by journey59 on Sep 22, 2021
Best arrival communications and docking instructions we have yet experienced. Excellent dock hand, who also provided great overview of the area and recommendations for dinner. Excellent bathrooms and shower (about a 5 min walk). New docks and good infrastructure. This is a top notch marina.
Thank you so much for docking at Waterside Marina and for the great review!
by beneteau473 on Sep 21, 2021
Friendly Helpful Staff. Always!
Great location to relax and watch the world go by! Always a lot to see on the Norfolk waterfront.
Thanks for staying with us
by revoit on Sep 18, 2021
Waterside is an outstanding marine facility in a great location. But what makes it truly outstanding is the dock crew, in particular Seth. He treats everyone with great courtesy and respect, and he goes above and beyond to ensure that captains and their crew are docked safely and to the satisfaction of the boaters. The only reason I give the marina 4 stars instead of 5 is the long distance--through a highly public, busy restaurant and entertainment area--to the marina showers and bathrooms, which are clean and comfortable, incidentally. However, that one negative doesn't stop me from visiting Waterside because of all its other positives, especially Seth!
by alexcooke on Sep 11, 2021
Great location with a top notch staff. Strippers restaurant was superb and the downtown location was very convenient.
Thanks for docking at Waterside Marina - glad you enjoyed the food at our neighbor Stripers!
by rotorheadusn on Sep 11, 2021
Backing into slip with strong wind 10 to 15 blowing us off the finger, dock man should have taken one line offered and secured it to cleat. In stead he held the line and was no match for the wind blowing us off the finger. On second try , I hollered him to secure the line to a chock which he did and all was well!
Thanks for staying with us - sounds like an exciting docking!
by seabbatical on Sep 11, 2021
Nice marina with new dock facilities. Great deckhands who stayed past 6:00 PM to help us dock and hook up power. Restrooms/showers are fine but a little far. Major plus is nearness to parks, restaurants, mall, museums, etc. they also have a 10:00 shuttle to Harris Teeter to allow provisioning. We enjoyed our stay.
by sailp31 on Sep 08, 2021
We also stayed Tuesday, Sept 7th. Our stay was wonderful; the slips, docks and power/water pedestals were first class. And I can't say enough about the dockhands, they were courteous, professional and always wanted to help. The bath facilities was excellent also but a little far to walk. This is our third stay at Waterside this year and we definitely will be back in the future.
S/V BELLA DONNA
Thanks Captain! Look forward to seeing you again soon!
by bdenison51 on Sep 08, 2021
Nice facility right in the heart of downtown. Great restaurants nearby on Granby St. Good rates and very little roll through the boat basin.
Thank you! Look forward to seeing you at Waterside Marina in the future!
by andrewd1973 on Sep 07, 2021
Great staff , nice floating docks , well sheltered from wake and weather. Many Restaurants within walking distance.
by nhankins3 on Sep 07, 2021
We always love staying at Waterside! The location is ideal to feel like you are part of the the Norfolk community. The staff is always efficient, knowledgeable and very professional.
by widget on Aug 31, 2021
What a pleasant surprise Waterside was. Great location, great floating docks and near all. We were surprised that the marina was virtually empty!
by baysailingllc on Aug 27, 2021
Our family stayed here for 3 nights this past week. Greeted with plenty of hands to dock our 50' catamaran. All weekend the staff were great and super courteous... made all of us feel very much at home. Floating docks are brand new and in super shape. Bathrooms very clean. Plenty of fun/restaurants nearby. We've been to a number of marina's nearby at the entry to the Intercoastal - this should be the spot where you stop.
Thanks for staying with us!
by dbzeiller7485 on Aug 25, 2021
A fantastic friendly group of dock masters, catered to our every need 👏🏻👍🏻
by drumbum on Aug 24, 2021
Another great time ,keep up the great work
by eoti on Aug 22, 2021
This is my favorite marina at the Chesapeake entrance. It's not a huge marina, but it has the entire downtown area right there, gorgeous sunsets, great amenities, and a really easy going staff. The only thing I'd complain about is the wi-fi as Internet services are sketchy. Fortunately we have 5G unlimited and Norfolk has those services locked down. Truly enjoy the marina and it is a modern, new, and really great place to stop for awhile.
Thanks for staying with us!
by oneeyedogcrew on Aug 05, 2021
We love staying at Waterside! The docks and electrical have all been upgraded and their staff is wonderful to work with.
The marina is within walking distance to everything in Norfolk! They even pay for a cab to and from the local grocery store so boaters can provision! The ferry to Portsmouth is just a few yards away as well as numerous amazing restaurants.
We highly recommend Waterside for your visit to Norfolk.
by gypsiespalace47 on Aug 05, 2021
The crew there now is the best I've ever seen. The docks are in perfect condition. Only problem 3 of us on the same dock had during the day was that the dock power cannot handle the load and we all had electrical problems. Once the load lowered in the evening we were fine.
Thanks for staying with us!
by susanbmsp on Jul 30, 2021
Very nice marina right in heart of downtown close to many restaurants. Only negative is distance to restrooms/showers, but the walk provides great view of area in the morning. But, we keep coming back.
by mattcjefferson on Jul 26, 2021
This is a very well-maintained marina with an equally professional and courteous staff!
by pattiu on Jul 23, 2021
We came for 1 night and stayed TWO WEEKS!! The dock hands could not have been more helpful!!! Danny welcomed us warmly and made sure we had everything we needed! We loved this Marina and The Waterside at Norfolk and the surrounding area of Virginia Beach!!! There is so much to do right where you step off the boat!! Restaurants, music, beautiful parks museums, shopping and all with a very friendly, cool vibe!! Everything was super clean and super safe. We had three young grandsons come stay a week and the area provided us the coolest stuff to do!!! Navy ships, museums, zip lining Virginia Beach, go carting, water parks!! All any easy walk or drive!! Stay at Waterside Marina! It’s AWESOME!!
Wow! What a great review! Thank you so much for staying with us - hope to see you again in the future!
by rbhdrums on Jul 18, 2021
Very nice marina in Downtown Norfolk. The staff is exceptionally professional and helpful. Marina is very clean and well maintained.
Thanks for staying with us!
by dr_dave22 on Jul 13, 2021
Employees were very helpful. The floating docks were in great shape. Everything looked pretty new. The marina is right downtown. Within walking distance of USS Wisconsin, museums, and loads of restaurants, coffee shops, etc. My only critique is the bathrooms are a LONG walk away from most of the docks. (They were very nice and clean bathrooms though. Showers were clean, good pressure, hot water.) Great views in the marina, reasonable pricing.
by roadking on Jul 06, 2021
Staff was very good, very helpful , and attentive during our stay. it is Always a pleasure to stay at this Marina,
Thanks for staying with us.
by mitcheod on Jul 06, 2021
Great staff and location.
by tjcarter2000 on Jul 02, 2021
Seth was very accommodating and really helpful— we had a great time and want to thank him for all he did for us. Waterside is lucky to have a dockmaster of this caliber. The Carter’s and Lily
Thank you - Seth is awesome!
by sneakyrat on Jun 26, 2021
Great service, dock hands very attentive and professional. Always like docking here updated and accessible to waterfront hotels and restaurants.
Thanks for staying with us!
by kemosabe on Jun 20, 2021
Love to visit this port, at this marina. Beautiful new slips, power and good municipal water. Incredibly helpful dock team. Seth was especially attentive—proactively offering a helping hand for multiple things. We really appreciate it! Great walking and riding on the Elizabeth River Trail. Great food options. And a visit to the Chrysler Museum is delightful! We make it a destination!!
Great review! Thanks for staying with us.
by gwittich on Jun 19, 2021
Very helpful staff, good restaurant nearby, shower facilities ok.
Thanks for docking with us.
by persistence46 on Jun 12, 2021
Spent 5 great days in Waterside marina. Many good restaurants in the area on Granby street. Many museums & activities. Public transportation easily available. Dock hands and quality of the marina were top notch. Clean secure with exceptional service. We will be back.
Thanks for staying with us! Look forward to seeing you again.
by whoknew on Jun 06, 2021
Davis was a huge help. We will be back
Thanks for staying with us - Davis now wants a raise.
by sndbowen on Jun 04, 2021
And we love our guests.
by rwiltse105 on May 30, 2021
Really enjoyed being downtown Norfolk, plenty to see and do. A lot of history around the area. Marina staff was very helpful with arrival and giving us ideas on where to go. Chrysler museum worth the walk to. We even spend an extra day here.
by motoringmariah on May 27, 2021
Waterside Restaurants/bars were closed when we visited but OMG there was so many other cool things to see and do when we visited. Their new floating docks are super impressive and docking couldn't have been easier with Seth's help. He turned us on to "Grain" a bar/restaurant on the 5 floor roof of the Hilton and it was AWESOME! We visited Nauticus and the USS Wisconsin which was fun and walked around the historic Mason District. I thought downtown Norfolk was going to be just a bunch of big buildings but there was oh so much more.....
Thanks for staying with us - we love Norfolk too!
by parkerrodney59 on May 27, 2021
We spent 2 nights at Waterside Marina this May. The staff was outstanding, capable and helpful in every way. The location perfect for dining, sightseeing and meeting other cruisers. Though the marina is a bit tight in terms of waterway and navigating larger vessels, this is a minor inconvenience for what you get in return. Loved it. Going back in August.
Thanks for staying with us - see you in August!
by jackpot1300 on May 22, 2021
We were only there for an overnight but got in early enough in the day to enjoy the area. Took our bikes and rode through the historic district. We ended up going to a AAA baseball game at the stadium. The team at the marina are fantastic, knowledgeable and helpful. Next time here we will be landing at this great facility!
Great review! Thank you so much for staying with us.
by robklug on May 22, 2021
Great marina in a great location right in the downtown area. Well maintained and great folks on the docks. Will def come back
Thanks for staying with us!
by johnsons3 on May 21, 2021
May 20, 2021: stated overnight and all good. Had been having a problem with bow thruster and we were placed along a side-tie. Worked out great. Staff was terrific.
Nov 19, 2020: stayed overnight at Waterside. Staff was good. The disappointment were the new slips having only finger piers. Any boat 35’ or longer had to potentially back into a slip.
Dec 16, 2019: The marina has a great location and easy walk to downtown. It is neat and maintained. Bathrooms are a walking distance but clean. I know we were coming through in December, but we stayed five days and finding any staff around to answer questions or help with lines as we left - no one around. The wifi was absolutely awful - lucky to get two bars. The only advantage is the easy walk to downtown restaurants, shopping, etc.
by credfield on May 12, 2021
All was well except non functional wifi. Staff was helpful in docking. Could not repair WiFi. Great location for Norfolk.
Thanks for staying with us at Waterside Marina. Sorry that you had issues with the Wi-Fi - we installed new antennas this spring and it has been working great - we have had some service issues with Cox Communications as they have been upgrading the downtown node. Hope to see you again in the future!
by dixonwil on May 09, 2021
Super location and staff!
by legacy565 on May 09, 2021
Awesome place to stay. Right in the middle of the activity.
Thanks for staying with us!
by drott on May 08, 2021
Seth was very attentive upon our arrival. Marina is a great location to downtown attractions.
Thanks for staying with us - we agree - Seth is a super star.
by christi on May 06, 2021
Great dock hands! Awesome docks. Very clean. Close to everything we wanted to see.
Thank you - Hope to see you again soon.
by captainjoesizemore on Apr 26, 2021
Great location and convenience. Seth was excellent on the docks and offered valuable information about the area. I’d love to see fuel offered but, yeah, I get it. Everything offered is 5 stars but for a professional delivery captain I usually need fuel which would require another stop.
Thanks for staying with us Captain and for the feedback - Hope to see you again soon.
by dulccie258 on Apr 26, 2021
Greeted at the dock by 3 professional dock hands , and we had a great stay. Everything was clean and worked as it should . We will be going back soon.
Thanks for staying with us! See you soon.
by aetherly on Apr 13, 2021
Perfect location, great service. Dock hand followed my progress and waited past normal hours for our arrival as we were coming north on ICW. Love being able to walk off the marina right to the adjoining restaurants.
Thanks for the great review! Hope to see you again in the fall.
by irishwake_vb on Mar 15, 2021
Great communication when approaching and friendly staff to assist while docking. Reasonable rates and power.
Thanks for docking at Waterside Marina - hope to see you again soon.
by coldren99 on Nov 24, 2020
Tied up my dinghy twice this month. Great, helpful, friendly staff. It is nice to be greeted at the dock and have dockhands who actually know how to tie up your lines at a cleat.
Thanks for visiting! Hope to see you again the next time you are passing through.
by gcutter on Nov 23, 2020
Staff were excellent, and the new docks very nice, but the heads are totally inadequate with no hot water at sinks, not well maintained (dirty and missing supplies), and only two stalls for a marina this size is surprising.
Thanks for staying with us and for the feedback - will make sure to address those issues.
by rschattman on Nov 18, 2020
Great docks! all new. Strong WIFI and helpful staff. Would have given 5 stars if there was laundry and fuel. Strong (gale force) winds from the NW and all was fine in the basin.
Thanks for staying with us and for the nice review.
by melvilleair on Nov 18, 2020
5 star marina!! great staff and great location!
Thank you so much! Hope to see you again soon.
by jpedals on Nov 08, 2020
The marina was great. Staff was very helpful. Easy in and out.
by jlongval on Nov 08, 2020
Great spot, extremely courteous staff.
Thanks for staying with us!
by clr on Nov 03, 2020
Very pleasant facility. Helpful, very organized and clean. The baths are a bit far but clean. Nice staff. Great access to restaurants, perfect walking paths offering great views. Close to large shopping mall but nearest groceries are close to 2 miles.
Great review! Thanks for docking with us - hope to see you again in the Spring
by clarkeg on Nov 03, 2020
The dock hands and facilities are top notch and the location can’t be beat.
Our only negative is we were here during 2 gales. The second was from the west and it beat us up. No damage or anything but it was pretty uncomfortable. Their sea wall mitigated wave effect but certainly didn’t nullify it.
Thanks for staying with us - we have certainly had some blowy days this past week!
by tkurtkaufman on Nov 01, 2020
Helpful, knowledgeable and friendly Dock hands. Excellent very nice facility.
by jamriley on Oct 31, 2020
New docks, friendly staff & location, location, location.
Thanks for staying with us - we agree - the location is tough to beat!
by belleofthewest on Oct 30, 2020
I would give it 4.5 stars. The bar noise is annoying sometimes and there is no security. Besides that, the staff was great and communicated very well with us and were helpful with anything we needed. The docks are clean and spacious and the location is great for going downtown.
by cdrrivera on Oct 25, 2020
Excellent location. Great dockhand service. Well maintained floating docks. A lot of walking to get to the restrooms and showers. Wifi signal did not reach my slip.
Thanks for staying with us and for the feed back.
by captrick on Oct 14, 2020
Great Location, right on ICW. Walk to many local activities.
Quiet & no waves etc at night. Many friendly transient boaters. GREAT STAFF. SETH was immense help in docking & information. Well Done!
Thank you! See you next time!
by rjefferysr on Oct 10, 2020
Inexperienced dock handlers
Thanks for staying with us and for the feed back! We do have some new dock crew on board this fall and are working to get them seasoned properly!
by lynnp on Oct 07, 2020
An excellent experience. The dockhands were responsive, pleasant, and competent. We did a pump out upon arrival and then tied up. The location is wonderful: downtown with the marvelous "Stripers" restaurant adjacent to the dock. The docks are newer and the facility sparkling. We couldn't have asked for more.
Thanks for staying at Waterside Marina!
by thepulios1 on Oct 03, 2020
Very friendly and staff. Courtesy transportation to Harris Teeter. Very walkable to lots of restaurants (all types) and Macarthur Mall. Would have given it a 5 if WiFi was better. Definitely will return.
Thank you - Wi-Fi should be better next time you visit. Look forward to seeing you again in Norfolk!
by lkarty on Oct 02, 2020
Nice docks, great location and helpful staff. They offer a complimentary taxi to Harris Teeter Grocery every morning. Great restaurants. We enjoyed our stay.
by mjones823 on Sep 29, 2020
Dock crew was wonderful! Beautiful views of the waterway and downtown, only downside, it is very tight maneuvering thru turn and down the fairway. Definitely would stop again!
by meiavecchia on Sep 08, 2020
Great reception by staff with plenty of hands for ropes! Internet was a little slow considering not many people docking for the night but it was decent.
Thank you! We have a plan to improve the Wi-Fi - should be better the next time you visit.
by rjgall54 on Aug 27, 2020
Staff very helpful. brand new floating docks. Location location to downtown activities
Thank you! Look forward to seeing you in the future!
by jraft on Aug 02, 2020
Even though CV-19 caused much of the waterfront to be closed, we had a great experience at the marina. From first call on ch. 16, to departure, we were greeted professionally and every interaction was first class. I do not remember the name of the young man (who seemed to be on duty at all hours), but he was great and will be successful at what ever he chooses after completing college. Clean rest rooms, immaculate docks, strong internet. Great stop off point in the center of Norfolk.
Thank you for your kind words! Thanks for staying with us - hope to see you again soon,
by steveberry16 on Jul 27, 2020
Great dock hands, very efficient. Clean new floating Docks on the inside of the marina, and great shorepower. Very happy with my experience at Waterside Marina
Thank you for docking with us and for the great review!
by captainyachtambition on Jul 26, 2020
The service was excellent and the support from the staff was above and beyond. Fantastic location.
Thanks Captain! MY Ambition looked great in Otter Berth - see you next time.
by momwithamap on Jul 15, 2020
Waterside Marina in Norfolk is an awesome place to stay. You definitely pay a high price for location, but it's worth it! You will be docked in the heart of Norfolk within a quick walking distance to pretty much everything.
We loved being surrounded by all of the huge Navy ships and watching all of the interesting sights of the harbor. Waterside is right in the center of all of it, but very protected and safe.
The docks are extremely nice and the dock hands are knowledgeable and helpful. If you are needing/wanting to stay in the Norfolk area, this marina would be my top choice.
Wow! Great review - thanks for staying with us.
by reefchief161 on Jul 15, 2020
Had a great stay perfect spot right downtown and Dockmaster Tom and his team were excellent would highly recommend
Thank you! Hope to see you back in Norfolk soon.
by robusmc on Jul 06, 2020
Very nice location. Clean Marina. Very Friendly Staff. Great location. No fuel. shower and head facilities are a bit of a walk.
Thank you. Hope to see you again soon.
by legends on Jul 06, 2020
Great staff. Very friendly and helpful. Easy to get in & out. Looking forward to coming back.
Thanks for docking at Waterside Marina - see you next time!
by waltfrick on Jun 22, 2020
This is a great marina! Great views, great restaurants, excellent staff! Waterside is closed for renovations, but the is still a lot to do.
Thanks for staying with us - hope to see you again in the future!
by saboljj on May 29, 2020
Nice docks, not much more
Thanks for staying with us at Waterside Marina. With the current restriction on restaurants and attractions there is not quite as much to do in Downtown Norfolk as usual but things are starting to re-open - hopefully we will see you again in the future!
by searley on May 06, 2020
Great new floating docks, always friendly dock hands and close to excellent restaurants in Norfolk.
by capnrob on Dec 11, 2019
The young lady dock attendant stayed late to help me secure and she ran my power cord. I have stayed here before and enjoyed it too. I think the electric could use an update.
Update 12/11. Thank you for your response. It's nice to know reviews are read. I look forward to the new docks! I'm sure the crew will remain top notch!
Thanks for staying with us - we are putting in all new floating docks and power this winter - Hope to see you next year!
by eaglesail on Oct 22, 2019
Docks are shabby and should have been replaced years ago.
Bathrooms are 1/2 mile from the slips
Thanks for staying with us - the floating docks and power are being replaced this winter - hope to see you in 2020!
by johntanderson40 on Oct 18, 2019
Great marina. People are super nice! And provided free taxi to grocery store and back! Downtown near restaurants and mall. Will stay again!
by wbladesr on Aug 24, 2019
I can’t say enough good things about this marina and the staff that works there.
I was greeted by Danny, a young college aged kid that had been around docks for a period of time. He provided clear instructions on the VHF and met me promptly at the slip, waving me in. I was single handed so it was great having a capable person on the dock anticipating when to tension or slacken the dock lines. At the dock master office he provided great local information which allowed for an enjoyable visit.
The following day I met Alex and Don. Don seemed to be THE MAN running the show and he was great! He hooked me up with some discounted tour tickets (greatly appreciated), called me on my cell when my dog escaped from the boat and offered great dinner recommendations at a nearby restaurant (Stripers).
I will definitely stop at Waterside Marina on my return trip.
by sneakyegret on Aug 18, 2019
Wonderful location if you are looking for city energy, which we were after the isolation of the N.C. ICW.
by blown_away on Jul 24, 2019
Staff was professional and available to assist with docking. Slip assignment was challenging for a 40' sailboat (backed in but needed to rig a warp line to properly exit the assigned slip. Bathing facilities are too far from the dock. Relied on shipboard facilities for bathing needs. Wonderful location for the fireworks. Will definitely return.
by waterman23456 on Apr 22, 2019
Unfortunately we could not dock at Waterside since the draw bridges south of Norfolk VA (where we are traveling from) have been closed since 4/19 due to flooding. I would certainly appreciate a credit for our deposit since we could not dock due to act of God.
by reviewoutlaw on Oct 25, 2018
Very happy with this Marina and location, right on the Starting line of the ICW, dock staff very nice, right in the middle of the city lots of great restaurants near this location. Clean showers and bathrooms!
by captjason on Sep 09, 2018
Can’t beat the location. Right downtown. Staff was very helpful. Not a lot of amenities but if it’s local night life you’re looking for. Waterside is the place.
by tombruno on May 07, 2018
Always a great place to stay. Right in the center of the Norfolk action
by szpirglas on Apr 09, 2018
Nice guy at our arrival. The only problem is that there is too much light during the night.
by sebateman on Nov 24, 2017
excellent location. very friendly staff
by pinglett on Sep 17, 2017
Great, smaller marina with lots to do, all walking distamce. Staff works late, no security issues and full amenities.
by bman2p on Sep 04, 2017
The location is always great! The wifi was spotty on connectivity and the powers on the dock was problematic that we had to switch power posts and the. No problems. The new Hilton hotels roof top lounge "The Main" is a great place and within walking distance.
by cbswaim on May 18, 2017
Glad to have Norfolk Waterside back in our destinations... the marina unfortunately did not get touched by the renovation magic. The docks are showing their age and wear, and WiFi is non-existent (even though it is advertised and info given at check-in). John (dockmaster) and dock hands are friendly, but at these rates there should be full-service facilities. While the bath house facilities are new, they are missing basics like seating for changing, more than one head, hooks within reach of the showers, hot/cold water is reversed in the showers, and no washer/dryer.
by dhutton1 on May 08, 2017
No laundry facilities, no cable and Wifii was poor. They do pay for a taxi once a day at 10am to go to the Harris Teeter, which is nice. What was disappointing is we had to find this out on our own through the Visitor's Center. They aren't open about advertising it!