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Policies & Pricing

Room Rental Charges

Events in The Attic require a room rental charge of $500 plus a state tax of 6%. The room charge secures the space for 4 hours, but you may be billed for additional staff hours if your event does not start or conclude at the agreed upon time. The room charge does not contribute toward the cost of food or beverages, but covers general use of the room, dinner tables, chairs and linens (we provide Ivory tablecloths & Sandalwood napkins for a seated dinner). Cocktail tables can be rented for a $25 fee (up to 10 cocktail tables). Additional time can be reserved for $200/hour plus a state tax of 6% to extend the event time, up to 2 additional hours. An additional hour is required to reserve The Attic for a wedding ceremony, or if inclement weather necessitates use of the Attic for a wedding ceremony prior to a planned reception for $200/hour plus a state tax of 6%. To consider using the Attic for a wedding ceremony, please see the paragraph below for more information and please speak with a Special Events Manager regarding feasibility. Following an event, additional cleaning fees will be charged if damages occur to the space.

Room Guarantee, Deposits & Payments

Events in The Attic Sunday through Thursday require a $2000 non-refundable deposit to reserve the date and the space. Events in The Attic Friday and Saturday require a $3000 non-refundable deposit to reserve the date and the space. Deposits will go towards your final bill. The food payment must be received a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the scheduled event, so a guaranteed number of guests and a complete menu must be formed by this time. The bar invoice for an open bar will be billed after the event and must be paid within one week of your event date. We require a credit card on file for the bar bill payment. You will be charged for the number of guests guaranteed, plus any additional guests who attend. Refunds or credits cannot be given after the 3-week guarantee. Once the deposit is paid, the minimums at the time of booking are locked in. However, specific food and beverage prices on your proposal are subject to change based on the current market prices at the time of your final food payment.

Event Rescheduling

We understand event rescheduling may be necessary. If you are postponing more than 90 days prior to your event date, then your full deposit will be retained until another event is booked on that date, in which case the full deposit will be transferred to your new date. Your new date must be rescheduled within one year from your original date, based on availability, and a new deposit is required at that time to secure the new date. If we are not able to rebook the original date, your deposit will be forfeited. Should you need to postpone your event less than 90 days prior to your event date, then your deposit will be forfeited. Should you need to postpone your event after your food payment has been submitted (3-weeks prior), 50% of the food payment will be transferred to your new date and your deposit will be forfeited. Once the deposit is paid for your new date, you are responsible for meeting any updated food and beverage minimums. Events postponed within one week of the event date forfeits all payments. Some of your payments are non-refundable because of our staff’s hard work and since we were unable to rent the space to anyone else while it was reserved.

Event Cancellation

Events cancelled in The Attic forfeit the non-refundable deposit and any payments made.
Your payments are non-refundable because of our staff’s hard work and since we were unable to rent the space to anyone else while it was reserved.

Service Charges, Taxes & Food and Beverage Minimums

All rentals, additional time, and staffing fees will be charged a state tax of 6%. All food and beverages will be charged food or liquor tax of 5.5%, state tax of 6%, as well as a service fee of 20%. The minimum amount that must be spent on food and beverages varies by the day of the week and time of year; this is outlined in the tables below with an example of the amount of tax and service that would be applied on that minimum, as well as the “minimum expense” when factoring in the room charge. All food and beverages paid by the host contribute to the minimum, while beverages purchased by guests through a cash bar do not contribute to the minimum. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines, food and beverage minimums are subject to change and an additional $200 staffing fee will apply to your event. Some menu items may be unavailable or modified to follow the guidelines. We reserve the right to cancel or postpone your event if service guidelines set by the state of Virginia change or if we deem it necessary based on the Virginia Department of Health recommendations.


Although The Attic is a reception venue, there are some instances we may be able to accommodate an informal ceremony prior to your planned reception. An additional hour ($200 + 6% state tax) is required to plan a wedding ceremony inside The Attic, or if inclement weather necessitates use of the venue for a wedding ceremony. The Attic must be set for the reception and therefore can only accommodate a ceremony set up with a maximum of 8 chairs. Most guests will either stand or be seated at their guest table during the ceremony, and the location of the ceremony within the venue is dependent on the reception layout. It is very important that you speak with a Special Events Manager to confirm the feasibility of a ceremony in The Attic with your guest number and layout before planning to move forward with one.

Business Luncheons & Staff Retreats

The Attic is the perfect escape for your company event. Business Luncheons and Staff Retreats are reserved Monday through Thursday during the months of January through November. Breakfasts or Luncheons are reserved for up to a 3-hour time frame beginning no earlier than 8:00am and must conclude by 2:00pm. Retreats are reserved for up to a 6-hour time frame and must conclude by 2:00pm. Please inquire with a Special Events Manager for further information and pricing details to reserve The Attic for your next business event.


Arrangements for your audio/visual requirements can be made with a Special Events Manager. Waterman’s provides you with Spotify, Cox Cable Digital Music, a stereo auxiliary audio cord (should you want to bring your own iPod to play your music through our sound system*) and a podium. We also have a cordless microphone and an 80” TV and a laptop available to show a slideshow or video for a usage charge of $100. Any equipment you wish to use must be approved in advance by a Special Events Manager, and we require all slideshows or videos to be tested at least one week prior to your event by emailing the file to a Special Events Manager* ( can be used to email large files). We do not allow outside computers to be used with our equipment.

*The Attic at Waterman’s is not a professional sound and/or video company and cannot be held liable for music or a slideshow/video that doesn’t function properly. We will try our best to solve any technical difficulties. We require all weddings in the Attic to hire a professional DJ and/or Band for audio needs, as we do not allow the use of our sound equipment for weddings.


You are welcome to decorate the Attic for your event; however, the Special Events Managers and staff cannot be responsible for setting up or cleaning up your decorations or centerpieces. You may decorate and your vendors may set up or deliver items in between 9:00am and 12:00pm. When decorating, please keep in mind that we do not allow the use of loose sand, confetti, confetti poppers, glitter, silly string, glue, staples, tacks, nails, 3M hooks, command strips or tape. All candles must be placed inside a vase or other candleholder such as an open-end hurricane vase to cover the flame; candelabras are not permitted. Waterman’s cannot accept responsibility for items left on the premises, nor can we be responsible for carrying décor and/or gifts down to your vehicle at the conclusion of the event, or guarding your gift table during the event. At the conclusion of your event, we ask that all décor and personal items are cleaned up and removed within a half hour. If additional time is needed, please speak with the Special Events Manager in advance.

Additional Enhancements

To add an extra glow to your event and enhance the atmosphere of the space, LED uplights & string lighting may be rented, based on availability. Six (6) uplights rent for $150; this fee includes set up and color selection. String Lighting is available for the ceiling above the dance floor extending to the bar for $150.

Our Simple Booth Photobooth may be rented for $200, based on availability. Photos are emailed and/or texted to guests. Backdrop and props are not included. Please speak with the Special Events Manager for more information.


As an Oceanfront restaurant in a resort city, parking is at a premium at our location. We offer and recommend the complimentary valet parking service from right outside our door. However, our parking lot serves both special event and restaurant guests, so we cannot guarantee parking for each and every one of your guests. Depending on the size and date of your event, parking may be even more limited (i.e. summer months and special event weekends), but we do our best to park as many of your guests as possible. In the occasion that our lot fills up, our valets are happy to suggest alternate parking for your guests. Vendors may unload equipment in our valet lot during approved times, but must find alternative parking for the duration of the event.

Please visit the City of Virginia Beach’s website ( regarding pricing for public parking in close proximity to Waterman’s (2nd Street, 4th Street, Rudee Loop & 9th Street).

Photography & Advertising Release

The Special Events Manager may photograph the room and the décor before and/or during the event for professional use for advertising material including print, electronic and social media. Please inform us if you do not want your event documented and shared.

Miscellaneous Information

We are happy to give referrals for photographers, disc jockeys, bakeries, florists, lodging and other related vendors (a list of helpful referrals can be found here). All outside vendors must be approved by a Special Events Manager. While Waterman’s provides these referrals for customer convenience, we cannot accept responsibility for vendor service. We request that you inform our Special Events Managers of all outside vendors that you book for your event, and provide us with their contact information as well.


When making dessert selections, commercial bakery desserts (cakes or cupcakes) are permitted, and we provide the caking service at no additional charge. Homemade desserts of any sort, including cookies, are not permitted to be brought in to the restaurant.

Our building is over 40 years old and does not have an elevator, so please be aware that everyone in your party must be able to travel up and down stairs. We are happy to assist in any way possible, and because restrooms and the bar are available within the Attic space, there is no need for handicapped guests to go back downstairs until the conclusion of the evening.

If you are booking a wedding reception with us, we recommend choosing one person with whom we can collaborate on the day of your event, so that we do not have to bother you with minor questions. We are not suggesting you hire a wedding planner, but that you simply ask someone you trust to help. This person should be familiar with what you want and can ensure that we are following through with any special requests. Please understand that as a restaurant and special events facility, we wish to provide you with a great space for a reception as well as a wonderful meal. However, we are not in the business of wedding planning or coordinating.

As an ABC Licensed establishment, outside alcohol is strictly prohibited and Waterman’s provides all of the alcohol for your event. If alcohol is given as a gift or brought in as a favor, then the alcohol must remain unopened until it is off the premises. We reserve the right to dispose of any outside alcohol, stop serving any intoxicated guests, discreetly escort guests off of our property or if ultimately necessary, end the event immediately if we do not receive full cooperation from the host and guests.

The {GF} symbol appears beside a number of our menu selections, which denotes that item as gluten-free. These items are made without gluten and without the addition of any ingredients that contain gluten. However, other products containing gluten are prepared in our kitchen, and therefore, trace elements of gluten could be present in any dish.

The ^ symbol appears beside a number of our menu selections below to inform you that consuming raw and/or undercooked meats, seafood or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.

Food & Beverage Minimums

For events held in December, please download and print
our full packet for holiday pricing information. 

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