Seafood lets humans flaunt their food-chain dominance without having to beat a jumbo shrimp at rock paper scissors. Savor oceanic treasures with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get a three-course tasting menu for two at TradeWinds Restaurant in Virginia Beach (up to a $71.97 total value). The preset menu includes:
- One appetizer (up to a $10.99 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $26.99 value each)
- One dessert (a $7 value)
TradeWinds Restaurant’s sprawling, waterside views of Chesapeake Bay showcase the origin of many of the eatery’s signature seafood platters served amid the understated elegance of white tablecloths and hardwood chairs. Dining teams of two can flip a clamshell to settle on their appetizer of choice, vying between options such as creamy spinach and artichoke dip, fresh oysters, or shrimp shrouded in slices of applewood bacon. Entrees encourage diners to uncover the tender filet mignon beneath a blanket of sultry gorgonzola, pick apart a crisp, pan-fried crab cake, or reel in the fresh catch of the day. Culinary voyages make landfall at the dessert course, which anchors sweet teeth into a warm brownie sundae, a raspberry white-chocolate crème brûlée, or tiramisu layered with vanilla sauce and 16th-century captain’s logs.
Located at the rear of Virginia Beach Resort Hotel, TradeWinds Restaurant faces the Chesapeake Bay. A covered patio, buffered only by tall grasses, abuts the waters, which wash over every aspect of TradeWinds, from the bayside ambiance to the menu's locally sourced oysters, salmon, and crab. Fresh seafood pairs with new york strip steak at dinner and with salads and sandwiches at lunch. During Sunday brunch, the bright dining room fills with the aromas of made-to-order omelets and seared yellowfin tuna slathered in a variety of spices and sauces.