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Zia Marie
Zia Marie

Zia Marie Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://zia-marie.com
  • Phone: (757) 460-0715
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Bill Minder
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Seaview Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Small parking lot with ample on street parking.
A word from Zia Marie
Over a decade ago we were inspired to create a restaurant that welcomes, entertains and nourishes our customers the Italian way, like family. Known to the locals as Zia's, this quaint neighborhood restaurant is located just blocks from the Chesapeake Bay, nestled in the heart of Chic's Beach. Specializing in authentic Italian cuisine, the chalkboard menu features an array of flavorful chicken, veal, beef and seafood dishes made with the freshest ingredients. Weekly additions of seasonal fair, featured wines, and homemade desserts bolster more traditional menu selections. Family and friends enjoy casual dining with great food, a well rounded wine list, and specialty martinis at an excellent value. Salute!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "We had reservations at 7:15. We arrived a few minutes early and sat at the bar. By 7:30 we were asking the hostess about our table which the inexperienced lady smiled and said only another minute. It was after 7:45 when we were seated. That's over 30 minutes beyond our reservation which is unacceptable. Don't take reservations if you can't honor them! The waitress tossed the silverware wrapped in napkins on the table and ordered us to pass them around. My napkin had a stain on it and the bread was burnt. We didn't eat until almost 9:00. Too many other good restaurants in Virginia Beach with excellent food and really good service. I chose this restaurant to celebrate my birthday with my friends, but that won't happen again."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Noise level off the charts..could hardly hear our friends across the table. Had to ask for flatware 3X, food came before we got it. Server said it was because they were so busy. Had to ask for drink refills. Redeeming grace...food was delicious. Will probably opt for another restaurat when we want a quieter ambiance in order to carry on a conversation."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "It s a great local spot..food is always good and pretty reasonable. The noise level is LOUD. We were two couples and we could not hear each other because it was so loud. As long as that doesn't bother you.. You will enjoy it."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Though I had heard about Zia Marie's I had neevr been there. I cautiously booked a dinner reservation and was pleansantly surprised. Teh atmosphere was nice, It had a good downhome feel, though as the night rolled on, it definitely got a little loud...not much you can do when the customers are having a good meal and enjoying the atmosphere. I'll defintely Return..."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The roasted peppers, Portobello mushrooms, and sopressata and cheese dishes are very good!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "love the food, menu, service, the acoustic are horrible, it could be fixed easly and inexpensive with acoustical wall covering"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The food was excellent, as it always is at Zia's. Service was a little off from what we normally experience there. That will not affect us returning in the future, as their food is outstanding. Highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We have been going here for years, because of the food. Although the noise level has always been high, we have stuck it out. That is until last Friday night: the noise level reached a point where it truly became impossible to not only hear my wife sitting right beside me, but made it one of the least enjoyable dining experiences of my life. It's sad that they don't do something about it......... We will not be back!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Very nice atmosphere, food was good, our server was friendly"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Great food. Mediocre service. and absolutely, positively, too loud. I had to nearly scream for people at my table of four to hear me. I will never go back until they get some soundproofing."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "As always the food was excellent and the atmosphere energetic"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We visited Zia Marie's for my birthday dinner. To make this quick and to the point, we were seated 30 minutes after our reservation. Once were were seated and ordered, our food (order of ravioli and spaghetti) took almost an hour while other tables of 6 and 2 were served before us even though they were seated at least 10/15 minutes after us. No offer for any kind of compensation and then to top it all off I was charged more than the menu price because of the type of sauce I choose. The increased price was not much, its more the principle since at no time was I aware it would cost more."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food is fantastic and always consistent. We walk to the restaurant along the Chesapeake Bay, which is a real treat. Every time we have out of town guests, we make a trip to Zia's."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The service was on the slow side but the food was worth the wait.....very good."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We went here on the Fourth of July. It was great! The food was delicious and it was away from the maddening crowd of tourists at the oceanfront."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Had reservation for 8:30. Waited 20 mins. for table. Very crowded and loud!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food, service and wine selection are fabulous!! Noise level is my only complaint."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Great spot for a night out or just a chance for an excellent meal. We have been coming here for great Italian food for years and never have been disappointed ."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I took my husband to Zia Marie for Fathers Day because of the reviews on Open Table. I had never heard of it before. Zia Marie is snuggled in a residential area, a block from the ocean. It was wonderful. The wait staff made you feel right at home. The food is amazing. Huge plate of Mussels and Sossaprata with Asiago cheese for an appetizer. Incredible. The marsala sauce was the best he has ever tasted. I felt I was on Mott Street in NY during the Italian Festival. Manga."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food was very good and the waitress was excellent. However, they gave away our reserved table and We had to wait 45minutes on a night that was supposed to be very special for my high school graduate. The restaurant should have handled this alot better. It will be a long time before we go back to this restaurant. It was also very very loud and we couldn't here people at our table speaking."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "A friend recommended Zia Marie a long time ago and I finally dined there June 7, 2014, with my family. We had reservations so we were seated right away and we noticed the restaurant was a bit noisy, but the food definitely made up for the din. Our party of 7 each chose a different entree and they did not disappoint. The four appetizers we chose were also excellent and they were enjoyed right away. Overall, expectations were met and definitely impressed upon me to come back again."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant for authentic Italian food"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal at Zia Marie-- One of us had the stuffed eggplant-- AMAZING! We would DEFINITELY go back! It was the great top-off to a wonderful weekend! "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Great food, tasty and good looking. Disappointed a bit on the service and air conditioning... Too cold and too strong ... And if we asked for a different table was not possible... Weird... But tasty food."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We had a very nice "birthday" meal - three couples. It was good food (yummy mahi with a fresh, light mango salsa), nice wine selection, casual and well paced meal. And when our server learned it was someone's birthday, she brought out one of the desserts with a birthday candle in it. The cannoli's and cheese cake were delicious! Thanks for a nice, relaxed evening."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Food was good and many Italian options. Good size portions could actually order a few entrees and serve family style if desired. Family friend but too loud to have a conversation. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "A local's favorite and one of our favorites. Expect great food at a great price and an energetic staff and atmosphere. Don't expect privacy or romantic quite dinner for two - it's not large, and it's a bit crowded so you will have company close by. Overall though well worth it."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I have dined here before and it was always great, so I figured it would be a good quaint place with delicious food for a first date. The only good part was food and wine, once they finally arrived. The waitress was so spaced out. took 30 plus minutes to get our water and it wasn't even busy, Then we ordered apps and food and as we wait for our appetizer she asks if we want to order our meals , tho she has already taken our order!!! And still no water, just the wine on the table. Finally the water and appetizers arrived and it was smooth sailing. Delicious food , tho I did check my togo box to make sure she bagged the right meal :)"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Our son was visiting from LA and we wanted to take him somewhere unique.We had an early reservation, received a friendly greeting at the door, and were seated immediately. The service was excellent, the food was wonderful, and the owner stopped by for a short visit at our table. Lookout Road is not Wilshire Boulevard, but we had a great meal and a great time at Zia Marie's."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "First time at Zia Marie's, but not the last! We came here for a change of pace. We had looked at the reviews and decided on the goat cheese and roasted garlic appetizer - Do It! Ordered off the special menu and the chalk board. One stuffed egg plant, one clams and linguiniand one seafood stuffed shells. Topped with a cannoli. Excellent dinner! Very nice wines. Wonderful, attentive service! A bit noisy, but not awful. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Favorite Local secret. Service was great. Food was yummy."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "great way to celebrate my mom's 85th birthday! there were 7 1/2 of us, and even though were 30 min late for our reservation, they sat us immediately ( some restaurants will give up your table and make u wait) only one thing unrelated to food...hot water in bathroom needs to be adjusted...my 4 year old and I almost burned ourselves- just by barely turning on the hot water and it was scalding -hot water heaters usually have a setting! thank u"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Haven't been to Zia Marie's in over a year and found that the food is as good as ever. My date was impressed (which worked for me) and we will definitely return. Like the idea of the menu on the chalk board - and it is not a huge menu (great). Also thought the prices were very reasonable. Well worth a return visit."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The go to place for 10 years. Veal saltimboca and roasted garlic goat cheese is the star of the show. Went here on our first date and this trip was 10 years later with 3 kids."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We have been eating at Zia Marie for several years - at least once a week. The food is delicious and reasonably priced."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Dinner was good, as always. It was, however, unusually loud on this visit. The hostess seemed very flustered with handling reservations/walk-ins. There were tables open, but she refused to seat customers with a reservation to one of those tables , instead making us wait for the "assigned" table. She need training in moving table assignments around to fit the open tables."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Made reservations via OT for Zia Marie's for a groups of twelve. This expanded to a group of seventeen...ZM accommodated this change with a phone call. We had reservations at 5PM. Having never been to this restaurant before, we all were surprised to find it right in the middle of a residential area. We were seated promptly. The menu was on blackboards in a couple of locations, and we were given a list of the specials of the day, as well as a good wine list. The menu was Classic Italian. The portions were generous. I had spaghetti with sausages. The sauce was perfect...just a little spicy. We were able to have a conversation with the people at our end of the table with no difficulty. Overall: great food, good value...a gem!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Service was slow. Waitress said it was b/c of Shamrock marathon and that it happened every year. We got there early so we could get out early b/c my guest were in town to run the marathon. It seems to me if it happened every year then the resturant could have been better prepared. We thought the waitress forgot our order but it was delayed b/c a large order before us, she could have least kept us informed of this. When we questioned her about the delay my guest commented she must not care about her tip b/c she was quite rude. I love Zia maria and raved about it to my out of town guest and later felt a little embarassed b/c it didn't measure up to my expectations. Next year i would suggest you open a little earlier & have more staff on hand."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food was awesome ! My husband and I had the seafood stuffed shells and each bite was delicious. The bread was good as well. The atmosphere was very nice, we sat by the fireplace. The noise level was very loud and felt like I had to yell across the table, that was our onu complaint. Overall we have found a good dining spot for us and will return."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "A go-to for an excellent meal with that small family run feel. Best veal SALTIMBOCCA ever."
    Dined on 3/1/2014