8629 River Rd, Petersburg, VA | Directions 2380337.234361 -77.522880
Tue-Thu 5pm-9pmFri-Sat 5pm-10pm
Great view, shabby inside, slow service – We will give Chesdin another try only because we go to the lake quite often in the summer and we used to love this restaurant. The problem with the food should have been caught in the kitchen and there did not seem to be enough wait staff . We sat too long waiting for our check. We were served baked potatoes that were not cooked which they resolved with 2 cooked potatoes but my husband's fried platter was over cooked and over breaded. We both think the quality of food for the money does not match. His comment was that he was full but not satisfied. I had the salmon and the flavor was good but on the verge of being overcooked as well. It used to be much better so we know how good it could be. We hope it will get there again.
Very good – Great local restaurant. The service was good. The atmosphere was good. The food was very good. I wouldn't call it 5 star, but for local cuisine, we thought it was excellent and the price wasn't unreasonable. We had:
She Crab soup - was very good, a little too much Old Bay
Crab Dip appetizer - came in a bread bowl, very good
Broiled shrimp - a little overdone, but still good
Crab Cakes - excellent, very little filler.
Key lime pie - great
Overall, we loved it, we would definitely go again. Compared to almost any good restaurant in NY, it would be mediocre, be we aren't in NY. For local eats, I'd say very good.
Romantic restaurant with panoramic water views serves seafood and steaks and offers a romantic atmosphere and extensive wine list. – In Short
Located at Seven Springs Marina in Matoaca, locals travel the distance for seafood entrees with steak, pasta and poultry options. Notable menu items include broiled scallops for $16.95, Eric's surf n' turf consisting of a crab imperial and a petit filet for $22.95 and caramel apple pie a la mode for $4.95. The restaurant also features a casual elegance and offers an extensive wine list ranging anywhere from $18 to $55 including house selections by the glass for $5 to $7.
Just okay on all points – Chesdin used to be our favorite place to go. The atmosphere WAS very intimate whether it was just my wife and me or even if we were dining with friends. Now, we miss the way it was. Not only is the food barely edible but the ambience we used to enjoy no longer exists. They keep the lighting so bright we feel like we're in a grocery store. The menu prices seem to have come down but so did the quality of the food and service. I hope it improves before going down further.
Very Neglected – I'm with KenCrew on this one. Where are the new owners? I'm convinced it must be someone who bought the place to have a tax write off because their certainly letting it go down from what it was. It's gotten to the point where I nearly broke a tooth trying to eat the fried shrimp. I think it was left over from two days before. It's become impossible to get a refill on a drink even if it is a cocktail where free refills are not involved. We've tried to remain loyal supporters of this restaurant but unless they start to serve edible food and improve the service, they won't have anything that needs supporting.
Great View, Real good Crab Dip – We've been going to this restaurant for many years and we still do, at least 2 or 3 times a month and we have yet to meet the new owners. Hopefully, things go better when they're there. I had high hopes when we got our usual crab dip appetizer and it was great. Unfortunately, it went down hill from there and it remains very inconsistent. The meals are good sometimes but other times they're not so good. We are going to give it time, though and hope for improvement in that area. The service is not nearly as good as it has been in years past but, it's still pretty good. We live close and we like to bring company there but we'll hold off on that for now since we don't know if it will be a good night or a bad night.
Great Meal at a Great Price with an Exquisite View - Highly Recommend!!!!!!! – I discovered my little slice of Seafood & Steak heaven about a year ago when I moved to Chester. We went at least once a month for the excellent food and the great view. It was a little pretentious for us, and we didn't really feel comfortable with some of the "snootiness". I'm so happy with the new owner that we now try to eat there weekly! The food is as good, if not better than it was, and the ambiance is perfect, it is Southern Dining at its finest! The waitresses always great you with a smile and you feel comfortable no matter what your attire. Some diners are in formal attire, many are in jeans or shorts, looking like they came in straight from their boats. There is an attached dock, so it is perfect for your evening stroll after the meal, with the twinkling stars reflecting off the water. The new owner makes it a point to try to meet each table and make you feel at home. I highly recommend Chesdin Restaurant to anyone who wants a great meal at a great price, with an exquisite view!
Below Expectations – We live about 15 miles from The Chesdin Restaurant and closer to other restaurants in the county. One of them recently closed down so we decided to venture out there again. It still looks pretty much the same but that's about all that remains from what we remembered when we were there about 2 years ago. The crab cakes I loved so much were absolutely horrible. My husband's steak came out raw and it took forever to get it back. When it did come back, it was way over done. The potatoes were a gooey mess and they were cold. Normally, we would order desert but, we didn't want to take the chance. Doesn't look like we'll be venturing out there again any time soon.
LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT – I use to go all the tme until the old owners said a unexceptable comment to our witress. When I was passing by the oher day I noticed the sign that said new ownership so I maid resevations for that next friday. The food was better than ever before espcially the SHE CRAB SOUP. I would tell anybody that asks that the whole exoirence is well worth it because the new owner must treat his empoees good because the attudes were so much better than before. Like the title says I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Different personality, lacks it's old panache – Chesdin was never hoighty toighty by any means but, it was an elegant place without being stuffy. I always thought that was one of it's greatest assetts. The service was always friendly but very professional, never pushy. The bonus was having a good, straight forward menu that never disappointed and specials that satisfied more adventerous diners. The place had class but it was never snooty. Not only did we always get plenty of good food to eat, the whole experience was so pleasant whether it was just my husband and me or, if we brought friends. Now it's just a place to go get something to eat and the only bonus is the view. The food is okay, not bad by any means but there's no more personality to it.
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