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Eat. An American Bistro

4.8
4.8
1094 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Deemed "One of the 30 Places to Eat Before You Die" by writer Lorraine Eaton, this local gem converts first-time guests into long-time fans on a daily basis.

The intimate location (great for a date), tucked away at the north end of the Virginia Beach oceanfront, has become a local favorite. The eclectic menu has something for everyone, including creative renditions of steaks, fresh fish and seafood, possibly the best burger you'll ever have, vegetarian and more. Plus, there's a chalkboard of daily specials, and a full list of wines, craft beers and cocktails.

Open 7 days a week, it's a MUST-TRY in the resort area.

Please keep in mind only street parking is available, its worth it!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (757) 965-2472

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Erick Heilig

  • Private party facilities

    Contact us at yum@eatbistro.net to book a private event.

  • Neighborhood

    Virginia Beach

  • Cross street

    40th Street

  • Parking details

    Parking is available on 40th street and adjoining streets. On-street parking is metered from April 1st-October 31st, and is free from November 1st-March 31st.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,094 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia

    Contemporary American

  • Norfolk / Virginia Beach

    Fit for Foodies

  • Norfolk / Virginia Beach

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. KC

    KourtneyC

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always. A true local favorite!
  2. w

    warrens

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a great experience. Food and atmosphere were outstanding. Our waiter, Delaney, was the absolute best.
  3. GC

    GailC

    Western NC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We had a delicious meal on a Wednesday evening on the patio. Our server, Delaney, was excellent. Very attentive, made some good suggestions, and was really hustling! My husband loved the Hoffmeyer burger and I enjoyed Oysters Rockefeller and the Goat cheese salad- both delicious. The highlight of the meal was a dessert we split-Sticky Ginger Toffee Cake. It was absolutely incredible! Our only issue is the musty, moldy smell you encounter as soon as you come in the front entrance- that has got to go! We would have likely sat Inside but for that. We would definitely return as food and drinks were were so delicious. del
  4. C

    Charlotte

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, Ambiance and Service was superb. My Crabcake was chock full of fresh crab and my Son's Steak was cooked perfectly!
  5. C

    Cynstill

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never fails us. Low key vibe with excellent food. Nice to be outside and the service is excellent.
  6. DC

    DanaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pretty room. Great service. Excellent food. We'll be back.
  7. KK

    KevinK

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent
  8. AN

    AnnN

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Coral was a great server. We were early so it wasn’t too busy but she never rushed us and was attentive without being overbearing. The crab stack was just the right combo of yumminess. We split a wedge salad and then the paella…Great flavors all! It will definitely by on our radar when we return to the beach.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Overall it was good, the single outside breezeway bathroom was not ideal
  10. SZ

    ShelleyZ

    Pittsburgh

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Searched Open Table while visiting Virginia Beach and found this little gem. Coral was great and was on top if everything we could possibly need. The food was wonder - I marked the noise up due to one group otherwise you heard no one else. The patio had a great breeze - just need to stay on top of the bugs (but then again we opted to sit outside). Highly recommend!!!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious!
  12. CC

    CCE8

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    We were somewhat disappointed with our experience at Eat. I had been there several times, and it’s one of my go to places when we are in town. This time, both the food and the service seemed a little off. First, the food was not as good this time; three of us ordered the tuna, cooked rare. I thought it was just me, but after comparing notes, we agreed that, although seemingly prepared as we asked, it wasn’t very good. It didn’t seem to be a high quality cut of tuna, it was pretty tough to cut and eat. The appetizers/salads were fine, but nothing spectacular (the deviled eggs were good). As far as the service, it seemed a bit off; we had to ask for the proper silverware a couple of different times, and our waitperson seemed a bit unfamiliar with the cocktails, etc. Anyway, it makes me sad that we had this experience, not sure I’d go back or recommend, especially at the prices they charge.
  13. BW

    BobbieW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fabulous in every sense! The champagne vinaigrette on my very tasty pecan encrusted goat cheese salad was one of the best I have ever had. Enjoyed the paella. Our server, Christa was attentive and just the right amount of attention. Our wait time for our meal was perfect. Have always loved EAT and I can only highly recommend!!!!
  14. F

    Frequentdiner

    Richmond

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delaney did a great job, as always. Every course was cooked "au point". Keep up the standard, Eric!
  15. JA

    JoAnn

    Richmond

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Fabulous food!! Wonderful meal!
  16. M

    Mommyof3

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really nice experience overall. Nice service. The food was good. Quiet restaurant. Pleasant evening.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Bring back the seafood stew please
  18. SS

    SallyS

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The octopus appetizer was delicious as always. The soft shell crab special was also great and was accompanied by an interesting and tasty Vietnamese salad. The tuna was a hit and had a very nice fennel salad.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice spot - food and drinks enjoyed by all
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service. Food was delicious. Nice beach dinner without the kids.
  21. CB

    ClareB

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent t and the food outstanding! The warm focaccia was so good too!
  22. PH

    PascaleH

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant ! Nous y allons à chacun de nos séjours à Virginia beach. Tout ce qui est au menu est parfait et le service est impeccable.
  23. T

    Tojo

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an amazing experience. This is my most favorite place to eat. We got a million drinks. My fav is the lavender lentini and then we got the bone marrow escargot..also my fav. We also got oysters rockafeller and the tuna on a wonton. Idk what it’s called. Everything was amazing. My only gripe is parking, but that’s out of their control. Maybe offer valet in the future.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We had to wait 20 minutes after we were seated to
  25. DD

    DebDines

    Richmond

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fresh, wonderful selections. Love the Bloody Mary gazpacho. Calamari special was so tasty. Kale Caesar was fresh and not overdressed like so many. Service was great. Will return.
  26. MB

    MarkB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding meals and service but it's a little louder than what I like.
  27. J

    Joanne

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service. Outdoor dining was perfect. We will definitely be back next time we vacation at VA Beach!
  28. RK

    RhondaK

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Patio dining was nice, great playlist! Charcuterie was best we’ve had in the area….crab cake was divine while expensive, felt worth it! Awesome beer, wine selection - loved that they serve Lambic! Sauces, sides, seasoning were all spot on.
  29. j

    jmb123

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful vibe, great food! Highly recommend!
  30. SC

    SCOTTB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived early for our reservation and didn't have to wait. Our waiter (sorry, forgot his name) was wonderful- he made some recommendations and we weren't disappointed. The food was delicious- qill definitely return!
  31. AC

    AmyC

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    The ambiance leaves a lot to be desired, but even fine diners are not deterred because the food was all excellent. From burgers to steak to seafood to appetizers. Best meatballs I have ever had, no question.
  32. AJ

    AlainJ

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service is excellent,definitely coming back. Thanks you for a wonderful evening at restaurant Eat
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lovely evening and food was delicious
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    No kids menu, but the experience was great and the food was delicious.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every year we come back. Our son is going to ODU next year and I expect we will be at Eat more often. The food and service is above and beyond. The drinks are insane good. Love this place. I'll call it a hidden gem!!
  36. B

    Billw

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding chef. Superior service. All manner of attention to detail.
  37. ES

    EarlS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great steak and some of the best soups around town!
  38. RC

    RebeccaC

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great cocktails, perfect waiter, seafood was excellent
  39. JG

    JonG

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our appetizer and meals were excellent!
  40. RV

    RVARegular

    Richmond

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal as always. Ants on a Log is a truly special experience. The soft shell crab special was perfection on a plate. Pricey but worth it!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Eat. An American Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (757) 965-2472.

Eat. An American Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 1094 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Eat. An American Bistro

4005 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Additional information

  • Cross street

    40th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Virginia Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking is available on 40th street and adjoining streets. On-street parking is metered from April 1st-October 31st, and is free from November 1st-March 31st.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Erick Heilig

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (757) 965-2472

  • Private party facilities

    Contact us at yum@eatbistro.net to book a private event.

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