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. There are many great things to do in Virginia Beach. Scroll to see the full list with photos or jump to the table of contents.


eat : an american bistro

eat : an american bistro

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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. Browse our Romantic Weekend Getaways in Virginia guide for more ideas.

4005 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, Phone: 757-965-2472


Aldo's Ristorante, Virginia Beach, VA

Aldo's Ristorante, Virginia Beach, VA

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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.

1860 Laskin Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, Phone: 757-491-1111

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Blue Seafood and Spirits

Blue Seafood and Spirits

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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. Visit nearby Virginia beaches for a relaxing vacation.

2181 Upton Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, Phone: 757-698-5395, (website link)

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Catch 31

Catch 31

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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.

3001 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA, 23451, Phone: 757-213-3472

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Coastal Grill, Virginia Beach, VA

Coastal Grill, Virginia Beach, VA

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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.

1440 N Great Neck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, Phone: 757-496-3348

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Restaurant in Virginia Beach: Cobalt Grille

Restaurant in Virginia Beach: Cobalt Grille

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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

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Eurasia Cafe

Eurasia Cafe

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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.

960 Laskin Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, Phone: 757-422-0184

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Il Giardino Ristorante

Il Giardino Ristorante

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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.

910 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, Phone: 757-422-6464, (website link)

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Isle of Capri

Isle of Capri

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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

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Mangia Qui Italian Bistro

Mangia Qui Italian Bistro

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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.

550 Independence Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA, Phone: 717-233-7358

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Mannino's Italian Bistro

Mannino's Italian Bistro

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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.

4402 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23462, Phone: 757-474-4446, (website link)

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Restaurant Near Me: Masala Bites

Restaurant Near Me: Masala Bites

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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.

2133 Upton Dr #128, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, Phone: 757-563-2828

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Steinhilber's Thalia Acres Inn

Steinhilber's Thalia Acres Inn

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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.

653 Thalia Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452, Phone: 757-340-1156

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Swan Terrace Restaurant

Swan Terrace Restaurant

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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.

5641 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23464, Phone: 757-366-5777

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Terrapin, Virginia Beach, VA

Terrapin, Virginia Beach, VA

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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, (website link)

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The Butcher’s Son

The Butcher’s Son

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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.

1556 Laskin Rd #134, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, Phone: 757-500-7550

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Venuto, Virginia Beach, VA

Venuto, Virginia Beach, VA

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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.

1427 N Great Neck Rd #104, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, Phone: 757-496-2663

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When In Rome Ristorante

When In Rome Ristorante

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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.

401 N Great Neck Rd #129, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, Phone: 757-351-3705

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Zoes Steak & Seafood

Zoes Steak & Seafood

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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.

713 19th St, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, Phone: 757-437-3636

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