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Zia Marie
Zia Marie

Zia Marie Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://zia-marie.com
  • Email: bill@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 WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "This was a great recommendation from a friend and the food was amazing!"
    Dined on 6/29/2013
  • "Very down-home neighborhood-like, crowded dining area but spirited, energetic and handled efficiently. The Entrée Stuffed (artichoke and spinach) Eggplant was awesome. The table shared two appetizers, our favorite being the Goat Cheese with red/green bell peppers and oven roasted garlic, phenomenal! I also enjoyed the Pomarita, (A Pomagranite Margarita) which was superb. Our waitress Veronica, was very dedicated to our table! The General Manager was very friendly and genuinely interested in his clientele. I would highly recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "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
  • "Although I frequent Zia Marie's with my wife and friends, this occasion was for my boss and team. They all absolutely loved the atmosphere, the food, and the out of the way location. The wine list is great and affordable, the menu is amazing, and the cannoli is out of this world! If you're looking for a fun night out, with a local feel and great service, you must go try this restaurant!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Great food, excellent service and value. We had a large group and had an attentive and accommodating server. Everyone at our table was very pleased with their entrees. From appetizers, salads, bread and pastas, everything was delicious. My stuffed eggplant was outstanding! The pizza at the next table looked great too. Perhaps next time... I would definitely recommend Zia Marie's."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Have eaten here several times and always enjoy the great food. Our last two visits the place was so loud we could not hold conversation."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Extreme noise. Needs some accustic work. But I would put up with it for the food is great."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We have been to Zia Marie a few times and it is always a pleasure. We book our reservation, ask for "our" table and have gotten it every time. The food is plentiful and delicious, the wait staff is very personable, friendly, and knowledgeable. We've dubbed this "our" place and will definitely return again!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a reservation at 7:45 and didn't get seated until about 8. Our order didn't get taken until at least 20 minutes of just sitting there. The food was pretty good, but overall I was disappointed with the attention to customer the servers had."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "There were four of us dining together and we all enjoyed our meals. The food was excellent. It was VERY busy - usually a good sign of a neighborhood favorite."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Food was great... very busy and fun in the restaurant. All four of us ordered something different and it was very good. Service was good... prices are decent. We will come back."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Did not care for the pork in the lasagna. But overall worth another try."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Zia Marie is at the top of my list of best restaurants...the food is wonderful! Fabulous flavors and choices make it unique and delicious! Portions are generous (thank you!), and the staff is very professional and friendly. The atmosphere is lively and fun, not stuffy. It has the feel of a beach hangout mixed with the elegance of a special night out. It is a place where you can wear jeans or dress up and feel right in either. Zia Marie has the absolute best Italian food in the Hampton Roads area! Bonus: The prices are very reasonable!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "House salad and lasagna. Split them for us. Enough for us two old people. Their only tic is small weird glasses and average wine....which doesn't bother us. Great place."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "Zia Marie continues to be a great choice if you need your Italian food fix. Your experience, however, largely depends on which night you go. For noise level alone, I would recommend steering clear of the weekends as Zia is best enjoyed quietly on a date. Fridays and Saturdays can be overwhelmingly full of people and very loud. Almost always the service is passable and the food comes out in a reasonable amount of time. This time, however, our server was extremely rude. Food and drinks were still served in the time expected but our waitress was unpleasant enough that it hurt the experience significantly."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We have been going to Zia's for 5 or more years and they never disappoint. The food is always wonderful and the service is great. It is are favorite place and we eat out alot. We went for New Years and and we all enjoyed our dinner , Victoria is always very helpful with the wine list and steers us in the right direction with food. My wife ordered the steak for the first time and we couldn't believe how good it was, huge and cooked perfectly. I had the lobster ravioli and it was a treat....we love Zia's..."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I friendly and semi romantic Italian restaurant. Wonderful atmosphere, great service, and outstanding food. You will have trouble finding any thing better."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Great neighbor restaurant. Menu is on a blackboard with weekend specials. Pizza is available but have to ask."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The food was amazing. The salads were nice and fresh. The chicken and veal parmesan were both excellent. The cheesecake tasted homemade and pretty sure it must have been. The service was quick and friendly. We will recommend to our friends."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "The food was delicious as it always is. We loved the Caprese salad, the veal piccata and veal saltimbocca were very good. Our server, Victoria, was very attentive. We look forward to returning to the restaurant."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "Restaurant got noisy when all tables were full after 8 pm. Otherwise, food is good and atmosphere is good."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "It is a small local restaurant. Menu is on a chalk board and has extra special on the weekends. Casual nothing fancy but great food. Their pizzas are great but not on the menu you just need to ask."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "It's hard to find something negative to say about this place. The mood of the dining room was comforting, as it was easy to tell everyone was enjoying their experience. The food was plentiful and delicious from start to finish. Absolutely will return."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Really wonderful Italian food, service is fantastic and ambiance can be romantic or casual. Wonderful to have such a terrific restaurant within walking distance."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Great ambiance! Wait was very minimal. Price reasonable for the quality of service and taste. Chalk board menu, unique."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "We had a large group (8) dine there on a Friday evening. They place was buzzing with mild laughter and had a warm welcome feeling. The appetizers and entrees were amazing!! There were no complaints around the table about the food. The dessert was ok, many chose the Tiramisu and said it was just ok. There just seemed to be something missing. The dessert on special, Toll House Cookie was defiantly much better. The service was a bit slow, They almost appeared to be understaff. There was a very long wait between each course of the meal. Place is a bit small for a large party. Unfortunately they placed us back to back with another larger party so for half of us there was no room to really maneuver. Overall I would definitely go back"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "I'm going back tomorrow night in hopes that the Corvina is an option for the 1/2 price wine night. It was the perfect introduction and accompaniment to our meal. We get the same thing every time because we have cravings. Goat cheese appetizer, NY Strip for Husband, Stuffed Eggplant for me. Were greeted by the infamous Victoria who grabbed my coat and made me feel like I was a guest in her home. Ali was as usual a wonderful server. The fire was roaring. Enjoyed a wonderful conversation with my husband and saw some friends too. Just fantastic from start to finish."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "I love Zia Marie for the ambience. The lighting is dim and the menu is on chalkboards. If you love Italian it is one of the best in the area. Great date night spot or place to meet with friends. This is the second time we have been this month with groups of friends and everyone left happy and full. :)"
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "Some of the best pasta in the area, the vodka sause is to die for!!! I travel 30 mins just for that sause!"
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "Reasonable prices, well prepared and tasty fare, high energy atmosphere and friendly staff make this a restaurant well worth visiting. Even though our server would vanish for extended stretches and the bread was commercial and bland, eating at Zia's was a fun experience."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "We had a large group of friends celebrating a birthday. Zia Marie's was wonderfully accommodating and we didn't feel rushed at all. Our waitress was very helpful with menu selections. The restaurant was cozy and our food was delicious. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 11/2/2013