Here in Virginia, we know all about delicious seafood. Our proximity to the Atlantic and the Chesapeake Bay area accounts for the freshest of ingredients. Let’s just say seafood here is not to be taken lightly (but no complaints if it’s lightly battered and fried on occasion…). This list is simply a start to an endless selection of delectable spots you need to try in the state. From fine dining rooms to dive bars, it’s really all about the fresh catch of the day.
1. Laporta's Restaurant (Alexandria)
Laporta's is a contemporary dining room with a comfortable atmosphere. Although there are other items on the menu, the seafood here is outstanding. And you can't argue with that presentation. 1600 Duke Street
2. Captain Groovy's Grill and Raw Bar (Norfolk)
You might have guessed it: the atmosphere here is laid back and pretty groovy. The $7 lunch special is always tasty. And the dinner menu is excellent too. Pictured above is their seared salmon over a sun dried tomato pasta salad. 8101 Shore Drive, Norfolk, VA.
3. Mahi Mah's (Virginia Beach)
Mahi Mah's Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Saloon has a little bit of it all. Specialty chowders and bisques are made everyday and are the perfect accompaniment to these blackened tuna and spicy slaw tacos. 615 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA.
4. Rappahannock Restaurant (Richmond)
Rappahannock is a farm to table restaurant in the truest sense. A group of oyster farmers started this restaurant in 2011 with a sincere love for sharing great seafood. On special occasions, they'll have $1 oyster nights. 320 E Grace St, Richmond, VA.
5. Clam Diggers (Bedford)
Clam Diggers hosts a lively environment with live music and bacon-wrapped scallops. What more could you want? 109 S Bridge Street, Bedford, VA.
6. Public Fish & Oyster (Charlottesville)
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The best of the best when it comes to seafood, raw bar selection, craft beer, and cocktails. Public Fish & Oyster is one of the highest rated in the state. Here we have rockfish served over wilted escarole, oyster mushrooms, and white beans. 513 West Main St
7. Blue Ridge Seafood (Gainsville)
Blue Ridge Seafood offers over 16 delicious seafood options on the appetizer menu alone. And the "Dinners from the Sea" has just about anything you could dream of. 15704 Lee Hwy, Gainesville, VA.
8. Croaker's Spot (Petersburg)
Croaker's Spot is the place where the beautiful worlds of seafood and soul food collide. Don't miss these sauteed collard greens with shrimp skewers. Locations in Richmond and Petersburg.
9. Greene's Fresh Seafood (Bristol)
Bristol may be landlocked, but Greene's Fresh Seafood stays true to their name. Fish, scallops, oysters and, of course, delicious lobster will make you want to dive right in. 1817 W State Street, Bristol VA
10. Lucky Restaurant (Roanoke)
In addition to their delectable seafood, Lucky Restaurant also prepares New American and French cuisine. The combination is a winning one and you will not be disappointed with dishes such as pan fried Corvina over farro verde. 18 Kirk Ave SW, Roanoke, VA .
11. Fin Seafood (Newport News)
Fin seafood invites you to enjoy the seasonal selections in a stylish atmosphere. Their seafood is prepared with the utmost care. Entrees are a little pricey, but will certainly be worth the splurge. 3150 William Styron Square N, Newport News, VA.
12. Island House Restaurant (Wachapreague)
Don't let the weathered shingles on the outside fool you; Island House is fine dining that comes with a view. Their soft shell crab sandwich is worth driving across state for. 17 Atlantic Ave, Wachapreague, VA
If you haven’t already, you’ll want to visit these places as soon as you can. Did we leave any of your favorite Virginia seafood spots off the list? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!