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

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best service 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 The Melting Pot - Virginia Beach restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1764)
$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.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Food was great as always. My complaint was they raised the price or the 4 course experience, got rid of the unlimited for the same price and then give you the same amount of food. Service was decent server was nice but could've been a little more attentive. Everything else was great.
A photo of Mannino's Italian Bistro - Kempsville restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1281)
$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.
Top review
golferbobvip
Dined 2 days ago
Great menu with many traditional dishes and chefs specialties. Nightly special list is always interesting, compounded with great service.
A photo of Vintage Tavern restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2610)
$31 to $50
American
Suffolk
About the restaurant
Experience the charm and elegance of Vintage Tavern in North Suffolk, VA. Since 2006, our restaurant has been celebrated for its "Seasonally Southern" cuisine, artfully crafted to honor local and regional “farm to table” Southern favorites. Discover our commitment to fresh, authentic dishes that embody the rich food history and culture unique to our community.

Our extensive wine list, featuring over 400 selections, complements any meal perfectly. We have held the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 2006 and The Two Stem Award of Excellence since 2015.

Ideal for birthdays, anniversaries, or any special occasion, Vintage Tavern has been acclaimed by Coastal Virginia Magazine, Open Table, Sante magazine, and Wine Spectator. Join us and experience the culinary excellence that has consistently earned accolades and the hearts of our guests. Visit Vintage Tavern and savor the best of Southern hospitality.

Top review
BruceGvip
Dined 1 day ago
Liz is an awesome server. The food was great. Thanks
A photo of Terrapin Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1444)
$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.




Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 16, 2024
By far the best restaurant we’ve patronized in Virginia Beach in the last 15+ years. This town has mostly become a factory for tourist money, and its restaurants tend to be impersonal and lack in culture or hospitality, but not so at Terrapin. They nailed it from the second we walked in the door, by having a personalized menu waiting for my wife, welcoming her home from her deployment with the Navy and wishing her a happy birthday.. info they gleaned from a single sentence note I left on OpenTable. We decided to go all in, cocktail and starter to begin, followed by their tasting menu for 2, wine pairings, desert, a very nice bottle of champagne and coffee before we left. I saved for and completely expected a monster check at the end. With a very healthy and well deserved tip, we came in at under $240! We are a dual-military family of 5, and we don’t eat out often, when we do we don’t spend over $100.. so I truly saved for this night. In the end, we had plenty left in our wallets for the rest of the night. GREAT EXPERIENCE!
A photo of Heirloom restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1905)
$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
booyahvtvip
Dined 5 days ago
Always great food, great drinks, great service, and great atmosphere for a great price!
A photo of Chef's Kitchen & Cocktails restaurant
4.8
4.8 (292)
$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!)

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
We've been here twice and have had an amazing experience each time. The food is perfectly done: steaks and seafood and vegetables exactly right and what we ordered. They have made the most of the space; it's a cool vibe and classy in an understated way. We are happy to have such a great addition to the food scene in Norfolk.
A photo of The Veranda restaurant
4.9
4.9 (50)
$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

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Amazing Food and Service. We cannot wait to return.
A photo of Gaston's Italian Steakhouse restaurant
4.8
4.8 (197)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Beautiful restaurant, impeccable service and excellent food…porcini risotto is unbelievable.
A photo of Croc's 19th Street Bistro restaurant
4.6
4.6 (885)
$30 and under
American
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
A Neighborhood Gem, Fit For Foodies with a Notable Wine List. Located in the heart of the ViBe District, Croc's has been locally owned for the past 30 years. Croc's is home to the Old Beach Farmers Market on Saturday mornings, and Sunday hosts the wildly popular decade-long show Drag Yourself To Brunch with nationally-recognized female impersonators. Reservations required. Thursday Night, also known as Ladies Night, is recognized as a 30 year hot spot, with $3 Corona Lights and a DJ at 10pm. In 2008, Croc's was the first restaurant in the state certified as Virginia Green. Our on-premise chef garden offers vegetarians locally sourced produce and herbs. Enjoy our coastal casual cuisine hospitality and atmosphere infused with authentic Lebanese dishes such as Hummus, Baba Ghanoush, and Tabouleh. We have 2 dog-friendly outdoor patios, and one enclosed patio that offers as a private room to host an array of events.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 15, 2024
Overall a great experience. The ambience works for casual dining but also has some upscale aspects. Grilled chicken Caesar salad was well done and Lebanese menu items were also good.
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
BarbaraK
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
First time @ Zoe’s & it was an amazing evening. My daughter’s birthday. Food was wonderful…service was excellent. Very friendly, attentive, helpful. Quite enough to enjoy conversations. Thank you. You made it special!
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