Mermaid Winery - Virginia Beach

4.5
104 reviews
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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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J
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tuna nachos were superb! Our waiter was able to suggest a wine that was perfect and let us sample 2 kinds before we purchased .

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ST
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was very polite, attentive and professional. The restaurant decor is modern and attractive, although the noise level from the bar on a weekend night detracts from the ambiance of the space. Menu selection is extensive and varied, the presentation and preparation are good, but don't expect rolls and butter with the meal. Prices are a bit on the high side.

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OT
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Food was decent service was very good ambiance is reason I’ll never return

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SV
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Four good friends out for a nice meal and conversation. We all had been to the Norfolk Mermaid location, but our friends had not been to the new VA Bch location. Friends were impressed on how the location was set up, roominess of both the dining area and the wine tasting area. Seated for dinner and appetizers were ordered and then main entrees. Appetizers were good and tasty. When it concerns the entrees, two of the four entrees we felt were mediocre at best. Shrimp and Grits were ordered and just by looking at it when it arrived at the table, the first question was. "What is all this "green" in the Shrimp & Grits?" and second to that, "Where are the grits?". Obviously tooo much kale.. The other entree was the Chicken Pasta and it was mentioned that the chicken was chewy, indicating that it was under cooked and the taste leaned towards beef stroganoff versus tasting the chorizo and sun dried tomatoes. The salads that were ordered, one was specifically ordered not to have onions, but red onions appeared, so they were picked out. My salad was ok, but sort of bland and was disappointed that honey mustard dressing was not an option. After the entrees, one dessert was ordered, a chocolate based cheesecake - cannot remember the name, but after eating it, I understand why I can't remember the name because the taste did not make me think it was a cheesecake. So, IMHO, we just figured that the kitchen was just off that night, as we have had the crab cakes and other entrees + the desserts there before and they were all quite good. In fact the Grilled Cheese sandwich is awesome. We will be back as we enjoy the wine, the wine tasting events and the nice way they have set up restaurant.

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S
Wilmington
36 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great find! Having spent a fair amount of time in California wine county, I never expected to find a comparable winery in Virginia Beach. The wine selections and flights were great, the food selection was excellent and Jamison our waiter was quick, efficient and very knowledgeable about the menu and wine selection. We were only in town for a short visit and as the driver, I couldn't take full advantage of the tasting opportunity but intend to return as soon as practicable. As we left, the bar, tasting room and restaurant, we filling and the parking lot was full. The word is obviously out that this is a great place!

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KS
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was excellent and our server, Alex, was attentive and knowledgeable. We had a delicious dinner, wine and a wonderful time. Looking forward to our next visit.

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M
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had no idea this location offered brunch on Sundays and was pleasantly surprised. The food is awesome here and our waitress was fantastic! Our girls day was great and we will be back!!

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CA
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar and Liz was our bartender. She recommended a few different types of wine. We loved them all. She really knows her wine! We will be going back!

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j
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding and very accommodating. The Wine of course was top notch, but what really sold me was the food menu & the Wine tower samplers. I really love this place and I will return with my party of friends next time, my husband celebrated my birthday here, good call.

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y
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall, We enjoyed our visit to this restaurant. I ordered the Mermaid tacos & my bf ordered the Filet. He wasn’t a fan of the Diane sauce though. I ordered their Beach Peach wine, which I loved. He ordered the Norfolk Express Red Blend, which he didn’t love. Service was good& menu pricing was decent. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alex, our server, was amazing! Very knowledgeable as well as engaging.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time going there and it was a wonderful quite experience. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and so so sweet. I really wish I remembered her name so I could recommend her. Thank you for the wonderful service. Definitely coming back again when I visit VA Beach.

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m
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Horrible service, our server had a really hard time handling his area

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L
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I had the shrimp and grits- delicious- and tried two wine flights. My friend loved her duck. This was the second trip in a week while I was on vacation. I will go back every time I am in Virginia Beach.

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Kitchen was very slow. Food was average.

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L
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service was outstanding as were the food, drink, and ambiance. My wine flight was interesting and educational. The dinner was delicious. We were advised that the pork was added to the menu recently due to the rave reviews it got as a special. It was amazing. Paired with Brussels Sprouts and whipped sweet potatoes, the meal was full of complex flavors, much like the variety of wines in my flight.

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MW
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely evening out with girlfriends. We had a bottle of wine and three appetizers that were amazing...mussels, nachos & Brie platter. The service and ambiance were perfect for a quiet evening event.

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OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Thanks but no thanks. This was my first experience dining at Mermaid Winery, and while the atmosphere and food were great, the service was not. We had a very nice server but they clearly had too much going on. We waited a long time before anyone came to the table, and once they arrived, kept apologizing for being so busy and telling us that they'd be able to be more attentive soon. This didn't provide for the relaxing, wine drinking birthday dinner my family and I were hoping for. When a member of our party asked management if they could send a new server who wasn't as stressed, instead of complying, the management sent our server back to our table to apologize and explain again that they'd be able to be more attentive in a minute. But if we still wanted a new server, they understood. I'm disappointed that not only would management overburden their server in the first place to the point that they couldn't handle our table, but then wouldn't comply with our request which created a very awkward and unprofessional situation for me and family. This situation alone does not make me want to go back to Mermaid Winery for a second visit.

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AH
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere, food and wine list. Love having a date night or nice dinner with friends.

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AF
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I want to give more stars but I can’t. The hummus plate & olive tray were nice starters as were our happy hour glasses of wine. The lamb burger was over spiced with harissa and was smaller than expected. My side salad had black slimy lettuce in it - more than what could have been overlooked at plating. The creme brûlée was tasty. Overall, the experience was okay - not great.

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SP
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a amazing time. The waitress was amazing and the manager Josh was patient and taught us things about the wine. Great time. Will differently be back again.

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SC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saw a sign for Mermaid Winery on my way into VA Beach. Looked up the yelp review and saw great reviews on their menu. Made the reservation on OpenTable and really enjoyed the whole experience. Started with valet parking, then a quick tour of the winery/tasting room. Great seat and our waiter was awesome. Dominic helped us with our wine selection and also brought us a free tasting based on our conversation of wine preferences. The food was incredible. We had the poutine fries and my friend had the burger for dinner while I had the filet. She raved about her burger and I really enjoyed my filet. The wine flight we chose was the sweet, and it was great!! We each had another glass and while the dessert menu looked amazing we were too stuffed to try anything. We finished our night and drinks on the patio by the fire. All in all such a wonderful experience!

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V
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was yummy and the service was excellent. We enjoyed our meal very much! It was a birthday and I even wrote that when I booked the reservation online but absolutely no mention of it. Why ask if no intention of acknowledging it? Other than that the visit was great!

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j
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

We have dined at there Norfolk location many times and only once at this location.
Our server was not in a good mood and it affected our experience in a negative way.
In hindsight I should have spoken with the manager bit frankly we were just excited to leave.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The waiter Jamison was knowledgeable and friendly. He made recommendations and told us about the winery.

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KR
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was so patient and knowledgeable to help our mom’s night out be a complete success!!! We will be back!

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K
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit. The food was excellent and the service was extraordinarily wonderful. It was a quiet and slow night and our server was gracious and attentive. The food was delicious. My only negative criticism was that I felt it was a little overpriced. Other than that I enjoyed our experience. I will return in the future.

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DH
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent the server and the staff were very attentive and the food was prepared per our requests.

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TM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! The wines were awesome and the food was great!

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J
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Second visit was not stellar compared to our first visit. The server was not nearly as knowledgable nor as attentive. The food quality was not as good. The selection of wines is significant but the choices we tried were not to our liking.

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OT
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

A great addition to this end of Shore Drive.
A nice menu. Good food.
The service was terrific. Lots of fun wines and cocktails.
A fun evening spot with friends.

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JR
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Please try to do something about the bright sun light that comes in from the front windows. It has been a bother every time we have been at the restaurant. We love coming to Mermaid Winery in Virginia Beach, but the sun glare is a problem.

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l
Richmond
179 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the winery for wine tasting. One person did a Flight. She enjoyed it very much. We had the waygu burger and they were delicious. Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable. We look forward to our next visit.

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LK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I found the food very good but not impressed by the Mermaid wines. The Chardonnay was horrible and the Pinot Noir was too sweet. Other wines on the menu were very good.

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SC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

I've been for lunch which was fabulous. The lunch menu had a great variety and the food was delicious. However, I have also been for brunch which was awful. It should be called benedict only brunch and you would think they would do that very well since they have so many different ones however 4 people out of 5 got benedict and all of them were not good. The egg may as well have been hard boiled not pouched because it was hard all the way through for all the benedicts. The fried green tomato was obsolete it was so small and all of them were on biscuits. Where's the variety for a made to order brunch. I would never recommend for brunch. I would like to say the service was excellent both times.

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Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from valet, hostess, and waiter! We were greeted with warm, friendly smiles. Our waiter knew the menu well. The food was cooked to perfection

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CL
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Great wine list and good value if you join the wine club. The space is great, especially the outside patio. Management is very nice, but wait staff service is average. Unfortunately, the food quality is hit or miss for the price. The appetizers are usually very good (except the week they did sweet beet hummus, it was so bad everyone at the table wouldn’t eat it). Both entrees I had were average. The salmon was just ok & the side dish was off the mark; the crabcake was not lump crab, I would not order it again. Hopefully the food will improve, because it is a great location with fantastic wine.

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D
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for a girlfriends meet-up. We chatted a long time, one glass of wine with Light Fare. Like their Mermaid Chenin Blanc - don't always see that on a menu. My friend had a sparkling rose, a nice summery wine. Food was excellent, service excellent. Lovely spot. Would like to return when the weather is cooler and we can sit outside on the covered patio.

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S
Richmond
89 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was good as was the food. I thought the initial presentation of the wine list and explanantion was overdone. I know the difference between new world wines and old world wines etc and just because I hadn't been Mermaid didn't mean I needed the wine lesson. As one would expect at a winery, the wine list was quite extensive.

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JD
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I went for my birthday. The wine was excellent. I also loved the s’mores dessert.

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