Dine Responsibly with Sensible, Sustainable Seafood
Although Virginia Beach is known for its tremendous selection of seafood, there are some oceanic species that are underpopulated and therefore shouldn’t be fished year-round to protect the ocean’s natural ecosystem. To make locals and visitors more aware of this, the Virginia Aquarium created the Sensible Seafood Program.
The program educates people about the different seafood available in our area and which ones are the best to choose in order to help sustain the environment. Sensible Seafood has published a color-coded pocket guide, which lets the general public know which is the best to buy compared to others. By creating awareness among consumers, the program will help the mid-Atlantic region purchase seafood that is harvested from the area without disrupting the habitat.
Sensible Seafood also supports the local fishers, shrimpers and crabbers. Use these three simple steps when buying local seafood in Virginia Beach:
- Buy Fresh, Buy Local
- Support the Sensible Seafood Program Partners
- Carry a Sensible Seafood Guide
Find a list of participating restaurants, businesses and communities, along with the pocket guide, on the Sensible Seafood Program website. Here are a few:
Catch 31 boasts fantastic views of the boardwalk and ocean, as well as a farm-to-table menu using fresh, locally sourced seafood. For breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night, you can enjoy straight from the dock seafood in a number of dishes. Be sure to ask your server what the daily fresh fish and oyster specials are.
A quintessential boardwalk restaurant, Waterman’s Surfside Grille offers both indoor and outdoor patio dining. Waterman’s is focused on serving sustainable seafood and supporting local Virginia fishermen. In a partnership with the Virginia Aquarium, the seafood on Waterman’s menu comes from local and sustainable sources. Look for the Sensible Seafood logo on the menu.
Sitting right on the Rudee Inlet Marina, Rudee’s on the Inlet Restaurant & Cabana Bar serves fresh seafood and other delicious entrees and a variety of specialty drinks. Dine inside or outdoors on their unique gliding tables overlooking the water. Nearby, Rockafeller’s Restaurant is home to a casual, yet elegant atmosphere where visitors and locals alike flock to get a taste of their legendary cuisine and simply fresh local flare.
From the iconic neon mast featuring the name Captain George to the spacious nautical themed interior, Captain George’s Seafood Buffet is a favorite to locals and tourists alike. Offering an extensive selection and unlimited crab legs, a trip to Captain George’s will not disappoint.