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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Norfolk / Virginia Beach

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Norfolk / Virginia Beach? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Gaston's Italian Steakhouse restaurant
4.8
4.8 (196)
$31 to $50
Italian
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
Modern Italian Cuisine
Gaston’s Italian Steak House, the American Dream for Gaston, is where passion for food, comfort, and enjoyment are combined. Our neighborhood restaurant is casual- elegant and cozy, the perfect backdrop for a first date, anniversary dinner or warm family gathering with a beautiful private room available. Benvenuto!!

Top review
localguyvip
Dined 1 day ago
We enjoyed a lovely dinner with friends. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. This is a beautiful restaurant and we have never been disappointed. We look forward to our next visit.
A photo of Heirloom restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1904)
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
Heirloom is a creative farm-to-table restaurant that focuses on elevated local recipes from Virginia.

We partner with local farmers and waterman to bring the freshest ingredients to our table. We offer seafood-driven and locally minded menus focused on quality and seasonality. Heirloom features a mindful bar program with classically influenced cocktails made with carefully selected ingredients and innovative technique. The wine program will be sourced from all over the world, with a spotlight on exciting Virginia wine. We are proud to possess an approachable and diverse list, with bottles for every palate and price point.


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Pinky
Dined 5 days ago
Very good food. Don’t know why they only give out 1 happy hour menu. We were a party of 2 and had to request a second happy hour menu. This was the second time we only received I happy hour menu. Same thing happened 3 weeks ago when we were there.
A photo of Leaping Lizard Cafe restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1228)
$30 and under
American
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
Situated under a canopy of old growth trees on Lake Joyce, this natural gem serves seasonal fare from tidal Virginia. The menu reflects freshness with a distinct emphasis on showcasing the inherent colors and flavors of the ingredients. The cafe's bakery provides all its breads and deserts and is open for retail on the weekends. This fresh approach to food done in a natural and unpretentious setting has been a local favorite for twelve years. If you don't see your desired time slot available give us a call.
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Anonvip
Dined 7 days ago
Once again, they knocked it out of the park. Great food, wonderful service, charming atmosphere. There is such a positive energy that flows through the place that you feel good just being there. The staff makes you feel like family. We can't wait to go back.
A photo of Chef's Kitchen & Cocktails restaurant
4.8
4.8 (291)
$50 and over
American
Norfolk
About the restaurant
At only 65 seats, Chef's has an intimate but edgy ambiance and an eclectic dining experience. Located on Colley Avenue, Chef’s Kitchen & Cocktails offers an upscale but comfortable, quality dining experience.

Please leave children at home and enjoy the atmosphere.
(ADULTS ONLY!)

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
WOW! Terrific vibe the second you enter Chef’s Kitchen! The matte brass accents with black and wood decor create a dramatic yet comfortable and causal atmosphere. Colby and Taj? (Tye?/Tai?) are phenomenal servers who had excellent suggestions for both our dishes and drinks. Their attention to detail regarding our dining experience is unmatched! I am speechless over our amazing dinner for a party of five, but I will try to describe the delectable meal. The unique salmon egg rolls and tender calamari along with those gorgeous specialty drinks were a fantastic start to this eating event. We chose the lamb lollipops a la Oscar, filet mignon, and the oxtail lasagne. Amazing melt in your mouth meats, incredible garlic mashers and delicious vegetables! Did I mention the presentation? We were expecting to enjoy a dessert which promised to be tasty, but we needed to get to the show. Next time, for sure! Our party of five was looking forward to an evening of comedy at Scope and started with Chef’s Kitchen & Cocktails; what an excellent choice!!
A photo of Coastal Grill restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3759)
$30 and under
Seafood
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
Classic, consistent, upscale cuisine is offered in a well-appointed, unpretentious setting in this top-notch nosherie. The beautiful bar invites easy conversation and casual dining. Located on the affluent Great Neck corridor in Virginia Beach, just three miles from the Oceanfront, Coastal Grill is as famous for what isn't on the menu as for what actually is. Owner Jerry Bryan with Executive Chef Maureen Cucchiaro and Chef de Cusine Brad Bates at the stove, offer an extensive list of "blackboard specials," always with a nice assortment of freshly caught regional seafood. This locals favorite has received critical acclaim since its inception over 25 years ago, culminating in being voted the Number 1 Restaurant by Hampton Roads Magazine. With amazing food and exemplary service, Coastal Grill is a sure bet for business dinners, special occasions, or simply unwinding after a hard day. Come celebrate with us!
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Outstanding food and service. Every dish from appetizers to dessert that we ordered for a party of six was delicious, we went through two dozen oysters as well. Drinks were also on point and our waitress was excellent. Will definitely go back if we’re ever back in the area!
A photo of Aldo's Ristorante restaurant
4.9
4.9 (4399)
$30 and under
Italian
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
Since 1988, Aldo's Ristorante is an Italian fine dining restaurant & wine bar located in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Aldo's award winning wine bar & wine list has been thriving for over 32 years, receiving accolades from wine spectator and wine enthusiasts magazines. Offering locally sourced seafood and produce daily.

We feature delicious food (some gluten free), wonderful wines, superb service and excellent value!

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Worth a visit for excellent food, fine wine and great service. Have been enjoying this restaurant for many, many years. Very accommodating to vegetarians ...can adapt most menu items. Service is always fantastic (although staff shortages kept our waiter on the move this visit).
A photo of The Melting Pot - Virginia Beach restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1762)
$31 to $50
Fondue
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
The Melting Pot offers an extraordinary dining experience that you won’t find at any other restaurant. Here you'll discover all of the ingredients to a perfect evening, including a relaxed atmosphere, private tables, attentive service, fine wines and fabulous four-course fondue dinners. No matter what the occasion from a romantic date to get-togethers with friends, meetings or large groups, The Melting Pot is certain to please. Make reservations today and come dip into something different.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Top Notch! Don’t recommend bringing your kids though. Other people don’t like kids excitement.
A photo of Quemar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (514)
$30 and under
Latin American
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
Please Call if No Online Reservations Are Available !! - 757-965-2066 -Walkins Welcome!!!!


Scratch Kitchen with Latin American inspired cuisine.

Come enjoy a cocktail in our Tranquilo Lounge on one of our comfy velvet couches with your friends, or grab dinner in our dining room for a date night while watching our chefs create our beautiful dishes in our open concept kitchen. With over 90 Tequila and Mezcals to choose from, you'll have the option to sip on our patio, at one of the two full-service bars, in the Tranquilo Lounge or in the dining room while enjoying scratch-made tacos or ethically raised bone-in ribeye.

Open Friday and Saturday nights with late night snacks from 10-11pm and good vibes till 12am.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Fantastic overall! Phenomenal food at unbelievably good prices and insanely good happy hour specials! Ambiance and service were spectacular as well, i always recommend Quemar to everyone
A photo of Orion's Roof Garden & Dining restaurant
4.5
4.5 (5626)
$31 to $50
Fusion / Eclectic
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
The rooftop of the Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront boasts unparalleled views of the Atlantic & an open kitchen that allows energy & interaction to flow throughout. Orions menu of Asian-fusion, coastal, dishes & classic sushi paired with eclectic cocktails & a vast Sake & wine selection creates true umami. Orion’s Roof offers guests an upscale dining experience surrounded by arguably the most amazing views on the East coastline.
Top review
Yummy1vip
Dined 2 days ago
The restaurant is beautiful, the service was outstanding and the food was exceptional.
A photo of Zoes Steak & Seafood restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1570)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
AAA Four Diamond restaurant located at the Virginia Beach oceanfront, Zoës originally opened in 2003, and re-opened under new ownership on March 16, 2009. Renowned sommelier Marc Sauter, as well as devoted restaurant goers Bill and Joni Greene, to continue the Zoës legacy with the same great location, friendly staff, soothing ambience, and award-winning food and spirits.

Together, their hope is to offer their guests a wonderful dining experience that has a comfortable, familiar atmosphere, yet that special touch of class that makes Zoës “the place to go when you absolutely must impress your guests.”

Reservations are recommended but walk-ins are always welcome.

Zoës is a completely non-smoking establishment.

Top review
BarbaraMvip
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
our favorite place to dine with friends and family. love, love, love everything about Zoe's. A true gem of a restaurant.
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