TradeWinds Restaurant - Virginia Beach Resort Hotel - Virginia Beach

3.6
154 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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TradeWinds is a casual, yet elegant restaurant located on the Chesapeake Bay. We offer a range of entrees including seafood and veal. With outdoor seating our deck overlooks the beautiful Chesapeake Bay and the gorgeous sunsets. We offer a children's menu and Lite Fare for those who want to snack. Seating is also available at the inside bar area which also offers the water view.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 6:30am - 11:00am; Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm (last seating at 2:00pm)
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Phone number
(757) 481-9000 ext. 20
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John Maclure
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Great Neck Road
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Parking details
We offer a covered parking garage on the ground level as well as 2 upper parking decks.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

This place has so much potential!!! It’s on the beach, great view and food. Just the place itself is so dull and lacks any real feeling of being out for the night. Feels like a school cafeteria.

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TI
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This hotel was recently sold. The restaurant is not operating properly at this time.

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This is the second time in three years I’ve made a reservation for dinner only to have to go somewhere else because we were not able to eat. The first time they were supposedly doing renovations and we were turned away even after they had taken our reservation. Three years later we tried to go there again yesterday. Our reservation was confirmed by phone last Thursday and when we arrived we told the restaurant had to close because of an emergency. So after they called me to confirm, I was not called to tell me I would not be served again. Completely u professional so we called Le Yaca Virginia Beach and they not only took our reservation right away they guaranteed my seating at my favorite table with only 15 minutes notice. I will never try and eat at TradeWinds again. What a joke! You seriously need to get your act together.

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

Great views of the Bay and on cooler evenings an opportunity to sit out on the deck and absorb it all.

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GR
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sort of a sad day. Took my daughter and son-in-law to brunch yesterday and at that time found out that the Tradewinds will no longer be providing this service after July 1st.
I have to say that even though all the staff are a little disappointed at the decisions they still provided a fantastic brunch everybody was very pleasant. Our server Brandon was very attentive always there To provide whatever we needed. This being my daughter and son-in-law's first visit they were very impressed with the set up very very much enjoyed everything on the menu.
I want to personally thank Chef O and all the staff for their efforts and time for providing such a great Meal and experience. I wish them all the best in whatever the future will bring and that someday that management will bring back the Sunday morning brunch.
Again very well done and I thank you very much from myself and all my family.

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1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Came here for Father’s Day and it was the worst experience I’ve ever had. There was a fly in my water, they gave me a coffee cup with lipstick stains on it, and the staff was unprofessional. The food was subpar and not worth the price in the least bit. Will never go back again.

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Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

It’s just sad to see what happened to this place. We arrived for dinner at 6. This should be prime time on a Saturday but the place was empty. We figured that would be good and the food would come out faster. We were wrong. Dave’s oysters came out a little late but they were hot and cooked perfect and very flavorful. They did not have the Cesar salad out on time and it came out later with the entrees. The salad was made wrong and there were tomatoes on it. It looked like it was made with the ends if he lettuce only. Not a lot of green. I ordered the chicken Oscar and the chicken was definitely over cooked. It was sitting on a bed of cold angel hair pasta. The chicken had good flavor but the rest of it was horrible. My date ordered the shrimp and grits. This did come out warm but the grits were definitely out of a box or tasted like it. Overall I was really disappointed with the food. This place was a lot better years ago but ended up a quick place for the tourists who don’t know any better. I will definitely be taking my business elsewhere.

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TE
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

MORE FOOD CHOICES NEEDED SUCH AS TURKEY BACON; LESS BREAD ITEMS; MORE SHRIMP IN THE SEAFOOD DISH.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Have been to the restaurant and number of times, each with enjoyable results. However, we were very disappointed this time and do not know if we will return. The restaurant was severely understaffed. Several of the entrée selections were empty and remained emptied during our dining experience. Our server tried as best she could but with the number of tables that she had to service again service was somewhat pool. Additionally, the eggs and waffles stations were severely understaffed. There was only one person there when in the past there has always been at least two. The piano player however was immensely enjoyable as he always is.

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JR
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Food was down right terrible. I wish I wss exaggerating when I said it was the worst meal I've ever paid for. Our server Beth was attentive but could not save that food. My salmon was cooked fine, served over unseasoned spinach and glassy mash potatoes. My wife's chicken topped with crab had no flavor except for the crab and hollandaise. Her asparagus was cooked to hell and unseasoned, served ontop of a mountain of spaghetti, which was bland also. The chicken wasn't even seasoned. Had my wife and I been jerks I wouldn't want to pay for it, but we just wanted a nice meal on Valentine's and a night out as we have a kid and get them rarely. I won't waste another night out here. There literally was one other table sending back their food also. There was nobody in this place for the food to be so horrible. Go anywhere else!

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HB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Valentine Day Dinner:

Great Customer service and excellent happy hour prices for drinks. The food was just ok but the great service makes up fo it to me.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Anniversary and birthday

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We came for a nice evening out over the New Years weekend, and had an enjoyable time. The service was excellent even with reduced staff. The menu served was reduced from that presented on the App, probably because it is the off season in Virginia Beach.

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T
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Food was horrible. The only good thing was that the manager felt bad and tried to have the cook redo some of the food (awful again) We were the only customers in the whole place so I am guessing since business is super slow, the quality of the food was not a priority, maybe they just make off of bar sales since it is in a hotel. (Which might not make sense but I am just thinking they dont care) They did not expect to have customers (im guessing) bc the whole place was dead so they did not have any sauces ready and the food took forever to come out. (Even though I made a reservation so they should have been prepared) *sigh* never again.

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f
Richmond
63 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A+++ service as always.

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NJ
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This was by far the worst experience ever. The waiter reached over my plate so often he removed broccoli from my plate.
Taste of my crab cake was so awful i couldn't eat them. They weren't fresh. I will never go there again.

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D
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

This restaurant is part of a hotel. It is extremely quiet but that is not necessarily a good thing. It seems rather stare at him. The view is fantastic looking out on the ocean. However the food is nominal and the menus extremely sparse.

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K
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

This was our first and last visit to this restaurant. We had heard good things about it over the years and we were disappointed in every way. Server was inattentive and the wait for food was ridiculously long. Only 2 in our party and our appetizers were served 10 minutes apart. Restaurant not crowded, only about 6 tables were occupied.
Food good, not great. Desserts poor.
Near the end of our meal a party was seated next to us at a table that had dishes and glasses from the previous diner. This person had been gone for over 20 minutes.
Beautiful view of the Chesapeake Bay at dusk.

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Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Prob not going back ever

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Caribbean
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

outstanding Sunday brunch. Excellent food variety and quality. Service was just right attentive but not intrusive. Chef Margaret at the omelette station was spectacular!

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f
Richmond
63 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food as always. View was worth it alone

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JS
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Buffet style brunch was excellent. Tremendous variety of foods. Something for everyone. Doughnut machine great for the kids. Live music was appropriate and very well played; provided a calm soothing background to the meal.
Needed more wait staff to properly attend to diners.

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D
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Slowest service we have ever experienced, much less in a resort area. Menu was limited and the grits were as dry as if made in the microwave. Several in our party had the crabcake sandwich and enjoyed it. Waitor was apologetic and clearly overworked. Restaurant is located at the back of a large dated hotel and not the ambiance that is implied from the photos.

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Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good dining experience. Excellent service

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s
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the celebration of my 63rd birthday.

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SK
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We took my dad for brunch today to celebrate Father's Day. While the price was reasonable for the food that was offered, I was somewhat disappointed in the experience.

The restaurant was very warm; the air conditioner seemed to be having some difficulty. The Bloody Marys that my father and husband ordered were unlike any we had ever tasted, and my father was unable to drink his. The server kindly removed the charge for Dad's drink. The beef on the carving station was well-done and rather chewy. The service was spotty. We often had a difficult time getting our server's attention. I believe the restaurant was a little overwhelmed.

On the positive side, the she crab soup was delicious as was the eggs Benedict. One of my favorite memories of brunch here from years ago was the donut maker. I'm happy to report the donut maker is still part of the brunch. The donut and assorted toppings are just as delicious as I had remembered!

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BR
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Horrible experience. Service took forever and food was not good. It was so loud on the outdoor patio, we couldn't hear each other talk.

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f
Richmond
63 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service with one of the best views. Always a win!

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f
Richmond
63 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another job well done!

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Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Monsters on the beach weekend, raining but always great food

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L
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

The restaurant felt old and dated. The calamari was quite good as were the drinks, but the rest of our meal was boring.

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Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the shea crab soup. Usually eat there anytime I'm in town. Nice view of the water

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Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service as always
Favorite place to eat

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Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always

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Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We(7 people) went on the last night of Restaurant Week. I was surprised at how few people were there on Sunday evening. The food was wonderful and the portions were generous. Some restaurants go with smaller portions during Restaurant Week, but not Tradewinds. I usually get the she crab soup, but the seared tuna with the avocado tartare sounded so good I went with that instead. It was so delicious and refreshingly different.

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We thought we were getting away to a nice, local secret. Not so. Once seated in a mostly empty restaurant, we waited, and waited for our server. The host eventually came over, and we asked for a wine list. Eventually the host came back, we asked about a couple of menu items (white bean meatballs and the hummus appetizer) his responses did little to encourage or promote the menu. Still no sign of the waiter. The host took our appetizer order, and the waitress finally showed up to take the wine order.
The wine arrived, and there was a yellow crystalline substance in the bottom of my wife's glass. They replaced the wine. The hummus arrived, with the "oven roasted olives" (all 5 of them).
I ordered the grouper special, might have actually been grouper, but looked like tilapia. Sauce was good. My wife ordered the beer-battered flounder, the frozen stuff at the grocery is better. Had to go in search of the malt vinegar, not really sure what the brown sugary stuff they brought out was.
Paid the check, then had to go find the waitress again to get my card back.
End result: slow, poor service; unenthusiastic staff; and marginal food.
We won't go back.

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KS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was phenomenal!!! He made great food recommendations since the menu recently changed. Very attentive. Also, the food was great. We had the crab cakes, asparagus, macaroni & cheese with seared shrimp and scallops. Yummy!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic.....but the staff were OUTSTANDING! I'm returning again in a few weeks...

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was Excellent. Lovely atmosphere. We had the Sunday Brunch and enjoyed it very much. Service was very good for a buffet setting.

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LD
Richmond
102 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Would pick some place instead.

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