Leaping Lizard Cafe

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$30 and under
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Situated under a canopy of old growth trees on Lake Joyce, this natural gem serves seasonal fare from tidal Virginia. The menu reflects freshness with a distinct emphasis on showcasing the inherent colors and flavors of the ingredients. The cafe's bakery provides all its breads and deserts and is open for retail on the weekends. This fresh approach to food done in a natural and unpretentious setting has been a local favorite for twelve years. If you don't see your desired time slot available give us a call.
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DH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing. We had excellent service. The ravioli was divine. I always love the house salad. And my kids love the meals and the desserts. Great wine selection. We will be back again and again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service from the moment you walk in, deliciously made meals that really mesmerize your taste buds. Definitely a unique place with cute quirky decor along with lovely staff to answer any questions. Would definitely recommend every single time.

OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fresh and delicious. Super mussels, Pad Thai with yummy flounder and seafood pasta. Love this gem of a restaurant!

AB
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love bringing guests here. Always great food, interesting menu and dessert menu to die for.

l
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Waitress forgot blueberry biscuit. Poached eggs were hard boiled, and grits weren’t hot. Overall, service, food and drinks were good.

L
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become one of our favorite "go-to" restaurants. With a neighborhood feel and a high-end menu at reasonable prices, you really can't go wrong. The service is outstanding, friendly and willing to go the extra mile. Tucked away off the street, there is a small bar with seating, indoor seating, a covered and heated patio, as well as, outdoor seating for the warmer weather. A fantastic experience every single time we visit!

g
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a very eclectic and casual place to eat. It is full of all kinds of artsy and fun decorations. The food was very good and it was a nice place to sit and talk with friends.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Leaping Lizard is be of my favorite restaurants. The food is outstanding- always very fresh. They have a good selection on the menu. Love sitting on the porch- they expanded vet the past few years. The owners are great people too. You won’t be disappointed.

LL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for going out to dinner.Its a treat. Love the food service and atmosphere.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch with a good friend!

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful. Perfectly cooked food, excellent service. Exceptionally healthy, too, which is one of their trademarks.

J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Excelente experiencia

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CC
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the fried oysters! Delicious and generous serving.

S
Richmond
102 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice menu selection, very good service, wine list with something for everyone

HR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place- food is always great and it’s such a unique environment!

B
Raleigh
26 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always really good, very friendly and has great service. We found it through trip advisor! Per normal, following the advice of my fellow diners works out well. Their menu is eclectic , with several daily specials that are always fun. I had a squash and red pepper bisque that was just funky enough to be delicious. I always force myself to try something every time I have the chance to go back!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoy having my son, daughter, n friend each ordering something different n then trying each one of meal

p
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service from start to finish.Excellent tasting food served with nice presentation. Super value.

TW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all loved our entrees and our dessert! This is becoming our favorite restaurant!

M
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place - relaxed easy atmosphere with delicious food. What more can you ask for?

k
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Undeniable, always delicious and enjoyable. Their lizard special salad with fish or scallops is so tasty. Always a favorite stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They never disappoint.

CL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and great service! One of our favorites!

QM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to eat. Sort of hidden on Shore Dr., My 3rd time there & it never disappoints. Bakery next door also has fabulous treats.

LS
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience2

We have been here before and this time the charcuterie board was served on a regular dinner plate and very poorly constructed (not worth $17). Even thought the foods flavors were amazing the rice that came with the dishes was hard/crunchy. Very disappointed in this visit.

KC
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great spot for lunch. Celebration with a friend - hadn't been here in a while and it was great to be back - really enjoyed our lunch. They were very busy, so service was a bit slow, but gave us time to chat!

p
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

as always the food was very fresh. Great salad and even half a sandwich was plenty. My friend and I split the chocolate granache cake which was decadent ! Service very attentive

OT
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3 couples for dinner. Service, app’s, and entrees were spectacular. Laid back, casual atmosphere. Have only had great experiences there. Highly recommend it!

D
Richmond
171 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second time I had the salmon cakes - delicious! Husband had the lamb chops - he said they were great. For the quality of our meals, it came out of the kitchen in a very reasonable time. Oh, I wish I could eat here everyday!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first experience! Atmosphere, food, and service was all amazing. I’ll be coming back asap!

KK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! One of my very favorites in Hampton Roads!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been here many times. We’ve tried everything on the regular menu and have never been disappointed. We highly recommend leaping lizard.

L
Richmond
36 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another great meal at LL. Great salads and main course. Always enjoy our dining experience at LL.

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Best meal I have had there and I have had some exceptional meals. Great service.

L
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous family lunch!! Great service! Delicious food!

RG
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

When I come to Virginia Beach, I always make it a point to dine here at least once.

MA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Food —fantastic !!!
Service —- outstanding
Always exemplary all around !!

CH
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food and service!

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful & Delicious

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A
Richmond
34 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The kitchen always does a bang up job?

EL
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Creative menu, well executed with inventive flavor combinations- but not for people who want simple food. Normally an incredibly busy restaurant, we were there on a quiet night and service was actually not great- one entree was not cooked well and we had to go find a server after waiting a long time for someone. Maybe just an off night. We love the restaurant so will be back again next time we’re in town.