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In The News...

Surf Rider has become an iconic symbol of our local communities and we are so grateful for the support of the press throughout the years. We have highlighted a few articles for you as we know it is important for our customers to stay informed! Enjoy the read and don't forget to make one of the many Surf Rider locations near you a stop this week for an amazing relaxed dining experience.

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Reopening of Surf Rider Poquoson After Devastating Fire

After the devastating two alarm fire of our Poquoson location in June of 2019, our reopening day was magnificent. Our Surf Rider family regrouped and began anew to continue to serve amazing food and unite our community.

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The Local Seafood Restaurant With Some Of The Best Fried Oysters In All Of Virginia

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By Beth at onlyinyourstate.com, a great synopsis of our restaurant offerings focusing on our oysters. "This spot is a haven for all seafood-related dishes, yet their fried oysters are particularly impressive."

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Virginia Beach-based Surf Rider keeps growing after 35 years

Surf Rider uses local suppliers as much as possible — like Waterside Fish Co. in Norfolk — and follows the seasons and where the freshest seafood can be found, Chris Bennett said. Supplier Performance Food Group allows Bennett to find the product he wants along the East Coast.

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Surf Rider is a name that has long been synonymous with terrific home-style cooking

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The key to happy customers not only involves service, but in the great food at great prices.

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Surf Rider’s Famous Crab Cakes

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Surf Rider restaurant is returning to Norfolk — and to Ocean View.

The new Bay Point Marina Surf Rider hopes to open as soon as this week at 9500 30th Bay St., according to Surf Rider CEO Chris Bennett.

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The Surf Rider Story

On any given day, fresh fish is offered, most likely caught in local waters by Stanley Bennett himself. Hand-breaded seafood and made to order crab cakes are favorites, and the delicious assortment of homemade soups and vegetables keep the tables loaded with hungry patrons for both lunch and dinner.

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Best Oysters In Virginia Beach

If you live in the Tidewater area, you’ve probably eaten at Surf Rider - or at the very least heard of it! Known for its home-style cooking, fresh oysters, and seafood platters, Surf Rider first opened in May 1980 when Liz Massey and her son Stanley Bennett wanted to serve up some humble cooking in a restaurant setting.

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Taste Test | Surf Rider has best fried oysters around

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Yes, local restaurants are shucking fresh oysters by the bushel. With that in mind, we selected fried versions of the bivalves as our latest Taste Test. Readers nominated two dozen restaurants, and our panel of four judges set out to test three of the most nominated restaurants. 

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Cheap Eats: Just clams. Just fried. Really good.

Sometimes some of the best seafood is old school - dishes that are retro in their appearance and flavor. These are uncomplicated and straightforward offerings that are often fried and, if garnished at all, come with a sprig of parsley and wedge of lemon.

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Surf Rider Opens Up in Poquoson

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City officials joined restaurateur Chris Bennett on Tuesday, April 17, for a ribbon-cutting at his latest Surf Rider in Poquoson.

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