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Terrapin Restaurant
Terrapin Restaurant
  • Address:
    3102 Holly Rd Suite 514
    Virginia Beach, VA 23451
    Virginia Beach
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $31 to $50

Terrapin Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://terrapinvirginiabeach.com/default.aspx
  • Phone: (757) 321-6688
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm,
    Friday and Saturday 5:00 - 10:00pm,
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, French, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Rodney Einhorn
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 32nd Street & Holly Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Terrapin Restaurant
Located in the north end of Virginia Beach, just a short walk from the community's famous boardwalk, Terrapin offers an intimate dining experience showcasing Chef Rodney Einhorn's award-winning contemporary American Cuisine and creative use of seasonal farm to fork ingredients.

Terrapin's recently renovated, warm, elegant dining room seats 50 guests. A striking Zebra Wood bar with overhead floating laterns and a view of the action in the open kitchen seats 12. Comfortable outdoor dining on Terrapin's charming Terrace is available seasonally.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "My husband and I had a great meal. We were impressed by the friendly staff and helpful waiter. Nice tasting menu featuring local farm produce. Their duck entree was one of the best duck breasts I've ever had...large portion too. Don't miss the desserts! We cannot wait to come back!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The good was tasty and fresh, and the service was wonderful."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We choose this restaurant based on its Open Table review and we weren't disappointed. We had the Tasting Sample menu with wine pairings and loved everything presented. Eating here would be one of the main reasons we would return to Viginia Beach."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Went to terrapin a year ago and was blown away by both food and service, returned recently and the food was still excellent but service has noticeably slipped. I had my kids this time, 9 and 11, did not get the attention that was expected from a restaurant of this caliber."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We visited for our anniversary and they went out of their way to print a menu that said "Happy Anniversary" to us and we got well wishes at every turn. We did the four course tasting menu. The beet salad as well as the kale salad were both very good. Skip the truffle pasta, but definitely get the Gnudi which was the highlight of the food. We both branded out for our entree and got dishes that we wouldn't normally order. That being said I would skip the lobster pasta, but the scallops were excellent. For dessert the lemon zen was great, and the chocolate dish was good. Beer selection left a little to be desired. Overall a great experience."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This was a first class dining experience. Each course was better than the last. We had also brought our 6 year old daughter with us and although it doesn't seem like they cater to children, she had a great time, tried all the food and enjoyed it. I suggest the tasting menu...lots of choices...you'll love it."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We celebrated our first wedding anniversary here, and loved the locally-sourced food, wines, and attentive service. We opted for the tasting menu with wine pairings, and thoroughly enjoyed Chris' recommendations. Our only (small) quibble was having a rather loud couple seated right next to us, when there were several empty tables in the restaurant on that Sunday night. Maybe they were reserved by no-shows... We will come back next time we stay in the area."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "My wife and I dine at Terrapin for special occasions; last time was several years ago for our anniversary. This dinner was for our anniversary as well. Wonderful service. Attention to detail that one rarely sees these days. Food is delicious and unique as are the cocktails. Consistent quality over time, which again one rarely sees these days. Really can't recommend Terrapin enough for special occasions."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The service was very good, the waiter was knowledgeable and he gave us good attention. We had the charcuterie/cheese board and oysters and those we enjoyed, so I rated the food good but not more. The entrees disappointed us. My date had the bouillabaise which came with hardly any liquid, it was basically a bowl of mussels, with 1 clam and 1 shrimp. There was a piece of toast on the side, but no broth to go with it. I had the salmon, which was dry and hard on top, as though it had been sitting around for awhile. As for the ambiance, we were seated along a bench with other tables for two. The tables were so close together that the waiter's backside bumped my arm when the adjacent tables were served....and was not a view that I enjoyed."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I have been to many 4 and 5 star restaurants and I have to say I wasn't as happy with this restaurant as I would have liked. It was very cold in the restaurant which made the dining experience uncomfortable. There were other tables around me where you could visibly see the guests were cold as well. The service was great. Wonderful nice and inviting staff. The mixed drinks were excellent. The food was good but was not blown away. There was a wait in between the courses. I would give this place another try cause the food was good and the decor was wonderful."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Being a foodie and professional cook, I will be the first to admit that I am hard to please, and I can honestly say that everything about our recent dinner at Terrapin was outstanding. Our server was friendly and extremely knowledgeable, without being intrusive. Every course was delicious and the presentation was lovely. I would highly reccomend a visit to Terrapin."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We sampled lots of things on the menu, and nothing disappointed. Server was knowledgeable, personable and on time. Great place to enjoy a night out."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We tried Terrapin for the first time last week and fell in love with the menu and fresh choices. The service was outstanding as well"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "From the moment we walked I to the door until we left - everything was great. The atmosphere, the staff and the food was out if this world."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Tasting menu was very good, but except for desert, meager portions. Very good wine pairings. Much too loud for an intimate spot, maybe because of the bar association meeting. Lawyers are not especially modest talkers."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Perfect, elegant evening. Everything was fresh and delish! Service was excellent and thoughtful. Went for our anniversary and they made sure it was a wonderful night! Would recommend to anyone!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Amazing customer service, fantastic food, delicious wine... A great night had by all"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We went here for our anniversary. Great food and service with a personal touch. We did not want for anything. Wait staff checked on us without hovering. Serving sizes not huge but we liked this aspect, we were able to enjoy and appreciate each course and were more than satisfied by the end of the meal. We were not rushed, the leisurely pace suited our mood and our celebration. Overall a great experience and we will be back. Highly recommend Terrapin!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My husband and I went to the Terrapin for our anniversary and they always make a special occasion even more special. The Terrapin has an attention to detail you don't see often in a lot of businesses these days. Very good communication with confirmation of the reservation. The food is amazing. I had the beef tenderloin which is very tender with excellent flavor. My husband had the lobster pasta which was just as good. The desserts are just as amazing and you really should save room for it-you'll be glad you did! There was a fairly loud group of people at a table nearby but no big deal, overall the noise level is quiet. I would rate the experience as excellent and would go back any day!!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "It was the first time dining there for both myself and my companion. Everything was top notch from entering the restaurant to service to food. Brian at the door was warm and friendly. We were worried because one of us was not dressed right, but they never made us feel uncomfortable. The food was the best I have had anywhere in Virginia Beach, and I can't wait to go back and try all new things! We did the four course tasting menu, and they knocked it out of the park."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "My wife and I came here for our 1 year relationship anniversary & my 30th birthday. The ambiance, food & service where all amazing and perfect. The bathrooms where clean & swanky & the open kitchen plan was perfect. Our waiter Michael was very very good! He was friendly & super helpful. The manager with his awesome bow tie seem to run his team very well. My first time to Virgina Beach, & this will now be a regular visit. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We visit Virginia Beach every year and Terrapin is now becoming our go to spot. Attention to every detail. Stephan was great, always making us feel very comfortable. Thanks again for a great evening !"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "What a wonderful experience! We went for our 1 year wedding anniversary and saw that the restaurant had special menus printed off just for us congratulating us on our anniversary. The food was amazing. We decided to treat ourselves to the 4 course tasting menu with wine parings. A lot of restaurants have wines preselected to match the items, but the waiter gave us a few wine choices per course and let us choose which one we wanted. My husband and I chose different items for each course and all were outstanding. Can't afford to go there often, but would definitely go back for another special occasion!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Terrapin was recommended to us by a waiter at another restaurant in town (where we enjoyed two great dinners). It was everything he suggested it would be and more."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Pricey, but the food is great. Small portions. Great wine list. Would prefer classical music in the background instead of what they had."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "This is a nice restaurant, but it is too expensive. It's going to be considered as a special occasion spot only with these prices."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "I was in VA beach for a wedding, and also celebrating a friend's birthday. This restaurant name kept popping up in 'best of' lists. It was totally true. From the greeting to the end of the evening, it was a wonderful experience. The food was superb…service excellent, and best of all - the restaurant did a custom 'happy birthday' greeting on my friend's menu… what a lovely touch. I only wish I lived closer to go again!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "From start to finish: overall excellence! Remarkable service, wine expertise, fresh food and delishhh desserts!!! Must go!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Ate there for an anniversary dinner. The service was great and the food was really delicious. The mussels, truffle mac and cheese, the filet and the rockfish were all spectacular. Will definitely go back. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I have eaten at some nice place, but this one tops them all. RECOMEND to anyone. Great staff and great food!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "We greatly enjoyed the evening. Portions were just right--service was outstanding."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "A very nice, relaxed experience. I ordered two specialty cocktails at $13 and $12. We had the Prix Fixx menu. All the food was delicious. My entree had two scallops with a very nice truffle mushroom sauce. When the manager asked if we were satisfied, I said I was somewhat shocked at paying $24 for two scallops. I expected 6, or at least 4. He apologized and left. Shortly thereafter he returned, said he understood my surprise and comped my two drinks. So, good for the manager, bad for the scallops. I mean, com'on, what does a scallop cost? I wouldn't be surprised if there weren't more in the future. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "From the moment we walked through the door we felt cared for. Our waiter, Micheal, gave us menus, which had happy anniversary to us printed on them, then gave us time to look them over. Upon his return he explained the many dinner options. We chose the four course food and wine pairing menu, but ask Micheal if he would make the course selections. He was trilled and we were excited with anticipation of what we would be served. Course after course was beautifully presented, deliciously prepared and complimentary to the next course. Each wine tasted amazing and enhanced the food perfectly. We had high expectations for this restaurant that had receive the coveted James Beard award and we were not disappointed. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Then this is your place! Every dish has mushrooms in it. I'm not a fan of fungii, so it's doubtful I will return."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "My husband and I went for our 1st Anniversary and it was perfection. We did the four course dinner with wine pairing and it was such a treat! The service was impeccable. We left so full :) Great choice for a special occasion."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Outstanding food and very friendly service. Individual dishes are moderately portioned but the tasting menu all together provides a very full and delicious meal. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The food is wonderful. The only thing missing was dining on the patio. A new patio should be ready by June."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My wife and I just moved to Virginia Beach and had out first anniversary dinner at Terrapin and it was great! The service was too notch and the good was excellent. We opted for the four course food and pairing, which offered a unique experience and allowed us to try many different parts to an exquisite menu! Thank you to yes staff at Terrapin for such a great time in a new city!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I don't have to ponder for very long to know what to say about TERRAPIN. This restaurant is simply the best that Hampton Roads has to offer. This was the first time my wife and I dined at the TERRAPIN. It was a special occasion as we celebrated our 49th wedding anniversary. The decor of the dining room was well appointed and the atmosphere was cozy and inviting. Without a doubt, the service throughout the meal was first rate. Our waiter, Joshua C., masterfully guided us through the wine list and dinner menu. He along with the delicious cuisine made our experience at Terrapin unforgettable. We will definitely return often to the TERRAPIN. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "This was our 2nd time to Terrapin. The food was absolutely amazing. The now offer an option to get smaller portions for a lower price which is nice if you want to also try their amazing soup, salads, or appetizers. The wine list is extensive and its on an ipad for you to review."
    Dined on 4/26/2014