Eat. An American Bistro
Eat. An American Bistro

Eat. An American Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.eatbistro.net/
  • Phone: 7579652472
  • 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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Eat. An American Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
100 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (72)neighborhood gem (53)special occasion (50)romantic (35)great for outdoor dining (33)notable wine list (22)hot spot (15)good for groups (14)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (5)scenic view (4)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Extremely disappointed
    fanaticalfoodie825VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Was excited to try this place out. I foolishly 'tried' it out when we had family visiting from out of town. I must admit that the food was excellent, HOWEVER, I will never return!!!! The service was by far the absolute WORST that I have EVER experienced. Our waiter had a knack for disappearing and simply not doing his job. Dirty plates were left on our table from our appetizers, drinks were not refilled, we received our bread basket right before our main courses arrived only because we asked. Our entree order was taken only after our appetizers were consumed, so that we had to wait another 45 minutes before dinner arrived. There are other restuarants in the area with food just as good if not better...with much better service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was Okay
    Searchingvb
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I had heard a lot about Eat and decided to give it a try. The appetizers were excellent. I would say that it could use an expanded menu. The desert was the best part of the nite.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome foodie restaurant!
    beachfoodie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Everything that you order here is excellent. They also have some nice wines - limited list, but nice. The specials are always to die for. We went back 2 nights later to try other things that we did not have room for the first night! The service was excellent too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Experience
    Mmmmmmfood
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    After looking into a nice quiet place with good food to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary, we decided to try Eat. We couldn't have been happier with our choice. The wait staff was very friendly and informative. We ordered several dishes and they were all wonderful. The spaghetti was probably the best I have had in a long time. I suggest you make a reservation if you plan on dining there from about 6:30 on as it started to fill up pretty quick. We will be going there again soon. Oh yeah, they just started the Sunday Hamburger event, that should be interesting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must stop!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Possibly the best food in Virginia Beach. When our server said you'll see how good the food was he was dead on! Wine list was extensive and reasonably priced for the quality of wines available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of flavor, great service
    GulleysFoil
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I finally decided to try EAT this trip to Virginia Beach. My husband and I enjoyed a nice quiet meal since we visited after Labor Day. We enjoyed the flavor of a Caprese salad, a garlic Caesar and a goat cheese salad. My husband had the Halibut special of the day and I had the Spaghetti a la Momma. For dessert we enjoyed the grilled butter angel cake with fresh fruit. Our waiter was helpful in advising us about the menu. Service was efficient without being intrusive. We will definitely put it on our must visit list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EAT is fantastic!
    56candyNorthEnderZ
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    EAT is a great beach restaurant with excellent food and service. I like that the lighting is soft and relaxing and the noise level is so quiet and the food is definitely 5 star. I have eaten the best Halibut and crab cake of my entire life at EAT. Their filet mignon is excellent as are there apps, oyster rock and salads. I highly recommend EAT.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT MENU & FOOD
    gargil
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Plenty to choose from - small plates to complete meals. Many unusual items. Wife loved the squid salad - best we had since living in Italy. Same goes for the Caprese salad, which we both had. I even found my favorite wine on the menu - Vino Verde. perfect for the lite dinner we enjoyed. Did not dine on the patio, but it looked very inviting. This was our first visit, but will not be the last.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent and delicious food.
    Gdborges
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great food. Ambiance, decorations and the whole experience were awesome. It was our second time here and ae loved it both visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The restaurant has private parking nor are there any public parking lots in the immediate surrounding blocks. The ambiance is cute but nothing special. The menu's offerings are definitely "foodies" type dishes but the food itself was just OK, especially when you consider the price. None of the dishes "popped." they were simply OK w/ respect to taste. The portion sizes, especially their version of appetizers, are not much more than a single bite. Entrees - Pork chop left a lot of dense pieces of fat on the chop which doesn't lend itself to added flavor since it's not cooked down much. Veggie lasagna was basically a small pile of peppers and zucchini on top of each other (for 23 bucks). We left the restaurant looking for something to "EAT"
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  • Excellent neighborhood restaurant
    DiningwithRonandTerri
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    A regular must for Terri and I. Great bistro menu, bar and specials with a true local appeal. Eric and his staff have it going-on. Highly recommended for a martini and or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply awesome
    MrsAimpVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Everything on the menu is delicious and prepared to perfection! The caprese salad with balsamic beads was to die for. Fresh fish and crab cakes will never let you down!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, solid music
    ShelbiRenae
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I returned to Eat on my second trip to Virginia Beach after my first visit to the restaurant had been exceptional. I brought a work associate and was pleased to see the variety of types of foods at different price ranges. The specials were exceptional as always, the server was very pleasant and knowledgeable, and the music was GREAT. I recommend this to anyone in Virginia Beach who wants a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    Carriebear350
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great menu, I could have chosen 5 different options and been happy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a neat little place
    cardoc
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Everything was just wonderful. The food, the service, the place itself. Great unexpected twists on common dishes. Beautifully done. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and Great Food
    Onlythetruth
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is my 8th visit and EAT continues to impress. Brought a first timer from Norfolk and she was equally impressed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over cooked
    AhahhppVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Tuna was overlooked..... Chef wanted to disagree with me about it and sent it back out. It WAS overlooked considering I asked for it as rare as they could make it.....I have eaten here a lot. Seems like things are going down hill a little. I hope not as I do generally like this place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I loved this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Wow, what an amazing restaurant! I live in Washington, DC and have no shortage of good restaurants to choose from and am not easily impressed, but Eat in Virginia Beach blew me away. The creativity of the dishes, the quality of the ingredients, the generous portions and all for very reasonless prices--well, I was impressed and found myself wishing we had an Eat in DC. My friend and I liked it so much we found ourselves wishing we were going to be in Va Beach a second night, just so we could go back. I know this may sound like hyperbole, but I was really that impressed. Go check out Eat-you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Georgia
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    As always, Eric, Paul, and crew did a fine job of impressing me and my guests!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Secret Revealed
    JeanieBeanie
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Have been coming to Virginia Beach for years and eating at the same places. Discovered this via Open Table--lovely! Great food and opportunity to be outside to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice!
    KevinBuffalo
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Had a really good time and the food was excellent. Amazing Pork Belly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BIRTHDAY DINNER
    BILLBETTY
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good
    sbassin
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet Options & Unusual Combos
    Jonvaca
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ate here before & would do it again
    NAVYRN2VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Great place for local and fresh fish. Funky location but awesome food and service. would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently great
    Dave409
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    BYBY
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Place to Hang Out
    abalinki
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    This place is a true gem hidden away. They have tables basically on the boardwalk and you get a nice breeze while you are there. The menu has just enough to pick from on it. The burgers looked terrific so that's what we ordered. Ordered some onion rings to go with and wasn't disappointed. Do not pass up this place. It is one of the best places there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible Food Right Near Ocean
    hamproadsfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food here was fabulous. The staff was great. We came with our 1 year old and we didn't have any problems. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best on the Boardwalk
    PyatachokVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • old favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent. But where's ....
    OneCheckPlease
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite spot
    Foodfan
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Eat has the BEST food, service and drinks at the beach.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Recommendation by a Local
    FoodServicePassion
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best steak I ever enjoyed.
    MomofSharkBait
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The filet was beautifully cut and perfectly cooked. The chèvre mashers were so good I wanted to cry. A great night of eating!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites!
    eatoutgal
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scrumptious
    ProfessorPiVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Wonderful food! Excellent service and great wine recommendations. We loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a treat!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet