About Mannino's Italian Bistro - Olde Towne Portsmouth

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.

606 High Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am-2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(757) 966-7522

Website:
http://www.manninositalianbistro.com/

Mannino's Italian Bistro - Olde Towne Portsmouth Ratings and Reviews

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92% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (8)
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Neighborhood Gem (7)
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Casual (4)
Cozy (3)
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Worth the Drive (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
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Disabled Access (1)
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·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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·Dined 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 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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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The crab soup is delicious.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Show up hungry. Portions are ample.

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 (Richmond)·Dined 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.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food and service was great. The best she crab soup I have had. Will definitely go back again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Although they accommodated us for a work lunch on boss's day. They didn't have this reservation through Open Table..... :-/

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We have been to several of the Mannino's locations and the Portsmouth is our favorite. We were there Saturday night and the restaurant was 80% full with a special of the night of Diver Scallops and Lobster, but I opted for my perennial favorite - Veal Picatta. Four large pieces of pounded thin veal were cooked perfectly in a delicious lemon-wine-butter sauce with plenty of capers to add to the flavor (picture below). My wife had the Tortellini Mannino, one of her favorites. She had enough to take home for another meal. We started off with generous sized salads (I had the Caesar and she had the Apple Gorgonzola). The Apple Gorgonzola had large amounts of Granny Smith Apple and Gorgonzola cheese and was delicious. The Caesar was very good with a homemade dressing (a little light) where the flavors were perfect.

This is one of the bets small chains in the area and worth a visit.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Casual, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

The she crab soup is one of the best. Honestly, just a bowl and a side or app would be all I need.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Fantastic she crab soup
Salad was delicious and fresh
Good service
Definitely recommend

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Wonderful as always. I love the fried oyster appetizer. Warning, if you eat it all yourself you won't have room for the main course.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Amazing! Great food! Empty though!

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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Excellent find in old Portsmouth. Traditional menu, enormous portions and great value!

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Family and friends dinner for my wife's birthday. The food was top notch! I made a reservation for 5, and about two hours before we were supposed to be there, I had to up it to 10, and they didn't skip a beat. Our server was fantastic and everything came out exactly as ordered, even the special orders and substitutions. An overall fantastic experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 14, 2017

The server was very rude. Food was good but I really felt they could have done more. It was my birthday, which they knew. I brought a party of 6 people. The server was annoyed from the beginning. My sis in law ordered a dessert for me over the phone because she couldn't make and they forgot to bring it out to me. She didn't find out that I didn't get it until she asked about it. She then called back and spoke with the manager and their response "Oh yeah we forgot to take it out to her"...they then refunded her money. If I hadn't told her she would not have known. It was a lot of money spent this night and I was embarrassed that I picked this location. Normally I frequent the Salem location. I hate to bring race into it but the same server served a table of other people and she was fine and pleasant. It was just a rough experience. We won't be back.

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·Dined on August 7, 2017

Great food in a comfortable setting. Fried oyster appetizer in a wonderful sauce is one I'll come back for.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on July 26, 2017

Exellent, you get what you pay. The bar looks excellent for some business drinks. Our experience was a dinner with some friends.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Food was excellent! We both had the Spaghetti with Fresh Made in house mozzarella covered meatballs. Delicious!!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Excellent in ever way. Ate lunch and dinner there and did not disappoint. Delicious pastas and sauces. Friendly and attentive service. Nora was the best!

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Fantastic food, great wine, great atmosphere, and convenient location! Highly recommend to everyone!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Waiter left our bottle of wine on the table after we sampled it. The restaurant was a tad warm and we had white wine. We had to ask for a wine bucket. He seemed a little put out with us. Food was good but not worth the cost. I love the location but will go to the other restaurants in the area.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Scenic View, Tasting Menu
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Mannino's is a regular stop for us - and it never disappoints. The Olde Towne Portsmouth Restaurant is the best of their shops. The entrée is always a difficult choice because the specials are excellent and the meals we frequently select are difficult to stray from.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Great Italian food, and the fried oysters were outstanding!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Service was so slow. We left 70 minutes after being seated and only receiving our wine and appetizers. Can't comment on the food, because we never got our entrees. Sitting for 40 minutes after finishing an appetizer is unacceptable to me. No apology until we asked to cancel our dinners and pay for what we had consumed.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Good food but very slow kitchen. There was a concert close by that night which management should have anticipated

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Another super dinner, service was great.. The table as requested was waiting, servers were Very Friendly and attentive.. Food was excellent.. Did not miss a beat, got everything right.. And they had a Birthday Card signed by the Team there.. Very Nice touch.. Look froward to the next visit.
Deb and Bill Schmidt - Wmsburg

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 26, 2017

I've been to Mannino's in Portsmouth a few times and have always been very happy. Monday was no exception. We had 3 for lunch and all ordered a daily special. The salad was outstanding. More than I could eat, it was fresh, flavorful and unusual!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

GREAT COZY BISTRO. AND THE SERVICE AND MENU SELECTION WAS GREAT TOO.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 24, 2017

We took the ferry over from Norfolk and I must say that it was worth the trip. Very quaint and the employees and service were excellent. Since I am trying to limit my cheese intake I ordered the house salad and chicken marsala, both were excellent. My guest ordered chicken parmesan and took half home. Very pleased with our experience.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Another great visit... Table was ready, our server was friendly and helpful.. She never missed a beat..

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We do love the food we get at the restaurant, but it is getting annoying how this is the third time we have been sat down and forgotten about, at least this time we did get a free appetizer and an apology from the manager. We would go more if we didn't get forgotten about each time lol

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 2, 2017

The special was blackened mahi and it was perfectly cooked. The Parmesan risotto was divine! Loved the broccolini as a side. This should be on the menu!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Mannino's has become a favorite of mine. The food is first rate and very fresh. The wait staff is probably the best trained staff in Hampton Roads, beating out other highly regarded restaurants. They are extremely helpful and courteous and totally familiar with the menu as well as preparation of the dishes. Viola waited on us during this visit and was training a new staff person. Both were wonderful. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone (and have!).

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Friends visiting and we took them to one of our favorite local spots. Mannino's great service and food never fail us. Appetizers were so favorful (oysters and calamari). Large dinner portions, so bring your appetite. Service was superb too!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Excellent local gem. Authentic Italian with great prices. The local fresh cheese is phenomenal

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 19, 2017

The She Crab Soup was as astounding as usual. The chicken entree was mediocre and service was slow when it wasn't even crowded.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I have been to Mannino's in Olde Towne Portsmouth before so I decided to take my mom for Mother's day. The food was great. Service was a little slow, but the restaurant was packed, so I understand. I will definitely recommend and will definitely go back.

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