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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Virginia

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Virginia? 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 Mizuno Japanese Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (645)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
Mizuno Japanese Restaurant is a family-run business that first opened in 1996. Located in Virginia Beach, Mizuno is embedded in a seafood hotspot, only 25 miles south of the Eastern Shore of Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay, and 158 miles south of Hatteras, North Carolina. Chef-owner Wataru Mizuno feels blessed to be a sushi chef in a culinary trifecta like Virginia Beach. Mizuno and his team take advantage of the restaurant's access to local sources by artfully composing daily specials that feature fresh shrimp, yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, flounder, blue crabs and oysters, to name a few. The hook's simple. Mizuno resists complicated sauces and excessive ingredients. Instead, he flavors scallops from the world famous Chesapeake Bay, adding nothing more, at times, than a dash of citrus and a pinch of sea salt. Wataru Mizuno: Chef/Owner Born in Japan, Wataru Mizuno received his formal training in Tokyo, as an apprentice under master Teruo Sato.
Top review
GJTGCT
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
We love the crab egg drop soup and would return even if that was the only item on the menu. Our tuna tataki crayfish roll, soft shell crab roll and King Kong roll were excellent-each a different taste and texture. We highly recommend Mizuno’s for an authentic Japanese experience.
A photo of The Atlantic restaurant
4.7
4.7 (140)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
The Atlantic is an oyster/craft cocktail bar nestled in the heart of the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Our menu celebrates seafoods from the east coast, west coast and beyond, and we strive to support local and regional fishermen, crabbers, oystermen, farmers and producers. Don't eat seafood? No problem. We've got plenty of options for everyone on the menu.
Top review
ErinBvip
Dined 7 days ago
Friendly staff and a fabulous meal. Great traditional seafood dishes with an inventive twist!
A photo of Hot Tuna restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1472)
$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.

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BryanS
Dined on Jul 2, 2024
Always great food and service! Community minded, family ownership!
A photo of Lehja restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1072)
$31 to $50
Indian
Richmond
About the restaurant
Lehja is an award winning modern Indian restaurant located in Short Pump Town Center in Richmond. Our Executive Chef Sunny Baweja has been named Semifinalist for the prestigious James Beard Award for"Best Chef Mid Atlantic" category for 2019 and 2020. We have been proudly named as “Restaurant of the Year” by Richmond Magazine and “Best Richmond Restaurant” by EATER in 2023,2024. Esquire named Lehja “100 restaurants America can’t afford to lose during pandemic.”
Sunny always strives the freshest ingredients and seasonal menu. Our Wine List has been awarded "Best of Award of Excellence" by Wine Spectator. Sunny Baweja has been invited to Food Festivals across the country . Sunny has won many competitions around like Broad Appetit, Burger Blast, American Heart Association’s Heart ball 2018 “Chefs Challenge”to name a few. Sunny was also the Headliner Chef at 2018 “ Taste of Richmond”. Washingtonian magazine has also featured Lehja as one of the must visit Richmond Spots.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 2, 2024
It was my first visit and I can’t wait to go back. Friendly and knowledgeable staff along with the great food makes this restaurant a gem.
A photo of Brambly Park restaurant
4.5
4.5 (87)
$30 and under
Italian
Richmond
About the restaurant
Brambly Park is an urban winery and oasis located in the northwest corner of Richmond's Scott's Addition neighborhood. Our property sits on 2 acres and is divided into four spaces: the winery, the restaurant, the park and the event hall. In addition to eating and drinking with us, we host regularly scheduled events and live music performances. Please check in with us regularly and follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see what we have on the calendar.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
I had a great experience at brambly but the tipping situation through the QR code wasn’t clear
A photo of Privilege restaurant
4.5
4.5 (83)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Portsmouth
About the restaurant
Privilege Restaurant is an upscale gem, nestled in the heart of Olde Towne Portsmouth that caters to individuals 21 and older only. Our menu fuses the best of steakhouses and seafood, offering a refined culinary experience. Savor handcrafted cocktails that complement our exquisite dishes in our elegant ambiance. Join us for live entertainment on select nights, adding a touch of vibrancy to your evening.

Reserve your spot at Privilege for a night of culinary excellence and indulgence.

Top review
ChristinaJ
Dined 2 days ago
Great atmosphere!! My girls and I had an amazing time and the our waiter was everything!!
A photo of Rapture restaurant
4.4
4.4 (213)
$30 and under
Southern
Charlottesville
About the restaurant
Rapture features playful, farm-to-table Southern cuisine in a swank-but-cozy atmosphere. We have outdoor dining, billiards tables, and live music several nights a week.
Top review
WhitfieldObservervip
Dined on May 21, 2024
Delicious, and marvelous outdoor dining on a Pleasant evening.
A photo of Brothers restaurant
4.3
4.3 (817)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Norfolk
About the restaurant
Thank you for reserving at Brothers - Norfolk. We look forward to serving you. USDA prime-aged beef, succulent seafood, fine wines, chilled cocktails, decadent desserts, crisp white linens, and exceptional service...All this while you enjoy our warm, inviting atmosphere and Brothers genuine hospitality. So whether you're a regular or have just been wondering what all the buzz is about, Brothers is the perfect excuse to enjoy the perfect night out. Dinner is served nightly, reservations are suggested.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Super friendly staff, food was delicious and served quickly, cool place!
A photo of Grain restaurant
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 Gershwin's restaurant
3.9
3.9 (280)
$30 and under
American
Norfolk
About the restaurant
Gershwin's is an upscale, 1920 style speakeasy. We pride ourselves in live entertainment most nights. Our craft cocktails are one of a kind along with our wide selection of rare Bourbon's. We dress so you don't have too.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 26, 2024
Food was absolutely delicious. Exceeded my expectations. We went to celebrate a special occasion and we were gifted with complimentary champagne! I was only slightly disappointed in the charcuterie we ordered as well as multiple desserts that they were out of. I was highly impressed and will definitely return!
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