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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
  • Email: manninositalianbistro@gmail.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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "She Crab soup to die for.. Chicken Francese wonderful... Tortellini... awesome. Its truly a great restaurant. Worth going to over and over and over again. We love it and have never had a bad meal."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We have wanted to come here for over a year. Everyone was highly recommending them they were not wrong . We had an amazing meal as well as the cocktails and service were great. We will be coming back and bringing more friends with us. Thank you for a great evening."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the evening, we've been there many time and also enjoyed their food. Usually ordered whatever was their special that evening. This time it was restaurant week, so they had a special menu in addition to their regular menu. I had the mozzarella appetizer, and the veal and sausage special. Both were exceptional. They are well known for their veal dishes. Highly recommend Mannino's for any occasion. A great local spot for good Italian food."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We've been here before. Went and tried the restaurant week 20 dollar selections at the Kempsville location. Good food. Waitress Dianne was very pleasant and attentive. She Crab soup was very rich with a lot of crab meat. Tortolini was very tasty. House Chianti not bad. Back room can get a little crowded and noisy Overall very good. Made the reservation with OpenTable and not a problem......."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "The outside of the restaurant is an unassuming strip mall. However the food is excellent! They make several of their items in-house like mozzarella and sausage which I love about them. Definitely a hidden gem!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Great food, great service. The clientele was a little mixed. I saw the restaurant's website and decided to dress up halfway nice and there were other people also dressed nice and some in jeans and a t-shirt. I recommend this place very highly but please don't dress like a slob because it ruins it for those of us that go there for a romantic evening."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "I have never had anything that was NOT 100% delicious and mouth watering. The Calamari is always crisp and perfectly cooked. The fresh mozzarella salad is creamy perfection. I have had the pleasure of dining there more than a few times and have always had a wonderful experience. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the food and the wine, service is never slow and the food is a true Italian experience and the prices are very reasonable. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone and everyone."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Although a bit pricey for everyday dining, Restaurant Week provided a terrific value for fine Italian food. Service was pleasant and attentive. Food was excellent with the Shecrab soup being the table favorite."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "We typically dine with our family of 3, including a preschooler, however today we dined with a group of 8. Everyone loved their food, pricing is reasonable and service was detailed and on top of it! I highly recommend."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "We have come here on several occasions. It is always wonderful. Service is great and food always tastes fresh and delicious."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Outstanding Italian restaurant. Excellent food and service. Crab soup is exceptional."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "This is always a good, if not great, place to eat. It's easy to miss if you are driving from the east. It's worth several U turns to make it back! The food is always fresh and freshly prepared. If you luck out and the lobster Mac and cheese is on the special board then by all means get it. The wait staff is professional and you get this this very warm feeling about them. They are always attentive but you never feel like they hover. They are friendly and engaging but never intrusive."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Food was excellent (always is). I ordered pasta special, when check came price on board ($24.99)and price on check ($28.99)did not match. I was told it was a computer error and being corrected. It was after 7:00 pm, and I am the first to notice? Drinks-wife and I ordered two martinis with house vodka. Charged extra for Grey Goose. Waiter told me I requested "high end" vodka. I requested "house" vodka. So total price for 2 martinis $25.00 ($9.50 each plus $3.00 each for Grey Goose). After discussion with manager, waiter still insisted I asked for "high end". I said "i drank it, so I will pay for it." But $25 for two martinis is approaching NYC pricing."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "We've eaten many times at Mannino's, & it's always great!"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "My friend took me this restaurant on a Thursday evening for my birthday and it was excellent!! The food and service was incredible! So wonderful that I went back on Friday with my husband! The service and good was just as great!!!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "This was our 5th trip to the Kempsville location. As usual the food and service was impeccable. I had the Pollo Portofino and it was delicious. My wife had the Linguine con Vongole with red sauce which she enjoyed immensely. Our server, Stephanie, was very attentive without being at all intrusive."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "since we found this little gem which is tucked in off the main road, we've enjoyed each and every meal. we found our waitress to be very helpful with dinner suggestions and have always asked for her when we go there."
    Dined on 11/23/2013