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11212 Iron Bridge Road, Chester, VA 23831
+1 804-748-8899
12:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
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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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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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138 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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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123 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 19 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
Georgetown, Kentucky
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301 reviews
226 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

As always the food was excellent and the service great as well. It's been a while since I was in the area but couldn't miss one of my favorites. Wednesday night peel-n-eat shrimp special is amazing.

Thank Rlath82
Richmond, Virginia
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Went in the middle of the week for date night and was pleasantly surprised at the great food and superb wait staff.

Thank Bcharity
Richmond, Virginia
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We were greeted by a friendly woman and seated immediately. She told us our server would be there shortly. We placed our orders for an appetizer, salads and entrees. We never saw our appetizer! When he brought our entrees he apologized. He never returned to our booth till we were finished our meal. Our food was good but not inexpensive.... More 

Thank VAPeggy
Chester, United States
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

If your looking for fresh seafood in the area then you found it here. Great food although a bit pricey. The service ranges from ok to excellent depending on which of the wait staff you get. A popular place so be prepared to wait. Food portions are excellent...

Thank Tricia R

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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, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Groups
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?