Dining Tuesday thru Saturday
on the Terrace
Curbside Carryout Available
Safely operating a restaurant amidst the Covid-19 concerns is a challenging undertaking. The new reality of how we interact with each other has forced us to reassess all of our old policies and procedures while developing a new model of guest interaction. We would like to share some of the changes when you visit Terrapin.
Terrace Seating Only
Reservations Are Strongly Recommended
Face Coverings Required For Guests - Face coverings will be required while not seated at the table.
Guests' Temperatures Will Be Taken - In order to help maintain a safe dining environment, we will be taking each guest's temperature before they enter with a no-touch thermometer. If any member of the party has a fever, the entire party will not be able to dine with us.
Terrapin Staff Will Wear PPE - Our entire staff will be using appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE).
Two Hour Time Limit - A time limit is necessary to ensure a controlled flow of guests into and out of the restaurant. By creating these 'dining blocks' we can be certain that your table will be ready when you arrive and prevent a situation where we might have a number of different parties waiting, in close proximity, to be seated. .
A 20% Service Charge Will Be Added To All Checks - For staff compensation
Limited Hours - Tuesday thru Saturday - Please call or book online thru Yelp for reservations or
To-Go's available for curbside pickup - Call to place your order and schedule your pickup time after 2 pm.
From Appetizers to Family Meals, we have you covered. Cure your Terrapin fix in the comfort of your own home. To complete your Terrapin experience at home, our sommelier would be happy to pair a bottle of wine with your order. For everyone's safety, we use contactless, curbside pickup for all of our to go orders.
To place your to-go order, please call 757-321-7269,
Tuesday - Saturday
after 2:00 p.m.
Chicken & Pinot
is Back on
Everybody's favorite fried chicken is back with a glass of Pinot Noir.
Call for carry out or join us on the Terrace every Wednesday.
Our Mission Statement
Beginning in 2006, we have been serving the finest quality food to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Our goal, from day one has been to make damn good food, with honest ingredients while being kind to those we meet along the way.
We are proud to present our guests with a menu free of hydrogenated oils, and high fructose corn syrup, yet full of flavor that only the freshest ingredients from local sources can provide.
At Terrapin restaurant, we are very passionate about supporting sustainable organic farmers and local watermen, as well as preserving the integrity of our menu and products.
Award Winning Contemporary Regional Cuisine
Chef Rodney is honored to be invited back to the James Beard House as part of the Virginia Craft: Heritage Eats Team
Open Table Top 50 Restaurants in the Country “Best Over All” Award
ALL MENUS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
We are currently offering dining on The Terrace by reservation only.
Heated & Covered Terrace seating only. VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY
Please wear face coverings when not seated at the table.
We are currently open Tuesday thru Saturday.
Parties 5 or more please call the restaurant for availability and table arrangements.
Sunday & Monday
Terrace Dining Only
Tuesday thru Saturday
Purchase at Terrapin
Terrapin Gift Cards are available at the restaurant in any denomination you would like.You may purchase them any day after 1:00 p.m. either at the restaurant or over the phone.
You can also purchase Terrapin Gift Cards online right here. All orders are processed within 24 hours and are mailed through USPS standard delivery. There is a $2 S&H fee applied to gift cards that are purchased online.
At Terrapin restaurant, we are passionate about sourcing locally with sustainable farmers and area watermen. Chef Rodney has dealt with many of our local purveyors for over a decade turning business relationships into friendships.
Purveyor Spotlight: Cromwell's Produce
The Cromwell’s family heritage dates back to the early 1900’s when John Giles Cromwell farmed the land around Wards Corner in Norfolk, VA. John & Betsy Cromwell have been carrying on the family tradition since 1983 on their 167 acre Virginia Beach farm. For almost a decade, the Cromwell’s have supplied Chef Rodney with a wide range of locally grown produce. Depending on the time of the year, our menu might feature their butter beans, zucchini, corn, tomatoes, baby beets, butternut squash and sweet potatoes.
Virginia Beach VA
Patrick Springs, VA
MEET THE TEAM
"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." -Henry Ford
A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Chef Rodney went on to perfect his skills at Le Cirque 2000 in New York and Sky Hotel's hip 39 Degrees Lounge in Aspen, CO. He returned home to Virginia to open Terrapin in 2006. Since then he has wowed diners with a contemporary take on traditional regional cuisine based on his refreshingly simple philosophy - keep it local, fresh and sustainable.
Brian got his start in the hospitality business at the age of 15 as a busser in a small fine dining restaurant in Clearwater, Florida. Brian found a home at Eugen’s restaurant group, managing each of them over the course of his 15 plus years there. In 2008 Brian was lured to Virginia Beach to lead the front of the house at Terrapin. In his ten years as the General Manager he has redefined the standards of fine dining in Southeast Virginia. A certified Sommelier and consumate host, Brian has a genuine passion for hospitality.
Jordan learned his trade on the high seas as a cruise ship bartender. For over two decades, he tended bar on oceans (Atlantic & Pacific) and on land (from Alaska to Nantucket) before joining us in early 2018. Jordan's greatest gift is not his refined palate nor his quick wit. It is his penchant for finding rare bourbons.
Since opening, in April of 2006, Terrapin has been the standard bearer for fine dining in Virginia Beach. Over the course of the last 13 years, although Terrapin has evolved slightly with changing tastes and trends, the menu and the design of the restaurant remained remarkably consistent.
In March of this year Terrapin closed for a week to re-invent itself. We re-modeled the interior, revamped the kitchen with the Josper oven and Dolly III pasta extruder and completely re-worked our dinner menu.
THE NEW LOOK
Our remodeling included a re-design of the bar display, a new color scheme for the restaurant and all new artwork which pays homage to the inspiration for the name Terrapin. The remodeling bring changes to everything from the floor to the ceiling giving Terrapin an exciting and fresh new look.
THE JOSPER OVEN
One of only a handful on the Eastern Seaboard, The Josper Oven is a charcoal burning enclosed grill with generous capacity that will allow larger, shareble dishes, such as whole chickens, and bone-in ribeyes for two. In addition, the Josper can also be used to roast and grill vegetables allowing the natural wood charcoal to add an extra depth of flavor.
VERO BOTTLED WATER
We are proud to offer Vero Bottled Water to our guests. Using the latest in purification technology, the Vero Water system bottles our still and sparkling water in-house resulting in a nearly zero carbon footprint. And, it tastes great!
Terrapin is committed to making our products and services accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities.
To accomplish this, Terrapin will be implementing the relevant portions of the
World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AA
as its web accessibility standard to the greatest extent feasible.
Please be aware that our efforts are ongoing.
If at any time you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of
any web page on our website, please email us directly at
If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page in your email, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page accessible for you. If you have questions or need any assistance with obtaining our products or services, please call us at 757-321-6688 during our regular business hours.