Mermaid Winery - Virginia Beach

4.5
142 reviews
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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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JB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

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Columbus
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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!

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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

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New York Area
22 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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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!

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s
Richmond
8 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.

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

Mother’s Day

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

Really good food and the wine choices are exceptional.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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

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

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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

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HF
Richmond
15 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.

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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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M
Richmond
34 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was very good. Great wine selection and nice menu. Our server was very good; I’m not sure I impressed her at beginning when I spilled a glass of water. I was embarrassed and she was obviously not pleased. I get it. Regardless, her service was very good and our meal was great. I sense the staff is pretty young experience-wise. We’ll be back. Fun to have a good winery-based restaurant so close to home.

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V
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Was my wife’s 50th Birthday and I wanted to try something new. The restaurant is clean and has an extensive wine list. The food was good and came out in good time. For the price, the portions were a little small but the flavor was good. I will and have suggested this as a destination for my friends.

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RW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely gathering place, suitable for many occasions. Delicious fare, superb wine and an extensive selection. Highly recommended to all my friends.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Disappointing! The wine flights we ordered had about a teaspoon of wine in each glass! How can you sample a wine with such a small amount. I wanted to try a wine that was on the menu but they didn’t have it. The food was cold and wasn’t fresh. I was excited to support a local restaurant but will not return.

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BS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant week. Coq au Vin Duck and the cheesecake were fantastic.

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RP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful dining experience. Went for my girlfriends lunch and she loved it also. Waiter a little slow with refills of drinks but he was busy with a lot of tables. Will definately revisit. The waiter was very very knowledgeable about the wine which impressed us. Thank you for your business. We WILL be back

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The waiter was very good. Unfortunately our food was not as good.

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LG
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

First visit was on a quiet Monday night during restaurant week. Found the lighting over the booths garish and requested they be turned down which improved the ambience; however, those spots were turned back up by another server because the spot light over the hostess stand was apparently on the same circuit and was too dim (we guess). Moved to a table which was better. Ordered off the regular menu and our meals were flavorful but luke warm - our meals were slow to come out of the kitchen and were delivered by a runner so when our server finally checked back with us, it wasn't worth sending the meals back. We just had them boxed up to take home. Found the overall experience underwhelming. Will probably give it another try.

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MA
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Alex was very attentive and made great recommendations. The food was good, but the excellence was in the service. Thanks for a great experience.

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DC
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jesse is an attentive & intuitive server. He definitely made the meal more enjoyable & he has great knowledge of the wines & what I would enjoy. Fun place to people watch!

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Our waitress was great. The food was undervalued for the prices and the steak was over seasoned for the size of the meat.

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MR
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last time I had duck that it was this good I was in France. Beautiful place inside and everyone was super nice with us, and super thanks to the valet parking guys, this guy runned so fast to get our vehicle that we weren't even 30 seconds outside. Definitely going back!

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RW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful decor, very professional staff, prompt courteous service. Diligently paid attention to detail. The food was delicious and the wine superb! Highly recommend

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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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