Rockafeller's Restaurant

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Seafood

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When visiting Rockafeller's, one of Virginia Beach's landmark seafood restaurants located on Rudee Inlet, customers can expect a casual atmosphere and a menu with endless options, featuring fresh local seafood, steaks, pasta, sandwiches, Sunday Brunch, three course early bird specials and more! Our chalkboard specials will provide you with the freshest fish and seafood offerings available in Virginia Beach. Don't forget that Rockafeller's award winning homemade desserts offer the perfect way to finish off your dining experience . While there they can also feel good knowing that by supporting Rockafeller's they are also supporting one of the first Virginia Green restaurants. Large parties are always welcome with private banquet facilities which can accommodate groups from 9 to 90. Please visit our website, www.rockafellers.com to see a complete edition of what we have. Rockafeller's is committed to great service, freshly prepared food and environmental excellence.
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IF
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Rockafeller's is a go to place for fresh, well cooked seafood. Nothing fancy, just a nice place with good water views. My salmon special was excellent. my wife;s mahi was very good also. We come often.

LT
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant has lovely views onto the bay. Late afternoon is not the time for a window table because the sun is in your eyes, but we were quickly moved to a more comfortable table. Service was great. We shared the excellent crab dip and barbequed shrimp starters and all enjoyed the entrees. Two had the NY Strip special and others had the mahi mahi with risotto and the seafood platter. All were great. Definitely worth a return trip.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

New Years Eve dinner.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Crab cakes were good. Blackened fish was not good and dry

JS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful meal with a great view. Meal was prompt and delicious

ST
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Seafood Restaurant to visit while at the Beach.

JW
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Excellent service and ambiance. Thank you.

D
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service-wonderful ambiance. It's one of our favorites.

OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was OK. My broiled flounder was dry and overcooked. Maryland crab cakes were bland. Service was unique but good.

TA
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very positive service and enjoyed the seafood platter and oysters

TL
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent view and excellent service! The Rockafeller oysters were Devine and the crab dip was sinfully delicious!

BL
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, seated as soon as we arrived, quick service and the server was engaging and funny. We were having dinner with some friends from Maryland who had never been to Rockafeller's. They were both very surprised and pleased with the food and service. They particularly liked the she crab soup.

JM
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Great location, we had 6 adults who all complained about the high priced menu vs. the low quality outcome of the food. My husbands crabcake served in a cast iron dish tasted like motor oil.
Service was quick lacking friendliness. Except for gentleman greeting you at the door is very friendly and welcoming.
We are moving to the area and hope if we ever give this place another try it will be a better experience.

KT
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was our first time dining at Rockafeller and we really enjoyed the atmosphere, the food and especially the view. Would definitely recommend it to other friends

H
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Unimpressed with the Sunday brunch menu. Descriptions on the menu ("roasted") didn't match the food that was served ("fried"). Some items were ok (French toast, skillet), but omelets were runny and unseasoned. Service left much to be desired. Any time we asked for something, it seemed like we were an annoyance. I wouldn't return of my own accord.

LR
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food is always good. I love the Oysters Rockafeller.

OT
Tucson
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good family dining

K
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We left after waiting 45 minutes for our food. Watched a table that was seated get their food before us.

t
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal

CH
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Loved the ambiance water view was great! Food was delicious! Worth the trip,

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family came in from out of town and wanted to get some delicious local seafood without the 2 plus hour wait. Everyone enjoyed their dinner!

SP
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Casual crowded seaside restaurant, view was ok. Food was good. Loved my crab meat broiled in butter.

PN
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would definitely come back here. The food, service view were great. The only negative was the volume. It was very loud.. to the point were conversations within our group were drown out. The positives did far outweigh this one down side. The next time I'm in the area I will eat here again.

A
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Most of our party enjoyed the seafood options. We did have 1 who is allergic to shellfish and the culinary team was able to ensure no cross-contamination. Would definitely recommend this restaurant! The shrimp was fantastic!

AG
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Only negative was they ran out of one of the appetizers on the menu. Otherwise it was delicious!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I had dinner there while on vacation. The owner, waitstaff, and the valets were very friendly and helpful. The food was delicious (try the grilled shrimp wrapped in applewood smoked bacon!), and the desserts were decadent, to say the least. Sit outside for a nice view of the boats. Next time we stay in the area, we’ll be eating there more than once!

AB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Favorite spot when visiting VA beach. Highly recommend.

TM
New York Area
106 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and service. Asked to table with a view but got a view of the kitchen

JP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The food was ok at best, service took a very long time. Portion sizes on the lighter end with the prices being pretty heavy. Overall not impressed but it wasn't a terrible experience. Crab cakes were good.

A
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My group really enjoyed our dinner at Rockafeller’s. The oysters Rockafeller were amazing as well as the scallops! I would definitely return if I get in the area again.

A
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice staff and a manager that assisted wonderfully with answering questions. Wonderful view, amazing shrimp and other foods. Quiet noise level.

DN
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was very busy and even with our reservation we had to wait for an unknown reason. They did apologize and comped us dessert. Service was great, food very good. View is also nice, but it is a tad noisy.

RB
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood restaurant! We had a large party of 12 and the table was waiting when we arrived. The atmosphere was nice and tasty seafood all around. Highly recommend.

MH
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My shrimps were soooooo good! Everyone in our group loved their meal. Less crowded and better than other restaurants near the beach!

PT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We were there to celebrate our son’s birthday. We were seated immediately around 5:20. By the time that we got our drinks and were ready to order it was 5:33. I am a vegan so there isn’t much on the menu for me but I noticed that there was pasta with marinara for $9.99 on the early bird special. Because it was 3 mins past the cutoff for the specials the waiter said I could not order it. Other than a salad the only other thing to order was a pasta with marinara without the seafood. This cost $19.99 but I thought the price would be less because I asked for no seafood. Every other restaurant that I have been to reduces the price when the meat is take off of the meal so this was a first. I was charged the full price for something that 3 minutes earlier was $10 less. The meal was
mostly marinara which completely over powered the pasta. My husband order calamari which was way over cooked and my son’s Mahi mahi was dry. Food was overpriced for what we got and I can safely say that I will not be going back or recommending this restaurant to anyone.

BF
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservations recommended. Food was great. Corey our server was the best.

JG
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice view of the Marina in Rudee's Inlet. The food was great.. The service was excellent. The ambiance was ok. I would definitely go back. Table son top deck are small.

LV
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

If looking for a great seafood at affordable price, then this is the place. The food was very good , my husband and I both ordered the Rockafellers trio- I am not a fan of scallops but they were delicious. They even have a few non seafood dishes - son had babybacks ribs and said they were very good.
The view overlooks the boat docks off of Rudee inlet. Kid friendly and desserts are a must!

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The wait staff took a really long time to come around to the table. The waiter did not inform correctly on what the meals consisted of.

LC
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

While very touristy, I was surprised at how good the food was here. Took my family out to dinner (six of us, including nana) and requested a table with water view in the reservation. I was pleasantly surprised that the restaurant obliged. Service was good, not great. Dinner was delicious all around. One minor complaint is that the calamari appetizer was insanely small portioned. Like, I think it was a crime to have served so little. I didn't have any, but was told it was very good despite the skimpy portion. She crab soup was excellent, as were coconut shrimp, crab dip, Rockefellar trio, stuffed shrimp, crab cake, and NY strip Oscar style. All in all, we would return.