Mannino's Italian Bistro - Kempsville

4.7
511 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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The experienced Culinary team of Chefs John R. Mannino & John M. Mannino (Father & Son Respectively) have partnered with Sommelier Daris Gavin to open New "Olde World Style" Italian Bistros. The goal was to give patrons Great Italian food at a reasonable price point with wine choices to match. We… are sure that the Mannino’s Italian Bistro Family will work with great passion & attention to detail to try and ensure that our guest develop a sense of home and comfort while enjoying their dining experience. John R. spent time at many restaurants both locally (Nicholas’ at the Omni, La Bella Italia, Café Society {Executive Chef}, Bodegas & 456 Fish) and nationally (Lacey’s Restaurant/ Manhattan & East of Athens/ Long Island). John M Mannino is an Honors Graduate of Culinary Institute of America. He was the Executive Chef of Bodega & 4 5 6 Fish prior to opening Mannino's. John M also won the Inaugural 2012 Taste of Hamptonroads Iron Chef competition.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(757) 474-4446
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
John M. Mannino
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Richmond
1 review
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful food with excellent service. Would highly recommend...

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ME
Richmond
2 reviews
4.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

As always, one of my favorites. I’ve probably been about 20 times and I never get the same thing. My group ordered all of the specials. Unfortunately the lobster ravioli wasn’t my favorite but it was ok. The filling just didn’t have enough of the lobster. The other 2 entrees below were so delicious:
Potato encrusted Salmon with roasted tomato mashers, rosemary-prosciutto cream sauce and broccoli

Surf n Turf- 14 oz char grilled Angus rib eye topped with sauteed bell peppers, onions and shrimp alla marinara over fresh shaved black truffle whipped potatoes

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PV
1 review
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Diane was our waitress and she was wonderful, inviting, and very attentive. Food was excellent and we found a new treasured spot to re-visit when we are in Virginia Beach again.

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E
Richmond
4 reviews
4.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Older restaurant for a nice Italian meal. Food was good

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CA
Richmond
3 reviews
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Diane always gives us special attention and this occasion was no different.

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s
Richmond
49 reviews
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasant experience with a scrumptious meal and high quality service.

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d
Philadelphia
3 reviews
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on vacation in Virginia Beach and found this restaurant on Tripadvisor. It was rated the number 1 Italian Restaurant and I understand why now. Two people in our party got the Spaghetti and Meatballs, recommended by our server James, and it was fantastic, they melted Mozzarella cheese on the meatball. The special for the night was Lobster Ravioli, one person in our party ordered that and we expected he would get 5 or 6 raviolis, at most, and he got 10 lobster filled ravioli's. Everyone got an order of the she crab soup, award winning, and it was the best soup I have ever had, the amount of lump crab is what made it.

I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone and would tell you to request James as your server.

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CM
Richmond
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have enjoyed dining at Manninos since it opened. It still does not disappoint. I highly recommend it for any occasion. The food is delicious. The service is excellent. The atmosphere is quaint and cozy. The she-crab soup is to die for. My favorite Italian restaurant in the Hampton Roads area.

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OT
Richmond
5 reviews
4.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I would have given the overall experience 5 stars as well as the ambience but the seating could be upgraded. I was sat in a booth and the seating is so old that I could feel the springs under me and felt like I could fall through the seat. I’m a rather petite person so a heavier person probably would. I love Mannino’s and go there often and will again I just would appreciate it if they did a little sprucing up of some of the seating.

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BW
Richmond
10 reviews
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were outstanding as always. We had a large family dinner. Everyone loves the place and always choses Mannino's for their favorite place for family and birthday dinners. Some tried the specials this time and they were great. Real executive chef quality. Thank you for a wonderful time!

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

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BT
1 review
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love going, it's right around the corner from home, the staff is great, we love Diane, she is always bright and happy and we really enjoy her service.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The specials are always on point. I rarely look at menus and order from what on the board. Diane very knowledgeable.

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Richmond
5 reviews
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

James is by far the best employee that Mannino’s has working for them. He made my Mother-In-Law’s birthday this past weekend a truly special and unforgettable experience. We will always do business with Mannino’s, so long as James works there! Thank you.

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B
Richmond
8 reviews
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always the best. You can always count in the same quality and service. Diane is excellent!! This is my local favorite all time restaurant.

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k
Philadelphia
22 reviews
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal with wonderful service. They make you feel like family!

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SP
Richmond
1 review
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. This was not our first visit, and we will definitely be back. The only negative, a minor one in the scheme of things, was that the waitress wasn't aware that we were celebrating our anniversary, even though that had been noted in our online reservation. (When our seat mates told her it was our anniversary, she did present us with a celebratory card. Of course, it would have been nice if the card offered a discount on a future visit, or if we had been offered a free dessert.) Oh, and one suggestion: The bench seating is not very comfortable. I think it's time to replace them.

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JM
1 review
4.0Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was friendly and knowledgeable. We were celebrating an older family member’s birthday. The special desert plate and card were very much appreciated. As always, the food was enjoyable.

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KB
1 review
5.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is excellent and the service is even better. The servers are extremely knowledgeable about the menu and wine recommendations. They set the standard for food service!

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N
Richmond
4 reviews
3.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The She Crab Soup & the Apple Gargonzola Salad are first rate, Wine serving is on the small side

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DA
1 review
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing and our server, Grace, was wonderful. She was very attentive and personable. We had a great time.

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AM
1 review
5.0Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Highly recommend Manninos Kempsville. I would stay away from Maninnos at the oceanfront. You would never know they are owned by the same people. I would recommend staying away from the oceanfront.

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DB
Richmond
3 reviews
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Food is always great, awesome place to get together with friends.

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PK
Richmond
2 reviews
5.0Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal and service
Will definitely go back

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CS
Richmond
1 review
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for Mother’s Day brunch. I was a little disappointed. The menu offerings were average, and so was the food. BUT Mannino’s does not normally serve brunch, so I should have not been disappointed. The crab soup was awesome as always.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
5.0Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food as always. Great service.

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j
Richmond
4 reviews
4.0Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was very good and the service was excellent.

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JM
New York Area
2 reviews
5.0Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service at Mannino’s is always exemplary. This is my favorite “go to” for special events.

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CY
Richmond
1 review
3.0Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

My first time visiting and maybe my expectations were set too high from reading previous reviews. My date and I found it very expensive for the quality and quantity of the meal. I ordered the Linguine and Clams which was watery and bland, mu date ordered the special which was Chicken breasts in a Alfredo sauce w/spinach and tomatoe dices..(I personally would have used Sun Dried Tomatoes), she said it was "alright", nothing spectacular. No dessert ordered. Not a favorite for us. At least we tried it out!

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MB
Salt Lake City
15 reviews
5.0Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our meals tonight. The salmon special was amazing and creative. Kathryn was the best waitress!

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BW
1 review
5.0Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took my husband to dinner here for his 55th Birthday. We don’t live in the area but were visiting VA Beach. Didn’t know what to expect. Don’t let the exterior or even the interior fool you. What may be lacking in “upscale” decor...if you happen to be looking for that... is made up 100 times over by the experience in service by staff and the absolute excellence of the food. It is as good or better than what I’ve had at top restaurants throughout the US...surpasses Maggiano’s easily, on par with Voltaggio Bros but in a more quaint/familiar atmosphere. Hands down the best crab soup I’ve ever had in my life. Can’t wait to go back!

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JT
Richmond
1 review
5.0Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Chef's Special - Salmon - was cooked to perfection. Every dish was prepared as ordered.
The food was fresh and not out of cans. Recommend this restaurant!

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OT
Richmond
1 review
5.0Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service

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MM
1 review
5.0Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, fresh ingredients well prepared and great service. My favorite Italian cuisine in Hampton Roads.

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RF
1 review
4.0Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The entire experience was really great. Friendly staff and attentive wait staff made the experience very nice. I will return.

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RW
Richmond
1 review
5.0Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

... food is always delicious with reasonable portions and prices. Exceptional service as well .. !! If you can get there; go there - you won't be disappointed ..

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RR
1 review
5.0Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic!! Wonderful, friendly reception when we arrived. Our server, Diane, was well versed in all areas of food and wine as well as helping us with choices. She was not only efficient in seeing to our comfort , she did it all with her effervescent spirit and charming personality. She is TOPS!!
Quite an all around charming bistro!!! Great food!!! A # 5++

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JM
Richmond
1 review
5.0Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mannino’s is my all time favorite place to eat. The she crab soup is so delicious with lots of crab meat. The spaghetti with meatballs are the absolute best! The staff there are all very pleasant.

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OT
Richmond
27 reviews
5.0Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful food, people and everything, as usual. We eat here with regularity because of its excellent food.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
5.0Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Have been somewhat of a regular for years now and is still one of my go to local italian restaurants. Always great food and service.

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