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About 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.

3102 Holly Rd Suite 514
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, French, Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,
Friday and Saturday 5:00 - 10:00pm,


Cross Street:
32nd Street & Holly Road

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(757) 321-6688

Website:
http://www.terrapinvb.com/

Executive Chef:
Rodney Einhorn

Additional:
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Terrapin Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (28)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Creative Cuisine (24)
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Good for a Date (23)
Local Ingredients (22)
Romantic (20)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Tasting Menu (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Seasonal (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Casual (7)
Authentic (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Cozy (6)
Healthy (6)
Organic (6)
Business Meals (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Vegan (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Terrapin never disappoints, delicious food, incredible service. We asked about two desserts and ordered one. They brought us both to try no extra charge. Wonderful experience as always.

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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Som of the food was best of class, the pork chop was undercooked :(

Dessert was amazingly

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Wonderful Meal!
Terrapin was a great find! We had the four-course tasting menu and the sommelier wine pairing. Both the food and the wine were exquisite. I had the beets, risotto, scallops and chocolate elegance. The food tasted fresh, with layered, complex flavors. The dessert was out of this world in overall taste, presentation, and flavor combinations. My husband, who likes spicier food, had the Autumn soup, calamari, halibut and autumn crumble. It was all excellent, but he is still especially raving about the calamari with the dipping sauce. The wine pairings were spot on and brought out the best in each dish.

We can’t wait to visit again and try more of the menu. Also, while we were dressed up for a birthday dinner, the other patrons were a mix of dressy and nice casual. So, it is not just a “Special Occasion “ place. Service was very attentive but not intrusive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Organic, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Came here with my wife for our first wedding anniversary while we were visiting Virginia Beach, and it was a great experience. The menu had been pre-printed with a "Happy anniversary Mr. and Mrs. ....." on the top which was a nice touch. The server was a little awkward, but perhaps being a slower Sunday night, the regular flow of dinner was just different. The food was delicious and we ended up sharing the short rib pasta and halibut because both items were really well prepared with a lot of great flavors. They had live music outside near where we sat, but it was just a single guitarist who's level was pleasant enough to be able to talk to each and enjoy the music. The prices are a little high, but the food really does live up to it, and the atmosphere is a little fancy, but not over the top. All in all I would recommend Terrapin and would go back if I'm in the Virginia Beach area.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Classy restaurant with excellent personalized service. Food was exquisite and beautifully presented. Can't thing of any place at the beach that offers this type of experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We love Terrapin! It's our favorite in Virginia Beach!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Seasonal, Vegan, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Organic, Bar Seating, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Terrapin is quickly becoming one of our few favorite restaurants in the Virginia Beach. The service is excellent (they always remember you and take good notes), the food is delicious, and the atmosphere is relaxing.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

This was a great place. The food was good. The wait staff worked well together.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Second trip and as with the first simply OUTSTANDING! Highly recommend this spot for that very special night with a special someone or just for a really good meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The tasting menu was excellent, it had a variety of foods. Serve was excellent. The noise level was on the high side.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Western NC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We started with a cocktail - excellent. The cauliflower appetizer -was unique and delicious. Pappardalle pasta with shortrib ragu housemade and the duck was absolutely perfect and tender. Bottle of Zweigelt was great with the food and moderately priced. Gelato for dessert topped off an excellent meal!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Organic, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Excellent food and presentation.Staff couldn't be better, but the dishes were horribly
overpriced.

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·Dined on September 25, 2017

The staff was friendly and helpful. The food was eye appealing and very tasteful. Service was excellent. I would definitely recommend this to all our friends

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Our waitress was awesome! They went above and beyond for my boyfriends birthday, which we didn't even mention at first, still they caught on and did a lil extra something to celebrate with us. It was a very classy touch. We will be returning.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We started early (at 6pm) and left around 8pm. The early crowd was light and quiet. As the evening went on, more patrons showed up, the restaurant filled, and the noise level rose (as expected). The service was outstanding.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 13, 2017

We went for their Wednesday night special- fried chicken, truffle mac n cheese and a glass of Pinot Noir wine. Just delicious. Great night for a casual dinner with friends out on the patio.

Tags: Seasonal, Quick Bite, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Fantastic meal and service!!!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The menu had a great variety for each course. the service was outstanding. Every bite had multiple flavors fused together, for a very tasty treat. Will definitely return.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Our waitress, Sarah, was excellent. And so was the food and drink. Will definitely be back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 8, 2017

We have been to this restaurant several times each time we are on vacation at Virginia Beach. In the past the food and atmosphere were excellent. This year however the restaurant was way too noisy, service was weak and the fish was very dry. Overall we were very disappointed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 7, 2017

We enjoyed Terrapin. Everything was on point the food, the service and the ambiance. The beet salad was both beautiful in its presentation and delicious. My husbands strip looked good and he looked happy. The arugula salad was fresh and delicious , a nice complement to the pork belly ravioli which was light and tasty . Not sure where they put the pork belly but I loved it anyway!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 5, 2017

We had a gift certificate for the Terrapin and finally got around to using it. What a wonderful place!! The staff was super attentive, food was excellent and atmosphere was perfect. It was a little pricey, but well worth it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Nice location away from the hustle of the Boardwalk. Interesting menu with eclectic selection. Beet salad was very tasty. Good wine selection, but a bit pricey. Outdoor seating was nice, but watch for large group place settings. The large group near us was extremely loud and was a distraction from the overall experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Limited menu with poor service.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 1, 2017

As always fantastic fresh food menus is ever changing and never disappoints the restaurant is always a bit loud but still worth it

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·Dined on August 31, 2017

A most enjoyable dinner the food was outstanding we had the duck which was cooked to perfection and steak also done perfect. We were celebrating a birthday and the staff made it a night to remember.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 28, 2017

Superb cocktails! Excellent food! Attentive, informative,pleasant staff! A truly worthwhile dining experience!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Great atmosphere! Great service! Authentic food! Excellent cocktails!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (West Virginia)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Very elegant restaurant for special occasions, staff was very courteous & polite...helped set the tone for the evening.
Food was amazing!!!

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Excellent meal. Four course tasting with paired wines was super. Octopus was delicious.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Top Notch. If we lived in the he area, we'd be here several times a year.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 17, 2017

our first time there. it was a dining experience second to none.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 16, 2017

The staff assured our Anniversary dinner went very well and with additional personalization...very enjoyable meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Healthy, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Good and service always terrific. Wish they would update menu .... everything is wonderful but we've worked our way through it and repeated favoritrd

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Disabled Access, People Watching, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 14, 2017

What a wonderful little secret in Virginia Beach. The Octopus was amazing.....out of this world. Tender, delicate, and with a hearty red sicilian sauce.....like being back in Italy. The fresh pasta dish was perfect.....pasta al dente..... The scallops were nice, but I thought the sauce overwhelmed their sweetness. Just a lovely dinner. Thank you.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Organic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Terrapin is one of our favorite restaurants but it was difficult to enjoy Sunday night due to noise level. It was a busy night and so loud in the dining room that several times we had trouble hearing our server speak which, needless to say, significantly impacted our own ability converse during an anniversary dinner. Disappointing during the course of almost 3-hour special occasion of considerable expense so we might rethink that in the future but otherwise it was a lovely dinner.

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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great food, great drinks, great service. Came to VA on vacation and this place was perfect for a fine dining experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Our dining experience at Terrapin was very good. There were a few negatives however. My husband and I both had the arugula salad which was very fresh but lacked enough dressing to really taste it. Our calamari appetizer was excellent! Crispy and not greasy and very tasty! My halibut was very well prepared and excellent however there were only some very thin strands of a vegetable that I don't remember underneath. My husband ordered the duck breast which was also very well prepared but only received a few slices of duck instead of the whole breast. The portions are a bit small considering there are no sides included. The ambiance and service were excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We went for our anniversary. The staff greeted us and wished us a Happy Anniversary.
The food was very good--especially the scallops, a sauce to die for. The peach tart was a delicious ending to a special meal.
The staff was outstanding.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 12, 2017

The meal, service, and facility were all excellent. There were three of us and we each ordered four course meals that were absolutely delicious. The waitress was friendly, timely and very accommodating.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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