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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
  • Email: info@terrapinvirginiabeach.com
  • Phone: (757) 321-6688
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm,
    Friday and Saturday 5:30 - 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 Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "Can't believe I have lived here for 4 years and not come here!!. I have travelled and ate all over the world And this place ranks amongst the top few.. Don't miss out!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "My wife and I ate at Terrapin for our ten year anniversary. The food was terrific as was the wine. My one gripe was I felt the chilled pea soup was under seasoned for my taste. The scallop entree all but made up for that, it was perfection. My wife had the fried chicken which was the most flavorful fried chicken I've ever tasted. All and all a great dining experience."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Excellent atmosphere, service, and food. Rate this restaurant at the top for Virginia Beach. Will be back soon."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "We were given a gift certificate for Terrapin and enjoyed a lovely anniversary dinner. The food was excellent and timely. And service was awesome. Very attentive without being annoying. Wait staff was very knowledgeable about the menu. A small, intimate place. Personalized menus were a nice touch!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend here for our 1 year anniversary and it was an unforgettable experience. The food was great, the service was spectacular, and it was a very romantic atmosphere. I will certainty be back again and would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great romantic dining experience"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "This place never fails to provide excellent service by a talented and informed staff as well as an impressive menu. We return frequently and will continue to do so."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "It was my anniversary so it was already a good evening but our visit to Terrapin made it even more special. My husband and I had our first date at Terrapin so we decided to return on our anniversary. Service was superb! We were greeted but more importantly our service was personalized. When we looked through the menu, it said congratulatory wishes on our anniversary. My husband was smiling from ear to ear. The menu was diverse but had mainly seafood. I had the lamb fettucini and the lamb was very tender. I also had the Bin 32 (what my husband calls a "girly" cocktail). It had a hibiscus in it as well which made it even more feminine. Overall, the evening could not have been more perfect for us."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Rated #2 by Coastal Living and Hampton Roads magazine, Terrapin has been around a while but this was my first visit. Great wine selection (well presented on an iPad) and nice deviations from traditional restaurant menus. The rockfish was really good and complimented so well with the sauce. Fried chicken was good but not the best I've had. The mac and cheese with truffles had a very good flavor but the macaroni was a bit underdone. I love any restaurant that offers a cheeseboard as a appetizer or dessert option - here they do both. Nice choices and well presented. Mike, our server, was very friendly and accommodating. I enjoyed watching everyone work as a team to make sure the customer was satisfied. I will go back!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Selected The Terrapin because of the very positive online feedback. It was our 25th Wedding Anniversary dinner. And one of the nice touches was that our menus had a personal congratulatory greeting at the top. And were later given to take home. Not the coziest restaurant for a romantic dinner but everything else was outstanding!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Made reservations for a milestone birthday but was slightly disappointed by over all dining experience. First of all, food was good as far as presentation. The risotto was delicious with the exception of a tiny portion and too much parmesan. Our server was distant throughout the whole evening. Not once listen to our needs. Brought up that we were celebrating birthday, not once acknowledge. Bread was stale & hard. Scallops were undercooked & salty. Menu has rarely changed since last visit 2 years ago. Very small dining room,noisy and my husband's chair was bumped by servers throughout the evening.Lastly,I ordered apple fritters for dessert & was given tiny tasting portion instead of normal menu size for $ 9.00. Overall, wont be back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Terrapin never disappoints. The service is outstanding and the food is fabulous. --love the creativity in the menu!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Terrapin is by far my favorite restaurant in Virginia Beach. The food, service and ambiance are amazing, and I love that they print a keepsake menu for you for special occasions. It's a bit pricey, so we typically only go for special occasions, but they have some great deals during restaurant week and other events."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Delicious 4 Course dinner, rather pricey but so delicious. Server was menu knowledgable and she was awesome in balancing returns to the table with respect for the diners' time to enjoy their food. Ceasar salad with anchovy was delicious. The Marguez Tagliatelle is amazing. A bit noisy, but good energy."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "As always the food and drinks at Terrapin were consistently superb. The menu fits the season. A special kudo to Chris, our waiter --- he has quickly mastered the customer-oriented approach for which Terrapin is famous. We are looking forward to the new alfreasco dinning environment coming soon."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I took my husband here for his birthday, and it was wonderful! They were very accommodating when I made some personalized requests and the food was amazing! Our waitress had great recommendations and we left with very happy tummies and a great experience."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "For a premium price, we received delicious, top notch food, excellent service, and a great overall experience. Wonderful flavors, great choices, and excellent ingredients. The wait staff handled gluten allergy issues expertly, and the chef made modifications to our menu choices rather than force us into off menu selections. One of the best meals we have had in this region."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Thursday evening, my wife and I went to Terrapin to enjoy dinner. We ordered from the "March Madness" menu which provided us with some interesting choices. The food was great and the service super. Our waiter, Michael, took excellent care of us. We shall return!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "The duck was excellent, with an imaginative side. Caesar salad was different. Service was very good. Is expensive. Is fairly loud, so hard to converse."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Excellent food and attentive service. We will definitely return and recommend to our friends."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Terrapins is my favorite restaurant in the area. The service is impeccable and the food is always delicious. All the food is accompanied by the most flavorful sauces you could imagine. My favorite dish is the Truffle Mac and Cheese. The presentation of the food is always beautiful and artsy. There is not one thing I would change!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Many reviewers recommend Terrapin for a special occasion however being from NYC this is the weekly restaurant I have been seeking. This area, to me, lacks higher end restaurants offering great food so I am very pleased to have found Terrapin. Our food was well presented and delicious, our server was personable and offered some nice suggestions. Noise level was very low, we felt comfortable speaking at our table of 4. Kudos to Terrapin!!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Much thought and care is obvious in the execution of a fine meal at Terrapin. The menu is limited but very interesting and unusual reflecting attention given to the selection, preparation and serving of those items. The food is well prepared, attractively and artistically served. Portions were the right size for me, not sure if they would be large enough for someone with a larger appetite than mine. The wine list was presented via iPad (with help offered if I couldn't figure it out) providing detailed information about each type of wine, the wave of the future. Maybe next time the iPad will connect directly with the bar so that I can electronically order the wine."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Such a wonderful experience. We chose the four course experience with wine pairing, and it was excellent. The service was impeccable, the wine was all delicious. All four courses did not disappoint. We had no complaints!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Had dinner with my wife and it was a memorable occasion. Cocktail recipes are inventive, food is delicious and service attentive. A little noisy and wine corkage fee at $30 a little much but quite possibly the best restaurant in Virginia Beach and surrounding area."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Terrapin is one of the best within 100 miles of Virginia Beach. The food is always first-rate, and the service equally good. This is a great restaurant for special occasions. Well done!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We were not disappointed. The food quality is superb and the menu choices are creative and wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and will return. Thanks!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We did the tasting menu and overall the good and wine were great! We were less satisfied with the raw oysters and mussel dish. We loved the pork belly and tagliatelle. The beets and scallop dishes were average."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Always an outstanding meal at Terrapin. The tweaked menu included some different seasonal dishes. Even though the restaurant was busy the day before Valentines Day we received attentive service, and the courses were not unduly spaced out. definitely worth sampling some of the new cocktails, too!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "This was our first time dining at Terrapins. We will definitely be back. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Our favorite in all of Virginia Beach. Always a unique menu, personalized service and great taste. The small size of the restaurant makes it cozy for a birthday or anniversary. The personalized service makes you feel at home."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "I can't say enough about this restaurant, from the moment my husband and myself walked in the door, the ambiance was outstanding, the food excellent from the beet salad to the rockfish. Adam was the best, very attentive. Would defiantly recommend this restaurant for a date night or a special occasion."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Always a wonderful experience here. We had the chef's tasting menu where you pick 4 courses. I had the Caesar Salad, Pork Belly, Duck and Rabbit, and Creme Caramel. My mom had Beet Salad, Scallops ceviche, Rockfish, and Chocolate Marquise. Everything was amazing but my favorite dish was the pork belly by far. The service is also always great."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Outstanding service, spectacular food equals a memorable evening with family and friends"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The restaurant did an excellent job at making us feel very welcomed. It was my husband's birthday and they created a specialized menu with his name and added a candle to his dessert. They took our coats at the front door and our waiter was excellent. I am a vegan and I didn't see any options on the menu so the chef created a delicious risotto just for me. Overall, beautiful romantic ambience. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "This local restaurant has some of the best food in Hampton Roads. You cannot go wrong in going here."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "First time dining at the restaurant and would highly recommend it. Two of us got the founder and the other two ordered scallops. We would definitely this again. Our waiter was outstanding."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Food and service was excellent. The 4 course tasting menu's are a great choice... and the wine pairing is well worth the $ as they give you 4 different personalized wines to go with your choices. The one negative was that the bar was VERY VERY LOUD... to the point that it made it hard to communicate with my date. Had reservations for 2 at 7, so I assume it might have been part of the happy hour crowd if they have it or just a large group letting some steam out. Hopefully next time it won't be so loud and it'll be much more enjoyable."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Food presentation and flavor was exceptional and service was excellent."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "This restaurant is so good that you should make a reservation early as it fills up days and often a week ahead. Try the beet first course it's fantastic. Four course tasting menu is a great value."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Took my boyfriend there for date night and it was amazing! We did the 4 course meal with wine pairing and it was amazing. Food was delicious and our server was very helpful . We will definately be back very soon :)"
    Dined on 1/24/2014