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

Mannino's Italian Bistro - Olde Towne Portsmouth Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.manninositalianbistro.com
  • Phone: (757) 966-7522
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had a party of 6 and the food and service were outstanding!!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Mannino's is an awesome restaurant! The food is excellent! You have to try the roasted garlic!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Our group of eight had a great time and loved the food.Nancy"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I have visited Manninos Old Towne about half a dozen times now and I always enjoy the oysters and veal dishes. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Delicious and inviting! Alhough I dined here before, this was by far my most enjoyable experience!"
    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!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This was our first time dining here. Service was very attentive and food was terrific! We will be back !"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Very nice establishment with amazing food and atmosphere!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My wife and I dined at Manninos over Valentines weekend and the food and service were both excellent. The scenery was very nice with kind of a rustic feel. It was dimmly lit to help set the mood for a nice romantic dinner. If you are in portsmouth and are lookng for good Italian food stop by Manninos, you will not be disappointed. Try the She-crab soup...very, very good."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Our dinner date turned out to be a proposal date... and the Mannino's Italian Bistro owners and staff made sure everything was perfect for the occasion - from the flowers on the table, to the friendly service, to the perfectly prepared and beautifully presented meal. Every dish was delicious, and Shaun's service impeccable. Thank you for helping to make our evening so special!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I now have been to all three Mannino locations. The Portsmouth experience did not disappoint. We arrived for our dinner 15 minutes earlier than our reservation time and were immediately seated. Once seated we enjoyed a nice bottle of wine which was suggested by our server. Our server was friendly, attentive, courteous and knowledgeable as to the contents of the menu and wine list. I enjoyed a large bowl of lobster bisque, the mozz w/ prosciutto app and the special of the evening, freshly made braciole. My wife had the frutti de mare. We knew what to expect and were not disappointed. Excellent meal and wonderful evening. The Portsmouth location is smaller but it did not detract from the evening or experience. Thank you."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We've gone to Mannino's several times and never been disappointed. The food is great, servers are attentive and it's a beautiful restaurant. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had the specials offered on Valentine's Day. They were both excellent. The service was also outstanding. A very enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our waitress was excellent! She made great suggestions! Food was wonderful! Large portions!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The food is always fantastic with everything made fresh to order and the service is second to none. If you have not tried this place you are missing out big time."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "My absolute favorite restaurant in Hampton Roads. Spouse and I are regulars. Always the place I recommend to meet up with friends or to visitors in town. Warm and cozy atmosphere. Food is always outstanding and the service is perfect. Great soups. Highly recommend the Brookarita, their take on the standard margarita. Not inexpensive, but well worth the price."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Best crab bisque ever!! The menu is large, so many choices!! Wait staff was very helpful and experienced!! Food came out nice and hot as it is prepared fresh as you order. Will be back!!"
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "Very good experience. Food was authentic and made to order. They even went the extra mile to make a wonderful vegetarian meal for my date. Tiramisu was the best I have ever had."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "We invited some friends out to Mannino's to celebrate my wife's birthday with us. They had never been there and we had told them all about it and their expectations were very high. We told them how good the she crab soup was and all about their specials and desserts. They had a fabulous time, as did we, and they were pleasantly surprised when the chef altered one of the normal offerings to accodate a different sauce at our request. The night was capped off by an amazing dessert with a sparkling birthday candle for my wife. We love this place! Give it a try."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "The staff was friendly but not overbearing. Their suggestions were wise. The soup was wonderful with nuanced taste. Entrée was quickly good. Side dish of pasta was bland. Dessert hit the spot. I would go again."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "This is our second trip to Mannino's. The first visit was fine, but not anything to rave about. We decided to try again. The calamari was good- not chewy like so many restaurants. I had the Chicken Francesca, which was tasty; however, my husband had the shrimp and grit special, which he did not care for. The wait staff was great, but the host and hostess did not give us a very welcoming impression. We know that all establishments have an off evening, and we will probably try Mannino's again just to be sure our first two visits were an accurate assessment."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Service was very good, food was excellent and was served at just the right time."
    Dined on 1/24/2014