There’s nothing quite like a waterfront view, especially as the setting for a delicious meal. Luckily for us, Virginia has so many
waterfront restaurants that we’ve actually conjured up a list of places that are set exclusively on rivers. As you might have guessed, this setting is perfect for diving into a plate of Virginia’s finest seafood (or plenty of other entree options). So why not take an evening to relish the sunset over a peaceful river while you enjoy your meal? You’ll be in for a treat at any of the following riverside restaurants:
1. Riverwalk Restaurant (Yorktown)
Patio seating at Riverwalk Restaurant means an incredible view of the York River as well as the Coleman Bridge. And with this great view comes even better food, especially in the seafood department. To sample something truly delicious, you'll want to order the fish taco plate with excellent presentation.
2. The Barking Dog (Hampton)
Not every restaurant has a "riverside parking" option -- meaning you can pull your boat up to the window and place your order. That's the kind of scene you'll find at the Barking Dog, which specializes in hamburgers, hotdogs, and crab cakes. There's a deck out back to admire the view of the water. If this double cheeseburger with rosemary potatoes doesn't hit the spot then nothing will.
3. Merroir (Topping)
Merroir is a haven for oyster lovers, and it just so happens to come with one of the most beautiful views of the Rappahannock. There's an impressive variety of oysters you can choose from, pairing them with your drink of choice as well. Other noteworthy menu items include the shrimp & grits and crab cakes.
4. Brock's Riverside Grill (Fredericksburg)
Also overlooking the Rappahannock, Brock's Riverside Grill features a large deck to soak in the view. The menu offers a nice selection of entrees in a rather relaxed and casual environment. One of the favorite menu items is the seared tuna entree. And you'll want to be sure to save room for the house made desserts.
5. River Haven (Port Royal)
River Haven is a little off the beaten path, but certainly worth the find. The view of the Rappahannock is gorgeous and secluded. Fresh littleneck clams and steamed seasoned crabs have never look so tasty. Some other specialties include lobster wontons and the lightly fried flounder.
6. The Boathouse (Richmond)
The Boathouse is a beloved Richmond restaurant you'll find in Rockett's Landing. With a view of the James River and the Richmond skyline, it's hard to go wrong. And when you factor in the mouthwatering menu, you know you're in for an unforgettable evening. From brunch to dinner, the Boathouse serves a little of everything. This would make for the perfect special occasion outing or even a weekend date. Just be sure to call ahead to get reservations. Photographed above is the seared scallops entree.
7. Urbanna Seafood & Raw Bar (Urbanna)
If you're looking for crabs and oysters prepared to perfection, you won't want to miss Urbanna Seafood & Raw Bar. This spot is somewhat hidden, which makes it a true local gem. The setting looking out over the water will make for a peaceful and memorable meal. There's also a made-to-order takeout menu available for those who need to eat on the go, or take lunch with them out on the boat.
8. Virtue Feed & Grain (Alexandria)
Virtue Feed & Grain is one of the most popular restaurants in Old Town Alexandria. And with incredible views of the Potomac River and mouthwatering dishes, it's no wonder why. From fresh seafood to farm-sourced meat and produce, there's sure to be a little something for everyone here. The house made cocktails and beer selection will complement your dish perfectly. The interior of the restaurant has a barn-like feel, which makes for a cozy setting. You won't want to miss the grilled Teriyaki wings or calamari.
Have you visited any of these fine riverfront restaurants in Virginia? We’d love to hear about your experience there, or any other riverfront spot that may have missed the list!