Leone's

4.6
742 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Italian
Located in Historic Downtown Norfolk, just a short walk from the Scope, Chrysler Hall, Harrison Opera House and MacArthur Mall.
Our warm, elegant dining room offers the perfect environment to enjoy our impeccable service and evolving cuisine for an intimate dinner for two or a celebration for twenty.
Rooftop and Back Patio outdoor dining is available seasonally.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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ChrisB
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service3ambience5

This is a great spot in downtown Norfolk! The food was amazing! It would be the perfect place for dates and special occasions. It's within walking distance of all tourist attractions.

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vipEileen
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We both had the special of the day Ribeye. Was not as tender or flavorful as the ribeye that used to be on the menu. Was a disappointment. Service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It’s a very nice restaurant, I would definitely return for spring and summer seasons to get a look at he rooftop and back deck!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time at Leone’s!!!

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vipMelloD
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I arrived and requested a both. We were a party of two, and were told that they were for larger parties. We were immediately taken to a table upstairs while there we multiple available tables on the first level. The upstairs is not as nice and has an entirely different atmosphere. Furthermore with the exception of one table, everyone seated there were people of color. Perhaps it was just a coincidence, but it didn’t look good. I requested a table on downstairs, which we were given. Also a side room when still tables were available in the main dining area. We were seated at a table set-up for 4 people. Same as a both, which we were denied, and there were a few that were never filled throughout our duration of time there. The food was good, and our waitress was attentive, but I didn’t feel like I was a valued customer.

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fsh48
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I had the vegan steak with Brussels and roasted potatoes. This dish had way too much salt and pepper. Not sure if they thought they had to do that because it was vegan but I could not eat the potatoes at all. The people in my party enjoyed their meals very much.

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StaceyM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to dress us for a night out with friends or date night. Food is awesome and so are the drinks.

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vipDebraG
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Extremely overpriced for basic Italian food, albeit food is good. Service mediocre even though it wasn’t busy. We were seated in back room with glaring lights that I asked be turned down twice to no avail vs the main restaurant which had plenty of tables (we had reservations). Would not return.

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viphomechef
Kansas City
59 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our server explained that they were short-staffed the evening we dined there, but things went smoothly and service was attentive and prompt. Cuisine very good, quality/price good. My one complaint was in the Negroni I ordered. I specifically ordered it classic because I’d noticed on the menu that they had a special “house” version. I was served the house version, sans Campari and over-sweet. It was drinkable but not a Negroni. Normally I’d have returned it but I knew they were short-staffed, and I was under pressure from my co-diners (family) to lighten up on the criticism…so…Overall we were satisfied and would return.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Christmas Eve meal. It was everything we were looking for. Fabulous food and top notch service.

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Maurice
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service was excellent. Looking forward to the next dining occasion.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We went for Christmas Eve dinner. The hostess took us to the upstairs seating area even though two of our guests were elderly and had difficulty climbing stairs. We asked if we could turn around and sit downstairs and she had some attitude but ultimately sat us on the lower level by the fountain wall. The waiter we had was very attentive and polite, and the food was magnificent! I would definitely recommend this restaurant to a friend or family member and will return in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the service was excellent! On of our favorite places in Norfolk.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food drinks and service were all amazing!

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Eric
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great food. There was no wind block from outer doors opening, so the cold draft kept hitting us (it was a late December meal). The staff service was not commensurate with the meal cost.

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Rositamamasita63
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Lexi the manager was rude!! I made an reservation after viewing it on yelp it mentioned it had happy hour from 4-6 so we made a reservation for 6 so we can seat at the bar until than. It was brought to my guess and I attention that there is no happy hour so I was confused and explained how we read it online and Lexi ( which has no managing skills) refused to honor anything even told us we can leave and go to a neighboring restaurant for happy hour (that was strange) she didn’t offer anything not even an apology for her rudeness. Regardless we decided to stay for our dinner the bartender was great and so was our waiter. For the prices they charge They should definitely try to keep customers happy. I have mixed feelings about ever returning

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vipJoyB
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time here. Everything was nearly perfect. I had the chicken gnocchi special. It was just a bit over seasoned. I was very thirsty the rest of the night. I did have the best Cider tini. It was like drinking an apple pie. I would definitely recommend this place and will be going back. :)

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annes
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was really good! We will definitely go back. We tried the lobster fettuccine, ribeye and the chicken with gnocchi that was a special.

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PhilR
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything we were expecting. A very good night’s experience

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PiaS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was unseasonably warm for December 16 so we sat outside. The noise level was much higher inside where there were a lot more people. Food was great, the house Pinot Noir was excellent and service was attentive. We had the pasta pescatore and sausage gnocchi. Both excellent. Their house bread was crusty and chewy at the same time, definitely my kind of bread. The herbed butter was nice to have. Will definitely be back. Highly recommended. Only quibble is parking. Though they have a lot, it was completely full when we arrived just before our 6:30 reservation. Parked in the Freemason garage and walked to the restaurant. Factor that in if you’re the punctual type.

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ExclusiveTin
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

For the main course, I had the salmon piccata and my husband had the sausage and mushroom gnocchi; they were both delicious. They also have wonderful customer service.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Justin is awesome! A big thank you to the bartender for the delish apple cider martini. The chicken marsala was delicious. My friend had the spaghetti/meatballs & enjoyed it. The salads were a great accompaniment. Will definitely return - and request Justin.

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PaulE
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Super meal (chicken pecada). The broschetta, however, was bland. Service was good - attentive, prompt, and friendly. Overall decor is nice; bar is better than nice. There's a dearth, however, of two-seat table and only two at the windows. If they are holding most tables (which they did) for larger parties, you end up with a choice of three tables by a large table for groups, or...two tables in a corner near the waiters' charge-processing station. That's not so good.

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AmberF
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food was great, Service was subpar. I enjoyed my time, however they sat a table right next to us when majority of the restaurant was empty. To recommend Seafood Fettuccine, decent portion sizes too.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and delicious food. Gracious in accommodating a change in reservation time and very attentive to and respectful of dietary restrictions. We will definitely be dining at Leone’s again!

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DanielT
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend this place. The service was outstanding. The seafood pasta dishes are delicious. Great place to go for a special occasion or just a quiet dinner for two.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Great date night place!

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Amyea
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal here. The staff was lovely and it was a cozy and romantic atmosphere.

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vipMarkG
Richmond
42 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While we have been long-standing patrons of Leone’s, our dining experience last night was over the top…especially for an early Monday evening. My wife and I shared the plentiful 2-person charcuterie; split a Caprese salad; and enjoyed two of the superbly prepared house specials (lamb and rockfish) with our wine. We then topped things off with a very generous serving of pistachio gelato and a cup of freshly brewed decaf.

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TianaB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the atmosphere was great. I would definitely go again

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davidb
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very professional & the food was excellent. Would recommend to anyone to make there own judgement.

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JuvenileMaze
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the atmosphere and the food and service where outstanding I definitely will be going back

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ardawnr
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The atmosphere was calm, romantic, and welcoming. I originally ordered the Vegan meatballs and spaghetti to find out the meatballs were frozen which I felt was a little low budget for this restaurant. I ordered the Lobster fettuccine which was delicious and my significant other ordered Vegan chopped steak which was also delicious. The service was great overall.

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FaloneA
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is amazing all around. Great food, service and ambiance. I will definitely be coming back.

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 everything was perfect. Our server was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was very attentive and service was quick! Great Jib

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vipRed002
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall, a very enjoyable dining experience. My Chicken Marsala was a little salty with only a couple of slices of mushrooms. All the other meals were outstanding no complaints. The veal chop look amazing and my buddy said, "it was the chop he has ever had". The service by Demarisa ?? was great. I will be back.

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vipStefanP
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent - a very warm "Thank you" goes out to our waitress; she sequenced the courses professionally. However, if you reserve a table before 19:00 hrs you might feel "pushed" - as there most probably will be another reservation following yours. This is not uncommon in U.S. restaurants, but quite different from what we experienced throughout our time living in Italy - I'd say it's "quite U.S. American".
I went for the Saltimboca which in Italy is a very thin sliced veal filet, wrapped in sage leaves and served with lemon sauce. My meal was not comparable to the original. But - it was well prepared and tasted very good. My wife went for a pasta dish which was right on the spot.
We will be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at Leone’s for a Birthday dinner. Our server Christina was knowledgeable of the menu and made wonderful recommendations. We started with drinks and got the Italian Mojito and Leone’s Aperol Spritz, both were great! We did calamari and a Caesar salad for starters. We loved the kick of the cherry peppers in the calamari. For our main entrees we did the Lobster Fettuccini and Clams Linguini, both dishes were excellent. We finished with tiramisu, and it was also very good. We had great service, great food and the atmosphere was perfect for the occasion. We will be returning very soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, our server was attentive and thorough and the restaurant was beautiful. It was a wonderful dinner.

FAQs

Leone's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (757) 624-1455.

Leone's is rated 4.6 stars by 742 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.