The Local’s Secret

Twin brothers Nicholas and Aristotle Cleanthes would like to welcome you to their family restaurant.


“Because we grew up just a short distance from our restaurant, Blue Pete’s is like home and family to us. We want our customers to feel that way too.”

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Learn more About The Twins and the History of the restaurant.



Atmosphere by Mother Nature

Our atmosphere is an awe inspiring gift from Mother Nature. Blue Pete’s is located on a beautiful five acre spot in the Back Bay area of Virginia Beach near the Back Bay National Wildlife Sanctuary. If you come in for one experience, you are bound to come back for another.


We want our customers to come in, relax in comfort, enjoy good food prepared and served by our caring staff, and leave refreshed.


You’ll quickly learn why “our locals” return over and over again.


Don’t forget to look for special events for adults and for children.


Nicholas and Aristotle Cleanthes, Owners



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Located on 5
acres of the
beautiful back
bay with indoor
and outdoor






The draw for this property has always been provided by Mother Nature. The body of water on which Blue Pete’s is situated, Tabernacle Creek, was appropriately named. Come see why this place was named after a small place to worship – in this case, the outdoors. It is simply breathtaking.


Before 1972

Before 1972, the property on which the restaurant was built, first housed a small marina and fish house. In 1972 Pat and Betty Ann Ricks opened Blue Pete’s and began the first expansion. It was a cozy and homey place with seats for about twenty people. Patrons could buy bait, play a little pool, listen to country music, or sit at the bar for sandwiches and beer. Though the business has grown and changed over the years, its goals of the current owners are much the same as they were over 40 years ago – to provide food and good experiences in a friendly and homey atmosphere. The area is still known to have some of the best places to hunt and fish in the United States.



The current restaurant is far larger than its predecessor, with room for large parties including weddings, and an outdoor recreation area for family fun, and a modern bar. It is owned by twin brothers Nicholas and Aristotle Cleanthes. Born in the Back Bay area, they became avid hunters, fishermen, outdoorsmen, and frequently lend a hand to local nature conservation efforts. Their love for this area, good people, great food, and the country lifestyle is what inspired them to acquire Blue Pete’s and carry on the tradition of a place for locals and visitors to come together and enjoy themselves in a relaxed and natural setting.


What the heck is a Blue Pete?

A “Blue Pete” is a bird. It is the nickname for a waterfowl common to the American mid-Atlantic It’s real name is the American Coot. It is an odd bird in that it is a waterfowl that is found where ducks are found, swims like a duck, but does not have webbed feet like ducks and geese. The feet are bluish-yellow and look more like a chicken’s feet than the webbed feet of a duck. They are known as “rails” which have long soft toes designed to help them run on uneven and very soft surfaces.













About The Twins

“We want our restaurant to be all family all the time”.


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


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


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



2015 Events


May 30 – Closed for Private Wedding

Congratulations Nick and Gina!

June 13 – Joe Heilman Sole Rock

Outside Live, Acoustics
3 – 6

June 19 – Natures Child

8 – 12

June 20 – Youth Kids Fishing Day

With live music from APR Blues Rock

July 3 – Natures Child

8 – 12

July 11 – Joe Heilman Sole Rock

Outside, Live Acoustics
3 – 6

July 18 – 4th Annual PUNGO SMASH FEST

With live music from Blushing Melons

July 25 – Joe Heilman Sole Rock

Outside, Live Acoustics
3 – 6

Aug 22 – Closed for Private Event

10 Year Kellam Reunion

Sept 12 – Closed for Private Wedding

Congratulations Chris and Kendall!

Sept 19 – Closed for Private Wedding

Congratulations Ronnie and Jess!

Oct 3 – Closed for Private Wedding

Congratulations Cole and Jen!

Oct 31 – Natures Child

8 – 12

Nov 21 – Natures Child

8 – 12

Dec 12 – Natures Child

8 – 12


We can handle all of your Special Events needs!

Our restaurant can be rented out for parties and events, just give us a call to set it up!



757 426 2278



Winter Hours

Monday – Closed, Special Events only

Tuesday – Closed, Special Events only

Wednesday –  Closed, Special Events only

Thursday – Closed, Special Events only

Friday – 5:00 pm – 12:00 am

Saturday – 12:00 pm – 12:00 am

Sunday – 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Contact Info

1400 N Muddy Creek Rd
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456