You’ve already heard us say it: the winter months are a great time to enjoy seafood along our coast. And what’s better than a plateful of fresh seafood? Why sharing it with friends and family, of course! 

In the spirit of sharing, we’ve rounded up some of our locals’ favorite spots for enjoying a great coastal feast in even greater company.


For the Kiddos


Captain Georges

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Eat and swing at Rudee’s Restaurant & Cabana Bar when you sit outside at one of the restaurant’s popular gliding tables and take in a beautiful view of the water. The children’s menu – featuring fried shrimp, fish sticks, and even mini burger and hot dog baskets – also doubles as a coloring activity page. They can even add a souvenir frisbee to their order (perfect for tiring them out later in the day).

Sure, Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant has long been known for its local appeal and coastal favorites, but it’s the restaurant’s Little Shipmate’s Menu that makes it a family must-stop. In addition to offering kid-friendly favorites like Fish & Shrimp and Fried Baby Shrimp, the menu includes one (accompanied) trip to the all-you-can-eat dessert bar that’ll surely have your littlest diners calling this their favorite spot yet!


For the Whole Family



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One of the locals’ most beloved dining spots, Tautog’s fish and seafood entrees and coastal-inspired soups, salads, sandwiches and more may just be served by some of the friendliest people in town in a casual, nostalgic ambiance that’ll please the palate of everyone in your party! 

Anchoring the Chesapeake Bay District, Bubba’s Crabhouse & Seafood Restaurant serves up seafood dishes perfectly paired with inlet views. With fresh-caught fish delivered daily and unbeatable crab cakes made with fresh, local blue crab, Bubba’s will definitely become one of your family’s favorite spots.


For Mom & Dad


Terrapin Restaurant


A special dinner away from the hustle and bustle of a family gathering should feel… well, special! Look no further than one of VB’s most special spots, Terrapin. The AAA-rated restaurant led by beloved (and James Beard House-acclaimed) Chef Rodney Einhorn showcases the very best of our city’s seafood and farm-fresh ingredients.

Feel a world away yet right at home at Blue Seafood and Spirits. The intimate, French-inspired bistro delivers on fresh, locally caught seafood in a casual yet elegant setting. Consider starting with their award-winning crab cakes and splurge on all of the fish entrees – just make sure you save room for their mouth-watering chocolate bread pudding for dessert.