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

Mannino's Italian Bistro - Kempsville

  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Mannino's Italian Bistro - Kempsville reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (45)fit for foodies (23)special occasion (20)notable wine list (16)good for groups (14)romantic (11)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • First time and we really enjoyed it!!
    Neka
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    First time at the restaraunt and they had excellent customer service everyone was friendly. Food was excellent especially the meatballs. Really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, as always.
    Raymundo
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    When we have out of town guests, we take them to Mannino's. The quality of the food, from the appetizers to the entrees to the specials, is always top rate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday night at Mannino's
    JodyG37
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Often, we select the Friday Night special entrée and are never disappointed. The dinners we had last Friday night were delicious and our waitress was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    MRL2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This restaurant was recommended to me on deployment and it tastes almost exactly like the food you'd get in Italy. I've come here over 10 times and I'd rank it one of my favorite restaurants. The only reason I ranked it 4 out of 5 stars was because our server was new and kept apologizing to us for their being so many people which was why there was a bit of a delay in receiving out different courses of food. It's okay to apologize, just not everytime you come to the table. He also accidentally called out the bartender for being new when I asked about our drinks. New guy learning maybe should have had been given service to the tables in the smaller room for him to manage. Overall still a wonderful food dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    Ltoplee
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food was good and a good selection of dishes. Special of the night was pork chops. Two people in our party ordered this special and both said the flavor was bland and we're both disappointed. Prices a little high for the portion size.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mannino's Bistro Kempsville
    JodyG37
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Mannino's Kempsville location is one of our favorite spots for a Friday evening dinner. Although the interior isn't elegant, the food is wonderful and we are never disappointed. We took 4 out-of-town friends there and they thoroughly enjoyed everything about their meals.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great food & service
    ChoosyFoody
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I love to take family and friends for their first time at Mannino's. They are always impressed with the high quality and distinctive menu. Everything is always exceptionally delicious. And the service is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Mannino's
    Lynn
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We haved dined here many times and the food and service has always been excellent. On this particular occasion I ordered the Linguini with White Clam Sauce (my go to meal)...It was yummy as always but I noted that there was a substantial lack of clams in the dish....The majority of the clams were in the shell surrounding the dish....Once I had eaten them, the clams in the dish were sparse. Otherwise everything was super as always!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Surprise
    MandL
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We ate an Mannino's and found it to be such a wonderful experience. It is deceiving in the location, to think the space would be so attractive and peaceful. Whatever you do, order the crab soup.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is always good
    GoodVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food is good...but the prices keep going up and the portions keep getting smaller. We have been coming here since it opened and we do enjoy it. Service want great Friday night and it wasn't that busy. But a salad, soup, and two entrees with no wine or tea and our bill was $65. Used to be $40 for the same thing...I wouldn't mind but the portions are getting smaller.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday dinner...
    JodyG37
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We were three for my birthday dinner and the good, as always was great and our waiter was excellent and attentive throughout our meal; however, the atmosphere is rather dowdy. It's time to spiffy up the Kempsville location a bit so that it has an updated look rather than time-worn, please. Also, it might be a nice touch to offer a little cupcake or something for special occasions?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Dinner
    adb41
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Went for a Friday night dinner for the first time and took my elderly mother and met my best friend. We had a nice corner booth. Started with their own Chianti, then the famous she-crab soup which was one of the best I have ever had. Everyone had something different and there was not a bad meal among us, and the portions were huge so there was plenty to bring home for leftovers. Server Diane was attentive, knowledgeable and personable and was happy to repeat the specials when asked. Overall it was a wonderful evening and I will definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy delight
    Pastafan
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I first tried the food at an Italian festival and decided to try the restaurant. I'm glad I did, the food was excellent as well as the service. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    foodie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    She crab soup is outstanding with large pieces of crab - a must for every visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nothing short of amazing
    married10years
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I took my wife here for our tenth wedding anniversary. Not only was the food great, the service was amazing. The wait staff even signed an anniversary card for us. The atmosphere was nice and quiet, no loud obnoxious music. Great find, slightly pricey, but you get what you pay for.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    This was my first visit to Mannino's! The food and wait staff were great as well as the prices being so reasonable. We went on a Monday and were pleasantly surprised by wine prices that evening! Great atmosphere for a girl's night out, date night or family gathering. I will definitely be returning and bringing more people to experience this yummy Italian restaurant!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mannino's Bistro
    JodyG37
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We love the food at Mannino's but wish the Kempsville location were renovated inside for ambiance.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pinerguy
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Service was outstanding as was the food. There was a birthday party celebration going on in the dining area and the noise level was moderate to loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ALWAYS EXCELLENT FOOD AND SERVICE.
    Willie4Ag
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Been here countless times and always have had a excellent visit. My favorites or Chef specials are excellent and on the mark. Great food, service and great value. The love of a Mom and Pop place to frequent because you know it will be right.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mannino's Bistro Kempsville
    JodyG37
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We eat here frequently because the food is always great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MANNINOS
    OLSENfam
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Me and my husband were seated in back area and were greeted promptly by our server. An older women with light blonde hair. She was very sweet and attentive! Looking in their drink menu i didn't see a wide variety of beers, i was looking for more craft beers or ciders, which bummed me out. So me and hubby stuck with waters. I like the bread they served, little hard to chew but taste good with the oil to dip. Our appetizer was very good. We got the sausage, peppers, onion marinara sauce thing lol i don't remember the name exactly but it was quite good. My dinner was a stuffed chicken Marsala, so so very tasty. My husband got something called "Steves special" He said this was very bland..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Italian food
    JimRVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a very nice meal with excellent service. The fried oysters were amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mannino's Bistro Kempsville
    JodyG37
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This was another of our many visits to Mannino's Bistro for excellent food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Casual atmosphere, excellent food
    ChoosyFoody
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I agree...the best she crab soup anywhere. Always a great menu. Difficult to decide on what to get. High quality, freshly made. Worth the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very good
    sbgal
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My husband and I recently had dinner here. We love Italian food and are always looking for a good restaurant. Manninos didn't disappoint. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. The service was excellent. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • njwandererVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Our meals were outstanding! My husband and I both had tortellini, but with different sauces. Our server Bailey was great. If we are ever back in Virginia Beach, we would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mannino's Friday-Standing Date...
    JodyG37
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We love Mannino's (Kempsville location), visit almost every Friday night for dinner whether for a light fare of drinks, appetizer and soup/salad, or for a full-course meal, including the wonderful specials. My favorite salad is the apple, gorgonzola, while my husband is in love with the crab soup. For full dinner fare, I love the stack, or the flounder when on special, and my husband loves the veal dishes. You can't go wrong with Mannino's because the chef is awesome, the service is excellent and the atmosphere is homey. The only improvement I would make would be to make the booths a bit more comfortable; they tend to compromise an otherwise excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal
    rich
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Super service, excellent variety... nice night with friends... server very attentive, didn't mis a beat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok.... But not what expected
    Debsmith
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We heard very good things of this resturant so we tried it out!!! The good was good but not for the price. Expected business casual and it was a casual resturant. There was a baby screaming at times. Expected higher class of atmosphere. Waiter nice but did not bring our leftovers. He would do good with more training...seemed nervous! Would not recommend...too pricey for quantity and quality of food.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good food at Mannino's
    TazGirl
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Mannino's always has a wonderful selection of dishes on the menu. We have been dining there for years and have never been disappointed. Most family birthdays are celebrated at Mannino's and the staff are always extremely courteous and attentive. I can't wait to try the new oceanfront location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 117 reviews are from the Mannino's Italian Bistro - Kempsville reviews archive.
  • 35 year wedding anniversary
    Bsquare
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Stephanie and Chef Mike took great care us as we celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary. We had eaten here before so we knew the atmosphere, food and staff were awesome however, this time was even better. They gave us a nice card signed by all employees (nice touch) thanking us for celebrating our special day with them. Stephanie took great care of us and was very attentive. The meal was fantastic and after dinner Chef Mike took the time to visit our table and congratulate us. They sent us home with a complimentary desert which was outstanding. Thanks to all for making an already special day even more special. We had a great time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sona Bona
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Took some time to find but we were seated immediately even though we were early for our reservàtion. The Special were explained and we were given time to decide. We had the strawberry salad which wads delicious. Our entrees came shortly after and were hot and very good. Water glasses were filled but no ice. We opted for The cheesecàke and it was a good choice. Since everything is ala carte it was a bit pricey but found out they are opening a new one closer to us and would should definitely try it again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A True Gem
    tinkerv23
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loved it!
    LaurensDad
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    jennymcg
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service ruined it
    Wanted2Celebrate
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent dining experience
    MLS53
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Completely enjoyed my birthday celebration dinner with another couple. No complaints. Excellent food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just a bad night?
    MDavis
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not ready for Elton John Concert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st time dining
    Workoutgirl
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Food and waitstaff were all wonderful. Will be going back again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.