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5200 Fairfield Shopping Ctr, Virginia Beach, VA 23464-4212
(757) 495-7427
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 25
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 2
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  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great Ribs in an Understated Environment

This is a modest-looking restaurant located in a strip center. While the décor and the ordering/checkout system could use some upgrading, the real story here is the excellent food. The ribs are super-tender and have a pleasing smoky flavor. There are sauces available on the table to complement... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
trav717
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Lancaster, PA
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62 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Went here for my husbands birthday, he loves the ribs. I will say the front room layout needs to be updated, very outdated not inviting at all. The new area to the side seems more inviting, they should use that more. Next they give you corn muffins, the waitress just brought out four just enough for one each, then asked... More 

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Lancaster, PA
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This is a modest-looking restaurant located in a strip center. While the décor and the ordering/checkout system could use some upgrading, the real story here is the excellent food. The ribs are super-tender and have a pleasing smoky flavor. There are sauces available on the table to complement the ribs but there is no need. The flavor of the ribs... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

Recently had lunch there to discuss business and was terribly underwhelmed. When I lived in Virginia Beach, Frankie's was our "go to" for takeout dinner and we loved the food. Yesterday, the food lived up to its reputation, but the service was absolutely abysmal. Our waitress got things wrong, was inattentive and out table was covered in a sticky, gritty... More 

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Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I've been to Frankie's a few times in the past at their location that they closed now in Chesapeake. I recall the ribs being a pretty good size and they had a lot more meat on them then. They've closed a lot of their locations, kind of not surprised. Me and my wife visited here at this one and the... More 

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Frankie's R, Owner at Frankie's Place For Ribs, responded to this review

We're sorry you were disappointed with your visit to Frankie's. While many of the owners of other Frankie's locations have passed away or retired, we all serve the same great ribs and portion sizes. And yes, we did run out of our beef ribs. With the weeks of bad weather we experienced in late February, our suppliers weren't able to... More 

Virginia Beach
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Have been going to this place for 10 years but after tonight's experience, will not return. The hostess acted like she was doing us the biggest favor in the world to seat us, although they had plenty of open tables. Server inquired if we had any coupons before she took our order, then said if we had coupons the free... More 

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Frankie's R, Owner at Frankie's Place For Ribs, responded to this review

Travelguy - We're VERY sorry to hear about your experience. We'll be talking to staff right away about everything, including the promotion policies and making sure there are clean towels in the restrooms. We truly value our customers and hope you'll come back to see us soon. - Mike More 

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

The husband and I visited Virginia from North Carolina and decided we wanted BBQ at the time. We found Frankies online closest to our location of stay. I can say was it was great food... Our services was on top of checking on us, keeping our drinks full (always important to us), and the places was very nice. It's was... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
Top Contributor
263 reviews 263 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Frankies is located conveniently in a strip shopping center with an inviting appearance. Since our only bar-b-que place we go to when the urge for bar-b-que strikes is located some distance from us and Frankies is much closer, we decided to give it a try. The complimentary chicken soup was excellent - not too salty and very flavorful. We shared... More 

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Clearwater, FL
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548 reviews 548 reviews
375 restaurant reviews
261 helpful votes 261 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

In a shopping mall somehow I wasn't expecting much. But 3 of us came in from the airport, starved. I ordered the full rack and I'm telling you I destroyed them in 10 minutes. The service was great. Restrooms a tad messy but could have been recently done. It won't keep me from coming back. These are not Kansas City... More 

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Hampton, Virginia
Top Contributor
161 reviews 161 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I came here for a geocaching monthly meet and greet after most cachers had already arrived and been served. It took awhile to get the server's attention since the others at my table had already been served and some had finished. I ordered a sliced bbq sandwich with fries and coleslaw. All were satisfactory. This is the second time I've... More 

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Frankie's R, Owner at Frankie's Place For Ribs, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed your food, and we'll remind the servers that some large groups arrive at different times and to keep an eye out for people who may have just arrived. Hope to see you again soon. - Frankie's More 

Virginia Beach
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We had a satisfactory visit .Our waitress did a fine job of serving us except when she was at other tables. When we were looking for her,we hear another waitress say, "What do the want now?" As we were looking for drink replenishment, we thought this comment to be rude. Nevertheless, the ribs were a bit dry and I did... More 

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Frankie's R, Owner at Frankie's Place For Ribs, responded to this review

Thank's for the visit! We hope you'll come back and try us again. - Frankie's Management More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5200 Fairfield Shopping Ctr, Virginia Beach, VA 23464-4212
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Virginia Beach
  • Phone Number: (757) 495-7427

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Barbecue
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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