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Eat. An American Bistro

4.8
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915 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 915 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eat. Is a favorite of ours here in VB. The food is excellent and the service is unmatched. We had the Crab Cake and Steak for our entrees. Both meals were outstanding, however, I would say the filet took the prize. The filet was cooked perfectly and served with truffle mash potatoes that were equally delicious. We will be back to this restaurant and recommend it to our friends!

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vipLindaL
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seriously an unexpected find, the building itself quite possibly could hinder someone from trying something new but we are never disappointed! Service and food rocks!!

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RyanJ
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding, the ambiance perfect for our anniversary dinner. Meghan, our server, was fun, attentive, and kind.

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DrBigEater
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

The food was OK. The crab stack appetizer was excellent. The Hasselhoff burger was dry and tasted predominately like pepper. The server was kind and very knowledgeable. The atmosphere is sub-optimal. The bathrooms are in the back "walkway". You have to go outside to use them. That was odd. The view is of the hotel next door. Overall I would not agree with the "places you must eat prior to dying" claim on the OpenTable description. It's ok to visit once but I won't be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Great food and very attentive service.

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Charlotte
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated my 67th Birthdaycwith my son, nephew and friend. The food, service and ambiance was amazingly good!

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vipTosh
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food! Miso glazed salmon special was amazing.

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AnnF
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The good at Eat is incredible. Service was great. Delicious crabcake and vegetable lasagna. Totally worth it.

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SallyR
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great selection with fresh, local options. Very friendly, unpretentious staff offered excellent service. Kale Cesar, Brussels sprouts, wontons and paella: all delicious. Creative cocktails. Felt Covid safe, lots of spacing between tables.

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Amanda
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Highly recommend the octopus.

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RichardS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Alex, was fantastic. The food was creative and delicious. Highly recommended

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viprobert
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Hole in the wall with excellent food and service

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DateNight
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a very nice dinner. Food was delicious. Restaurant was very energetic.

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vipMatt
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place! Very unassuming when you walk in... the staff, restaurant, wine, and food are all amazing!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this place! We spent our 15th year anniversary dinner there.

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vipmwells
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Parking is a pain. All the food and drinks were excellent (the halibut wrapped in rice paper was bland).

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vipLindaL
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved our night, the food is to die for, everything we had. Small setting and great service. Def not a place I’d stop just driving by but was so surprised once inside. I’ll be dreaming of the desert for a while!

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vipAmykh2
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always my favorite restaurant when I’m in town. The Hasselhoff burger is my son’s perennial favorite. And the dirty poutine is absolutely unrivaled. The fish, no matter how it appears on the menu, is cooked perfectly and the cocktails are smart and true craft cocktails. Highly recommend!

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vipStClair
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go every year for our anniversary.
My husband had the oyster stew dinner special which he said was as good as anything he has ever eaten.
And we have a son who lives in New Orleans so we are used to excellent food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have never disappointed.

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vipUnsophisticatedDiner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful evening on a quiet Sunday night. The service and the food was excellent. We had the oyster stew and halibut which were specials and did not disappoint. We also enjoyed Lynnhaven Oysters on the half shell. What a treat. Will, our waiter, was very attentive and extremely helpful and knowledgable about menu items and reccomendations.

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vipDDee
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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Foodie757
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious!

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Cody
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious food and wonderful service. Our server Victoria was a delight.

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ToddUU
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Parking is an issue. Not sure what the solution for the future is.

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RonN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Good food. Fresh bread. Oysters and tomato soup apps were amazing. Parking is challenging.

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vipAndyC
Norfolk
35 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eat continues to be one of our favorites for its cozy feel, inventive menu, impressive wine list, friendly staff, and outdoor seating when weather permits

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PeggyT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food! Our server, Will was wonderful.
We will be back!

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vipDDee
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent waiter!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasantly surprised! Here on a business trip and picks to dine her based on star ratings and it’s close proximity to my hotel. Do not judge this place by its exterior....it’s decent above average casual dining. The oysters were amazing. My husband had the oyster stew and chowder, I had the halibut with grit cake....all were full flavored and excellent. Will definitely return on a return visit to Va Beach.

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vipDDee
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner and excellent waiter!!

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Bill
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been eating at the Bistro for years and have always enjoyed it. It has been a while since I have been there because while the parking has always been a problem it has gotten even worse since they have eliminated what little on street parking they had. Still very good food though.

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vipLaurasr
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service from Stevie.

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BeachWatcher
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have enjoyed EAT a number of times over the years both as a couple, with friends, and with family. It has always been a meal to remember. Virginia Beach is blessed with a number of great restaurants. Eat An American Bistro has a very special place within that group.

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vipDDee
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner and service

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LyleA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent from the bar, to the service, to the food. I highly recommend the Dirty Poutine for an appetizer, or a side if you're hungry.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service, cuisine and menu.

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BarbaraP
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is thoughtfully and well prepared and always delicious. Knowledgable servers and cozy atmosphere. This has become one of our must visit locations when we visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience

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 915 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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