The foodie’s guide:

13 Unique Culinary Experiences in VRR

What is Virginia’s River Realm?

Full of delightful surprises, hidden gems, and friendly small-town spirit. The 465 miles of shoreline, eight great small towns, and hundreds of unique attractions invite visitors to enjoy the wonder of a perfect oyster, the promise of a back road or secret cove and the pleasure of sharing a table with friends. A place where you can catch your breath, calm your mind and live your dreams.


Sample a few of our signature dishes.

The tide-to-table spirit is alive here in Virginia’s River Realm. But don’t take our word for it – come taste for yourself! We recommend starting with some of our signature dishes, including Tide’s Inn’s Angry Oysters, Merroir’s stuffed oyster cakes (featured in the New York Times), and Dredge’s Fried Whole Yellowtail Snapper prepared the island way, served with black beans & rice and fried plantains.


Eat fresh-caught seafood along the waterfront.

Drive up or boat into some of our favorite waterfront spots.


Cool off with a Lancaster lemonade.

Meet the flagship drink of the Tides Inn, the #7 Resort in the U.S. according to the Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice awards. Featuring fresh lemon, limoncello, vodka, and fresh garnishes, the Lancaster Lemonade is a must-do on your Virginia’s River Realm culinary bucket list.


Experience our real-deal oyster events.

We have the authentic, real deal, oyster events – you won’t find any fussy white table cloths here! Instead you’ll find plywood tables piled high with steaming oysters fresh from the water. Gather around the table, make some new friends, and get messy – it’s the Virginia’s River Realm way!


Meet our local chefs & foodie experts.

These folks know their stuff. Ask away!


Grab seafood fresh from the market.

Fresh picked crab, wild caught oysters, local wine, rivah dip, deviled crabs, live crabs, shrimp, rockfish,… you name it, these local markets sell it. Whether you’re buying fresh seafood to take home and prepare or you’re just looking for a picnic snack, these spots have got you covered.


Eat like a local.

Yep, we’re telling you our secrets. Check out some of the local’s favorite hangouts.


Unexpected Deliciousness

Once you sample these unassuming treats you won’t be able to stop thinking about them. Check out some of our favorite delights that keep us coming back.


Try fresh and fun dining options.

Foodie stops that bring out the good times.


Bring out your inner Neanderthal.

Home of the Righteous Ribs and Bodacious Butts, Something Different smokes their own meats, touts award winning BBQ, and blends their own dry rubs, sauces and seasonings. Bonus: check out their in-house roasted peanuts and coffee, too!


Let’s get outside the seafood realm.

Our chefs bring their authentic cuisine to the River. Check out these delights.


Experience River Realm Dining with Fido

We even name some awesome foodie things for them. Woof!


Experience comfort food at it’s finest.

Get ready to be delighted, charmed and romanced in these unique Rockwellian spots.