Hot Tuna
Hot Tuna

Hot Tuna

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hottunavb.com/
  • Phone: (757) 481-2888
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30am-2:30pm; Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm, Sunday 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Todd Ramsey & Raliegh Rives
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We can cater any function. Birthdays, weddings, rehearsals, graduations and many more.
  • Private Party Facilities: There are only a handful of restaurants in the entire country that can offer you a fantastic dining experience as well as provide you with some of the best entertainment around. We have been giving our guests fantastic Food, Wine, & Spirits since 1992.
  • Private Party Contact: Manager 7574812888
  • Entertainment: Live bands- The best in live local entertainment, every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. Please check our website for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Great Neck Road/Shore Drive
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free on site parking available.
A word from Hot Tuna
'Stop by and find out why Southern Living Magazine calls this restaurant the place to stop when in Virginia Beach. This restaurant is famous for offering the freshest yellowfin tuna available, as well as serving delicious Hereford Organic Beef, homemade pasta dishes, beer battered shrimp, and homemade desserts, such as key lime pie and carrot cake.' - Yahoo Travel
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Hot Tuna reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (28)hot spot (23)vibrant bar scene (21)good for groups (20)fit for foodies (17)special occasion (16)late-night find (11)kid-friendly (5)romantic (4)great for outdoor dining (4)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (2)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Consistently good!
    Pamela156
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I can count on Hot Tuna for having the best variety on their menu. It is always delicious & service is excellent! We go often & can always be seated even the last minute. The management is the best & LOVE the selection of music they play. You never have an issue with trying to hear the conversation at your table because of loud music in the dining room. We will however, hear a band after 9:00 on weekends and Wednesday night's in the bar which is loud, and is expected. There is a mixed age group, comfortable for any guest. They do have outdoor seating that can be protected with the clear shades and enclosed for warmth, in cooler nights. Always have a great happy hour that includes a price reduction on some appetizers . LOVE THEM!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot Tuna Never Disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Hot Tuna continues to be one of my favorite restaurants in VB. The food and service is always great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Entertainment was outstanding!
    JTLT
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We visited Hot Tuna for dinner with friends & ended up staying till 9pm because we just wanted to hear more of the live music!! A young lady singing & playing guitar. It was awesome. Not a big, loud rock band with electrical everything - just her amazing voice & acoustic guitar. Very nice! Food was great and service was great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food
    Luvhottuna
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We enjoyed all dishes ordered and waitress was excellent and attentive
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Evening
    WMGMCGVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Our server was Chad. We always ask for him if he is working. He takes good care of us. We got a cheddar burger, good but a little under cooked. I asked for medium but maybe next time should ask for medium well . The other entree was cedar salmon and it was very good. We like the location which is very close for us and our friends that meet us there usually walk . We had a great Friday evening and of course will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try the Baja Fish Tacos!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Definitely try the Pretzel Encrusted Salmon and ask for extra honey dijon aioli. Its so good that you could lick that stuff off a boot. Their Baja Fish Tacos are amazing--I do wish that they offered a beer battered version. Don't bother ordering the seasonal veggies because they're never properly seasoned. There is nothing worse than zucchini without salt and pepper!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite place
    Luvhottuna15
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Come here often. Mother in law is from Chicago and it's one of her favorite restaurants to made reservations for her 65th birthday. Very pleased! They decorated the table with a small bouquet of fresh red roses! And put a candle in her desert. Of course we loved the good like always.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, outstanding service
    donprocrastinati
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We were seated next to the bar which wasn't overly noisy, but not exactly quiet. It was a friday night, so it was understandable. The calamari was crisp and fresh with a very spicy sauce for dipping. The she crab soup was pretty good, a little salty, but otherwise delicious. The PEI muscles were fantastic and very fresh. The yellowfin tuna sandwich was fresh and tasty and came with a seasoned mayonnaise that complimented the sandwich well. The seasoned squash and zucchini was delicious with just a touch too much pepper. There was only one very brief point in the evening where we wondered where our waitress was, but overall she was very attentive. I will recommend this restaurant to all my friends, family, and coworkers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • localguyVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We enjoyed the grouper special, crabcakes and salmon. All were delicious. We also had the Oysters Rock. which were great as usual. Looking forward to the next visit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb Food, Service & Experience
    JTrenary
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Everything was on point when we dined at Hot Tuna for dinner. Our server was extremely knowledgeable, attentive and professional. The food was out of this world. The Chesapeake Crab dip was so good that I had to constantly check myself to make sure I wasn't inhaling it. We went with specials, all of which were fantastic. Everything here was great and I would recommend to anyone that loves seafood and a good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and fun
    Matrix02
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was really good and reasonably priced. Also had a very good cocktail menu. Very good place to go with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best seafood in years
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I eat seafood 2 or 3 times a week and this by far the best restaurant seafood I have had in years. Their quality is unbeatable and the friendliness was overwhelmingly amazing. We celebrated our 2 yr anniversary and they brought us a bottle of champagne to celebrate. Also the manager of the restaurant personally came to our table to wish a happy anniversary and make sure we enjoyed our meal. The vibe throughout the entire restaurant felt family friendly. The bar is separated from the restaurant so you do not get disturbed by bar members while eating. Will be returning frequently and would recommend to every person I know. Best night out since we moved to VA.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Find
    LuvVaBch
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Always great and always a treat - don't miss out on this terrific restaurant and neighborhood gem - plus the place always rocks!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was EXCELLENT!!!!
    Dollbaby
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My family and i really enjoyed ourselves. I was surprised with the casual attire in comparison to the pictures of the atmosphere that I saw, however the food was PHENOMENAL!!!! THE service was great and the prices are very reasonable. And the DJ was an added bonus!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • localguyVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We enjoyed the cedar planked grouper and it was so moist and delicious. We had great service too. Looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome time!
    3birthdays
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We came from Richmond to celebrate 3 bdays and see Snackbar Jones, the service was outstanding (best waitress ever) food was great, table was in a perfect spot to enjoy the band. We are coming back again for sure!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Night Life
    Justmarried
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The music was so loud we couldn't hear the waitress talking or ourselves and this was before the band started to play. The menu is not very detailed. Then lighting was so dark I couldn't see the menu. It was also very hot on the bar side where the restrooms are. Again, before the band played. Great music though. Its a great place to club!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Choice
    Ahmedra
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The food was superb from appetizer to dessert. Nothing we ordered was bad - we would highly recommend the Baja Fish Tacos!!! The only thing better than the food was the service - it was outstanding! Our server was friendly and inviting. We will definitely be returning to Hot Tuna.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was average, maybe a bit overpriced too. I was disappointed in my seafood special ($29) and I feel it could have had more flavor and a bit bigger serving size. We had the oysters as an appetizer and the strawberry cake for dessert (two best part of our meals!). I would go back here, but I would try something like a burger or fish tacos.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • VA Beach Favorite
    Erick
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The Food, Beverage, and staff are wonderful at this "Hot" spot. Not our first time here, and definitely not our last. Outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    KayCiVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was delicious. I had the soft crab shell special for dinner and the coconut shrimp for appetizers. You will not be disappointed with whatever you choose for your meal! The service was impeccable. Our waitress Melissa was great! I will defintley go back next time I'm in VA Beach.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 288 reviews are from the Hot Tuna reviews archive.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Came here a couple of years ago and loved it. Put it on our list of places to eat again while in VB; very disappointed. "Large plate" of food overpriced for what you get. Service was very good, food disappointing. Stick to the VB restaurants on Atlantic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific Seafood in VA Beach
    KCMOFoodie15VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Hot Tuna lived up to every review I'd read and our waiter exceeded even those expectations. My family and I were in Virginia Beach on vacation and were looking for a great spot were locals go to enjoy great food at a fair price - that's Hot Tuna. We started with the hot pretzels and crab dip - amazing. I asked if I could just have grilled tuna with veggies - no problem whatsoever. The house made sangria described in so many reviews was also terrific. Don't miss Hot Tuna when you are in Virginia Beach, VA
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Accommodating!!
    Hailey63
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This was my first time dining at Hot Tuna since the menu had changed and I was very distraught that my Bacon Wrapped Scallops were no longer on the menu! I asked my server about it and the kitchen actually made them for me even though they weren't on the menu any longer! I was ecstatic!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun, friendly and fantastic food
    JoeFish
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Great fresh seafood with other menu options. Vegetarian and Gulten Free menu options. Table and booth seating options in an upscale casual setting with a lively bar area. Some patio seating also available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow Night Out
    HIC67
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Our waiter was top notch. The food was outstanding. We were pampered through our dining experience. We felt very special.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will not disappoint
    Trisha1VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great food and drinks. Super happy hour times! Calamari is fabulous! Have not had anything that we did not thoroughly enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    loved everything. but the waitress did get one order wrong. did not blacken the fish. and the noise level in dining area is loud. very hard to talk to person next to you.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    Rabs
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Everything on the menu is delicious, fresh, and cooked perfectly (they nail "medium rare" both on steak and seafood). I have never been disappointed with a meal at the Hot Tuna (and I've been a patron for almost 20 years). Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New menu
    Beachdiner
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Unfortunately, they are changing their menu and taking off items that keep the locals returning.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always on point
    Hailey63
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We come for the bacon-wrapped scallops but stay for everything else. I love everything about this restaurant and love how much they can cater to my friends' and family's needs as they cannot have gluten for health reasons. The atmosphere is always perfect and the drinks are creative and delicious and pair nicely with the courses offered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great local spot away from beach
    JackieVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Hot Tuna is obviously popular with the locals and we can see why. Very good food and great, personable staff.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Drinks and waitress good. Food was not so good. I'd go back for drinks.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just a great restaurant
    Charlie
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    This is the best off beaten place to eat. Don't l;et the shoppin g center setting trick you. Bar, food and ambience are awesome. A great time for just any occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Visiting Sales Team Dinner
    BeachBum
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    My sales team from NoVA loved it - restored their faith in VA Beach dining. Swore they would return with spouses and families to experience Hot Tuna again. From the seared tuna, to cedar plank salmon to the "crazy good" cappuccino cheesecake (homemade by the owners Mom!!), the food was to die for! No water view, but who needs it with food and service this good!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT!
    Luie
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Very friendly and professional staff. Great food, great ambiance and great drinks!! Outstanding!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Local Place!!!!
    LuvItalian
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We stopped in at the recommendation of our realtor and it was fabulous - far exceeded our expectations! Menu offered nice variety at good prices. I got the grilled fish (mahi) tacos and my husband had the calamari - both were fresh and delicious. Woman next to us got crab cake sandwich that made me wish I had gotten the same - it was huge and looked like it was loaded with lump backfin (will definitely order next time). I also got the HT glass with yummy sangria and will get happy hour prices every time I bring my glass back in (great deal)! Ambiance was really nice too. Service was outstanding and manager stopped by our table for a visit. Hot Tuna rivals some of the best restaurants we've experienced in DC and Baltimore!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great anniversary dinner @ Hot Tuna
    JoeS
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    We had a great meal and great service from Chad. We had seafood specials and fajitas. All fantastic.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food, outstanding service
    donprocrastinati
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We were seated very quickly by the very nice and polite manager. The cedar plank rockfish I ordered was simply amazing. Packed with flavor and cooked to perfection, my taste buds were delighted in how delicious it was. Even the green beans were perfect. The mojitos here are all they said they'd be and more. My fiance was pleased with his burger too; and the shark bite mixed drink was really cool with the little plastic shark full of grenadine to pour into the drink. Overall, I would give this restaurant a standing ovation for great food, excellent service, and a great menu to choose from. Definitely a highly recommended restaurant I will suggest to my friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sangria is awesome
    WinterdaughterVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I went here on a recommendation for the sangria and seafood-The sangria was one of the best ever. The signature crab/green tomato appetizer was very good but the special rockfish of the day on a cedar plank was too smoky and maybe just a bit undercooked. I really like the decor and it wasnt too noisy as it was Thursday night and we left before 9 pm. The wait staff was very nice. I think I would try this place again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate