Mannino's Italian Bistro - Oceanfront

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$30 and under
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Mannino's Italian Bistro is an upscale casual restaurant offering "Olde World" Italian cuisine infused with updated New York stylings, an extensive wine list, and a full bar selection.
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C
Pittsburgh
35 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good with big portions. No complaints there. I hate to say it but this wasn’t our first choice but glad they were our second. They didn’t seem ready for the customers coming in with it being The Neptune Festival. Our server Rachel was fantastic. As per Rachel, she wasn’t supposed to be there but filled in from another location. The staff were very busy and worked hard for everyone there.

AL
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Food is average. Expected it to be better. We have been to different Manninos locations. This one was as good as the others.

BD
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mannino’s was amazing! Great food and great service!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Price was outstanding ! Quality of food was fantastic ! ( and being New Yorkers, we know !)

OT
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food. Nothing fancy, basic Italian dishes with small tasty twists. They readily accommodated my kids' picky eating requests. They also changed up the lasagna dish by adding arrabiata sauce. Not a bargain restaurant, not overpriced either.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So delicious! Love coming here during our annual visit to VA beach. Best she crab soup hands down ever!

MS
Indiana
20 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Dinner was great, having a reservation made all the difference.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Some of the best Italian food I’ve had in a long time.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Food was great and large portions. Dinning area was just “eh”-not particularly nice. Bathrooms were awful-dirty way out dated and too small-the stall door was way too close to the commode, hard to get in and out without gymnastics.

DN
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

First thing me to Mannino’s Oceanfront, however been to other locations. Food was delicious and loved their SheCrab soup!!! Upon arrival we we advised that everyone arrived at once so we were asked to be patient. Service was a tad slow to order but we were served timely.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed a meal before we dropped our daughter off to start her first year of college nearby. We chose this restaurant because she loves Italian. The food was great and Sandra was wonderful. It seemed their systems were down so dinner and drinks were slow but we were in no hurry.

AH
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent, portions were very large (2 meals in one!) service was also fantastic.

R
Baltimore
72 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and grandson enjoyed excellent meals at very reasonable prices. Service was friendly and efficient, wine was good and inexpensive. My wife and I had the veal marsala which was delicious and my grandson had the meatballs and spaghetti which he loved (and didn't leave me any to taste. Prices were very reasonable

MH
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It took a little while to receive our food but the taste was excellent!

D
Naples
42 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately we can not comment on the food. We saw tables not cleaned and it wasn’t very organized on the service. Hostess did accommodate us with a window seat however we waited for any waitress or water after being seated. After the wait for service, lack of turning over tables and seeing some entrees we ended up leaving which we never do.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was very good and they accommodated the allergies in our party. They seemed a bit understaffed that evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

We've been making Mannino's a yearly stop during vacations (4 of past 5 years) and unfortunately this trip was easily the most disappointing experience. We had made reservations for our group and the restaurant was not terribly busy, we could have easily just walked in during a typically busy time slot. Initially, we were helped pretty quickly, we ordered our crab soups (as one does at Mannino's, it is top notch), entrees, and a bottle of wine. Our entrees were well over an hour from when we ordered and a total of over 90 minutes from when we were seated. One of our members literally had to walk and stand by the kitchen entrance to find out if our meals were coming. He said that he would take care of our full bill at that time and was told the meals will be right there. They arrived in a rush a couple minutes later by several team members that had no idea who ordered what and at least once dropped a dish from an uncomfortable height making a loud noise and splattering some sauce. We had no allergy concerns or complex addition/subtractions to the dishes. We saw no less than 3 tables seated after us be served their entrees before ours arrived. We had planned on several desserts (that we also look forward to) but there was no way that we would be having that tonight. The server made noticably little attempt to alleviate any of our stress during the wait and was not really apologetic for our wait. I'm not sure if it was just her fault, inadequate kitchen/waitstaff, or overall mismanagement. I think a combination of the 3. Management definitely deserves blame, because any proper restaurant would have at minimum had a manager come apologize for the wait. We've been there on busier nights, with larger groups, and it was never like this. It was definitely memorable in a bad way.

CB
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was fine but it took over an hour to get it, no explanation offered from the staff, which seemed to be in experienced. We get that things happen but send in some bread when its going to take a long time and communicate. The couple next to us gave up and left. Oh and its not oceanfront.

BS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always top notch. Love this place. Food is excellent and staff is friendly.

AM
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

$20 for spaghetti and meatballs which is pricey but you are at the beach. I was in VA Beach for 5 days on this vacation and this by far was my best meal. The food is awesome they need to put better systems in place for their servers. While my server was very nice I had to remind him a couple times to get us drinks and my son’s order was wrong. We didn’t care because the food was good. At no time did I think the server was doing this intentionally but I think the whole staff needed guidance and a manager on the floor.

Would definitely go back, food was good!

t
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The reason for our trip was the SheCrab soup!!! It is to die for and best around! Our waitress was incredible! This is where it goes bad... the fruit fly’s in the bread basket, wine glass and flying around were quite distracting! The head waitress dressing down staff while in patrons earshot was unprofessional at the best. The last point which was expressed to our waitress, was the use of corn on top of the lobster, not a good combo!

CC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My family of 9 loved Mannino’s. This is our second year going there since we discovered this restaurant last year. The food is delicious and made to order. The service was good. We really liked that you could make a reservation. We will certainly return

T
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic. I would highly recommend.

NS
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding, much better than most Italian restaurants in Va. The she-crab soup, which has won many awards, lived up to its reputation. The seafood Fra Diavolo was also delicious. The place was not fancy at all, just great food and service.

OT
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Shrimp were huge
Service was great

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Food was great. Decor is dated, but appropriate for old school Italian. Only disappointment was the Oceanfront billing wasn’t exactly ocean front. More like across the street behind a building, so no outdoor view of anything.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 3rd time in as many years. It has become a tradition for our Virginia Beach trips. The sausage & peppers appetizer is the most authentic Italian we’ve found. The chocolate truffles are just the right amount of sweetness to end a meal.

AE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with large portions & happy hour every day!

LL
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were seated promptly, drink orders and appetizers were also quick. A cracked glass was replaced immediately. Gluten sensitivity of one of us and nut allergy of another were carefully tended to. Salad was delicious, pasta portions were large and needed to go boxes. Penne ala vodka was tasty, al dente, not the best I have ever had, sauce was lacking a little depth of flavor. Leave room for dessert. The house-made chocolate truffles were amazing! Would return here for the service, friendly atmosphere, and good food.

C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 1

The restaurant decor badly needs updating. Food is good, but not great. Value is good.

s
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good Choice when in Va Beach

DD
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third visit, consistently outstanding, great food, excellent service ; can't asked for anything more!
Thanks!

OT
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

Been going here a long time. Service was terrible. Took over an hour for our food. No apologies, no attention to guests. Not sure I’ll ever come bAck. Very disappointed.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best She Crab soup I’ve ever had. Well done Brice.

SH
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will be returning! I love the fact that you can add spicy to whatever you order.

R
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything I order there is outstanding. ALl the food comes out on time and tastes great. They put a lot of effort into their dishes and it shows. The Lasagna is amazing, the Crab Soup is amazing and the NY Sausage and Peppers is delicious!

LL
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Family crowd with mix of tables with noisy kids and couples. Waitress was ok, wait for food was ok. Food was just ok, with the exception of the she crab soup, which was very good. Was not the worst we've ever been but certainly wouldn't go back.

R
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service.

SM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Allow me to start with dirty. The floor, tables, etc were dirty. Worse than that was the service. We ordered an appetizer that never came.... our food took 30-45 minutes and was wrong .... and although we saw our server tell the manager NOBODY came to talk to us. When the bill came the server acted like he did us a favor and "removed the appetizer (that never came) & the entree (that was wrong). There are SO MANY good places to eat at the beach - do yourself a favor and avoid this one.

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