8629 River Rd, Petersburg, VA | Directions 2380337.234361 -77.522880
Tue-Thu 5pm-9pmFri-Sat 5pm-10pm
Very Disappointing Now – My husband and I have gone to this restaurant for many years. We've introduced many of our neighbors to it and we always brought out of town guests to Chesdin. Friends who were visiting us and who had been there before asked to go back. What a disappointment. We weren't able to get any potatoes with our meal. They told us they ran out. We had reservations, we were there on time and it didn't seem like they were so busy that they could've run out. Plus, the food just wasn't as good. They also had a very limited selection of wine. In the past, it was always a highlight to have a new and exciting bottle of wine with dinner. In addition, the lovely music they used to play is gone. We may try it again but, only as a last resort since it's very convenient to us.
Still Fine, Just not as Upscale – So what if Chesdin isn't as upscale as it used to be. The place is still clean, it's in a beautiful location and the food is still good as long as you stick to the shrimp and Rib Eye on the menu. My husband drinks beer, I don't drink so, I don't really care about wine selections. I do miss Alise's vinegrette but I just get ranch now (hate the razzberry stuff). We plan to continue to support this business as it is close and convenient to us.
Great Customer Service, Best view with best food and atmosphere – A lot of our friends have told us about this restaurant, and I'm so glad we finally took the time to try it. It exceeded all our expectations! All of their meals come with a salad and vegatables that are seasoned to perfection. They have a variety of house dressings, and the raspberry vingrette was fantastic! It was good food in a relaxed, beautiful atmosphere, and overall a good time. The seafood and steaks were seasoned perfectly. The service is like no other place in this price range. We will definately be back! It's like a hidden treasure close to home.
Will give it a couple more chances – My husband and I travel quite a distance to enjoy this lovely restaurant. It used to be well worth the drive and time. The last couple of times we were there, however, the only thing that made it worthwhile was our traditional stroll along the docks both before and after our meal. I can no longer look forward to deliciously fresh, perfectly cooked, flaky flounder that needed no extra condiments at all. What they serve now is dry, overcooked fish with tarter sauce whether you want it or not.
The last few steaks my husband got had to be sent back a few times.
We'll try it again every now and then but, unless it improves, we certainly won't go as often as we used to. Gas is to high to waste a trip.
Fantastic Romantic Restaurant, Waterfront Dining, MUST TRY! – Wow, Fantastic Restaurant!! We began with Oysters Rockefeller which were done to perfection! Then we moved on to a Seafood Platter and Filet Mignon w/ crab imperial. The dishes were all indescribably delicious. We went there for an anniversary dinner, and this was the ultimate restaurant for this occasion! We stayed there at least three hours, enjoying the experience and never felt rushed. The service combined with the waterfront dining made for an exquisitely romantic evening. Our server was Katrina, and she made us feel as if we were the most valuable customers she had. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a fantastic romantic evening meal.
Rename it to Old Gray Mare – Just what the song says. The place is still okay but certainly not what it used to be and I must not be the only one who thinks that since there was hardly anyone there on a Saturday night. I used to have to make reservations on weekend nights but it sure isn't the case now. The service is not as good nor is the food. I miss the nice wines they used to have. I guess there is no one there who knows anything about wine.
It's a good they're on the lake. That's the only thing that's still nice and special about it.
Super Restaurant - GREAT Service! Fantastic Atmosphere! – We never had a chance to visit this restaurant under previous owners, but I do not understand how they could have been better. Our server, Katrina, was absolutely wonderful, and attentive to our every need. Any visitor should request her to ensure a wonderful dining experience. The new owner came to our table to introduce him self, and to make sure everything was to our satisfaction. The steaks were done perfectly, and the flavor was unbelievable! The bread and hushpuppies were served promptly, and were indescribably delicious.
It was an excellent value for the price on every order. We were a table of eight (with children), and they took the time to bring children's food with our appetizers, so everyone was satisfied. Everyone commented that their steaks were among the best we had eaten anywhere in our travels and the seafood dishes were done to perfection!
The view is excellent, overlooking the water, and after our meal, the children enjoyed feeding our left over bread to the ducks while the adults took a leisurely stroll on the pier.
Atmosphere and staff still great. Food is okay, not great – As always the staff, atmosphere and attentiveness is superb.
However, the food is just not doing if for me anymore.
Steaks cooked as requested, but really no flavor .for the first time there I wanted steak sauce to make it taste good. Steaks not as tender as I used to get. To be honest, I have had tastier steaks, twice running at Ruby Tuesday, and at $12.50 for the entire meal.
Steaks, just need something to gain flavor, maybe give customer option on garlic, peppercorn, etc. without adding cost.
Vegetables, steamed.blandno flavors
Bread, still good, hush puppies, not as good.
Oyster Rockefeller's, ok not great. Oysters really small (but large shells) and the flavor is not as good as I've gotten in the past. I used to be able to make a meal just of them.
It used to be a great value but now it's too much money for the quality of food.
Great view, okay food, slow service – I've been going to this restaurant for over 5 years and always thoroughly enjoyed it. I realize that new owners have to work out their own system no matter how successful a restaurant was under previous owners. With everything the Chesdin has going for it, I really hope they do. Of course the view is still unbeatable. The food is no longer anything special but, it's still okay. However, it took us so long to get it. We got our salads and bread immediately but it seems like we waited an eternity to get our entrees. Because of that, we skipped dessert. I like this place enough to keep going to it. Maybe when I make my reservations, I'll order ahead.
Hats off to the new owner! – I am a native Virginian who has moved out of state. On a recent visit, someone suggested we try The Chesdin since it was under new ownership. What an awesome experience we had! The view was breath taking, the staff was friendly and welcoming and the food... WOW! I'm still trying to find the seasoning they used on their vegetables! We were given 2 types of bread (hushpuppies and french bread) which suited everyone at the table. My filet was cooked to perfection and my husbands is still raving about the seafood platter. The portions were huge and everything was fresh. Our server Karen was friendly, knowledgable and attentive. We will without a doubt return to this restaurant every time we are in Virginia! Good luck to the new owner and keep up the great work!
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