Love this place and am so
Love this place and am so happy they opened a location in Portsmouth!
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always a stellar dining experience!
Always a stellar dining experience! With every dish hand-crafted to order; attentive, friendly and engaged staff, relaxing low-key ambience, and a top-notch wine list, Mannino's never fails to impress. Most recent visit was for Easter Brunch, and their inventive brunch menu and tasty cocktails made for a wonderful visit. The good news: they're having a Mother's Day Brunch next month! Do not miss out, and be sure to try The Hangover (a chicken-fried chicken breast over house-made homefries covered with a delectable Italian sausage gravy)....curative, creative, and delicious. You owe yourself a visit to this neighbourhood gem!
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was good, Waiter was
Food was good, Waiter was very personable. My only constructive criticism is that waiter cleared my date's plate ... she had most of her meal still on the plate, but had finished eating ( he asked to box her leftovers) while I was still eating ... about midway through my meal. Felt this was poor in that it made me feel that I was being rushed to finish. I've never worked in food services, but in my humble opinion, no main course plates should be cleared until all at the table have finished (especially in an upscale restaurant where you are more likely to be taking your time to enjoy the evening; you are not rushing through your meal.
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
worth a visit!!!
Our dinner was outstanding, exp the she crab soup,callamori,soft shell crab. I would highly reccomend it. We will go back!!!! The service was excelland, they even brought us hot bread upon our request!
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time at Mannino's, but
First time at Mannino's, but will definitely return. The food was fabulous and Brian, our server, was fantastic! The place was full of regulars (you could tell because the wait staff hugged 80% of the people who came in!) and it was very noisy - lots of people having a great time!
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Gem on High Street
On a last minute decision on a Saturday night decided to try Manninos. We were first time visitors for the weekend and did not want to eat at hotel. Decided on Manninos' because it was casual and within walking distance of the Renaissance Hotel. Easy walk and found this gem. Very welcoming and within a short time restaurant was full. But is was cozy and warm. Service was excellent and the food was delicious. The best She Crab soup I have ever had and my husband said the Fruite de Mar was the best he ever had. We are retiree's from Chicago and are restaurant savvy and would not hesitate to come back or recommend to anyone. We even recommended it to the Renaissance front desk and they were glad to have the recommendation.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Manninos Portsmouth a Gem
Any of the Manninos restaurants in the Tidewater area are a wonderful place for fine dining. The Portsmouth is a new location and has the same quality of food and service. Great place for dinner.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Italian in Hampton Roads
Having lived in Italy for a few years, I knew how wonderful genuine Italian food could be and I knew it was a rare find in the U.S. On a whim, my wife and I tried Mannino's in Portsmouth. We were blown away. The Fried Oysters were the best I've ever enjoyed anywhere. The plump and juicy oysters are served in a savory cream sauce with capers, sun-dried tomatoes, and a hint of bacon. They could have been the meal themselves. The Apple and Gorgonzola salad with crisp Granny Smiths, roasted pecans, and field greens was also delicious and a light addition to the Fried Oysters. We were so impressed with our experience at Mannino's that we made our next dinner reservations before we left the building!
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nicest restaurant on High Street!
I ate dinner here for my 6 month dating anniversary and didn't regret it one bit. The place as nice'er' and upscale. The staff was all very polite and professional. The food was outstanding. I ordered the lobster ravioli and they certainly didn't skimp on the lobster like most places do!
The place a little small and by nature the noise level will be higher. I would've appreciated if they could enforce some sort of dress code. I was wearing a casual jacket and tie and my date was wearing a very nice dress and heels. Well, the table next to us of 12 people consisted of cut off sleeves, 6 of them were wearing baseball hats, and overall their redneck-ness was quite trashing. I didn't really enjoy dining with that type of folk.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food is Excellent
Staff is friendly, knowledgable and the food is the best.
5/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was a wonderful Mother's Day lunch and we will visit again for another occasion. Food's great restaurant great service great.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best calamari I've ever had and they are consistent. We had a new waitress but she did just fine after a slow start. Will be back to this gem in old towne
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Italian in Olde Towne
Mannino's is definitely not your typical pizza and spaghetti restaurant (not sure they even have pizza). We were warmly greeted and as we enjoyed their special house wine, we perused an extensive menu offering many tempting plates made with their house made pasta plus other mouth watering non pasta dishes. I have traveled to many parts of Italy, and feel that Mannino's offers excellent, true Italian food representing multiple regions of Italy. This was our first visit, but it definitely will not be our last. GO.
5/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best crab soup
The crab soup was out of this world delish, but the rest of the food was standard Italian fare. Not bad, but nothing out of the ordinary taste wise. Chicken Francese was bland. Service was excellent though.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
new favorite restaurant
the she crab soup is the best I have ever eaten the apricot dressing on the salad was excellent. I got the lightly breaded shrimp as the entree, the shrimp were in a light sauce that was just wonderful no room for dessert
we had an excellent server
I have no complaints and will definitely return
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I am a repeat customer.
We LOVE the fried oyster appetizer: none better. Delicious Penne al Arrabiatta. Terrific $9.99 wine special offer on Mondays.
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Will go back again.
The waitstaff was very attentive and obviously very well trained. Our salads (apple gorganzola for my husband and ceasar for me) were both good, as was the house rustic bread with olive oil and balsamic. My husband liked his spaghetti marinara very much and they were happy to comply with his request when placing the order for a little extra sauce. I liked my veal and portobello mushroom stack, but it was a little on the heavy side with more breading than I would have liked on the veal. The flavors and ingredients seemed sort of all mushed together and overcooked. I would not order it again, although there were other items I might like to try. The portions were very large and a good value. We both loved our wine selections.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great neighborhood find!
Great wine deal on Monday nights! Service was outstanding and friendly, food was excellent, and prices very reasonable. We'll be back very soon!
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
This location prepares and serves the best Italian food in the area, just like the other Mannino's in Kempsville. Too bad it's a little more difficult to get to but don't let the tunnel closure stop you...go during the week if the detours don't work for you, but go.
6/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
First Visit...will return again!
Food and service were great! We tried the housemade smoked mozzarella and tomato appetizer: delicious! The Crab soup was as good as the other reviewers noted.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We read several reviews about the incredible Oyster appetizer- and it lived up to the reputation- it was fantastic!!!
The tortellini was so good-especially the cream sauce-silky and smooth. We were too full for dessert, but took home the "Carnegie Deli" delicious cheesecake. Great service! We can't wait to go back...(friends told us the tiramisu is TO DIE FOR)
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
very good as usual
this was our 4th or 5th visit to Manninos! I would describe it as a neighborhood gem! I had the fried oysters with 3 wonderful dipping sauces, and my husband had flounder francese, which was an evening special, and always delicious. Be sure and get the She Crab Soup, which is outstanding, loaded with big chucks of lump crab, and they best I have ever had!!! They actually won 1st place in a local contest for the best she crab soup!!! I will definitely return!!!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Evening with the MG's
Our group of 8 had a wonderful dining experience at Mannino's. The process for reservations was simple and fast. Once we entered the restaurant, everyone was kind and personable. Our server, Shawn was very friendly and knowledgeable. The food was outstanding from the homemade mozzarella to the maple syrup gelato with bacon. Our group was throughly satisfied , would come again, and will recommend Mannino's to our friends. I hope this little gem ontinues much success in Ole Towne Portsmouth.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Celebratory Night Out
Mannino's can be your regular Italian go-to restaurant, but for those of us from out of town it's imperative that we stop in every time we are in the Portsmouth area. The food is outstanding and a good value. The staff are attentive and knowledgeable, What isn't there to love? On this particular visit initial service was a little slow, but other than that it was outstanding.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
A decent restaurant in Portsmouth
Third visit to this gem of an Italian Restaurant. Service was as attentive as a busy weekend night would allow; food was slow coming, the waiter apologized nearly every time he passed by. I understand that a kitchen can get overwhelmed, but knowing how great the food would be, we overlooked the slow delivery to the table. Absolutely the BEST crab soup in my fifty years eating...full of crab and very rich. Veal, chicken and beef dishes I have enjoyed have all been memorable.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
...the serve was slow and it was a little over priced.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding experience on multiple occasions. Most heartily recommend the she-crab soup and the tiramesu. Freshest ingredients and pleasant/knowledgeable staff.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our dinner was outstanding and our waiter was knowledgable and very much a gentlemen. We will definitely go back :)
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to eat in P-town
Food was delicious! The bread is a treat. Service was good. The she crab soup is fab! Dinner is also excellent. Will return.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great spot to accommodate all palates and price points. Reservations were handled with ease through open table.
Entire experience was a delight!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our favorite Italian food
Great atmosphere and even better food. The service is outstanding.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was wonderful--Roanna couldn't
It was wonderful--Roanna couldn't have been sweeter. Can't wait to make it there for lunch again in the next few days and defnitely dinner again too.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mannino's in Old Town Portsmouth is a great find with outstanding Italian food choices and presentation. The wait staff is friendly, engaging and knowledgeable. I have eaten at this restaurant about a half dozen times and every experience has been very good, from large groups to just my wife and I. The She Crab Soup is outstanding, you cannot make a visit there and not try it...you won't be disappointed.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
the veal was delicious and
the veal was delicious and the apricot dressing on the salad was wonderful
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Italian Around...
Having lived in Philadelphia, and in multiple trips to Italy, I've learned a few things about Italian food and wine. Mannino's gets it! The cooking is consistent, fresh, and always good. The wine list is innovative, and the owners really go off the beaten track to find Italian wines which offer outstanding value. The restaurant itself has a real neighborhood vibe, too. This has become my favorite Italian place south of Philly and east of Umbria!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
An enjoyable experience
Great menu, great food, and great service. We look forward to returning soon.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I recently had a very enjoyable dinner at Mannino's in Portsmouth. We skipped the appetizer because we have eaten there previously and knew that it would be too much food. Their servings are very generous. My husband had one of the specials which was a scallop dish and excellent. i had a veal dish and it was prepared very well - the veal was fork tender and the sauce complimented it very well. My side was spaghetti with a tomato sauce (which was good) but I think I would have preferred the pasta plain to soak up some of my entree sauce. The waiter was attentive without being obtrusive and gave us good info on the wine list. As I said, we have eaten there before and will return.
10/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Leave room for dessert!
The food is outstanding but the home made gelato is to die for!
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed an evening without
We enjoyed an evening without kids. Food was excellent, loved the portobella mushroom entrée. We would come back for a special occasion only. A bit pricier than we usually spend, but worth it.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
The service was great, the food spectacular! Will definitely be returning! Great find — try it :)
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great vine, food and service.
We were introduced to a very good vine which complimented the great good. Nice place in an otherwise empty Portsmouth Monday evening. The waiter was top notch. The reservation experience was a bit off. Used open tables where I got a confirmation for 6 pm for 2. Lady at reservation called and left message at 5:19 that table would be given away unless I called back immediately. Seems daylight savings time change was not without problems for them. When we showed up the restaurant was half empty (so why all the fuzz??) luckily the rest if the experience was better.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely for lunch
We were greeted right away and had the option of booth or table despite it being lunch on a Friday. Food came quickly; very little staggering between soup, salad and entree, which was appreciated for a short lunch hour. Food was delicious and of a good value. Caesar salad does not have much of a kick. Music was a bit too loud and although they packaged our food for us, it took a while for us to pay/exit. Overall, nice experience.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
friday night favorite
we go to the Portsmouth location several times a month and have always had a wonderful time, the food is outstanding and the way the servers work as a team is without equal in this area. Mannino's is an asset to the downtown dining community!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and great service
Great food and great service - would highly recommend
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Girls Night Out
First time dining at Mannino's. Nice menu with a variety of dishes. Will go back and recommend to friends.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM