Eat is a little neighborhood gem. The food is consistently amazing and the beer list is impressive.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a winner!
We had a great meal usual. We always recommend this restaurant. The menu is consistently creative, specials are ever changing & delightful!
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always great food
During the summer we look forward to visiting Eat almost every weekend. Food is always great!
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
I will go back
This is the first time I have used open table and I have to say it was very easy to make a reservation. I will use it again. The food was terrific along with the service. My only concern would be the parking...you have to use a metered parking place across the street so make sure you put enough money in the meter so you can have an uninterrupted dining experience.
6/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
American Bistro second time around
This the second time eating here and it was as good as I remembered. This is a small plates place, which we love. Pistachio-Crusted goat cheese salad, crab/avacodo stack (special for the night) and oysters rockafeller were all great. Their Fire and Ice plate is not for the faint of heart - it's pretty spicy, but well worth the numb lips!! The only item here I would not order again would be the escargot. Hate to say it, but I had better on a cruise ship.
Would come back again. Service was great!
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small but one of the Best
We love to eat there on Monday nights when they have there wine deals.The crab cake is the best.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great First Visit!
Really enjoyed the experience. We had the stuffed meatball appetizer, the crab cake, the steak frites, and the bread pudding. All were amazing!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good eats at EAT.
A small and friendly bistro on the beach, EAT has creative and well-prepared food featuring local, fresh seafood. The menu is divided into "little" and "big" options as well as "greens" and "betweens". We enjoyed the fish special which was a perfectly prepared grouper and soft shell crabs. We sampled several desserts, all of which were yummy. Our waiter was new to the job, and he was prepared, friendly, and charming.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Seafood Paella combined
The Seafood Paella combined just the right amount of smokiness and a slight amount of heat. The presentation was beautiful. The Oysters Rock are a must have.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great step up from tourist fare
Given its location, EAT could easily serve bland seafood coated in cheese and too much butter to unsuspecting summertime tourists. Instead, the menu is creative and the preparations are excellent. We ate at 8:30 on a Friday evening and we were a little disappointed in the number of things that were already sold out (both mussels and pork shank) but the chef did make some nice substitutions. I did find the prices a bit on the high side, but overall we had a very positive experience.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a great little restaurant where they do very creative things with Beach food. The small plates are really a treat for someone who wants to try everything. The service is wonderful. You may want to ride your bike as there is only on street parking.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another amazing dinner at EAT!
We were there on Saturday night, July 13, and the air-conditioning was not working. They had fans set up in the restaurant to keep us cool. In spite of the heat, the food and service were excellent. Even the salads were worth raving about! Our waiter was outstanding - his knowledge of the wines (even the ones by the glass) was impressive. Great restaurant for Foodies and Wine Connoisseurs!!!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Oh so good!
What a great find! Food was amazing. Absolutely loved it.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
I brought a friend to take
I brought a friend to take advantage of half price wine night. The food and service were both excellent. The cucumber gazpacho was to die for.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fourth time we have eaten here over multiple years. as expected food was great, beautifully prepared and presented. Lone issue was service was not as stellar as prior occasions. Not enough to dissuade a return just not up to prior visits. This being primarily the waitress as everyone from hostess to the people who assisted were great.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
A foodie dream come true
This place is a true gem. Everything we ate was amazing, from the crab pizza all the way to the dessert. So fabulous!
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Intimate dining spot
This is a small intimate dining spot right at the beach. Not your large noisy tourist restaurant. Have eaten here before and the food specials are always wonderful. Nice wine selection and not overly pricey. Will be back and will recommend to others.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great as always- funky spot in weird hotel but adds to ambiance of experience Specials are amazing- best food in Hampton Roads
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small plates -- Big Taste
It was 5 of us and we shared all six of the small plates along with our entrees. We had the deviled egg as an appetizer and wanted more.
We were not disappointed with anything. The menu was written with humor
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a wonderful place
This is a wonderful place with absolutely fantastic food.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Something good to build upon. Adventurous menu. Great base - work on refinement. Add parking and you will ease folks into a nice experience.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great beach restaurant
Had a wonderful meal with great service And enjoyed it with a local crowd. This is not a Virginia Beach tourist trap. Has the feel of a neighborhood scene. The decor could use updating. The atmosphere seemed slightly in need of an injection of style. When paying that much for food, people expect more comfortable seating and a richer design experience.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Local Virginia Beach Gem
Great place for dinner. Wide variety menu, daily chef specials. A local gem.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and Service was excellent
I did not know what to expect when walking in, but I was blown away. The specials were better than the menu and the service was excellent!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best...
EAT Bistro is one of the best restaurant's I've been to lately. I eat out often and this is my first experience there. It's small with an intimate feeling and exceptional food. We started with Oysters Roc, which rival any I've had in the area. One of our party ordered the Butternut Squash Bisque which was, well, nothing short of a party in your mouth. I will return to EAT again very soon in hopes this soup is once again offered as a special. It alone is worth the trip. I ordered the Filet of Beef which was served with goat cheese mashed potatoes, it was excellent and cooked perfectly (med rare). Also offered that night was Paella which was well prepared and chocked full of seafood. Although expensive, it's money well spent.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spinach salad w/ panko
Great spinach salad w/ panko fried egg; soft-shell crab entrée was excellent. Oysters Rockefeller were quite tasty, wine list included plenty of reasonably priced quality selections.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of our favorite restaurants
We had friends coming to town who wanted a recommendation for dinner. We've eaten here several times and the food is always fantastic. We started with Oysters Rockefeller and their Meatballs (stuffed with fresh Mozzarella). The oyster came out piping hot, creamy and delicious. The meatballs were very flavorful and juicy and large enough to share. Paella was one of the specials that night and the four of us shared an order for two. It was a huge serving, and leftovers went home. Huge shrimp, clams, mussels, calamari, perfectly cooked and the rice had the delicious "crust" on the bottom! We ended the evening with Pots de Creme. Very creamy and just the right amount of sweetness to end the meal.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
simple review… great place for some great food (the Steak Frites are epic) and Martinis. Very well executed restaurant run by an owner/chef. only downside - parking is tough to find.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Leave no stone unturned
After years of passing Eat without realization or regard (for the exterior design does not summize the brilliance within.), Yelp offered me the direction needed to note. As part time locals, we had set upon our ways within local fare. Eat has altered such, Erick's creative offering peaked our interest. Hoping that his support staff could pull off such implications, we aligned. From start to finish, the brilliance reigned. Rice crispy tempura shrimp with a flying fish roe resounded, mozz stuffed meats, Carolina crab, iron filet, every little, big or in between played instrumental to a highly creative and satiating experience. Easily a top 5 within the Va Beach oceanfront, northend, if drift is collected. Highly recommended *****!
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had reservations and were seated promptly. The parking was a non issue even though we dined on a Saturday night. Street parking was plentiful on this September night. The crab cakes were everything I was hoping for. The blondie was excellent as well. The wine list though not expansive led us to a nice shiraz that was very reasonably priced. We will be back.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was within two blocks of our hotel, which was on the north (quieter) end of Virginia Beach. We were very surprised to find such a special place to eat- the staff was great, the decor very understated and attractive, and our paella for two was beautiful AND delicious.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a wonderful dining
We had a wonderful dining experience in this gem of a restaurant. It's such a charming and cozy little place - a unique bistro atmosphere and a unique menu unlike anything else in Virginia Beach. Scrumptious and surprising - more like something you might find in Manhattan.
The service was Excellent!
As in our prior visit to Eat, we were absolutely delighted!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Came with a group of acquaintances who were unexpectedly rowdy (embarassingly so!), but the staff still treated us amazingly, even though they would have absolutely had cause to be annoyed! The food was outstanding - easily the best crab cake I have ever had in my life - and the drink menu is diverse and extensive. Thanks so much to EAT. for a wonderful dining experience. Can't wait to come back!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
My favorite restaurant
This is my favorite restaurant by far! Everything on the menu is amazing. You can't go wrong.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I don't even debate where we would go on date night or for a special dinner anymore. Eat is such a wonderful experience all around. Astoundingly good food, awesome staff, drinks to die for (Courtesy of Chad!) and general ambience is just the best. We've eaten at a lot of nice places in this area but this one trumps it all. Kudos to Erick and his staff!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Crowded, but still good meal
The restaurant was very crowded, but we received excellent service and really good food. Hats off to a small restaurant that can handle a crowd with aplomb.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Edgy Eclectic with Seafood Fetish
Regional seafood dominates the menu, with unusual and seasonal vibe... Not for the steakhouse meat & potatoes type. Our overly animated guests intimidated the waitstaff to the point we sometimes had to hunt them down! Staff is used to their way, and if given the chance will bend over backwards to keep you happy. Not our first time, and won't be the last!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
End of the Boardwalk gem
Eat is our favorite restaurant in Virginia Beach. The staff is knowledgable, presentation is terrific, and the food is so good. On our last visit we had 4 different entrees and could not decide which was best, they were all great.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Diamond in the Rough
I love coming here when I want some alone time with my husband. I always have a great meal and have no trouble finding something absolutely delicious to eat. Servers are always knowledgeable and friendly. Will be back soon.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
have to go!
The staff was so attentive, anticipated what we needed and genuinely cared about our experience. You have to order the hush puppies!!! They were incredible. Overall a bit pricey but for the quality of the food and service it totally worth it!
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Crawfish hushpuppies are so delicious! From start to finish the meal was fabulous.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for Date Night!
Fabulous flavors, outstanding service and great atmosphere. Specials and regular menu selections are very innovative. Nice selections of wines by the glass and beers on tap.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Difficulty with pace
When we arrived, the crowd was light and service was good. Our drinks and appetizers were properly timed and served. However, our meals arrived before we were finished with our appetizers, and we wanted to enjoy the apps a while before our meals arrived. They were then slow to take our dessert order, slower to serve it, then took FOREVER to bring our check and then take our credit card. It had gotten crowded but, still, we were DONE and wanted to go.... I had heard this criticism of EAT before. That having been said, the food was delicious, but served cold, as if it had been sitting - again a function of pace. One other note: Excellent Mojitos!
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
There were 4 of us in our party, and each of us was wowed, which rarely happens. Everything was fabulous, from the salads to the entrees. The chef really knows how to combine flavors and textures, and create a beautiful plate to boot. The wait staff are pleasant and professional without being effusive, something few upscale restaurants seem to appreciate any more. I can't wait to go back.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Eat An American Bistro
Every time we go to this restaurant we have excellent food, and great friendly service
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
All around great
Diverse menu, great preparation, generous portions etc. Our server was incredibly knowledgeable - every time she described an item it sounded far better than the simple menu descriptions. Service was great. The bar had a great mix of offerings. I'd absolutely go back.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Started with the oysters rock and scallops. We did the short ribs and ES oyster stew for the main. Waiter was knowledgeable and attentive. Good beer selection. Each dish was excellent. Will be back.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love Eat
Great dining experience had by all at Eat: An American Bistro. Try try brussels sprout- surprisingly delicious!
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous food, great service.
I have always heard wonderful things, but I'm glad I had the chance to try this place myself. The food is everything I hoped for and the service is great. The only thing I could suggest as an improvement would be parking.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a wonderful birthday dinner!!
The mussells were amazing, the butternut squash soup decadent and the berkshire pork chops were super thick juicy and cooked to perfection! Have found this little gem of a restaraunt and will continue to come back and bring friends! We need more restaraunts at the beach of this quality would love to have something like this in Pungo!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM