For many locals in the Tidewater area, Surf Rider is a name that has long been synonymous with terrific home-style cooking. In fact, Surf Rider first opened in May 1980 when Liz Massey and her son, Stanley Bennett, had an idea about serving up real home-style cooking. Together they would do it all- from cooking to serving to bussing and cleaning up. Mother and son built a restaurant that soon became a favorite spot for many, serving friendly fare.

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Our History

The original Surf Rider restaurant which was located in Virginia Beach at 17th and Mediterranean, closed after 20 years. But, prior to its closing, the family-run business gave birth to other locations which began popping up across Tidewater in 1988. Afterthis latest opening at Whitehouse Cove Marina in Poquoson there will be sevenlocations in all-Still run by family members. Chris, Stanley’s son has taken the helm of the family business, while dad Stanley has taken a more “behind the scenes approach.” Most days, you can find Chris hustling from one location to another; creating daily specials, placing orders, training new employees, handling book work or even cooking a few nights a week. A devoted staff helps keep things running smoothly at all locations.