Many beach towns are quiet outside during the summer months, but Virginia Beach is not. The coastal town is busy all year round, with residents and visitors alike enjoying the waterfront, festivals and of course food. Whether you want seafood by the water, the atmosphere of a lively brunch or some of the best wings around, Virginia Beach has something for everyone.
- Bees & Biscuits – This cozy cottage in Pungo serves biscuits, Benedict and more, offering fireside seating for the colder months and an outdoor deck in the summer.
- Doc Taylor – Breakfast and lunch by the sea? Sign us up. Doc Taylor’s guests love Liberation (mimosas and Bloody Meris are popular here) and breakfast dishes, many of which bring something both sweet and delicious.
- Three Ship Coffee – Coffee bars and rosaries serve a variety of coffee, tea and casual meals, just six blocks from the sea border.
More Breakfast Restaurants:
- May’s Parlor
- Sunshine Caf ও and Restaurant
- Citrus breakfast and lunch
- Pocahontas Pancakes and Waffle House
- Pops Dinner Co.
- Bay Local Dining – A community gathering place, Bay Local focuses on sourcing its menus from the Chesapeake Bay coast whenever possible and provides a fun environment for brunch on Shore Drive.
- Leaping Lizard Cafe – This quaint and eclectic spot on Shore Drive shines during Saturday and Sunday brunch with specialties like homemade sweet potato biscuits with local Edwards sari ham and peach jam.
- Tupelo Honey – Brunch is an all-day affair at Tupelo Honey’s Virginia Beach location, where casual meals like banana pudding pancakes or French toast and fried chicken and biscuits are served for hungry diners.
More Brunch Eaters:
- Son of a butcher
- Hot tuna
- Aloha Snacks- Aloha Snacks are known for their Hawaiian-style burgers, fries and especially Pok Bowl.
- Taste Unlimited – Simply put, Taste is a Virginia Beach tradition. With multiple locations in the area, each has a menu of sandwiches, soups and salads with vendors in the market area, including items such as pimento cheese and house dressings.
- Bro’s Fish Tacos – A popular local food truck that started has recently found its own brick-and-mortar location. Taco varieties include beer-battered flounder, black grilled tuna and grilled chipotle lime cod.
- The Dirty Buffalo – Opened since 2012, The Dirty Buffalo is a family-friendly restaurant and sports bar that serves delicious wings and other Western New York-inspired food.
- Gringo’s Taqueria – Mexican and Tex-Mex combined with tacos, burritos, bowls, and more. The locals prefer fish tacos, habanero cream sauce and margaritas.
More lunch locations:
- Noodle Man
- Chicks on the beach
- Chicks Oyster Bar – A local main base on the water with views of the Linhaven Inlet where oysters (obviously) abound. Also available on salads, seafood, casual meals and sandwich menus.
- Waterman’s Surfside Grill – by the sea, Waterman’s is well-known for its seafood – think bacon-wrapped sea scallops and crab dip – and its famous fresh-squeezed orange crush cocktail, with bartenders serving about half a million annually.
- Cavalier’s Beka Restaurant & Garden – This Cavalier Hotel restaurant serves dinner daily from 5-10pm, focusing on fresh and local ingredients. Choose from entries like local fresh catches, Chesapeake jumbo lump crab cakes, fish and chips and small ribs like Wellington.
- Toutugas – a cozy seafood spot by the beach, indoor and seating area on the veranda. Shea-crab soup, oyster rockefeller and crab dubo menus that are heavy with seafood – though plenty for land lovers.
More dinner destinations:
- The hut on the 8th
- Mizuno Japanese Restaurant
- The porch of Long Creek
For your sweet teeth
- Aqua S. Virginia Beach – Originally based in Australia, this Virginia Beach soft-serve ice cream shop offers a rotating selection of over 100 unique ice cream flavors, such as sea salt, margarita, alderflower and blood orange and “fairy floss”. “(Cotton candy) and fried marshmallow.
- Blue Cow Ice Cream Co. – Founded in Roanoke, the ice cream company recently spread its wings on Virginia Beach, where Shore Drive combines handmade ice cream and unique flavors.
- Lolly’s Creamery – a local scoop shop with two locations, one in the ViBE district and one in the town center – offers a unique ice cream variety.
- Sugar Plum Bakery – Sweet treats for a good cause! Visitors can find pastries, desserts, pies, cookies and more at this Virginia Beach-based bakery that meets the needs of people with disabilities through employment, education and training.
More sweet spots:
- Twisted Sisters Sugar Shake Cafe
- Gigi’s cupcake
- May’s Parlor
For craft brews, wines and cocktails
- Mermaid winery – a pair of meals, a wine flight and a testing bar, oh my! All of the above can be found in a nearby winery for the first time for Norfolk
- Hunt Room at The Cavalier Hotel – Handicraft cocktails, an extensive wine menu and beer are all on the menu at The Cavalier Hotel’s intimate inn. About 100 whiskeys and bourbon are also available for flavor. Cheers!
- Mysterious – The husband and wife team behind Esoteric strives to be unique in everything they do. Here it comes to life in two ways: the rare craft beer offered here and a beautiful green space. Small plates, salads and other snacks are also available for pairing.
- Back Bay’s Farmhouse Brewing Co. – Back Bay is not your average drink. A cozy farmhouse, generous outdoor space – including fit pits, swing chairs and picnic tables – are some of the advantages of this unique space. With plenty of room, it’s a great place for groups to get together.
- Smartmouth Brewing Co. – Opened since 2012, Smartmouth has locations in Norfolk and Virginia Beach where a variety of brews are poured to please any palate. Adequate indoor and outdoor space makes it a great place for a date, a reunion with friends or a big gathering.
- Pleasure House Brewing – a small-batch operation on Shore Drive, located just one block from the Chesapeake Bay.
What are you waiting for The sand, sun and lots of good restaurants on Virginia Beach are waiting for you, as well as many more dining experiences in the vicinity of the Commonwealth to eat and drink what you love!
About the author:
Megan Irwin lives in Virginia and spends her days doing public relations work for The Hodges Partnership Agency. While he’s not pitching reporters, you’ll find that he’s planning his next great trip, reading or contributing to his writings in local publications in the Virginia restaurant scene.