– Dine Al Fresco in This Coastal Town

The culinary scene in Virginia Beach is top-notch, particularly the coastal cuisine—from fresh oysters and fish to crabcakes and She-Crab soup made from local blue crabs. With the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean at its doorstep, Virginia Beach has made a name for itself in the foodie world.

Exceptional food, however, does not require fine dining, although there are ample opportunities for that as well in Virginia Beach. Eating a meal casually outdoors, whether relaxing on a deck overlooking the water or on a sidewalk patio on a city street, can be a very satisfying experience. From Rudee Inlet to Chic’s Beach to the ViBe District and Town Center, the city has plenty of opportunities for dining al fresco, including many waterfront restaurants with spectacular views.

From local family-owned to farm-to-table to well-known restaurant chains, Virginia Beach’s dining scene is varied as far as the types of restaurants and the menus offered. No doubt, diners will discover meals and atmospheres to suite their tastes and lifestyles. In fact, many Virginia Beach restaurants are pet-friendly, allowing dogs to join their owners on outdoor patios. Throw in some live music, a coastal cocktail, such as the local favorite Orange Crush or a local craft beer, and call it a great day—or week—in Virginia Beach!

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