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

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall cuisine 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 Heirloom restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1867)
$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.

Top review
CarolK
Dined 6 days ago
Food is delicious. Service is excellent! Love the place.
A photo of Leaping Lizard Cafe restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1220)
$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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SusanT
Dined 3 days ago
I made the reservation for myself and for four other ladies to celebrate one of our neighbors who is moving out of the neighborhood. I arrived a few minutes early, and I had of the rest of my party and the hostess went ahead and seated me which made easy entry for the guest of honor and the remaining neighbors. I have been there often and the food is consistently good and the servers are always so nice and accommodating. Highly recommend!
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4.9
4.9 (3728)
$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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JCMCWvip
Dined 5 days ago
Always consistent and delicious food. The service is exceptional! We’ve been customers for years and always enjoy atmosphere and friendly neighborhood feel!
A photo of Mannino's Italian Bistro - Kempsville restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1269)
$30 and under
Italian
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
The experienced Culinary team of Chefs John R. Mannino & John M. Mannino (Father & Son Respectively) have partnered with Sommelier Daris Gavin to open New "Olde World Style" Italian Bistros. The goal was to give patrons Great Italian food at a reasonable price point with wine choices to match. We… are sure that the Mannino’s Italian Bistro Family will work with great passion & attention to detail to try and ensure that our guest develop a sense of home and comfort while enjoying their dining experience. John R. spent time at many restaurants both locally (Nicholas’ at the Omni, La Bella Italia, Café Society {Executive Chef}, Bodegas & 456 Fish) and nationally (Lacey’s Restaurant/ Manhattan & East of Athens/ Long Island). John M Mannino is an Honors Graduate of Culinary Institute of America. He was the Executive Chef of Bodega & 4 5 6 Fish prior to opening Mannino's. John M also won the Inaugural 2012 Taste of Hamptonroads Iron Chef competition.
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JDBrown
Dined 3 days ago
We’ve been coming here for almost 17 years since they opened. It’s always been incredible food. It’s always been incredible service. Diane always is so wonderful and goes above and beyond each and every time to take such good care of our family. 
A photo of Terrapin Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1423)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant

WE OFFER A CASH DISCOUNT OF 3%
Beginning in 2006, we have been serving the finest quality food to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Our goal, from day one has been to make damn good food, with honest ingredients while being kind to those we meet along the way. 
We offer Terrace seating. Our Terrace is protected from inclement weather and heated for year round dining. It is NOT air conditioned. We do have ceiling fans and cooling fans for the warmer days.
We are proud to present our guests with a dinner menu free of hydrogenated oils, and high fructose corn syrup, yet full of flavor that only the freshest ingredients from local sources can provide.
At Terrapin restaurant, we are very passionate about supporting sustainable organic farmers and local watermen, as well as preserving the integrity of our menu and products.



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ProfK
Dined 7 days ago
So wonderful! Our servers were especially thoughtful and attentive. Thank you!
A photo of The Veranda restaurant
4.9
4.9 (44)
$31 to $50
Italian
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Veranda Trattoria, where the warm embrace of traditional Italian hospitality meets the sun-kissed shores of Virginia Beach. Nestled in the heart of this vibrant coastal city, our trattoria invites you on a culinary journey that combines the richness of Italian flavors with the laid-back charm of beachside living
The atmosphere is a perfect blend of rustic elegance and coastal comfort, creating a welcoming space for both intimate dinners and lively gatherings.
The Veranda Trattoria is not just a restaurant; it's a place where friends and family come together to savor exceptional food, share stories, and create lasting memories. Whether you're seeking a romantic date, a family celebration, or a casual dinner with friends, our trattoria is the perfect setting for every occasion
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Amazing food and service. The garlic shrimp is by far the best in the 757. While the restaurant is small this allows for a personal experience and the staff does an amazing job in providing only the best in service. Truly a must do for anyone visiting in the area.
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4.8
4.8 (643)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
Mizuno Japanese Restaurant is a family-run business that first opened in 1996. Located in Virginia Beach, Mizuno is embedded in a seafood hotspot, only 25 miles south of the Eastern Shore of Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay, and 158 miles south of Hatteras, North Carolina. Chef-owner Wataru Mizuno feels blessed to be a sushi chef in a culinary trifecta like Virginia Beach. Mizuno and his team take advantage of the restaurant's access to local sources by artfully composing daily specials that feature fresh shrimp, yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, flounder, blue crabs and oysters, to name a few. The hook's simple. Mizuno resists complicated sauces and excessive ingredients. Instead, he flavors scallops from the world famous Chesapeake Bay, adding nothing more, at times, than a dash of citrus and a pinch of sea salt. Wataru Mizuno: Chef/Owner Born in Japan, Wataru Mizuno received his formal training in Tokyo, as an apprentice under master Teruo Sato.
Top review
ShannonAvip
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
Megan was terrific!
A photo of Aldo's Ristorante restaurant
4.9
4.9 (4362)
$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!
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Decent experience. I was shocked they didn’t offer regular bread and butter. The focaccia bread wasn’t impressive. Also, it’s just very loud. Maybe just where we sat but so loud and overwhelming. Pasta was good.
A photo of Ruth's Chris Steak House - Virginia Beach restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2316)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
Ruth's Chris Steak House in Virginia Beach, VA serves the finest USDA Prime beef available, broiled at 1,800° and served on 500° plates, so your steak stays hot, juicy and delicious from first bite to last. Enjoy our New Orleans-inspired appetizers, USDA Prime steaks, fresh seafood, signature side dishes and homemade desserts. All this while you enjoy our warm, inviting atmosphere and Ruth’s Chris’ genuine hospitality. So whether you’re a regular or have just been wondering what all the buzz is about, Ruth's Chris is the perfect excuse to enjoy the perfect night out. Dinner is served nightly, reservations are suggested and private dining may be arranged.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent dinner tonight-wonderful service and the food is consistently exceptional. So glad they were still offering the seafood trio as a special. I hope they will put it on the regular menu-it’s perfect for us seafood lovers. My husband’s and son’s steaks were cooked to perfection. 👍🏻👍🏻
A photo of Eurasia Cafe & Wine Bar - Virginia Beach restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1384)
$31 to $50
American
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
A quaint, hidden gem at the Virginia Beach oceanfront! Eurasia offers some of the best farm to table food that the Beach has to offer. Seafood drives this eclectic menu that changes seasonally. To complement the great menu, Eurasia has local beers on tap and 20 wines by the glass to suit any palette.
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Laurasrvip
Dined 2 days ago
Cassandra and staff provided excellent service. Every dish was terrific, especially the dan dan pork belly
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