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Where to Eat in Hampton and Newport News, Virginia

The Tidewater region of Virginia is known for its seafood – especially the blue crabs, oysters, and local fish like rockfish. In fact, Hampton, VA was even known as “Crabtown” and has been home to oyster and crabmeat packing companies. The area is also seeing a movement toward local and farm-to-table restaurants, creating a hip new vibe downtown.

Where to eat in Hampton and Newport News, VA : Crabtown

In Newport News, an array of restaurants can be found in the urban development at City Center. A great place to have a meal, shop, catch a movie and enjoy the view of the fountain at its heart, City Center is a good choice for families. Taste Unlimited in City Center offers creative sandwiches in a casual setting, along with local specialties, perfect for lunch.

Where to eat in Hampton and Newport News, VA : Taste Unlimited

Taste Unlimited in City Center at Oyster Point in Newport News

In the Phoebus district and Downtown Hampton, you will find many trendier options including the following:

Six Little Bar and Bistro

Six is a small tapas restaurant in the up-and-coming Phoebus area of Hampton. Located on a sleepy downtown street, this small restaurant features a long wooden bar down one side and a small number of tables bumping up against the exposed brick wall on the other. Also a martini bar, Six has an extensive cocktail menu including two pages of a wide variety of martinis. Not a traditional Spanish-style tapas restaurant, Six has an interesting sampling of hot and cold tapas.

We started with the chicken lettuce wraps, cold soba noodles, and smoked salmon bruschetta. Moving on to hot tapas, we sampled the spicy green chicken curry over rice and zucchini pancake. While not a good choice for picky eaters, the small plates make Six a fun stop for friends or families with more adventurous palates.

You can find Six at 6 East Mellen Street in Hampton, VA and can be reached at 757-722-1466.

Venture Kitchen and Bar

Venture tater tots: Where to eat in Hampton, VA

Homemade tater tots at Venture

Located in downtown Hampton, just steps from the Virginia Air and Space Center or Hampton History Museum, Venture is popular for its wood-grilled pizzas and homemade tater tots. Unlike anything Ore-Ida ever concocted, the tater tots at Venture are made with mashed potatoes, instead of shredded. The potatoes are mashed, frozen in trays, then cut into one-inch cubes and fried. Served crispy with a soft center, they are accompanied by a spicy aioli.

The pizzas are just as tasty. Offered as individual servings, you would need to be quite hungry to finish one, so I would recommend sharing. We sampled both the white pizza with seasoned ricotta, cauliflower and roasted garlic and the Margherita. The white pizza was so good but I’d recommend going easy on the garlic as they throw a lot of whole cloves on there and it tends to blend easily with the cauliflower. The margherita pizza was also delicious with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and drizzled with balsamic vinegar. Venture makes a great choice for families at either lunch or dinner.

Venture can be found at 9 East Queens Way in Hampton, VA and can be reached at 757-325-8868.

The Point in Phoebus

Maple bacon bread pudding at the Point in Phoebus: Where to eat in Hampton, VA

Maple bacon bread pudding at The Point

The Point at Phoebus is a farm-to-table restaurant that features locally-sourced, seasonally-available ingredients to form simple, yet tasty dishes like salads, sandwiches, and classic entrees. The lobster mac-and-cheese is huge and super cheesy. The shrimp and grits is also a very generous portion, with a solid block of grits as its foundation.

One should not visit The Point without sampling one of their homemade desserts. We tried the maple bacon bread pudding. I’m never quite sure what to make of savory and sweet dessert combinations but I was intrigued. While it wasn’t executed quite as well as I’d hoped, primarily because I prefer a softer consistency, it was still very tasty. The warm atmosphere of The Point, along with some kid-friendly options, make this a good choice for families or foodies.

The Point is located at 30 East Mellen Street in Hampton, VA and can be reached at 757-224-9299.

Paradise Ocean Club

Where to eat in Hampton, VA: The Paradise Ocean Club

The beach at the Paradise Ocean Club

Those looking for a more casual vibe can enjoy the beachside Paradise Ocean Club in Fort Monroe, whose outdoor tiki bar and restaurant is open from early May through Labor Day. The restaurant offers seafood and casual fare, like burgers, chicken sandwiches, crab cakes and fish tacos. Anyone can enjoy the restaurant but to take advantage of the beach and pool, visitors need to pay a $10 entrance fee. This fee also entitles them to a beach lounger and umbrella, when available.

The Paradise Ocean Club is located at 490 Fenwick Road in Hampton, VA and can be reached at 757-317-1234.

In our short visit we only began to sample what Hampton and Newport News has to offer. I didn’t even get to have any oysters! If you have any recommendations for our next trip, please let me know in the comments.

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Where to eat in Hampton and Newport News VA

Note: Our stay and meals were hosted by Hampton Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, all opinions are our own.

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3 Comments on “Where to Eat in Hampton and Newport News, Virginia

  1. Some great recommendations here, Venture and Six are two of my favorite restaurants in Hampton. I haven’t tried The Point yet but the maple bacon bread pudding is calling my name!

      All their desserts sounded great!

    Yum… I just ate breakfast but after reading these descriptions I’m starving 😉 I need to book a trip just to try the Maple Bacon Bread Pudding. It’s like someone put my favorite foods together in one beautiful masterpiece for my tastebuds. Pretty sure that would be my favorite dessert on Earth!!

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