Hot Sauce, Marinated Chicken, Smoked pork & Succatash was delish, Duck sausages with caramelized Onions & Sweet Peppers, Grilled Filet with Blackberry Thyme jus? Jumbo crab cakes & then you could buy grilled lobster tails & shucked oysters to order from chef at grill. I expected nice outdoor dinner but everything was way better than expected.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMA GemThe quality of the food was outstanding so wasthe service from all the staff. My husband treated me to brunch on my Birthday, what a great choice. Plenty to satisfied every taste buds. The seafood was excellent, and I love cheese so I was in the perfect place. The desert choices were unique, and I really enjoyed the chocolate fountain. We will be back , and will recomend it to our friends. I already did.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMwonderful for special occasionsThis was the final touch to a wonderful weekend of graduation festivities.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMBirthday TreatWe went to the Swan Terrace for lunch to celebrate my birthday and my young granddaughters birthday. It was a wonderful time. We not only had a great lunch but we have memories for a lifetime for our young granddaugher. Thank you Swan Terrace5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMdelicious diningThe Swan Terrace is lovely. We had a great table in front of the fireplace and our server was attentive but not overly so. The dogwoods were blooming and the outdoor garden was beautiful.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat first impressionBeen to brunch here over a dozen times, but this was the first dinner. Food was outstanding as well as the service. We'll be back!4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous!Food was fabulous and the 3 course prix fixe was an exceptional value. Staff was friendly and attentive. Can't wait to plan a return visit.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMFine Food, Casual Atmosphere!Service was very attentive. Definitely top shelf service and food. Especially appreciated that the restaurant is "come as you are." Some patrons were dressed very casually, but the staff treated each patron as if he or she was the most important person there. Excellent food, priced well; a great date night for my wife and me!4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMSunday Brunch With FriendsThe perfect spot for an enjoyable Sunday's brunch. Be prepared to be amazed! The staff is over-the-top friendly, courteous, and knowledgeable. The food - well, where to begin - omelet bar; seafood bar with the delectable crab cakes cooked before your eyes; hot entrees such as steamship round, meatloaf, a chicken dish I can't pronounce, but can tell you was delicious; salads, veggies, waffles and pancakes; and I saved the best for last, but certainly not least, the desserts - superb - there was carrot cake, bread pudding, double chocolate chip brownies, cheesecake, parfaits, strawberry cookies, baklava, and more. The ambience was lovely with soft piano music being played.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMBrunch spot on!I am not a fan of thebuffet, but this one is done well. Probably the best I've seen in Virginia beach.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMFounder's Inn Swan TerraceTruly a very pleasant evening with great food. Very reasonable (and affordable) prices. Great service.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMAbsolute TreasureThe restaurant had a southern home feel, with hardwood floors, maple wood tables/chairs, a glowing fireplace. Our waitress was exceptional, helpful answering questions about the menu, refilling water, bringing more bread, making sure our dinners were served as soon as the chef prepared them. The crab bisque was delicious as was the mixed green salad with pecans & cranberries. The wild mushroom fettuccini & the crab cakes were excellent. There was an issue with the beef brisket, very fatty & tough. The chef & the manager said they are having problems with the brisket. They pulled it from the menu for the rest of the evening. We were given a different main course & champagne on the house. The overall experience was excellent. We will return.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat For a romantic dateTaking my girlfriend on a nice date this was a great choice! Be sure to dress up and prepare yourself to spend over $100.00 for 2 if you plan to buy a bottle of wine.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMMy husband and I got marriedMy husband and I got married at the founders inn so we knew the food was delicious. It definitely was well worth the money! However, it would have been extremely expensive had we not had a groupon for $50 off.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMQuality food and service!One of many visits but the first time we made reservations on-line. The table was ready so apparently it works!
As usual our food and the service was outstanding. The hostess noticed that she was about to seat us near a talkative group so, without being asked, moved us to another location. Our server made it a point to time our dishes as we were ready. The food was plentiful and excellent. Our water and bread was kept replenished as needed.
The only detraction was that after our meal dessert was delayed longer than usual.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AM