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Terrapin Restaurant

3102 Holly Rd., Ste. 514 (Laskin Rd.) Send to Phone
757-321-6688 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Chef-owner Rodney Einhorn creates a sophisticated dining experience blocks from the oceanfront.
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Terrapin Restaurant Restaurant Review

: Turtles have long been a totem for Rodney Einhorn. He rescues them and names them after his hero-chefs. So after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, working at Le Cirque 2000 and making his own name at Aspen’s Sky Hotel, he decided to open an upscale restaurant near the oceanfront where he grew up and call it Terrapin. Perhaps the name is also a double entendre as it’s a showcase for Slow Food. In his open kitchen, visible from the intimate dining room and sleek zebra-wood bar (perfect for barrel-aged cocktails or wine poured by the one-and-a-half quartino or three-glass grand quartino), he creates garden gazpacho with fresh basil and shrimp, a refreshingly elegant summer starter. In fall, it might be pumpkin ravioli with chanterelles and organic peas in a white wine and sage brown butter sauce. Signature fennel pollen-spiced scallops over mushrooms in a truffle pan sauce with sea beans perennially hold sway. Come spring, order anything with ramps. And whatever the season, try the seductive Valrhona chocolate pudding with sea salt and olive oil.

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