Went for lunch last week and wife and I split the crab cake sandwich and it was superb. Large chunks of crab and little filler. We went back for dinner for happy hour and the special, 1 pound crab legs. We also had the half pound shrimp, as well as a dozen oysters. The crab and shrimp were a little over cooked, but still tasty. The oysters were unfortunately gritty and could have used a better rinse before shucking. We returned tonight for the prime rib special. We also had the soups. The Hatteras clam chowder and Crawford bay corn and crab chowder. Both were outstanding and loaded with flavor. The prime rib was very good and a great size for splitting, as 12 ounces is a bit big for either of us on our own. The sauteed vegetable medley and house coleslaw were also nice sides, but honestly was not the biggest fan of the mashed potatoes and gravy, as they simply reminded me of school lunches. For some that may be a good thing, just not for me. All said, good food, great price point, and beautiful views of the Elizabeth river.
Fish & Slips is a hole in the wall bar surrounded by a marina. The parking lot can be a little tight when pick up truck bros don't pull all the way into their space. The panoramic windows allow for great sunset views of the Portsmouth and Norfolk water front. The menu has a good amount of seafood coupled with bar food. They do have an extensive selection of burgers. We went during Happy Hour. Hannah was our server. She was very knowledgeable about the menu and kid friendly. We ordered the $9.99 1/2lb steamed shrimp, a dozen 79¢ char-grilled chicken wings, the crab dip, and the kids clam strip meal. The wings are fried and then finished on the fire grill. They only offer 2 sauces for the chicken: buffalo and blazing hot. Happy Hour well drinks $3.50 with soda, $3.75 with juice. The crab dip is very cheese forward with fried flour tortilla triangles. The outdoor deck seating is probably excellent during the summer.
Nice scenery. The drink specials are good, but the food is a bit bland. They could use a better alternative butter for crab leg dipping. Whichever brand of butter they’ve been using taste like cooking oil. The mashed potatoes are good, but the gravy taste like “Gravy Train” dog food. The oysters a gritty, but bearable especially if you choose Rockefeller style.
Oh my goodness. Absolutely incredible food. I started with calamari. Probably the best I have ever had. Enough for 2-3 people. Next was the fried flounder with fries and beans. This plate was so good. With every bight I was impressed with how good food was. My spouse had meatloaf sandwich with coleslaw. I am not a big fan of meatloaf but it look good and I had a small bite. Very flavorful and tasty. You must try this place. Oh and to boot restaurant is on the water.
Food is decent. OK service. Great ambiance. Iced tea is horrible. Servers are not allowed to work with customers at all - e.g., a girl with me wanted soup and grilled cheese, though asked to sub-out the soup for mashed potatoes- and the server said no. I know masked potatoes cost the "house" less than crab or clam chowder, so why not swap. My soup was delicious but cold. They swapped it out for a lukewarm version. This place could, and should, be great - but its not, only OK. This is meant as constructive criticism y'all, not a ragging. Please, raise the bar! And brew some real iced tea - we are still in the south.... I look forward to updating this review with great things to say if y'all will let me
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