Being so close to the ocean, Virginia Beach seafood restaurants stretch all along the Virginia Beach boardwalk—and beyond. At the chef-driven Blue Seafood & Spirits, tender-broiled crab cakes blend luscious lump meat with brandied button mushrooms under a drizzle of housemade horseradish, making for a lovely, romantic meal. Meanwhile, Captain George's Seafood Restaurant, a Virginia Beach seafood buffet, offers an atmosphere that is a bit more family-friendly, as diners load their plates with local steamed clams, fried oysters, and broiled fish. (Just make sure to save room for the all-you-can-eat dessert bar, featuring treats like cakes, cookies, and cobblers.)

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