Located at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach is a vibrant seaside resort city with miles of beautiful beaches, a bustling oceanfront boardwalk and an array of hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs. Renowned for having the ‘longest pleasure beach in the world,’ the city has much more to offer than just the busy Riviera. It also has a plethora of restaurants that are ideal for romantic dinners, and here are some of them.
1.eat : an american bistro
© eat : an american bistro
eat : an american bistro is a stylish, modern café tucked away at the north end of the Virginia Beach oceanfront that serves New American fare for dinner only in a casual, yet elegant setting. The small, intimate location has a cozy dining room and outdoor seating with a full-service bar and offers an award-winning eclectic menu and an extensive wine list. The menu has something for everyone, ranging from Grilled Spanish Octopus and NY Strip Steak and Frites to Grilled Tuna ‘Bulgolgi’ and Meatballs with Fresh Mozzarella. Chalkboard specials include beer-battered local catch on grilled corn tortillas with pico de gallo and ‘ants on a log’ of basil-fed escargot, roasted bone, and marrow, on a butter grilled baguette. Sip one of the craft beers or handcrafted cocktails from the bar, which is open seven nights a week.
4005 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, Phone: 757-965-2472
© Aldo's Ristorante
Located in LA Promenade Distinctive Shops, Aldo’s Ristorante is a family-friendly restaurant that serves seasonally inspired and locally sourced Italian food in a vibrant, bustling ambiance. Established in 1988, the warm and welcoming restaurant features comfortable décor, a wood-burning stove imported from Italy, and soft lighting. The menu boasts Italian favorites like simple pizzas, homemade pasta and fresh salads, along with prime meat and fresh seafood dishes, and decadent desserts, as well as an award-winning wine list with both casual and rare vintages that are suggested by expert sommeliers to pair with different dishes. Aldo’s Ristorante is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday and dinner only on Sundays.
1860 Laskin Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, Phone: 757-491-1111
3.Bella Monte Restaurant & Enoteca
© Bella Monte Restaurant & Enoteca
Bella Monte Restaurant & Enoteca is a refined restaurant and enoteca (wine market) serving upscale Italian fare and cabaret-style entertainment. The restaurant serves seasonal lunch and dinner menus of contemporary food with Italian roots, such as handmade pasta dishes, fresh seafood, prime meats, and chicken dishes, steamy risottos and the signature dish of osso buco. Dishes are prepared using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and products, along with imported Italian specialties like parmesan cheese, cured prosciutto, and extra virgin olive oil. The enoteca (wine repository) has over 300 selections of fine wines and 16 self-serve tasting stations where wine lovers can sample some of the finest wines from around the world by the glass or purchase them by the bottle or the case. Bella Monte Restaurant & Enoteca is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday.
1201 Laskin Rd #100, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, Phone: 757-425-6290
4.Blue Seafood and Spirits
Located on Upton Drive in Virginia Beach, Blue Seafood, and Spirits is a chef-owned and operated restaurant that focuses on serving high quality, fresh seafood accompanied by a range of signature cocktails, wines, and beers. Managed by Chef Charles Thain, the 60-seater restaurant boasts an elegant, yet casual ambiance and specializes in a variety of freshly prepared seafood dishes such as tempura fried shrimp and crab cakes. The restaurant does not accept reservations, so be sure to get there early to get a table! Blue Seafood and Spirits is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Saturday.
2181 Upton Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, Phone: 757-698-5395
© Catch 31
Located on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, Catch 31 is an upscale-casual dining restaurant that focuses on fresh seafood and shellfish, serving an inspired farm-to-table menu of mesquite wood-fire grilled, bronzed or blackened fish, prime steaks, wood-fire baked flatbreads, decadent desserts against a backdrop of spectacular Atlantic Ocean views. The restaurant also features an incomparable raw bar where diners can savor freshly-shucked oysters and handmade sushi and a full-service bar that serves fine wines and other libations from around the world. The restaurant boasts a charming patio with a firepit overlooking Neptune's Park and the ocean beyond and hosts free live entertainment nightly in season. Catch 31 is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
3001 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA, 23451, Phone: 757-213-3472
© Coastal Grill
Located on the affluent Great Neck corridor in Virginia Beach, the Coastal Grill is a locally-owned and operated restaurant that has been serving fresh seafood and traditional American fare since 1989. Boasting a cozy, homely space with a full-service mahogany bar, the top-notch eatery provides casual dining with a seasonal menu of contemporary cuisine and blackboard specials of an assortment of freshly caught regional seafood. Executive Chef-Owner Jerry Bryan prepares each dish using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and produce and uses only sustainably caught seafood and shellfish. The bar offers a wide range of fine wines, craft beers on tap and by the bottle and signature cocktails to sip while soaking up the spectacular views. The Coastal Grill is open for dinner only, seven nights a week.
1440 N Great Neck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, Phone: 757-496-3348
© Cobalt Grille
Helmed by Executive Chef and Owner, Alvin W. Williams, the Cobalt Grille is an upmarket eatery in the heart of Virginia Beach that serves crafts seasonal New American fare with European accents in warm and welcoming brick-lined bistro quarters. Open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday, the restaurant focuses on locally sourced cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients, and a variety of fine wines curated from around the globe. Signature dishes include Faroe Island Salmon Filet, Shrimp and Scallops Risotto, Yellow Fin Tuna Filet, NY Strip Steak, and Filet Mignon, along with freshly prepared salads and sides. Sip handcrafted cocktails like the Cobalt Cadillac Margarita and the Mad Men Manhattan.
1624 Laskin Rd # 762, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, Phone: 757-333-3334
© Eurasia Café
Located in Linkhorn Shoppes, Eurasia Café is a friendly neighborhood restaurant that specializes in regional fare prepared with locally sourced ingredients and globally-inspired wine list. Situated near the oceanfront in the heart of Virginia Beach, the quaint restaurant features an ever-changing, seasonal menu with signature dishes such as deep ruby red tuna, shrimp and grits, beef carpaccio, and delicious raw oysters. The café also serves a variety of drinks including an excellent selection of microbrews, handcrafted cocktails, and easy-drinking wines from around the world, as well as specialty coffees and dessert liqueurs. A wine shop attached to the restaurant sells an array of wines, including local labels and rare vintages. Eurasia Café is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
960 Laskin Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, Phone: 757-422-0184
9.Il Giardino Ristorante
© Il Giardino Ristorante
Il Giardino Ristorante is renowned for serving some of the best Italian fare in town with a seasonal menu packed with favorites such as handmade pasta and flavorful, five-star sauces. The upscale restaurant near the beach is pasta spot for romantic dinners and special celebrations with a warm and welcoming and ambiance and world-class service. The eatery has a classic wood-burning oven in which paper-thin pizzas are cooked to perfection and the first authentic prosciutto slicer in the region. Other delicious dishes on the menu include prime meats and fresh seafood, freshly prepared salads and vegetables, and mouthwatering desserts. The restaurant also offers a vast wine selection and signature cocktails and is open for dinner only, seven nights a week.
910 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, Phone: 757-422-6464
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10.Isle of Capri
© Isle of Capri
Isle of Capri is an upmarket Italian eatery on the 6th floor of the Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach with breathtaking panoramic views of the Virginia Beach oceanfront that serves authentic Italian cuisine and fresh seafood. The historic restaurant is helmed by Chef Pasquale Arcese and prides itself on serving a seasonal menu of contemporary cuisine prepared with fresh locally sourced ingredients and regional produce. The full-service bar boasts an extensive selection of over 260 wines from around the world, offering an excellent selection to pair with the flavorful Italian entrées and antipasti platters. Isle of Capri caters for special events in the private Vista Room and is open for dinner only, seven nights a week.
3900 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, Phone: 757-428-2411
11.Le Yaca French Restaurant
© Le Yaca French Restaurant
Le Yaca French Restaurant is a refined restaurant that serves traditional French cuisine and fine wines in an elegant setting with a crackling fireplace and a charming outdoor patio. Hailed as one of the top restaurants in Virginia and a long-standing favorite in the historic town of Williamsburg, Le Yaca is the third restaurant to be opened by proprietor Daniele Bourderau and her husband Gerard Gormier, bringing the exquisite tastes for France to Virginia Beach. The seasonal menu features signature dishes such as Salade de coquilles Saint-Jacques aux truffles, Filet grillé sauce Roquefort, and Carré d’agneau, and the bar offers an extensive list of fine French wines to pair with each dish. The restaurant offers a range of menus for lunch and dinner, including prix fixe and á la carte menus, bistro menus, and Chef’s tasting menus. Le Yaca French Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
1430 High St, Williamsburg, VA 23188, Phone: 757-220-3616
12.Mangia Qui Italian Bistro
© Mangia Qui Italian Bistro
Located across from the State Capitol, Mangia Qui Italian Bistro offers a warm and intimate dining experience with a seasonal menu of Italian fare made with locally sourced ingredients and imported specialties. The restaurant has a comfortable dining room with an inviting ambiance and an upstairs tapas bar where diners can enjoy fun and fresh take on regional Italian cuisine with platters of antipasto, fresh salads, hearty entrées of prime meats and fresh seafood, handmade pasta and sauces, and decadent desserts. Mangia Qui also presents a thoughtful selection of Italian wines and spirits to be savored with every meal. Mangia Qui is open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, seven days a week.
272 North St, Harrisburg, PA 17101, Phone: 717-233-7358
13.Mannino's Italian Bistro
© Mannino's Italian Bistro
Mannino’s Italian Bistro is an upscale casual restaurant that was opened in 2008 by father and son Chef team of John Rosario and John Matthew Mannino and partner Daris Gavin and has been serving authentic Italian fare to the community ever since. One of three locations, the restaurant serves familiar Italian food made from house-made recipes like award-winning crab soup, handmade pasta and sauces, prime meat, chicken and veal plates, and ocean-fresh seafood. An extensive wine list, a variety of craft beers, and handcrafted cocktails are offered from the bar, and the restaurant is open for dinner, seven nights a week.
4402 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23462, Phone: 757-474-4446
© Masala Bites
Located in the Red Mill Commons shopping center in Virginia Beach, Masala Bites is a sophisticated Indian Restaurant with modern ethnic décor and a comfortable, relaxed ambiance. The restaurant serves a menu of traditional Indian cuisine that represents various regions of India with northern India being the main focus. Dishes are prepared using locally sourced and organic ingredients where possible, along with imported toasted and ground spices from India to create authentic tastes and flavors. The restaurant also offers a curated wine program with arrange of diverse choices to cater for all tastes, as well as a selection of popular beers from India and around the world. Masala Bites is open fo
2133 Upton Dr #128, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, Phone: 757-563-2828
15.One Fish-Two Fish
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Salacia Prime Seafood and Steaks Restaurant
Located in the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront hotel, Salacia Prime Seafood & Steaks is an upscale seafood-steakhouse with beautiful ocean views. Boasting a bright and airy space with blue décor and soaring ceilings, the restaurant serves an award-winning menu of contemporary fare such as premium cuts of meat sourced from local farms, including Japanese A5 Wagyu beef, seasonal seafood, and Chesapeake Bay oysters, fresh salads, and delicious sides. The restaurant also features an extensive list of fine wines from around the world, craft beers, and imported spirits which are used to prepared signature cocktails. Ideally located along the beautiful Virginia Beach Oceanfront, the restaurant is the perfect place for a romantic dinner for two. Salacia Prime Seafood & Steaks is open for dinner only, seven nights a week.
3001 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, Phone: 757-213-3473
16.Steinhilber's Thalia Acres Inn
© Steinhilber's Thalia Acres Inn
Steinhilber's Thalia Acres Inn is one of the oldest family-owned and operated restaurants in Virginia. Established in 1939 by Robert Steinhilber, the world-renowned restaurant continues to present the highest quality of cuisine, fine wines, and exceptional service today and serves a menu of contemporary American fare. Diners can tuck into hearty prime-cut steaks and chops, fresh seafood and salads, pasta dishes and vegetarian options, and mouthwatering desserts. An extensive list of fine wines from around the world is presented by sommeliers, as well as craft beers and signature cocktails. Steinhilber's Thalia Acres Inn is open for dinner only, seven days a week.
653 Thalia Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452, Phone: 757-340-1156
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17.Swan Terrace Restaurant
© Swan Terrace Restaurant
Located in The Founders Inn and Spa, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Swan Terrace Restaurant is an award-winning eatery that takes diners on a culinary journey through the regional and authentic Colonial dishes of the area. The cuisine is prepared using fresh locally sourced ingredients, locally grown fruits, and vegetables, sustainable seafood, prime beef, lamb and pork cooked to perfection and diners can relax by the crackling fireplace in the elegant dining room or dine alfresco-style on the lakeside terrace against a backdrop of spectacular views. The cuisine is paired with fine wines from around the world as advised by professional sommeliers and wine-lovers can enjoy monthly sommelier-selected wine pairings. Swan Terrace Restaurant is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, Monday through Saturday, and breakfast, brunch, and lunch on Sundays.
5641 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23464, Phone: 757-366-5777
Just a short walk from Virginia Beach’s famous boardwalk, Terrapin offers diners an intimate dining experience with a menu of award-winning contemporary American Cuisine made from seasonal farm-fresh ingredients. Chef Rodney Einhorn creates an innovative menu of farm-to-table fare, with dishes such as truffle mac-and-cheese, fresh sea scallops, and rib eye steak. The evolving menu is paired with an interesting list of signature cocktails, boutique wines, and craft beer. The recently renovated 50-seater restaurant is warm and inviting with an elegant wooden bar, floating lanterns, and an open kitchen. A stylish terrace is ideal for outdoor dining during the warmer months.
3102 Holly Road, Pinewood Square, Suite 514, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23451, Phone: 757-321-6688
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19.The Butcher’s Son
© The Butcher’s Son
Located in Hilltop East Shopping Center, The Butcher’s Son is a traditional chophouse that serves prime cut steaks and short ribs, fresh seafood and shellfish, and other classic New American cuisine in a chic, elegant space. The Classic American steakhouse prides itself on serving antibiotic-free, hormone-free, and humanely treated beef, pork, and poultry, as well as sustainably-caught seafood, and homegrown and organic herbs, vegetables and fruit. The cuisine is accompanied by a hand-curated selection of fine wines from around the world, as well as craft beers, signature cocktails, and imported spirits. The Butcher’s Son is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
1556 Laskin Rd #134, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, Phone: 757-500-7550
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Venuto brings the sun-kissed ingredients and produces of Sicily to the dining table with traditional Sicilian fare and fine wines from Italy's finest growing regions. Boasting a warm and welcoming ambiance and a family-friendly menu of traditional Italian food, the family-owned restaurant is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner for two or a special celebration with friends. The menu features appetizers of Baked Gnocchi, Calamari Fritti, and Fried Meat Balls, while entrées include Veal Parmigiano, Chicken Piccata, and Short Ribs. Desserts are to die for with Cannoli Pie, Red Velvet Tiramisu, and Amaretto Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich being top picks. Venuto is open for dinner Tuesdays through Sundays.
1427 N Great Neck Rd #104, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, Phone: 757-496-2663
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21.When In Rome Ristorante
© When In Rome Ristorante
Located in Renaissance Place, When In Rome offers a taste of the Mediterranean in the heart of Virginia Beach. Located on Highway 35, When In Rome features a small batch kitchen and a cozy dining room with a black ceiling and crisp white walls that can seat up to 42 people, and Rome-born Chef Marco de Rossi creates a menu of traditional Italian fare that is paired with wines chosen by Sommelier Don Paul. The menu boasts all the favorites of antipasti, insalate, pasta autentica, Carne e Pesce, contorni, or sides, and dolci and focuses on the five different ages and textures of parmesan. Signature dishes include pappardelle al cinghiale (wild boar ragu), Vitello saltimbocca, and veal marsala, and the wine list boasts a wide range of casual and fine wines from around the world to pair with each dish. When In Rome is open for dinner Tuesdays through Sundays.
401 N Great Neck Rd #129, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, Phone: 757-351-3705
22.Zoës Steak & Seafood
© Zoës Steak & Seafood
Zoës Steak & Seafood offers an exceptional dining experience with sublime cuisine, world-class wines presented by professional sommeliers, and a cozy, inviting atmosphere. The 75-seat restaurant has an open-air kitchen where diners can watch the chefs at work preparing the seasonal menu of innovative cuisine using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and gourmet produce. There are also intimate booths for quiet dinners, and soft mood lighting sets the tone for a romantic night out. A private room is also available for special events and functions for up to 30 guests, and the full-service bar serves an award-winning list of wines, both well-known and rare label, as well as signature cocktails, imported spirits, and craft beers from around the world. Zoës Steak & Seafood is open for dinner Monday through Sunday.
713 19th St, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, Phone: 757-437-3636
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- eat : an american bistro, Photo: eat : an american bistro
- Aldo's Ristorante, Photo: Aldo's Ristorante
- Bella Monte Restaurant & Enoteca, Photo: Bella Monte Restaurant & Enoteca
- Blue Seafood and Spirits, Photo: chuck/stock.adobe.com
- Catch 31, Photo: Catch 31
- Coastal Grill, Photo: Coastal Grill
- Cobalt Grille, Photo: Cobalt Grille
- Eurasia Cafe, Photo: Eurasia Café
- Il Giardino Ristorante, Photo: Il Giardino Ristorante
- Isle of Capri, Photo: Isle of Capri
- Le Yaca French Restaurant, Photo: Le Yaca French Restaurant
- Mangia Qui Italian Bistro, Photo: Mangia Qui Italian Bistro
- Mannino's Italian Bistro, Photo: Mannino's Italian Bistro
- Masala Bites, Photo: Masala Bites
- One Fish-Two Fish, Photo: Olena Bloshchynska/stock.adobe.com
- Steinhilber's Thalia Acres Inn, Photo: Steinhilber's Thalia Acres Inn
- Swan Terrace Restaurant, Photo: Swan Terrace Restaurant
- Terrapin, Photo: Terrapin
- The Butcher’s Son, Photo: The Butcher’s Son
- Venuto, Photo: Venuto
- When In Rome Ristorante, Photo: When In Rome Ristorante
- Zoës Steak & Seafood, Photo: Zoës Steak & Seafood
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