Reviewed by Perry Crabill on
On Saturday, September 9, 2017, my daughter and I had dinner at the Red Lobster Restaurant, 2400 South Pleasant Valley Road in Winchester, Virginia, just south of Walmart. Our visit was to celebrate my 97th birthday.
If you are traveling south on Pleasant Valley Road, you must drive past the restaurant to make a left turn into the Winchester Station Shopping Center parking lot, and then additional left turns to reach the stand-alone building.
Five handicapped parking spaces are along the front of the building facing Pleasant Valley Road, with other parking along the sides of the building, the parking lotâs periphery, and nearby. Hours are Sunday-Thursday, 11:00 AM-10:00 PM; Friday & Saturday, 11:00 AM-11:00 PM.
The telephone number is (540) 722-9490. The restaurant chainâs national Web Site is www.redlobster.com, but the Winchester locationâs menu does not have all of the items listed on the Internet.
The entrance is at the buildingâs SW corner and has a vestibule. The entry area features a large glass tank with live lobsters and a receptionistâs station. The Red Lobster is a large restaurant with windows on three sides. Seating includes booths along the windows, and several divided areas elsewhere with booths and tables with benches and chairs.
A large, well-stocked bar with fourteen seats and three video screens is in the rear with other seating in this area. The floor has a dark carpet and the ceiling has acoustic tile. Walls are decorated with nautical scenes, lighthouse pictures, and navy signal flags.
Lighting over the booths is hanging lanterns with recessed lights in the ceiling elsewhere. The background music is somewhat intrusive, and the ambient noise level is high.
Our server was Britt. The spiral-bound menu books she gave us had 22 pages. The inside of the front cover lists Todayâs Specials. Categories elsewhere include Starters, Upgrades, Cocktails, Seaside Starters, Appetizers, Soups & Salads, Shrimp & Classic Combos, Crab & Seafood Bakes, Lobster & Signature Combos.
Also, Todayâs Fresh Fish, Seafood Pairs; Lunch Specials, 11 to 3; Add to Any Meal & Nutritional Information, 4-Course Feast, Lighthouse Selections, and Desserts. A smaller menu already on the table was titled âSip, Snack, and Savorâ and listed Drinks, Appetizers, and Desserts. There was also a sea salt dispenser and a black peppercorn grinder on the table.
The price for the live lobsters displayed in the tank is $23.50 per lb. The smallest ones are about 1-1/4 lbs. and cost about $30.00. The largest lobsters are about 4 lbs. and cost around $100.00. We did not order lobster, live or refrigerated, that evening.
My daughter ordered a âBuild Your Own Combinationâ with Coconut Shrimp and Seafood Stuffed Flounder, with Whipped Sweet Potatoes and Walnuts as a side, and included a salad.
I had a dozen hand-shucked raw oysters on the half-shell. Iâm glad that I ordered a dozen instead of six, because they were quite small, but good. We were also served their famous Cheddar Bay Biscuits, which are a tasty treat good enough to take home.
Although the on-line menu for the Red Lobster national chain includes an appetizing picture of fried oysters, the Winchester restaurantâs menu does not list them. Accordingly, I do not consider the local Red Lobster as a proper seafood restaurant and refuse to rate it as a keeper.
My first visit to the Red Lobster was with my wife on June 21, 2006, shortly after it had opened for business. There was a waiting line then.
On Saturday, people were waiting to be seated by the time my daughter and I left at 6 oâclock. Staying in business for eleven years indicates that the Red Lobster must be doing something right.
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Reviewed by jp on
Have stopped here a few times the past couple of years. Really like their coffee and the lay out of the lounge, especially if you love the vinyl albums for the last century. Beats the heck out of Starbucks and has good snack options to have with that fresh roasted java. Parking may be a bit of a challenge at times.