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









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.


Upcoming Events

JUNE 14NO DREADS – Local reggae vibes.

9 PM – 12 AM

JUNE 21THE CHARLTONES – Great local duo – Rock

8 PM – 11 PM

JUNE 28RIO – Local jam band.

8 PM – 12 AM



JULY 12PUNGO SMASH FESTIVAL – Don’t miss this local party!

6 PM – 10 PM – OUTSIDE STAGE – MOST WANTED, Outside bar open.


JULY 19RIO – Local jam band.

8 PM – 12 AM


5 PM – 8 PM – JOE HEILMAN – Rock alternative and soul music.

8 PM – 12 AM – ROOTS, ROCK, REGGAE – by Local Reggae Ambassadors Nature’s Child.


- Proceeds will benefit the 31 Heroes Project
- You can buy event tickets at or they can be purchased here at Blue Petes the day of the event

AUG 9ROOTS, ROCK, REGGAE – by Local Reggae Ambassadors Nature’s Child

8 PM – 12 AM

AUG 16JOE HEILMAN – Rock alternative and soul music.

7 PM – 10 PM

AUG 22ROOTS, ROCK, REGGAE – by Local Reggae Ambassadors Nature’s Child

8 PM – 12 AM

AUG 23BILLY JOE TRIO – This trio will get your feet moving every time. Don’t miss out on local music!

8 PM – 12 AM

AUG 30

5 PM – 8 PM – JOE HEILMAN – Rock alternative and soul music.

8 PM – 12 AM – RIO – Local jam band.

SEPT 6BRIAN GRILLI – New country and rock will keep you moving

7:30 PM – 10 PM

SEPT 13JOE HEILMAN – Rock alternative and soul music.

7 PM – 10 PM

SEPT 20ROOTS, ROCK, REGGAE – by Local Reggae Ambassadors Nature’s Child

8 PM – 12 AM


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



Mon & Tues:


Wed & Thurs:

    5pm – 10pm


    5pm – 12am


  12pm – 12am


  12pm – 10pm

Contact Info

1400 N Muddy Creek Rd
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456