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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in Norfolk / Virginia Beach

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining in Norfolk / Virginia Beach? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Leaping Lizard Cafe restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1217)
$30 and under
American
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
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.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
This is our favorite Virginia Beach restaurant. The food is always so fresh, healthy, and delicious. The decor is so beachy. The vibe is so down to earth. And its prices are quite reasonable.
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4.7
4.7 (156)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
With Lakefront views, Patio Dining, Outdoor Bar, and Fire Pits
- Our new Pungo location in Virginia Beach pulls out all the stops!
We feature 33 TVs, A Game Room for the kids, 20 Beers on tap, And all the Satellite sports packages!
We pride ourselves in our Award-Winning Menu complete with Appetizers, Salads, Sandwiches, Seafood,
and of course, PIZZA!!

Reservations may not be available on certain days or during certain times.
During those times, walk-ins are welcome and encouraged.
Walk-ins are subject to a first come, first serve basis on our waitlist.

For questions, please email us at info@shorebreakvb.com or give us a call - 757-689-8886

**Table Requests: We attempt to honor all specific table requests such as a booth, high top, or outdoor seating. We are able to honor those requests 90% of the time. However, there are some occasions where a specific request may not be available at the time of your reservation.
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KenCvip
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
Fantastic service . Great food. Looking forward to our next visit.
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4.6
4.6 (1459)
$30 and under
Seafood
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
Here at Hot Tuna, our food is 5-star, but our dress code is surfer chic. Hot Tuna is a member of the Farm-to-Fork Movement; our menu features what is fresh, in-season and local. Eastern Shore seafood and produce from our local farms are staples, and our menu runs the gamut, from the freshest Ahi tuna to gourmet gouda burgers. Our bartenders are as adventurous as our chefs, providing you with hand-muddled mojitos, homemade sangria and organic margaritas. We hope you enjoy your dining experience with us!

**Thank you for your reservation. We attempt to honor all specific table requests such as a booth or outdoor seating. We are able to honor those requests 90% of the time. However, there are some occasions where a specific request may not be available at the time of your reservation. We do have a 2 1/2 hour time limit on parties of 6 or more.
Top review
CRF1
Dined 6 days ago
Good food and fantastic service. Kid/family friendly
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4.5
4.5 (1954)
$30 and under
Southern
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
Tupelo Honey is a revival of Southern food and traditions rooted in the Carolina Mountains we call home. We craft brunches, lunches and suppers that bring family and friends around the table and allow for conversations and cocktails to linger longer than usual. Always scratch-made, always responsibly-soured, and always Southern.

Our Dog Friendly Patio is available year-round. Ask our host about our special dog menu! The patio is covered from the elements, but does not have heaters.
Reservations recommended.

Top review
WyckoffJim
Dined 2 days ago
Our party of 4 sat outside and enjoyed a quiet meal with a cool breeze. The biscuit appetizer was delicious with the whipped butter and blueberrry spread! I enjoyed a juicy chicken BLT, while others had the shrimp hoagie and arugula salad with chicken. Everything was delicious!!
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4.3
4.3 (46)
$30 and under
American
Chesapeake
About the restaurant
Lockside is located in the heart of Great Bridge right on the water. Our warm and inviting atmosphere will make you feel at home with out all the work of preparing your favorite dishes. At Lockside, we are proud to support our local fishermen with purchasing local seafood and fresh produce from local farmers. Though our restaurant is new, our chefs have a combined experience of over 30 years providing fresh and innovative culinary ideas. Come join us for Brunch and Dinner.

From fresh seafood & shellfish to great land fare and local garden salads, our goal is to excite and exceed your explications.

As our exclusive guests you will experience a delightful culinary experience. Our menu reflects local seafood, a variety of products from our local farmers and a wide variety of wines, beers, classic & trendy cocktails. Come and enjoy a showcase of regionally inspired dishes!
Top review
ChrisB
Dined on Mar 29, 2024
The meatloaf was the best I’ve ever had and I’m 56! The portion size was spot on! And the broccoli that accompanied the meatloaf and mashed potatoes , was steamed to perfection! This restaurant knows its customers!!
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4.2
4.2 (426)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
Fabulously Fresh and In-Season at Our Virginia Beach Seafood Restaurant

Located on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, Catch 31 showcases spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and an inspired farm to table menu of hardwood grilled fish, succulent steaks, wood-fire baked flatbreads, decadent desserts and an incomparable raw bar.

The freshest produce and seafood is sourced daily by our chefs from local farms and docks to be expertly prepared any way you like it - mesquite wood-fire grilled, bronzed or blackened.

For an upscale-casual dining experience at the most iconic location on the oceanfront, grab a patio table with a fire pit overlooking Neptune's Park and enjoy free live entertainment nightly in season.
Top review
MichelleJ
Dined on May 12, 2024
Fantastic food and generous portions. Our waitress was great. French Toast was awesome and the egg burrito was delicious and huge!
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4.2
4.2 (28)
$50 and over
Winery
Norfolk
About the restaurant
Welcome to Waters Edge Winery of Norfolk! Founded from a deep love for wine, food, and family, our craft winery offers a unique experience. Owned by Jason & Dyan Witt, both passionate about hospitality and quality, we aim to make every visit memorable. Jason's business acumen and global wine knowledge, along with Dyan's marketing expertise, ensure a warm and inviting atmosphere. From our marketplace to bottling parties, we strive for guests to feel like family, learn about wine, and spread joy. Our diverse selection includes popular varietals and rare finds sourced globally from top grape growing regions, such as California, Italy, and France.
Top review
AustinSvip
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
This was our first time at Waters Ridge. This winery/ bistro is GREAT. The wine selection and food were excellent and only outdone by the incredible service we received from Jackson.
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4.1
4.1 (524)
$30 and under
American
Norfolk
About the restaurant
Welcome to Grain Rooftop Beer Garden!

Enjoy Cold Brews & Rooftop Views in Downtown Norfolk - Grain is downtown Norfolk's scene-setting destination to unwind. With one of the best selections of craft beer in Norfolk, our rooftop bar offers a terraced patio with spectacular views of the Elizabeth River. Surrounded by the patio's landscaped trees and atmospheric lighting, sip a hand-crafted cocktail or craft beer socializing with guests and locals around the fire pit.

We are accepting Walk-ins only. We invite you to stop in an explore Norfolk’s only rooftop beer garden at your leisure. Thank you for choosing Grain as your dining destination! Heightened Covid-19 Prevention Procedures with Outdoor seating available (Weather Permitted).

Dining reservations are limited to 90 minutes to ensure all of our guests get an opportunity to enjoy Grain! Incomplete parties will be seated once all guests have arrived. Parking is located in Plume Street garage attached to the rear of the hotel.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Would recommend Grain as the atmosphere was great and the food was great!
A photo of Cantina Laredo - Virginia Beach restaurant
4.1
4.1 (317)
$30 and under
Mexican
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
We create authentic Mexican food inspired by the cuisine of Mexico City and add a modern twist. Imagine grilled fish, chicken or steak topped with one of a kind signature sauces like chipotle-wine and Portobello mushroom or sautéed artichoke heart and roasted red bell pepper. Pair that with our award-winning margarita, the Casa Rita, made from fresh lime-juice and the finest tequila and you’ve got what we call Modern Mexican.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent customer service and friendly staff in a nice setting with good food.
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3.7
3.7 (109)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
Where coastal flavors and breathtaking views unite to create Virginia Beach’s most unique dining experience - perfect for a casual gathering with friends or an elegant night out. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey that combines exceptional coastal flavors, warm hospitality, and a touch of seaside magic.

NOTE: OUTSIDE SEATING IS NON-RESERVABLE. PATIO SEATING IS FIRST COME FIRST SERVE.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent food - highly recommend the she crab bisque! However I will say it did take quite a while for the food to come out of the kitchen - that was the main downside but it was delicious when we received our food. Waitress Emily was great! Just don’t expect to be quick in and out here, but a great experience overall.
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