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Leaping Lizard Cafe

4408 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23455-2822
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Ranked #43 of 1,246 restaurants in Virginia Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Healthy
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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86% Recommend
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English first
austin, texas
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Always a little nervous about returning to a restaurant where I've had a great meal for fear they will fall short. Leaping Lizard proved to be up for the challenge. I had Blue Nose Tile (which I had never heard of), pan seared with a vegetable medley below and a pureed sweet potato on the side. Fish was perfect, two... More

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Kahalu u, Hawaii
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Quaint, unusual wooden building with inside and outdoor seating. The umbrellas provide shade outside. Friendly, prompt service. The portions are decent, not oversized like most restaurants. The salads are cut with finesse; slivers of tomato rather than bricks. The cocktails are served in mason jars with a fine slice of fruit to garnish. We had the trout, the quinoa salad... More

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Top Contributor
171 reviews 171 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We decided to give this place a try. We had lunch there and had a good meal. Standouts were the chicken salad and the fresh fruit.. The chicken salad was very tasty with large pieces of chicken and the cantaloupe was some of the best I have ever tasted. The egg salad was okay. I felt it needed some seasoning,... More

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Durham, North Carolina
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We were visiting Virginia Beach and my husband suggested we visit this place because we had seen it on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. While the food was delicious, service left a lot to be desired. We ate there around 11am on Sunday, so the brunch crowd was in full swing. Fortunately, we got seated almost immediately, but from then, everything... More

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Mid Atlantic
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Excellent dinner and very reasonably priced. Restaurant menu changes frequently (daily?) relevant to fresh catch of the day and available produce. We had a table for 10 and all seemed very satisfied with their meals. Service was excellent and server went out of her way to be helpful and suggested some great items. If you are a "buffet all you... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I so enjoyed sitting out on the porch on a beautiful Sunday morning and enjoying brunch. I had the cantaloupe gazpacho, and it was refreshing on a warm day. On a previous visit I had the Mahi-mahi, which was delicious. Go early and be prepared to wait. This place is very popular!

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Walnut Cove, North Carolina, United States
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I will keep this short ans sweet. All the hot food was cold and the sandwiches were nothing special. After watching Diners Drive Ins and Dives and talking to local friends, I was expecting much more than I got. Would not go back.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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91 reviews 91 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We had a wonderful night at Leaping Lizard the staff is very friendly they were busy but still very attentive to the customers.I had the Pork Carnitas and Betsy had the Tuna. Great presentation on the dishes and we had their signature flatbread for appetizers.We got a takeout of their famous oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.Remember to make reservations it fills... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Excellent place for lunch, small so there is often a wait...inside and outside dining but food makes it all worth while. Something for everyone, great salads, soups with a twist, noticed some gluten free/healthy choices. On Shore Drive in Virginia Beach...GPS if you have one...easy to miss it, sits back off the road, close to the CBBT. Nice little gift... More

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Virginia Beach, VA
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Had lunch there yesterday with my wife and another couple. Mostly outside dining so you need to pick your weather carefully. Had their Hatteras chowder which was unlike most I have had before. Very different twist, but also very tasty. The chicken salad plate was very good though I must confess I was well over 50 before I had eaten... More

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