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Hot Tuna

4.6
841 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Here at Hot Tuna, our food is 5-star, but our dress code is surfer chic. Hot Tuna is a member of the Farm-to-Fork Movement; our menu features what is fresh, in-season and local. Eastern Shore seafood and produce from our local farms are staples, and our menu runs the gamut, from the freshest Ahi tuna to gourmet gouda burgers. Our bartenders are as adventurous as our chefs, providing you with hand-muddled mojitos, homemade sangria and organic margaritas. We hope you enjoy your dining experience with us!

**Thank you for your reservation. We attempt to honor all specific table requests such as a booth or outdoor seating. We are able to honor those requests 90% of the time. However, there are some occasions where a specific request may not be available at the time of your reservation.

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Happy Hour

Jul 21 - Dec 31, 2020 · Sun - Thu 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM, Fri - Sat 4:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Everyday 4-6, Wednesdays until 9. Happy Food $4-$8. Beer, wine & mixed drinks $4-$7.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 841 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.4
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MarkW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was great as usual, our waitress was delightful and the food was great. We usually go for brunch and we love it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food. Great experience. Outdoor patio was perfect.

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Vabeachtennis
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hot Tuna never disappoints! Always a greeted great staff from the minute you walk in the door to the friendly servers! The grilled avocado is always a hit for an appetizer and the grilled shrimp tacos are a personal favorite. One member in our party had the salmon small plate and orders it quite often! Hot Tuna has fantastic happy hours as well as great specials throughout the week!

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MayaB
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came in here for my husbands birthday at happy hour with some friends. Logan was our server and did a fantastic job. He was funny, sweet and even told us about certain specials that were not on the menu. He even brought a cookie bake in a cast iron skillet with a candle for my husband and the rest of us to share which I thought was very sweet. All in all, I would definitely recommend this place.

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Unhappy
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was very crowded no social distancing with the pandemic still going on. Only the staff had masks on. I read reviews on how good the food was but it was average to me and my husband. We ordered garlic ginger wings as an appetizer those were good. I ordered the shrimp and lump crab pasta it was bland with hardly any crab. My husband ordered the pan seared tuna he said wasn't bad but wasn't above average. For the prices we were expecting better tasting food. This was our first time in VA Beach and our first time at Hot Tuna I don't think we will visit Hot Tuna again. We don't drink if you like to drink and socialize then this is the place for you.

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vipSoutherngirl
Washington DC
232 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This restaurant was great but the crowding situation worries me as to the pandemic. Should have been half empty but it was almost full.

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Deanna
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding presentation, flavor and portions. I thoroughly enjoyed the nachos with tuna, cedar blank scallops dinner, and skillet cookie al la mode. Looking forward to my next visit.

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Barry
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food is always good here. I had pretzel encrusted salmon (off tapas menu) and mushroom risotto, she had petite filet with fingerling potatoes and sautéed veggies, we both had sangria to drink. Service has been great for us during the many times we've dined here, but this time we felt like we were being rushed out, and this was not the first time we have visited here during the pandemic, just the first time we felt rushed.

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JamieH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect ambience, fantastic waiter, delicious food & drinks and a super nifty device that kept flys away (we ordered one as soon as we got home).

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Dede
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

My server was wonderful, very attentive. I ordered the eggplant meatballs and oysters rock. which were highly recommended on Yelp. They were both disappointing and didn't live up to the reviews on yelp. All in all, great service but so so food.

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PatrickR
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambience and service. Best restaurant I’ve been in a while. We will definitely be back

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Netter1566
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour drinks until 9 on Wednesdays!!!!

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CrystalC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great brunch with my mom and grandma yesterday! Everyone left Happy and full!!

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NayNay
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Just wish the outdoor seating didn't face a parking lot.

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vipJeannie
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I haven’t been to Hot Tuna in decades. A recent visit told me I’ve been missing something terrific. The food was very good and the service extraordinary. The pricing is set at fine dining rates which I don’t think is warranted for Hot Tuna. My entree was excellently-prepared, but my friend’s was disappointing although he did rave about his appetizer. Bottom line, we will keep Hot Tuna on our go-to list!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks, nice staff

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JCFisher
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food! Reccomend the Chesapeake Crab dip as an appetizer and the Absolut Chesapeake pasta entree; both where on point.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always our food was delicious and the service was fantastic.

JW
JessicaW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious server was fantastic. Prices are a little high but expected all menus have gone up some since Covid

JR
vipJRWVA2013
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love this place! As if the menu wasn’t fabulous enough, daily specials always worth considering.

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vipCarmenA
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! We enjoyed the oysters on the half shell as well as the calamari. Main dishes were delicious! Tuna of course is the best!

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SEber
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience1

While over all it was nice, it was very noisy for social distanced tables. Also there was at least 5 dead flies in our window sill with other still alive behind the blinds

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SLAM
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Our server was super pleasant and attentive. Our food came out quickly and nicely presented, tasted great. Unfortunately, the drinks tasted like they had no alcohol. Although the spinners on the table kept a few flies away, it just wasn’t enough.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always so good and consistent.

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FaithW
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came in for Happy Hour and supper. The calamari was excellent- fried crispy in a light batter with a very good sweet chili sauce. We also found two new favorite drinks - the American Mule and Peach Sangria.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Really wonderful food and excellent service. The only thing that prevents us from having dinner there again anytime soon is covid-related: I went to wash my hands before dinner, and found a crowded 3 stall ladies room with only 1 functioning sink. There were 2 air dryers for hands (which are known to blow the germs all over) but no paper towels. This meant that there was a line to rinse your hands, then germs blowing every which way, all in a very small space.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good consistent food every time we go!

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Joee
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hot Tuna's is one of our favorite places to go for a date night in Virginia Beach. Have never been disappointed there!

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DanielleP
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at this establishment. Went for brunch and they did not disappoint! Menu choices are abundant and the food was amazing! Highly recommend.

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Vabeachtennis
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always amazing and a great friendly waitstaff! This place NEVER disappoints!

VB
vipVBfolks
Richmond
50 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was excellent in spite of a full house. It's time for some menu changes or specials.

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HHGirl
San Antonio
13 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wednesday Happy Hour. Great food and drinks. Nice atmosphere

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PhilipF
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was tasty and the service efficient and pleasant, however it took us almost as long to pay our bill as it did to order and eat our meal. Unfortunately this left us with a poor experience which we are not keen to repeat anytime soon.

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viplocalguy
Richmond
208 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a delicious dinner with friends on this night. The Cedar Planked Salmon was delicious and 3 others enjoyed Parmesan Tuna dish. All were perfectly cooked. Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable. Dessert was great. We look forward to our next visit.

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MichelleM
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy this restaurant. The atmosphere is nice, the service is always impeccable and the food is delicious

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, tasty, well cooked food! Our waitress Shawn (sp?) was wonderful!

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vipoceanpark
Richmond
36 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food is Always great. Scott is an excellent waiter. Lively bar crowd.

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DeniseS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hot Tuna is always outstanding. The food is unique and excellent in taste. The service is top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always when we eat at Hot Tuna our server was attentive and our food was outstanding. Hot Tuna is our top choice for dining in the Great Neck Road/ Shore Drive area whatever the occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived a few minutes early and were seated immediately. We ordered food off the happy hour and the regular menu.
The vegan eggplant meatballs that was recommended by our waitress was delicious Everything that we ordered was exactly as we expected it to be. The waitress and her trainee were attentive and kept on finding out how things were as our meal progressed. As we were seated at a table for two it was wonderful that empty plates were whisked away quickly. We also had dessert that was totally decadent. Overall this was a great place for a meal. We will definitely revisit and recommend this restaurant.

FAQs

Hot Tuna offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (757) 481-2888.

Hot Tuna is rated 4.6 stars by 841 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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