incredible FOOD × WATERSIDE VIEWS × family friendly


Blue Pete’s Restaurant is located in the historic Pungo area of Virginia Beach, Virginia. We offer unparalleled waterfront views, public and private events, high quality service, delicious food and a relaxed atmosphere for the whole family to enjoy.

Experience the friendly ambiance and natural setting of what we lovingly refer to as “the locals’ secret.” We are a convenient, 10-minute drive from Sandbridge Beach, the Back Bay Wildlife refuge and shops at Red Mill, and a quick 20-minute drive from Virginia Beach oceanfront hotels and attractions. Blue Pete’s boasts exceptionally fresh seafood and American fare with a laid-back vibe that will make you feel like a local. Come join us for a great meal seasoned with all the friendliness of Virginia Beach.

One of our servers said it best:  “We’re not fancy, but our food is.”



Our restaurant is currently located on a beautiful five-acre spot in the Back Bay area of Virginia Beach, just minutes from the Back Bay National Wildlife Sanctuary. The natural area surrounding Blue Pete’s is an awe-inspiring gift from Mother Nature. Located on the banks of the aptly named Tabernacle Creek, the beauty and peaceful atmosphere make it is easy to see why it was named after a small place to worship.

Here at Blue Pete’s, we want our customers to come in and relax in comfort, enjoy phenomenal food prepared and served by our caring staff, and leave with full bellies and refreshed hearts and minds. You’ll quickly learn why our locals return over and over again.



Blue Pete’s is currently owned and operated by twin brothers Nicholas and Aristotle Cleanthes. Born in the Back Bay area, they became avid hunters, fishermen, outdoorsmen, and frequently lend a hand to local nature conservation efforts. Their love for this area, good people, great food, and the country lifestyle is what inspired them to acquire Blue Pete’s and carry on the tradition of a place for locals and visitors to come together and enjoy themselves in a relaxed and natural setting.

The brothers, who grew up in the area, and live locally with their families, are still closely tied to it through multiple conservation efforts throughout the year. “We are right next to a National Wildlife Sanctuary. If we don’t take time to take care of it, who will?” says Aristotle.

Nicholas and Aristotle opened Blue Pete’s several years ago with the intent of reviving a classic restaurant in a breathtaking location. Their goal has been and will continue to be to build a place for families and vacationers to come in and have a good time, relax, and sample some excellent local cuisine.

“We want our restaurant to be all family, all the time. We always try to pay close attention to detail,” says Nick. “It’s important for us to make sure our customers feel at home. Great customer care is everything to us.”



Before 1972, the property on which the restaurant was built housed a small marina and fish house. In 1972, Pat and Betty Ann Ricks opened Blue Pete’s and began the first expansion. Originally a cozy and homey place with seats for about twenty people, patrons could buy bait, play a little pool, listen to country music, or sit at the bar for sandwiches and beer.

Though the business has grown and changed over the years, the goals of the current owners are much the same as they were over 40 years ago – to provide food and good experiences in a friendly and homey atmosphere. Their love for this area, good people, great food, and the country lifestyle is what inspired them to acquire Blue Pete’s and carry on the tradition of a place for locals and visitors alike to come together and enjoy themselves in a relaxed and natural setting.



In order to continue the long-standing tradition of serving great meals and offering a local watering hole for the residents of Pungo, Blue Pete’s has plans to close for renovations in the late spring of 2020. Rising water levels in the area have provided the needed incentive for us to rebuild a bigger, better and drier Blue Pete’s.

We look forward to providing the same great service and high-quality food, while remaining a staple in the community and attraction for tourists, just a few feet higher above the water level. Stay tuned for updates and details!






T: (757) 426-2278 or (757) 426-2005


MONDAY-THURSDAY: 5:00pm-10:00pm

FRIDAY: 5:00pm-12:00am

Saturday: 12:00pm-12:00Am

SUNDAy: 12:00pm-10:00Pm

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For reservations, hours, directions, or general questions please call us at (757) 426-2278.

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