With a summer of surfers, swells and seafood, Catch 31 provides a great way for people watching and breath-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean, with an occasional view of an in-line skater or biker on Virginia Beach’s boardwalk.
The outdoor fire pits that form the large circular tables make the perfect environment for socializing and meeting new people from all over the world while enjoying delicious seafood, making it a prime location for dining outdoors and people watching.
“The boardwalk is my favorite attraction,” said George Almeron Quitoriano, resident of California, who has visited Virginia Beach four times over the last three years “It’s a nice area and I love the beach.”
The swanky restaurant offers an array of seafood, caught daily by local fisherman. “We offer the largest selection of oysters and fresh fish in Tidewater Virginia,” said Karen G. Lane, marketing communications manager of Professional Hospitality Resources for Catch 31, located inside the Hilton Hotel.
Oyster choices range from James River, selling at $19.95 a dozen to Malpeque oysters from Prince Edward Island, Canada or the Blue Point Oysters from Connecticut.
If you want something adventurous, waiters of Catch 31 will recommend the Atlantic, an artfully, designed tower of seafood that includes one pound of Maine lobster, jumbo lump crab cocktail, shrimp cocktail, a dozen oysters, yellow fin poke, PEI mussels and a cluster of Alaskan snow crab legs, costing $44.
“It is a tower of fresh seafood and will delight your taste buds,” Lane said.
Other popular favorites include fish caught daily, also called dock-to-table menu items. Depending on the daily catch, fresh fish could include tuna, swordfish, Scottish salmon, tilapia and tile fish.
The upscale restaurant is located in the same building as the Hilton so corporate travelers, businessmen and conventioneers will opt for this site if they are staying in the same hotel. During the high peak summer season, the restaurant does not accept reservations so wait times could take between one to two hours.
Appealing to the older crowd of 50-something, the restaurant lures repeat customers through its ongoing promotions, daily specials and views of the ocean and boardwalk people watching. “We are fortunate to have a large local following. I feel our vast, fresh menu and delicious specials keep our customers coming back for more,” Lane said.
Catch 31 opened its doors back in 2005. Management is proud to share about employing some of the original staff. The restaurant is part of the company that owns Mahi Mah’s, located on 7th and Atlantic (inside the Ramada Hotel).
The glitzy restaurant is one of several sites managed and owned by local company Gold Key PHR. The associated restaurants both in and round the boardwalk including other properties of the company keep their costs and portion control down by offering limited and streamlining the costs without much room for customization.
Swanky, upscale and blue describe the restaurant’s modern interior. Even the restrooms have received high accolades for its interior design. During peak season, live music is playing at the amphitheater with large fire pits and huge crowds of people. The location is great, with an outdoor bar area, overlooking the beach and the 31st street pavilion.
Prices range from $10.95 to $43.95, according to Lane. For example, 24 oysters, two beers and a glass of white wine can run the tab in the area of more than $85, while two average-sized entrees without drinks can total around $60.
The outdoor bar is adjacent to the largest amphitheater on the boardwalk. Outside diners can watch in-line skaters and bikers on the boardwalk, while watching sunsets of the the Atlantic Ocean. Other people watching include checking out the tourists and visitors posting in front of the gigantic Neptune sculpture.
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3001 Atlantic Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Toll Free: (800) HILTONS
Phone: (757) 213-3472
Fax: (757) 213-3019
Tip 1: If you are a bargain hunter and need a deal, listen to an one-hour timeshare presentation in exchange for a $50 gift card to Catch 31. Other diners claim they scour coupon books to reduce their dining bill.
Tip 2: If you don’t want to break the bank, try lunch for a more economical sampling of cooking done by Chef Brad Kelly.
Tip 3: During summer, the restaurant will not accept reservations, so prepare to wait a minimum of one hour.
Tip 4: Are you on facebook or do you tweet? Take advantage of the promotions posted by Catch 31 on these social media venues. It also lists the entertainment schedule and annual events.
Tip 5: For more ideas on dining around Virginia Beach, visit www.visitvirginiabeach.com
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