Eat. An American Bistro

4.7
833 reviews
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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.

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Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Such a treat to have a GOOD restaurant on the oceanfront of Va Beach. Eat is quite small, super friendly, and dishes up delicious & artfully presented food. We had the gazpacho & scallops which were each divine! The staff are professional, quick and informed and the space is very cute. The noise level does build inside, given it's small size, but was still quite manageable early in the evening. Their outdoor patio is cute, and would be a great option on cooler evenings. Overall, Eat is doing an excellent job and is probably the best option along the oceanfront for savory, high quality food.

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Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice small local restaurant. Great service and delicious food

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New England
25 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently delicious food. Wonderful wait staff - especially Will.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They have a small menu, however the food was very good. Would highly recommend it.

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Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Horrible staff was overwhelmed despite the fact it was not busy

Will not return

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MK
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great little spot with amazing food! Tyler was AWESOME!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Family Vacation to Va Beach and this was close to the hotel. The service was good and the food was good. They even catered to my 12 and 8 year olds to give them something they would enjoy.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best!!!!

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MM
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Great food! Prices were very reasonable and since we dined on a Monday night our bottle of wine was half price! Experience was very relaxing, we were never rushed. Our server Chloe was excellent.

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JM
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Ate on patio , beautiful night . Nice menu, great drinks, sweet server. It was our third visit to Eat, enjoyed each time. Definitely will go again when in the area.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down my favorite restaurant for date night. Will is the greatest

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Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great meal really enjoyed the food. Wife is a vegetarian, menu had at least one option in every category

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Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great spot to experience unique dishes that were well executed from focaccia made onsite to a menu that will make any foodie satisfied. Our server Will provided exceptional service from start to finish. He made this a memorable dinner.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. We had in town and out of town guests.

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R
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

I’m a vegetarian allergic to dairy and there were almost no vegan options available. The service was excellent though. It was a bit dark, however, and the food was quite expensive, but otherwise, we had a good experience, thank you.

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RV
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time. Service was excellent and even though it was not on the menu yet they made me up some of their absolutely amazing paella (seasonal). Every time I’m back in the VB I make it a point to come back and would recommend it to anyone.

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VJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exceptional!

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VT
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at EAT each year for the past 5+ years. I think they do such a good job that we ate there twice within the 4-days at Virginia Beach. Chad is the hardest working bartender there is. Shawn and all our wait staff did a great job! See you next year if not sooner!

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RV
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative cuisine, well-prepared and served by knowledgeable and helpful people. A delight.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The presentation of food is spectacular!

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SM
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food that we had was awesome and the service was outstanding.

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EO
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Never write a negative review but this was a terrible experience. Over half an hour before anyone approached our table. Food was subpar. Was once my favorite Virginia Beach restaurant but I will never go back.

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M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

5th time eating at this restaurant and it's always great.

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ES
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing experience. Artfully designed and executed menu and attentive service by James made this a memorable night.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best oysters Rockefeller on the planet!

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as usual. Waiter gave me a large plastic bag to cover myself to get to my car during a rain storm.

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SS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our meal at EAT. The menu choices made it hard to choose & the specials were just as amazing. The service was perfect too - attentive without being too much!

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KR
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitor was excellent. We had the best octopus that we have ever had. Highly recommend.

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DD
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant and fabulous food. I highly recommend Eat. An American Bistro!

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall an amazing experience. Food and service was outstanding. A must go to spot any time you’re in the VA Beach area.

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DS
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The theme tries to play on simplistic values, but in reality this establishment is pretty bojuee.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was so delicious! We went back for dessert again the following night. Our server Victoria was very attentive and friendly.

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Bedfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An absolutely fantastic meal at Eat: An American Bistro. We shared the amazing artisan cheeseboard, which came with a beautiful selection of cheeses along with some great homemade crackers and accompaniments. Wonderful mains, especially the pork chop, and the fillet steak with goat cheese and truffle mashed potatoes. Both were perfectly cooked and presented.

Service was every bit good as the food; friendly, professional and our waiter, Stevie, knew everything about the menu options.

The restaurant can get a little busy as it’s a smaller space and quality of the food obviously brings in a steady crowd. Even full the atmosphere was still pleasant and it wasn’t too noisy. There’s a small outside seating area as well if you want to enjoy the warm evenings.

Overall, genuinely the best meal we’ve had in the Virginia Beach area and one of the nicest restaurants we’ve visited in the US.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was amazing! I got the Filet and my husband got the NY Strip Steak Frites, best ever! GET IT!!!!

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious with wonderful flavors and presentation. Very relaxing atmosphere!

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K
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Recommend as a nice adult dining experience. Like assparagas? Then must order.

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DD
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant - Great food!! I highly recommend Eat - An American Bistro to all!

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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The vegetable lasagne was not good. Not tasty, very dry. The French onion soup was yummy. Steak was good. Love the place but don't go with the vegetable lasagne.

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MD
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EAT is the hidden gem in Virginia Beach. I dine out often, and EAT “Never” disappoints. By the way, they’ve also got a great Bar Manager that selects some very nice and sometimes hard to get brews. I can assure you, that you’ll be impressed. I’ll be back, as often as possible. I encourage you to check out EAT.

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MJ
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome!! Food is great and the specials are always wonderful and creative!! Not your average fair!
Highly recommend!

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