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Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers

Virginia is for Lovers. And now, Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers. The Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association in partnership with the Virginia Corporation have introduced a new logo and a new campaign that seeks to entice people to dining establishments in Virginia.  Read more from the Virginia Pilot here.

Restaurant Neighbor Award goes to Rockafeller’s Restaurant in Virginia Beach

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) has announced its State winners for the 2019 Restaurant Industry Awards, celebrating diversity and inclusion, community service and leadership in the restaurant industry.

“Every year we look forward to celebrating the people who make our industry inclusive, generous and exciting,” said Rob Gifford, Executive Vice President of the NRAEF. “The Foundation is thrilled and honored to recognize the people and businesses that truly embody these values.”

Restaurant Neighbor Award (RNA) State Winner

The Restaurant Neighbor Award, developed in partnership with American Express, highlights outstanding local and national charitable service and philanthropy. “I am proud to announce that one of this year’s winners of the RNA includes Rockafeller’s Restaurant a long time National Restaurant, Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel & Virginia Beach Restaurant Association member.”

Serving the community Since 1989

Rockafeller’s Restaurant has been independently owned and operated here in Virginia Beach, Virginia since 1989. While it prides itself on excellent food, great service and a friendly atmosphere, owner Elizabeth Henley-Baumann (known to most as BJ), is most proud of the restaurant’s community involvement. Since the very day Rockafeller’s opened its doors (and decks) to the public, its mission has been to give back to the community. Few other restaurants are as fully interwoven into the fabric of their neighborhoods and community as Rockafeller’s.

The main focus of Rockafeller’s community involvement is to help feed the ever-growing homeless population in Virginia Beach and improve the lives of our neighbors. Helping the Community in Need

Virginia Beach has many families in need of support, food and shelter. While Rockafeller’s can’t help them all, it does everything it can to make an impact on as many of these families as possible. Through donations of food, gift certificates or money, Rockafeller’s has supported local charities such as the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center for the homeless, Samaritan House for battered women and their children, and many more. Rockafeller’s has a few causes that it continually invests time, food, and money towards such as the Potter’s House and its own holiday based Adopt-A-Family.

House of Blues, Brews, and Stews

We extend a big thank you to everyone who came out to the MOCA’s Blues, Brews, and Stews event on November 5 and tasted our seafood gumbo. We’re proud to announce that we received the Best Stew Award for our Seafood Gumbo with Cornbread Croutons!

Desserts to Go

One of the most popular items that Rockafeller’s offers is our desserts – each one lovingly made on site and from scratch. Due to the popularity and the continuous requests from guests that they wanted to buy whole cakes or pies, we started our “Dessert to Go” program five years ago. Now we have expanded to selling them at the Holiday Markets at the Old Beach Farmer’s Market. Please make sure you check out our offerings in the Dessert section of the Menu and remember to order your for all of your special occasions year round.

Sustainable Seafood

Sustainable Seafood is seafood that is either caught or farmed in ways that consider the long term viability of harvested species and the well being of the oceans, as well as the livelihoods of fishery dependent communities.

We made a commitment to incorporate whenever possible items that are considered sustainable to our menu. Please note the “S” icon by menu items that fall into this category!

Community Commitment

We take great pride in helping out those in need and being active in making Virginia Beach a better place. Through several local organizations; the Potter’s House, Judeo Christian Outreach Center, People in Need (PIN), and our Holiday Program with Virginia Beach Social Services we are able to work hand in hand with those who have fallen on hard times and need assistance getting back on their own two feet. Everyone including the owner and staff participate in these programs.