Our family took a long weekend trip to VA Beach a couple of weeks ago and did so many fun things while we were there! Of course, we were at the beach so the sand and water were our main attractions and we did a lot of packed lunches and snacks....BUT we knew that we wanted to have one really nice meal while we were there and while researching for great restaurants, I found 11th Street Taphouse Bar & Grille. They currently have one restaurant that opened in 2010(the VA Beach location) and have since then opened three additional restaurants in Maryland.
It also is conveniently located inside of the Hampton Inn hotel! Had we stayed at this particular hotel, we probably would have eaten here every meal! The restaurant itself is very relaxed...it is a perfect spot for either a date night or family outing. I love that they have acoustic music each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and the patio outside was perfect for our dinner that evening. We were next to the ocean so the breeze felt amazing and the live music made for a such a wonderful dinner. They even had giant jenga which kept our kiddos occupied while waiting for our entrees! Their menu has a nice variety of food options.....they have something for everyone with seafood being the star dishes! Their draft list includes about 32 taps, most of which they try to keep local. If you know anything about me, you know that I LOVE a good beer, so of course we ordered a couple of beers local to VA Beach!
We started with the Beach Lobster Dip which had lobster, artichoke, ale and cheese and served with blue corn chips. It was so tasty! Just the right amount of lobster, cheese and artichoke...it was creamy, not runny like a lot of restaurants make "dip." My daughter is an extremely picky eater and I was surprised when she decided to try it! Well, I am happy to say that she loved it!
Next up were the main entrees! I got the Shrimp and Crab Boat which had three cheese cream, parmesan cheese, garlic herb potatoes and buttered green beans. It was so tasty and being that seafood is my favorite choice of food, I was in heaven! I wanted to make sure I tried a little of every dish, and I am so glad I did!
Carter ordered the Crabcakes which had a cucumber dill aoli and served with herb potatoes and buttered green beans. He said they were delicious and had a lot of flavor! I thought they had just the right amount of breading to crab ratio and the aoli went so well! Carter felt so special and grown up ordering from the adult menu and he LOVES crabcakes so he was as happy as a lark!
Jay got the Tuna which had a honey sriracha glaze, mandarin crab peanut slaw, jasmine rice and buttered green beans. The tuna was seared perfectly, had a lot of flavor, and all paired so well together! It had a little spice to it, but not overbearing!
And finally, Kaleigh's dish! The Surf and Turf was probably my favorite dish of the night. It was a 6 ounce filet mignon topped with sauteed shrimp in a buttery sauce with roasted potatoes and wilted spinach. The steak was perfectly cooked and was bursting with flavor in every bite! The shrimp paired so well and the buttery sauce was simply amazing!
Onto desserts! All of the desserts are made in house and although we were full from dinner, we just had to try them! Jay and I shared the Carrot Cake which was to DIE for!! It was incredibly moist and oh so good! Jay doesn't even like carrot cake and he LOVED every bite! I didn't get the chance to try the S'mores Fudge Brownie that the kids ordered because the devoured it in .2 seconds! Haha! But I am assuming it was delicious as well!
Our server, Amanda, was so sweet and took great care of us! She was able to answer any questions we had about the menu and make suggestions for us! We spoke with Amy, the general manager, who said that the restaurant's goal is have happy customers 100% of the time. They strive to build community within their restaurant and love when people choose to make 11th Street their "regular" hangout spot. The aim to have quick service but don't rush to get you out the door. They want you to enjoy your visit. They also encourage large group outings and try to create an atmosphere that is both casual enough to to be on a date or out with your family. Having the restaurant in the hotel makes it especially convenient for those there for vacation, business trips, etc and it allows the restaurant to remain open year round!
We enjoyed our dining experience and definitely recommend 11th Street Taphouse as a go-to spot for when you visit VA Beach! Below is more information!
Sunday - Thursday 11:30AM-11PM
Friday & Saturday 11:30AM-1:30AM
Sunday-Friday from 3-6pm.
$2 Off Selected Beers, Wines by the Glass and Well Drinks.
Address: 1011 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone Number: (757) 321-8354
Hello there! My name is Ashley and I am a wedding and portrait photographer based in Richmond, Virginia. I am also a wife and mother and LOVE event planning! I enjoy discovering new restaurants, visiting local breweries and exploring RVA while hosting monthly Girls Night Out events. You can usually catch me with my laptop and a cup of coffee!
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