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She Crab Soup Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach She-Crab Soup

A Taste of Virginia Beach’s Best She Crab Soup Restaurants

By Elizabeth Rose Engle of Wandering Rose Travels.
Updated By Chris Murphy

Seafood fans delight here in blue crab country. This crustacean’s habitat stretches from Canada to South America, but she crab soup is unique to the American southeast.

Best She Crab Soup Restaurants

Then there are the restaurants that locals love and visitors venture to for a tasty, memorable experience.

Freemason Abbey Restaurant

This gem entered the East Coast She Crab Soup Classic Hall of Fame in 2017 after five first-place finishes. Located in a 144-year-old church, Freemason Abbey Restaurant has served downtown Norfolk for 28 years.

Freemason Abbey she crab soup

Margie and Ray’s

Head south to Sandbridge for seafood specials and all you can eat abundance. Family-run since its 1964 country store beginnings, Margie and Ray’s is a longtime local favorite.

What is She Crab Soup?

Similar to a bisque, creamy she crab soup is a beloved regional delicacy. Famed from Virginia to Georgia, it hails from Charleston, South Carolina.

She crab soup stars the blue crab, an Atlantic seafood staple. It traditionally features female (or “she”) crabs, with their eggs (known as “roe”) enhancing flavor and color.

Sherry and everyone’s take on herbs and spices make this soup special.

More Tide-to-Table Cuisine

The Atlantic, Chesapeake and other waterways provide a wealth of freshly caught and served seafood. Look for local crab, oysters, clams and fish. There are restaurants for all ages, tastes and budgets – from fine dining to delicious dives.

Virginia Beach seafood restaurants

Virginia Beach Seafood

While tasty fish and shellfish are served all over Hampton Roads, you don’t have to go far from the Boardwalk to get it.

Restaurants on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk

  • Tautog’s Restaurant: Historic cottage spot for daily dinner and late night eats
  • Waterman’s Surfside Grille: Oceanfront home of the famous Orange Crush cocktail
  • Rudee’s Restaurant & Cabana Bar: Marina and sunset views with outdoor glider tables
  • Blue Seafood & Spirits: Chef-driven 2017 She Crab Soup Classic winner

Dig into more Virginia Beach dining: Restaurants in Virginal Beach   and  Virginia Beach Waterfront Dining

east coast she crab soup classic contest

Don’t Miss The Upcoming 2024 East Coast She-Crab Soup Classic Contest

The Annual East Coast She-Crab Soup Classic cookoff dishes out 2024 honors on April 20, 2024 from 12 to 2:30 p.m. at Virginia Beach’s 24th Street Park. The event showcases 20 regional restaurants competing for People’s and Critic’s Choice Awards. Tickets are limited and typically sell out in advance.

East Coast She-Crab Soup Classic 2023 Winners

2023 Critics’ Choice Award
1st Place: CP Shuckers Oceanfront
2nd Place: Rockafeller’s Restaurant
3rd Place: Beachhouse 757

2023 Sean Brickell Peoples’ Choice Award:
1st Place: Entre Nous Virginia Beach
2nd Place: Rockafeller’s Restaurant
3rd Place: Blue Pete’s Restaurant

East Coast She-Crab Soup Classic 2022 Winners

2022 Critics’ Choice Award:
1st Place – Capt’n Crabby
2nd Place – Lendy’s Cafe
3rd Place – Yiannis Wine & Food

2022 Sean Brickell Peoples’ Choice Award:
1st Place – Rockafellers Restaurant
2nd Place – Tempt Restaurant & Lounge
3rd Place – Lendy’s Cafe