Reviews of Terrapin (Restaurant)

3102 Holly Rd #514, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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REVIEWS OF Terrapin IN Virginia

Delores Robinson

We were visiting Virginia Beach. Terrapin did not disappoint. This restaurant was our nice night out, and everything was absolutely amazing. You instantly walk into a great atmosphere with friendly staff. We were early, but our table was ready.The second we walked in we were welcomed like family. The service is unmatched. The food is exquisite. The ambiance is cozy. We felt welcomed immediately and the food was to die for. We started off with the cheese board. It had two cow milk cheeses and one goat milk cheese, apples, homemade spicy mustard, candied pecans, homemade jam, toasted bread, Granny Smith apples...so many good flavors. For dinner I had Fresh homemade clam pasta, and he had short ribs that practically melted in your mouth. The presentation was out of this world. Dessert was a chocolate "Gift for you" which was the perfect size to share. If you want beach fine dining, this is your place. The food was so fresh and appetizing.

Gi Yung Bang

Loved their simple menu and outdoor space for me and my pups. Got 3 appetizers, 3 entrees and 3 desserts for a party of 4. There was nothing disappointing. It was def a great alternative to the rest of the options by the boardwalk. Food 5/5 Service 5/5

devan collins

This restaurant is the pinical of the saying lots of flash and no substance. Me and my wife went to this establishment for my birthday. When we arrived the hosts had given another group of dinners. After we made the registration 3 days in advance. Leaving us with no other choice but to leave and go to another restaurant called watermans which was surprisingly great. The next day the manager of the restaurant informed us of his condolences in regards to the issue that happened the previous day. As well as informing us that our entree’s would be covered fully. Witch me and my wife took them on there offer. We made it our new reservation to be greater by our waiter that was well mannered. He offered us overrated tap water in which he tried to justify with a long winded explanation of said water that it is water from Virginia that goes through a five step purification process which is only one more step than regular tap water not including if you have a filter at home. To tide us over the host left us both a single slice of sourdough to eat for approximately 30 min we We eventually got our menus to order to see that entrees have there own very own very limited section which made me and my fiancé feel duped.but we were not deterred we made our selection. But instead of the joy of delecious food hitting the table a wave of apprehension poured over our faces. As we pick over our food my wife ordered a simple hand burger which was Luke warm in the middle, bland, as well as tasting like cheese when she ordered it plane. Then my steak frites was the most bland steak that I have ever had in my life, it was dry, and very bland. I tried salt, pepper, and even ketchup. But nothing could save the train wreck that was terrapin. For the price of this bland food I don’t understand why or how this place could could have a 5 star or even a 2 star review. If you would like to waste money on people being paid to be nice to you than look no where else than TERRAPIN

Delores Robinson

We were visiting Virginia Beach. Terrapin did not disappoint. This restaurant was our nice night out, and everything was absolutely amazing. You instantly walk into a great atmosphere with friendly staff. We were early, but our table was …

Johnny Lunsford

Beyond expensive, but great. Farm to table. Left feeling full but energetic instead of bloated and tired like most restaurants. I believe this is because of their food quality. Duck and lamb were great. Even the kale was good.

Heather Bush

Enjoyed an amazing dinner last night! The truffle celebration dinner was yummazing! My husband had the lamb shank and believes it may be the best he's ever had. As usual the service was impeccable! Love to support those that support local farms!!!

nick Whelton

My wife and I had a great experience! We made a reservation online which was super easy while the restaurant wasn’t open. Waitstaff: Fantastic, super professional and knowledgeable about the entire menu and drinks! FOOD: We got the lamb and pasta. It was perfectly cooked and did not disappoint. (Crudo) Was easily the best thing we had that night! It was flounder and tuna. I had no idea flounder tasted so good!! (Oysters) i wouldn’t not recommend, the size and flavor was pretty weak. See attached picture. It was $2.00 an oyster. I love eating oysters so this wasn’t a first time try and didn’t like. They were missing something maybe when washed it wasn’t with a salt brine. DRINKS: We got a few different cocktails and we’re very impressed!! I can’t remember the names but i still remember the taste! PRICE: Fair for quality and quantity.

Paul Kane

Amazing service, excellent food

James Pilczuk

We went for out anniversary and it was amazing. We ordered 2 of the 4 course samplers and all the food was exquisite and delicious. The waitress Narissa was the best waitress I've had in a long time. This was probably the best food and service I've had in a while. If you're in town stop here.

Gi Yung Bang

Loved their simple menu and outdoor space for me and my pups. Got 3 appetizers, 3 entrees and 3 desserts for a party of 4. There was nothing disappointing. It was def a great alternative to the rest of the options by the boardwalk. Food 5/5 Service 5/5

Mike Judas

Great service, very tasty food

Morgan Abatsis

Fantastic staff. From start to finish. Very professional, courteous, and helpful. From the phone call for a reservation to table delivery. Fantastic. Food...I can say the same. Spot on portions. Both looks and taste amazing. The steak was perfectly done and the sides on the plate went well with it. Menu was personalized for our anniversary. Wife was delighted!! PS... Try the Sangria. It's made in house and very rich in flavor.

William Debs

Great service (Brandon), great bread, great espresso and my meal was also great.

Michael Young

Took my wife for her birthday and it was a hit!!!

Gigi Gray

Fine dining in a comfortable atmosphere. Wait staff was very knowledgeable and service was quick. Very nice place for a romantic dinner or a quiet place to talk with friends over an absolutely wonderful meal. Looking forward to returning!

Donna LOWERY

Excellant food and great service!!

Veronica Johnessee

I don't think I could say enough amazing-ness of this place. This is our second time here and they did not disappoint. Yes, out of 4 orders one had to be sent back due to not being enough 'rare' however is was quickly recovered and …

Robert Wray

The food and staff were great, One problem is what I call plop and smear also it is a set menu. You will need to reserve seating. Bring your wallet with you the plop N smear will cost you $75.00 dollars a plate plus extras and tip, parking is free the lot is small also used by other business use the lot.

Jason Fleury

Attentive wait staff. Very good food. Right sized portions. Good spacing between courses.

Janet Rodriguez

The food here was excellent. I had an amazing appetizer and desert which were the Frito Misto and the Creme Brûlée. These were excellent, but the entree. The only issue i had was with my entree order which was the Steak Frites. This is a steak with French Fries. There is no twist or a spin on the fries, they are just regular french fries. The steak had a reddish tint on the exterior, had an odd smell, and tasted as if it were wild caught meat (gamey). It is possible I chose the wrong entree, because my wife loved her Bouillabaisse. Overall i enjoyed the food.

Lisa savell

Fantastic food, staff and atmosphere... love this place...worth it! Love a place with delicious non-alcohol drink specials...and the mac and cheese is special...yum! worth it!

Mina Naguib

A+ meal and service all around, from the appetizers to desserts.

Al WithaHat

I actually went last May to this gorgeous restaurant with a small group. We had initially made the reservation because they were a nice higher end place which was the theme of our trip, but also nicely reviewed already and upon sending them a message on Facebook, they said they would be happy to accommodate my friend's celiac- an allergy to gluten. Our expectations were high and we were not dissapointed. It seemed at first glance to be a great local favorite and there was no dress code that I could tell. We came dressed to the 9s but I could definitely come back in something more casual (but nice). The atmosphere was classy and comfortable, but this trip was about indulgence and they were more than willing to let us play out our fantasy of being rich and glamorous. The man who seated us actually offered us different colored napkins so they wouldn't leave color on our dresses. An incredible step above and beyond that was completely unprompted. We had some fabulous food to go with our outfits that night. The butter was shaped like a little turtle to go with the bread that was served with their incredible and sophisticated options on the tasting menu. Much of the food was described as local which was nice for us as visitors to the state. They also have a great wine selection with who I'm fairly sure is a sommelier, otherwise they just knew their wines very well. Of all the places we went to at Virginia Beach, their desserts were the best. They mentioned having a pastry chef whose name I really should write down. We had a gorgeous chocolate shelled treat that was melted at the table and one that was so satisfying that I broke the "No phones at the table" rule so we could have pictures of our desserts. I have no idea what this incredible apple dessert was called, but it was creamy and delicious enough where we actually asked for MORE of them to take back to our hotel. I have never asked for a second dessert to go, that's how incredible this was. They were plated in to go boxes like we had ordered them to sit down and we had them in the middle of the night with some wine and it was one of the best decisions we made the entire week. I'm looking at returning to VB someday in the next few months and Terrapin is one of the places we HAVE to revisit. We look forward to seeing what new treats and food they'll be serving when we return.

Yunoo Kim

One of the best dining experiences I’ve had in a while. Came here with my wife for our first year anniversary. Staff was friendly and attentive. Decor and lighting was beautiful. I do wish the tables were a little wider but it didn’t impact our dinner in a significant way. I had a parsnip soup and seafood risotto to start. The soup was delicious, smooth, with no grain or lumps of any kind. The risotto was cooked perfect and it was probably the best thing I’ve eaten at a restaurant since I took a trip to LA last year. It was absolutely gorgeous. My entree was a classic bouillabaisse, a bit under seasoned, but all the flavors were there. I will be returning very soon.

ceajay simsuangco

Going here was my first actual experience with fine dining. I went with my girlfriend for dinner, and it was the best dinner I've ever had. The atmosphere was very nice and the service was impeccable. The food was extremely delicious and fresh. I got the Mac and cheese with truffle which was good but not great probably because I'm not really a big fan of Mac and cheese in the first place. I then had some soup I think it was the beet soup and it was thick and rich in flavor, very delicious. For my entree, I got the trout cooked medium rare which was the chef's recommendation, and it was one of the best things I have eaten. The fish was perfectly cooked, nice sear on the outside but still somewhat raw inside, and I could definitely taste the freshness. My last dish was the creme brulee and it was perfectly done, nice caramelized crust on top and it was the perfect sweetness. Overall, I can't wait to come back, and I know consider it as one of my favorite restaurants.

David Pitts

I loved my time here great food and awesome people

Dave C.

Took my girlfriend here for our 1 year anniversary. They sat us at this awkward booth/chair table thing that you typically find in Denny's. We are both larger than your average person, so a little forethought could've been used I guess, but I stuck it out even after being whacked in the head with plates and patrons trying to get around me and the other person sitting 9 inches behind me. We had our orders in when they sat another couple right beside us (1 ft space between table) and the dude kept blowing his nose and basically killed my mood at that point. They brought their food out before we got our first course...pretty sure they messed up our order with theirs somehow, but that would be too much text to explain. BUT even after this inconvenience and the wait...the first course, pumpkin curry, was amazing. The second course was good, I didn't really appreciate the shrimp/risotto taste as much as somebody else, but it was still good. The scallops where hands down the best I've EVER had in my life. Almost gelatinous, with a seared top on a bed of 2 different types of mushrooms. My girlfriend got the octopus which was cooked very well, blindfolded, you probably wouldn't guess it was octopus, and she had the pork belly ravioli which was also really good. Dessert was good, didnt really wow me, but the coconut sorbet was nice (also probably the best value pound for pound on the menu) Our waiter was nice, his French accent made it easier to spend a car payment on food and service. If they would take one table out of there to make a little more space, or sat us somewhere with some more room or privacy, I would've given them 5 stars.

Lisa Gomes

Loved this restaurant. A bit pricey but to me really worth it. Farm to table food that was new, exciting and complex without missing the mark on flavor just to be innovative. I had a lamb dish that was tender and had that perfect seasoning that left salty flavors on my lips. The drinks were great and the atmosphere was mature and full of the eclectic style that shows a design in tune with a passion to present a dinning experience and not just a place to eat. Loved it.

Ken Roller

Awe inspiring gourmet food just a block off the beach in VA Beach. Wonderful staff. Possibly the best restaurant in Hampton Roads.

Maciej 'Matt' Golonka, MBA, AFC, MFP

It was closed without posting it on their website!

david stevenson

Fantastic food and service. Great wine list

Kathy W

The ambiance and food were great. We were very causally dressed as we came directly from the beach and glad the restaurant did not fuss about the attire. The dishes were very well prepared and flavorful. The portions are small but that's what we like about high quality restaurants like this.

Michael Van Gheem

We attended the annual French wine tasting event then stayed for dinner! The wines were fantastic, ordered several bottles. Had the softshell crabs, wife had the freshly made pasta. Awesome! Reasonably priced too!

hans lynch

Absolutely wonderful place. I really don't know where to start. The service was world class. The bar staff was attentive and knowledgeable. Our food server was the owner.... There are a lot of mid-range eateries in VB but there are very few quality high end restaurants that are worth the money. Terrapin is definitely one of the best that I've been to in VB.

Lori Croom

Jordan is an amazing mix master. Brian is funny and knowledgeable about his wines. Both are great conversationalists. Food is always on point

Tanya Schupbach

On Wednesday night try the fried chicken- you get half a chicken fried to perfection along with amazing sides at a great price!! Meal includes a glass of wine also- who does that? Have an amazing pastry chef who makes unbelievable desserts to Delight your sweet taste buds! Great attention is given in the service, and Farm Fresh Food. .

Laura Boettcher

Food tasted great but I wish the portions and/or sides were larger!

Lee L.

Awesome dining experience. The only thing better than the food is the service. Extremely friendly and helpful. We had the duck which was amazing, and the London Fog desert was perfect. You won't be disappointed.

Amy Forward

One of the best dining experiences of my life! The waitress was amazing and did an excellent job, super friendly and very helpful! The food was delicious! Portion sizes were great. They even personalized our menus for our anniversary!!! We plan to dine there again!

Sherry j

I really enjoyed the food and the beauty of the restaurant. I ordered the shrimp tempura and spinach salad and it was "Delicious". I will be returning.

Carolyn Query

Great service, great food awesome atmosphere

Hawaii Lin

Love the food and service. We will be back.

Maya Cowser

I gave a 4 star rating specifically for the food and feel of the restaurant. The food was spectacular from the 1st course to the last, and I enjoyed the feeling I got once I entered the restaurant..welcomed and that my business was appreciated. But that is strictly the basis of the 4 star rating. I will give credit where credit is due, the duck was perfectly cooked. But I will never return to this establishment, why? In this day and age a lot of people throw the "race" card around lightly, but for me perception is reality. my reservation was for 8 pm. There were tables seated around us to the left, right, and in front of us between the times of 9-9:45. At that point we'd been seated for nearly two hours and had only received our first course. While the tables around us were working m their second, I tossed it up to it being a busy night..until the table to our left received their desserts at the same time as us. I was perplexed but again, brushed it off. My last straw was when the manager/owner whoever it was made it a point to visit every table around us to check and see how their meal went and if everything was ok. Again, not pulling the race card BUT perception is reality. And the icing on the cake we received a forgotten goodbye after we had already excited the restaurant. Amazing food, but I'll spend my money elsewhere.

Crystal Cunningham

By far my favorite restaurant in Virginia Beach! The food is delicious and never fails to impress! There is always a new menu and I’m always impressed with the chef’s creativity and innovative menu choices. I haven’t been to another restaurant in va beach that has compared. One of the best places to go in Virginia Beach for a fine dining experience. Never had a bad meal here. Definitely need to save room for dessert as well.

Philip Shea

What a great Resteraunt! I heard this was good, but had no idea. Fine dining at the beach!

Shabnam M

Super disappointed with my experience here. We chose one fine dining restaurant for our trip to Virginia Beach and this was no where close. I guess I am use to better restaurants in Toronto but the food was terrible for the price. I ordered a medium steak and my steak was burnt (as you can see from the picture). It wasn't just the steak though, both the potatoes and the broccoli were also burnt. The restaurant was not even that busy. I just don't understand how the chef could even serve this or how the waitress, who didn't even come to see how our food was, even served this terrible meal! I ended eating it as I was there with three other people and didn't want to put a damper on the whole evening but this place was terrible.

Karen Russo

Being rated the number one restaurant in Virginia Beach currently, I was expecting a bit more but this was still a lovely evening.

Andrew Field

Excellent food, warm and welcoming staff.

jdrawles60509

Nice atmosphere, great dining but a limited menu. Not many choices. Still a great date spot.

Harrison Rose

Very interesting and sophisticated menu. Food was excellent. Butternut squash soup had a ton of great flavors that blend well. Risotto also had a unique combination of flavors. The cheese board was great. The duck and fried chicken were also really good. Scallops were also amazing. Even the fresh cooked bread was delicious. We ate on the enclosed patio which is a really great and cozy space. It's covered and dog friendly.

Leah Rampling

Visited here for the hubby's and my anniversary. Everything we had, we thoroughly enjoyed. We shared the charcuterie plate for the appetizer. For dinner, I had the lamb Bolognese pasta. The husband ordered a burger. With their happy hour we saved $7. So, of course, we had to spend that savings on dessert. We were not disappointed with their strawberry shortcake!

Celena Cox

My friend and I had a lovely dinner here. The tasting menu was a reasonable price, and everything we had was delicious. The service was also wonderful.

Tom Noel

The food is fantastic and the staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. It's a great place to visit during restaurant week. You'll pay for the quality and its worth it.

hans lynch

Absolutely wonderful place. I really don't know where to start. The service was world class. The bar staff was attentive and knowledgeable. Our food server was the owner.... There are a lot of mid-range eateries in VB but there are very few quality high end restaurants that are worth the money. Terrapin is definitely one of the best that I've been to in VB.

Chris Ubaldi

Bit crowded inside, fairly close to the table next to you. That alone will keep me away. Ordered fish, specifically asked that it be fully cooked, arrived undercooked. The waiter, attentive until the meals arrived, did not come by to check on our food. Another polite worker took my fish back to be completely cooked. It did come back cooked with an apology. Did not notice anything profound about this "farm to fork" concept, except, perhaps, a lot of butter on the final cooked product. The basil ice cream was very good. An observation: It would appear the staff is more attentive and courteous to their "regulars" or however their judgement on patrons is decided. I was not inspired to return and will not. Final comment. go elsewhere.

antonio perez

I will definitely be coming back next time I am in VA

mykel pyles

The little heaven tucked away. Great service and better food. Has a nice San Francisco feel with pasta and sourdough bread. Got the softshell crab and it came with a sauce n. Z99zzzzzzzdzzzzzzzzzd

Timothy Hutchison

The food was good but the evening was ruined by a horrible waiter. I can't remember his name, but I'm sure he won't last long anyway...

Alex Delierre

If I could give this restaurant 6 stars I would. The food is amazing, I had the salad and the bouillabaisse, creme brulee for desert. Cocktails are super tasty, had a couple of old fashioned and they know how to make it!! The barmaid was smilling and friendly. I highly recommend the place. Not a place to bring your kids tho.

chris bolton

Intimate atmosphere, excellent food, splendid service. Several meal and pricing options.

Valerie Ringer

Deliscious Food and Great Service!

Associates For Libraries

We visited this restaurant twice in a span of three months. The service was outstanding both times. The food was excellent both times. The standard wine pairing is ok however the more expensive pairing in good. The atmosphere was excellent during our first visit however it was poor to fair during this visit last night. The seating during our first visit was spacious and comfortable. This time we were put in a cramped table almost on top of other people. In the end, we have decided not to visit this restaurant again. There are so many farm to table choices now and atmosphere, for us, is important. Terrapin's comes up short for us.

Tom Helbig

If you call to make a reservation it will be very personalized for you, which is a great little bonus on top of a great meal. The staff was extremely friendly as well, and was patient with our many questions.

Holly Buechel

Delicious tasting menu, great wine recommendations from the bartender

Lynelle Haugabrook

Phenomenal service! Excellent food. Definitely consider booking the patio for private events (if that's an option).

Sheryl Lynn Webster

Great find in Virginia Beach. Just a few minutes from our hotel and easy parking. The staff was wonderful and the food selection was amazing. Did not really know what to start with, so they offered to bring us a sampling of their recommendations for what we like. So we got a great sample of a few dishes with paired wines. Just WOW. All were fantastic. A must do.

Paul Micheletti

A bit on the pricey side but good atmosphere. Food is good as well. Felt a bit out of place because I do not have the wealthy man's, "I have been out on my sailboat all day." wind swept hair style.

Jean Reading

The food was good, but does not live up to the cost. The service was good and attentive, but flawed with pretentiousness. My biggest issue was the comment made early in the service. Our server encouraged us to order items from each course so that it could come out in the order the chef prefers us to eat. While this is okay if you want to tell your patrons how to eat, but make sure that you don't place rich foods at the beginning of the meal. We started with a creamed crab and corn soup which was tasty, but it was so heavy and rich that we didn't feel quite right for the remainder of our dining experience. We basically started out meal of with a large cup of heavy cream and starch.

Ryan Glasshoff

Great place and service dined here through our bed & breakfast package

Paul Brookes

For a first experience, it was very good! The service, food quality, ambience and value made it an all around good evening. No negatives. Only one bit of constructive criticism. The creme brulee was fairly thin. That being said, we had a great time. thanks

Lori Croom

Jordan is an amazing mix master. Brian is funny and knowledgeable about his wines. Both are great conversationalists. Food is always on point

P Gandy

Great food. Great service. Just a tad more expensive for amount of food on plate than comparable restaurants in area. But, food is very good.

Michael Senate

Went for a romantic dinner. Our sever was excellent and accommodating. We had the "terrapin experience" tasting menu and waine pairing, and everything was excellent. Perfect dinner choice. Mike was an excellent, and knowledgable server. Will definitely come back for our next special occasion.

Amelia Rose

This is the best restaurant I have been to in Virginia Beach. I appreciate their mission to create food from local fair and pair it with local wine. We came here in the winter and they had the 4 course dining experience with sommelier wine pairings. This was the best experience. In the summer they changed their menu and had a 4 course tasting menu. This is where the chef chooses your courses and you can add the wine pairings and everyone at the table has to participate. I love these experiences but it is hard if you are dining with anyone that has a shellfish allergy. They cannot participate so then you can't enjoy this experience just because someone could die if they ate the food the chef chose. This is a large reason why I won't be dining at Terrapin anymore. My boyfriend and I used to love coming here for the 4 course dining experience but we can't enjoy it anymore because he has a good allergy. It is very disappointing.

The Great Aeps Show

We were blown away by the service. The food was a step above anything I have had in the area in a long time. Had to get a few pictures of the appetizers and desert but even they can’t do the food justice. The main was even better looking but I didn’t want to keep taking the phone out in such a classy spot. Next visit we’ll try the patio seating. Thanks for the attentiveness of our server. She made sure we had everything we wanted. Even if I did stray from the menu slightly. Thanks again for a memorable evening.

Mike Godwin

Very interesting place... food & drinks are exceptional. Very pricey for a casual atmosphere. Minimal seafood for a beach side venue. A very easy walk from the boardwalk...

Mairghread Inghean Taithligh

This place is wonderful. Great atmosphere and service. A little pricey but worth every penny. Ask for Steve he is the bomb.

Scott Williams

Probably one of the best restaurants at the beach. I can only come up with 2 others that would come close. Very expressive, but the food reflects it. I had a filet mignon, with an amazing soup that I can not recall and dessert. Even their butter is top class and shaped like little turtles.

Sharon D Tillman

Short Rib Rigatoni will have you crying tears of sheer joy.

Justin B.

Really over-hyped. There are many better options in Virginia Beach. I have never been impressed. We were there last night and nothing has changed. Very mediocre when compared to the prices.

June Davis

Not impressed. Atmosphere very casual not elegant. I Went to this restaurant for my wedding anniversary this past weekend. Food was ok but they are VERY stingy with food. We were told by waitress that they encourage customers to share food. I thought it was romantic so I was anxious to see the portion sizes. Salad was literally about 1cup of lettuce with a few capers sprinkled on it. It was enough for 1 person. There were about 6-8 MINI ravioli on a shared entree plate. Long story short, we left there starving. We ended up eating at Subway right after. Will not return.

Brian Cebrian

My wife and I went here for dinner for her birthday. The service is absolutely first rate. Our server, Nerissa, who apparently was new to this restaurant and had a shadow, was fantastic. She was friendly and knowledgeable. She made our evening very pleasant. The rest of the staff was just a attentive and courteous . We enjoyed our food, well prepared and attractively presented. My steak was perfectly cooked. We will be returning.

Cora Blue

Absolutely fantastic food, great service, nice atmosphere. Best Fois Gras I've ever had, and the lamb was amazing!

Tom Townes

They know what they're doing. Laura and Jordan are fantastic, as is the food.

Lauren Hairston

So i booked this place for our 1 year wedding anniversary. It was our first time going to this restaurant and from the minute we got there it was great. We sat at the bar first before we were seated and of course I had no idea what to get. I told the bar tender what I’m into but I’m so indecisive. So She told me hey let me make you something I think you’ll like. And she hit it. It was great! Dinner was pretty good too. Maybe could of used alittle more seasoning but the ceviche was great! I think the main reason for this review is the attention to detail they give their guests. Everyone that serviced us knew it was our anniversary. That rarely happens. And they gave us complimentary glasses of wine to start. I don’t think I’ve felt so special. But it gets better. When our menus came, they printed on the menus happy anniversary mr and Mrs Couillard! I was blown away. Im like no this is not happening.!! That had to be the sweetest thing any restaurant has ever done. I would tell anyone to go here . I’d take something like this any day over a cheesy song! I just want to say thank you !! I’ll recommend this place for sure. Cute first date spot to guys !!

Amelia Rose

This is the best restaurant I have been to in Virginia Beach. I appreciate their mission to create food from local fair and pair it with local wine. We came here in the winter and they had the 4 course dining experience with sommelier wine …

Lori Perron

My husband and I were celebrating my birthday. The service was excellent and the food far exceeded my expectations. I had the Baby Beet Salad as my first course. This plate arrived as a colorful masterpiece. The varying types of roasted beets with goat cheese was delicious. My second course was the truffle Mac & cheese. The homemade cork screw pasta & creamy cheese sauce was great. Then I had the cauliflower steak with caramelized onions & capers. WOW! When our waitress brought my Hearts of Chocolate dessert there was a single lit candle on the plate and we were in awe of this beautiful work of art. This was truly the finest dining experience I've ever been priveledged to enjoy. I would highly recommend Terripin Restaurant.

Shaun Rai

Terrapin is an exceptional restaurant in Virginia beach. I have eaten here many times over the years. Terrapin is a "go to"' restaurant when we have family or friends visiting from out of town . I even had a surprise birthday party for my wife here. The food, wine, and staff all made the evening amazing and memorable . In general , everything on the menu is top notch. My personal favorites are the tenderloin entrees and Mac n cheese.

Rachel Micheletti

Great if you want a fancy night out and have some $ to drop. Nice drink selection, all our food was interesting and tasty. I would go more, but I hate going to the oceanfront.

Lesa Sass

Amazing food and great service. The only thing that keeps it from being a 5 star is it's incredibly loud...but people are eating, drinking and being merry.

The Great Aeps Show

We were blown away by the service. The food was a step above anything I have had in the area in a long time. Had to get a few pictures of the appetizers and desert but even they can’t do the food justice. The main was even better looking but I didn’t want to keep taking the phone out in such a classy spot. Next visit we’ll try the patio seating. Thanks for the attentiveness of our server. She made sure we had everything we wanted. Even if I did stray from the menu slightly. Thanks again for a memorable evening.

Wanda Allen

You can't say enough about Terrapin. My friend has said at least 10 times that he has just eaten the best New York strip of his life. The farm fresh food can't be beat. I'm waiting for Anthony Bordaine to walk through the day. Finally our waitress, Sarah left us wanting for nothing. Delightful dining experience.

Jarred Curling

Food was absolutely wonderful. We did the 4 course tasting menu. I had the ceasar salad, truffle mac and cheese, lobster spaghetti, and cheesecake...everything was very fresh and tasted great! Service was exceptional and the staff was very knowledgeable of the menu and their wines. Can't wait to go back, highly recommend!

Justin Cantamessa

My friend recommended me about this restaurant and i must say it is really a very good one. The ambiance is very good and the food is also very delicious.

Mike Godwin

Very interesting place... food & drinks are exceptional. Very pricey for a casual atmosphere. Minimal seafood for a beach side venue. A very easy walk from the boardwalk...

sbby77 s

Such a warm fuzzy feeling kind of place. The food is excellent, perfectly executed and full of flavor. Wednesday nights are my favorite, the fried chicken dinner is unlike any other fried chicken I've ever had. I think they brine it before they fry it, it's so tender and perfect, there's also something about the breading or batter on it, it's not traditional but I would like for it to be! The truffle mac n cheese is so yummy too. That beet salad is not something you want to miss either! Don't share it!!

Jaclyn Chomsky

Service was great...the food was delicious and fresh! A must if your visiting VA beach!

Juan Carlos

One of the best restaurant I've ever experienced. Calm and cozy atmosphere. staff was too good with great experience. Thanks Terrapin team for the wonderful experience. I will definitely recommend it to others.

Josie Beck

The food and service has never disappointed in all of the years we have dined at Terrapins!

Laverne Williamson

This restaurant has a nice contemporary feel to it. Fresh oysters, a rockfish catch of the day, these are the kinds of items you'll find here. You can eat a la carte, or do a prix fixe arrangement of four dishes. Interestingly, they do not shrink the portions if you are having four courses. The dishes are attractively plated, and the waitstaff seems to be trying hard, though they may be overworked on a busy night.

Lucas Cage

Simply amazing... one of the most romantic date spots in va beach

Carrie Williams

Had another wonderful dinner at the bar last night. Service is always exceptional and the food was delicious! Can't wait to go back....

A Q

Went for my 5 year anniversary. Not exactly a button up and tie setting but we didn't feel out of place being dressed up either. The wait staff was absolutely outstanding. It was a busy night and the wait for our food was longer than expected but the staff was very attentive. We chose the tasting menu and every dish was amazing. Strongly recommend if you are in VA beach.

Korren Golden

The food here is excellent. The service here is excellent. The attention to detail here is excellent. Mike was our waiter and he was outstanding and knowledgeable. Nice little upscale place for a special night out. I got the Terrapin Experience which is a 4 course meal for $60, it was quite the deal for all the food we got. It does require full table participation but it is worth it, and that's what I would recommend to anyone who wants to go here.

Michael Moses

Quirky, excellent, and memorable service, food was delicious and on-point. The 3 Chocolates desert (sic) was amazing. Really enjoyed the evening here, will recommend to anyone visiting VA Beach. Get the absinthe cocktail, quite interesting.

Eriks Goodwin

Terrapin is consistently perfect. Excellent cuisine, excellent service. Casual elegance at its finest. The menu is often changing due to the obsession with local farm-to-table and sea-to-table focus. My favorite example is the octopus they offer in season: most restaurants turn octopus into used chewing gum, but Terrapin cooks it via sous vide for hours, then sears it at the end-- resulting in the most amazing dish ever! The new pastry chef is AMAZING! Be sure to order the Tree of Zen dessert!

Eve Dabney

Great food, great service, great atmosphere

Diamond Does it All

Amazing food. Attentive staff. Unbeatable experience.

Ryan Ballinger

Food was amazing, our waitress was on top of everything. Highly recommend

Cheryl King

Restaurant week wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Terrapin Restaurant with our beloved friends and next door neighbors.Everyone had a wonderful meal!We Started with the vegan Caesar salad. Our neighbor raved about the mussels appetizer.All our entrees were top notch...the lamb Bolognese, short ribs, rockfish, and vegan risotto to round out our phenomenal meal! No complaints here!We finished with sorbet, ice cream, and creme brûlée and full tummies!!Would definitely recommend. Service was top notch. Water was refilled continually. Wine and drinks were refilled in a very timely manner.

Morgan Chase

Arguably one of the last bastions of fine dining in Virginia Beach. Local produce and proteins rein supreme here, on a menu that is as seasonal as it is selective. Each item feels Hand picked and hand crafted, and often had the price tag to match. But each visit leaves me feeling like I paid for not just a meal, but an experience. From the first step in the door until the last bite, dinner at Terrapin feels like a bespoke experience, with service and atmosphere to match the five star cuisine. For those a little more guarded of their wallet, keep an eye out for some incredible values like taco night or fried chicken and pino Wednesdays!

Timothy Jordan

This restaurant is rated one of the best in the City and deservingly so. Food is so creatively plated and the taste and textures are we presented. The bouillaise was the best I have ever tasted. The wait staff is quick and quiet. The outdoor patio is bright and airy but is beside a busy street. bring your light app on your phone since it was hard to read the menu. Reservations are a must.

Wesley Simon-Parsons

I believe this is consistently the best food in Hampton Roads. We have eaten there several times and referred many more. Whenever I have business partners in the area that are looking for a good meal, I always point them to Terrapin!

Terri Lucas

Great food and customer service!!

Charlotte Boyce

We had a lovely birthday dinner with a friend turning 50. The food was great. The wine pairing was fantastic. Our server Rebecca was awesome. Wonderful time!

pamela best

Service spectacular! As local love to come off season and get 3 for 33. . We are having a superb evening!

Jorge Garza

All this place needs is to double its serving size. Satisfied customer though.

Martisha Duncan

This is one of my go-to restaurants in VaBeach for fine dining!!! Everything from atmosphere, service, wines and food is always stellar!!! One shout out to the bartenders here - next time you are out anywhere, watch the bartenders make a drink. Do they taste it before serving it to you??? They do here - EVERYTIME!!!!

Ethan Lercher

On par with some of the best NYC restaurants serving eclectic American cuisine. Excellent bread, delicious appetizers, extraordinary entrees, and exquisite desserts. Nice service too. Fantastic that this restaurant is in Virginia Beach. What a haven for a great meal.

Noel Beecroft

The revamped Terrapin is fantastic! Loved everything.

Dezzie Rez

I enjoyed terrapin a lot. My only experience eating there was for their Valentine’s Day special 6 course dinner and it was delicious. My complaint would have been that it was very cramped and you were inches from the next couple but I think that was because of the event. The food was exquisite and the drinks were strong. Very polite staff!!! Only thing that is ruins it is the poor inferior which lacks class and is just plain ol run down looking . It needs an update badly but the food is on par with any top restaurant in the area.

nicole jackowski

Our party of 7 was not a fan of the food nor the service! The prices are ridiculous for the portion size! Our server made us ALL feel like we were a burden, judged as if we would not tip accordingly, and had no interest in giving great customer service. We will spend our hard earned "Service Industry" money at a place that treats us they way we deserve. Needless to say, we will not return to this establishment.

Katrin Kaba

Very good food!Amazing meals ,very clean and professional staff!Love to spend time here.

Maria Marshall

This is a great restaurant. The food was excellent (my wife decided that it wasn’t that she didn’t risottos but that no one had ever prepared one that she liked until here - in this case loved) - we shared two starters and a main course - all three were great. The presentation was that each of the appetizers was split and presented to us on separate plates and I only wonder why that was not done for the main course. The service was excellent indicating a good staff and great management.

Ivy M

Great food, great service! Dessert is a must!! Will definitely come back

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Decent restaurant away from the insanity of the oceanfront. Great selections of food. Their specialty is farm to table and its obvious, very fresh food.

Violet Ortiz

We started off with the cheese board. It had two cow milk cheeses and one goat milk cheese, apples, homemade spicy mustard, candied pecans, homemade jam, toasted bread, Granny Smith apples...so many good flavors. For dinner I had Fresh homemade clam pasta, and he had short ribs that practically melted in your mouth. The presentation was out of this world. Dessert was a chocolate "Gift for you" which was the perfect size to share. If you want beach fine dining, this is your place. The food was so fresh and appetizing.

Tracy McKay

Always a great experience. A lovely restaurant with outstanding food and service. Also recently discovered that their patio is dog friendly!

Victoria Wheeler

Enjoyed the pasta dishes!

L L

Took my wife there for our 23rd anniversary over the Memorial Day weekend. Based on the previous reviews I though I had struck gold. Was I EVER wrong. Small, I do mean fit for a toddler, portion sizes - complimentary sour dough bread was ONLY 1 piece that was about half the size of an English muffin and we had to request more! After the 2nd request we got the message that they were on a sourdough bread conservation campaign. The ravioli entree, though tasty, was tiny in size and I counted 7 pieces. In short, we left there looking for another restaurant to fill our lingering hunger. (So you can get an idea of what I'm talking about, I am 5' 9" and weigh about 175lbs. No contender for the biggest loser contest by any stretch nor am I scheduled for anorexia counseling). And yes, we did eat a whole meal at the next establishment and were finally satiated. PRICE - The price of the food would have been perfect had the portion sizes been more accommodating. However, I would consider it on the high side given our experience. SERVICE - adequate AMBIANCE - The terrace was nicely appointed yet the clientele was mixed - some wore super casual clothing (shorts, sandals) to semi-formal (sport coat, evening dress). The terrace faced the street which took away from the look and feel of the restaurant coupled by the passing noise pollution (Memorial Day weekend w/Harley's revving down the street don't exactly make for a romantic dinner - unless you're a 'hog' lover)

Heike Yates

We enjoyed our night out with great service and delicious food. Its a relaxing ambiance and the portion size is right for this kind of restaurant. I wouldn’t say it’s romantic but we had a fantastic dinner and enjoyed it. Would definitely recommend it.

Debbie Jones

The food was delicious. Combinations were creative. Fantastic service. Cozy atmosphere.

Claire H

Great food, service and fresh food. I'd recommend it for date nights and simply a night out to treat yourself for some good food. Also, they have a small but good selection of wine to pair with entres.

Andrew Moburg

We were at Terrapin last night for a birthday dinner. We started off at the bar with a pineapple daiquiri and a habanero tequila old fashioned. Both drinks were fantastic and the bartender was delightful. Once we were seated at our table we had the beef tartar which was very nicely done. The mustard emulsion gave it a nice “next level” flavor. For mains, we each had one of the highly recommended pasta dishes. I’m not going to say which ones, because you need to try them all!! The house made pasta is cooked perfectly and has a very nice texture. All of the flavors blended perfectly with the sauce to create a very balanced dish. Overall I would say that Terrapin delivers a great dining experience with their very polite and helpful staff and amazing culinary delights.

Jackie Sargent

Dinner was AMAZING and the service even better!

Balthazar Denk

Great atmosphere

Gary Lemmons

Excellent!

Tammy Rodriguez

This restaurant is rated one of the best in the City and deservingly so. Food is so creatively plated and the taste and textures are we presented. The bouillaise was the best I have ever tasted. The wait staff is quick and quiet. The outdoor patio is bright and airy but is beside a busy street. bring your light app on your phone since it was hard to read the menu. Reservations are a must.

James Palomo

I really enjoyed the restaurant, atmosphere, and staff, however, I didn't love the food. The seafood pasta flavor was unmatched to the overpowering taste of lemon. The shrimp within the pasta didn't have much flavor on its own either. The Bouillabaisse was pretty good, but wasn't filling for the price. The blend of spice and flavor worked well with all the varieties of seafood within the plate.

Chandra Dahiya

Wonderful experience. The food was delicious. All 8 of us liked our dishes very much. Service was great. Our waitress was professional and courteous. The atmosphere is sophisticated. Only complaint I have is food portions was tiny in big bowls/plates.

Jennifer Lynn

Came here for anniversary. The menu said happy anniversary and our names on it... a d we got to keep it! They gave us each a glass of wine. Amazing service. Everyone you talked to was very informational. Got to try most of the menu with the 4 course meal they have.

Meredith Dhillon

I went for my birthday, they even put "Happy Birthday" on the menu. The staff were so gracious and professional. I added a picture of the dish I loved most, the salmon tartar. It was really fresh and delicious. The wine selection was also very good! This was a very special birthday dinner and I would love to visit again.

Akhil Sharath

Absolutely wonderful experience. Great food, amazing staff, good drinks and food that is incredible makes for a great experience. I came here with my parents to celebrate a birthday, and we had a great time. The service was vert attentive, …

Cory Coho

They reopened and we went as soon as the doors opened. Beautiful inside and the food was great. Just had a couple apps and drinks. Check out the signature drinks. They have honeysuckle vodka and a gin drink with preserves that is out of this world and I don't ever drink gin. But I will when we go back

Rob Hillard

Top-notch farm-to-table food from a James Beard recognized restaurant. Great seasonal flavors and creative cocktails. Beer menu was slightly lacking in regional brews, but otherwise a solid upscale place.

Kailey Martinez Zdankiewicz

Older crowd, good food, limited number of beers on tap.

Heather Brown

Very expensive food that was not great. It was absolutely freezing in there too. Service was ok but again, not comenserate with the prices. I don't mind paying that much for food on a special occasion but it better be amazing.

tish norfleet

Based on the reviews, my husband and I celebrated our anniversary here. We were not disappointed. We were greeted with enthusiasm by the hostess and our server was great. The food was delicious. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves and will be back.

Angela Summers

Such an amazing food experience! Jordan, our bartender, was professional but fun, and so attentive. The bouillabaisse is easily worth more than we paid for the entire 3 course meal they offer in the bar. (See web site for 3 course availability.) Classy place, great for foodies, highly recommend!

Samuel Martinez

Excellent customer service, delicious food and the place very comfortable.

Violet Ortiz

We started off with the cheese board. It had two cow milk cheeses and one goat milk cheese, apples, homemade spicy mustard, candied pecans, homemade jam, toasted bread, Granny Smith apples...so many good flavors. For dinner I had Fresh homemade clam pasta, and he had short ribs that practically melted in your mouth. The presentation was out of this world. Dessert was a chocolate "Gift for you" which was the perfect size to share. If you want beach fine dining, this is your place. The food was so fresh and appetizing.

Mike Welch

Fine dining...the filet was perfectly cooked. Tip...try the Apple of my Eye...Phenomenal!

Patrick Prutsman

OK at best. I'm not sure if the "style" of the server was to pretend we weren't there or not, but I don't plan to hurry back to find out. Food was goodish, but certainly over priced.

Meggean Scott

This place has amazing food and service! I make it a tradition to come by at least once each vacation and it's always one of my highlights!

luvin lyfe

Great seafood and great flavored desserts. Friendly staff and affordable prices for a high quality..

april delaney

Great food and hospitality

Josh

Best wine experience I've ever had. They were very informative.

Tidewater Home Improvement LLC

Excellent service with delicious food and great variety in the menu.

Tracy McKay

Always a great experience. A lovely restaurant with outstanding food and service. Also recently discovered that their patio is dog friendly!

Jeff Belcher

My family have dined at Terrapin's for the past 8 years. Staff has been very consistent & concerned about farm to table quality of ingredients used in the dishes. Very comfortable environment & every attention to detail has been accounted for to make for a splendid evening.

Lee Markosky

Service was good, Food excellent, nice atmosphere

Jason Pogue

This is one of the nicest restaurants in Va Beach! The service is top notice and the food was incredible. I’m a vegan and have food allergies. They were happy to take the butter out of the cauliflower steak for me and even mentioned they even know who grows their cauliflower. I’d recommend this lovely place to anyone who likes high quality foods and a really kind atmosphere. My wife and I will surely be returning. Thanks again guys!

Fei Huang

It’s top 10 restaurant at Virginia Beach. If you like seafood, you definitely need to try it. It is so fresh! Also people here are supper nice and friendly! It’s a little pricey, but it definitely worth it!

Robin Gennitti

Fine dining with a flare for the beach goers!!

Alison McCombs

This is my favorite fancy restaurant in all of Virginia Beach. If I need to come somewhere for a birthday or a date or special occasion, this is the place I think of. Want to bring me out for a nice meal and surprise me or make me happy? Bring me here. If you tell them when you book that it's a birthday or celebration - they will print a special menu with your or a guest's name on it and then roll it up as a keepsake to take home. It's a cute, personal touch. Again (my theme) this restaurant sources locally from farms and nearby suppliers so the menu is tempered by what is available and in-season but there are some things that are always on the menu. The chef has burger and taco nights and you can join the mailing list to find out about monthly culinary events. They have a lovely patio you can sit on in warmer months that is covered and has warming lamps. I love it. My favorite items on the menu are their risotto (the flavor and ingredients change but it is always delicious), pasta (house-made), and scallops. Really it is all good though. They have delicious coffee in a fine french-press and ever-changing desserts with delicious options - last time I had a dark and orange chocolate bomb that was AMAZING! They really take pride in service here and the staff are polite, prompt and efficient. This is the kind'a place where you'll get a black napkin if you are wearing a dark outfit instead of white, they'll take your coat at the door, they ask if it's a special occasion or if there are allergies when you make your reservation, and if they try to bring your food to the table while one of your party is in the bathroom, they'll sneak off and keep it warm in the kitchen until you have returned so they can give you both your plate at the same time. I love it.

Emily Horvath

This is one of my favorite places in Virginia Beach and the renovation doesn't disappoint, it makes it even better. Excellent food, service and atmosphere.

Business Hours of Terrapin in Virginia

SUNDAY
5–9PM
MONDAY
5–9PM
TUESDAY
5–9PM
WEDNESDAY
5–9PM
THURSDAY
5–9PM
FRIDAY
5–10PM
SATURDAY
5–10PM

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