Eating Out in Hampton Roads
Note that there are numerous fine restaurants not
included in this list. In general, we have listed only local businesses.
There are many fine national chain outlets in the area, but these are so
well known, and so well covered in existing web sites, that we have concentrated
on the less visible and more unique local offerings in the culinary arts.
And when it comes time for a ride to dinner, remember Andy's Taxi Group for
Town Car service at taxi cab rates.
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Listings here are entirely free. None of these
establishments paid even as much as a free meal to get listed. Therefore
you, our readers, can trust us when we say we think they're worth a visit.
Bear in mind that things change rapidly in the restaurant business. Before
visiting one of these listings, it's a good idea to check their hours of
operation. Also, if you find that one of our listings has moved or changed
in any substantial way, or if you wish to recommend a new listing or think
we should remove one that's here, please let us hear from you. You can e-mail
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City Deli, 450 S. Battlefield Boulevard. American deli fare--breakfast
and lunch. 6:30am-3pm Mon-Fri., 6:30am-2pm Sat., closed Sunday. 757-482-5554.
Center at 4717 West Military Highway is a landmark on the South Military
Highway. Over the last 50 years, Frank's restaurant has grilled a lot of
burgers and scrambled a lot of eggs to earn our reputation for excellent
food. Open 24 hours daily. 757-488-8337.
Grill at Great Bridge, The, 388 S. Battlefield Blvd. Breakfast and
lunch nook with great desserts and daily specials. Mon-Fri .6am-1:45pm, Sat.
6am-1pm, Sun. 7:30am-11:45am. 757-482-5362.
Tasty Thai Cuisine, 1937 S. Military Highway. Menu offers a full
complement of authentic Thai specialties including curries, soups, tasty
noodle dishes and vegetarian selections. Mon-Thurs. 11:30am-3pm & 5-9:30pm,
Fri-Sat. 11:30am-3pm & 5-10pm. 757-543-9116.
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219, The, 219 Granby
Street, offers an eclectic blend of nouvelle cuisine with Asian and Southwestern
influences. The atmosphere is casual. Lunch: Mon.-Fri. 11am-2:30 pm, Dinner
nightly starting at 5pm. 757-627-2896.
Alexander’s at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel,
777 Waterside Drive, is a bistro-style restaurant with both indoor and outdoor
dining and a great view if the Elizabeth River. Open daily 6:30am-1:30 am.
Chesapeake Bagel Bakery, 480
East Main Street, is more than just a bakery. Breakfast, lunch and dinner
daily. Customer service is the priority here. Mon.-Fri. 6:30 am to 6pm. Sat.
7am to 2pm. 757-625-5542.
Freemason Abbey Restaurant, 209 West Freemason Street.
Enjoy seafood and continental cuisine in the elegance of this 1873 converted
stone church building. Mon.-Thurs. 11:30am-10pm Fri.-Sat. 11:30am-11pm, Sun.
Brunch 9:30am-2pm, Dinner 6:30pm-10pm. 757-622-3966.
German Pantry, The
5329 East Virginia Beach Bl. Authentic home-style
German meals, huge selection of imported beer and fine wine. German groceries
and gifts. Tues-Thur. 10am-8:30pm, Fri-Sat 10am-9:30pm.
Lockharts Seafood Restaurant, 8440 Tidewater Drive. Corn & Tomato
Crab soup is the specialty at this longstanding Hampton Roads landmark for
seafood. Tues.-Sat. 3:30pm-9pm, Sun. 12pm-9pm, Closed Mon. 757-588-0405.
Max and Erma's
intergalactic-virtual-esthetic-cyberkinetic thingamabopper. Great burgers
too. MacArthur Center, 300 Monticello Ave #156. Join Hometown Happenings,
Max & Erma's monthly e-mail newsletter! You'll get the scoop on upcoming
events, restaurant openings, special food & drink items, and fun contests.
Send an e-mail with your e-mail address to:
11am-10pm, Fri-Stat 11-11, Sun 11am-8pm. 757-625-7771.
Mo & OMalleys
Irish Pub, 131 Granby Street. The only Irish pub in the heart of
Hampton Roads. Lunch, dinner and live entertainment. Tues.-Sat. 3pm-2am.
Omar's Carriage House, 313 W. Bute Street. Contemporary American casual
& fine dinning in a carriage house setting. Lunch Mon.-Fri 11am-3pm.
Dinner Mon.-Thurs. 5:30pm-10pm. Fri.-Sat. 5-11. Sunday Brunch 10am-3pm.
Ristorante La Galleria, 120 College Place. European ambiance and elegant
Northern Italian cuisine. Live music nightly. Lunch: Fri. 11:30am-2pm. Dinner:
Mon.-Thurs. 5:30pm-11:15pm, Fri.-Sat. 5:30pm-12pm. 757-623-3939.
Ship's Cabin Seafood
Restaurant, 4110 East Ocean View Ave., combines elegant seafood dining
with a spectacular waterfront view. Daily 5pm-10pm. Sunday Brunch 11-3pm
Unlimited, 109 East Main Street. In Prince Book Store. Signature
sandwiches featuring their famous house dressing, and serving great coffee
all day long. Locally owned and operated for over 28 years. Mon.-Fri. 8am-7pm.
Sat. 10am-6pm. Sun. 11am-5pm. 757-627-3330.
Thyme Square, 509 Botetourt Street, serves gourmet lunches and dinners.
Eat in, carry out and catering available. Mon.-Fri. 11am-9pm. 757-623-5082.
Jurichs Bistro, 210 West York Street (Moving in Sept. to 150
Main St.), is a chef-owned restaurant run by James Beard Foundation chef,
Todd Jurich (pronounced Jur-ick). Features regional American food colored
with a French and Asian flair. Winner of a Wine Spectator Award. Lunch: Mon.-Fri.
11:30am-2pm. Dinner: Mon.-Thurs. 5:30pm-10pm, Fri.-Sat. 5:30pm-11pm.
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Bob's BBQ and Country Cooking, 417 County Street. American & barbecue
including sliced, chopped and beef--plus country cooking. Mon-Fri. 6:30am-4pm,
Sat. 6:30am-2pm, Closed Sunday. 757-399-8060.
Canty's Restaurant and Catering, 515 Washington Street. Soul food,
chitterlings, pig feet, collard greens and candied yams. Seven days 8am-8pm.
Cheshire Grill, 623 High St. (Olde Towne). Featuring the decor and
menu of old portsmouth. Charm thick enough to eat. Mon-Fri. 10am-9pm, Sat.
9am-9pm, Sun. 9am-3pm. 757-399-1990.
Circle, The, 3010 High Street, Seafood, ribs, steaks, buffets, light
menu. Reasonable prices and great food. Sun-Thurs. 8am-9pm, Fri-Sat. 8am-10pm.
Mario's Italian Restaurant, 611 Airline Boulevard. Classic Italian
cuisine and bar. Weekdays 11:30am-Midnight Sat-Sun. 5:30pm-Midnight.
Paddy O'Brian's, 612 Court Street. Warm neighborhood hang-out featuring
live music. Daily 11am-11pm. 757-399-6120.
Pfeiffer's Cafe, 606 High Street. Dining with a sense of adventure
and totally different fare. Live jazz on Friday afternoons and blues on Saturday.
Fine wine, beer, cocktails. Mon-Sat. 11am-3pm, Wed-Sat. 5:30pm-till?
Roger Brown's Restaurant and Sports Bar, 316 High Street. A classy
sports bar and restaurant with a varied menu. 757-399-5377.
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Abbey Road Pub & Restaurant, 203 22nd Street (Just
off Atlantic Ave.), offers live entertainment nightly along with locally
famous cuisine and raw bar, sidewalk café and over 100 international
beers. Daily 11am-2am year round. 757-425-6330.
Calcutta's, 530 Winston Salem Ave., Rudee Inlet,
for waterside dining featuring prime rib, seafood, pork and steaks. Tue.-Thur.
4pm-10pm, Fri. 4pm-11pm, Sat. 4pm-11pm, Sun. 10am-10pm.
Mighty Nice Grill, 19th & Cypress Ave. A "Taste of the Islands"
Caribbean-theme. This perennial winner of the "Best of the Beach" awards
offers fresh seafood, pastas, salads, sandwiches, kids meals, and grill.
Discovery Dining Yacht, leaving from 600 Laskin Road @ 31st
Street. Cruises rain or shine on Calm Island Waterway and Broad Bay. Sightseeing,
lunch and dinner cruises. 757-422-2900.
Gazebo, Shore Drive on the North bank of Lynnhaven Inlet, for relaxed
seafood lunches and dinners, indoor and outdoor deck dining and gazebo bar
with a fabulous views of Lynnhaven Inlet's fishing traffic and the mouth
of the Chesapeake Bay. Winner of 38 "Best of Beach" Awards. Lunch & Dinner
daily 11am-till? Breakfast Sunday 9am-2pm. 757-481-0201.
Eurasia, 4000 Virginia Beach Blvd. in Loehmann's Plaza. Unique
international cuisine served in a comfortable, intimate atmosphere. 757-463-7146.
Ginza Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, 3972 Holland Road. Sushi
buffet every Wednesday. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner (the webmaster's
favorite sushi bar). 757-431-8000.
Happy Crab Restaurant & Oyster Shucking Bar, 550 Laskin Road at
31st Street, offers down-and-dirty seafood lovers spacious, brown
butcher paper covered wooden tables, all-you-can-eat crab picking, and all
the traditional seafood fare to boot. Daily 11am-11pm with Buffet 5pm-10:30pm.
Hot Tuna Bar &
Grill, 2817 Shore Drive. Featuring seafood, steak and pasta. Eat
in or carry out. Voted "Best in Beach" for seafood. Open 4 PM daily. Mon,
Tues, Thurs & Sunday till 11 PM; Wed, Fri & Sat till 2 AM with live
entertainment. Sun. added sushi menu. 757-481-2888
Il Giardino Ristorante, 910 Atlantic Avenue at 10th Street,
is an award-winning restaurant. Highlights are veal, steaks, seafood and
pasta in a variety of Italian styles. Opens daily at 5pm. 757-422-6464.
Isle of Capri, 39th Street & Atlantic Avenue, is a
second-generation Chef-owned restaurant featuring native Italian cooking
and a beautiful oceanfront view. 757-428-2411.
Island Republic Sea Grill & Raw Bar, 19th Street
and the Boardwalk, features a two story deck with a panoramic view of the
oceanfront and fresh seafood. Live entertainment nightly in season. 757 425-7738.
Jewish Mother, The, 3108 Pacific Ave, is the spot for deli fare and
imported beers. Winner of Best of the Beach award for Live Music, Beer and
Desserts. Breakfast, lunch & dinner plus late-night entertainment. Open
8am-2am weekdays and 8am-3am Fri.-Sat. 757-422-5430.
1st Street & Atlantic Avenue on the Boardwalk at Rudee Inlet.
Down home seafood and steaks with a view and ambiance as good as it gets.
Open for lunch and dinner in season and dinner only off season. 757-428-7974.
Mystery Dinner Playhouse,
DoubleTree Hotel, 1900 Pavilion Drive, lets you enjoy a four-course dinner
while solving a hilarious murder-mystery comedy. Toll free 888-471-4802.
Virginia Beach, 21st Street and Pacific Ave. 18 and up.You can purchase
tickets to our shows online through Peabody's own
site. DANCING + crablegs and large shrimp for 9.99 every night! 757-422-6212.
Plaza Azteca, 4292 Holland Road. Traditional Mexican dishes in a casual,
family setting. Mon-Thur. 11am-10pm, Fri. 11am-11pm, Sat. Noon-10:30pm, Sun:
Seafood Harbor, 32nd & Atlantic Avenue, is a family
style restaurant with a huge seafood buffet in a nautical décor. Daily
from 3:30 pm. 757-428-6220.
5th Street & Atlantic Avenue on the Boardwalk. Patio dining
available overlooking the beach. Seafood & grill plus the beach's only
oceanfront nightclub. Daily Lunch 11:30am-4pm, Dinner from 4pm. 757-428-3644.
Worrell Brothers, 19th
& Pacific Ave., has been a Beach tradition for over 30 years. Voted Best
Steamed Shrimp in the Beach by Virginian Pilot readers and Best of the Beach
award winner. Raw bar, game room and nightly dancing. Daily 11am-2am.
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Note: The Williamsburg area is so well supplied with fine restaurants
that we have listed only the most unusual and noteworthy. Feel free to just
stroll the streets and sample any of the fine establishments that appeal
to you, whether they are among our listings or not.
Tavern, Waller Street. Enjoy barbecue pork ribs, steaming Brunswick
Stew, all served in authentic colonial style. Chowning's black walnut ice
cream and cider cake desserts are a must! Mon-Sat. 11am-10pm. 757-229-2141.
Campbell's Tavern, Duke of Gloucester Street. George Washington's
favorite seafood restaurant--Campbell's menu still features oysterette fritters,
gumbo, crab cakes and other Virginia-inspired specialities served in an
18th-century setting complete with strolling balladeers. Daily 11am-10pm.
Trellis, The, Duke of Gloucester
Street. The Trellis Restaurant is one of the finest and most innovative
restaurants in the country today, located in the center of Merchant's Square.
Lunch, Dinner and signature "Death By Chocolate desserts. Daily 11am-3pm
Lunch & 5pm-9:30pm Dinner. 757-229-8610.
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