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Terrapin Restaurant
Terrapin Restaurant
  • Address:
    3102 Holly Rd Suite 514
    Virginia Beach, VA 23451
    Neighborhood:
    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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. A little too much background noise"
    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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "International quality in Virginia Beach. Unexpected."
    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"
    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."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "My wife and I prefer Terrapin for special occasion dinners. It's a 40+mile drive to get there but they never disappoint. Service is very attentive and friendly, the food is incomparable in this area. We will keep coming back."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This is without a doubt the best restaurant in Virginia Beach. Others come close, but they cannot reach the perfection demonstrated by the Terrapin night after night. Every bite was as good as it could be. Wait staff adds the cherry to the sundae!!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Annually the Speaking Consulting Network Executive Committee meets in Virginia Beach where founder of SCN lives. We celebrate the past year's success with a nice local dinner in a top of the line restaurant. Terrapin co owner, Rodney Eienhorn is the son of a dentist, and SCN is a group of dental speakers, consultants and authors.....so I chose it on previous reviews and the dental connection. We were all four thriled with the service of Michael, the fabulously prepared food, wine and overall evening."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The good was tasty and fresh, and the service was wonderful."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "Amazing customer service, fantastic food, delicious wine... A great night had by all"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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