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Leaping Lizard Cafe
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Ranked #40 of 1,461 Restaurants in Virginia Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $29
Cuisines: Healthy
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Leaping Lizard Cafe happily serves Lunch each day; Dinner Tuesday-Saturday (from 5:00pm-8:30pm) and Brunch both Saturday & Sunday. We were featured on the Food Networks "Diners Drive-Ins and Dives", our quaint cafe location is a popular restaurant for many. Wonderful menu items are prepared daily using locally grown produce and fresh seafood. The Leaping Lizard Cafe concept is Simple. We have created a menu with heavy emphasis on fresh ingredients from the Local farms of tidal Virginia, and stock our kitchen with local fruits, vegetables & seafood from our very own produce market. Specialties include homemade sweet potato biscuits with local Edwards Surry ham & peach jam; Our famous Chicken Salad Sandwich with Peach Chutney and Homemade Soups. We have scrumptious daily specials based on what is in season. Both indoor and outdoor seating areas are available for a casual and enjoyable dining experience. We bake all of our delicious homemade breads, biscuits, cookies and desserts on property daily! Our services also include both on and off-site catering from small private gatherings to receptions of up to 500 people. Catered functions have included: Weddings; Birthday parties; Fundraisers; Holiday parties; Oyster Roasts etc.
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Don't be fooled by the initial impression from the road, this is some of the best food in the area, period, which is exactly why it was featured on The Food Network. Don't miss it!

Thank dulacdoc
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

Saw this on Diner's, Drive-ins, & Dive's with Guy. What a good decision to go here. We arrived around 10:30, were nervous at first since no-one else was there before knowing the restaurant didn't open until 11am...LOL...There was a beautiful gift shop next door to browse through if you arrive early.
We had a great lunch! Beef tenderloin and salad, chicken salad & potato salad & green salad, virginia ham sandwich on a sweet potato biscuit with potato salad & fish soup & green salad, tuna wrap with potato salad. Everyone also had melon with their lunch.
Everything was great and good size portions. After lunch we were offered an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie that was out of this world and large enough for 4 at $2.25 can't beat that.
For 4 of us with 20%+ tip was $60, well worth every penny.

They also have a produce market with ultimate watermelon, nice looking veggies

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Thank oHappy2
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

On our way to ORF airport and pulled in for a "quick" lunch. At 11:00 we were 4th in line and eat on the covered deck despite a light rain. The service was very good. We had fried green tomatoes - excellent, hummus with a really good crusty bread - also excellent, then Mahi Mahi with a peach sauce - better than excellent. Never has a blue berry - basil mohito until this day, served in a half pint ball jar, it was worth the lifetime wait. Serving sizes were just right. When we left about an hour and a half later, the waiting line was about twenty people in the light rain, restaurant filled. It's certainly family friendly, on our next trip our family will be with us and we will get there early.

Thank ESJT
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

Cannot share enough great words about the Leaping Lizard. I truly had a tough time wanting to write this review because I am afraid we will not be able to get a table the next time we return to Virginia Beach. :) The food is amazing for everything is prepared fresh everyday. Our waitress, Linda was the best waitress we have had in many year, if ever! We loved it so much we ate there both nights we were in Virginia Beach. The Leaping Lizard is doing everything right for a most enjoyable and fun dining experience.

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Thank 1DelawareGal
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

I've been to the the Leaping Lizard several times now. I've tried something different each time and have loved everything I tried. You are given a variety of things with each meal. I think their sweet potato biscuit and ham was delicious!! It's a small place with seating inside and outside. I have always had a pleasant experience during my visits.

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Thank Brndoo
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