About The Cellars
The Cellars Restaurant, tucked in the heart of Church Point neighborhood in Virginia Beach, and located in the historic Church Point Manor House, presents fine dining in an intimate setting. Our menu is American regional cuisine, that changes seasonally, and we offer over 160 fine wines. The restaurant is divided, with seating for up to 70 in our elegant main dining room, and a more relaxing mood in our bar and lounge, with fireplaces in both areas.
American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday through Saturday from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm
Meeting House Rd
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Cellars Ratings and Reviews
We were thrilled to have found this litt ...
We were thrilled to have found this little-known gem! Drinks were spectacular, sommelier was spot-on with his recommendation, and food was wonderful. I am a native New Yorker and have been disappointed with so many of Norfolk and Virginia Beach restaurants. However, the Cellars is a very different dining experience. We started with the special salad, which was a wonderful confluence of divine flavors. The scallops were in a dreamy sauce that was so good, I could have licked the plate! My honey was practically humming with joy b/c the lamb chops were so good. Of course, we had to have dessert and the pot de creme was lucious. Of course, we had to end with an after-dinner drink and decided on espresso martinis, as recommended by our waitress, Krista. Even if you want to forego the dessert, I would strongly suggest the decadent espresso martini... YUM! A fabulous find and I've been spreading the word. The absolute best all-around meal experience since coming to VA! BTW, we were seated in the historic part of the restaurant, which was exceptionally charming. Though, no matter where you are seated, the food will be unsurpassed.
Got the filet however was not informed o ...
Got the filet however was not informed of the crab topping, and since I have a seafood allergy was unable to enjoy it completely. Additionally I wanted it prepared as medium and it was red and bloody upon cutting into it.
I want to say that my review here, and a ...
I want to say that my review here, and above, is more a reflection on the night that we potentially chose to enjoy our dinner at The Cellars more than anything. It was our 2nd anniversary and we were looking for a cozy & quiet place to enjoy dinner. We made our reservation weeks in advance and showed up on time as scheduled. After requesting a nice, quiet area (in my reservation) we were promptly placed beside a table of 6 who clearly had been drinking for several hours. They were loud and obnoxious and really made the 1st half of our dinner unbearable. When we asked to move locations though we were told there weren't any other open tables available.
On to dinner, our waiter (Josh) was extremely helpful and friendly but it did take about 20 minutes to get the sommelier over to our table to assist with wine. He did do an outstanding job and we finally got our evening kicked off with something nice. We decided to skip the appetizer and go straight for the dinner menu in hopes of saving our appetite for dessert. However, with a menu of only 6 entrees we were discouraged to find that 1 wasn't being served and the other (hanger steak) had been switched out for a filet. Again, disappointing, but not the end of the world. We got the steak and "season vegetables" and although both were delicious I was again underwhelmed with the fact that there wasn't a starch served (or even offered) and then that my vegetables really were tomato slices, onion slices, and two pieces of squash...just not to the level of what I would expect from a $40 entrée.
Finally, we made it to dessert, very excited for a nightcap....however, again when we saw the menu it was brought to our attention that only 3 dessert items were available and the one we wanted was not being served. Very unfortunate, and again with such a small selection you would expect to at least be able to try what's listed. So, long story short, we left hungry which is never a good thing with a $150 meal.
Great food in a cozy atmosphere. The po ...
Great food in a cozy atmosphere. The portion sizes were ample. The prices were a little high on apps and entrees, but not out of expectations. Great service staff. Overall great experience. Recommended for special occasions.
My steak was cooked perfectly. The prese ...
My steak was cooked perfectly. The presentation on all dishes was worthy of awards. The wait staff was very attentive. The atmosphere was private and romantic. However; for us the taste was not highly palate pleasing and we would be hard pressed to explain why as the food was of good quality and it was well prepared. Maybe I would say the tastes didn't pair quite well. Maybe worth another try.
I had only heard about this restaurant o ...
I had only heard about this restaurant online through friends and friends of friends. Had to give it a try, waiter was very helpful in explaining specials. Bartender made me a drink to order which was spectacular! Chef cooked an amazing meal And came out of kitchen to socialize. Very quiet atmosphere to hold a conversation without having to talk over music or other guest. What a great hidden gem of a restaurant!
In a city that's known for its very busy ...
In a city that's known for its very busy and often over-crowded restaurants, this stands out as a gem. It's intimate, has incredible service, and its setting is unique. I've been there with a small group in its private dining room and also with my wife or another couple in the main room. Calling it a "main room" is almost a misnomer because I think it has a dozen table there, tops. These tables allow you to share an intimate dining experience and enjoy some excellent food. The menu is not overly complicated and changes periodically to show off the chef's abundant skills. This is one of those restaurants where the portions seem to be just the right size and encourage you to try something new. As well, the drink menu is creative and encourages experimentation. Lastly, the service is extraordinary. The staff seem to know the right level of attention without being unwelcome intrusions. On our last visit we were treated to the engaging attention and expertise of our waiter Lorenzo. He made us feel at home and never rushed. Even our busser Max stood out with his speedy and precise service turning simple tasks into precise ones. If you're looking for a special spot for any meal but especially a birthday, anniversary, or first date, this is it.
We've dined here several times and our e ...
We've dined here several times and our experience is always excellent, from the ambiance, to the craft cocktails, to the impeccable service. The food is beautifully prepared and always delicious. It's our favorite "special treat" place.
My Wife and I chose The Cellars for our ...
My Wife and I chose The Cellars for our anniversary dinner because of the quiet romantic atmosphere and the outstanding menu. We have been here several times with friends and family and have never been disappointed. The staff is knowledgeable about food items and always courteous and professional without being rude.
Excellent food, service was pretty good, ...
Excellent food, service was pretty good, not real personable. The portions were small which is expected, but the price of the steak on special was a surprise ($51)...we might have ordered it anyway, but I hate when they don't have a written list of specials and prices.
Exceptional food & service. The section ...
Exceptional food & service. The section we were in was nice but the ceiling does not fit the rest of the decor & the lighting drew attention to that. Probably nicer in the winter with the fire.
Have loved this place for years. I have ...
Have loved this place for years. I have seen the changes of staff over the years and was always willing to accept the new menus, staff etc and with open excitement of what is next. The new wait staff is not good. The manager or staff did not return my phone calls when trying to make the reservation and ultimately had to do it on OpenTable. The menu is ok at best. We did have a few apps that were good( oysters and cheese plate). Entrees were over priced, and it was already pricey prior, which was never an issue because the food quality and service matched the cost. We are twice a month customers and my wife and I are disappointed by what has happened to this amazing secret gem of a place we loved. It does still have the best bartender at the beach and his St. Blaze cocktail creation!! Don't think we will be going back unless I hear of changes. Regards, David & Isabel Lillard.
Will was a superlative server, and on th ...
Will was a superlative server, and on the spot with his cocktail and wine recommendations. Do not miss this hidden gem in Va Beach, as it is off the beaten path but truly and unique and magnificent dining experience.
Wow where do I even begin? We came here ...
Wow where do I even begin? We came here on Friday night to celebrate our first anniversary. We walked inside and were greeted by a friendly and courteous hostess. We were seated in a back room, and our server Lorenzo introduced himself to us. He went over the menu in detail and explained all of the specials for the evening. He sold us on the pork belly confit, heirloom tomato salad, and oysters to start. We enjoyed the strawberry jalapeño margarita and cucumber gin chiller as our first cocktails, and the bartender even stopped by the table to make sure the drinks were to our liking. It was the best margarita I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. For our entrees, we enjoyed the rack of lamb and a filet mignon special. The sommelier came before our food arrived to recommend a bottle of wine we had requested to accompany our dishes. He picked a beautiful bottle of French red. He took our tastes into account as it was bold and spicy but extremely well balanced. I could not imagine a better wine for our food. Which by the way, the filet was melt in your mouth fantastically good, cooked perfectly to temperature, and I thought I had died and gone to heaven upon tasting my rack of lamb. Following the meal, Lorenzo brought us a toast of prosecco to celebrate our anniversary, which I thought was very thoughtful, and we both appreciated greatly. To complement our dessert, Lorenzo picked a port wine for my husband to try and I had the espresso martini. I would have been content downing 4 more of those martinis for dessert, but alas, our pineapple carpaccio arrived with vanilla bean ice cream and freshly ground cinnamon. The chef came over after we had received dessert to introduce himself. We gushed over all of the dishes he had prepared for us, as they were truly an work of art. My husband and I both work in food service so we can be picky, but this was honestly in the top 5 of the best dining experiences of my life. We received only the best service from start to finish
While I had been to this resturant one t ...
While I had been to this resturant one time before is why I went again, this time our waiter was not at all what we had last time, he interrupted our conversation many many times and even participated in it with out us asking, he forgot bread (never got) he mentioned the chef was sending something out for us never got it and then at end with coffees when we asked for sugar he said now that I asked someone else he would be at Cracker Barrel tomorrow, we did not like his attitude toward us at all, he rushed us and he knew it was a birthday and made no special effort with the dessert we ordered , I will come back again only because last time our server was amazing !
Very disappointed! We went to The Cella ...
Very disappointed! We went to The Cellars for the first time last year on our 34th wedding anniversary and had a wonderful experience. Our waiter was Lorenzo and he was so helpful as I had many questions and very indecisive. The food was outstanding. This time it was our 35th anniversary and decided to return for another great dining experience but that is NOT what transpired. Our waiter was not as friendly and seemed not to know as much about the food. Some of our favorite appetizers were not on the menu, ex. Oysters Rockefeller. We ordered the crabcake at $16.00 apiece and to be honest enjoyed the side greens more than the fifty cent sized piece of crabcake. When we asked for a refill of the small bread basket with only whole grain bread, we were told that the kitchen could only provide the same assortment of pieces as the original basket - huh? In addition the 2 whole grain pieces they did give us were from the end of the loaf. I ordered the chicken dish as an entree which was a huge disappointment (dried out). When we complained about the chicken dish almost as soon as it was delivered, the waiter said he was sorry, but offered no fix. My husband ordered the seafood special which he said was good...not great. Overall, considering the high end pricing, we felt that it was a poor value for our money and we will not return.
Outstanding food and service, the best i ...
Outstanding food and service, the best in Virginia Beach in my opinion. Excellent wine and beverage selection. The noise level rating would have been lower, but the table next to us was very very loud. On other occasions at The Cellars, the noise level was fine, easy to carry on a conversation.
This was our fifth visit to the restaura ...
This was our fifth visit to the restaurant. The food has consistently been good as well as the atmosphere. Friday night with our table of six, we ordered from the menu. One of my guests (A new resident of the North End)asked if it would be possible for a substitution on the side order and was told in no uncertain terms that the chef would not allow any substitutions...which we found to be pompous and arrogant,frankly. I was actually embarrassed having talked up the restaurant as much as I did.
Personally, I was told that the flank steak would come medium rare although I asked for it to be medium when the plate arrived it was very rare and my request had clearly been rejected .Although the food was good, we were not impressed with the arrogance of the chef and frankly for the price...it was unwarranted. Although the service has been very good every other time, the waiter was very dramatic, almost uncomfortably so.
Overall ,the evening was somewhat disappointing.
This was our first visit and will not be ...
This was our first visit and will not be our last. Everything was superb -the meal was outstanding and the portions were perfect. The ambiance was perfect and our server was outstanding. Thank you for a wonderful evening
Impeccable service from our server Kendr ...
Impeccable service from our server Kendrick. Extensive wine list with a good selection of wines at varying price points. Dinner was wonderful from beginning to end. I had the hangar steak and my husband selected the rack of lamb. Both were perfectly prepared and a lovely presentation. We will return - with friends! What a delightful dining experience!
Lorenzo was our waiter and he was the ab ...
Lorenzo was our waiter and he was the absolute best with recommendations and service. The atmosphere and ambiance were awesome. This place is a hidden secret. The tables do not have salt and pepper shakers or any standard sauces in other restaurants because the food does not need anything added. Seasoned to perfection! I will definitely be going back!
Fantastic evening. Service and staff was wonderful. Food was perfect. Unfortunately there was a unhappy customer sitting across from us and she tried her hardest to ruin everyone's evening, but do to the professionalism of the staff they calmed the beast; some people just can't be satisfied.
My wife and I truly enjoyed our night out The Cellar is a classy place we apreciate the staff and will recommend you to all of our friends. Thanks for a great evening😍
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