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319 High St, Portsmouth, VA 23704-3706
757-399-6652
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 64
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  • 18
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  • 5
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  • 1
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food and excellent service in Portsmouth

The setting is dark, rich, Old World, but cozy with lots of beautiful wood. Our main courses were absolutely delicious. (I note the mussels appetizer had rather large and tough mussels, however.) The wine list was adequate with a reasonable range of prices, and our selections were thoroughly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Paul F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The setting is dark, rich, Old World, but cozy with lots of beautiful wood. Our main courses were absolutely delicious. (I note the mussels appetizer had rather large and tough mussels, however.) The wine list was adequate with a reasonable range of prices, and our selections were thoroughly enjoyable. Service was friendly, knowledgeable, and not obtrusive. It was not a... More 

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Houston, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Well executed start to finish. All dishes created in-house & fresh. Very reasonable considering the level of service & quality. Outstanding pate, peerless Lamb chops, every dessert meticulously cooked. Moving there soon, will be a regular.

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Thank James W
Alpharetta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

This was our second time at this exceptional restaurant. Both times, we were seated in the back room at the farthest back table. Very quiet and cozy. The 4 of us very much enjoyed our dinners. 3 of us had the rack of lamb and one had lamb osso bucco. The racks were perfectly cooked and very tender and flavorful.... More 

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Thank MLJVA13
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Food is not common fare but is delicious. Niche restaurant in quant downtown Portsmouth near waterfront.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

It was our first visit to Café Europa in Portsmouth and we just happened to run across it and drop in (in tee shirts and shorts no less) while looking for a spur of the moment dinner place. They were fine with our attire, but it was definitely a mismatch for the excellent food and service, and the higher end... More 

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Suffolk, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

My husband surprised me for my birthday at this hidden gem in Portsmouth. We started with the non traditional onion soup and escargot! Soup was a combination of three onions which was superb. Escargot were served with a small slice of baguette in the center with a delightful light sauce puddled in the center. Yum.. The herb encrusted lamb chops... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

I hesitate to write this review because I don't want to have a good thing spoiled, but I owe it to the owners to praise their business. I have NEVER had a bad meal at this restaurant. The wait staff is profession and some have been there for fifteen years. They know their food and wine; total professionals. It doesn't... More 

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Thank Rick H
Tidewater, Virginia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I have never had a bite of food here that ever disappointed me. Charming European style with professional, yet warm and friendly, staff. It's the place we always take friends and visitors for a lovely evening out.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 via mobile

I went to this restaurant for dinner but ended up not eating here. There were too few choices on the menu, although the wine is good. And the servers are friendly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

We had a great evening directed by local friends to Veronique's excellent French restaurant serving imaginative and exquisitely presented Franco/European fare. Lovely service from friendly staff including Veronique's son. Her husband is the master chef.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 319 High St, Portsmouth, VA 23704-3706
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: 757-399-6652

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 80
  • Cuisine: Italian, French, Mediterranean, European, Greek

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings

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