The Pink Dinghy

4.8
106 Reviews
$30 and under
Fusion / Eclectic
“A habitat for the soul, centered around the notion of food nurturing existence, The Pink Dinghy is a neighborhood restaurant and market, specializing in thoughtful small plates, natural wines and tropically influenced cocktails. The Pink Dinghy exists to create a space for all that wish to gather and to share, and too manifest joy through intention and simplicity.”

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
What 106 people are saying
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Cara
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pink dingy was wonderful as always. Great, kind service and their special menu was delicious! A must go place!

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vipLoriB
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Was not impressed. Can’t really get food the way you want it. The brussels sprouts were excellent. I felt like the food wasn’t top quality. We go out to eat frequently and with all the five star reviews I expected to be much better but we have had much better elsewhere- we will not be back.

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JohnH
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, went there a few times for breakfast and lunch. This was the 1st time for dinner and it was great. Food was absolutely super and the service was even better.

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JosephW
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun wine list, delicious veggies, great atmosphere.

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Jonathan
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! They do such a great job here, if you are in the Virginia Beach area it is a MUST to get a table here!

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vipCgirl
Richmond
26 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a little jewel of tasty and imaginative cuisine! The menu is creative and appetizing. Nothing like we’ve had before. It was hard to choose. There were 4 of us sharing and we all loved every dish ordered. Our service was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very cute tropics decor and ambience is dreamy. Amazing cocktails and small, but inventive rotating menu using high quality ingredients. Loved that it was off the main boardwalk area, actually had a cool local vibe. One of kind and I hope to return soon!

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AprilF
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great time at Pink Dinghy for dinner! Our server was super helpful in helping us decide what to order.. because everything looked amazing. The cocktails were top notch and paired perfectly with the menu and we finished off with a great chilled red wine. Also just want to reiterate how great the service is!

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AlisonM
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite neighborhood restaurant. This past trip was one of my favorite meals ever. Great service and delicious food and drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great experience love this place. Went hoping for the Chinese Pop up but food and service never disappoints.

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MelissaD
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Original, delicious menu. We loved the flounder and the tapas cauliflower. Creative cocktails. Outstanding and friendly service. We’ll be back.

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vipAmyB
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty and interesting menu!!! Great service!

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NormaB
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, and service to the outside tables was amazing!

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JohnC
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply some of the BEST food I have ever tasted. My hobby is eating out, and I never write reviews, I’m making the exception for the Pink Dinghy. We ordered the Brussel Sprouts, the eggplant, the olives and Strip Steaks. The flavor profiles are next level and you would be hard pressed to find an equal in Hampton Roads. I don’t have the vocabulary to explain the tastes. Just go. You’re welcome!

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LanceT
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining venue. Great food and drinks.

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sierrac
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The escargot was good. I ordered every dessert. I always do. The wallpaper in the bathroom matched my tattoos. I'll be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The service and staff were super friendly. I do not personally like spicy food and my husband saw this restaurant labeled as Latin food so we were very excited. I am Latin and I can tell you this is not a latin restaurant. The food was incredibly spicy (my husband absolutely loves spicy food and even he had a hard time with it). The food was good and if you like breathing fire after a meal… this is your spot! We also have 4 kids under the age of 8 and the only kids options were chicken tenders and quesadillas (steak or chicken).

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NathalieR
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Service is outstanding.

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vipJimW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought friends who were visiting from LA. The four of us sat at the bar. Great food, great conversation with the bartender!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, drinks and doughnuts!

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JennieC
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I attended "Italian Night", a special event where they featured Italian (natural) wines and a departure from their regular menu - Italian food. Everything was absolutely delicious! That should tell you all you need to know. The chef and crew already turn out amazing food but to pivot to a cuisine you aren't regularly serving and hit it out of the park tells you how much talent there is in the kitchen. One of THE BEST restaurants at the beach!

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Stephanie
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outstanding food, service and vibes. this place is a gem!! so impressed from start to finish, what a lovely little spot. so adorable to boot!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is just the cutest. Chef and owner Stephanie has done an amazing job and it is easily the most authentic restaurant in Virginia. I joined my mother for Italian night and we were blown away by both the cuisine, execution and ambiance. It is a must try for any occasion and truly one of a kind!

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AndreaG
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love the atmosphere of The Pink Dinghy! It's always a great experience in taste and just a gnarly place to go to.

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EmilyO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere was awesome - food was killer - service was great - accommodating of dairy allergy - amazing overall!

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KShoe
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Pink Dinghy always has amazing service & food!

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LS123
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem!! This was the best little find. Three small tables inside surrounded by amazing staff and incredible food! The bartender is fantastic & so much fun. Everything we ate was delicious. Especially the calamari. Would go back here in a heartbeat.

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vipJRWVA2013
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great dining experience. I highly recommend this place for quality food and great service.

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Goldenboy
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the very best meals that we’ve had in a very long time. Not your standard resort grub, thoughtful preparation and fresh ingredients shine.

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AlisonM
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, drinks, and atmosphere was amazing! We split a few different items on the menu, which I think is the way to go.

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JonW
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Unique combination of flavors

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vipFoodLover19
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

A few things. This place WOULD be a gem if they had fans outside and better hosts. The attitude is a little snobby. No coffee to be served. You have to go next door to get it. No ice in the water. You’re outside in the heat with no circulation. No ice water. Food was very good. But the ambiance contributes to the entire atmosphere hence the rating.

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JakeC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an experience. The cocktails are stellar, a wonderful selection from classics, to tropical, to agave riffs, plus the bartenders are happy to throw a bartenders special your way. The food was impeccable. The flavors were amazing, the green beans were the best I have ever had, chorizo and Szechuan peppercorn pickles were an incredible pairing I wouldn’t have thought of. It is a small intimate restaurant, but you get to see the amazing staff at work preparing your food and mixing your drinks. I could not recommend this restaurant more highly.

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vipEmilyM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The yuca, Caesar salad and al pastor sandwich were delicious. Also recommend the watermelon rose slushee. The water is unfortunately not cold enough, but everything else was great!

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JennieC
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't want to tell people how unique, creative, and delicious the food is at The Pink Dinghy or I'll never get another reservation! Seriously, it's one of my favorite restaurants at the beach. Skip the chains and tourist traps. The food here is delicious, the cocktails are creative, and the wine list is so interesting!! Plus you have to sit outside. It's wonderful and such a fun, chill vibe.

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vipspider
Raleigh
50 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Pink Dinghy is a bit of a dive with great food. Some of the staff are great, like Tyler, who was our bartender and waiter but I would just overlook the folks who greet you when you arrive - as they come across like you are a bit of a bother. We have now been there twice. The food is fantastic - and some dishes like the calamari are unbelievably good. Apparently the fish tacos are great too but were unavailable both nights. We don't normally eat steak tacos but we tried them and they were fantastic x 2. The prices are reasonable and the cocktails are fun and very good. We love this place once you are seated.

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vip2bulldogs
Richmond
41 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fun vibe. Excellent food. Nice outside space and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sweet and spicy veggie noodles was an explosion of flavors. Steak tacos and churros were delicious. Prices being decent we were able to choose multiple dinner items to sample and share. Cole was our bartender/waiter and gave us a show of Mezcal mixology. His recommendations were spot on—savory, earthy, rich, sweet… Loved the Japanese ice. Staff and clientele were very friendly—a memorable night out all around. Brunch as I recall from past visits was also really good—pork sandwich, spicy chicken…Love pickles. Can’t wait for winter fare—fried or sautéed cauliflower. I’ll place my order now!

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CarlieH
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined here for my husband's birthday and what a great experience we had! From the service we received to the delicious wine and food that was out of this world delicious...we can't wait to go back. We ordered five items off the menu and shared everything. All of it was exceptional, and we especially loved the scallops dish with creamed sweet corn and the beef empanadas.

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vipTheOccasional
Hawaii
36 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cole was our waiter and he was awesome. Very personable and patient. We had brunch. The lemonade, spicy chicken sandwich, and French toast were exceptional but the overall the food was incredible. I would go back tonight for dinner!

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You can order delivery directly from The Pink Dinghy using the Order Online button. The Pink Dinghy also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (757) 937-1010.

The Pink Dinghy is rated 4.8 stars by 106 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.