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Eat. An American Bistro

4.7
663 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(757) 965-2472
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Erick Heilig
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
40th Street
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Wine
What 663 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LiznVB (Richmond)
4.0  Dined 18 hours ago

We had a lovely meal with friends and will be back!

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Food was great exce

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Exceptional. Food was five star quality (just as good as many 5 star restaurants I have visited). Server was wonderful as well; offered many recommendations and was down to earth. The food. Wow. Presentation, texture and taste was awesome. We had a lot! Ordered: ants on a log, scallops, octopus, pountine and the duck special. Everything was delicious. Perfectly cooked and flavored. We will certainly be back. Worth every penny and then some. Compliments to this restaurant and chef!

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BethC (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

I love whenever we get the chance to go to Eat. Awesome food and such a relaxed vibe.

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JanetZ (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

A favorite neighborhood dining spot. Seasonal menu changes take advantage of farm to table offerings of local products. Wide variety of meals and small plates. Good wine menu, friendly and helpful wait staff and great ambiance.

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vipKKent (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Met with friends. Great!!

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Lyndsey (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Wow! We were very impressed with everything. The atmosphere, the food, the service!!! We will absolutely return.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food, as always!

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Everything about the experience at EAT was amazing. We had a great table, the martini’s were delicious and not
skimpy on the alcohol. The appetizers were tasty with good portion sizes. The presentation of our dinners was wonderful. The only negative thing was that it would have been better if all of the entrees had come to the table at the same time. The espresso martini was amazing, the creme brûlée was smooth. We will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

It was for my daughters birthday. Wait staff was very helpful and our meal was incredible in both presentation and taste

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robert (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Eat always surprises me. Between visits I forget that the food is always fun and creative, and the bar offers good and thoughtful drinks.

The beer list is just long enough to offer plenty of good options without being so long you get lost. Fun fact - they make their own Kahlua, and when something you like moves off of the cocktail list, they are happy to make it for you.

In my group there were two filet mignon takers, and I had a collection of appetizers - butter squash and crab soup (special), wedge, and potstickers (special) - all unique and very good.

The North End of Virginia Beach doesn't have one place that is both reasonably priced and always good, but Eat comes close - it's not cheap, but it is very good.

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vipHonest (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

My whole family loves EAT BISTRO in Va. Beach. Will, our favorite waiter, is delightful, attentive and thoughtful, but doesn't interrupt with a "Hey, how ya doing" so it's really such a pleasant dining experience. We go there often as it's close to my father's house, but we just love the seasonal offerings, the fresh seafood prepared so creatively, the superb crab cakes when they are in season, and the welcoming staff. To me, it's the nicest dining experience in Va. Beach.

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vipwendelllynnseldonjr (Wilmington)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

First experience here and loved it! Creative menu and perfect execution of every dish we tried. Victoria was a great server. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

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Kingsley (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Our family of five went for Christmas Eve dinner. Choices were available for all the different appetites represented. The Gentlemen enjoyed their handcrafted cocktails. Everyone enjoyed their individual appetizers and entrees. Our waiter was awesome very informative and made good recommendations. Made for a wonderfully special evening out. AS usual Parking is a problem we lucked out at last minute with a spot becoming available nearby.

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Brandon (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

The restaurant was smaller than I had thought but it was perfect. Not too noisy or packed. The food was a little pricey, but really good. The server was really attentive and personable. We definitely enjoyed our celebration here.

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Lovetoeat (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on December 7, 2017

Eat is our “go to” restaurant. The menu has a great variety and I’ve tried most of it, but my husband gets the steak EVERY TIME!!!!! The specials are also a treat, I get the fish any time it’s offered (always a win!) Service is exemplary! Will was our waiter and we love him!!!!

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on December 6, 2017

Eat - the food, ambience and service do not disappoint!

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Lynn (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 4, 2017

As always the food and service were outstanding. I wish I lived in VA Beach so I could visit more often! Don't miss this gem!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 3, 2017

Fantastic food & creative menu. Looking forward to going again.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Always a great meal here

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vipDrJai (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

Eat was a pleasant surprise. Situated much like a coffee shop, the food was very flavorful and the chef really played with great palate-pleasurable choices.

Okay so now that I got the "fufu" talk out of the way, let me get real....I had a few "OMG" moments, like "whoa." when I tasted the food; big eyed, slap your forehead type of moments. I had the corn chowder and the scallops. The scallops were tender, cut like butter, there was popcorn on the plate! Popcorn!! Talk about texture. Who puts popcorn on a plate and makes it taste good? Apparently Eat does!

Now when the crowd came it was tight in there but we adopted a couple next to us and chatted it up! The bathroom is external to the restaurant, so when I exited and that cold air hit me, my need-to-go, turned quickly emergent. However, overall, my family enjoyed the quaint experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

Their soups summer and winter are the best, I enjoy the small and quiet atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

Have been to Eat many times and never disappointed. Food always is great, service is great and the team that works there is great!
Highly-Highly Recommend!

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Saphir (Richmond)
3.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

For a reservation of 2, I wasn't impressed with our table which was a round table. It was also really loud and required us to almost shout to be heard over the din.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food, elegantly prepared! Nice location, just off the boardwalk on the north end.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

My husband and I really enjoyed being waited on by Shoney, who was personable, friendly, knowledgeable and funny!

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OcracokeC (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

Eat Restaurant is consistently the best restaurant in Virginia Beach. Small and intimate, they make the most of the space creating a cozy atmosphere. The food is exceptional as is the presentation. I have never had anything less than a very very good meal at Eat all the way up to the sublime. For a special occasions and family/friend gatherings, this is the perfect spot. Service is impeccable as well. There are reasons this is #1 in the city!

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on October 11, 2017

Victoria was informative of speacials and knowledge of food and beverage menus. Along with delicious, well presented food, quaint setting, and pleasant service; we had a wonderful date night!

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on October 6, 2017

Always a favorite. Call for reservations. Fresh local catch. Creative menu. Always several new dinner specials (both Big and small plates). Great wine list.
Never can tell what Chef Eric is whipping up!

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