Best Seafood in Sandbridge

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Along the sweeping shores of Virginia Beach lies Sandbridge, a charming coastal community where every moment feels like a vacation. With pristine beaches, fabulous restaurants, and an easygoing atmosphere, it's the perfect destination to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

One of the first things you’ll want to know when you arrive for your oceanfront getaway is where to grab the best seafood in town. Widely known as a seafood haven, Sandbridge’s culinary scene promises an unforgettable dining experience that will get you hooked and leave you craving more.

The restaurants of Sandbridge showcase the finest selection of fresh local catches, with each offering a unique blend of flavor, ambiance, and coastal charm. Whether you're a seafood enthusiast or are simply curious what Viriginia has to offer, dive into a sea of flavor as you explore our picks for the best seafood in Sandbridge!

Blue Seafood & Spirits

Just a 20-minute drive from our vacation rentals lies Blue Seafood & Spirits, voted the top seafood restaurant in America this year by Yelp users. In accordance with their “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” philosophy, Blue Seafood & Spirits offers the freshest seafood Sandbridge has to offer. Their menu includes mouthwatering seafood options from fried eastern shore oysters to a seafood combo that includes a fresh catch, sea scallops, and lump crab cake.

This isn't chef/owner Charles Thain’s first undertaking in the restaurant biz. He got his start in the industry at only 13 years old, working his way up through local Virginia Beach spots and then attending Johnson & Wales University’s College of Culinary Arts before eventually returning to his hometown. Thain’s signature dishes include fried oysters, crab cakes, and she-crab soups. He likes to prepare the seafood traditionally, and then add his own unique flair.

Whether you’re craving classic seafood favorites or want to explore new culinary delights, Blue Seafood & Spirits is the perfect destination for a date night or celebration. Just keep in mind that they don’t take reservations, so you’ll want to arrive early!

Location: 2181 Upton Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Phone: (757)-689-5395


Located right in the heart of Sandbridge, this local favorite provides top-notch seafood and quality entertainment, with an bay view to boot! With menu options for vegetarian and gluten-free guests, as well as offerings beyond seafood, there’s something here for everyone.

Order a Mai Tai and the cooked-to-perfection Coconut Pecan Shrimp while you enjoy epic sunset views over the water. With live entertainment and cozy coastal ambiance, it’s the perfect place for a night out during your Sandbridge vacation.  

Need a pick me up the next morning? Check out Baja Coffee Co.! Featuring ethically sourced beans that are roasted in-house, their coffee is the best in town. Grab a cold brew and a cinnamon roll, and start your morning off right. Keeping you covered from morning to night, these are two staples you don’t want to miss.

Location: 3701 Sandpiper Rd Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456

Phone: (757)-426-7748   

Sandbridge Island Restaurant

Located in what’s considered downtown Sandbridge, ‘The Island’, as locals call it, serves up delicious pizzas and seafood.  The staff and bartenders are welcoming and with an outside deck it's a great place to view the ocean and enjoy your favorite beverage! During the summer months they always have something fun going on. They are open for lunch and dinner daily during the summer.

Location: 205 Sandbridge Rd.

Phone: (757)-721-2899

Pizza & Take Out: (757)-721-2977

Blue Pete’s

Coined “The Locals’ Secret,” Blue Pete’s is a hidden gem just ten minutes from Sandbridge Beach. Offering high-class seafood fare in a family-friendly atmosphere, they’re known for their delicious cuisine and exceptional customer service. One of their servers captured the essence of the restaurant perfectly, saying, “We’re not fancy, but our food is.”

Co-owners Nicholas and Christina Cleanthes have a unique story—they met at Blue Pete’s while she was serving, and he was playing music. What started as Nicholas asking her on a date over the microphone soon blossomed. Years later, they own the establishment as a married couple and are dedicated to making every guest feel like a local.

Signature dishes at Blue Pete’s include the Mahi Imperial, a lobster bowl, lemon-crested salmon, crab cakes, and more. Come experience the ambiance and unparalleled ocean views at Blue Pete’s—they’re sure to make you feel right at home!

Location: 1400 North Muddy Creek Road, Virginia Beach, VA, 23456

Phone: (757)-426-227

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Margie & Ray's

If you're looking for a classic surf-n-turf crab shack, look no further than Margie & Ray's. With its authentic Southern charm and delicious seafood, this spot is an iconic local staple. Originally founded by husband-and-wife duo Margie and Ray Blanton as a small country store and tackle shop, their son Thomas renovated it into a seafood restaurant in 1997. Business has been booming ever since!

Locals recommend the She Crab Soup, widely known as the best in the Tidewater region. Another favorite dish is their grilled or fried seafood sampler. With extensive breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, you’re sure to enjoy a fantastic meal at Margie & Ray's.

Location: 1240 Sandbridge Road, Virginia Beach, VA

Phone: (757)-426-2397

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Come and experience the best seafood in Sandbridge for yourself! Our coastal community has everything you need for an unforgettable and relaxing getaway. Whether you’re looking for a rental with a private pool, an oceanfront property, or pet-friendly options, Sandbridge Life has you covered. Browse our available rentals now, and book your next vacation directly with us today!