Let’s face it….we’re all sick of staying home because of the ongoing pandemic. Even the most hermit-like of us is likely chomping at the bit to get out and enjoy some fun days or nights out at area establishments. But with all the news around the potential for infection in public spaces, how do you know where to go and still be as safe as possible?
CDC guidelines are changing frequently, but messaging around eating outdoors with proper distancing has been fairly constant. So we thought we’d put together a list of fun places to eat and drink that provide unique and safe experiences during the time of Covid-19.
Did your favorite make the list?

Rudee’s on the Inlet Restaurant & Cabana

227 Mediterranean Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 425-1777
Located at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront for over 38 years Rudee’s Restaurant and Cabana Bar, situated directly on the Rudee Inlet Marina, offers unique indoor and outdoor experiences by providing authentic waterfront views, fresh seafood delivered daily, and a fun relaxed setting that all can enjoy.
Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday: 11:00am – 8:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am – 8:30pm
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Bars Only Happy Hour: 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Outdoor Cabana Bar & Deck Dining: weather permitting, please call
What makes it unique:

Rudee’s offers fun outdoor seating in the form of porch swings for tables and chairs.


Orion’s Roof Garden & Dining

4201 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 937-4200
From 183 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, Orion’s Roof showcases refined Asian-fusion cuisine and handcrafted cocktails in a modern rooftop-garden setting.
Join them for lunch or dinner, drinks and genuine hospitality. Soak in the million-dollar views, and enjoy an elegant, beautifully relaxed evening under the Virginia Beach stars.
They are open for lunch Monday – Sunday from 11:00am to 4:00pm and dinner Sunday – Thursday 5:00pm – 10:00pm and Friday and Saturday 5:00pm – 11:00pm.
Reservations required through Opentable.
Hours of Operation
Monday-Sunday: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Friday-Saturday 5:00pm – 11:00pm.
What makes it unique:
Panoramic rooftop views paired with unforgettable cuisine.


Byrd & Baldwin Bros Steakhouse

116 Brooke Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510

(757) 222-9191

Showcasing Grass Raised, Grain Finished, Minimally Processed Beef with No Artificial Ingredients, this steakhouse opened in 2006 to fill the traditional Steak and Chophouse void in Norfolk.

This restaurant was conceived and executed with a simple philosophy: to provide their guests with a memorable dining experience.

The cattle are certified steroid, hormone and antibiotic free, producing a smaller black angus, thus yielding a steak with exceptional marbling and flavor.

Byrd & Baldwin Bros. features an award winning and extensive wine selection, assembled by Hampton Roads’ most experienced sommeliers and service teams. Their collection is housed and closely monitored in their climate controlled cellar, ensuring optimal quality.

Hours of Operation

Monday-Thursday: 5:00pm – 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm – 10:30pm

Sunday: 5:00pm – 8:30pm

What makes it unique:

Ask about their private wine cellar tables, which also represent a safer environment for dining during Covid times.


Back Bay Brewing Co’s Farmhouse

1805 Kempsville Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23464
(757) 512-6430
Rooted in the soil of Virginia Beach, Back Bay’s Farmhouse Brewing Co. is dedicated to using the highest quality ingredients to produce the freshest beer and cider.
They are aiming to redefine the meaning of “brewery,” with a single goal in mind: To do what they love.
Hours of Operation

Monday-Thursday: 3:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am – 10:00pm

Sunday: 11:00am – 10:00pm

What makes it unique:

Outdoor heated igloos!


Doumar’s Barbecue

1919 Monticello Avenue, Norfolk, VA

Doumar’s offers its own creamy desserts, ice cream cones, North Carolina-style barbecue, limeades, and hamburgers – all by hand and from scratch!

Whether you’re dining in, getting food to go, or enjoying our authentic curb service, Doumar’s has plenty to satisfy your sweet or savory cravings.

As the home of the original waffle cone, you’ll love their handmade waffle cones, rolled right in front of your eyes on the original four iron waffle machine, built in 1904. When the weather is nice, you can find a member of the Doumar family and the waffle machine parked right outside of the diner, so your family can watch the magic happen from the car.

Hours of Operation

Monday – Saturday: 10:00am – 10:00pm

What makes it unique:

Order and eat in your car, in the old drive-in style


The Shack on 8th Outdoor Oasis

712 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 319-5146

The Shack exists as a retreat—an oasis smack dab in the middle of the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Like any good oasis, The Shack comes to life to the sway of the palms, the toss of a cornhole bag, and the refreshment of your favorite dive bar/watering hole. All to the pumping beat of great music, neighborhood festivals and the chatter of good friends. 

Hours of Operation

Monday – Sunday: Noon – Midnight

What makes it unique:

Hellooo! “Outdoor oasis”? This is a completely outdoor restaurant, complete with games for the whole family

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