Review of Harold's Restaurant in Virginia Beach
I relocated to the area about 17 years ago, and one of the very first local hotspots I got to learn about and visit was Harold’s Restaurant in Virginia Beach. Situated in a shopping center near the Town Center area, and just off Virginia Beach Blvd, Harold’s is a family style restaurant that always pleases our family. They truly have something for everyone, even the pickiest of eaters!
The restaurant is not OVERLY ornate, so if you are going for the ambiance and décor, this is not the restaurant for you. It IS very clean and welcoming. There is a “Cheers-like” atmosphere to it, and you will always see folks sitting around the bar, which is situated in the center of the restaurant. In the back is a small game room and a pool table, which is perfect for entertaining children as they wait for their meal. The menu, however, is outstanding! Their pizzas are a household favorite. They are made fresh and your average chain restaurants cannot compare to them. Another favorite of our family is the breaded mushrooms – a must try, if you are a fan. If you are a fan of Gyros – you can find good ones here! The menu has pastas, salads, pizzas, and traditional Greek fare. The portions are very generous and you will never walk away hungry.
We have been visiting this restaurant since we found out about it. There is NEVER a wait, mostly because it is truly a local’s kind of place. We have always had friendly staff wait on us and it’s not uncommon to see the owner – Harold- walking around and greeting the guests at their table who come to his restaurant for a good meal. He is always appreciative of your business. Our family has fond memories with this restaurant go back as far as when our son was born. I was trying to induce labor and heard about “basil” being a good inducer. I asked the waitress to load me up, to which she asked the Chef to accommodate my request. 48 hours later, my son was born. The day we left the hospital, we stopped at Harold’s and shared what had happened, and for many years after that they referred to him as “The Basil Baby.” True story!!
So, if you are looking for a good home-cooked meal and a laid-back environment, I highly recommend giving Harold’s Restaurant a try.