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Leaping Lizard Cafe

4408 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23455-2822
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Ranked #28 of 1,238 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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85% Recommend
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English first
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47 reviews 47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

Friends told us about this spot so we decided to stop in for lunch on the way to the airport. Wow! It was DELICIOUS and presented beautifully. Very helpful wait staff. I can only say good things about this little gem. Can't wait to go again soon.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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53 reviews 53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013 via mobile

We arrived right at opening (11am) on Saturday in April. There was already a line waiting. We ate indoors because it was cool. The place is as advertised. Service is fantastic. Knowledgeable, accommodating, friendly and professional. The food was spectacular. We had the Chicken Salad sandwich, the fresh Rockfish (the parsnip cream sauce is terrific). We also had Carrot Cake... More

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Clifton Park, New York
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135 reviews 135 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

My family stopped here while en route to the Outer Banks, after hearing about this place on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. I am so glad we stopped, everything is made from scratch including the bread and they have a chicken coop, where all the eggs come from. Also very convenient to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and easy to get... More

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Vienna, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Our first attempt to eat at the Leaping Lizard Cafe, without reservations, was unsuccessful. Fortunately the next evening, with reservations, was successful. With about eight tables inside, and a couple of seats at the counter (outdoor patio was closed due to some tears in the plastic "roof') the cafe is cozy and unpretentious. No tablecloth, plastic glasses, paper napkins and... More

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Rockville, MD
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106 reviews 106 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

This is my favorite place in Virginia Beach. I brought my husband this time and he agreed. He's dieting so had a salad with Rockfish, which he raved about. He said the oysters he had for an appetizer were the best he's eaten in years. I had Beef Tenderloin. I can't say enough about it. I said "medium rare" and... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

I love the crab cakes when in season. Since food is seasonal and local... Also really special is the chocolate cake/genosh (spelling?) It's spectacular when they have it. Homemade bread YUM (not sure bar scene since non drinker so I can't comment on that. I would call for hours since their hours vary. They are worth it!

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

I love this place. The specials are always inventive and delicious. In nice weather, the outdoor seating is bliss, although the free range chickens are a bit much for the non-farmyard lovers in the group. One of my very favorite go to places.

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Hampton, Virginia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

It finally happened. For the first time in over five decades, I found myself in a place where my vegan daughter, lactose/gluten-intolerant bride and carnivorous son could order from several choices and each of them ultimately enjoyed their meal as fully as I did. From the appetizers (we had the hummus and sampler plates) to the entrees (among those chosen... More

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Poughkeepsie, New York
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

Food was good, service was great and there's a cute store attached to it. They make their sandwiches on fresh homemade bread.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

We met the owners at Leaping LIzzard at another restaurant late one night and decided to try this place for a long Sunday brunch. We were catching up with local friends and had a great time outside on the back porch in 40 degree weather. Their enclosed patios with heaters were very toasty and made our experience very laid back... More

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