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Eat. An American Bistro
Eat. An American Bistro

Eat. An American Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.eatbistro.net/
  • Phone: (757) 965-2472
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Erick Heilig
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

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Diner Reviews
  • "Took our daughter there for her 58th birthday dinner... small, intimate, need reservations. Daily specials are the way to go... 1/2 price wine on Tuesday nights... presentation and food were outstanding.."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Outstanding food quality, creative menu, and good service. Not like most of the touristy restaurants in the area. I'd definitely go back next time I'm in Virginia Beach."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Small menu shows everything is made with care. Food was not just delicious but also a treat for the eye. I was a little worried by the sophisticated and unusual options, but did not need to worry, everything was fabulous. Wish they didn't charge for extra bread. The prices were high enough to cover the indulgence of more than one slice per person."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Great place for local and fresh fish. Funky location but awesome food and service. would definitely return!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "This was our fifth time going to Eat for a date nite. Each time we go the staff is always great, our server Will did a wonderful job as did the many of the other ladies working there. The was food was wonderful, and it's simply one of our favorite places to eat in the area, and we have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The salads are interesting-loved the spinach. My husbands got the shrimp & grits and this was one of the best. A little heavy on the sauces/dressings but so tastey."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I showed up for my reservation and was turned away because they did not have enough servers... needless to say, my date and I were not impressed."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "When we stay in VB this restaurant is a must for us. Great taste, great portions, great service, great ambiance and vibe, and great value for all of the above. This summer they surprised us with outstanding approach and accommodations to our Grandchildren needs (one of whom is severe allergic to many foods). We visited them twice during our stay and both times were outstanding experiences. Thanks a lot EAT, we will be back."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Used to live in Va Beach and always make a point to dine at Eat when I am back for a visit. Everchanging creative menu and great wine pairings. Grilled octopus salad was amazing!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Fantastic food, service and surroundings. Love visiting here when I come to town. BUT no Hasselhoff burger? That's like going to Morton's and they tell you they don't have steak. It's a unique signature dish. Worth traveling from Washington,DC Oh well, maybe next time."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Eat has the BEST food, service and drinks at the beach."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We met a wonderful couple from Virginia Beach who was dining next to us in one of our local restaurants while traveling through Charlotte NC. Once we learned they were from VB, we immediately asked for restaurant recommendations because ironically, we were traveling to VB the following week for vacation and hadn't had a tremendous amount of luck finding good restaurants there in the past. EAT was exactly what we were looking for. Super cute, intimate restaurant with an excellent menu. Our waitress was super sweet, attentive and engaging. We will definitely suggest dining at EAT to our friends and family who are visiting the area."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The filet was beautifully cut and perfectly cooked. The chèvre mashers were so good I wanted to cry. A great night of eating!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great restaurant! The quality of the food is very good and the presentation is lovely. Some of our favorites include :Mexican-style corn, the veggie lasagna, the iron-seared prime filet of beef, and we love their dijon-chive deviled eggs! Tried the crispy glazed brussels sprouts Friday night and they were excellent too. We love dining at Eat; especially dining outside. The patio ambience improved this summer with the nice green umbrellas they acquired for the tables. My only complaint is that it is hard to get a reservation!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "If you are looking for a unique food, look no further than Eat. Imaginative combinations that are a delight to the palate. Loved everything I had. We will definitely get back there soon."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Wonderful food! Excellent service and great wine recommendations. We loved it."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We no longer live in VA Beach but when we visit we make a point of going to "Eat". We ate out on the patio so it was very quiet since we were the only ones out there. We just shared appetizers this time. Everything was delicious and portions were as described. Wine recommendation was perfect."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We ate here two evenings out of the four we spent in VA Beach. Attentive, intelligent service, perfectly prepared imaginative food, and a menu that changes from time to time. We will always eat at Eat, whenever we go to Virginia Beach. It is small, so make sure you have reservations. Chef-owned. Locally sourced food."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I brought some business associates from the mid-west to town for some training and we came here for dinner. They guests were raving about the food, service and ambiance. This place is one of my personal favorites because it is always consistent, delicious and the service is always impeccable. I can't say enough about this place.....LOVE IT!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "small place with great food. if weather is nice sit outside "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "You should eat here. The service (Rob) was outstanding - helpful & the perfect amount of intervention. I had the nut crusted goat cheese salad w/pomegranate vinegar estate and a fish special - a crispy chunk of grouper on top of ratatouille resting on a bit of fresh made pasta. Fab presentation & flavors to match. Hubby went with the filet w/zin Demi glacé -- you never get tired of a perfectly cooked tender piece of beef - but he could have eaten a whole plate full of the mini baguette size grilled cheese that accompanied his yummy tomato basil soup. Totally loved this small, peaceful contemporary setting at the quiet north end of the boardwalk and may go back before our VA Beach visit is over "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Great place for dinner...food was great and the service was the best! It is very close to the beach and we were able to stroll on the beach after dinner. Beautiful experience and I highly recommend EAT, An American Restaurant."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We dined with friends and each of the 6 of us enjoyed our good quality meals. We will return to eat there."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "We have been here several times and both times the food and service exceeded our expextations. Our serer was appropriately engaged but allowed us to dine at our leisure. His knowledge and wine selection assistance were spot on. The food were prepared perdectly in perfect portions. We will be back soon!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Food was amazing. Sit by door to bathroom outside was annoying. Especially since it was windy and freezing. Server had to be asked several times for drink refills and other items. Friend sat without utensils for about 5 minutes after her food was brought. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We found Eat on Opentable and it looked very good and certainly delivered on that! Food was outstanding and better than anything we could have hoped to find in VA Beach. Wonderful meal, fish special was superb, lamb appetizer was super tasty, and everything else was as well. Great meal..."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We all enjoyed our dinners--sat outside…all went well and we ended the night with expressos and wonderful desserts! :)"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Casual, comfy, excellent service and food is amazing! Creative, farm to table vibe with great beer, wine and cocktail list. Love that you can make a meal of several small plates or order more traditional entree. Everything we ordered was delicious: the fresh Eastern Shore oysters, the roasted corn soup topped with lump crab and creme fraiche, the kale caesar, the short ribs with polenta and the crab two ways (softshell and crab cake), and the hot rum bread pudding with raspberry ice cream, fresh berries and caramel sauce."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Enjoyable dinner with friends to celebrate a birthday. Many varied options, portions and price levels."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I've been here a handful of times and loved it each time. The menu changes each time and there's always something new to try. They have a great beer selection and also get new selections in pretty frequently. This is a great place for a romantic dinner and drinks."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "My co-worker and I enjoy trying new, fun places when we travel. Eat. was the best of all of the places we tried in VA Beach and the surrounding suburb, Hampton. The filet was among one of the best I've ever had, and the wait staff was attentive and honestly friendly. An absolute MUST if you are in the area!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "What a fantastic experience. The food and service is phenomenal."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Eat : Simple but very well done Eat : Ample portions, well presented, well executed Eat : Great service Beer : Broad selection of local / regional beers. Interesting selections that match the menu. The menu is not huge, but everyone in this party of four throughly enjoyed our entrees and after dinner drinks."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "This restaurant was highly recommended by our son who is a local Executive Chef, so we knew we were in for a treat! The quaint atmosphere offered us a cozy table. Our waiter was very personable and accommodating. Normally, my spouse and I would not order the same entre but the Rockfish was irresistible to us both. What a great choice, the fish was delectable! The goat cheese salad and bread with home made butter was super tasty. Now, hold on to your hat for dessert, home made pistachio macaroons for me and Mr. Yummy had the bread pudding. We have had bread pudding from coast to coast, if it is on the menu, we order it. So when I say it was the best we have ever tasted it is not a flippant statement. Consider Eat - BAHZINGA!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "... By a foodie. Great innovative menu. Tasty appetizers. Will be back."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "We have been to Eat twice and have been blown away both times. It is our new favorite date spot. It is small and romantic and they have such a great variety of foods. Both my husband and I have ordered from the regular menu and the specials menu and both have been outstanding! I would recommend this place to anyone who likes well prepared food with a great atmosphere. We were blessed to get the same waiter both times went. He did not constantly bother us and he was he was well prepared with explanations to any questions we had! I am counting down the days until our next date night!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Valentine's weekend, was able to secure the last reservation 15 min before we arrived. We have eaten here before. Great experience both times! Menu is always changing, great specials. Dessert was amazing, and we can thank our waitress for the suggestion. Tiny hole in the wall restaurant that hasn't disappointed. Actually, we were last there in the early fall and it was hot out and the A/C was out that day. Staff were bringing in fans and really made it tolerable."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had a wonderful romantic Valentine's Day dinner. The food was wonderful and the ambience wonderful."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "i was recommended this place by an old co worker. after a few failed attempts to get reservations, we finally got one. i was let down that the food was just mediocre. i do not get what people see in this place"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "I go here at least once a month in the winter. It's in the the resort strip so it's too inconvenient for locals In the summer, plus it has zero parking. That said, the food is consistently outstanding, the bar and bartender are great, and it's worth putting up with a little hassle to eat there."
    Dined on 2/8/2014