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“Busy and slow” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Aldo's Ristorante

Aldo's Ristorante
1860 Laskin Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454-4535 (Northeast Virginia Beach)
757-491-1111
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Ranked #53 of 1,256 Restaurants in Virginia Beach
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: American, Italian, Pizza & Pasta, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Northeast Virginia Beach
Description: Aldo's Ristorante- Locally owned and operated is the Award winning Local's favorite for fine Italian Dining since 1988. Aldo's has a rich history of serving the highest quality Italian cuisine with the freshest ingredients. Aldo's is proud to offer our guests an extensive wine list that has won the coveted Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 1995. Come and enjoy lunch or dinner at Aldo's. We feature delicious food, wonderful wines, superb service and excellent value!
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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Busy and slow”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Aldo's was packed when we got there but we're seated fairly quickly for our 7:30 reservation.
They sat us near the back which was fine until the piano player started who was really loud. I prefer to have much softer music or none at all.

As soon as the waiter comes to your table they ask if you want Focaccia Bread before you look at the menu and realize its a $4.00 appetizer. Having gone to Aldo's a few years ago and falling for the same bread upgrade charge Trick I knew the bread didn't come with the meal. Since we were not provided bread like most Italian Restaurants and didnt see on any other tables I assume they dont offer bread, which i find very cheap of them, especially considering the prices are high and everything is al la carte.

We ordered the tomato and mozzarella appetizer which was good but came with only two pieces which is expensive for $10.
Both main dishes tasted good but took a long time to get served to the table. And when we got the food it was just luke warm my guess being that it sat back in the kitchen and was not brought out right away when done. Maybe that was because our waiter was busy at other tables and pouring water. ( Couldn't a fancy restaurant have a water boy for that?)

Overall very average, have found much better/cheaper Italian at the beach.

Visited June 2013
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Deborah K, Guest Relations Manager at Aldo's Ristorante, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
We're sorry your experience wasn't the best during your last visit with us. We take our guest's feedback very seriously. If you have any other input or concerns you would like to share with us please feel free to visit our website's feedback section. www.aldosvb.com. We hope you'll give us another chance.
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Anniversary Celebration”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

We Love Aldo's and have been dining here since 1988. They recently had a 25th anniversary dinner special which was wonderful. The food s consistently outstanding and the atmosphere is romantic. We love to get a table near the piano on weekends and recommend having the calamari which is divine. The seafood and pasta dishes are delicious and the wine list has something for everyone. One of our Favorite local restaurants!

Visited May 2013
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Deborah K, Guest Relations Manager at Aldo's Ristorante, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
We're glad you enjoyed our special menu. We love to be consistent, but change things up every once in a while. It makes us happy to hear that our guests had a great time and enjoy coming back to see us. We hope to see you again real soon!
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Jaco, Costa Rica
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“The best of everything”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

The all time best in my 16 years in Virginia Beach. Classy, while not pompous. The stuffed veal chop is a continual favorite. well prepared wine list.

Visited January 2013
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Deborah K, General Manager at Aldo's Ristorante, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
We're glad you had a great evening at Aldo's Ristorante. We enjoy hearing from our repeat guests about their experiences. You help to make us one of the best in Hampton Roads. We hope you come back and see us soon.
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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“Consistent!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

I love having a place to go where I know what to expect- great food, delicious specials, fabulous service. The atmosphere is terrific. Our go-to for great Italian food and drinks.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Deborah K, Public Relations Manager at Aldo's Ristorante, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
We love hearing feedback from our guests. It helps keep us one of the best in Hampton Roads. We're glad to hear you have had exceptional food and service multiple times. We invite our guest to leave their input on our website under the feedback section as well. We are always looking for ways to improve. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Fryeburg, Maine
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“Good food, long wait...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

We visited VA Beach during our April vacation and invited a friend's son and his girlfriend out to dinner and asked them to pick a restaurant and make the reservation. We arrived a little early and met them there, we were a party of 6, it was very busy. We decided to get a drink at the bar and wait until our table was ready. The bartenders were all very surly, no personality, we understood that it was busy, but a smile goes a long way...Our 8:00 dinner reservation turned into 8:45, only after we checked on what the delay was.
The service at the table was quick and efficient, a little too scripted and lacking warmth; not to mention how the server had to shout (right next to me) in order to be heard on the other side of our round table awkwardly positioned between two rooms. That is all the negative stuff.
On a positive note, the food was very good. We ordered 2 different appetizers, the antipasto and 2 bruschetta, they were enjoyed by all of us. We all ordered something different ranging from seafood to several pasta dishes, and there wasn't any left on anyone's plates, a good sign.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Deborah K, Public Relations Manager at Aldo's Ristorante, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
We love hearing feedback from our guests whether is be negative or positive. We are always looking for ways to improve. We have a customer feedback section on our website if you have any more input you'd like to share. We're glad to hear you and your party enjoyed our food, and we hope to have you back soon!
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