The sun is just about to set and the sky has a golden rosy glow that matches the mood of everyone sharing a cocktail or well deserved beer at the end of a long week. Laughter and music fill the deck that overlooks the Lynnhaven River as a boat docks quietly. Dockside Seafood and Fishing Center in the Chick's Beach area of Virginia Beach really is the closest most people can get to beach living without winning the lottery.
Nestled on the water at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Dockside used to play second fiddle to Chick's on its left and Bubba's on its right, but after years of quiet success it is fast becoming a destination all on its own.
A true family restaurant, on any given day you'll find locals gathered around the outdoor picnic tables for peel and eat shrimp, raw oysters and fresh catch specials, and when they say fresh, they mean it. Local fishing boats dock throughout the day and specials reflect their
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catch. Daily specials can be broiled, blackened, fried or stuffed with crabmeat - any way you like it.
The relaxed atmosphere at Dockside is perfect for a bite after a day at the beach and there is no question that children are welcome diners. In addition to the spacious dining room and garden room with a wall that the kids will have to see to believe, the romantic sunsets and cozy deck are a perfect setting for a first date or a twentieth anniversary.
For the truly adventurous, Dockside offers half-day fishing trips and sunset dolphin watch cruises. The experience is reasonably priced at $20 for kids and $35 for adults for fishing. For the dolphin cruises the kids are $11 and adults are $19 (kids under 3 are always free) and the memories will last a lifetime. Check their website for schedules and up to date pricing. The also have some great links and informative tips for both first timers and seasoned watermen (and women!)
For lunch or dinner, by boat or by car, eat in or take out, even catch your own; you'll be sure to enjoy yourself.