Details for Top Rack Marina
Name

Top Rack Marina
Position

Display in The Interactive Cruising Guidebook
Average rating 4.5 stars from 190 reviews

Address 5532 Bainbridge Point
Chesapeake, VA 23320

Phone757-227-3041

After hours contact

757-439-1373

Pro-Op message

We offer the most competitive fuel prices you will find. Stop in just for fuel and we'll have you quickly on your way. Or stay the night with our Dock and Dine Special. Either way we want your time with us to be top notch.

If you can find a better diesel price, let us know!

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Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - YES
Municipal - NO
Other - NO

Notes

Top Rack Marina opened in July of 2008. The Amber Lantern Restaurant opened in November of 2009.


VHF channel

16

Web sitewww.toprackmarina.com

Email contact

MarinaManager@TopRackMarina.com

Owner, manager

Owned and operated by Chesapeake Marina, LLC. DBA Top Rack Marina

Harbormaster



Dockmaster



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Do not accept American Express Cards or checks.

Payment discounts



Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info: 8 am to 5 pm daily in the winter and 8 am to 7 pm daily in the summer. The Amber Lantern opens at 4 pm daily year round, closed on Mondays.

Approach

Directly off the ICW just to the north of Steel Bridge. Deep water approach directly from the channel for all slips.

Tide

Unknown

Current

Weak

Tide & current additional info



Depths

Approach: 12
Transient dockage: 10
Fuel dock: 10

Other depth info: The draft averages 10' at low tide.

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 80
Beam max: 30

Other info: End of finger piers to the seawall is 60 feet. Call for reservations or email at MarinaManager@TopRackMarina.com.

Slips

Transient: 13
Total: 18
Transient price: $1.00/ft (2016-12-07)

Other price info: Dock~n~Dine: Enjoy dinner at the Amber Lantern and receive a free night dockage with power. Menu is on the website. 30 amp and 50 amp available with reservation. $40 Min no power & $50 MIn power. Email Brian at MarinaManager@TopRackMarina.com

Moorings

Transient: Unknown
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info: $1.00 per foot price is without power. With power is $1.25 per foot plus VA sales tax of 6% or spend $75 in the Amber Lantern Resturant and receive dockage for free.

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

No

Phone hookup (and pricing)

No

Water (and pricing)

Yes - City water is available at the fuel dock only.

Dinghy access

Yes

Liveaboard info

No

FuelGas: AVAILABLE
Diesel: AVAILABLE

Fuel brand: Dyed off road diesel. Gasoline contains 10% ethanol.

Gas price$2.50/gal (2016-12-07)

Other price info: 93 octane is $2.99.

Diesel price$2.10/gal (2016-12-07)

Other price info: Fuel prices include VA sales tax. . Dine in the Amber Lantern Restaurant and receive free dockage with power. 30 amp and 50 amp available with reservation.

Top Rack has the newest fuel tanks on the east coast and the highest sump pits that sit at 9.0 MSL with zero water infiltration from day one.

Propane

No

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Acres of run space adjacent to the marina.

Disability access

Yes

Launch service

No

Pump out

Yes

Ice

Yes - 10lb and 20lb bags.

Trash

Yes - They recycle also.

Showers

Yes - Open until the restaurant closes. Reopens at 8 am.

Heads

Yes - Open until the restaurant closes. Reopens at 8 am.

Laundry

No

Grocery

Yes - Across the bridge and about 1/3 further mile is a Fresh Foods.

Hardware

Yes - Sea Store and Deli are now open.

Restaurants

Yes - The Amber Lantern Restaurant is on site. Open everyday except Monday. Opens at four pm.

Sea Store and Deli are open everyday. Coffee, hot sandwiches, pizza, barbeque, brunswick stew and smoothies. Make sure to come in when you fuel up.

Marine Parts and Hardware are in the Sea Store. Call a day or two ahead for ordered parts and they can have it here waiting for you.

Bars

Yes - 12 different imported beers on tap and a very nice wine list.

Hotels or motels

No - Many hotels within a 5 minute cab ride.

Repair capabilities

Yes - Mechanics onsite.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - 27,000 lb forklift.

Storage facilities

Yes - Dry storage up to 43 feet in length.

Fishing supplies

No

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Many fishing charters onsite. Speckled Trout, Rockfish and Puppy Drum are caught from September through March. Call the marina for more information.

Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi. Check in at the deli/store for the password.

Boat ramp availability

No

Transportation

Yes - Cab services within 15 minutes.

Other services

Banquet facility on the third floor.

Attractions

The marina is nestled right in the middle of the worlds best Speckled Trout fishery.

Reviews for Top Rack Marina
Good overnight stop, 2016-11-23
Captain: , Port Colborne (60)

We pulled in late in the afternoon for the night and we were the only boat at the Marina. We ate a great meal at the Amber Lantern. Our meal for 3 was 100$ (including tip) and we were full and very satisfied with the food. Regular dockage for our 50' boat would have cost 68$ and we spent 100$ for both dock and a great meal. We consider this a good deal. Fuel was 2.09$ today (diesel). Didn't give it 5 stars for two reasons. First, lots of wake overnight due to barge traffic and second, near by bridge to the north has a steel deck and it's noisy with truck traffic.



Great restaurant and service, 2016-11-09
Captain: , Massapequa,NY (1156)

Had a terrific meal at the restaurant, and enjoyed free dockage. Great price on fuel and dock master is great. Terrible boat wakes from boats rushing by trying to make it to the lock on time. If you do plan to stay overnight, don't pull in until late in the day when cruising boats are finished trying to make the lock



Nice stop with a great restaurant, 2016-11-07
Captain: , Rock Hall, MD (340)

We stopped here for 2 nights on 11/3/16. The marina is an easy entry directly from the ICW at the SM 9 mark. The only issue is with the wakes from unobservant/discourteous powerboats passing by. The marina personnel were very friendly and helpful and the facilities are very well maintained. The high point is the Amber Light Restaurant. The service was impeccable and the food was outstanding. If you're looking for a place to park the boat for an overnight and enjoy a gourmet meal, this is definitely the place. We'll be coming back.



excellent food and service, 2016-11-04
Captain: , Brooksville (40)

thouroughy enjoyed dining while watching boats go by



Severe Wakes, 2016-10-18
Captain: , Galena, MD (1826)

Boaters not paying attention to marina. Most go bye putting out major wakes. Fuel price went up .10 overnight. Still a good price. Monday is a not a good time to be here as restaurant is closed. Power is on upper level from slips. Easier to use inverter.



Mixed Feelings, 2016-09-26
Captain: , Wrightsville beach, NC (304)

Plus: Clean, new marina/facilities, helpful staff, no wake at night, no current, excellent high-end restaurant($$$), free dockage) with dining in restaurant.
Minus: No water on docks, power at only 4 of 14 slips. Boats on either side w/ no slip power ran generators all night, don't take a reservation.

Ok, as long as you know what you are getting ahead of time.



Good deal on dock prices and very good meal, 2016-09-15
Captain: , long island sound (40)

The pro's. Fine dinning, good heads, nice docks, great fuel prices.
The cons 1 shower for each sex, not much in the area to do.



Great fuel prices, 2016-07-27
Captain: , Hampton, VA (130)

I stop here every time I am passing by for fuel. Diesel prices are great and the fuel is fresh because of the amount they pump every week.



Came in for fuel, missed dinner, 2016-06-28
Captain: , Deltaville, VA (44)

Heard from Deep Creek lockmaster that Top Rack had the best fuel prices in area. They sure did! Beat best by 20 cents a gallon. Blake at the dock was helpful and courteous, as well as Blake at the cash register. We certainly recommend this facility for fuel, and judging from the reviews, we'll try to pick the next visit on a day when the restaurant's not closed (monday)



Excellent food, very nice slips, great help, 2016-06-13
Captain: , Michigan (190)

The food was excellent. Free dock with food as has ben mentioned. I loved the Beef Tips special. Floating docks are first rate.. We had a shorted cell in one of our Interstate batteries. Marina Manager called Interstate.. Interstate Truck brought a replacement battery free under warantee!! Great service from both Interstate and Top Rack Marina.



Great fuel prices and good restaurant, 2016-06-06
Captain: , Ft. Lauderdale (1134)

This is primarily a rack storage marina for outboards and muscle boats. 40 foot fingers make docking easy. lMost passing boats respect the no wake zone. Best fuel prices in the area.

Management response:
Thank you for the kind words. Please note that all of our overnight docks are floating and 60 ft from bulkhead to end of pier




Absolutely Stellar Restaurant Here!, 2016-05-27
Captain: , Harrison TN (50)

We had a great stop here. For every night you eat dinner at the Amber Lantern, your dockage is free. Our meals were the absolute best food we have had in the first 3000 miles of our loop trip...seriously. Brian does a super job of making sure you have what you need. There are only 3 or 4 slips with power hook-ups, so be sure to call ahead and discuss your power needs. Low diesel prices still in place...$1.83 this week. if you are going to be here for more than a couple of days, make some arrangements for transportation as there is nothing in walking distance. This stop should be on your radar for the food alone. And it is a great staging spot to avoid the current bridge construction delays.



Wonderful - With a Catch, 2016-05-17
Captain: , Solomons, MD (882)

13 May 2016
UPDATE: Yes, there is a catch. The marina has two 50-amp pedestals and two thirty amp pedestals. If you are boat number 5 or higher (as we were), you get no power. it is still a good deal -- just not as good as when you are among the first four. We have changed our rating to four stars.

2015: Let's see. The cheapest fuel within hundreds of miles, free dockage with dinner and dinner in a very, very good restaurant. Ok, so it can be just a little rolly and they do not have water at each slip. I will happily take the former in exchange for the latter. This is one of the best deals on the ICW and we stop here every year. I have no doubt that we will continue to do so.



cheapest fuel price and a great restaurant, 2016-05-15
Captain: , Buffalo (832)

Stopped by to top off the tanks because the fuel was only $1.67 per gallon Very helpful staff and very clean facilities. They offered us a free dock if we used the restaurant, and we had a great meal.



Inexpensive fuel, great food, 2016-05-13
Captain: , Essex, CT (1675)

What's not to love. Diesel was the cheapest we've seen over 5500 miles on the Loop. And if you have dinner at Amber Lantern your dockage is free - great deal. And the restaurant is not your average place. The food was fantastic. Crab cakes made of chunk crab and wonderful. Restrooms were very nice as well. While there is a little rocking during the day from passing boats - the giant floating finger piers are quite secure. If your a foodie like us - this is a wonderful stop.



Nice stop before Dismal Swamp, 2016-05-10
Captain: , Oriental, NC (71)

Spent the night here March 26th. Floating docks are first rate, and the fuel prices were good.

The restaurant (Amber Lantern) is a real gem. We had apps and steaks and they were great. Bartender is not stingy. The meal was excellent, and they have a dine-n-dock special where transient overnight stay is free with meal for two. Perfect.

Next day was Easter Sunday, it was gray and drizzling, and the dockhands were super pleasant and helpful fueling us and getting us on our way.

Showers and bath facilities are clean, large and comfortable.

There is not real wave action except for wakes from ships in ICW, pretty calm. You will have ships passing in the night.

Highly recommend this if you need an overnight docking.



Good fuel and meal stop, 2016-05-08
Captain: , Fernandina, FL (428)

Brian and staff very good at help with everything. Called ahead and Brian ordered parts from Cummins and had when we arrived the next day. Fuel price very good. Water only at fuel dock so not as convenient to top off fresh water. Dock and dine great deal. Food very good. Showers/rest rooms nice but locked up at 8pm when restaurant closes and not open until 8am the next morning so not good for early departures.
Stopped again 5/6/16 for fuel but pumps not working. Restaurant was and food again was great. No rest rooms after restaurant closed.



It's All True, 2016-05-04
Captain: , Auburn, Maine (407)

Very cheap fuel- and the first marina on this stretch to offer it. Others have since followed, but they were first. Stopped here 5/3/16 for fuel, and they were great about letting us use a slip afterwards to do an oil and fuel filter change- even disposed of our used oil for us. John, the dockhand, and Brian in the ships store/ deli are both terrific. (Brian also works in the restaurant kitchen after his shift in the deli/store is over.) Everything said about the restaurant is accurate, from my standpoint. The food is tremendous. Miles above most all waterway restaurants. And the choices are more varied, and well done. We had mussels-great- seafood pasta ( one crew member was nearly whimpering, he was in such a paroxysm of pleasure) and on and on. All 5 of us were pretty happy when we left to head up the Chesapeake. Can't think of a reason not to stop here.



A definite must, 2016-04-22
Captain: , Rowayton, CT (199)

A Marina that doesn't charge dockage as long as you eat in their restaurant - and the food was superior, made all the better by a charming and knowledgeable waitress, Breanna.

Plus their fuel prices are really competitive.

Stop and go!



Great Deal!, 2016-01-29
Captain: , Fort Myers, Florida (601)

Stopped here Thursday afternoon for fuel, dinner and dockage. Great price on fuel; easy docking floating piers; super fast pumps. Free dockage and electric when you have dinner at their restaurant. Food was outstanding and you can't beat the deal. Will definitely stop here on the return trip!



Love this place!!, 2015-11-14
Captain: , Belleville, Ontario (10)

After enjoying a fabulous meal at Amber Lantern, we had a peaceful sleep on their floating docks. The staff is super friendly and helpful. We will definitely come back!!



Top Rack Marina, 2015-11-10
Captain: , Stuart Fl (300)

October 21, 2015


Arrived mid morning after getting through the 9AM opening of the RR bridge that was under repair. Did pumpout and tookon fuelat$1.929.galfor diesel. This is the lowest price we have ever since 2007 when we bought this boat. Joshua ran a long hose from the building to our boat so we could wash the salt off. There is still no water at the slips but this method works. Wenoticedthatthestaffdid this for all boats staying for the night. Great restaurant-free dockage if you eat there.

October 20, 2014

Arrived early morning after an overnight run from Atlantic City. Dock staff very friendly. Needed guidance on line handling. Took on fuel - lowest price of trip from Portland Me to Stuart Fl. Restaurant closed on Monday but not a problem. We have plenty of food on board. Dockage was $1/ft. Free if restaurant was open. Hopefully restaurant will be open when we go north again in the spring. Very nice facilities but no water at the slips only on fuel dock. Washed windows but rest of boat hada to wait for next stop.


May 9, 2014

Excellent stop. This was our first visit toTop Rack Marina. We will make this our regular stop going north and south. Brian the marina manager was very helpful and friendly. The fuel price was the lowest of our trip from Stuart Fl to Portland ME. Dockage is free if you eat dinner in the Amber Lantern Restaurant andspend at least $75.We did this easily since everything is a la carte. The food and service were excellent. Area was a little nosiy during the day with yard work and bridge construction. But very quiet in the evening and overnight. Also water was only available on the fuel dock which was a surprise but not a problem.



Clean and solid stopover, 2015-11-10
Captain: , Alameda (667)

Great fuel prices. Comfortable slips with power. We called ahead and were told a slip to pull into, as we were getting there later in the evening - slightly after dark.

Restaurant is good. Free slip with a good meal!




Great Marina, 2015-11-04
Captain: , Sandusky , Ohio (100)

Thrill of the Ride. Terry and Julie

People are very helpful! Best fuel prices on the ICW! Free docking if you eat at the restaurant.
We will stop again in the spring.



Great stop great diesel price, 2015-11-01
Captain: , Jamestown RI (40)

10-29-2015 - Diesel was $1.97/gal. Staff greeted us and eased us to the fuel dock and then to our slip. The Amber Lantern Restaurant at the marina has excellent food and service. Plus, if you spend $75.00 in the restaurant, your slip is free.

Management response:
Captain Fairtide,

We appreciate your honest review as this is what we ask of our customers. Just to be clear to everyone though we are selling diesel at $1.929 and have been for two months. Thanks again for your review.

Top Rack Marina




Great staff, 2015-10-24
Captain: , lynn ma (10)

Very helpful crew from dock hands to the manager all were friendly and willing to go that extra mile.
We needed water and Scott ran a hose from the storage shed to the dock for us.
Did I mention the excellant food at their resturant!



Albin Layover, 2015-10-22
Captain: , Scituate,MA (70)

Top notch place, very clean, restaurant very good, pricing commensurate with quality food. At the intersection of ICW and Dismal Swamp route. Happy helpful staff. May spend at least a season here exploring outer banks, lower Chesapeake. Sometimes a wake problem, but they've mounted cannon ashore...just kidding! They should start a chain of these in SE US. Keep the prices reasonable guys, you've got my business! Somewhat out in the boondocks, cab to Norfolk Amtrak $24.



very accommodating, 2015-10-21
Captain: , ANNAPOLIS (20)

cheapest fuel. free dockage with dinner. dinner was good. best of all they were very nice.



Great fuel Price, 2015-10-16
Captain: , Portsmouth, RI (30)

10-16-15
Diesel $1.92



Can it get any better?, 2015-10-14
Captain: , Castine, Maine (2997)

Fall 2015: Just when we thought it couldn't get any better, we found diesel for $1.929 per gallon! We haven't paid that little since 2005! This continues to be a favorite stop. Make sure to check out the restaurant - one of the best on the waterway. Add free dockage when you eat there and you can't not go.

This time we asked the chef to make something special that would fit our no meat and diary lifestyle. He was not only happy to accommodate us, he made us a fabulous dinner of wild mushroom ravioli with a perfect marinara sauce and steamed fresh broccoli. Add one of the many nontraditional beers they serve on tap and the Raspberry Walnut Salad and we were in heaven. If you haven't been you're missing a real treat.

2014: We've been back so many times the boat just turns in when we get there... We always have a fabulous meal at the restaurant, some of the best food anywhere on the east coast. The fuel prices are too low to believe. Brian, I don't know how you do it but just keep it up!!

2011: In the past we have stopped at Top Rack for fuel while waiting for the bridge opening. They have the best prices around and their listed price includes all taxes, so no surprises. This time we had filled up before going offshore (too bad, the price was good) so we didn't need fuel but decided to take advantage of their "Eat at the restaurant and dock for free" deal.

The food was absolutely fabulous and not outrageously price. They have 12 beers on tap. I had a Belgian blonde type that had a slightly sweet edge - great and unlike any beer I have ever tasted.

We spent a quiet night and then right on the ICW and on our way. If you need fuel this is usually the best price around but even if you don't you'd be crazy not to stop in have a great meal and get a free slip. And Brian and his staff are wonderful. We will be back - there are 11 more beers to try...



Great marina but no water, 2015-10-12
Captain: , Little River, SC (731)

This is a great marina in every respect except one - there's no dockside water! Otherwise, it's a 5 star marina. Who would design such a fine marina and not provide dockside water? Also, cheapest diesel price I've found since leaving Ohio 5 weeks ago. The restaurant is closed on Modays, so I was very disappointed to miss a meal here after hearing so many great comments about the quality of the meals - not only here on AC, but a transient that came in tonight also raved about it.



Great place to stay for transients, 2015-10-10
Captain: , Castalia NC (80)

Stayed here on 10/6/15. Wonderful docks! Diesel was $1.92/gal which was super cheap! The resturant was 5 stars although the hostess was on her cell phone when we left. Little lack of professionalism on her part in such a wonderful place to eat. Hats off to the chef and waitress! Wife and I had the steak and it was to die for! Dockage was free with $75 spent in the resturant. Was so worth it! Will stop here everytime we are in the area. There was help with fueling and docking which is also a plus. Not sure if the bathrooms were available during the night b/c the door was locked and 1 shower stall in each bathroom would make it difficult if it were crowded. Was close to the locks which is a plus!



Unexpected Pleasure, 2015-10-09
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (30)

Wow - great marina staff, fantastic restaurant (check out the dock and dine deal - It's a no brainer) new and immaculate bathroom/shower, lots of grass for the dogs and the cheapest fuel you will find! Fantastic experience. Some reviews mentioned the wakes of passing boats, but on the Thursday night we stayed there was not a wake to be felt until 9am next morning. Wonderful!



Top notch stop!, 2015-09-27
Captain: , Washington, NC (10)

Cheapest fuel of the season, wonderful dinner, and a free slip for the night. We' be back on our way south this week!



Glad we stopped!, 2015-09-23
Captain: , Oriental, NC (190)

Right on the Elizabeth River, it is a nice stop on your way north or south. Docks are in excellent shape. Staff is very helpful. Clean facilities. Strong Wi-Fi signal. We did the spend $75 at the restaurant and get free dockage deal. Food was excellent. Service was a little off for an upscale restaurant but our server may have been new and still learning. There's nothing within walking distance and no courtesy car, but we had a good meal, a hot shower, got caught up on emails, and filled both our diesel and water tanks. There was quite a bit of activity on the docks and in the river so it got a little rocky at times. Still, we enjoyed our stay and would stay again.



Not so hidden gem, 2015-09-08
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (980)

We stayed here for a week and could not have been in a better Marina. The staff is attentive and the monitor traffic on the rive to keep the wakes at a minimum. The Amber Lantern Restaurant is first rate dining and with a free nights slip well worth the stay.



great place to stop, 2015-09-07
Captain: , Elizabeth City, NC (60)

stopped here for the night headed south to Elizabeth city excellent place people are very friendly and extremely helpful. fuel prices are great and the deli was excellent. bathroom and shower were very clean and would have loved to try the restaurant but as with several other places for some reason it was closed on Labor Day. if it wasn't for the showers closing by 7 and restaurant not being open it would have been 5 stars.



Great stop with the Dine and Dock deal..., 2015-08-30
Captain: , Newport Beach, CA (360)

Nice facility and the cheapest fuel around since Jarret's Bay in NC. We stayed one night and had dinner. Menu's a bit pricy, but with free dockage, it's more than reasonable. Food's excellent.
WiFi is unsecured, but very strong... Nice stop when you're headed north or south....



Great Marina!, 2015-08-25
Captain: , Chesapeake, VA (60)

The employees are always very helpful with whatever I ask of them. Very nice docks & state-of-the-art equipment. These guys truly have their act together!



Can't beat the Dine and Dock deal, 2015-08-08
Captain: , Austin, Texas (140)

With their offer of free dockage when you spend $75 at the excellent Amber Lantern restaurant on site, this is a can't be beat deal. We've all had the crab cakes now, and agree they're among the best we've ever had. We really can't say enough good thigs about the restaurant.
We'd give it 5 stars but for a couple of things. The excellent bathrooms aren't open 24/7, and they have no laundry facility. And the bridge construction underway within a few hundred yards isn't great, nor is the view of the asphalt plant next to it across the river. But nearby access to a Food Lion makes provisioning easier than at the downtown marinas. Overall this is a great stop on the ICW.



Excellent Stop, 2015-07-31
Captain: , Burlington (180)

What's Next?? Burlington, Ontario
Easy in and out, low fuel prices, very clean facilities, pleasant dock hands and free dockage when dining!



Great place!, 2015-07-29
Captain: , Virginia Beach, VA (85)

We have been looking forward to checking out Top Rack and it did not disappoint. Docking can be a little challenging against the river current, but we had excellent assistance from the dock hands. The slips are wide and look like new. Brian gave us a tour of the building, even taking us into the kitchen to meet the chef. Their special of free dockage if spend $75 in restaurant is a real winner! The food was excellent and the outside balcony was a beautiful setting.



Nice and easy fuel stop on our way north, 2015-06-24
Captain: , Barrington, NH (283)

Low diesel price at $2.44 gal as of this posting and super quick in and out. Stopped in at the sea store and deli for a 10lb bag of ice too. Facilities are clean and spacious and look brand new.



Stopped for fuel and had dinner, 2015-06-07
Captain: , Lottsburg, Va (10)

Not really the lowest price in Va ($.14 /gal less in Heathsville). Fuel cut off at $1000, had to pay before finished pumping. Dock help very good and helpfull. Fuel hose needs to be longer. Min charge at Resturant for free dock. Floating docks. A little movement due to ICW.
I don't think they are set up too well for larger vessels. Again the dock crew was excellent.



Best stop on ICW, 2015-05-26
Captain: , Lloyd harbor ny (125)

Chef Carmelo Muroni and Bryan the Marina manager are two individuals who have created what I consider the best stop on the ICW for fantastic food, polite staff & of course the lowest fuel priices. Our 63 ft Outer Reef Maverick had no problem docking on their 60 foot docks. May seem like a small boat marina but for those who can look past the small boat name will be pleasantly surprised.



A Real Chef, 2015-05-19
Captain: , St Augustine, Fl (477)

I am a chef by trade so I decided to see what all the buzz was about. This place has real class and the food was the quality I would pput out. Of you want to experience what all restuarants should be like then give this a try, I recommen the deuck breast, risotto, gnochhi. The feul prices where the lowest in the area.
Give them a try it is worth it. the decor was an expected bonus.



Outstanding staff, service, facility, and restaurant, 2015-05-16
Captain: , Fort Worth, TX (450)

We had an outstanding experience here. The dock hands were professional, courteous, and knowledgable. The dinner at the restaurant was 5 star and very reasonably priced. The dock & dine package was worth it! The fuel prices were best around. We will stop here often not only for fuel & overnight but also for the fine dining! (Note, no water at your slip) WiFi & electric was excellent. Stayed here 5/15/15



Great Week Stay, 2015-05-12
Captain: , Seabrook, TX (266)

I have been here a week and the staff couldn't have been better, will will bend over backwards to make sure you have a great stay. Amber Lantern is excellent. Fuel prices are very good. Only thing needed to make five stars was better shopping opportunities. I called Fresh Foods, talked to Scott (store director) he said they never have picked up boaters, don't bother to call, he was rude.



what wonderful support to mariner from San Francisco, 2015-05-09
Captain: , Pt. Richmond California (10)

We were taking on water and came here for help..They went way beyone our wildest hopes helping us. We had dinner at the restaurent which was wonderful. If there were six stars they should get it.



Convenient and great price & value., 2015-05-01
Captain: , Erie, Pa. (1896)

Right on ICW north of steel bridge, best fuel price from Great Lakes to VA on southbound trip. Free dock if dinner in restarant, best deal on east coast. No power to meet my need for 100 amp or 2 50 amp plugs is only downfall for boat of 76 feet. Rating is greatly influenced by lack of power, nothing else.

5-1-15 Stopped for diesel good price, 2.389 includes all taxes.
Others reviiews are accurate, plenty of water depth, nice docks, helpful staff aand great fuel prices.



lovely resbit, great food, staff warm and fuzzy, 2015-04-27
Captain: , Harrington, DE (60)

stayed for three days. rainy and cold. the staff made you feel welcome and met all our needs. free dock, electricity, water. good fuel prices. highly recommended. keep this place going, they make boating in style



Great Place to Stop, 2015-04-23
Captain: , baltimore (91)

Can't beat the deal. Best fuel price we have found. Free dockage with electric if you eat dinner in the restaurant, which is 1st class. Brian the manager is real proffesional, very helpful. look forward to stopping here next time through.



Courteous and clean, 2015-04-20
Captain: , Key West (30)

Arrived late due to lock, Brian was there to help receive us . Brian explained the great deal they have with free dockage when enjoying a great dinner at there restaurant. Fuel prices are the lowest I've seen. Would have given a 5 rating but I couldn't find water hookup, but if Brian was there I'm sure he would of found a way to get water to us.



Great fuel price. Great place, 2015-03-30
Captain: , Chesapeake Bay (10)

MV First Forty
03/27/15. Bought 500 gal at $2.39. Nice clean shower,great food,free overnight. Easy in/out. Floating dock. Water, pump out. Real nice place.



CALL BEFORE STOPPING FOR FUEL...THEY MAY NOT BE THE CHEAPEST, 2015-03-13
Captain: , Hampton, VA (331)

I've been stopping here for a couple years to take advantage of their "best in Virginia" diesel prices. Pulled in 3/12/14 for fuel on the last leg of a northbound delivery and found thier prices a good .20/gal more than the next marina south. In their defense, no marina in the area has sold much diesel for a while because of the extremely cold weather and the manager was very apologetic, but I still had to pay the higher price! I will confirm fuel price before I use them again.



friendly - helpful - fair pricing, 2014-12-09
Captain: , Santa Maria CV (415)

We wanted to stay only one night. The offer was, to eat at the Amber Lantern Restaurant and to dock for free. And the dinner was excellent!
We found very helpful and friendly staff. The manager was very attentive and eager to make our stay pleasant. The docking and fuel prices are very low and finally we stayed for a couple of days more than expected.
It is a quiet place where you can stay. Even petfriendly with a big area behind where the dogs can run.
Showers and restrooms look new - like the whole place - and you also get nice deli. There are a few boat parts available and mechanics like to take care of your boat if needed.

Next time we come back we will definitely stay here again.

We can realy recommend them!!!



Great food, free dock, cheap fuel, 2014-12-06
Captain: , Pungoteague, VA (227)

Very nice restaurant. Spend $75 for dinner (easy for a couple to do, as it's a little pricey, but worth it) and your overnight slip with power is free. And you cannot find a better price for fuel.

Thanks, Brian. We'll be stopping over here twice a year.



Top notch dinner at Top Rack, 2014-12-04
Captain: , Pine Creek CT (10)

We stopped here at 6PM as we missed a bridge opening southbound.
it turned out great as the 2nd floor restaurant is elegant and has an excellent menu and kitchen. An inadvertent home run. Life can be like that.





Staff unfriendly and rude, 2014-11-28
Captain: , North Fort Myers, FL (429)

During our recent pass through Portsmouth, VA we needed to take on diesel fuel and called Top Rack to verify pricing and discounts on diesel fuel. We found the person that answered the phone to be very discourteous... to the point of being rude. Due to the attitude of this person we chose not to stop at Top Rack.



Arrived for fuel, stayed for 2 nights, 2014-11-26
Captain: , Baltimore (439)

We wanted to get fuel at another marina but they were closed by 2pm, so we arrived at Top Rack. We found they had a better price for fuel, all taxes included. It was close to dark, so we opted to spend the night. Dinner at the resturant was very good with reasonable prices. Floating docks are a help.



Convenient and Friendly, 2014-11-21
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (465)

Brian helped us dock, fuel and water. Very knowledgeable and helpful. Docks and Facilities well maintained.



Great place to break down, 2014-11-18
Captain: , Henderson Harbor, NY (431)

I was waiting for the bridge to open in front of Top Rack, when my alarms went off. I limped over to their side and the staff immediately came out to help me dock. Brian (manager) and his team could not be more helpful or friendly. As an added perk, the Amber Restuarant is excellent and part of the marina.

Even if you dont breakdown, stop by for an over night stay, buy some very competitively priced fuel and enjoy the fine wine and dinning.



Convenient, friendly, outstanding value, 2014-11-15
Captain: , Washington DC (3034)

We discovered this accidentally - were moving our new-to-us boat from Great Bridge to Hampton, planning to stop in Norfolk for the night. Saw the "free slip space with meal" just north of the Steel Bridge drawbridge and decided to try it.

Absolutely first rate! The dock hands got us tied up quickly, then I assume the manager (Brian?) came to say hi and welcome us. Showers were huge, slips were great, everything was new and sparkled.

And the meal... absolutely delicious. I had possibly the best duck ever, and we've eaten a lot of duck in France. Wine list was short but creative and had a nice range of styles and prices.

I hope the marina and restaurant prosper, because it makes a perfect stop either when heading south (you'll be staged perfectly to pass the lift bridges to your south) or heading north (once through the last lift bridge and lock just south of Top Rack), you can cruise at your own schedule heading to Norfolk and the Chesapeake.

Can't say enough good things about this operation. The only caveat, and it's a tiny one, is if you _must_ have shore power, not every slip has a pedestal, so you might want to call ahead and reserve a slip with power if that is essential. Otherwise, huge thumbs up.



Customer service PLUS, 2014-11-07
Captain: , Montreal Qc., Canada (100)

Stopped in on a Monday night, restaurant was closed, 1.00 per foot was refreshing, the crew filled us with fuel ( according to Active Captain's list, cheapest price on east coast...3.09 per gallon incl tax using credit card.) The facility smells and feels bran new, they work to keep everything spotless and it shows. Brian came out to oversee his crew and say hello.Polite quick courtious young dock hands AND the most water volume ever out of the city water hose...felt like a fire hose. Super clean almost new floating docks. We were the only ones there and Monday was a quiet treat for us. Guess everyone knew about the free dock if you eat at the marina resterant and Tuesday had about 9 transient boats.
Food was great, staff was what you want to have, we stayed two nights and will have it on our list of places to fill up and stay at on the way home in the spring.
Best reference we can give , is we will be back.
Thank you Top Rack for the warm welcome and down home feeling.



Wonderful stop, 2014-11-05
Captain: , Newport (10)

We had heard of this place and passed it many times usually stopping at AYB because it was a convienent place to change oil,get things fixed and shop for provisions. Electric is limited on the docks , we got 50 amps,and many slips lack power but the plus side is the staff is very friendly and dockage is free if you eat in the resturant and spend a minimum.



Great food, 2014-10-30
Captain: , Williamsburg, Va (45)

Well cared for facility. Very welcoming, and excellent food.
Can't beat fuel (diesel) price



Great meal and friendly marina, 2014-10-25
Captain: , Clayton, NY (645)

Nice deal - free dockage if you dine at the restaurant. The food was spectacular and the staff at the restaurant was superb. The docks were nice and the bathrooms beautiful. Fuel was great at $3.08/ gal. The only downside was our dock did not have electricity and it was cool so we had to run the genset. No big deal. The dock staff was also fabulous.



Great spot, 2014-10-20
Captain: , Bayfield, WI and the ICW (1279)

What's not to like about this spot? Great food, cheapest diesel ($3.089) quiet free dock with a great restaurant meal, water, pumpout.



It would have been good enough if..., 2014-10-18
Captain: , Castine, ME (59120)

Our fifth time and it honestly gets better. Fantastic fuel price; extended 60 ft slips now; and longer fuel hoses. The fuel pumps are the perfect speed for our boat and fueling was quick.

We took about 400 gallons, spent the night, and had a wonderful meal at the restaurant with other friends who showed up. Top Rack - you're tops - thanks!

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This was our fourth time at Top Rack. Got another 400 gallons of diesel at the lowest price I've seen. Had another fabulous dinner at Amber Lantern.

It is a no brainer to come here.

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Previous review:
This was our third time at Top Rack.

It would have been good enough if they only had great fuel prices. We got 445 gallons at the lowest price since heading south.

It would have been good enough if you got a free slip by eating at the restaurant.

It would have been good enough if the staff were friendly and did everything possible to make the stay wonderful.

It would have been good enough if they were as convenient to the ICW as they were - literally right at the bridge.

Well not only do they have all those things but what sends Top Rack way over the top is the restaurant. Karen and I decided that this was the best meal we'd had for our entire 9 month cruising season. It was our second time at the restaurant and we're shocked at how fantastic the food is.

Previous review:
Top Rack has a good thing going. They are directly off the ICW - maybe 100 yards with a simple, open approach. They had the best fuel prices we'd seen so while going southbound and waiting for Steel Bridge, we popped in and got 300 gallons of diesel. We didnt really need fuel but the price was good and we were waiting for the bridge anyway.

While there we learned about their facility. If you eat at the restaurant, you'll generally end up getting a free slip space. There's a Fresh Foods grocery store just over the bridge.

With their great prices and honest pricing (all taxes are included in the price - they're not hiding anything), we'll plan to stop and 'Top Off at Top Rack' each Fall and Spring. As Coinjock's fuel prices have increased over the years, it's nice to see another facility step up and become the place to get fuel in this part of the ICW.

Staff was great, friendly, helpful. Can't say enough good things about them. We'll be back.



10/16/2014 Wow Diesel $3.08, 2014-10-17
Captain: , Kuttawa Kentucky (410)

Spent the night. Ate delicious food and got free slip for the night. Amber Lantern is exceptional. Took a while to get water to the boat with all our hoses rigged to reach,(get your water when you get fuel) but enjoyed our stay at this new facility. Got great assistance coming into get fuel. Close to the lift bridge to get an early start next morning. New bridge under construction next to lift bridge. Transportation to local grocery store would have been nice, but no courtesy car. There is a place down the ICW where you can pull over at get to a 7/11 or some type store. Can't say enough about the good food.



The Best Deal on the ICW!, 2014-10-15
Captain: , Huron Ohio (547)

Our first time here and it was blowing 20 knots when we docked for fuel on 10/14/14. Had 3 friendly guys on the dock to tie us up. Fuel was $3.19 a gallon, including taxes! We took advantage of Dock & Dine and our marvelous dinner at the Amber Lantern Restaurant paid for our slip with 50 amp power - the fried oysters were divine! Will definitely stop here every spring and fall!



Great Food, Friendly Service, Good Deal, 2014-10-12
Captain: , Basel (31)

Even with a sailboat, we felt welcome, enjoyed the wonderful dinners that bought us two nights free docking, nice facilities and a spacious finger dock to repair our dinghy. The only drawback is the long distance to Chesapeake commercial centers (15$ taxi fare one way).



Great fuel prices, 2014-10-11
Captain: , Mackeys NC (123)

Stayed on 9/26/2014 and I have to say this is a great place to stay a night. We topped our tanks off at 3.29 a gallon! By far the cheapest around. Nice floating docks right off the water way and the dock hand was very helpful. They have ships store, a deli, and a full restaurant. Very clean bathrooms and showers. Wakes can be a problem and you are not close to anything else. We will stop again.



Great service, 2014-10-09
Captain: , Roseland, NJ (21)

Having missed the 4pm opening of the Steel Bridge and thus forced to wait till the next opening at 6pm, we were invited by the Top Rack Marina manager , Brian, to use one of their slips to wait (without any obligation). Having already docked, we decided to fuel up (with the cheapest diesel we had seen in a long time) and make use of their very attractive offer: a free night of dockage, if we had dinner at their restaurant The Amber Lantern. The restaurant was excellent and the marina personnel friendly and efficient. It shows that friendly service does work.
Robert Blazer aboard Dandy Scott North Caldwell, NJ



NC Loop Oct 2014, 2014-10-05
Captain: , Newport News, VA (153)

With the fuel price and the offer of a free night dockage with a meal at the Amber Lantern, how could we pass this up? I am amazed more folks don't stop here overnight.
Brian and staff were very accomidating. Facility appears to be new , is well kept and clean. The river area is pretty industrial here but the area is a no wake zone so it is calm. Floating docks and plenty of water make for a secure tieup. Bit of a long reach to the power pedistals.
If you are heading south, this is a great stop for fuel, dinner, and the first lock opening at Great Bridge the next morning. Thru the bridge(opens on the hour, new fixed bridge under construction) and 15 minutes you are at the lock.



thanks to active captain, 2014-09-29
Captain: , Boca Raton, FL (995)

Had it not been for Active Captain I would have never stopped here. I've passed it many times on deliveries and thought it was a good looking storage facility but not a place to stay. After reading reviews on Active Captain I decided to try it on a 60' Sea Ray and we fit in perfectly. The fuel price is the best and the Dock and Dine makes this stop perfect for any cost conscience boater. The restaurant is truly 5 Star and depending on the size of the boat, it's like getting one dinner for free.
The dock crew is great but I agree with another poster.. They advertise a channel to call them on but they don't wear radios to receive calls. I also gave up and just came in... No water at the docks, no cable, no problem.




Nice stop and good deal, 2014-09-18
Captain: , Seaford, VA (783)

8/16/14 Another destination stop for the cheapest fuel and the Amber Lantern Restaurant. Our Admirals even got an afternoot tour of the kitchen and got to meet the chef Carmello. Dockmaster Brian took good care of us. Grounds are superbly maintained and clean, nice showers and restrooms. Ships store is very basic, and geared to the smaller boats they house in the dry storage building. Nothing else around the area though.

We finally stopped here (9/2013)
After transiting this area many times, we finally stopped in. The marina is right on the way, but we usually had a more distant destination that we had to make so we just passed on by. I got caught in a crosswind when docking, but the deckhands saved me! Thank goodness the slips were very wide.

Excellent restaurant, a little pricey for me, but when you combine the free dockage, even this cheapskate thought it was a good deal! Best price on diesel fuel anywhere on the Chesapeake Bay.

We will make this a destination and make sure we stop for the night from now on.



Fuel stop with lunch, 2014-09-05
Captain: , Smithfield Station (76)

We came down from Smithfield, VA for the sole purpose of refueling. Yeah, I know, that's a 30 mile trip and we past several marina's with diesel along the way. The thing Top Rack had the others didn't was the lowest price for miles around and no additional charges added to the pump charge. We saved considerable money on a 200 gallon top-off and we got to spend a wonderful day on the water. Like they say, any day on the boat is a good day.

We also had lunch in their deli. They have great sandwiches.

Our only complaint with this marina is that they have a habit of not answering radio calls. This trip, after hailing them several times we just went ahead and docked ourselves. With a cross current that wasn't exactly easy.

We still plan on returning for more fuel when the time comes. Next time we hope to do an overnight and eat in their restaurant.



Top Rack Marina, 2014-08-02
Captain: , Camp Lejeune, NC (180)

Best value for fuel on the East Coast plus you can stay for free if you dine in their excellent restaurant. Diesel with tax was 3.49 per gall on 28May14. Modern floating docks.



A really, really good deal, 2014-07-13
Captain: , Chattanooga, TN (370)

We stayed here on 7-2-14 because they had the best price for fuel in the area, and because of the Dock and Dine special. We found their dock hands to be very efficient, the facilities clean and neat, the docks are virtually new, and the restaurant is virtually to DIE FOR. This place would get 5 stars from any restaurant reviewer in the US. The maintenance people were also very nice, dropped what they were doing to come fix a minor problem on our boat and the charges were very reasonable. The only thing that keeps us from giving 5 stars is the lack of wake protection (although they try to slow boats down with a huge loudspeaker system) or laundry facilities.



excellent Stop, Excellent Food!, 2014-07-12
Captain: , Kemah, TX (612)

we have stopped here twice. if you buy dinner and spend $75.00, you get the slip and electricity free. Diesel was $3.59, and the pump out was $5. a bargain all the way around. a 5-Star restaurant! lamb Chops are to die for, Crab or Lobster Bisque were excellent. staff was very accommodating and pleasant to work with.



No longer a great stop, 2014-06-29
Captain: , Marathon, FL (1213)

We have loved this marina in the past and came here going north and south. However, things have changed for the worse. Most importantly, the diesel price quoted on AC was 3.499 as of 6/26/2014. When we called on the afternoon of the 28th, the day before our arrival, we were quoted 3.499. Upon our arrival, we were told the price was now 3.599. Brian, the manager, was called to resolve the dispute, and he apparently told the employee to charge us 3.599. He offered to give us free dockage, but we were already planning to eat at the restaurant, so it would have been free anyway. Brian said he neglected to tell the staff and to update AC. Not our problem. We took on 600 gallons, so the difference was $60. Enough to cover most of the cost of dinner at the restaurant.

Furthermore, the Dockhands were poorly trained and had no idea how to bring in a big boat. The person in charge apologized, saying they were new employees.
Management needs to train them and adjust their attitudes.

When we called on the VHF, there was no response. We had to call by phone to let them know we were coming in and get our docking instructions. The person who answered said they would have to make a phone call and call us back.

Also, they do not accept checks, only credit cards.

This is no longer a 1st Choice marina. We should have stopped at Atlantic Yacht Basin.






What a great discovery, 2014-06-27
Captain: , Destin Florida (410)

I heard about Top Rack from some folks on the docks further south. We just came through the Dismal and needed fuel so what the heck, lets check it out.

What a great find! Fuel is priced far lower here than anywhere else. Its a great place to fuel up before heading into the Chesapeake. All the dock guys are very competent and helpful. The docks are floating and right off the ICW. Easy in easy out. Wakes weren%u2019t a problem. The only down side is the location which is not convenient to any retail areas although I'm sure Brian could arrange a ride if necessary. The Amber Light restaurant is superb. This will be a repeatable stop for us.




Excellent Marina and Restaurant, 2014-06-19
Captain: , Atlantic Coast (341)

Marina staff was extremely helpful and accommodating during our two-day stay. They even took some fuel filters I changed out. Competent dock hands who offered to assist numerious times instead of having to ask for their assistance.

Restaurant was excellent in all regards %u2013 truly five-star food and service. I asked if the crab cake appetizer could be pan seared instead of fried and the response was %u201Cno problem%u201D. Waitress (Emily) was one of the best we%u2019ve ever had %u2013 very attentive, but not overly so, with a pleasant and upbeat personality.

Highly recommend both the marina and the restaurant.



Free dock with dinner, 2014-06-09
Captain: , catskill (290)

Free dock with dinner. Fuel price was very good.
Staff was snobby.
I must start out by saying that the food was drastically overpriced for the area. With that out of the way I can say the food was cooked wrong. The steak was not the correct temp, rare when I ordered mid rare, And my wifes seafood meal was overcooked. They only offered a few sides, none of those did I like. I offered to just eat a simple pasta instead, however they declined. So I ate my steak by itself, my wife ate her overcooked seafood, and off we went. We told them about the issues, they simply did not care. We felt the staff was a bit snobby. Hey, you can please anyone. Just TRY TO. A pasta, for a side, and new meals, would have solved the issue. In other news the Deli downstairs was great, lol, go figure. Top racks responce was not one of apology, but of, too bad, so sad. This was their attitude when I visited as well. I shall not return.



Response to "Scoobert" review below, 2014-06-09
Captain: , Chesapeake,va (675)

Mr. Scoobert came in for our Dock-N-Dine special where you can stay overnight for free, including power when you dine at Amber Lantern Restaurant, located adjacent to the marina, with waterfront views from every seat. He ordered an Angus Reserve Filet with demy-glace. Included with his steak was the vegetable of the day and an option of either Yukon Gold Mash Potatoes or Risotto. He wanted French Fries. Oh well, you can't please everyone.



Great fuel and food stop!, 2014-06-02
Captain: , Houma, LA (387)

We stopped here after a long day through the restricted bridges and lock. The diesel price was $3.49 a gallon, the best we have seen in a while. We dined at the very nice restarant (great crab cakes) so the dockage fee was waived. There is nothing else much around, and no laundry, but a great place to dine, fuel and spend the night after a long day.



Great stop convenient to Virginia or Dismal, 2014-05-23
Captain: , Silverthorne, CO (373)

We were told about the Dock & Dine opportunity and the great fuel prices, so we planned a stop. When we made our reservation and were told the restaurant, Amber Lantern, is closed on Mondays, we changed our reservation to Tuesday. Glad we did. This is not your typical marina tiki bar. Excellent fine dining experience, handsome room, great service, wonderful food. The docks are nice floating docks open to the ICW, in a no-wake zone (most of the boats honored this). Note that not all docks have power stanchions, and they're up the ramp, so tie port or stbd to get the straightest line. Fuel pump has two speeds, easy to operate on slower speed once we got our boat positioned closer in (hose was a little short for us). Noisy during the day from the rack boat forklift, but quiet at night (noise and wakes). Note this is an industrial area, so not the best view, but potential for great sunsets. Brian stopped by to make sure we were well. We'll definitely stop again.



Top Rack is Top's, 2014-05-20
Captain: , Camden ME (465)

We spent two nights riding out a strong cold front, 40+ knots. Great easy access floating docks wide enough for our 23' beam, clean restrooms and dinner at the Amber Lantern not to be missed. Brian goes out of his way to make sure your stay is pleasant. We will plan stopping on the way south in the fall.



Emergency landing, 2014-05-20
Captain: , Camden ME (111)

Phoenix, Camden Maine. May 2014
After passing through the steel bridge, we had our engine give out!! Looking around, we turned toward the new docks at Top Rack Marina and coasted in. . . All 13 tons. Dock hands took our lines, thank goodness and we were tied up within 5 minutes of realizing our powerless situation.
The dock hands immediately made us feel welcome and the next day the mechanics from the shop installed a back up fuel pump which had us on our way.
Absolutely a wonderful experience.
I will plan on including a stop at Top Rack Marina next year as I head south. What a lucky find.



Top Rack is Top Notch, 2014-05-19
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (241)

The Admiral and I enjoyed our meals and agree that the dock & dine was a great deal. It was a great place to stop after all the hassles getting through the bridges and lock to the south.



A "Must Stop" for all north or south bound cruisers, 2014-05-16
Captain: , Key West, FL (115)

This is a new marina with the lowest fuel prices between here and Key West. The slip is free if you eat in their restaurant. The restaurant is five star and reasonably priced. We stayed another day to be able to visit the restaurant again. Great staff, very friendly.



The name should be Top Notch, 2014-05-04
Captain: , Newark DE (110)

We stayed here on 4/30/14 and 5/1/14. Brian and staff were very friendly and accommodating. Free dock if you eat at the restaurant, which is excellent. The bisque was a little too salty for our tastes, though. Everything else was excellent. No wake zone to boot. Would absolutely stay here again.

John Graham
M/V Bonnie Blue



Best marina deal in town., 2014-05-03
Captain: , Phoenix (580)

Almost free....Consider the dock and dine feature. Great food, well protected area with floatring docks, and friendly staff. Good fuel prices with freindly and helpful staff. The only draw back is that they do not have electricity at all slips.



Top Rack is top notch., 2014-02-17
Captain: , Edmonton (279)

This marina is a perfect stop for a day or a few. It's near enough to where the ICW forks to the Dismal Swamp, to make a jumping off spot for either route south, or layover before hitting the Chesapeake when going north. The floating 60-ft docks are superb; and easily approached being along the shore of the river. They're well lit and the huge sign makes the marina very easy to locate day or night. The washroom and showers are the nicest you'll find; there's a marina store/deli on site, as well as a restaurant and all the staff are friendly and helpful. The dock fees are very reasonable.
The Amber Lantern offers casual fine dining, and both meals I ate there were amongst the best restaurant meals I've ever had. They had a deal on where dockage was free with the purchase of dinner at the restaurant - don't pass that up; the food's worth the cost, and saving the dock fee is a happy little bonus.
The marina offers water, pumpout and purportedly the lowest fuel prices around. I can't independently verify that, but it was the cheapest we've seen.
A retail shopping area and Walmart are within a couple miles, but for getting around the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area you may want to rent a car. There are nearby rental companies and check online for deals. We took advantage of a $10/day weekend deal at Enterprise, and they picked us up.
Top Rack should be the first choice for transient cruisers.




Do Stop Inn, 2013-12-15
Captain: , Barnegat Light, NJ (210)

Great stop. Cheap Fuel, slip price is right( free if you dine in their restaurant or $1 a foot), and the owner is a good guy. Plus when heading south you pull out at quarter to the hour and request a bridge opening and off you go.



Every one should stop!, 2013-12-10
Captain: , Jacksonville (190)

I planned he first part of my rip South based on Top Racks offer and the other reviews that are on Active Captain. I was not disappointed. I am single handing a 50 footer with massive wind age, and when I told the office about it they had the entire gang down there to assist. To say that they are a omitting is an understatement! Almost literally they cater to you! The Amber Lantern is easily the best restraint I have eaten at in a fe years. I hosted a party there with my friends and many of them said they would come back for special occasions or just to get a great meal!

The piers are in great shape, strong and secure. Their fuel price was the beast I could find!

The showers were clean and well thought out, the only thing that was missing was a heated floor, but they might add that some day.

I feel that they work very hard for the reputation they have and it is well deserved!

The set up for the lock and bridges is outstanding! Underway into line and on your way in under 15 min.





great stop!, 2013-11-14
Captain: , Nantucket, MA (132)

We holed up here for two nights waiting on the Great Bridge Lock, and the staff could not have been more accommodating. Slips we're easy to get in/out of, dock hands and dock master Brian were great. Food at the restaurant was delicious! Contrary to other posts, the wifi was available, free, and fast, and the showers we're open during the day, at least while marina office was open. The only thing to note was that it didn't look like every slip had an electrical hookup or water, but Brian was clearly going out of his way to get folks accommodated. We'll be happy to stop in here again!



grrrreat! stop on ICW, 2013-11-05
Captain: , Annapolis (80)

Would be five stars with cable and Internet.



Top Notch, 2013-11-03
Captain: , Hampton NH (252)

During high wind and heavy rain associated with the remnants of TS Karen we decided to move from Portsmouth to Top Rack's new floating docks late in the day. We called ahead and Brian had already left but he reassured us that we would be fine at Top Rack. As we negotiated the Elizabeth River darkness was falling and fog added to our plight . Brian called while we were still a mile away and gave us docking instructions. He again called after we tied up to make sure we were safe and secure in the driving rain. We were soaked as we entered the restaurant but the maitre de greeted us by name and said she was expecting us, again arranged by Brian. We ended up spending four days there waiting out the storm and had a great meal every night. We also topped off with fuel prior to leaving. We felt that Brian took individual care of us during this stormy period and we are grateful.



THIS SHOULD BE A HOT SPOT, 2013-11-02
Captain: , KEYPORT, NJ (94)

An attentive staff, modern floating docks that have been extended to 50', the lowest fuel prices in the area, and an excellent transient rate or free dock with dinner. The Sardinian chef introduced himself before dinner and gave us the scoop on what was fresh. The owner paid his respects and gave his thanks. This place is doing everything right.



Eat First Class and Stay Free, 2013-11-01
Captain: , US East Coast (610)

Nice marina just before the drawbridge. Just $1/foot or eat at their upscale restaurant for $75 or more and stay free. My kind of place



Customer service!, 2013-10-19
Captain: , Lake Ariel, PA (184)

We stopped for fuel last week. Lowest prices we found. They have two diesel pumps, one high speed and the other with a smaller nozzle. A guest left their car there for several days with no problem. The dockhand was excellent.



EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS, 2013-10-09
Captain: , East Falmouth, MA (1533)

The only thing keeping me from giving this marina a 5 star rating is its location regarding nearby shopping etc. The fuel price and Dock & Dine are the draw to get you in, but after that you are not dissappointed. Everything else was excellent. The staff is very friendly and helpful, the docks are substantial and new, the rest rooms and showers are first class and immaculate, and the restaurant, although pricey, was also very good. We will look forward to returning on the trip north next spring.
Pat & Joe Apicella
Glory Days



Good stop before the Swamp, southbound!, 2013-10-09
Captain: , Charlotte Harbor, FL (1548)

This was our fuel stop, great price!
We also opted to stay the night and eat at the restaurant for free dockage special. Overall a good experience for us and friends. Newer facility that should keep getting better.



Excellent Fuel Stop for Dismal or virginia cut, 2013-10-04
Captain: , Where ever the hook is (573)

We stopped here after a bad experience with Ocean ?Marine, this is an easy stop for the best priced fuel anywhere. easy slips just off the Intra Coastal, less than a mile South of the Dismal Swamp Turn off so not out of your way if taking Dismal route.Didn't stop in ther restauraunt but have heard nothing but good about the food. Dockhands actually know what to do when you hand them a line.



Perfect stop for Dismal Sawmp route, 2013-10-03
Captain: , Colington Harbour OuterBanks NC (135)

We were headed back South this summer from a trip to the Chesakeake Bay. I was looking for a place to stay close to the entrance to the Dismal Swamp. We didn't want to get caught up by a bridge opening and miss the first lock opening so i was looking on my Active Captain app on my phone and spotted Top Rack Marina. Perfect location for what I wanted to do. I saw the reviews about the free dockage if you buy dinner. Gave them a call to verify and headed that way. Wow, best fuel prices by far during our trip and super nice staff. Slips had been extended and super clean. The restaurant was fantastic!! Nice to indulge because it basically free because of the free dockage. The next morning it was no rush to be first in line for the first lock opening. The only thing that would make it better is if the bathroom/showers were available all the time. I will go back again.



Why not dock free when you eat at their Restaurant, 2013-10-03
Captain: , Austin, Texas (1774)

All the prior reviews are spot on. The docks are new and clean. Diesel on 10/3/13 was $3.55, the cheapest we have seen this summer. The restaurant is excellent, even though a pricey meal pays for your dockage. Brian the Dockmaster was very helpful and friendly. The marina is on the green side of the ICW just north of Steel Bridge, which makes the departure the next day very easy.

The only negative is that there is not much here other than the Amber Lantern, and the restroom/showers are only open when the restaurant is open. That means they are not open in the am. All in all, this is great. There were other free docks up in Portsmith, but why not get free dockage with a great meal.



Great Food and Marina, 2013-10-02
Captain: , Solomons MD (10)

This was one of our highlights on our recent ICS run from Ft Lauderdale to Solomons Island. The Marina staff was superior and very friendly. The Amber Lantern was a delightful surprise and is clearly one of the very best if not the best place to eat on the ICW.



Fine Dine and Dock!, 2013-08-17
Captain: , Falmouth Foreside, ME (20)

Rather than pay for a marina...you pay for an EXCELLENT meal instead. Take a break from shrimp and chowder and get your fine dining on. No brainer.

We stayed here going both directions. Added plus to be able to time the bridge with your departure. The bathrooms are spotless as well.



Top Rack Marina Restaurant, 2013-07-27
Captain: , Savannah, GA (320)

You ever said the seafood here was not good was wrong! We had an excellent meal. Salmon was awesome. Great service and friendly waitress. Would definitely recommend.



Dolphin 46, 2013-07-21
Captain: , Chicago (10)

Great deal with the dinner at Amber Restaurant! Food was wonderful. Unfortunately the fuel pump was not working while we were there so no way to get fuel. Everyone was very nice and helpful and the facility was very clean!



Great restaurant, marina OK, 2013-07-18
Captain: , Apollo Beach, FL (928)

Dock & Dine program is a bargain. Excellent food and service at restaurant. Rack of lamb was delicious. Nice floating docks but power pedestal is at top of ramp. No water at slips; have to go to fuel dock. Slips are wide enough for catamarans. Dock hands were very helpful.



Great Fuel Price and 5 star dining, 2013-06-25
Captain: , Gulf Breeze, Fl (6909)

Stopped to fuel up and stayed to eat with the free dockage. This is a 5 star retaurant. Pricey but excellent. Crab cakes mediocre but the steak is excellent was outstanding... ranking equal to or better than Ruth Chris and Barnams in Tampa. We couldn't believe the restaurant food quality with a short but expertly pick wine list. We will be back. It would be nice to have the water to the docks and a laundry. Power is 208(120 sine) not 240(180 sine) so my fancy inverters would only pass one leg thru.



great fuel prices here, 2013-06-21
Captain: , Cape Coral FL (4176)

Jun 20, 2013 -Stay and Dine is a good deal. We stayed overnight and ate in the restaurant. Good food, expensive but good. They are extending their docks. Still no laundry and there is no water at each dock. If you need water, be sure to fill your water tank while at the fuel dock. That is the only hose bib on the floating docks. Would be complete if they had laundry and water at the slips. This place is EXTREMELY CLEAN. The manager Brian is friendly and helpful and will do whatever is needed to make you happy.

May 12, 2013 -We only stopped for fuel. We did not stay here so therefore I rate them AVERAGE as I rate any anchorage or marina that I have not stayed. However, manager Brian and I had some emails and he did everything he could to accommodate us before getting here to try to get us to stay overnight. (We couldnt stay overnight because we had a dog medical situation that came up and required an immediate stop). The one thing I noticed is their docks are only about 35 ft long, and they do not have laundry facilities. I met Brian when we fueled and suggested he put that in. My wife is completely NOT INTERESTED in a marina without laundry facilities. She lives to do laundry. Helpful staff at the dock. Cant be any easier to get here from the ICW !



First class, 2013-06-21
Captain: , Solomons Island Md (397)

Excellent floating docks.The facilities are over built and of excellent quality. We had an awesome meal at the Amber Lantern. If you stay here do not pass up the resturaunt. The dock and dine deal is worth every penny.



Bring an Appetite, 2013-06-20
Captain: , Mount Vernon Va (65)

Great place to stop and dine. Docks and staff are great. Shower facilities are clean, but close around 10 PM and don't open until around 8 AM. Resturant was excellent. There were 4 in our party and each meal was outstanding. Small ships store.



Good price on fuel, 2013-06-10
Captain: , Kitchener (140)

Nice docks, good restaurant but a little pricey. We stopped because of fuel prices, lowest in the area.



Still a Great stop, 2013-06-09
Captain: , jackson, TN (884)

Top Rack has very competitive fuel prices. The lowest we've seen in three years. Mgr. Brian remains personable and helpful. Restrooms are immaculate. Well stocked ships store. Good deli. Amber Lantern Rest. offers fine dinding with excellent food and service. If you have dinner, the dockage is free. Thsi is simply a great overnight stop just before or after the hub bub of Norfolk.

Hank Evans
M/V Queen Ann's Revenge



Dine and Dock, 2013-06-01
Captain: , Wallingford (20)

WOW! ! What a class act place to visit. We had a wonderful experience here from the moment we considered pulling in. The dockhand (John) and dockmaster (Brian) were so helpful. We dined at the Amber Lantern and it was superb. We couldn't decided what to get, some we got one from each category....the scallop appetizer, the crab bisque, the tomatoe mozzarella stack, the swordfish and to finish it off the chocolate explosion (also called the chocolate lava cake). Will go back again and again.



Great stop for stay and dine, 2013-05-30
Captain: , New Zealand (97)

This is a new, small marina with friendly staff, good facilities and an excellent restaurant on site. If you dine here you stay for free. The restaurant has a top class chef and is a fine dining experience. Good wine list. Not cheap itself, but with the free stay this is great value, with the assurance of a first class meal



1st choice for sure, 2013-05-30
Captain: , Pfungen, Switzerland (310)

1st choice marina, staff and infrastructure condition.
1st choice restaurant

Good combination of free overnight docking when having dinner at their Amber Lantern restaurant.

Only negative points for us are that there are no laundry machines and to be exposed to wakes from the channel. (I think it would be a no-wake zone)



Great fuel prices and great food. What's not to like?, 2013-05-22
Captain: , West Palm Beach (90)

I came for lowest diesel prices in VA, but was pleasantly surprised at what I found. The marina manager was very friendly, the facility was sparkling new and clean, and the restaurant was the best I've encountered in a marina anywhere. The prices were reasonable, considering the food quality, and the list of beers on tap was excellent. I'll defninitely be back.



Always a great place to stay, 2013-05-11
Captain: , Marathon, FL (376)

We've stayed here 3 times and it's always been very comfortable. We usually get to the marina after hours because of the lock or bridges and, as long as we call ahead, we just tie up and stay the night. The restaurant food is excellent and we love the dine-and-dock for a free slip.



Dinner deal is great, 2013-05-09
Captain: , Bear, DE (230)

We stayed one night and took advantage of Top Rack's "eat at the Amber Restaurant and get a free night" deal. It was our anniversary and the restaurant was a very nice place to celebrate. We easily spent the $75 minimum for the dockage deal.

The marina was clean and well-kept and the staff very friendly. Water was not available right at our slip, but they would have dragged the hose over if I had asked. The closest grocery stores are about a mile walk on busy US Hwy 17, so that isn't ideal. The marina store wasn't well stocked with grocery items while we were there.




Great place for fuel, 2013-04-23
Captain: , Newport RI (52)

Dock hand John was very helpful and a pleasure to deal with.I would strongely recommended this marina for anyone.



Great Fuel Prices And A Great Dinner Too!!!, 2013-04-13
Captain: , Sebec Lake, Maine (455)

This is our fourth time stopping at Top Rack. Their fuel prices truly are the cheapest in the area. Everyone is so friendly. Brian even called the restaurant to make reservations for us while we were fueling. The Amber Lantern is a great restaurant! The food is absolutely delicious! How could you pass up getting a bargain on fuel, a fabulous dinner and a free night's dockage!!! It's a must stop for us!



Top Rack is top notch, 2013-04-12
Captain: , Camden, Maine (741)

This place may look a little forbidding -- the buildings are big! -- but it's very friendly and such a great deal. Yesterday I just got diesel and a hot sandwich, but the fuel is the least expensive for quite a large area and the roast beef on Ciabatta bread was exceptional.

Last fall I spent the night and much enjoyed the restaurant. The deal has changed a bit -- you have to spend $75 in the restaurant to get free dockage -- but it's still a very good deal.



Recomended, 2013-04-05
Captain: , Beaufort, NC (531)

The lock master at the Deep Creek Lock recommended this place. The diesel price was the best I have seen in a long time. They are pushing a dine and stay for free deal right now. Eat in their restaurant and get a free slip, with power, for the night. The floating docks are in excellent condition and the help could not be more pleasant.

It appears that 50 amp power is limited so we used two 30 amp cords with no problem. As far as I could determine, the only water is at the fuel dock. The dock master did offer to run a hose from the building supply, but we just used the water that we had on board.

The restaurant is not cheap, but the food is great and well worth the price, especially when you consider the free slip and power. There is a ships store and Deli right at the docks. We did not get the chance to check them out.

The docks are located right on the river and are exposed to both wakes and winds. There was no current when we arrived and the winds were light. It is supposed to blow tonight, so we may find out what effect the wind has.

One other thing, they are in the process of replacing the Steel Bridge. At the moment, They have a pile driver working so it is a bit noisy. Hopefully, they knock off for the night.

Overall, I am really impressed with this facility. Great in and out, friendly help, cheap (relatively speaking) fuel, wonderful restaurant and free slip and power. What's not to like? If you are in the area, give them a try.

If they had water at the slip, I would give them 5 stars.



Great service, great food, nice people, 2013-03-27
Captain: , Port Charlotte, FL (573)

We stopped in for 2 nights on our way South down the ICW due to forecasted high winds. Chose this place based on the AC reviews - what a great call. Brian and his staff were top notch, very courteous and helpful. The young man who helped us tie up just could not do enough for us. And the young lady who works in the ship's store and deli went out of her way to help us with some last minute provisions. We tried the "dock and dine" special - dinner was superb! The entire facility is sparkling clean, restrooms and showers included. Would definitley stay here again.



Top quality at Top Rack, 2013-02-04
Captain: , Ft. Lauderdale, FL (20)

We stopped for fuel and an overnight stay late Nov. 2012. Best fuel prices in the area. Very clean and well maintained. Good meal at the restaurant. Dockmaster Brian was very helpful.



Fuel Stop Only, 2012-11-16
Captain: , Solomons, MD (464)

Came through the first opening of the Gilmerton Bridge after rush hour and there were numerous boats in the parade south. Decided to take on fuel at Top Rack to take advantage of their great prices and to let the crowd clear. Easy in and out and staff very helpful tieing up fueling. Will try to work it into the schedule for an overnight as the staff kept pushing the special of free dockage with meal at the restaurant.



Outstanding !!!, 2012-11-13
Captain: , Patuxent River, MD (198)

Great servive, terrific restraunt, best fuel prices seen so far. Say the night, eat at the restraunt, free dockage with electric hookup for the night. The staff was great and extremely helpful



Great Spot!, 2012-11-07
Captain: , Stuart, FL (909)

Second stop here. Best fuel prices ($3.599 for diesel on 11/04/2012). Free overnight slip, if you eat at the Amber Lantern. Not your typical marina restaurant! Excellent setting and excellent food.

The whole place is top notch, buildings, personnel, facilities, docks, etc. Very easy access off the ICW and right in front of the Steel Bridge for starting in the morning. Brian, Alan, and John all very helpful. Brian came down to check on us and make sure we had everything we needed.

This is a marina you want to support.



DIESEL AND FOOD, 2012-11-02
Captain: , YORKTOWN, VA (293)

This new rack marina is just north of the Steel bridge and has a superb restaurant and the best diesel prices I have seen on the east coast. There is nothing else here. But its a great place to stop if you need fuel and great food And if you eat in this Amber Lantern restaurant, dockage is free. Watch the current in the channel if it is running fast.



Stop for the fuel. Stay for the food. , 2012-10-31
Captain: , Chesapeake Bay (592)

I stopped because they were selling diesel for $0.11 per gallon less than anyone in Norfolk. I tied up for the night to try their "free" dock wth a meal offer. The food was excellent. It was hard to run up a $75 bill for dinner but I rose to the occasion, and had enough leftover for two more meals. (BTW, they might be flexible on the $75 figure.)



5 stars not enough, 2012-10-27
Captain: , Southport, ME, USA (1158)

Great place. Friendly helpful people, low fuel price, nice floating docks, easy in-out, 1st class bathrooms-showers.

Do not miss the Amber Lantern. Gourmet food on the ICW + free dockage w/dinner.

They also let us have parts shipped to their address.



Bravo - great place, 2012-10-27
Captain: , Stony Point, NY (852)

Fuel prices very low - very friendly dock master and staff. Easy in and out, and a very fast pumpout. All that and a gourmet dinner for a free night on the floating docks. Beautiful restrooms - clean and modern.



Not a resort setting, BUT, 2012-10-20
Captain: , Treasure Island, FL (221)

who cares when the docks are terrific, floating docks with good power; Brian and his staff are attentive and very helpful, the fuel is the best price around. Dinner at the Amber Lantern was remarkably good. This was our first time at Top Rack but I'm sure we will make it a "must stop" as we cruise up and down the east coast in the future. Way to go guys!



Terrific Place to Stop, 2012-10-17
Captain: , Portsmouth, RI (74)

We went into Top Rack for the first time and agree whole heartedly with all the raves about this marina. The staff is helpful and courteous,( we were greeted personally by Brian), and fuel price is the lowest we've seen this season. We dined at the restaurant and had a fabulous meal after watching a beautiful sunset from our cockpit. The heads and showers are among the nicest we've ever seen!



Free Dockage with Dinner, Best Fuel Prices, Great Service!, 2012-10-13
Captain: , Point Pleasant NJ (170)

Free Dockage with dinner at Amber Lantern restaurant on site.

Fuel Price 3.69 on Oct 13, 2012. Service is as great as it was in May of this year.

Amber Lantern Restaurant food and service is excellent. Price is moderate but is really inexpensive for the quality.

Truly a don't miss stop. With better marketing this place could be swamped with business. As it is now it is like a nice secret that we're shouting about!



RomantaSea, 2012-10-13
Captain: , Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas (73)

Fantastic stay, Brian and staff are beyond helpful. The Dock and Dine is the best deal on the ICW. Fuel is the cheapest around. $3.69 at this date.
The Amber Lantern is an excellent restaurant from the friendly and very attentive servers to the delicious dishes. All 4 in our group loved there selections. I must stop for us from now on.



Nice place and great fuel prices, 2012-10-12
Captain: , Whortonville Nc (90)

I just stopped in for fuel and the prices were the lowest I've seen anywhere. I looked around the store while I was in there and they'e got a fairly nice stock of basic marine supplies. The dockmaster gave us a hand tying up and taking on some water. He treated us very well. The only complaint I had is the arrangement of their fuel dock, you have to pull into a slip to access the fuel. It wasn't all that bad but a pull alongside fuel dock would have been a little easier. I saw the signs about a free slip with a meal. I didn't have time to try it this time, but next time I'm up this way I think I'll give it a try based on some of the other reviews.



Can This Really Be True?, 2012-10-08
Captain: , Hollywood, MD (271)

After reading a few other reviews and seeing their ad, we decided to stop and check it out first hand. We were able to get through Norfolk Harbor and Portsmouth on a Friday just in time to catch the last daytime opening of the Gilmerton Bridge and get to Top Rack by 4:00. Great fuel prices, friendly and very helpful staff, but the food at the Amber Lantern.... WOW! That was worth the stop. Absolutely the finest cuisine on the waterway. I would give the restaurant five stars. And the marina could be five stars with just some minor tweeking. Like hooks and a bench in the shower rooms. And it would be nice to have restroom available whenever you need it. They are locked when the restaurant closes around 10:00. But these folks are on the right track to bring in every boater in the Portsmouth area. Thanks for the great stay.



Nice stay at Top Rack, 2012-09-28
Captain: , Branford, CT (910)

We stopped last night on our way south. Picked up some cheap fuel and had a great dinner. Dinner was about $115 including tip and a bottle of wine. You can do dinner much cheaper. They have a very nice menu. We asked how much we had to spend to get free dockage and our waitress said there was no minimum. Their bathrooms are very clean, but only open 8am to 10pm (I think). Also, they have a ships store, with reasonable prices. If you call ahead they say they can get just about anything in a day or two. We'll stop again.

We stopped again in September '12. We had an exceptional dinner, about $60.00 for two (that included the tip). Add to that very clean showers and cheap fuel.....what's not to like?



Wonderful FREE marina if you buy dinner!, 2012-09-28
Captain: , Sydney (313)

This excellent marina has a top shelf restaurant and one is free for a visit to the other. Brian, the boss reckons its better to have satisfied customers and the French/Italian chef puts out a superb meal in what appears to be the middle of nowhere. The local well off fill it. I spent $70 incl tip for just me, including sundowners, (lots), and huge meal incl desert... Cream brûlée as only a real French chef can make it.
Considering all the marinas are about $70 for my size boat, and I am single handing, Top Rack marina really comes up trumps! But don't try to slip in and think dinner means some $5 pasta....




Good fuel prices, Great restaurant, 2012-08-16
Captain: , Laramie (177)

Best fuel prices that we could find in this area. Free dock if you eat at the restaurant. Restaurant is truly top shelf. Competent, friendly staff met us to help us tie up. Very easy access right on ICW but in a "no wake zone" so very calm evening.



Great STOP, 2012-08-07
Captain: , Port St Luice. FL (420)

Great Fuel stop you can not find a better price. The dock help is great Walter help us fuel up in the rain then talked us into staying for the night for free with 50amp power. If we ate in the resturant
Than the manger Brain come down to make sure every thing was ok they could not have been more helpful the run a very nice operation. Very clean and neet. Larry & Margie Wanderin L&M.



Outstanding, 2012-07-21
Captain: , Hampton, VA (116)

We must agree with all the others, this is an outstanding operation. After a long day cruising up from Elizabeth City, we arrived just minutes ahead of a thunderstorm. Two excellent dock hands got us safely tied before the deluge. Then an excellent dinner in the restaurant, which is nothing like any "marina" restaurant we have seen. We will certainly return.



Best fuel price in VA--Guaranteed, 2012-06-26
Captain: , Key West, FL (748)

Top Rack Marina is committed to having the lowest prices for diesel in Virginia%u2026 and they proved that to us on our trip North last month. We had found the lowest price (at Portsmouth Boating Center) with a few phone calls to be almost $.20 less than any of the prices in the Great Bridge area and called Top Rack and told them. They called back a few minutes later and offered us a price that was $.01 less than what we had found (a $.20 reduction from their published price). When we arrived a few minutes later, they were changing their signage to reflect the rock-bottom pricing that they had offered us by phone. No guessing or cruise planning required. Just find the best price in VA by phone prior to passing Top Rack and give them a few minutes to verify it.



Great port in a storm!, 2012-06-25
Captain: , Wilmington, DE (552)

We called Brian after a very hot day in the Dismal Swamp. We arrived in a strong thunderstorm with strong winds and heavy slanting rain. There were three guys waiting for us on the dock in the rain. It was an easy approach but even so it took me three tries to make the dock safely. They were soaked.

We cleaned up and visited the restaurant to earn our free night. It was great. We felt postively guilty "eating" our mooring fee!

Next day called "Farm Fresh" and they picked us up. It is an excellent store. The driver refused a tip. There is no shopping in walking distance.

Brian and crew were very friendly and helpful. When they reduced their diesel price Brian found us in the restaurant to tell us. We took on 300 gals at $3.36. We stayed an extra night, and will repeat the visit on the way south.



the Top Rack is Tops, 2012-05-17
Captain: , Kings Creek Marina (746)

Still the best stop for either the Coinjock Jog, or the Dismal Saunter. Free overnight and electricity if you eat in the really outstanding Amber Lantern. $336.9/gallon diesel today, 16Oct11. Update - Here we are again at the Top Rack Marina. Everyone knows about the great restaurant here, the Amber Lantern. And everyone knows about the great staff and service you get here. And everyone knows Brian and how he makes sure everything about your stay here is perfect. And Brian knows everybody. Need something? Ask Brian. This is the perfect location between the North Landing River and the Chesapeake Bay. Slip fees are free if you eat in the Amber Lantern. Diesel today (May 17, 2012) $3.57/9
That%u2019s why we%u2019re here again. And will be, time after time.


Dock boys waited for us until after 6:00pm due to a delay at the Gilmerton Bridge and a really long coal train. Fuel, pump out, outstanding dinner, and a good night%u2019s sleep. We%u2019ll come back this way again and again.

Jim & Talley

MTOA 3826



Unexpected stop but great stop, 2012-05-14
Captain: , Portneuf, Quebec, Canada (10)

I was heading to Hampton by the DSC and the lockmaster told me that there was a bridge closed all day long, so... I look for a place to stop and arrive to the Top Rack Marina on the side of the ICW. I find here a thoughful staff, a free dockage with a very delicious dinner at the Amber Lantern restaurant, and a very clean place.



Great Stop., 2012-05-10
Captain: , Mackinaw City, MI (60)

This is a must stop. Dockage is free if you eat in their restaurant. The docks are top notch, the only down side is no wifi or cable but this is made up for by the excellent restaurant. Plus they have good fuel prices.



Primarily designed for small power and sail, 2012-05-09
Captain: , Macatawa Michigan (1124)

We have stayed at Top Rack twice now and have enjoyed both stays although this is not your typical marina. Brian, the primary contact at the marina, is very helpful. The marina is designed for small power and sail. There are 22 slips that are perpendicular to the channel. A large shed houses racks and boats are lifted by forklift into the water. One slip has 50 amp service and the rest have dual 30s. As previously stated, the Amber Lantern is a very good restaurant and dockage is free with dinner ($75 min purchase). The floating docks are short (approx 45'). Stern in can be best but beware there is a strong current and little wind protection. The bathrooms are clean but while we were there they were locked at 11pm and were not opened until the marina staff arrived (approx 9am). The Steel Bridge, directly south of the marina only opens on the hour and on demand, depending on the time of day. It also has a period where it is closed. There is a No Wake Zone in front of the marina that is usually honored. There is a yard across from the marina that has forklifts and other machinery working until about 3 am.



Great ICW Stop, 2012-05-01
Captain: , Harrisburg, PA (71)

Very nice marina with excellent fuel prices (high speed diesel fill) and very accommodating management. Easy in and out just north of the Great Bridge lock. They have a program they call "dock and dine" where you stay free if you have dinner in their Amber Lantern restaurant. We had a wonderful meal with top shelf ambiance which was possibly the best I have ever had along the waterway.



WELL WORTH A VISIT, 2012-04-28
Captain: , Providence, ri (60)

Excellent stopover when transiting through Norfolk on ICW. Easy in and out right off ICW, friendly staff. Great fuel prices, ship's store and very nice and clean showers. On site restaurant is one of the best we experienced on the ICW. Great selection of draft beer and upscale menu/cuisine.Dockage is gratis if you dine with them....



Great Marina AAAA++++, 2012-03-18
Captain: , Chesapeake, VA (80)

This place is an excellent marina. Management is professional and helpful. Location is very clean. Many piers to dock at. Gas is cheap compared to almost every other marina I have been to in this area. Mechanic on hand. Parts are priced great. Deli and restaurant is amazing. Deli has great sandwiches and pizza. The restaurant it fine dining with an excellent selection of beers and wine. Showers and bathroom are clean. Grocery store is about 2 miles up the road. Pets welcome. Can't say enough good things about this place, best in the area.



New and Clean, 2012-03-09
Captain: , SeaScape Marina (310)

Located just before the steel bridge, which open on the hour so plan your trip around the opening. March 2, 2012 gas price 3.579.

Very clean facility all around.



Great stop befor Great Bridge, 2012-01-02
Captain: , Shinnecock Bay, NY (559)

Free dock with 30 amp power if you eat at The Amber Lantern. Newish floating docks. Easy access to ICW, too easy, open to the gentle rocking of the passing boats. Small price to pay.
Amber Lantern is a Class restaurant with the prices to prove it. But it is good food and the price is softened by the free dock. My simple dinner of Lobster Tortillini was $26 with the tip.



First Rate, 2011-11-06
Captain: , Delray Beach (40)

The resturant is excellent. The facility is new and professionally run.
Easy access to ICW. Further develpopment should include WiFi and water at the docks.



visited 10/23/11, 2011-11-05
Captain: , Bear, DE (255)

Stopped for fuel on our way south. Great prices and easily accessible. Convenient stop before the locks for timing. I was pleased to see the accomodations and we will try to stay overnight on our way back although there are only a few slips available.



Inexpensive fuel and excellent service, 2011-10-28
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale (1288)

Top Rack Marina is located right before Steel Bridge (heading south) and makes a convenient fuel stop for those headed south. Their prices were the best around.

We stopped for fuel only and got both a great price and excellent service. When the fuel hose wouldn't reach the cockpit fills of our 50-foot trawler, we had to back out and turn around, then come in stern first. The short fuel dock left about 15 feet of our boat hanging out while we refueled--a longer pier would be a very nice addition if the owners care to cater to large yachts.

Excellent facilities, great price on fuel, and service with a smile.



Call on cell phone when at Marina, great stop, 2011-10-27
Captain: , Moriches Bay, Long Island, New York (275)

A very accomodating Marina. Yes, Amber Light Restaurant is as good as they say. Ch.16 VHF not monitored, so have to use cell phone to let them know you're there. Had the best diesel price in town. We had built up a shopping list for a supermarket and the local Farm Fresh Market came and picked us up. 757-549-1482 is the closest market but they need to be informed that they are the market near Top Rack Marina. Clean showers, too.



Great stop, excellent reataurant, 2011-10-26
Captain: , New bedford (122)

We pulled into Top Rack based on AC reviews and enjoyed complimentery dockage w/30 amp service included. The fuel was still cheap at $3.37, the docks were a very straightforward tie-up, and everyone there was friendly and helpful. The fuel nozzle was too large for our fill, neccesitating a slow funneling procedure, but they said they were planning to fix that. Highly recommend this marina, and particularly the excellent Amber Lantern restaurant.



It's All True, 2011-10-26
Captain: , Kent Island, MD (392)

We couldn't make it to Coinjock for the Prime Rib, so we listened to the reviews on Active Captain and stopped at Top Rack. We are glad we did. The diesel was $3.36.9 tax included, the food was fantastic and everyone was friendly and helpful






for smaller boats, 2011-10-16
Captain: , Gloucester, VA (60)

Stayed here with our 62' Vicking. The piers are designed for smaller boats. Diesel price is lowest in the area. Everybody is very friendly. Had dinner at the Restaurant "Amber Lantern". Five stars!!. Food, presentation, service, ambiance absolutely great.



Very good, but not ready for prime time, 2011-10-15
Captain: , Sarasota (1427)

Originally a "rack-and-stack" marina that has added some transient slips (to support the restaurant, we suppose). While the facilities are new and nice, the diesel cheap (but not the cheapest), and the staff is helpful, friendly, and is trying hard, there are a couple flaws that seem to be holdovers from the "rack-and-stack" mindset. There is no wifi - that is a requirement for a marina these days. There is no water at the slip. The only hose is at the pump-out dock - the idea of filling your fresh water tank from that hose is unappealing. If they fixed those two things, I'd give them four stars. Being between two restricted bridges, seems to keep the wakes down. The restaurant was excellent - it's a $100/couple kind of place, but the free dockage helps. The food was excellent, they have a nice wine list, and local folks come there to eat and drink - it's not just people at the marina. Wel iked it and it is convenient to get the 7am bridge opening heading south.



Dock and Dine-Clarification Needed?, 2011-10-09
Captain: , Gloucester, Mass. (799)

Stopped by for diesel on 10/11/10. Price 20 less than anywhere else. Very good floating docks. Can't comment on wakes as we did not stay.



Worth a stop for Amber Light Restaurant, 2011-09-30
Captain: , Lavallette, NJ (251)

Amber Light offers high end contintenal cuisine at very moderate prices (no burgers and fries joint here). Top Mast is strategically located for the push south (or north) out of Viginia by either Dismal or Viginia cut routes. Marina is virtually new and staff is very helpful.
I discoverd a failed shower sump after the marina closed - a staff member who was closeing the facility gladly reopened and helped me find the appropriate replacement pump.
Very reasonable fuel prices. And the stay was free (this won't last forever - take advantage while it lasts).



Great fuel prices, 2011-07-18
Captain: , Palmetto Fl (545)

Marina has the best fuel prices coming and going. Still offering free dockage if you eat at the restaurant. Save your receipts to get the VA tax credit.



Good looking facility, but nobody was home!, 2011-07-12
Captain: , Gloucester, VA (514)

It was Monday as the wife and I made it through the last lift @ the %u201CSteel Bridge%u201D heading north before the %u201CRush hour shutdown%u201D which runs approximately from 16:30-18:30. The Gilmerton%u2019s last lift is 15:30 so we were a captive audience so to speak.
Stumbled onto this facility and the dry storage looked busy but after docking we found that the Ship%u2019s store and deli closed at 16:00. Going upstairs we found that the restaurant was closed Mondays.

We were only one of several vessels waiting to proceed down the ICW. I contacted a couple of the others to let them know that we were going to at least tie-up and wait there, however, when they found out that the restaurant was closed they chose to anchor or idle up near the Gilmerton Bridge.

I think someone is missing the boat on this one. Literally!




Just to be clear, 2011-06-27
Captain: , Chesapeake, Va. (46)

From all of us here at Top Rack Marina and the Amber Lantern , we would like to express our sincere appreciation for all of your reviews and a special thanks to Jeff and Karen with Active Captain.

Just to be clear, we have made some minor changes to our Dock and Dine deal. Updated 6/27/11- Restaurant Voucher; 75-dollars spent in the Amber Lantern restaurant is good for 1-night mooring credit. Menu is listed on our website. If you have any questions or concerns, please call me.

Best Regards,

Brian D. McKown
Marina Manager
Cell 757-439-1373






Great Stop, 2011-06-23
Captain: , EAST COAST (200)

We heard about the free dock with dinner and stopped with our 48 ft. trawler heading north. Very friendly and helpful marina and dinner was outstanding. We fueled at $3.55 which was the lowest in the area.



Top Rack is Top Notch, 2011-06-22
Captain: , Williamsburg, VA (745)

We have just about finished the Carolina Loop and had heard about Top Rack on Active Captain and a couple of other sites. It's all true. The price of fuel is the best in the area. The slip fee is a no brainer if you eat at the Amber Lantern Restaurant. Our meal was the best we have had on this whole trip. Executive Chef Carmelo Muroni is fabulous. He had previously worked at one of the best restaurants in Williamsburg, VA. This restaurant and mariina is somewhat out of the way as a single destination but, if you are travelilng through the area and are held up by bridge openings you MUST stop here. And if you can't come by boat then come by car. The restaurant is that GREAT! We WILL be back.



Free slip, great dinner and grocery pickup to boot, 2011-06-16
Captain: , Key Biscayne FL (3049)

We stopped to sample the food at the Amber Lantern Restaurant at the marina after the great reviews here. The dinner was wonderful, mediterranean style seafood, fresh pasta, steaks. The Italian chef said he wants more boaters to stop. Free dockage and elev in exchange for a great meal.
A call to the Fresh Market at Cedar Rd, 1.5 miles at (757) 549-1482 and the grocery asst.mgr came to pick us up and returned us to the boat.



Top Rack Marina is Tops!, 2011-06-13
Captain: , Marco Island, Florida (220)

Top Rack Marina is a great stop! The diesel fuel was the best price we had seen since the New River Marina in North Carolina--$3.55/gallon. If you eat at their restaurant the Amber Lantern you can spend the night at their docks for free with power. Dinner at the Amber Latern was fantastic. We had Rack of Lamb, Ahi Tuna, Steak, MahiMahi, Blue Mussels, Caesar Salad, and Greek Salad. The presentation was beautiful and the service was excellent. Very elegant. The Amber Lantern is closed on Mondays. The marina also has a Sea Store and Deli which are open 8-4PM daily. We will definitely stop here again!



Great stop!, 2011-06-09
Captain: , Irvine, CA (10)

We stopped at Top Rack Marina because of their lower fuel prices ($3.54/gal), and because of the FREE OVERNIGHT DOCK if we ate at their restaurant, the Amber Lantern. There isn't much in the area to see, but we were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the service at the marina, and even more so at the exceptional restaurant offerings. Best food we've had in a long time. New ships store is getting up and running, offering sandwiches and great fruit smoothies - perfect on this hot 100 degree day! Cheap fuel, floating docks, 50 amp service, free water and pumpout, and a quiet, free night after a full belly at the Amber Lantern...it's a no brainer! We'll be back!



Very Nice Stop, 2011-06-09
Captain: , Hampton, VA (40)

While traveling north, in the company of two other boats, we all made a last minute decision to stop for the evening at Top Rack Marina. The marina staff was extremely courteous and helpful. The facility was very well maintained and clean. The restaurant, the Amber Lantern, was simply outstanding! Great food and service. We fully enjoyed our overnight stay.



Top Rack is Top Shelf!, 2011-06-05
Captain: , Stuart, Fl (305)

Great stop to take on fuel (fast pump,good prices), pump out right at the dock and have dinner at the Amber Lantern which is top notch. Brian, the manager was very helpful as were the dock hands and the staff at the restaurant were all pleasant. We even had a visit at our table from the top chef who prepared an awesome meal and presents a varied menu sure to please. There is a small store with provisions and deli take out. Not much to do or see in the area but it's worth the stop/visit for all the reasons listed above.



Great stop!, 2011-06-04
Captain: , Clearwater, FL (551)

We needed fuel and saw that they had a significantly lower price than anybody around. It was blistering hot so a marina stop and a night of air-conditioning sounded mighty good. Free dockage if we ate in their restaurant sealed the deal. But the big surprise was the restaurant. The food was great! Lots of locals were eating there, the presentation was very nice and the chef came out of the kitchen when our meal was served.
The only reason I didn't score them five stars is the industrial view across the river. But the staff was eager to please and couldn't do enough for us. We will definitely return in the fall!



Hell of a deal!!!, 2011-06-01
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (1090)

We are staying for a 2nd night of fine (but casual) dining. This marina is right after the Steel Bridge (coming north) and is a welcome stop after waiting for all the damn bridges just before here.

We had lots of help coming into the docks - didn't need it (at slack tide and not a breath of air), but it was appreciated. We were able to top off our fuel right at our slip ($1.43/gallon on 5/31/2011) and had a terrific dinner at the restaurant (Amber Lantern). The cost of the dinner can be applied to the slip fees ($1.25/night).

We had one of the best dinners we have had on the waterways here, excellent chef and the service was impeccable - can't hardly wait for this evenings choices. (good wine and beer selection as well)

This is a very nice place to stop and the prices for the accomodation make it one hell of a good deal!!!!

Count on us returning here for another stay.



We loved our stay here!, 2011-05-15
Captain: , Bay Point Marina, Marblehead, OH (180)

We stayed here on May 15th. We were welcomed by Brian, Mgr. He helped refuel our boat (diesel @ 3.75/gal. including tax! Lowest around!) then showed us around the place including the restaurant where we met the Italian chef who was an ace at food preparation. He first asked what we liked, then suggested to try a little of everything by getting appetizers. So delicious! This guy creates delicious entrees with an awesome presentation. We were treated so well by everyone including our bar maid/wattress who was so very sweet. I am so pleased. I highly suggest this ICW stop for anyone. The bathrooms are immaculate, the docks are new floaters including dockside pumpout, (great water pressure in the water hose when spraying down boat!). Good place to come after going through the various bridges and locks. You deserve it!



Wonderful Restaurant, 2011-05-10
Captain: , Wilsonville, AL (474)

Can't beat the free night's dockage when you eat at the restaurant. Restaurant a little expensive, but the food and presentation are exceptional. One of the best meals I have ever had. When you look at the whole package of dockage + food, it is a great deal. Restrooms are very clean. The shower is large, but there is only one. Brian and staff are great. You are subject to wakes from idiots who don't slow down when they see they are obviously passing a marina, but fortunately we weren't subjected to many of those.



Will stay there again!!, 2011-05-09
Captain: , Isle of Palms, SC (219)

5-7----5-8-11. Stayed 2 nights. Brian- manager- and Taylor- dock hand- very nice and capable. Lot of good advice- especially about the Amber Lanetern. Some of the best meals we have had anywhere. More than average price but not too bad at all for the quality and presentation. Itis new and does not have laundry, but Brian says it will be there soon. No real showers. Great place to start south from to make all the bridges, etc..



Best fuel price in area, 2011-05-03
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1915)

Next time we'll stay overnight. Free dockage if you eat in the restuarant. $3.75/gal for diesel. No one can beat it presently all the
way up to Solomons, MD. A couple 50 amp docks, several 30 amp or run your generator. Deep water to bulkhead.



Toprack Marina is Top Notch, 2011-04-27
Captain: , Wrightsville Beach, NC (31)

Great place to dock, fuel and eat. Amber Lantern Restaurant is excellent. More fine dining than not. Lowest fuel prices in the area. Brian McKown is the Marina Manager and he is very customer-oriented.
Showers are very clean and comfortable.



Hard to pass up!, 2010-11-17
Captain: , Jacksonville, FL (363)

After fueling at the best price around, your overnight slip is free if you have dinner at the Amber Lantern. The restaurant was surprisingly good, the dockmaster bent over backwards to accommodate us. Well worth a stop.



Lowest diesel prices locally, 2010-11-07
Captain: , Jacksonville, FL (822)

The marina is about 1 yr old. We got diesel at the best price around, then free dockage for eating at the Amber Lantern Restaurant located on site. The food was excellent, $78.meal for 2 with 1 drink ea. Brian, the dockmaster was extremely friendly and helpful. Some passing boat wake as you are right off the waterway, but the bridge tender reminds folks northbound that they are in a no wake zone. Extremely close to the Steel Bridge, so departure from the marina can easily be timed with the on hour openings.



Great fuel stop, 2010-10-12
Captain: , Rock Hall, MD (134)

Best fuel prices in this area. Friendly dockmaster. Looks like a good place to have dinner, with the discount on dockage. We will try to schedule a stop here on the way north in the spring.

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