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Leaping Lizard Cafe

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4408 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23455-2822
+1 757-460-5327
09:00 - 15:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
Tue - Sat 17:00 - 20:30
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 15:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great fresh food and and an interesting menu. I had the Monkfish that was wrapped around a stuffing of chicken sausage and oysters. I liked the dish but I think it could have used a bit more monkfish and a bit less stuffing. My wife had Rockfish and it was well prepared. We both had a salad of truly fresh... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Cute eclectic restaurant with garden to table recipes. Excellent duck BBQ and sweet potato biscuits.

Thank Farrah N
Yorktown Va
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

We ate a late breakfast and no lunch so we decided to eat an early dinner. We thought of the Leaping Lizard since it was so early we thought we could get a seat without a long wait. Much to our surprise the restaurant had expanded since our visit over a year ago! The food was absolutely incredible. Everything was... More 

Thank JWYorktown
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

There is a special charm from the moment you arrive. It is casual environment with hanging plants, farm antiques and a smile from the entire staff. The food is eclectic ,creative and plentiful . The menu changes daily depending on what is fresh and available. The oysters and accompanying sauces was outstanding as was the duck. My wife had the... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Always one of our go-to spots in the Chicks Beach area. Incredible food and great service. I dream about the Bread Pudding French Toast.

Thank MargaritaDoug
Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Arrived today for lunch after driving from the Outer Banks. Saw the review from Triple D and have been wanting check it out for a couple of years. Last time I was in the area they were closed. Unusual hours. Closed after I believe at 2PM and does not reopen until 5PM. I have been told at time there can... More 

Thank Richard B
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

This is one of my favorite places. The food is always so fresh and yummy. For brunch they have a crab quiche that is amazing. They make a bed pudding french toast that my Hubby loves. There is a bakery that we try to stay out of because everything is always so tempting and yummy!

Thank LorrieLeedy
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

It doesn't matter what you order...everything is amazing. The bread pudding french toast is incredible!

Thank MargaritaDoug
Virginia Beach
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

The Leaping Lizard Café is a small, but charming restaurant on Shore Drive. The recent renovation added dining space and is very well designed. There is a covered outdoor eating area in the back that is very relaxing on nice days. We had dinner there and the chef changes the menu periodically. We had “duck two ways,” scallops, and the... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Great local cafe with a spacious patio out back with views of the chicken coop and barn for storage. Clean, friendly and food is amazing. I had the red snapper with fresh veggies, the other 5 with us had a range from ahi to fillet. They were locals who go often but I'm in from Scottsdale AZ for a quick... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
09:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
09:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4408 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23455-2822
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Virginia Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 757-460-5327
Leaping Lizard Cafe happily serves Lunch each day; Dinner Tuesday-Saturday (from 5:00pm-8:30pm) and Brunch both Saturday & Sunday.
We were featured on the Food Networks "Diners Drive-Ins and Dives", our quaint cafe location is a popular restaurant for many. Wonderful menu items are prepared daily using locally grown produce and fresh seafood. The Leaping Lizard Cafe concept is Simple. We have created a menu with heavy emphasis on fresh ingredients from the Local farms of tidal Virginia, and stock our kitchen with local fruits, vegetables & seafood from our very own produce market. Specialties include homemade sweet potato biscuits with local Edwards Surry ham & peach jam; Our famous Chicken Salad Sandwich with Peach Chutney and Homemade Soups. We have scrumptious daily specials based on what is in season. Both indoor and outdoor seating areas are available for a casual and enjoyable dining experience.

We bake all of our delicious homemade breads, biscuits, cookies and desserts on property daily!

Our services also include both on and off-site catering from small private gatherings to receptions of up to 500 people. Catered functions have included: Weddings; Birthday parties; Fundraisers; Holiday parties; Oyster Roasts etc.

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