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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Norfolk / Virginia Beach

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in Norfolk / Virginia Beach? 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!


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4.9
4.9 (1195)
$30 and under
American
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
Situated under a canopy of old growth trees on Lake Joyce, this natural gem serves seasonal fare from tidal Virginia. The menu reflects freshness with a distinct emphasis on showcasing the inherent colors and flavors of the ingredients. The cafe's bakery provides all its breads and deserts and is open for retail on the weekends. This fresh approach to food done in a natural and unpretentious setting has been a local favorite for twelve years. If you don't see your desired time slot available give us a call.
Top review
Robert
Dined 4 days ago
Most fresh ingredients. Incredible food. A must!
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4.9
4.9 (1801)
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
Heirloom is a creative farm-to-table restaurant that focuses on elevated local recipes from Virginia.

We partner with local farmers and waterman to bring the freshest ingredients to our table. We offer seafood-driven and locally minded menus focused on quality and seasonality. Heirloom features a mindful bar program with classically influenced cocktails made with carefully selected ingredients and innovative technique. The wine program will be sourced from all over the world, with a spotlight on exciting Virginia wine. We are proud to possess an approachable and diverse list, with bottles for every palate and price point.


Top review
SusanS
Dined 4 days ago
Ask for Kelly, fantastic food and experience with her. We had a wonderful night with many laughs and memories made with fantastic local food.
A photo of Pungo - Shorebreak Pizza & Taphouse restaurant
4.9
4.9 (142)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
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
YvonneW
Dined on Apr 12, 2024
Great food and service by Reagan and the view was pretty too bad it was too windy to set outside.
A photo of Ruth's Chris Steak House - Virginia Beach restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2244)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
Ruth's Chris Steak House in Virginia Beach, VA serves the finest USDA Prime beef available, broiled at 1,800° and served on 500° plates, so your steak stays hot, juicy and delicious from first bite to last. Enjoy our New Orleans-inspired appetizers, USDA Prime steaks, fresh seafood, signature side dishes and homemade desserts. All this while you enjoy our warm, inviting atmosphere and Ruth’s Chris’ genuine hospitality. So whether you’re a regular or have just been wondering what all the buzz is about, Ruth's Chris is the perfect excuse to enjoy the perfect night out. Dinner is served nightly, reservations are suggested and private dining may be arranged.
Top review
DennisMvip
Dined 4 days ago
Wonderful experience of the Rombauer wine pairing.. looking forward to the Caymus dinner in July..
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4.8
4.8 (3641)
$30 and under
Seafood
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
Classic, consistent, upscale cuisine is offered in a well-appointed, unpretentious setting in this top-notch nosherie. The beautiful bar invites easy conversation and casual dining. Located on the affluent Great Neck corridor in Virginia Beach, just three miles from the Oceanfront, Coastal Grill is as famous for what isn't on the menu as for what actually is. Owner Jerry Bryan with Executive Chef Maureen Cucchiaro and Chef de Cusine Brad Bates at the stove, offer an extensive list of "blackboard specials," always with a nice assortment of freshly caught regional seafood. This locals favorite has received critical acclaim since its inception over 25 years ago, culminating in being voted the Number 1 Restaurant by Hampton Roads Magazine. With amazing food and exemplary service, Coastal Grill is a sure bet for business dinners, special occasions, or simply unwinding after a hard day. Come celebrate with us!
Top review
Debbiannvip
Dined 4 days ago
Awesome dinner…we dine here about every 4-6 weeks. Last evening’s dinner was exceptional-especially mozzarella tomato salad-yum! And my husband loved mussels and wedge salad. Grilled salmon also delicious. Thank you for great dinner and great service!
A photo of Croc's 19th Street Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (865)
$30 and under
American
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
A Neighborhood Gem, Fit For Foodies with a Notable Wine List. Located in the heart of the ViBe District, Croc's has been locally owned for the past 30 years. Croc's is home to the Old Beach Farmers Market on Saturday mornings, and Sunday hosts the wildly popular decade-long show Drag Yourself To Brunch with nationally-recognized female impersonators. Reservations required. Thursday Night, also known as Ladies Night, is recognized as a 30 year hot spot, with $3 Corona Lights and a DJ at 10pm. In 2008, Croc's was the first restaurant in the state certified as Virginia Green. Our on-premise chef garden offers vegetarians locally sourced produce and herbs. Enjoy our coastal casual cuisine hospitality and atmosphere infused with authentic Lebanese dishes such as Hummus, Baba Ghanoush, and Tabouleh. We have 2 dog-friendly outdoor patios, and one enclosed patio that offers as a private room to host an array of events.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 31, 2024
Brunch is a lot of fun. It's definitely worth your Sunday.
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4.8
4.8 (4287)
$30 and under
Italian
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
Since 1988, Aldo's Ristorante is an Italian fine dining restaurant & wine bar located in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Aldo's award winning wine bar & wine list has been thriving for over 32 years, receiving accolades from wine spectator and wine enthusiasts magazines. Offering locally sourced seafood and produce daily.

We feature delicious food (some gluten free), wonderful wines, superb service and excellent value!

Top review
Barry
Dined 4 days ago
Outstanding food,superior service. Terrific evening. Thanks so much to Mike and staff.
A photo of Eat. An American Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1201)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
*ONLINE RESERVATIONS FILL UP FIRST, PLEASE CALL RESTAURANT FOR IN HOUSE AVAILABILITY*

Parking is available, please see one of our team members with assistance on parking instructions.

Deemed "One of the 30 Places to Eat Before You Die" by writer Lorraine Eaton, this local gem converts first-time guests into long-time fans on a daily basis.

The intimate location (great for a date), tucked away at the north end of the Virginia Beach oceanfront, has become a local favorite. The eclectic menu has something for everyone, including creative renditions of steaks, fresh fish and seafood, possibly the best burger you'll ever have, vegetarian and more. Plus, there's a chalkboard of daily specials, and a full list of wines, craft beers and cocktails.





Top review
olenavip
Dined 5 days ago
Wonderful food! Great culinary experience. Cannot wait to come back.
A photo of Eurasia Cafe & Wine Bar - Virginia Beach restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1354)
$31 to $50
American
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
A quaint, hidden gem at the Virginia Beach oceanfront! Eurasia offers some of the best farm to table food that the Beach has to offer. Seafood drives this eclectic menu that changes seasonally. To complement the great menu, Eurasia has local beers on tap and 20 wines by the glass to suit any palette.
Top review
kimballbvip
Dined 2 days ago
Our food was very good and our waitress was excellent. Knowledgeable and attentive but not intrusive. Lively crowd and good energy in the building. One of our favorite spots.
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