Permanently Closed - Mannino's Italian Bistro - Olde Towne Portsmouth

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344 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(757) 966-7522
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wine
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1.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Restaurant is closed!! Had a confirmed reservation for 7 people on July 7th to celebrate a birthday. When we arrived at the restaurant, we found it closed. Mannino’s looks like it is not going to reopen. Very disappointing that they were still accepting reservations. Needless to say, we were left scrambling to find an alternative restaurant on a Saturday night with a large party.

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1.0Dined on July 5, 2018

This restaurant is closed We booked for our wedding anniversary dinner,had no car and ended up at another local food place where the food was not good.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Hate to see this place closing. Sincerely hope they find another location in Olde Town real quick!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

one of our favorites for years. we travel almost an hour to get there - well worth it. great staff, wonderful food and LOTS of it.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Seafood and pasta prepared with expertise, how can you go wrong? Plus the best she crab soup ever!

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1.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Great little place! The food was exceptional as well as the staff. Very cool place to meet with friends. Large groups would be advised to make reservations as we did. They were very accommodating.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Very satisfied

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We made a reservation for 6 for Mother's Day. The selection ranged from brunch type meals to Italian. The service, food, and atmosphere were great, would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I loved the enviornment, it was quaint and very comforting. It wasn't very busy for a Saturday night which was nice. The food was great.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Some of the best Italian food in all of Tidewater at a reasonable price
Good wine selection and they will even customize the menu for you
A winner in every way!

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Nice Italian restaurant on High Street in Portsmouth. VA. I love eggplant and enjoyed their parmesan. Quick meal that came with side salad. Nice outdoor seating too! Some of the other dishes that passed me look very good including the calamari! Very good service. I'd come back again!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great Italian selections and execution. The crab bisque is to die for...truly the best. Their gravy (red sauce) is rich and portions are large enough for leftovers.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

One of our favorites for years. Great food and excellent, friendly service. We travel almost an hour, each way - past a lot of Italian restaurants - to get here. Wish you'd open one in Poquoson!!!!!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Our waitress Andrea was terrific! Great food and night out!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Very nice and affordable

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Unexpectedly very good. Food was great and atmosphere even though it's just okay, was just fine for us. All of us were very satisfied with our meals service was a little amateurish but who cares too small little place with a little bit of atmosphere and Ambiance. You will enjoy the food for sure

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

My chicken parm was drowned in tomato sauce and way, way, too much cheese. I would have liked a little more fried chicken showing and less tomato sauce/cheese. The chicken ended up having a very soggy breading. However,the spaghetti was ok. My husband said his meal (the pollo con peperoni) was ok, but not outstanding and it didn't have enough chicken. My friend said her pollo con peperoni was ok also but wouldn't order the onion soup again since it was difficult to separate the cheese from the soup since there was so much cheese. Her husband was satisfied with his meal, the saltimboca and both my husband and her husband were satisfied with the crab soup. Three of us ordered desert to go and thus far, no complaints there. The 4 of us go out to eat once or twice each week, unfortunately, Mannino's may not be on our list of repeats.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

When with another couple to have dinner before s movie. The She Crab soup is to die for.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Wrapping up a workshop with other participants. This was the perfect place for the casual celebration. Food and service were great. First time for several people. All said they would eat here again.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

This was the perfect place to get amazing Italian food the night before our deployed. We had a very friendly server and the food was excellent. The bruchetta was fabulous!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Outstanding food and service. The fried calimari was perfect! The chicken Marsala was outstanding. The tiramisu dessert was a perfect finish! Large portions!

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Food is great, portions enormous. Presentation is haphazard - owing I think to the size of each plate. A phenomenal value - think about sharing!

Great little spot - nice atmosphere on a great street on Portsmouth

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Mannino's was open for Easter Brunch and it was outstanding!! The crab & spinach omelette was absolutely delicious. My friend had the chicken fried chicken and with wide eyes told me it was melt in your mouth good. Wish they were open for brunch more often than Easter & Mother's Day - maybe once a month? Love this place and the she-crab soup is the best in the world.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

This is a quaint restaurant with very nice ambiance. The food is very good, especially the crab soup. Excellent service and good menu.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Manino's has become one of our favorite restaurants. e are never disappointed with the food, service or dining experience.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great food, great service. First time at this Mannino's, but think we prefer it to the other two locations. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

All of our food was excellent! Can’t wait to go back.

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1.0Dined on March 9, 2018

The service was bad. Had to ask the waitress over 4x's for condiments. The crab soup was okay. The fried oysters were good. The chicken alfredo made my boyfriend sick. Atmosphere was weird, the chef kept comimg out to observe the crowd in the restaurant, that was creepy. They also put wine in a 9oz glass but only pour 6oz. Overall I wouldn't return to this location. Maybe will try another location.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Exemplary service and fantastic food. The shrimp and crab 'tini won us over for presentation and was delicious in the truffled butter sauce but the crab bisque was absolutely divine. Enjoyed all out food and drinks. Only complaint was the cold draft everytime someone entered or exited.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Awesome food...Awesome service...

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

My alcoholic beverage had DEAD seltzer.
Many restaurants have this problem. Maybe they should go back to bottles rather than fountain.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Overall the experience was good after finally getting seated. Although, we had a reservation, our wait time was approximately 35-40 minutes. I blame it on Valentine's day and also the
manager was constantly inquiring about our table, so I appreciate her effort to get us seated.
The crab soup is superb, tons of crab meat. I compare it with another popular restaurant in Norfolk, that had the best crab soup before I tried Mannino's. I recommend eliminating the zucchini vegetable side(it takes away from an otherwise great meal). I had the fried oyster dinner, the oysters were perfect. Waitress was very pleasant and attentive.

Made a date to take your significant other or a friend, you will enjoy it.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

My 1st time and it was grand. I stay right up the street & never stopped in. So glad I finally did. It was amazing! I can't make this up.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

My wife and I went to Mannino's for Valentines Day and we loved it. The food and atmosphere was excellent. We are looking forward to dining there on a regular date night.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We ate here on Valentine's day and the food was very good except the portion size did not match the price charged. Soon after we were seated at a very narrow table we were joined by two other couples on either side of us making our dining experience very cramped and noisy. Our server took our order and seemed somewhat disappointed that we did not order any appetizers prior to our dishes coming to the table. She seemed to insist that we could split a salad which I deemed a bit pushy and after declining that offer, she left. The food arrived quickly after the order was taken. If you are looking for a place to have a nice quiet dinner I would not recommend this location however if you desire great Italian dishes and do not mind paying fine dining prices this is an ideal establishment.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Made reservations about two weeks ago on Open Table and requested a booth. Upon arrival I was informed that we were assigned a table for two. I explained to the hostess that I had requested a booth. She asked if I had made my reservation on the telephone. I explained that I had made it online through Open Table. She said that they did not always read the special requests on the online reservations. Although the food was good, the table was small. The glob of crud in the bottom of the wine carafe was the last straw. I will not be returning.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Authentic Italian food, excellent. Place is small but with a real Italian feel.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Went on Valentines Day. Tables were so close together you could not have a private conversation and could barely squeeze between if you had to get up. Not pleasant for the table next door.

Tables also were unsteady so you had to always worry about spilling a drink. Waitress tried to fix the tables with shims.

As usual food and service were great. To bad the ambience was poor.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

We have been to Mannino's several times. This trip was interesting for a couple of reasons: (1) It was our anniversary so we splurged and Ubered there. I left my phone in the Uber car and had no way to call a friend with an Uber account. The wait staff was extremely accommodating and passed along calls from my daughter who was tracked down by the Uber driver. Our wait person Rachel, called a cab and upon learning they were not in our area, used her Lyft account to get us home. Fortunately, we had cash with which to reimburse her, but it was very sweet of her to let us do that.
(2) My husband had the special--blackened rockfish over risotto--fabulous! I had studied the menu ahead of time and ordered the Shrimp Francese--very disappointing. Fried shrimp sitting in a lemony broth (soggy) with, I swear, canned mushrooms. I know the difference. All in all, a night to remember. Special thanks again to Rachel.

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