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11212 Iron Bridge Road, Chester, VA 23831
+1 804-748-8899
11:30 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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56 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was really excited to eat here because I love seafood but I was sadly disappointed. I ordered the Bacon wrapped Scallops and they were overcooked and way to salty. I literally could only eat 2 of the 5 that were served and my table mates didn't even want to eat them because they looked so bad. Then I ordered... More 

Thank lamontmc
Chester, Virginia
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A surprisingly diverse menu to accommodate even the most finicky of eater. You must try the crab dip, and the innovative toast points that accompany it. If the menu selection is not enough, they provide multiple options on their daily specials, or you could ask the Server for a special preparation such as seared or blackened instead of fried on... More 

Thank Colleen R
Midlothian, Virginia
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248 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The menu is varied and there are many choices of seafood. Three of us enjoyed our dinners, all different choices. Two specials were red snapper and rockfish, both were nicely prepared but my husband said his red snapper was not hot when it was served and he was disappointed. The yellow fin tuna was tasty. This was a busy weeknight... More 

Thank VAlovetotravel2
Jamesburg, New Jersey
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46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food was excellent, atmosphere is very casual. Creative cocktails too. Service good. Menu is quite varied from the usual seafood and specials to steaks and chops as well.

Thank CollegeDad08831
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Asked coworkers about a local place for seafood and surprisingly nobody mentioned Riptides. I loved it. I'm always looking for a good seafood pasta dish and this place has a really good one. Linguini Pescatore. Very very good. Scallops, mussels, shrimp, clams in a white wine sauce. You can also get it in marinara...but I really enjoyed the one I... More 

Thank Eric L
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140 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

If you have not been to RipTides you need to go. I have lived in Richmond for over 13 years and did not know about this place. My wife and I were looking through trip adviser to find a place to eat crab legs. The restaurant rated very high so we thought we would make a trip out to Chester... More 

Thank David R
Chester, Virginia
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

By an large good. I have been probably 5 times. The food is always good. It is a little pricey. Once it was noisy due to a party, otherwise all god. I will go again

Thank Robert S
Williamsburg, Virginia
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129 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

My husband and I were there for lunch. I had trouble categorizing the ambiance: even at lunchtime, the lights were turned down and there were lit candles on all the tables. This would make it seem like a nice, maybe even classy or romantic, seafood restaurant. However, there were TV screens showing a football game and the music switched from... More 

Thank Aibutiej
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

We were in the area for business and colleagues recommended this restaurant. It was worth the trip. The food was excellent, the staff was friendly and our waiter was very accomodating; nothing was too much trouble. Although the weather was stormy, Riptides was crowded. The staff worked quickly and unobtrusively to keep things moving without making patrons feel rushed. We... More 

Thank peresed
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39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

We have driven by numerous times, but never stopped. Saw a write-up in the paper and decided to go. Wonderful food, fabulous service and very nice quiet atmosphere. We had the bacon wrapped sea scallops and the lobster ravioli.....both were excellent. The problem will be to try something new next time because we will want those two again!!

Thank Worldbysea

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television
Good for
Groups, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11212 Iron Bridge Road, Chester, VA 23831
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Chester
  • Phone Number: +1 804-748-8899

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?