Stripers Waterside

4.1
147 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood

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Boasting fresh seafood, a made-from-scratch menu and waterfront views, Stripers Waterside will serve up its award-winning dining options to downtown Norfolk. Coming to Waterside District on the banks of the Elizabeth River, Stripers Waterside will offer a diverse lunch and dinner menu consisting of seafood, pasta, steak, sandwiches and more. Stripers Waterside will also serve a Sunday brunch menu and house 30 beers on tap, giving Norfolk a new place to enjoy breakfast or after-work drinks by the water. The restaurant’s original location, Stripers Bar & Grille in Manteo, N.C., is a favorite among locals and visitors and known for its fresh-caught seafood, draft beer and panoramic water views. Spanning approximately 8000 square feet, the new location at Waterside District will continue the Stripers tradition of using homemade ingredients, from sauces to desserts and more.
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BritneyD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a nice hidden gem in Waterside. I enjoyed the food, ambience and service. Everyone was so nice and friendly. Server made great menu recommendations. I will be back soon.

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MarcR
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waited for 15 minutes after being seated. No one talked to us. Wait staff helped tables in front of us and behind us several times. We weren't even given water. So finally we left.

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JenniferS
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional along with the view. Nice water view dining experience with excellence service, and drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Although it was raining the water view was relaxing. The quiet atmosphere was conducive to conversation with my dining partners. The seafood platter was delicious. Bacon wrapped scallops as an appetizer an excellent choice or paired with a salad would make a good meal. Would highly recommend.

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RocheleJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was good, the drinks were good as well. The prices are a little steep though.

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ErikaB
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience2

I expected with the prices that this place would be good. My husband's drink was missing an essential element to it which made it taste horrible and the waiter didn't offer to get him a new one or take it back to get it added. We were never asked if we wanted anymore adult drinks, nor received refills on the only water he brought. The seafood was tough and cold by the time we got it. Our waiter never checked on us after we got the food. We spent $140 on food and drinks that were very poor. And there were only a handful of tables the waiter was handling so he should not have been so negligent of his tables

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Ludie
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, atmosphere and service. Would recommend.

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TomN
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Tl;dr - Most of the food was not good, and were not worth the money.

Our waitress was nice and quick and the drinks were fine. Beyond that, we're never going back here again.

We started with a dozen oysters. I've eaten a lot of oysters in my life, and this is the first time I ever sent them back. They smelled fishy and were not fresh. While the waitress assured us they were fresh today, they tasted like spoiled seafood. So either she was wrong about that, or they just get cheap oysters.

Next, our entrees were just bad. I had the stuffed flounder with mashed potatoes. The potatoes were super dry, as was the flounder. It seemed like it had been cooked, then sat out and microwaved. My husband got the seafood pasta, and it was the best dish we had, simply because it was OK. But it wasn't worth the $30 they charge for it.

I'm not happy giving a 2 star review, because the location on the water is great. Maybe some of their other dishes are better, but our experience was bad. We won't be going back, despite it literally being within walking distance for us.

JJ
vipJeremyJ
Philadelphia
96 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good service from Grace, the food and beers she recommended were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a pleasurable experience.

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RobertW
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was great. Menu limited due to COVID-19.. but whar ordered was great.

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MistyF
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience. Our waiter was very sweet and attentive. The food was amazing and they kept everyone distant due to COVID.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place!!! Food is great, ambiance is great n so is the staff

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Food was horrible. But great server

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BrookeL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food is on par with the other seafood restaurants in the area, but it’s waterfront dining area is perfect for watching the sunset while you dine.

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MariaF
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place! Amazing food (key lime pie a must!) Very kind staff.

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PatsyS
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The beer battered haddock and the soft shell crabs were tasty. The meals which included french fries and cole slaw were a little overpriced. It would have been nice to have other selections of sides, I e. baked potato, green vegetable, rice pilaf, etc.

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NancyS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daughter in town visiting

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Patrick
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Nice outdoor seating area with waterside views. Reasonably priced.

KJ
KimberlyJ
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very disappointed, not planning to go back anytime soon.

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tori121315
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat out on the patio and thoroughly enjoyed the food and location. We had calamari, hush puppies, fried platter, burgers, sweet potato fries. It was all amazing. Our server was on point and friendly. I’ve recommended it to family and friends who have expressed the same. I will definitely return.

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KrystaH
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Kaitlynn as our server and she provided an exceptional experience for our first visit to Striper’s. We will definitely be returning and requesting her as our server!

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NathanB
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had the seafood platter, everything was good, especially the fried shrimp. The sweet potato fries and the garlic green beans were outstanding. The wait staff were excellent.

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ShelbyD
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Ready to be helped by anyone. They made sure we had a waitress and it was a good experience.

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RoaminRonin
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Stripper is having a very hard time after a COVID. Several new servers and cooks. Manager was trying to make up for it, but the problems were obvious. I hope they can get it together soon, because I love the venue.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our server was great, she seemed to be the only one actually working while the rest of the staff seemed confused.
Food was good, although it was delivered to our table in several separate deliveries.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, environment and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was awesome

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BeeG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Gorgeous day - sat out on the patio and watched all the boats go by. So nice to get out!

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MateoR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Service was all over the place. Our waiter didn’t know the menu at all and had to keep coming back and change our orders. Luckily the food was good, but maybe do a little homework before you clock in

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OpenTable Diner
Pinehurst
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Very, very slow service with very little business on a Monday night.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The service was friendly and attentive but not overly so. The food came out in a timely and the quality of the steak was excellent.

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Garnett
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and all around great atmosphere recommend it will definitely visit again

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MelindaK
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was just “ok” so was overpriced in our opinion. Hubby got the Shrimp with grits. Grits were supposed to be cheesy but we’re not; however, the sauce was a good flavor. Not many shrimp - 7 or 8 medium sized but was priced at $16.99 I believe so wasn’t too bad. Also got the crab stuffed flounder. The flounder was over cooked and the sauce had no flavor so that was a disappointment for a $21 dish. Against my better judgment we tried a dessert also - bread pudding - and that also was not impressive. So basically it’s in a good location with a nice ambiance but the food could be better.

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vipakm09
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

We had a reservation but still waited over half an hour for a table. Wait staff was very friendly and helpful though once we informed them. Food was pretty good but we probably won’t be back. We had a drink at the bar while we waited for our table and the bartender brought the wrong drink out. She apologized and it seemed she was the only bartender on for both the bar and the restaurant, so she was definitely understaffed. Hopefully the restaurant staffs better in the future - especially for a Saturday night during restaurant week!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

I made the reservation for 6:30 PM. I arrived at 6:10 and was advised that there would be a wait. This wasn’t an issue until we were seated at 6:30 at a table for two that had been open since we arrived, as it was visible from the waiting area.

Regarding the service, when the meals were ordered, we had to remind the server twice of our salads. I also had to remind her about the beer I had ordered. It just made for a not so good date after traveling from Hampton for the sole purpose of dining there.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Creme brulee is small, crab cakes were Awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We went on a Friday night. It wasn’t many patrons there. The bar was out of mint for mojitos. They did not have cucumber for martinis. The fish tacos were dry. They were out of the ranch dressing for the salad. Nothing that Stood out that would make me want to come back.

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RobertW
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I have had the Stuffed Flounder before and it has been excellent. This time was a bit sub-par. The edges of the fish were chewy as if they had dried out during the cooking process. Then the waitress/manager took our check and when she returned it they had charged us for another table with a 25% higher charge. This was corrected, but I feel had I not checked it and compared it with what I had seen the first time it was handed to me I would have been overcharged.

Finally, I am not sure why you ask on the reservation site what the occasion for dining with you is. Since I said anniversary you would have expected a little extra service such as a Rose on the table. A glass of wine or something. Why collect this information if you aren't going to use it to ad value to the dining experience.

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Jill
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The view of the water was delightful. The food was good, but I was surprised when they seated five adults in a booth. It was too small to accommodate three adults on one side of the booth; even the wait staff commented that she was surprised they would do this. We were able to add a chair to end of the table upon request so that we were able to enjoy our dinner. The food was good but not great. The wait staff appeared to have all of her other tables in a different section of the restaurant so she was hard to find and didn't check on us much. We sat for about 15-20 minutes waiting for her to pick up our check and process the credit card. We had to ask another staff member to give it to her since we could not see her.

FAQs

Stripers Waterside offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (757) 837-4100.

Stripers Waterside is rated 4.1 stars by 147 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.