The state of Virginia is extremely varied, with a busy population-dense metropolitan area outside of the nation’s capitol to the striking mountain ranges and wide-open spaces of the south. One commonality across the state is that wherever you go, there will be plenty of restaurants serving amazing seafood. We have compiled a list of some of the best places to try.
Public Fish and Oyster can be found in the heart of Virginia. Make sure to order from the wide selection of oysters for unparalleled deliciousness. This Charlottesville establishment has a list of the oyster options with descriptions differentiating them based on location, brine and finish to help guide guests to their ideal selection. The atmosphere is lively and energetic, but it is fairly small, so make sure to make reservations. Enjoy a bottle off the extensive wine list or order a draft beer or signature cocktail.
Public Fish and Oyster, 513 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA, USA, +1 434 995 5542
Virginia’s state capitol of Richmond may be far from the shore, but that doesn’t mean that it is lacking in seafood. Bookbinder’s Seafood and Steakhouse provides the best of the land and the sea. Order one of the live lobstersand have it freshly cooked, or try the Bookbinder’s famous jumbo lump crab cake. With the varied selection and gluten free menu, Bookbinder’s is the perfect spot for groups to make sure everyone leaves full and satisfied.
Bookbinder’s Seafood & Steakhouse, 2306 E Cary St, Richmond, VA, USA, +1 804 643 6900
Right outside of the nation’s capital is the destination for delicious crab. At Quarterdeck in Arlington guests feast on blue crab ranging in size from medium to jumbo, and those who prefer crab legs can order one and a half pounds of snow crab, Dungeness crab, or king crab legs. Weather permitting, the best place to eat is outside and spend the evening relaxing and eating on the patio. For those who don’t like crab, there are plenty of other seafood options and a couple of land options. So kick back and enjoy some beer and satisfying food at Quarterdeck.
Quarterdeck, 1200 Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA, USA +1 703 528 2722
Some upmarket restaurants have the tendency to feel aloof and unwelcoming, but this isn’t true of Shoemakers American Grille. Guests will feel warmth and attentiveness from the hostesses to the efficient waiters. Start with the scallops topped with bacon, onion, peppers, and Parmesan cheese or the hot shrimp and crab dip served with grilled flatbread. Save room for the shookie, which is a hot chocolate chip cookie topped with Haagen-Dazs ice cream served in a cast iron skillet.
Shoemakers American Grille, 1312 Commerce Street, Lynchburg, VA, USA, +1 434 455 1510