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Diners' Choice: Seafood restaurants in Virginia

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Seafood cuisine in Virginia? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Coastal Grill restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3761)
$30 and under
Seafood
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
Classic, consistent, upscale cuisine is offered in a well-appointed, unpretentious setting in this top-notch nosherie. The beautiful bar invites easy conversation and casual dining. Located on the affluent Great Neck corridor in Virginia Beach, just three miles from the Oceanfront, Coastal Grill is as famous for what isn't on the menu as for what actually is. Owner Jerry Bryan with Executive Chef Maureen Cucchiaro and Chef de Cusine Brad Bates at the stove, offer an extensive list of "blackboard specials," always with a nice assortment of freshly caught regional seafood. This locals favorite has received critical acclaim since its inception over 25 years ago, culminating in being voted the Number 1 Restaurant by Hampton Roads Magazine. With amazing food and exemplary service, Coastal Grill is a sure bet for business dinners, special occasions, or simply unwinding after a hard day. Come celebrate with us!
Top review
Quizvip
Dined 2 days ago
Always an awesome experience every time we go to Coastal
A photo of Public Fish & Oyster restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2489)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Charlottesville
About the restaurant
Public Fish and Oyster serves only the freshest and responsibly sourced seafood. We believe in the complete dining experience and our knowledgeable staff is eager to provide you with the best dining experience Charlottesville has to offer.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
Our food was amazing ! We loved the crab cakes and the Brussels ! The cocktails were delish!
A photo of Fin Seafood Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1830)
$30 and under
Seafood
Newport News
About the restaurant
Ever have one of those nights where you can’t decide what you want to eat? No need to look any further. Welcome to Fin Seafood Restaurant-the ultimate destination for Surf as well as Turf. Whether you are having a romantic evening for two or a business dinner for 20, Fin Seafood Restaurant is sure to surpass your highest expectations. Why not join us tonight?
Top review
MichaelC
Dined 2 days ago
We don't go out to eat often, but when we do, we choose top of the line restaurants. Fin Seafood is top of the line.
A photo of The Atlantic restaurant
4.7
4.7 (140)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
The Atlantic is an oyster/craft cocktail bar nestled in the heart of the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Our menu celebrates seafoods from the east coast, west coast and beyond, and we strive to support local and regional fishermen, crabbers, oystermen, farmers and producers. Don't eat seafood? No problem. We've got plenty of options for everyone on the menu.
Top review
ErinBvip
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Friendly staff and a fabulous meal. Great traditional seafood dishes with an inventive twist!
A photo of The Hard Shell - Downtown restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1738)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Richmond
About the restaurant
Located in downtown Richmond's historic Shockoe Slip, The Hard Shell Restaurant is known to locals as one of the best seafood restaurants in town. With a new fresh look; The Hard Shell features sleek booths, lots of light and a vibrant city feel. The Hard Shell has Richmond's widest variety of fresh and local seafood. Menu items include signatures such as filet and lobster, shrimp and scallops, lump crab cakes. Patio request honored when possible but tables are first come, first served. Private dining & reservations are available. Dress is casual.
Top review
ChristyG
Dined 1 day ago
Well always enjoy coming to the Hard Shell . Food and services are always on point and never disappoints!
A photo of The Hard Shell - Bellgrade restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2632)
$30 and under
Seafood
Midlothian
About the restaurant
Located in Midlothian, The Hard Shell Restaurant is known to locals as one of the best seafood restaurants in town. With a new fresh look; The Hard Shell features sleek booths, lots of light and a vibrant city feel. The Hard Shell has Richmond's widest variety of fresh and local seafood. Menu items include signatures such as filet and lobster, shrimp and scallops, lump crab cakes. Patio & indoor reservations are available . Please contact the restaurant for private dining requests. Dress is casual.
Top review
SharonV
Dined 1 day ago
We love this place. We chose it this time to bring family from New York. They really enjoyed their meals. I had the salmon for the first time. Perfectly prepared!
A photo of Merroir restaurant
4.6
4.6 (97)
$30 and under
Seafood
Topping
About the restaurant
This is where it all started – on the banks of the Rappahannock River overlooking where we grow our oysters. We like to call Merroir a “tasting room,” just so people know to expect something different. Everything is either served raw or cooked on an outdoor grill, small-plate-style, and beautifully paired with craft brews and world-famous wines. Each menu item is singularly-focused, seasonal, and ever-changing, so there’s always a surprise in store.
Top review
SteveK
Dined 1 day ago
Always love Merrior ( and Rapp Oyster) … we came by boat that day, brought the dog, sat outside in the gorgeous weather !!
A photo of Berret's Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (4715)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Williamsburg
About the restaurant
RESERVATIONS ARE FOR INSIDE DINING ONLY, outside dining is first-come, first serve.
Berret's Seafood Restaurant specializes in fresh regional seafood-shrimp, blue crab, scallops, oysters, and tuna. Also offering steaks, chicken, and vegetarian selections. Full beverage service, micro brews, and wines. Voted by Tidewater locals as the best seafood restaurant over 40 years.
RESERVATIONS ARE FOR INSIDE DINING ONLY, outside dining is first-come, first serve.

Top review
georgem
Dined 4 days ago
Great food and service. She crab was excellent. Good value for the food
A photo of OTH Chophouse & Oyster Bar restaurant
4.5
4.5 (240)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Roanoke
About the restaurant
Chophouse & Raw Bar with a beautiful sunset view on the hill!
Top review
saleigh22vip
Dined 3 days ago
Great steak oysters on the half shell. Great service
A photo of Hot Tuna restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1476)
$30 and under
Seafood
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
Here at Hot Tuna, our food is 5-star, but our dress code is surfer chic. Hot Tuna is a member of the Farm-to-Fork Movement; our menu features what is fresh, in-season and local. Eastern Shore seafood and produce from our local farms are staples, and our menu runs the gamut, from the freshest Ahi tuna to gourmet gouda burgers. Our bartenders are as adventurous as our chefs, providing you with hand-muddled mojitos, homemade sangria and organic margaritas. We hope you enjoy your dining experience with us!

**Thank you for your reservation. We attempt to honor all specific table requests such as a booth or outdoor seating. We are able to honor those requests 90% of the time. However, there are some occasions where a specific request may not be available at the time of your reservation. We do have a 2 1/2 hour time limit on parties of 6 or more.

Top review
sweetheart
Dined 5 days ago
The service is always prompt and pleasant. The seafood is really good especially the Tuna Sashimi. Oysters Rockefeller is great as well.
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