I checked out The Beach House Bar & Grill in The Shoppes At Innsbrook the other night with a friend. Locally-owned by the same folks who run neighboring sandwich shop The Pita Pit and The Pour House at the Short Pump Crossing shopping center, I came in with high expectations for my meal.
The location, which has had many former occupants over the past 5-10 years, most notably The Crab House, has been rennovated into more of a bar than a restaurant. We were the only visible party seated at a table when we came in, around the height of dinnertime. The bar, however, was packed out, and pretty rowdy and loud for 7:00 p.m. on a Monday night. Putting that aside, I began browsing the menu.
After much debate over the selection of burgers and pasta dishes, I decided on a whim
to order some seafood. I picked the OBX Fish Tacos. My friend ordered the Jamaica Me Crazy Spicy Jerk Chicken Sandwich. Both of our portions were generous, but after eating our own meals and tasting each other's dishes, neither of us found the food overly appealing. The fish tacos were somewhat dry and the fish was a little overcooked, but not terrible. The mango chutney dipping sauce somewhat made up for the lack of flavor. My friend's jerk chicken sandwich was nothing to write home about either, however the fries were pretty tasty.
The service left much to be desired, but we attributed that to the management rather than the waitress herself for her lack of attention because she was working as hostess, the sole waitress, and helping out at the bar as well. The bill was pretty reasonable, coming out to around $25 for two meals and drinks. I can't say that I wouldn't consider making another visit to The Beach House, but it definitely won't be a top pick in the future when deciding where to eat out.