Eat. An American Bistro

4.8
1042 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1042 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delaney Kiser was great. Tell her Alex Bell said hello

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DimitriS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing . Can’t wait to go back ! Our server Delaney was great , the food was great , the restaurant was clean and cute

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vipCRF1
Richmond
126 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice Restaurant Week surprise-
Onion soup is the bomb, and refreshing event menu. Food and service was excellent

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vipbiotara
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem in Virginia Beach. There are few good dining options on the oceanfront let alone great, Eat is it favorite restaurant in Hampton roads! Great food, great service, great menu options, this place far surpasses several other highly-rated restaurants in the area.

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SarahK
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Restaurant week- meal was excellent. Lack of any close parking is an issue. Arrive ahead, and plan on walking. Service was pleasant, and attentive, but kitchen was significantly behind with entrees- Plan on going again.

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vipCRF1
Richmond
126 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service to match

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vipBxtrlew
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are always so exceptional!! This restaurant is such a blessing and such a great contrast to the corporate hotel restaurants that surround it. It’s always so fun to go and see neighbors and friends enjoying it too! The staff is amazing and so accommodating! We love Eat!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taylor waiting on us and was awesome, as usual. I had the jumbo lump crab cake, a favorite, and the others had a rockfish Marsala special that was divine. If you haven’t gone… you’re missing out!

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vipbiotara
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. A hidden gem on the oceanfront. Our favorite restaurant in VA Beach.

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Billw
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in all respects. Will return. Especially enjoyable off season

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Eat. Food and Service were excellent. Creative menu with some great flavor profiles. Will definitely be going back

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CourtneyS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated immediately upon arriving for our reservation. Service was excellent and everyone in our group agreed it was one of the best meals they’d ever eaten. Cannot recommend highly enough. Will definitely be going back again and again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always exceptional

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was slow but food was good!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
32 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delicious culinary experience.

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StevenC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, most excellent service and food!! Can't wait to return!!

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OpenTable Diner
Kyoto
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tyler was amazing as she always is! Food was wonderful and steaks perfectly cooked!
Oysters rock is the best!!

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a great meal at the Eat Bistro, whether is an entree from the menu or a daily special. This is a must go restaurant whether you are a local or a tourist

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NicoleM
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The filet was amazing! Wonderful date night for our first wedding anniversary.

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vipAndyC
Richmond
42 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eat Bistro has remained one of our favorite restaurants (~top 3?) in Virginia Beach since it opened years ago. Their regular menu holds several treasures, their specials are always creative and appealing, and their wine list is diverse and well curated. Service is friendly and prompt. We are very fortunate to have this neighborhood gem located at the edge of the resort strip near the residential North End neighborhood.

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VickiL
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We ordered 2 appetizers, a salad, an entree and dessert and shared to sample as many things as possible. Each was so delicious and creatively prepared that we finished everything on the plate. Our server was excellent and said they were short staffed but we didn’t notice at all. I would go every day if I could. It was that good!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a birthday dinner for my wife. Good and service was amazing with a great atmosphere. We will definitely be going back here

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always outstanding

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Erik
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Any time you can visit Eat, An American Bistro, that is if you can find parking, you will truly enjoy the friendly environment as well as the food offerings. This is a VA Beach gem

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vipStan
Jacksonville
23 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We come here every time we visit our daughter in VB. Always wonderful. This time was not as good as usual. My wife and i both ordered the daily specials; halibut and short ribs respectively. The short ribs were outstanding but the halibut was not. It was overcooked. We had 6pm reservations so there was no rush in the kitchen. An off nite for EAT

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vipschautzie1013
Richmond
47 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delaney was our server, she was excellent. We really enjoyed the shrimp/corn chowder, crab stack, halibut special. That cheddar corn cake was killer. Halibut perfect. My husband ordered the Hasselhoff burger. It was very good and massive - like the size of a salad plate. Perfectly cooked.
Thank you for a wonderful dinner. We look forward to coming back!

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AlexP
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What I have come to expect from Eat, solid every tjme

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BobF
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EAT is one of favorite places in Virginia Beach.......unique menu, tasty food, and great wine.

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vipbiotara
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our new favorite spot! The food was exceptional, the service was amazing, and the selection of food was diverse and unique. My husband and I have wanted to try this place for a while and we're so glad that we finally did! We only wish that we had tried it sooner!

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vipDavidC
Richmond
50 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The potstickers were great. The salad with goat cheese was awesome. And then, the steak showed up. Did I mention app and salad? Should have skipped because the steak and potatoes were generous in portion. The steak was cooked perfectly. And the potatoes were like a poutine - really good. And the service - we were well taken care of. And a great little patio area out back for the beautiful weather. We will be back next time we are visiting Va Beach.

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vipFrequentdiner
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delaney did a great job. She was very attentive and quick throughout the evening. The food is always great at Eat!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was good but not extraordinary. Service was very good however. Portion were good however.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and service were terrific! It was a last minute decision for dinner and our first visit. Everything is made in house there and is a hidden gem of culinary delight. I highly recommend it and will definitely be back. The cocktail game is strong with this one😁

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic time. Everything was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow!! Everything we ordered was amazing! Ask for Alex she’s the best.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Trip

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time and absolutely NOT our last. We had an amazing meal...yes, they were understaffed but the quality of the food and atmosphere made it worth it. We never felt rushed or wonder if we had been forgotten. AMAZING!

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vipDaveS
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really impressed with this place close to the beach. They were short staffed but handled everything excellently

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. We come back every year

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vipDowntownjb
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s been too long since we’ve been to Eat and we have clearly been missing out. The food was delicious, maybe even better than before?!? Knowledgable staff and great drinks! We will get back sooner now❤️

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 1042 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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