Top Five Valentine’s Dinner Date Spots in the Hampton Roads Area

Whether you’ve been in a relationship for years or just met your special someone, there is always pressure to find the perfect spot to enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. Expectations run high, but don’t let that take away from your enjoyment of this special holiday! To help make your Valentine’s a little easier, here are five excellent choices that will be sure to provide the romantic evening of your dreams.  

Lola’s Cantina

Opened just last year, Lola’s Cantina serves delicious, traditional Mexican food and unique fusion dishes. Their bright pink and blue decorations and artful food presentation make this spot a dream for the social media inclined! To add to the romance, Lola’s is located right across the street from East Beach, providing the perfect opportunity for a romantic stroll along the beach. Lola’s will be open until 9:00 PM on Valentine’s Day and takes phone reservations so that you can rest easy as the big day approaches. 

Address: 4035 E Ocean View Ave STE 100, Norfolk, VA 23518

Baker’s Crust

Located just 10 minutes from Regent in Greenbriar, Baker’s Crust is perfect for a classic, romantic night out. They offer a wide variety of dishes, including farm-fresh salads, Neapolitan pizzas and gourmet pasta dishes. Try sharing their delicious chocolate lava cake with your date to make the night extra special. Baker’s Crust will be open until 9:00 PM on Valentine’s Day, and you can call ahead to reserve a table

Address: 1244 Greenbrier Pkwy #510, Chesapeake, VA 23320

Hot Tuna

Seafood lovers might enjoy a romantic night at Hot Tuna, a restaurant located on Shore Drive, about 20 minutes from Regent. Hot Tuna is known for fresh seafood and artisan sandwiches. The atmosphere is upscale but chill, making it perfect for a relaxing night out with your special someone. Individual meals range in price from $9-$20, or you could have something to share for $25-$35, making this spot great for the budget conscious. Hot Tuna will be open until 10:30 PM on Valentine’s, and you can make reservations through their website.

Address: 2817 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

The Bee and the Biscuit

If your date has evening classes, or you just want to start celebrating with your Valentine earlier in the day, check out the Bee and the Biscuit! This Regent favorite is located in Pungo, a 20-minute drive from campus. They serve brunch and lunch favorites, including homemade buttermilk biscuits, omelets, french toast and healthy and delicious wraps. The Bee and the Biscuit is open from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Valentine’s Day, and while they do not take reservations, they usually do not have much of a wait during the winter months. If there is a wait, they have a beautiful seating area with a drink stand serving everything from honey lavender lattes to mimosas. If you go, make sure to share one of their giant cinnamon rolls with your date!

Address: 1785 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456


If you and your date are looking for something unique and fun, Esoteric might be the place for you. Housed in a historic 1920s building, Esoteric has a large garden area where they grow most of the food for their restaurants during the summer months. The thoughtful atmosphere and delicious dishes will make a Valentine’s night to remember! Because everything is fresh and handmade, Esoteric is on the pricier end of this list, with meals ranging from $15 to $30, but has plenty of reasonable options. They are open until 9:00 PM on Valentine’s, and you can make a reservation over the phone. 

Address: 501 Virginia Beach Blvd Suite A, Virginia Beach, VA 23451