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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Virginia

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 Pungo - Shorebreak Pizza & Taphouse restaurant
4.8 (161)
$30 and under
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.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
We had a exceptional experience at the Pungo Shorebreak. Our server, Ali, was wonderful and attentive to our needs. The food was excellent. Highly recommend . . .
A photo of The Atlantic restaurant
4.7 (140)
$31 to $50
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
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Friendly staff and a fabulous meal. Great traditional seafood dishes with an inventive twist!
A photo of Ridge Room restaurant
4.6 (285)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
Head to our rooftop tavern to sip creative cocktails as you admire the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance. The tavern offers thoughtfully-sourced, regionally inspired food, and premium alcoholic beverages.

Please note the restaurant has it's own entrance and elevator located to the left side of the building.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
It's a beautiful place with excellent food and service, and I will definitely go back. Also, I don't drink alcohol so it was nice to have some alcohol-free cocktails on the menu would love to see a bigger selection.
A photo of P.F. Chang's - Virginia Beach restaurant
4.5 (123)
$30 and under
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
We are an Asian & Chinese restaurant offering dine-in, takeout, to-go, delivery, and catering. Make a reservation online to dine in. Order Asian and Chinese food delivery, takeout, and catering online or through the P.F. Chang's mobile app. Let us cater the perfect feast for you - corporate office catering menus are also available. P.F. Chang's offers a variety of signature Asian, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Mongolian, and Chinese food dishes including Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Chicken Pad Thai, Signature Lo Mein, Fried Rice, Mongolian Beef, Chang's Spicy Chicken, and Pork and Shrimp Dumplings. Order online for sushi delivery and takeout. Many gluten-free and vegetarian menu items are available. Try our seasonal cocktails and seasonal menu items.
Top review
Dined on Jul 8, 2024
I would recommend this restaurant for its food. I love the dishes they have and the strong favors. Their service is slow and disjointed. Drinks are slow to arrive and the food comes out in an uncoordinated manner with some people having their food and others waiting. The restaurant is clean but needs a freshening up from a decor standpoint.
A photo of Craft 60 Taphouse & Grill restaurant
4.5 (258)
$30 and under
Newport News
About the restaurant

Hampton Roads premier destination for great beer fresh food. Featuring the area's largest covered outdoor seating, tastefully designed bar, & family friendly dining room. Over 100 different draft beers to choose from. Plus, all of our food is handcrafted right here.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
Just another tavern. All is pretty typical. At least this place has some good entertainment on weekends. Something that’s waning these days.
A photo of Rapture restaurant
4.4 (213)
$30 and under
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
Dined on May 21, 2024
Delicious, and marvelous outdoor dining on a Pleasant evening.
A photo of Sweet Tea and Barley restaurant
4.3 (118)
$30 and under
Contemporary Southern
Colonial Williamsburg
About the restaurant
Southern hospitality shines through with the familiar, yet innovative, cuisine and casual atmosphere of Sweet Tea & Barley in the Williamsburg Lodge. From fresh salads, to perfect pub bites, to satisfying sandwiches, it’s the place to gather for a good time. Drinks are crafted by hand, and local ingredients highlight the true spirit of the area. Drop in and sit a spell at the bar and lounge area, or take it outside to the patio for a cocktail where laughter and lively conversation fill the air.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
Excellent place for food and drinks. We also really appreciate the service.
A photo of The Good Sport restaurant
4.3 (84)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
The Good Sport delivers classic tavern fare, local craft beer and a sense of familiarity in a warm and relaxed setting – the perfect pre- and post-game spot, or a reprise after a long workday. This gathering place serves up comforting classics, such as Wagyu Brisket Slider with hydro watercress, fresh grated horseradish crème and shaved onion, along with a classic Fried Chicken Sandwich, with kimchi slaw, chili crisp mayo and pickled cucumbers. A large selection of signature cocktails, as well as whiskeys, local wines, and other spirits rounds out the bar experience. Valet parking is available, free for the first two hours with validation. Street parking is also available without a permit after 5pm daily and on the weekends.
Top review
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Nice, casual atmosphere. Delicious food and great service!
A photo of Gather & Hem Bar restaurant
4.2 (22)
$30 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
About the restaurant
Indulge in the allure of a chic and refined bar & lounge – Gather & Hem, a haven where exquisite cocktails, local craft beer, and meticulously chosen wines take center stage. Nestled in the heart of the city within the iconic Miller & Rhoads Department Store building, our concept exudes a timeless sophistication. Our cocktails are perfectly paired with shared plates created with the distinct flavors of Virginia.

Whether it's a post-work rendezvous or a prelude to a captivating show at a nearby theater, let's elevate the ordinary and make every moment extraordinary together.

Top review
Dined on May 17, 2024
Interesting shareable and nice charcuterie board! Relaxed vibe for sure.
A photo of Cantina Laredo - Virginia Beach restaurant
4.1 (327)
$30 and under
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
We enjoyed our dinner completely. Love the Ahi Tuna mini tacos! Steak on the fajitas combo was sublime. Passion fruit pina coladas were refreshingly delicious. 😍
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