The staff was very friendly and polite and managed to squeeze our party of seven comfortably in a booth. We quickly perused the menu and each placed our orders, with our boss ordering a couple extra appetizers for the table to share. It was surprisingly crowded inside and the chatter was increasing, yet not too loud for our table to hold a conversation. The popular bread basket arrived and held us over until the food arrived. The lobster mac & cheese was very decadent and tasty. The blue crab and shrimp fritters were elegantly presented, but only 3 balls in the portion. The flavors were quite light and overall nice. My jumbo shrimp entree was cooked very well with a hint of sweetness from the hickory smoke. The Mediterranean orzo was an interesting mix of flavors with capers, red onions, olives, goat cheese, fennel seeds, and pine nuts - a little too conflicting with one another, but an alternative to a regular side such as potatoes or rice. Others in our group ordered the Grouper fingers which was a twist to the classic fish and chips; the short smoked salmon with a thick cauliflower mash and mustard sauce; the Mahi Mahi special served with mushrooms and spinach; cheeseburger and fries; and lobster bisque and the crab dip.
Overall, we had a very decent lunch, the portions were just right but we all were still too stuffed for dessert. It turned out to be a lovely day, so I was glad we took the opportunity for this "field trip" and venture out to Virginia. Although I doubt I will return anytime soon, due to location, the area itself was charming and seemed to be quite popular. Coastal Flats is a pleasant American restaurant for those looking for seafood in a laid back atmosphere.
Total Rating: 4.05
Food: 4, Price: 4, Service: 4, Ambience: 5, Accessibility: 3
What I ate:
Blue Crab & Rock Shrimp Fritters
with grilled corn salsa & lobster ginger butter
♥Lobster Mac 'N Cheese♥
Hickory Grilled Jumbo Shrimp
with Mediterranean orzo salad, goat cheese & oven roasted tomatoes