Leaping Lizard Cafe

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$30 and under
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American
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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4.8based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner outside, and it was so nice. Super great service and amazing dinner!

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Blueeyedelaine
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The place has a very wide eclectic menu. The physical building and grounds need some sprucing up to take it to another level. Service from our waitresses have been marginal for the last 3 visits. However, we love going there anyway.

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MikenMaggie
Richmond
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible, the service impeccable & the ambiance charming. Such a great place to unwind & enjoy a great meal. We’ll be going back for sure!

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ChrisH
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wow, fantastic food, drink and people. The weather was perfect and we sat outside. Would recommend for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

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BillW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I were visiting Virginia Beach again and had never eaten at the Leaping Lizard. Since they advertised compliance with all COVID 19 rules and also provided outside seating, we tried them for lunch. In a word, it was marvelous. Everything from the Bloody Mary to the Chicken Sandwich and the Tuna Melt followed by the Bread Pudding was wonderful and memorable. A simple side of their version of potato salad made us both wonder whether we could find the recipe online. We are here for another week and the Leaping Lizard will see us again

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection! The food is one of a kind and leaves your mouth as happy as can be!

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vipPhil
Baltimore
68 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite, and apparently everyone else's, place in Norfolk, VA. It's always packed but with a reservation, you get seated pretty quickly. Their capacity is down because of social distancing but the experience is still top notch. Never fails to please!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, our experience was fabulous! Our meals were exceptional and the charm of the rain on the outdoor roof added even more to our evening. The freshness and quality of the food is superb and the value matches it. This marks about 5 visits in less than two months and their consistency is impressive!!

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vipkate
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed with the freshness, flavor and overall dining experience !! One of my top 3 favorite restaurant’s in VB.

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mandyw
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome! Nothing bad to say. The food was delicious. The service was excellent.

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Annie
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a tasty meal! With the continued improvements they have made, I really enjoy the dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool ambience, great waitress and excellent food! Key lime pie was delicious!

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KarenG
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best food, relaxing environment. Gets busy fast so make reservations a day or 2 ahead. Limited parking.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best crab cakes I’ve ever had - I’ve been around for 48 years and from the Gulf Coast.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friday night date night with my husband… Just spectacular there. Very special place

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DianaS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Every time! Food is amazing and service is great!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! Food is always delicious and it has such a great, relaxing vibe and staff!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch with friends. As with dinner at LL, food and service was excellent. Always impressed and continue to recommend to all our friends. Keep up the great work!

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JonathanF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places. It’s a must go to restaurant

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vipCathyF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food!!

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Julie
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Leaping Lizard is our pandemic-friendly go to! amazing outdoor seating, appropriate table distances, respectful and masked staff. Not to mention the food is terrific!!

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SheilaC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places to eat. We sat outside under the trees and the food was great, as usual. Service was excellent without being overdone.

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EvelynM
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were wonderful in service and remembering to wish my little girl a happy birthday! Will be back soon!

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rosekav
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food1service5ambience5

I had a chicken pasta dish which has absolutely no flavor and the chicken tasted like they had boiled it. Sorry

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place for birthday lunch with family!

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KevinD
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for a wonderful brunch!

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JuliaB
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best crab quiche I have ever had. What makes this place so charming is the backyard dining near the chicken coup and all the eclectic art and gardens . Our service was outstanding and our big Lab Bullitt loved it especially when they bought him a bowl of ice and water. His fav. Going to make this my Sunday morning walk and brunch stop with my boys.

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WCJI
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really can’t say enough about our dinner.... 1st dinner here since covid and what a treat!!! Filet mignon was perfect and the sides were fresh and amazing. My crab cakes were fabulous and the veggies and our fave house salad with homemade made dressing puta our “highest end” hotel restaurants to shame!! Extensive wine list and fresh cocktails plus homemade desserts and top notch service will have us back routinely!! If you haven’t been... you’re missing out!! ❤️

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

So charming! Lovely back garden seating alongside the resident ducks and chickens (who we were assured were NOT the ducks and chickens in the menu). Food was terrific; nice smallish menu and an innovative array of desserts.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside and it was so beautiful under the trees. A real treat. Our food was amazing as always. We started with the hummus platter. We loved the dinner specials and our kids always want multiple desserts. Our server was so friendly and very professional.

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Timbob
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor patio seating with plenty of shade. Food and service were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to catch up with friend and enjoy fabulous food!

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CoBrA2168
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic lunch!!!

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DKBrown37
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took our Anniversary Dinner at LL's. Great place and cool setting. Service was superb and meals were excellent!

Thank you!

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vipVBdiner
Richmond
41 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Virginia Beach. The food is always fresh imaginative and delicious. However, their bread pudding is just not good. It consists of several slices of dry tough bread with some sweet topping and ice cream. It is not a moist pudding consistency that is traditional bread pudding. No one at our table liked it and they should probably mention that it is so different to patrons. Everything else is wonderful but feedback on items like this dessert should be helpful to the kitchen. We will of course be back.

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Chuck
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

All around reputable restaurant experience. My only complaint is dogs are allowed in the eating area outside (why?) and there were two tables next to me, both with large dogs who were continually being disciplined by their owners due to barking, whining and restlessness. Not enjoyable.

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BVS2994
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Come here every year when we’re at the beach. New item on the menu-blackened salmon mac and cheese was delicious. Great mixed drinks and impressive dessert list. Our server was outstanding and never had to write anything down.... 10 people in our group too! Highly recommended.

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KatherineF
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating.....pending decent weather...
Porch is covered and a great alternative.
In the trees with excellent garden ambiance.

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MarkS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable dinner-good food, good atmosphere good service. Will definitely return

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Leaping Lizard Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 632 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.