November 29, 2004
How was the atmosphere? While it was too late at night to see the ocean, windows overlook the beach. The dining area is one long room that has the feel of a banquet hall, but I bet the view of the Chesapeake Bay is amazing during the day. Purple tablecloths and dim lighting match the fine-dining menu, but the atmosphere didn't feel intimate to me. Still, the service was very attentive. And the menu? Well, it was out of this world.
What did we order? I enjoyed a pan-fried lump crab cake that was melt-in-my-mouth perfect. Served with crispy asparagus and mashed potatoes, I enjoyed every bite. The presentation was outstanding. My husband's entree was just as good. He ordered scallops and salmon that had been cooked in a lemon sauce. Scallops in restaurants are often too chewy for me, but these were delicious, cooked exactly right. A wide array of other seafood dishes, which include baby clams, mussels, and lobster, are available, but steak lovers aren't left out here. Our son ordered a 16-ounce filet. With a full-service bar to one side of the restaurant, we also enjoyed wine and dirty martinis. We topped it all off with a piece of cheesecake, and we left completely satisfied with our meal.
Is this a family-friendly restaurant? Our son is almost in middle school and used to fine dining. However, I would not suggest this restaurant at dinnertime for younger kids. Perhaps an earlier, more casual meal, like lunch, during which sandwiches are served, would be fine.
Tip: My mother-in-law who lives in Virginia Beach told me that the Sunday brunch here is a big hit with locals.
From journal Virginia Beach is for Families