Mermaid Winery - Virginia Beach

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
We focus on producing small lots of well-balanced wines using Virginia and California grapes. Our winemaking process can be viewed from the tasting bar where you can enjoy our creations.

You can also choose from twelve different wine flights or select a wine from our list that features 800 wines from around the world. There is also a food menu that ranges from artisanal cheese platters to sandwiches and entrees.

We look forward to pouring your next glass of wine! Cheers!
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DW
Richmond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have visited the Norfolk location on numerous occassion. Decided to try this location for "Date Night". Let me just say that he customer service from the beginning to the end was OUTSTANDING. Our waitress, Sam, she gave us the VIP treatment making us feel as if we were the only customer in her area. We will be visiting again soon. Thanks for an unforgettable evening.

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

Great food. Poor service from our server Thomas. Inattentive. Took a long time to even get our appetizer order, let alone our dinner order or dessert. Not responsive to the fact that we had our 7yr old daughter with us. We just moved to VA Beach and wanted to go out for our anniversary but didn’t have a sitter so we took her with us for a family celebration dinner. But idea for this location. Will not return. Loud, techno, unfitting music. Poor service.

KD
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met some girlfriends for lunch and enjoyed it! The grilled cheese sandwich was delicious. I had the wine flight and enjoyed 4 out of the 6 but felt it was a little pricey. Declined the glass that was supposed to be included with my sandwich and was told I would get $4 taken off of my bill but that did not happen. Besides that it was a nice experience and I will definitely return.

OT
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wine and service. Love the atmosphere and location.

AW
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our experience at Mermaid Winery. Went there while om a girls’s trip, had a blast. Service was great, wine tasting was fun, food was amazing. Love this place! Wish we lived closer. Will definitely be back.

NE
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Helpful bartender, but wine flights could be improved.

PS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Being our first time at Mermaid Winery we were pleasantly surprised and pleased with the overall experience. Our server (Alex) was top notch, and made our anniversary dinner specially memorable. Food was better than expected and the wine selection is fantastic.
The only negative comment was the reservation request to sit outside that could not be honored because of an event A call should have been made to let me know since that was the main reason we selected the winery experience. Yet everything worked out very well thanks to Alex. Will definitely return, regardless if outside seating is not available.
Recommend updating the pictures... the current ones don’t quite capture the wonderful feel of the place.

l
Richmond
195 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We dined with a friend and enjoyed the Shrimp and Grits dinner. It was a lovely evening and we enjoyed the wine that we ordered. Our server was very knowledgeable and attentive.

RT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a delightful restaurant. My wife and I often with friends have wined and dined inside. This past Saturday was the first time we dined alfresco. Wonderful experience. Easily the best restaurant on Shore Drive!

OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Four of us met for lunch. The service was outstanding and the food was good. Can't comment on the wine as we all had iced tea. It's a friendly atmosphere and a nice place for a leisurely lunch.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved our Server Jac!

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Venue was well done. Outdoor space beautiful but on a busy highway right next to a car wash. Their own Mermaid Chardonnay was wonderful as were the appetizers we selected. We would go again but would sit inside.

JM
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Out of mushrooms and oysters, but otherwise great. I surprised my gf for her birthday, and she loved it!

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Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed visiting Mermaid Winery with our friends on a Friday evening. The menu had a lot of variety and the wine selection was plentiful. The food - most temperature, portion size and presentation was somewhat disappointing because I did experience it during previous visits. So, this might have been a one-off.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was very good but service is slow. Wines were interesting and there were many choices.

JB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food and wine were wonderful. We liked the wine so much that we bought three bottles to take home with us. Service was slow - they were busy on a Saturday evening. It was very noisy - we had trouble carrying on a conversation. Ambiance is designed to appeal to a young beach crowd, not what we expected.

OT
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am from Ohio and my boyfriend and I tried this winery last year when we were in VA visiting my uncle. Everything was so good that we made it a point to stop again this year. We're also bringing back two bottles of their Chardonnay that I loved. Can't wait to be back next year!

LA
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Went with another couple who had dined at Mermaid Winery before for dinner... Was our first. The staff is wonderful! The wine steward... I think his name was Joshua was so cordial and informative. Our server, I think her name was Melissa or Michelle was OUTSTANDING!! Very sweet and attentive but not hovering. The wine was good and the food was ok... I ordered the shrimp and grits... it was like no other I've ever had. I believe it must have been black rice with squid ink sauce??? Plenty of shrimp but it was waaaaaaaay too salty for my taste. My husband and one other of our guests ordered the shrimp tacos... said they were ok but not memorable... Sorry .... WE like the restaurant and will come again ...just order something different! Thank you, Linda

OT
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Four of us met for lunch at the Mermaid Winery. It's a comfortable place for lunch, quiet enough that we could have a lovely conversation. The food choices were good and the light lunches come with a glass of wine. The grilled tuna sandwich was very good. Everyone enjoyed what they ordered. Try it!

A
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wine selection and fantastic food! Went for our anniversary and we will be back!

d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Girls luncheon

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SD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service staff is very knowledgeable. The portion sizes were huge and the food tasted amazing!

NB
Wilmington
9 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We dined on the covered patio which was delightful--fresh industrial chic. The presentation and themes of the wine flights and food offerings were wonderful and fun. Two of our meals out of 3 were outstanding; in the risotto, salt seemed to be the predominate flavor and the vegetables were a bit sparse. The curious flaw in our experience was the service. The servers were knowledgeable and personable. However, it took a long time to get one glass of wine. Also, the tables weren't bused right away. Tables with leavings from previous diners stayed that way throughout our meal, and a table beside us wasn't cleared after the diners left. This evidence of lack of attention affected my otherwise favorable opinion of this distinctive restaurant.

B
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Hard to find wine of this caliber in Virginia Beach. Bison burger was phenomenal, as well.

AE
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Our waitress was so friendly and accommodating to our daughters. The food and wine were amazing, we’ll definitely be back.

AW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Mediocre and wouldn't make a second visit. The wines and food were just ok, but over priced for what you actually got. Staff was nice and friendly, service was relatively quick but again, overall was mediocre

KS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been here several times and the experience is always top notch. Jameson is awesome!

OT
Savannah
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my mom here for Mother’s Day brunch and we had a great time with yummy food and wine!

s
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great wine selection and the wine flights are well-constricted. The service was great too.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

MP
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good food and the wine choices are exceptional.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service by Nick was fantastic. We found a great bottle of wine and it was 1/2 bottle night. My salmon was cooked as ordered and delicious. Our group shared the carrot cake for dessert. It was plenty for the three of us and was one of the best desserts I have had lately.

My only concern was that the valet attendant had pulled my car out for someone else by mistake. I found that a little disturbing but it would not stop me from valeting my car again if necessary.

EE
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow only 2000 charecters not even enough to describe how enjoyable my meal was. I grew up on a massive cattle ranch and have been all over the world and the steak i had was in my top 3 best steaks i have ever eaten. The meals presentation, texture, taste, and pairing was all amazing, fun, and enjoyable. I was very please with everything from the meal to the amazinglt helpful and friendly staff.

S
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous atmosphere, great service and the food is delicious! The bartender we had the 1st time my ginger half and I sat at the bar was extremely knowledgeable on all things wine which is exactly what you need for a winery. I can't remember his name but thinner frame, handkerchief or something of the like around his neck...great, great service! And then my family and I went for Easter, table of 5, and again, great times, service and food. We will be back!

VM
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was amazing he was very polite and understanding I would definitely come back and eat again we even bought a bottle of wine as well

AM
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience was phenomenal. We will definitely be back!

JS
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was really slow 3 hours start to finish. When blackened tuna finally arrived luke warm. Flavors great just almost cold. All dinners not served at same time (we were party of four. ) Dessert took another 20 min. Waiter said they were “dismantling carrot cake”. Delicious but we were tired of waiting

HF
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Waitress and service were excellent but the food was blah. We sampled many things and were not crazy about anything. Go for the wine & service but not the food. (Avoid the mussels. They were a mess. Fragments and splinters of shells throughout the dish. Half the mussels were not even open. Calamari was like rubber. etc.)

Mermaid Winery - Virginia Beach
Responded on April 1, 2019

Hey there, I am terribly sorry to hear that your dining experience fell short. We strive to provide the best in food, wine, and service, and it seems we have not lived up to the former in this circumstance. However, your feedback is critically useful in helping us identify ways in which we can improve the Mermaid experience; for this we are grateful! We host free tastings every Friday from 5 PM to 8 PM - As you enjoyed our wines, I invite you to join us! We hope you will give us another go!

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PM
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spent more money than for a comparable dinner in a nice restaurant by $48. The appetizers were fairly priced, but the main entrees were priced the same as the Barn Rest but about half the amount of food. Overall the service was great, Jamison was a great waiter. The appetizer, shrimp and calamari with lettuce wraps was awesome. My bride had the Grilled Cheese and I had the duck. Both were out of this world. The wine we purchased was Passidon Red that to was excellent. Took part of the bottle home.
Enjoying that as I write this, Look forward to going back again. Nice that they took reservations and that they have valet parking. Drove up to the door and we were seated at arrival. What I would call a dinning experience.

AC
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty food, lots of variety, comfortable space, attentive staff, and great service

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