Mannino's Italian Bistro - Olde Towne Portsmouth
Mannino's Italian Bistro - Olde Towne Portsmouth

Mannino's Italian Bistro - Olde Towne Portsmouth

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.manninositalianbistro.com/
  • Phone: 7579667522
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Mannino's Italian Bistro - Olde Towne Portsmouth
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 WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Mannino's Italian Bistro - Olde Towne Portsmouth reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)special occasion (18)fit for foodies (18)good for groups (12)romantic (9)great for outdoor dining (8)great for lunch (7)notable wine list (7)hot spot (5)late-night find (3)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Luv2doWIneVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Had a delicious dinner here with friends while visiting Portsmouth. The food was freshly made, the service was excellent and we all enjoyed our meals. Wine list is overpriced for the selections offered so be prepared. We enjoy ourselves and will be returning when back in the Portsmouth area. Highly recommend.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Italian
    gypsyuno
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    While in the area on business I decided to try this place. It’s a fairly small street front bistro; there is a small parking lot behind it and street parking was not a problem on a weekday evening. They were already fairly busy at 6:30 and my service was slow at first. I had a cup of the crab soup and it was outstanding. For the main I had the Linguine Frutta de Mare and it was excellent too. The Mannino Chianti, at $10 a glass, was the most expensive wine by the glass on the ‘reds’ menu. The pours were skimpy, I’d say barely 4 ounces, but the wine was good. This was a delicious meal in a nice setting, although the atmosphere isn’t anything special. Noise level was fairly loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bon appétit!
    septemberchild1945
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I've dined at Mannino's frequently and have yet to be disappointed. The quality of the food is outstanding and service is exceptionally good. Both are consistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oysters to die for
    nightlight
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The fried oyster dish was spectacular. The sauce was one that requires you to use your bread and leave nothing on the plate. The oysters tasted 'clean' and light. The presentation was fitting the quality of the dish. Next time go I will have the oysters and a bottle of wine......and that will be divine!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    OchomamaVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal here. The crab soup is delicious, but very rich - a cup is enough. We had specials - scallops and a shrimp and italian sausage pasta dish and both were very good. The service was nice and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Love the bread, gorgonzola salad, and fried green tomatoes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We were a group of 8. Our waitress was competent, helpful and pleasant. All food arrived as ordered and was coordinated well for a fairly large group. All enjoyed the meal immensely. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Terrible service. Waited 10 minutes to be noticed for seating for a 6:00 pm Monday night reservation for 6 (others waiting too) no greeting, nearly empty restaurant. Walter forgot us, waited 30 minutes for dessert had to go in search of waiter. Hope they pull it together--crab soup great.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable
    foodieloveswine
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Our family was looking for a nice Italian restaurant to dine while we were visiting the area. The menu includes all the traditional items the teens love as well as chef specialities that the adults enjoy. The wait staff was very attentive and the food was very good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem in Portsmouth
    nativeitalian
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Lovely place with a friendly bar tender who made a rose out of a paper napkin for me. Dinner was delicious, especially the eggplant parmesan which my husband ate without reserve because it tasted just like the way "real Italians" make it. He's from italy and knows real Italian food!! My lasagna was divine as were the other dishes ordered. I never tasted such good she crab soup before in my life; it was loaded with crab meat. Excellent food, wine, service and dining experience. Will definitely go back there again to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best ever she-crab soup
    Marnie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We drive all the way from Greenbrier to go to Mannino's in Olde Town. The atmosphere is charming with the natural brick walls and eclectic artwork. Whenever we have out of town company, we take them to Mannino's for the she-crab soup because it is nothing short of exquisite. And...it is always hot when it arrives at your table...which is greatly appreciated.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing, as always!
    Kaydee757VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We consistently have delicious food and good service here. Although the ambiance is fit for date night, we bring our young son and it's completely fitting for families as well. If you have not tried Mannino's make it a priority!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We sat at the bar and Brooke was great. She is always is very attentive. Food was also as good as the service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • KYC
    KMYC
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Our service was exceptional. We were a group of 8. Our order was taken quickly and all food delivered hot and delicious. Everyone was pleased with the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding!!
    luvitaliano
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a party of 6 and the food and service were outstanding!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent food and service
    luvitaliano
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Manninos is a great place to have dinner. We ate outside and it was a great evening! Food was awesome and so was the waitress!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stopped by while traveling
    technosportsVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We made a quick reservation here because it was close by our hotel. Easy in for a Friday night. Service was impressive from the start. Food was also excellent and they had a very nice wine list. If I lived in Portsmouth I make this place a regular stop for dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful meal!
    TravelCharlie
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Recommended to us by a friend as her favorite restaurant, Mannino's did not disappoint! We went for our wedding anniversary and had an excellent meal. We shared an antipasto which was delicious, then split a special pasta dish with crab in a truffle butter sauce that was phenomenal! We finished with a very creditable tiramisu. A great celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First visit
    Sarie
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I made lunch reservations for a party of 7 through the online service on their website. We arrived & our table was ready. Our server was Brian and he was absolutely fabulous! He had a helper working with him, possibly a trainee...forgive me, I do not recall her name, but she was great as well. The Fried Green tomato appetizer was a hit! Many in our group also had the she crab soup and the crab panini lunch special. Others had the lasagna, chicken parm, turkey panini, and gorgonzola salad. Everything was fresh and very tasty...most of us left with to-go boxes as we could not finish the generous portions. I really wanted to try the in-house made Tiramisu, as it is my all time favorite desert, but that will have to wait until the next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome restaurant!!
    luvitaliano
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Mannino's is an awesome restaurant! The food is excellent! You have to try the roasted garlic!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • First Time Visit
    Jojo
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The calamari was good. It was nice and tender. However, the service was not good. We arrived at 8:20 and did not leave until 10:00. The waitress was really slow. We waited at least 20 min. before we placed our order. The main course needed some seasoning--very bland. Also, I think the food was overpriced for an Italian restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Manninos Portsmouth
    Evans28
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    The food was very good and our server was very attentive. She recommended very good dishes and gave us good advice on a wine choice. The only downside to our meal was that it was a little too warm in the restaurant - the doors were open to the outside patio on a very warm and humid evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Italian Food
    JayovaVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    We celebrated our Anniversary at Mannino's after having a memorable meal there on Valentine's Day. The food was every bit as good as we remembered and served just right. Danielle took very good care of us and made us feel special. We have surely found our new favorite Italian restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 98 reviews are from the Mannino's Italian Bistro - Olde Towne Portsmouth reviews archive.
  • Super Olde Towne Spot
    sailz
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This is a wonderful little restaurant in Olde Towne Portsmouth! It offers a great atmosphere, and sensational food. It's a perfect place for locals, but it certainly worth the drive for folks who love good food at a reasonable price. I've now been there three times and they have yet to disappoint me at any level - food, service, quality, or attentiveness. A must go restaurant for all of Hampton Roads!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great
    Samir
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Our group of eight had a great time and loved the food.Nancy
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently delicious
    docgmVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I have visited Manninos Old Towne about half a dozen times now and I always enjoy the oysters and veal dishes.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Portsmouth Gem
    JordanVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Delicious and inviting! Alhough I dined here before, this was by far my most enjoyable experience!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another Great Dinner
    Doug
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    A spur of the moment evening dinner out with my lady found us booking a reservation with Maninioes in Downtown Portsmouth. After hearing about the delightful specials, we settled for the veal parmagean, with pasta for my wife and green beans for me. The food was terrific and the atmosphere was very relaxing. Just the right level for the music - just the right amount of attention from our fantastic waitress. A very good night out thanks to Maninoes!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Great Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We had a group of 8. The table was set and ready for us when we arrived. Excellent service from the moment we sat down. Nothing was rushed and no request was ignored. I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and service!
    luvitaliano
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Mannino's is a great place to go for a special occasion, night out with friends, or even for a family dinner. I highly recommend the roasted garlic appetizer and a glas (or a bottle) of their house Cabernet. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • party
    LoveItalian
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The food and service was to notch. Unfortunately, there was a very loud party in the same room and we could barely hear ourselves speak. It really did ruin our dinner. The back (bar ?)area seemed empty, maybe they can schedule parties in the back. Not sure I'll return for this reason.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    My husband and I took a friend who lives in NoVA there as she was at a conference in Portsmouth. We were delighted by the service, the food and the ambience. Our server never rushed us, but was there when we wanted him. He had a nice sense of humor and a clear understanding of the menu. We had no trouble carrying on a conversation and were surprised, when we went to leave, that there were many people on the other side of the restaurant. The food was excellent. Each of us ordered a different entree and all three were excellent. The portions were large (take home boxes were in order), so we did not have dessert. This is an Italian restaurant that we will revisit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We went here based off a recommendation from a family member. 3 people ordered the specials - One a seafood dish with white wine and sun-dried tomatoes. The shrimp were plump and delicious!! I had the baked penne. The mozzarella cheese was to die for'; the cheese was made in house and incredible. Another person had the tortellini with the vodka sauce also delicious. Another person had the tortellini with sausage, mushrooms in a cream sauce also very good. We had calamari for an appetizer and it was delicious and we shared a cup of the crab soup. A must if going to Mannino's. The soup was filled with lump crab meat better than most places in MD. Would highly recommend this to anyone who was looking for a taste of Italy and authentic food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice change!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    This restaurant was just the spot for a nice change. We wanted to go somewhere quiet, where we wouldn't necessarily run into a lot of people we know, as we were celebrating a special occasion. This was the perfect spot ~~ quiet, dim lighting and romantic atmosphere. We will be sure to go back, especially being close by!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Food
    Baxtr
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    We enjoyed both the food and service at this location. The only drawback to this dining experience was the pounding of footsteps back and forth from the residential apartment above. The noise was very distracting. Other than that, everything was great. This was our first visit and we would certainly return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    We were new to the area and i'm so glad a friend recommended Minninos to us! Great staff, timely service, and reasonable prices. LOVE
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • awesome night
    luvitaliano
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Everything was wonderful from the wine to the appetizers to dinner. You have to get the roasted garlic appetizer plate. Our fiends went with us for the first time and they can't wait to go back! Awesome service as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Portsmouth !
    OnvacationVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    This was our first time dining here. Service was very attentive and food was terrific! We will be back !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An underappreciated gem in Portsmou
    jsmosby
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Mannino's is really the ONLY superior Italian restaurant in Portsmouth (or Suffolk for that matter). The ambience reminds me of a place I went to in Rome. The staff is unfailingly courteous and attentive. The food is unfailingly good. I can strongly recommend any of their veal dishes. Try Mannino's once and I'll guarantee that you return.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    FoodLvr
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Very nice establishment with amazing food and atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.