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Mannino's Italian Bistro - Olde Towne Portsmouth

4.6
328 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
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  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am-2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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(757) 966-7522
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Smart Casual
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Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wine

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

We offer a special Mother's day brunch for you and your family, please join us this Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

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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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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Steamed clams with broth appetizer was delicious. We each had a pasta dish and they were large portions and very tasty. Waitress was pleasant but very busy.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was excellent.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Half full when I started dinner at 6:15 on a Friday night, fairly full when I left. The waitstaff was wonderful, attentive, friendly, love food. Moderately noisy once it filled up but not at all unpleasingly. Great wine list emphasizing Italian wine (which I love). Good caeser salad, although too many croutons and wish it had sardines. The potato gnocchi was lovely. The truffles with raspberry sauce were divine. Solid old world cooking, lots of fun, would go back.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

The food here is delicious - always a go-to for a date, dinner with family, or dinner with friends. Service was a little slow, but we were enjoying the company of our family, so it didn’t bother us.

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Food was great. Alot of choices on menu.
A little chilly inside near front window.
Service was friendly but a bit slow.
Definitely will come again.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

One of our favorites for years. We drive almost an hour, past plentlyu of Italian restaurants, to go to Minnino'5. Plentyu of food and it is excellent

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

I am a big fan of this little quaint place. The food is consistently delicious and my favorite bartendar is back. The food is worth the visit.

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2017

My husband and I received a gift card for Mannino's and went to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Overall we really liked it. The service was great, attentive and friendly wait staff. We both got their crab soup which was delicious and loaded with crab. Being from Maryland, I have high standards when it comes to crab and the soup definitely met them. For entrees, I got veal saltimbocca which was flavorful and I highly recommend. It came with a side of penne pomodoro which was ok, something I would make at home with store bought pasta. It definitely wasn't home made pasta. My husband got the tortellini Mannino which was also really good. The complimentary bread had a nice crust and was soft on the inside-definitely home made.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

This was our second visit and it was very nice. We were on our way to a Holiday party that wasn't going to serve a meal, so we decided to eat here beforehand.
Jessica, our server, was attentive without being in our face.
Our reservations were very early, so we had the place to ourselves for about half an hour.
The bar served my wife a cocktail she enjoyed very much and we both had delicious meals.

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2017

Met a friend for lunch and the food and service were great. This is a wonderful restaurant in Olde Town Portsmouth. Their crab soup is to die for.

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3.0Dined on November 20, 2017

Food was good but service was appallingly slow for only three tables in use. She-Crab soup lived up to advertising - it’s delicious! However, simple orders like caprese salad and bruschetta took 45 minutes!!! I don’t recommend them if you’re in a hurry.

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1.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Service exceptional, food delicious, ambiance lovely; however, there was a group of people making so much noise that it could have been a child's ball pit instead of a high-end restaurant. Had a good deal of difficulty hearing each other because of the din. Sorry to say it was not a great experience for the rest of us. Wasn't my first time at Mannino's but could be my last. Plenty of restaurants in the area without the obnoxious behavior. Sorry guys, I know you have little control over this but you need an enclosed room for the crazies to land in so the majority of us can enjoy our meal.

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5.0Dined on November 9, 2017

The crab soup is delicious.

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2.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Food was average. Marinara was good and crab soup was good as well. The rest was average and service was very slow.

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Show up hungry. Portions are ample.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

We had heard great things about Mannino's and never made it there. So glad that we did. The food was fantastic, the service was great, Andrea was our server, and she provided outstanding service. We will definitely be back multiple times.

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