If there’s one thing better than paddling the waterways of the Middle Peninsula, it’s eating along the banks of these rural coastal Virginia shores.
Not sure where to begin or how to plan out your paddle and food crawl? Start with these options.
York River Oyster Company
8109 Yacht Haven Rd, Gloucester Point, VA 23062
York River Oyster Company, called YROC by locals and visitors alike, overlooks Sarah Creek near the York River. Featuring fresh seafood, custom cocktails, outdoor seating, special event live music and specials. The best part? It’s also a great spot to launch a kayak or rent paddle gear from the York River Yacht Haven, which shares a building and waterfront with the restaurant.
Hole in the Wall
384 Old Ferry Road, Gwynns Island, VA 23064
We could go on and on about this spot in Mathews. But instead, click here and read a full review of this unique waterfront dining spot, complete with photos of the delicious and fresh local fare.
Urbanna Seafood and Raw Bar
453 Johnsons Drive, Urbanna, VA 23175
Ask around and you’ll hear from locals that if you want to watch the most beautiful sunsets, you’ll want to do it from the Urbanna Seafood and Raw Bar. The restaurant is accessible by car and boat, but if you also happen to be riding the Urbanna Trolley, it makes a stop by the bar as well. Check them out on Wednesdays for all-you-can-eat crabs.
Merroir: A Tasting Room
784 Locklies Creek Rd, Topping, VA 23169
Named one of the state’s most popular restaurants, Merroir was the first restaurant started by the Rappahannock Oyster Company and is located right on the Rappahannock River where their oysters are farmed. Talk about bay to plate and fresh fare. Merroir is a tasting room with an ever-changing menu featuring beautiful food paired with craft beer and wine.