Norfolk’s chefs and restaurateurs pride themselves on serving only the freshest seafood, from oysters, scallops and shrimp to mussels, clams, and, of course, the Chesapeake Bay’s star crustacean, blue crabs.

The Lynnhaven oyster, a saltwater delicacy indigenous to coastal Virginia, was once prized by the kings and queens of Europe. Try them for yourself at A.W. Shucks Raw Bar & Grill in the historic Ghent district of Norfolkor at Saltine inside the Hilton Norfolk The Main in downtown Norfolk.

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She-Crab Soup, named for the “She-Crab,” or the female crab, is a perennial favorite in Norfolk. Todd Jurich’s Bistro serves up homemade Chesapeake Bay She Crab Soup full of crabmeat, crab roe, cream, and just the right touch of dry sherry and old bay buttered oyster crackers. You can even order an extra shot of sherry, for an added kick.

 456 Fish Restaurantlocated downtown on Norfolk’s “restaurant row,” is famous for its potato chip-encrusted 456 Fish crab cake. The entrée is served with a huge scoop of garlic whipped potatoes, locally sourced vegetables and a special “Inner Beauty” remoulade. For a delicious seafood feast, stop by Norfolk Seafood Company & Big Easy Oyster Bar and order the local’s favorite, Crab Norfolk. You’ll love this huge serving of fresh jumbo lump crab baked with lemon zest, parsley, shallots and garlic. Looking for great seafood paired with breathtaking views of the river? Check out Stripers, located inside of Waterside District, for incredible dishes such as cioppino, stuffed flounder and more.