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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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "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.."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Super service, excellent variety... nice night with friends... server very attentive, didn't mis a beat!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Being from New York we had given up looking for a good restaurant until now ask for Diane she is the best"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The food tasted so very fresh and the service was great! A hidden gem!"
    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