One of the best parts of vacationing in Sandbridge Beach is enjoying fresh seafood and unique restaurants. If you want to eat like a local, here are 10 restaurants that Sandbridge Beach residents call their faves.
Sandbridge Island Restaurant
This relaxing, family-friendly restaurant is right on the beach, and locals take advantage of the proximity to pop in for a bite in between sunbathing and skimboarding. Enjoy pizza, seafood, sandwiches, and cocktails with a great view of the ocean. Favorites are the half-pound steamed shrimp appetizers, creamy She Crab soup, and award-winning pizza. Sandbridge Island Restaurant also has a budget-friendly happy hour, a menu just for kids, and daily raw bar specials. Their giant TV screens make it a great place to watch Sunday football, but you can also have your meal delivered or get it to go.
Located on Sandpiper Road, this quaint restaurant is a long-time local favorite for brunch, surf ‘n’ turf, and happy hour. Baja serves dinner Wednesday through Saturday and brunch Sundays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Visit in the summer and you’ll enjoy live music with dinner, or Karaoke on Thursdays. Be sure to stop by on Tuesdays for their weekly dodge ball tournaments — competition is friendly but fierce! Baja’s peaceful patio is also great place to just unwind and enjoy the sunshine.
Margie & Ray’s Crabhouse
Locals say there are only two places to eat: Home or Margie & Ray’s. This rustic local favorite is located on Sandbridge Road and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast platters are inexpensive and hearty, so they’re a perfect start to the day. Lunch is seafood, seafood, and more seafood, prepared any way you like it — or a choice of sandwiches including burgers. If you’re headed for dinner at Margie & Ray’s — come hungry. It hardly seems possible, but the seafood choices only expand on the dinner menu and are accompanied with traditional Southern sides.
Every vacation town has a restaurant that locals like to keep to themselves. In Sandbridge Beach, it’s Blue Pete’s. Owned by twin brothers who grew up in the area, this special restaurant is nestled next to a creek in a five-acre wood near the Back Bay National Wildlife Sanctuary. Owners Nicholas and Aristotle Cleanthes not only offer fresh takes on seafood, they also put a great deal of time and effort into the experience of dining at Blue Pete’s. To the brothers, all visitors are locals, and they love nothing more than to see vacationers return year after year.
Lago Mar Pizza
Also on Sandbridge Road, Lago Mar Pizza is where locals converge for their Italian food fix. Lago Mar offers unique pizzas, subs, gyros, wraps, Stromboli, calzones, pasta, and seafood. Their tidy, charming patio is a great place to spend a long lunch or dinner, but they also offer delivery and takeout. Note that on Thursdays they offer Family Night specials of a large pizza and salad for $20 — plus free ice cream for the kids.
La Bella Italia
If you’re up for even more Italian food, La Bella Italia has it. This trattoria, café, bakery, and deli has an upscale menu and a refined ambiance that is perfect for a special dinner out. Vegans love their expansive vegan menu, and foodies appreciate their well-curated wine list. This is a true Italian restaurant with specials such as stuffed eggplant, prosciutto with Parmesan and peppers and fresh bruschetta. The best way to enjoy La Bella Italia is relaxing at one of their charming tables, but if you have a beachfront rental you might want to get your dinner to go and enjoy your sauce with the sunset.
Kabuki Steak House and Sushi
Kabuki Steak House and Sushi has something for everyone. If you’ve worked up an appetite, a hearty chicken hibachi will replenish you. If it’s hot outside and lighter fare sounds tasty, their fresh sushi (and vegetarian rolls) hit the spot. Kabuki also offers delivery and takeout options.
If you’re in the mood for something completely different, head to Jorgio’s Bistro. Jorgio’s is an Argentinian restaurant, so plan to indulge in hard-to-find specialties such as empanadas, leche cake, and steak sandwiches along with fresh local dishes such as shrimp and avocado salad and calamari.
Lendy’s Café & Rawbar
Lendy’s has the hallmark of any great café: plenty of locals. Oddly enough, this café and raw bar is famous for their fiery hot chicken wings. The less adventurous can enjoy burgers, wraps, salads, and seafood.
Blue Seafood and Spirits
If you’re visiting the Virginia Beach resort area, you’re well situated to try a local favorite. Blue is owned by a chef and has only 60 seats. The result is high-quality seafood with great attention to detail.
Whether you’re trying new regional cuisine or enjoying stand-by favorites, the best way to feel like a local on your Sandbridge Beach vacation is to eat like a local. Bon appétit!