Rockafeller's Restaurant

4.2
1160 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Casual
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(757) 422-5654
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mel Claiborne
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Private party facilities
At Rockafeller's, we're all about serving up the local flavor. Bring your appetite and the whole gang to our little slice of heaven at the end of Mediterranean Ave and Winston-Salem Avenue (5th Street), just minutes from the oceanfront. Corporate and office parties, family get togethers, and customer appreciation..no matter what the occasion, Rockafeller's banquet services let you shine while your guests dine! We can accommodate groups from 9-90 with private banquet facilities available upstairs!
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Private party contact
Brian Sutton: (757) 422-5654
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Winston Salem Ave
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Parking details
Rockafeller's offers ease of parking via full time complimentary valets in season (May-September) as well as peak days off season. Free self parking is available all other days. Rockafeller's is easily accessible from the oceanfront and pedestrian/bike traffic is always welcome and just a short walk/ride from the Virginia Beach oceanfront.
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Public transit
Catch the Wave to Rockafeller's on Virginia Beach's hybrid electric trolleys! Trolley stops are available up and down the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Simply take the trolley to the 5th Street stop, then you will have a short and pleasant walk down Winston Salem Avenue (note it is the same as 5th St.). This deadends into Rockafeller's parking lot.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation for 6:30 and arrived a little early and were seated immediately. Our waiter was very friendly and made helpful menu suggestions. We decided on appetizers of shrimp cocktail and the shrimp & crab hush puppies, both were excellent! Our dinners were the steak topped with crab meat for my husband and I ordered the seafood trio of crab cake, shrimp and scallops. Both dinners came with red pot and green beans, all very fresh and tasty. From the service to the quality of the food this place is first class but with a little casual feel. I cannot wait to come back on my next visit to VA Beach and I would recommend for sure ! Oh and the white sangria was super unique and the drink menu selection is really good.

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IB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The view across Rudee Inslet slips was very pleasant during our late evening dinner. Service was impeccably provided by Andrew. The dinner and cocktail menu options were plentiful but not overwhelming. The options were available in multiple preparations. We're had blackened flounder and Ben's Bowl. Both were excellent for portion size and flavor. Five stars!!

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PK
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great, it was hot when it arrived and very flavorful. Wait staff were polite and quick to get what you needed. We have been going there as a group (I usually have anywhere from 10 to 30 people go each year.) This year was one of our smallest groups due to low attendance at our function, not because of the restaurant. Keep up the good work!

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j
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful family dinner. This pace was recommended by a local and it was great. I had the Trio platter and my husband had the local catch special. Nothing disappointed. Our server was great and even my 8 year old enjoyed her dinner. I will go back next time I am in Va. Beach.

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PP
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great and Rockafeller's was a great start to our evening getaway in VA beach. The food was once again exceptional and the new drink specials were wonderful. They never disappoint!

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Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Waiter was not attentive. In his defense he had a LARGE table in addition to our party of 2. Our food did arrive hot after a long wait. Our final drink order was forgotten. Explainations/excuses/apologizes expressed.

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IF
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For years, this is my "go to" spot for simple, fresh, properly prepared seafood. Beautiful view of Rudee Inlet, good service, good food..........what else could you want? We go often and in over 25 years we have had only 1 disappointment, and that wasn't a terrible situation. We'll be back soon.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was fast, staff polite, great view of the water.

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MM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here every year with the Shriners & we have to come Thursday night for the whole lobster special!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, awesome value and awesome servers. We come here every year! It’s a “can’t miss” place!

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Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time as always! Our server was wonderful and did well with our larger party (6 adults, 2 kids). Food was wonderful and enjoyed by all.

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BS
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for my boyfriends birthday and when I made reservations I asked for wine and dessert to be brought out and we were treated great. Amazing service fabulous food delicious dessert and tasty wine. It was a great birthday and way to end our vacation

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FO
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed my experience the first time at Rockafeller's. I was waited on immediately, the service was very good, and the food was exactly what I would have expected. I will definitely be going back there.

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C
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

Have gone there last 4 years since was our tradition visiting Sandbridge.
Wanted to sit on deck but not available ..it was not open.
I had a pasta seafood dish. Absolutely no flavor. Like tomato from a can. My husband had crab cakes
They had filler. Salad boring.

80.00 before tip.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I was a little disappointed because they were out of steak. The chicken I ordered was just okay.

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LK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Waitress was very attentive but food took way too long. Booked on open table but had to wait 30 minutes for a table

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HW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Host Brian was wonderful. Got a table for us that we requested. Checked in on us at the bar while we were waiting for specific table...above and beyond!
Mahi and Tuna entrees were both delicious.
Corn bread was amazing!
She Crab Soup also delicious !

Only disappointment was they advertised rocking chairs overlooking inlet and when I inquired, the hostess stated they only had benches outside...

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DD
Adelaide / SA
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We were a party of six and were seated nicely. They did call in advance to confirm our reservation and then asked if any member of our party had any trouble with stairs. We did, and I was happy they asked. We were seated on the first floor. Our waiter was fine. The calamari appetizer was obviously cooked in old oil and was not good at all. My fried shrimp was tasteless. My husband had ribs and they were pretty good. It was very loud. I was very disappointed because it used to be a good restaurant. I will probably not go back.

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MP
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I’m a local and when we first started to go eat there the food was outstanding but I think they are slightly slipping .

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JS
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The place is wonderful, service great, but seafood cooked to long. It was dry.

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C
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The Thursday lobster special is a great deal. The menu options consists of a little of everything.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Have come here once a year for many years for the Thursday night lobster special. Ambiance and service are still top shelf, the lobsters were not up to the past quality.

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VA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

I had requested special table for husbands birthday near water. Was not recognized and placed us in a table far removed from a water view.

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Food was ok but not amazing. Overall an enjoyable experience.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 2ambience 4

Unfortunately we were kind of left waiting for food!!! We put the children’s food in as soon as we knew and it took at least 30-45 minutes.
And the adults food...we were left waiting to see.
But I get it, Saturday night in August.

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VB
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Good place for families and casual dining. Great seafood.

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T
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

We have had a reservation at 7pm. We waited about 45 minutes to have à Seat. The waiter said there si no more lobster for the weekly special. We came specially for the lobsters!

Very bad experience!

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MC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Très belle ambiance et vue sur les quais bonne nourriture une place à recommandée

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PS
Washington DC
217 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We always try to get to Rockafeller's when we're in Va Beach on a Thursday night for the amazing lobster special. You sometimes need to get there early before they run out. we had a great table outside on the deck with a view of the marina. Lobster's were great, service good too.

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DP
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was ok but it was crowded with small tables and we were in the fartherst corner served by the bar. There were several flies alive and dead trying to escape so that was quite unappetizing. We got the two lobster special and while we had to crack them ourselves, it took up several plates and much space not leaving much space for anything. It’s just felt crowded and uncomfortable.

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B
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. We both had the oysters Rockefeller and garden salads. Our server was very nice and efficient. We will be returning soon!

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SL
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

All dishes were fresh an delicious except for the tuna. It was dry and tasteless - nothing special. Crab was especially good

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OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Vacation dinner.

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood! Enjoyed our meal and the staff were effient and pleasant.

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TS
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met some close friends for dinner, and we were not disappointed! Atmosphere was really nice, and it was fun watching all the boats going in and out of the inlet. Food was really good, and the variety was welcome.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was great food was wonderful

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RM
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh seafood, great price, attentive service,
Part of 6 have a great family experience

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G
Corpus Christi
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I was disappointed in the food; it really wasn't very good compared to other restaurants in the area. The food was just okay - I got the crab cakes and was excited for those. But it was lack luster to say the least and had a bit too much filler. The service was impeccable though...I will say that our waiter was on top of his game and really did a great job.

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OT
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and Lauren was an excellent server.

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TP
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined there a few times,and never been disappointed....food and service were exceptional....our server Wesley was great....thanks

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