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Mannino's Italian Bistro - Kempsville
Mannino's Italian Bistro - Kempsville

Mannino's Italian Bistro - Kempsville Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://manninositalianbistro.com
  • Phone: (757) 474-4446
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: John M. Mannino
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Mannino's Italian Bistro - Kempsville
The experienced Culinary team of Chefs John R. Mannino & John M. Mannino (Father & Son Respectively) have partnered with Sommelier Daris Gavin to open New "Olde World Style" Italian Bistros. The goal was to give patrons Great Italian food at a reasonable price point with wine choices to match. We… are sure that the Mannino’s Italian Bistro Family will work with great passion & attention to detail to try and ensure that our guest develop a sense of home and comfort while enjoying their dining experience. John R. spent time at many restaurants both locally (Nicholas’ at the Omni, La Bella Italia, Café Society {Executive Chef}, Bodegas & 456 Fish) and nationally (Lacey’s Restaurant/ Manhattan & East of Athens/ Long Island). John M Mannino is an Honors Graduate of Culinary Institute of America. He was the Executive Chef of Bodega & 4 5 6 Fish prior to opening Mannino's. John M also won the Inaugural 2012 Taste of Hamptonroads Iron Chef competition.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I cannot say enough good about Mannino's...the waitress (Diane) was awesome, the food was awesome and we cannot wait to go back. The little extras (homemade mozzarella for example), wine brought in from Italy, the warm delicious bread, veggie and cheese appetizer spread (super yummy) and all the waitress' recommendations were spot on."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "This restaurant is amazing! The pasta and sauce is made on premises! Everything is fresh, and delicious! The BEST Italian food in Tidewater, hands down! Our waitress was great, she was there for every need.... everyone there was just amazing. I will definitely be back with the family!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Food was as good as you get in Italy. Went with a group of 6 who choose 6 different plates. I don't usually order linguini with white clam sauce but it was the best plate on our table. Veal was very tender and perfectly cooked. I will warn you, it is a bit pricey but definitely worth it. Our waitress was great. Totally professional. She knew the menu and was passionate about the food."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We have eaten here before and went for an anniversary dinner. The wait staff completely ruined it. She was training a new staff member and was completely over the top and intrusive. Had to read the specials off the board (which I was completely capable of) and struggled with that. Related every choice and detail to it being her ABSOLUTE FAVORITE (not interested in what you like and where you like to sit). It was to the point where I wanted to pull the trainee aside and tell her, "everything she's doing, don't do that when you have your own tables". I am not a difficult customer and usually enjoy dining, but this killed it. Our appetizer of Zucchini and Mozzarella was delicious. The Scampi was breaded and fried -ick."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We got to the restaurant at 6PM (6PM reservation) and an 8PM Elton John concert. We were immediately seated and our drink and apps orders were taken. It took 45 minutes to get us our drinks and then we got our apps even later. We hurried through our dinner and got to the show at 815. Very disappointing. The manager was the only bar tender and he said he didnt remember the date of the show. We were bummed to miss the first three songs of the concert."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Completely enjoyed my birthday celebration dinner with another couple. No complaints. Excellent food."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Worst service I have ever had in a restaurant. Manager blamed himself and said he hadn't staffed sufficiently in light of the nearby concert (that my party of 4 was also attending), but this went far beyond that. Our waitress was completely clueless and attempted to blame everyone else (the bar is slow, the kitchen is backed up) for her own inadequacies. After one hour and 25 minutes they comp'd us our food and put it in boxes to go. Made us a half hour late to our concert. In fairness, when I reheated my dinner at 11 p.m. that night, it was very tasty. Still, we won't go back. There are too many great dining options in Virginia Beach."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Food and waitstaff were all wonderful. Will be going back again."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This is the first time we have been to this restaurant. And even though they had several large parties going on, the service was excellent and the food was delicious. The presentation was good. And the waitstaff were eager to please. We had a thoroughly enjoyable dinner. Would definitely recommend to our friends."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This is the first time we have ever eaten in a restaurant near home based solely on website/on-line reviews. The meal was fantastic as well as our server Stephanie and her trainee Kim. The food is simply outstanding; very fresh, well seasoned and prepared and served hot. I rate the food quality and service five stars!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "First time at Mannino's in Kempsville (have been to the Thoroughgood one several times). Service actually better than the other one, and the food was excellent. Will definitely return when we're in the area."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Made reservations online and mentioned the retirement celebration. No note of that taken by Maninno's, didn't really expect anything. Great food, great wine, fair seating near the waitress station. Outstanding service. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We love the Monday wine night! My husband and I do a full date day once a month. Go for massages in the afternoon then Mannino's for dinner. We also try and do the cooking classes with a group of friends! If you've never been to Mannino's GO you won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "food was good. service as friendly and attentive. she crab soup amazing as always."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Another great dinner at Mannino's. This time was for a business meeting and everyone loved it. All the food was outstanding."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • " The food is outstanding. This place we will continue to frequent."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We dined here months ago and were amazed at how good the food was. We were equally amazed this time as well. The quality of the food and consistency of the wonderful flavors is just phenomenal. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The food quality was excellent. The gorgonzola and apple salad was one of the best salads I have ever had at any restaurant. Chicken parmesan and flounder were outstanding. Service was excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Every time we've gone to Mannino's it has been a good experience with great food. You can't go wrong eating here."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Someone from Italy once told us the best Italian restaurants in the US are in non-descript neighborhood shopping centers. We've found that to be true, but this one really stands out. The nuance in the food, and its range are both outstanding. Our server Courtney was wonderful as well. This is the kind of place where you can return again and again, and it will be special every time."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The food tasted so very fresh and the service was great! A hidden gem!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We can always depend on having a wonderful meal and a relaxed, enjoyable time. It's the first place we think of for a special occasion."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "We dined at Mannino's on 15 March 2015 for our pre-Shamrock Half carb dinner. The salmon, white bean, and leek soup is one of the best soups I have ever tasted! I love their Caprese Salad. Their pasta dishes are fresh and savory with good portions. Diane provided excellent service. Thank you Mannino's!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "she crab soup, pecan apple salad, and entries were fantastic!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We gathered to celebrate as a family and our server , Diane, was perfect. We had asked for an out of the way table, and were given the best one of its type. Diane we attentive, knowledgable, and added to our enjoyment of a happy occasion with her warmth and suggestions. We had a great time, as always."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This was my second time dining at Mannino's in Kempsville and it was wonderful. Our waitress was very attentive and the specials were amazing! The lump crab stuffed Mahi was perfection :)"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We shared an appetizer (Prosciutto & Mozzarella), salads (Caprese and the house), and then our entree's (Nancy had the chicken parm and I had one of the specials for the evening, Crab Norfolk). I kid about remembering the ten top meals I have had in my 57 years. One of them got bumped from the list after our evening at Maninno's. Each dish was delicious in its own right. That being said, the food could have been mediocre and we still would have had a wonderful evening thanks to the exceptional service Amy provided. What a gem she is."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "First visit to this small but quaint restaurant. Food and service were excellent. Everything was made to order and delicious as well as reasonably priced. Amy our server was very attentive and friendly. Will return for more!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We were there for the Spay-ghetti night and had a wonderful time! Our group of six were treated well, seated quickly, and ate incredibly well! Terri, our waitress, was very friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. My fiance and I have been there several times but it was the first time for some in our party and they were highly impressed. We will definitely return and soon!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Our group had a very time. We enjoyed our meals and wine. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "We have never had a bad evening . There food and service is always top notch."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "A perennial favorite. Good food. Good service. A very good evening."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had dined a few years ago here and the food was just ok and too noisy. But Friday night was fantastic food and wine was very good and great service on a busy night."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "While my sister was visiting we treated her to dinner at Mannino's. She loves it here as do we!!! My husband had veal parm….his favorite and at every bite…unusual for him!! My sister had a chicken and pasta dish which she loved and I had my favorite….linguine with white clam sauce. It was awesome as always but I was disappointed in the number of clams outside the shell seemed to have decreased since last visit. Mannino's has great Italian food and its proximity to our home makes it convenient for a casual nite out or special occasion"
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "This is our second time visiting Mannino's and the wife and I had an outstanding experience. The food was top notch and the service as well. We will definitely be back with friends in tow."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The menu, though not very long, is full of outstanding selections to satisfy a wide variety of tastes. As usual when I visit Mannino's Italian Bistro, I ordered mostly from the list of weekend specials. This time, the New England style Mahi chowder was a terrific opening on a cold winter night. The salad was their own house made smoked mozzarella cap rise stack, which had a very unique taste. For entrees, I chose the stuffed pork loin, and my wife had the lobster stuffed shells. I usually take something home from dinner at Mannino's, but this time I finished everything right there in the restaurant! It was so good that I could not put down my fork. I know from previous visits that they make terrific desserts, but not this time."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We had found Manino's on the VA Beach Restaurant Week list, and we were glad that we did!! The food is amazing! Each course was better than the one before! Delicious mozzarella and prosciutto, sausage and peppers, amazing pasta dishes, and desserts that capped off the meal wonderfully made us very happy customers! We will be going back!!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Saw this spot on the Restaurant Week list and decided I had to try it. Service was great, I met the manager who was very nice and friendly, and the appetizer was good, entree was also good and the dessert was decent. I'll come back to visit."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We are out-of-towners, and we met VA Beach local friends for an evening meal. I chose Mannino's because on TripAdvisor, it is rated #1 out of more than 1200 VA Beach area restaurants. Thus, I expected outstanding food and service. I had lasagne and a caesar salad. The lasagne was good, but I've had better. Same for the caesar salad. My wife had eggplant parmesan over penne pasta, and a caesar salad. Her experience was the same as mine...both good, but not great. On a 1-10 scale, I rate Mannino's a 6 or 7 out out 10."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The food was outstanding and so was the service! Need I say more"
    Dined on 1/16/2014