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“Seafood by the water and history”

Surf Rider Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 307 Restaurants in Hampton
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch
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Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch
Reviewed 11 August 2014 via mobile

Second visit, the 1st time the service we prompt. The 2nd it was a bit slow (in fairness 2nd time was busier) but as friendly and attentive. Crab cake was a must; being from Maryland I can say the cake needs some Old Bay and the meat was mostly claw but tasty and not dry. Soup of the day was a favorite-Maryland carb soup! The right amount of spice with a great broth, needed some salt though with the crackers it was near perfection. Good other items such as fried shrimp and such nothing special and likely all pre-frozen. Fair price on prepared fare, worth a stop and bite. And of Course the must try PIES!!!

Thank HungryCurmudgeon
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Reviewed 4 August 2014 via mobile

Met friends here for a Sunday night dinner and we were seated in the center of the restaurant. It was a bit loud and not very intimate. We started with oysters on the half shell and frankly they were not very large and pale in comparison with other restaurants in Norfolk and VA Beach. I had the broiled scallops which were nicely, but not overly, seasoned. I also had the broccoli as my 2 sides. Well worth it as it comes with cheese sauce on the side. Very good.
Recommended. (Just not for the oysters!)

Thank Dealer06
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Reviewed 31 July 2014 via mobile

We were recommended this restaurant by family who lived in Hampton. We wanted awesome seafood while we were in town. This place rocked!! Tons of food for the price. Outdoor seating really gave it a special feel. The drinks at the bar was good as well. Will definitely say this topped our Hampton experience.

1  Thank Shawn S
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

While traveling, the three of us ate here one Saturday night at the end of July. We knew they did not take reservations, so we arrived at 5:30. Even then, we had a short wait at the bar for an open table. This place fills up very quickly and is noisy. But the food is top notch and well worth it. We had a rum punch and a frozen daiquiri, both of which were delicious and generously endowed with the appropriate liquor. We had their calamari (delicious) as an appetizer and then the broiled seafood platter to split among us, as well as an entree of three fried soft shelled crabs. That gave us four side dishes and we had their famous broccoli with hollandaise sauce, onion rings, French fries and steamed vegetables. All were good, although we would likely replace the steamed vegetables with hush puppies in future. The entrees were fresh and wonderful, With a 20% tip, not including drinks, the dinner bill came to ~$97. Not cheap, but we were well satisfied and not stuffed.

Thank PhilosophicalOldGuy
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

We had been to the one in Poquoson and I was not impressed. Everyone stated that Hampton Surfrider was so much better and it is! The food was outstanding! I had the crab meat and shrimp. Fantastic.

Thank Michael S
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