The 10 Best Restaurants In Bayside, Virginia Beach

Prachi Vyas

Bayside is just one of the original seven boroughs that were founded in Virginia Beach. Influenced by both the naval heritage of the area and its closeness to the Atlantic Ocean, Bayside is relatively unknown but most definitely worth the visit. Here are 10 lovely and exciting restaurants to dine at while you’re at Bayside, Virginia Beach.

1. Jenna’s Café

Cafe, Restaurant, Mediterranean

Gyro
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A small mom and pop venue focused on serving Mediterranean cuisine with a twist, Jenna’s Café is not to be missed. It’s one of Bayside’s staples: a tiny, friendly restaurant where you can get your Greek fix with the Gyro platter and stuffed grape leaves that are made with fresh, local ingredients from nearby farms. Though they aren’t vocal about their farm to fork beliefs, you can taste it in their food, which is spicy, aromatic, and reasonably priced.

2. The Leaping Lizard Café

Cafe, Coffee, American

The Leaping Lizard Café is situated along the busy Shore Drive, Bayside’s entryway to the rest of Virginia Beach. Despite this, The Leaping Lizard manages to maintain a secluded, peaceful and relatively quiet atmosphere. It doubles as a gift shop, where you can get unique souvenirs of the tourist hotspot that are a cut above your average key chains and magnets. Come here for the gourmet sandwiches and soups, the casual atmosphere, and the amazing brunch deals on Saturdays and Sundays.

3. Asahi

Restaurant, Korean, Asian, Vegetarian

Korean Tea
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Asahi is a family-style restaurant focused on serving authentic Korean cuisine that marries the sweet with the savory. Reviewers from all corners of the country have named it the best Korean food in Virginia, so you know it’s good. From the moment you walk in you’re greeted with warm, genuine smiles and seated at a table of your choosing, after which you order a hot tea to begin the meal. Try the Barley Tea, which is popular in Korean cuisine for its cooling and digestive properties. From there on out, it’s a flavor-filled roller coaster of alternating sweetness and spice.

4. Lubo Wine Tasting Room

Market, Restaurant, American, Beer, Wine

Wine degustation
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If wine flights are your thing, then head over to the Lubo Wine Tasting Room on Pleasure House Road. It looks like a sleek wine cellar on the inside, and its menu is geared toward amateur enthusiasts and budding connoisseurs. Emphasizing casual dining, sample the global wine and food market in a single meal at Lubo. With a spacious yet intimate atmosphere to try the best red, white and sparkling wines from around the world, you can pair it with gourmet cheeses, seafood, pasta, and more. Dine on the patio, lounge around the fireplace, or retreat to the upstairs loft while Lubo’s talented and trained staff attend to your every need.

5. Restaurante Ole

Restaurant, Mexican

Elote with Mexican seasoning
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If you’ve ever been curious about the vibe of Mexican street food, check out Restaurante Ole. The vibe is equal parts eclectic and electric, the portions are family-sized and generous, the food is authentic and fiery hot, and the staff are kooky and fun. Because the family that owns and runs Restaurante Ole has been in the restaurant-service industry for over 11 years, you can trust that they know exactly what they’re doing. They even won The Pilot Reader’s Choice Award for Best Mexican Restaurant in Virginia Beach.

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