Terrapin Restaurant
Terrapin Restaurant

Terrapin Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://terrapinvirginiabeach.com/default.aspx
  • Phone: 7573216688x
  • 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: Italian, French, Contemporary American
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Terrapin Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
122 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (89)fit for foodies (81)romantic (64)notable wine list (56)neighborhood gem (46)great for outdoor dining (30)late-night find (11)hot spot (11)good for groups (7)vibrant bar scene (4)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great food and the waiter was very helpful on the menu options.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • yum!
    lovetonom
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was delicious! Small portions but with 4 courses, still go home feeling full. I had the mac and cheese as my second course and scallops as my entree. I would have liked to switch the portion sizes on these two and have had less mac, more scallops. Service was great and waiter took note on everything we said. Great attention to detail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary done right!
    jerseygirl
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Husband/I celebrated our anniversary last week. menu had our name/anniversary printed on top -presented to us at the end, wished us happy anniversary upon arrival. We were early for res - no problem. We both had 4 course tasting with wine pairing. I had the tomato soup - delicious and richest deepest flavor - could have had a bit more in the bowl. I had the risotto next, shellfish allergy was easily accommmodated, delicious, again, would have liked a larger portion. I had the duck as main - cooked to perfection and the pot pie had great depth of flavor in the sauce and vegetables. Husband had beet salad, presented beautifully, scallops with mushrooms - perfectly prepared. One of best restaurants in town - will visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Ashley
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Went to Terrapin's for a celebration night, my parents birthdays and their 67th wedding anniversary! The whole night was special. Started with the menu's printed with their names and Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday, a nice touch. Our waiter Steven was great and so attentive to my parents, he was there when we needed something without being over bearing so we could talk and visit. The food was fabulous, from my first course of beet salad, then rissotto, and my main corse of Char. My dad had the steak and it was really tender and cooked perfectly. My mom had the scallops which she loved. Their desserts came with a candle! Wonderful, special evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delighted to have tried Terrapin
    Zhenyfehr
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    For our 1st visit to VA Beach, we scoured both the Yelp and Trip Advisor reviews looking for a GOOD restaurant away from the steak and seafood houses. Happy we tried Terrapin and definitely made our visit not only worth it but would have us returning for this and one other restaurant (Peter Chang's -- don't knock it 'til you try it)! Service here was awesome from the moment we walked in (provided us with black cloth napkins than the standard white napkins). Wine selection was provided on a tablet so you can read the descriptions and see labels -- they had my favourite sweet red wine Banyuls! And EVERY dish was sapid and just delightful! Also enjoyed the "create your own" 4-course meal!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed experience
    MsBL
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was our first visit. Several dishes were excellent, Okra, Shrimp Risotto, Tenderloin was cooked perfect. Lobster bisque was the worse we've ever encountered, Mac & Cheese was inferior. Wine was excellent, which made up for the inconsistencies. Service was top notch. We're going to try it again before we make up our minds.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Eileen
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The selections were very creative and the flavors blended beautifully. One thing I particularly liked was the option for 2 different sized portions on many items. It allowed the opportunity to taste more items or to be able to enjoy a smaller meal, depending on one's appetite. The wine list was also very nice. Overall, an excellent meal and very attentive, quiet service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restaurant that was recommended
    head
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This restaurant was recommended by a lot of folks we know.........Big disappointment ..SERVICE was great FOOD not so great.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • yijcc
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food so not worth the $$$$. Will not go back. Over price food under cooked.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LonghornVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was ok and service was fine, but pirtions were very small and prices were very high. I thought that it was not good enough to justify the cost of the food. I would not recommend it to anyone else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very good food - poor music choice
    hoya78
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food was very good. Interesting dishes, creatively prepared and served with very fresh, (locally grown or caught), ingredients. Our server Steve was excellent. He was attentive without being intrusive and he was relaxed and knowledgable about the menu. The tables in the dining room were a bit close to each other. The music was too loud and some of the music selections were a bit raucous and not conducive to conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AWESOME
    AnnandJimVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Wife Ann is a fried chicken freak --- We showed up for dinner on a Wednesday Night --- Fried Chicken was the special and Ann Loved it!!! The lobster Mac and Cheese was great as well. I had the roasted beet salad and the wonderful Scallops --- perfect evening. Great service as well ---
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenomenal as always!
    Alan
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Amazing food, impeccable service, and an overall phenomenal experience! Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist areas of the Virginia Beach oceanfront, this restaurant is a great place to eat and enjoy the company of your dining companions. Don't expect to have your food in front of you in 10 minutes and be out in 30 minutes. This is not that kind of establishment. Instead, come knowing you will enjoy great food prepared from fresh ingredients by talented chefs, being coursed so that you may take your time and have a dining experience, not just a meal. Trust your service staff for great wine recommendations to pair with your meal, and also to treat you like you are the only customers there. Terrapin's is truly a local gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome staff, and phenominal food
    Andy
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was our second time at Terrapin. The first time made us want to come back, and they did not disappoint this time around. Different selections available on the menu, and they were amazing as well. My fiancé had Tomato and Burrata, Risotto, and the Rockfish. I had the Baby Beets, Fried Green Tomato, and Beef Tenderloin. There was something special in each of these dishes to set it apart from the normal, and we found that we were ordering different things because we wanted to try more of the menu. We both had desert, and all I can say is "save some room" because their choices are amazing. They don't advertise this menu, and to be honest they don't need to. Overall, great food, and very friendly staff. We sat outside, and loved it. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gourmet Taster
    Inhuntofgreatfood
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food and service were amazing, the best we have found on Virginia Beach. My wife and I each had the tasting plate. This gave us a chance to try eight different dishes. All were wonderful! The lobster pasta and the scallops were superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eating out
    2Foodies
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Very enjoyable dinner, choices are limited to 6 selections and one special, but the two we had were done to perfection...wine selection is also limited, beats looking thru a book of 500 wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • metro1
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Food excellent. Service marginal Far below what prices dictate. Restaurant lacked warmth. As I was leaving waiter gave me a menu with my name almost as an afterthought. Wow.. Waiter seemed too busy to handle the almost empty restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Simply Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    First time customers and having read the reviews was excited to try it out. Quite simply it was one of the best meals I have ever experienced. We did the 4 course menu with wine pairings and thee wasn't a bite that wasn't fabulous. My companion nearly passed out when she tastes the fried green tomatoes. Would highly recommend to anyone without hesitation. A True gem at the beach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finally! a restaurant at the Beach
    KatieSilverSpring
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Terrapin was everything I had hoped would come to the Beach. The food, the opportunity to do a tasting, the feel of privacy at the table even those they are standard spaced, I was just deliriously happy. The beef tenderloin was remembered even as we drove back to Washington DC. But the top, the draw for me, was the availability of Lynnhaven oysters. I drove 5 hours just to have that childhood treat. Thank you for making my annual jaunt "back home" a delightful one.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food is always excellent and inventive. We always look forward to dining here when we visit Virgnia Beach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food & service bad seating!
    Hungryman29
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This restaurant was elegant and classy, definitely a nice place for a special occasion, but my wife and I came for our anniversary dinner after being recommended by a co-worker. Food and service was excellent but I hate the new seats all these restaurants are going with to accommodate more people. I wouldn't recommend it for something like an anniversary dinner bc of that...we could hear the couples next to us whole conversation making us feel like we had to whisper...would have appreciated a good booth seat or anything not like the long bench that seats 55 and the single chair across putting everybody so close, almost feeling like it was a double date or couples outing. Would like to eat out with my wife and her alone!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Review
    Anniversary
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    One of the best dinners we've ever had! It's a must for a special occasion. My husband and I went for our anniversary and really enjoyed the dinner experience with the wine pairings. The only thing I didn't care for was that it was a bit loud but I guess that is to be expected since the restaurant only accommodates 50 people inside.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Heard about this restaurant many times as being a great place to dine. I was not disappointed. Look forward to going here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Restaurant!!
    Dadour
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We wanted a NYC style restaurant in VA beach and found this place. Food was unbelievable especially the oyster dip and the duck breast, pairing of the wine to the food was such a great idea. would definitely go back. Brian Williams was awesome in the wine pairing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sophisticated food w/ great service
    jdbros80
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    4 course tasting menu offered a variety of flavored and textures. Standouts include the beet salad with yuzu, truffle pasta w/ poached duck egg and duck breast. Desserts are equally delicious but don't hit all the same notes. My peach cobbler was yummy until you reached the bottom. The texture was gummy and heavy but the chocolate Charlotte was intense and luscious. Also find it annoying that most of the first courses charge a supplement for tasting menu. Had a hard time finding something interesting for the first course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional dining
    Gourmand
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    As a first time diner, I found the experience most enjoyable. It was a treat for the palate and the service was impeccable. From the moment we were seated we knew we were in for a treat. It was one of the best anniversary diners yet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great ambiance.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Decided to visit Terrapin after my boss recommended it over Zoe's. One plus is they remembered my special request for Maid of Honor. We all loved our Charcuterie board, filled with cheeses and meats. I had the Salmon, which was a bit on the spicy side and my guests thought that there food was ok (Scallops were a bit too salty for one, and pasta a bit rubbery for the other). The white wine was excellent and our waiter never let our glasses get near empty. I only wish I had room for dessert. Overall, I thought the experience was nice, I would go again, just to try something else on the menu.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellence in VA Beach
    KarenJ
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We had the four course meal with wine pairings which was a superb dining experience in every way - food, service, timing, presentation.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing anniversary
    nikiI05
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 7 year wedding anniversary here and could not have been more pleased. We booked our table a few nights in advance and indicated that it was our anniversary. When we were seated, we were given personalized menus, making the night even more special. Our server was AMAZING. He was very helpful and friendly. He explained everything on the menu to us and made the food sound perfect. The food was incredible. My husband and I selected the 4 course option and shared, making it essentially 8 courses. Can't wait to go back!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent and Expensive.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    To begin, corn/miso soup was excellent, as was the beet salad. Entrees scallops and lobster pasta were also great. For dessert, the blueberry cobbler was delightful. Cocktails were expensive ($10.50 to $16 each.). Overall big meal for two, with drinks, appetizers, entrees, 1 dessert, 2 coffees and tip was $200. The restaurant was very busy on the Saturday night we were there so, for many, the pricing was obviously not an issue. This was a birthday event and everyone we encountered in the restaurant expressed wishes for a Happy Birthday. And a special menu was provided to the celebrant. I heartily recommend this somewhat pricey restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Very charming indeed. They pay attention to everything down to the turtle shaped butter for your bread. The four course meal is a steal at the price they ask and it makes a country boy like me proud to know that their produce is local. Their respectable wine list is as good as the iPad you get to choose from.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    BirthdayDinner
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for her birthday dinner. Terrapin called a few days ahead of the reservation to confirm and asked if there was a special occasion. I told them about Ashley's birthday. Upon arrival, the host, waiter, and custom menu all said "Happy Birthday Ashley". It was a great personal touch on top of great food and service. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls Night
    BuddingFoodie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Everyone's meal was delicious. I had scallops and although a tab salty, I excepted that as they were laid on a mushroom medley. Truffle mac was amazing and I could have ordered two of those and been happy. My girlfriends had the duck and salmon and no one had a single negative comment or leftovers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Excellent food and service. A little too much background noise
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Timers
    Bubbalicious
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    It was our first time dining at Terrapin. I had asked via open table if they could give us their best table and they called me during the day to ask if they could do anything else. They gave us an awesome table outside on a beautiful night and we had an excellent meal. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best at Virginia Beach
    Sounds2Good
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This is by far the best food at Virginia Beach. Notable attention to detail with in-house made cheeses and inclusion of locally sourced meats, seafood and vegetables. Everything from cocktails through the dessert course was excellent and impeccably served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    TomnAlicia
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I communicated with the restaurant that this was our 20th Anniversary and I would like a nice table. They had what I considered the best table in the place for us when we arrived. They had printed a special copy of their menu with "Happy Anniversary to Tom and Alicia on their 2oth Wedding Anniversary" at the top of the menu. The waiter was EXTREMELY knowledgeable of the food and the specific recommended wine to go with each course. We chose the four Course Meal with wine pairing, and I recommend this choice to others. We felt very special, and as husband I scored Major points with my wife on this restaurant choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RussianInDC
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    International quality in Virginia Beach. Unexpected.
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  • Superioreal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I rencently ate an evening meal with my wife and a close friend here on a Sunday night. We dined for two and one half hours. Our server (Shannon) provided excellent service, answered questions and guided through our courses. An extremely pleasant dining occasion. Kudos to the staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Status quo is a good thing.
    Beachboss
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Terrapin is one of our favorite, if not our most favorite, fine dining spots in Virginia Beach. The choice of local purveyors always ensures high quality and the chef's skills provide the perfect demonstration. After starters of corn gazpacho, fried green tomatoes, and panzanella, we dined on perfectly prepared scallops, lobster mac and cheese, and a tenderloin filet of beef. Execution was outstanding, although the demi-glace on the tenderloin did subdue what appeared to be an otherwise perfectly seared portion of tenderloin. Dessert did not disappoint. The chocolate charlotte presentation provided both light and dense textures as well as a range of flavors--the only suggestion would be an additional chocolate dessert other than...pudding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.