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Mannino's Italian Bistro - Kempsville

4.6
489 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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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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What 489 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.2
ambience
4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Excellent meal and service
Will definitely go back

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Great food as always. Great service.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The food was very good and the service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on April 26, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Great food! Great service

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

... 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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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

I have NEVER had a bad experience in this restaurant. Everything about it, is five stars. From the Hostess to the check, this is a great place to eat. The food is equal to or better than anything I've had while in Italy. Each item speaks volumes for the Chef and entire kitchen staff. It is plated, and served with all the care in the world. I will anyways be a fan of this restaurant and its staff.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Friendly, courteous , remembered us from prior dining, great serves, outstanding food. What can I say, will go back. Enjoyable. Great staff

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Excellent Local quiet place with great staff and specials! Regular-repeat customer. Have never had a bad experience here.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We met for girls night as a break from all our kids (17 between 6 moms)! We had a great time!

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2.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Very disappointed. We realize it was restaurant week, but management should have made sure throughly staffed. Server was very inadequate. Had to remind her to bring out sauces for bread, pepper and parmigiano for entrees. She acted like we were dining out for the first time and she could cut corners with us. Entrees arrived Luke warm. Could not get her attention to let her know about this, so we just finished our meal. My husband's dessert drink came out well before my cheesecake, which ruined the whole dessert experience.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

I discovered this restaurant during the 2017 restaurant week and fell in love with it. I’ve gone back on multiple occasions and it is always so good. The crab soup is the best ever and the service is wonderful.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Went with friends for restaurant week, we all selected from the $25 menu, food and service was excellent and perfectly proportioned. Only problem was something on thecrestsurant made my wife's allergies kick in and she couldn't stop sneezing. We'll be back so we'll be able to see if it happens again. Manninos is our go to Italian restsurant.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

The food was very well prepared and the service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

We went there because it was restaurant week and date night. We love great Italian and certainly found it. Our server was the best and took care of our dining experience. Nothing was rushed and the courses were served with adequate time between each one. Truly one of the best dining experiences we have had in a while. Staff great, food great, night great !

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Great menu for restaurant week for $25 dinner. Two of us started with the crab soup,which was excellent as usual; and one started with the meatball, very tasty with a lot of cheese. For the main course we had the penne alla vodka and two of us had the pollo francese. The chicken was so tender you could cut it with a fork. We got some of it to go so we could eat our cannoli. I would highly recommend making a reservation.

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

It was restaurant week at the beach, so we booked a table at 5:30. It got to full capacity by 6, which made for a high noise level and closeness to your dining neighbors. But people were friendly and chatted with each other. Our waitress Esmeralda was super and accommodating. Food was very good and dinner wasn't rushed despite the size of crowd. Always exceptional! Always dependable, even though a bit pricey.

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

My Tortellini Mannino was great! However my son's Chicken Piccata was undergone and had a weird texture. The server related that to the chef and he basically blamed my son's sense of texture. My son's wife and my husband also had the same thing and there's was fine. My son had also asked for anything but spaghetti as a side and when his dish arrived at the table, there was spaghetti on his plate. I think that the chef needs some retraining in hospitality! He certainly thinks that he knows what's best for his diners! I would not go here again nor recommend Manninos for this reason.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

This was my first time at the restaurant. I chose to go here for Valentine’s Day with my girlfriend. Everything was absolutely amazing . The appetizers were delicious and the service was great. The waitress was awesome, she knew a lot about the dishes and the wine. The entree’s that we ordered were absolutely phenomenal. Would definitely come back and would highly recommend this place to my friends and family. Absolutely delicious food. 5 out of 5!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Food and service were great as usual. Went for my son's birthday

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The she crab soup was fantastic! Best I have ever had. Kathryn our server was wonderful and very attentive. The gnocchi was delish.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Best Italian food in the Hampton Roads area. Enough said. You must go.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Valentine’s dinner. Service was excellent despite the crowd. Food was fabulous, she crab soup is unbeatable. Always enjoy a great meal at Mannino’s.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food. Best Italian in Hampton Roads.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

My wife and I come here often and love it every time. We have never had a negative experience. The pasta sauce has always been great, not too watery like most places. The soups are fantastic!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Went to the Princess Anne restaurant for Valentine's dinner. First time visiting Mannino's. Appetizers were excellent. We had the Scallops with Lobster Claw. Also had their She-Crab Soup. Definitely worth the trip for that. Had the Veal Marsala and the Lobster Macaroni. Superb. Wait staff was great. If the other restaurants hold up as well as this one then they have a winning combination.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Our waiter, Scott, was really slammed with tables, but he handled it all in stride with a smile, as it was Valentine's Day and Mannino's was packed. However, the food was wonderful, as always, and our dinner was lovely, again.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

I decided to check this place out after seeing in this site for quite some time. When I pulled up the place looked kind of small and not really kept up. One I entered, the inside was exactly what I expected. It was small, cramped and looked like nothing had been don’t to it in quite some time. The tables seemed crammed in there, I expect from increased numbers for Valentines Day. I was really ready to turn around and go home. If it were not for the occasion I definitely would have. We were greeted by our waiter Steve. Steve did a great job taking care of us. I started with the lobster bisque which we actually pretty good, served hot and had plenty of lobster. Fir the next course we had the appetizer special which was a scallop topped with lobster claw meat. That was pretty good but kind of small for the price and a little salty for my taste. The most disappointing course was the main course, the Frutti Di Mare. This was a train wreck. The pasta was over cooked and the sauce was way too watery and very bland. The seafood was ok but the calamari was a bit rubbery. This place was not worth the price of the food. There are plenty of other places with better food and better prices. This seems like a locals hangout who show up more out of loyalty than for quality food. If not for the service, this would have been a disaster. I will definitely not be back to this establishment.

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