3323 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA | Directions 2345136.906760 -76.087426
Neighborhoods: Northeast Virginia Beach, Northeast
Rude restaurant owner – Five girlfriends, including three serving in the military (I’ll spare you the number of duty tours around the world), had decided to have dinner at Bubba’s to celebrate one’s upcoming marriage. Three of them had arrived early and were waiting for the bride to be and her maid of honour when, suddenly, a man steps on one of the chairs around the table and reaches over the table towards the ceiling. The girl closest to that chair was quite startled by this. Her first reaction was to grab the hand bag she had set on that chair. The man immediately defended his action by saying he wasn’t going to step on the bag and that he was just switching the fan off in case the girls were cold. He then offered this statement : “My name’s Bubba.” To which there was no reply apart from three blank looks, prompting him to add : “I’m the owner”. As if that explained why he was jumping on chairs without asking anyone of his paying guests if that was alright. He then reluctantly offered an apology, while continuing to justify his behaviour, not unlike an average 2-3 year-old. He left. Without wiping the chair down . Someone was going to sit there at some point. One of the girls then called him back : “ I’m sorry, but would you mind wiping that chair down now that you’ve stood on it in your shoes ?”.” Alright”, he replied, “are we going to be happy eating here, or do we have to go somewhere else ? I can see we’re just going to have problems all night”.
And so we left. I still cannot comprehend what happened. Is it normal to stand on customers’ chairs if you own the restaurant ? Is it, more simply, normal to stand on a chair and not wipe it down, or at least offer to wipe it down ? Did we miss something ? Were we supposed to bow down when he told us who he was ? Ask for an autograph ? Be flattered for the attention ?
I wish I could tell you about the food, and possibly how bad it is, but we didn’t even get as far as ordering…
This was my first and, needless to say, will be my last, experience at Bubba’s. One thing I realise, though, is that I owe Mr Bubba many thanks. Indeed, we then headed off to a place where we knew we would get great food and great service, and had a wonderful evening at Sakura.
Worst Breakfast Ever – We decided to try Bubba's for brunch on a beautiful Sunday morning and we didnt feel like waiting in line at Citrus. OMG, it was truly one of the worst breakfasts I've ever eaten out. Now I know why there were empty parking spaces and lots of tables available inside. There are few choices available on the menu; I ordered the seafood omelet, it was extremely overcooked to the point of a deep brown color, extremely dry and the accompanying potatoes were bland. What is the owner thinking serving crap like that?
Great service, great view, all food over cooked – The view and the service was very good. The children's cheesy bread was overcooked to chewy like rubber. They children's hamburger was over cooked. I got the grilled Tuna and it was obliterated. Not burnt but cooked to the point where it was unpleasantly chewy. The shrimp salad was okay, but plain. Maybe we should have stuck with the crab cakes that other people mentioned
Great Seafood – Bubba's came highly recommended from friends who live at Chick's Beach about 4 years ago.
Whenever there is a special occasion or friends/family/business associates are in town who enjoy good seafood I take them to Bubba's. People from as far away was New Orleans and as close as a few hours west on now ask to go there whenever they are in town.
I highly recommend Bubba's and have never had a bad experience there. Eat there several times a year during different seasons.
As far as the other review regarding an embarrassing smell, the rest rooms have always been extremely clean the times I've been there.
Eat outside on the deck if it's warm and enjoy the Pelicans and Egret's and people waving as they pass by on their boats!
"Urine" for a HORRIBLE surprise! – This was our first visit to Bubba's and upon entering the restaurant, we were overcome by the smell of urine/urinal cake mint. We decided to give the place a chance after reading other positive reviews. After sitting down the smell never let up. We ordered stuffed mushrooms, 2 fried shrimp platters with fries, and draft beer. The waitress was nice and very attentive, but the food was awful. The mushrooms were ok but the crab didn't taste fresh. When the shrimp platters arrived they looked good. As we continued to battle the urine smell, we tried some of the fried shrimp. They tasted like they had been out of the water for quite some time and they also were not deveined! Keep in mind that they were battered and fried....with the nasty veins still in there! At that point our stomachs were turning. Our last hope was to wash it down with the beer. Unlucky for us the beer was virtually flat (draft beer) and tasted like the keg was tapped years ago.
After we got home, we had to laugh because we realized that we literally RAN out of that place! I think the worst part was with tax and tip our bill was $70+. We could have had better food for less money at Red Lobster :(
Best Seafood with Great Atmosphere – The crab cakes were huge and delicious! Don't forget to get the Cole slaw on the side!
Help me out – The last time I went to Bubbas was long before it ever became a restraunt. It was just a place to launch the boat. So whats the decor like inside now? And how about the prices? I'm sure the food is good or they wouldn't still be there. So some one give me a heads up.
Manager was very rude – He was very rude and complained about being 90 degrees in April, not friendly, we didn't stay for lunch, great view!!!
Gorrrrgeous view and best place to eat in VB!!! – I am so picky when it comes to atmosphere, food, price, and service of a restaurant. I was blown away with the seating on the deck. We were as close to the water as possible, with just a breathtaking view! I am yet to find something like this anywhere else in VB. Boats would pull up alongside us and order off the menu. We were that close!!! The menu is totally reasonable. The Bubba's burger (9.95) and the chicken sandwich were amazing!!! The calamari was great too. I didn't like the soft shell crab sandwich b/c it didn't have much taste---we've been there twice now. I will take every visitor into town to this place----it is a must see and a must eat. The people we brought said over and over again, "I can't believe how gorgeous this is---its perfect!!!' The wait was not bad at all and the service the first time was great. The second time we went we waited quite a while for our food---but with the view and conversation we didn't really notice. That was our only criticism. It is very casual and child friendly. It is also a great spot for a date. The deck is the place to be! Enjoy!!!!
They don't know the meaning of the word "costumer". All they know is money. – Last week I visited Bubba's and talked with one of the responsible employees to arrange a luncheon we were planning to have with a group of friends. I chose the menu (green salad, grilled tuna or fried flounder, coke or soda, dessert, coffee or tea) and asked the price of the menu per person. The lady told me the total price was 29 $. I asked if tax was included and she replied: yes. Unfortunately I was not wise enough to ask if gratuity was included, neither did I make a contract to cover all details. I told her I liked the price, it was a deal 24 persons would attend the luncheon. Then we had the luncheon today. The main dish was good, salad was OK and dessert was poor. They somehow managed to make a dessert they call "German chocolate cheese cake" without using any chocolate or cheese. I liked the service, young and cheerful waitresses did a good job. The real surprise was at the end, when they handed out the bill. Unlike our deal, they had charged 20% gratuity and 5% tax. Now every attendee should pay 38.5 Dollars. I wanted to talk with the lady I made the deal but I was told she was on leave. I talked with another lady, who introduced herself as the manager. She had such a mechanical approach and she was not cooperative at all. She kept saying she was righteous, we should have known about gratuity and the tax and they were damn right charging for them. I am not a US citizen. I temporarily reside in Virginia Beach. In the country where I came from, when you ask a restaurant in advance, how much you are going to pay during the party you plan to make, they give you a price that includes everything. Apparently this is not the case for Bubba's. Either they are not professional enough to explain this important detail to costumers or they choose not to mention this on purpose. Today I felt cheated in Bubba's. They also made me pay for 5 persons who did not attend the luncheon. I could choose not to. There was no contract, but I paid, because my word ic contract.
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