About Surf Club Ocean Grille - Wyndham Oceanfront

The Surf Club Ocean Grille is Virginia Beach's most elegant oceanfront eatery. Our name has evolved from the history of our property, which goes back to the thirties and forties. Back then, Big Band Leaders such as Jimmy Dorsey and Glenn Miller brought their big sound to our sandy shores. In remembrance of those glory years, we have created an atmosphere with the freshest seafood, contemporary comfort, and of course, a sensational view!

5700 Atlantic Ave
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Wine Bar, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 11:00am; Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am -2:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
57th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(757) 425-5699

Website:
http://www.surfclubvabeach.com/

Executive Chef:
Virginia Morgan

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Surf Club Ocean Grille - Wyndham Oceanfront Ratings and Reviews

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3.7

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3.7

service

3.6

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3.9

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (162)
Special Occasion (80)
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Good for Groups (57)
Notable Wine List (52)
Fit for Foodies (42)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Great for Lunch (29)
Great for Brunch (26)
Great for Outdoor Dining (25)
Kid-friendly (25)
Vibrant Bar Scene (24)
Hot Spot (18)
Late-night Find (9)
Good for a Date (4)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Waterfront (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Casual (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 24, 2016

We were there on Christmas Eve. I had made a 5:30 reservation. We rode around looking at Christmas lights and arrived at the restaurant at 5:30. We were seated, served graciously, the manager offered to take a picture of us by the tree on the way out. When I got home I had a phone message from them that they were closing at 5. (Evidently Open Table did not have this information.) I think it was pretty great that they were so gracious and never mentioned that they were keeping the place open for us! We had a great time!

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 24, 2016

First time visit, went for the Thanksgiving Buffet, we are thinking we'll be there again next year.
We were a little early for our table so we went to the bar for a drink while we waited. Our bartender Chris was so nice we decided to just have our meal there at the bar!
Our timing was spot on as we had no wait for any of our trips through the line, a little later there were a couple of times the line was a bit long , but it moved fast.
Lots of options for food from the traditional spread to local seafood and 2 dessert tables !
We enjoyed the entire experience.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 30, 2016

The best part of the experience is location. We ate lunch on a porch overlooking the ocean. The food was barely OK (fish and chips a bit to oily) Service was OK. I stayed in the hotel and arrived just before lunch which justify my selection of the place. If you have a bit more time you can find much better places in Virginia Beach

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Ribeye is cut on site and the best we've ever had!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 3, 2016

I love this place. The food is always good and the view is Devine.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Reasonably priced good food and service shoreside in solarium dining room or seaside on ocean air terrace beside beach sand and beckoning breakers for groups, special occasions, someone you want to impress or to relax peacefully eating, drinking and watching for passing merchant and navy ships or seabirds.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 28, 2016

The view was wonderful, the server Tiara was great and the food couldn't have been. Thanks for a wonderful evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on March 13, 2016

My brother and his fiancee are searching for wedding venues. I took the family here for brunch so they could check out the space. It was one of the ones my wife and I considered for our wedding and reception. In this particular morning, they were just off. The buffet was nothing special, the server forgot to bring milk for my wife's coffee, there were no spoons readily available. To top it off, the cup that my mother's coffee came in had crusted food stuck to the inside, which she didn't discover until 2/3 through drinking it. I've been here before and it's usually really good so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately, it was a bad first impression on my family and I doubt any of them will be back - weeding, brunch or otherwise.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on March 6, 2016

My family and I had dinner at the Surf Club for my Mom's birthday in March. We have always enjoyed dining here, especially in past years with my Grandpa, God rest his soul. I received a voicemail from an employee regarding my reservation request: to sit in a round booth over looking the ocean at sunset. The young man said that the round booths were no longer set-up to overlook the ocean and that the sun does not set over the ocean...okay then. When we arrived, there were only two other tables having dinner, so we got to choose the table by the window overlooking the ocean that we preferred, great! When we asked for a drink menu, our server told us that they don't really have one for cocktails, but they have a full bar and can make anything, so my mom and I ordered Bellini Martinis. They were delicious!! The sunset provided an great ambiance with a beautifully colored sky, from our view on the ocean side that is. All of our meals came out together, they were hot, aesthetically pleasing to look at, and wow were they delicious! I don't even think I took home a doggy bag! Both my Mom, Dad & I were thoroughly please with the experience. The manager was lovely and pleasant when he checked on our table and chatted with us for a few. I would definitely recommend this little gem under the Wyndham to anyone. Cheers!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 18, 2015

the window view of the ocean is best.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 24, 2015

The Surf Club is in the Wyndham Hotel on Atlantic Avenue at 57th Street. That's about 17 blocks north of the end of the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. So, is it worth the trip? If you're a vacationer staying on the Boardwalk, then "no;" you already have the view and several good restaurants within blocks. If you're staying at the Wyndham, then "yes;" it's convenient, with the Ocean view, but the food is just OK, not great.

On the other hand, when they have live music on the Patio, it's a nice place to sit and have a drink - check the Happy Hour deals.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 22, 2015

Great food and service over the holiday weekend. Recommended it to many friends during our stay in VA Beach. Would definitely go again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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 (Richmond)·Dined on March 22, 2015

Nice view but menu was not as advertised on Open Table

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 (Richmond)·Dined on March 21, 2015

We came here the night before the Shamrock Half Marathon because they were offering an all-you-can pasta buffet for runners. The place was crowded with other runners, but we got right in because we had made reservations first. We got a table with an ocean view, and it was wonderful. Our server took a little while to get our drink orders, but it was understandable considering how busy it was. They had 3 kinds of pasta to choose from, along with salad, marinara and alfredo sauces, garlic bread, and even grilled chicken to add to your meal. Definitely a great deal for only $15 a person, and I would highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 21, 2015

We were in town for the Shamrock Marathon Weekend. The restaurant was listed as a recommended spot by the racing organization, so I made a reservation for my family for the night before the race.

There was a great deal of traffic, so I called to say we would be running late. I was told by the person who answered the phone that my reservation would not be guaranteed as they were very busy. Overall the woman who answered the phone was quite rude about it and didn't take my name to note whose reservation I was calling about. When we arrived (@ 6:13) we were told "Oh your table is wide open. " The restaurant seemed busy, but was also not completely full either.

After being sat, we waited TWENTY minutes for water. We waited another ten to have our order taken, and another THIRTY to get our food. And the waiter got the order wrong. We were given several different excuses for all the mess ups.

Overall it was a disappointing experience and I wish we had gone somewhere else when we talked to the rude person on the phone in the beginning.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Richmond)·Dined on March 3, 2015

We had our daughter's wedding reception in the Surf Club Ocean Grill and our son's rehearsal dinner here. Love this place!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 29, 2014

We had Thanksgiving here, and their buffet was the best we have found. The turkey and prime rib were outstanding. The oyster dressing and array of vegetables were excellent.
We came back for dinner, and enjoyed the seafood platter. They serve plenty of fresh food. Our server Kip took very good care of us. They are located in the Wyndham.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2014

We were starved, decided to eat early. Well, we hit the wrong time. All the events people came at the same time. Although we had a reservation and were promised over the phone a good table with an ocean view, while we were telling who we thought was the person seating that we had a reservation, two non reservation couples jumped ahead of us, the real hostess returned, and the other couples got the last two tables looking at the ocean. The waitress did a good job but was obviously overworked at the influx of people at once. The Caesar salads were great, as were the crab cakes and steak. It was obviously some were not as pleased as we were with their food but ours was good. We would certainly go back again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 30, 2014

Virginia Beach locals try Surf Club Ocean Grille, Bad idea! The food looked nice but tasted awful. The menu sounded great online. The apps were cold and undercooked, the main course was extra cooked- dry and burnt. Was looking forward to a great meal- bummed!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 21, 2014

As a member of a group of best friends, we always like to find things to do together for what we call: "ThirstyThursday."
Well, we've definitely found what we will be doing on the third Thursday of the month at Surf Club Ocean Grille. Not only was the wine tasting extremely affordable, the outside venue in front of the Atlantic Ocean and the knowledge of Hank the Wine Guy added so much value to this outing. The food disappeared quite quickly, though, so maybe a bit more of the hot item being served would be appreciated.
Other than that, this was awesome!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 26, 2014

overall a fair experience. food was good, however service was sporadic and disorganized. music was brought inside due to the weather and it was LOUD! Would not go back due to service and noise factor.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Scenic View
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 (West Virginia)·Dined on July 26, 2014

We took our friends here for a birthday dinner. We sat in the back corner near the glass for a view of the ocean. There were dead flies all over the window ledge, and we had to mention this to the staff for them to clean it up. We also had approx 8 flies buzzing around our food/table all night...disgusting ambience!

The service was poor, as we believe the lady was either new or had too many tables. She would disappear for 20 minutes at a time...even after ordering drinks.

The food was good, but the overall experience was not acceptable. Unfortunately, we will not be coming back to this place. We don't recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 25, 2014

This was our first visit to this restaurant and will probably be our last. Our appetizer was the calamari which was a little tough. My crab cake was full of crab but was lacking in flavor. My husband's stuffed flounder was dry. There was a 3-piece band playing but it was too loud for us to carry on a dinner conversation. This restaurant looks out onto the beach which was a plus.

Tags: Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2014

They claim it is the most elegant seafood restaurant in VA beach, but in no way is that accurate. The decor is dated, and the dining room was full of flies. If I see every table swatting at them, that's a problem. The servers were very disinterested in the customers. It makes you appreciate a restaurant who's staff is personable and engaging. The food itself was equally disappointing. The raw oysters were improperly shucked and they left a butchered oyster crab in one. The entrees were alright, but the presentation was lacking, sprinkling a ton of parsley on the plate doesn't make it elegant. I wouldn't waste a vacation dinner on this place. Many better options in VA beach.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 1, 2014

Quick trip to Va Beach with my wife. Discovered restaurant on Open Table. Great ocean front location and as we were dining fairly late had a waterfront table. Service was prompt and friendly. Salmon cooked to order and tasty. My wife's seafood pasta with chorizo was also a hit. Excellent dining experience for these first time visitors.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Nashville)·Dined on June 6, 2014

Great view of the ocean with a romantic feel however, service was terrible and slow. We ordered seafood platter and filet and both were cold and had to be sent back. Manager did NOT come over. Server appeared overwhelmed.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 15, 2014

I reserved to dine here for my husband's birthday. They never acknowledged any of the special requests I put in my reservation memo on opentable which was the first pitfall. So I was over that because the venue was the perfect ocean view. Service was average and friendly. The food was subpar, especially for the price you would expect more. We orderd the calamari and shrimp to start and it was extremely salty. We ordered steak and snow crab legs for our entrees. The steak was ridden with fat and was bland. The crab legs were standard. For desert we orderd apple upside down cake which actually was very tasty. Overall I wouldn't go back and pay such high price for a subpar meal. But I would go to have a cocktail to watch sunset.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on April 18, 2014

NICE OCEANFRONT AREA AWAY FROM THE NOISE DOWN THE OTHER END NICE QUIET GETAWAY

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (Richmond)·Dined on April 12, 2014

We choose this restaurant because we have been once before and it was good. I got the stuffed flounder roulade and it was inedible. It was so overcooked that the flounder was actually hard and very dry. The stuffing was not flavorful. I had the waiter remove. He did come back and did not charge for the meal but that was not the point. Yes, I agree since I could not eat it that we should not be charged. Would have much rather had it delicious and edible. When you pay that price for a meal you expect delicious food. We also got the seafood dip appetizer and it was just ok. Flavoring is a big factor and we did not experience that at all. My husband had the rib eye. He said it was very tender, however has had much better on our grill.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 4, 2013

enjoyed their visit to Surf Club Ocean Grille. The staff bent over backwards to accommodate our every need. We were 13 strong with 'old lady' preferences. We were taken care of swiftly and warmly.

My personal opinion is that the food has dropped several levels since the last time I visited and had dinner there. That evening many months ago the food reached a 4-star level.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 29, 2013

good price for nice sunday breakfast buffet, ocean view

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2013

Considering it's in the Wyndham Hotel, it's a good restaurant. We had a nice ocean-front table. Food was good.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 9, 2013

We enjoyed a delicious meal on the outdoor patio for our last night at the beach, but were surprised when martini and wine were served in plastic cups. Our waitress told us they were not allowed to serve drinks in glasses on the outdoor patio. Looking around at the other diners, we noticed glass beer bottles, wine glasses being used at adjacent tables. After questioning the inconsistent policy, our waitress brought the drinks back in glasses (since it wasn't a windy night). Just wanted to make others aware of this policy, in case you don't like your drinks tasting like plastic.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 30, 2013

Beware -- My bill included a 20% service charge (for a party of 7), + tax, + 20% gratuity on top of that. Waitress tried to explain in a convoluted way. When I pressed on, she got the mgr involved. His attempts at back-pedaling were inane. He did remove the S/C ("it was a mistake") and another item or two for our trouble. But the vibe of the place and empty dining area tells me that this place is not what it used to be.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 15, 2013

We had a direct view of the beach, which was nice. The lunch menu (mostly sandwiches) might have been a bit more expansive, but the food was tasty. Our wait staff was somewhat slow and unclear on side dishes, possibly new.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 10, 2013

i WAS THERE for llunch with 5 other ladies...a couple commented tht there used to be more salads on the menu and there was a salmon lunch dish that I used to get tht is no longer on the menu...so tht was a little disappointing...in fact it is on the online menu...

3 of us had the tuna/spinach/strawberry salad it was good but not great....the shrimp quesidia was great...the atmosphere of course is wonderful with the view of the ocean and beach and surfers!!
the service is nice and friendly and comfortable.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on April 25, 2013

The service was excellent, and the food was delicious. We had a table by the window overlooking the ocean, it was very beautiful. The place is clean and decorated nicely.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Richmond)·Dined on April 15, 2013

The service was good but there were some issues with the meal. The chicken pot pie was loaded with black pepper. The pork chops were tough and dry. It was an ok experience, nothing to write home about.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on March 16, 2013

We were in town for a half marathon... They catered to runners with a pasta bar special. The food was great and the atmosphere was amazing. Would definitely return to order from the regular menu!

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 9, 2013

Went back for dinner. Again, I have to say the best view ever. Watched the sun set as we ate our dinner. The complimentary bread was amazing, none of us can stop thinking about it even while we had our main meal. My porkchops are in my all time top 3 of pork chops I've ever had. Also, was told the crab cake sandwich topped with a fried gren tomatoes was amazing and the angus burger was decent. The fries were unexpectedly addicting. Super thin shoestrings with awesome seasoning. Went on a Saturday night and still was only two other tables eating dinner. A hidden secret that needs to be discovered by all!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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