Hot Tuna

Posted to: Virginia Beach

Average User Rating:
5 stars (1 votes)
Quick Facts

4 p.m.-2 a.m. Bands start at 9 p.m.

Free lot

This restaurant turns local hot spot after 9 p.m. with live bands on the weekends, full bar and outdoor patio.

2817 Shore Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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Great food and atmosphere!


I recently went to Hot Tuna to listen to the band that was playing that night, Cheap Thrills. It was a Saturday night and I went with a few friends. We decided to have dinner before the band started playing so we sat on the deck. The staff was very friendly and attentive. We got the sangria special, which was a Merlot based Sangria that was infused with three types of liquor, fruit, and fruit juice; we got the carafe because it saved money and we got a little over 1 1/2 glasses a piece (3 of us). I got the sashimi to start with, which is seared tuna with black peppercorn on both sides. For dinner I got the Seafood Fra Diavlo, which is a pasta dish. It had fresh calamari, tuna, sea scallops, and jumbo shrimp sauteed with garlic in a spicy marinara sauce with crushed red pepper and oven tomatoes over linguini. I absolutely loved it! But beware I wouldn't try it if you don't enjoy spicy food! After we finished eating, we hung around drinking and listened to the band all night. Will definitely go back soon!

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Average User Review:  Four Stars Based on 16 ratings and comments
Number of Reviews: 16

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 Five Stars November 29, 2006
Great Mojitos!!!!!! Went last Wednesday night & had a blast.
Reviewer: Jan K. from Virginia Beach

 Two Stars November 23, 2006
This place was nice, except that it was about a 4:1 guy/girl ratio the entire night. I'm sure the locals find it fun, but for newcomers to the area, it definately did not have much of a warm welcoming feeling...the bartenders could have cared less if you were there or not...definitely not what I envisioned the heart of the south to be like...
Reviewer: Mike G. from Chesapeake

 Five Stars August 21, 2006
This is the hot place to be on Wednesday nights. I went expecting no one to be out, but I was wrong. It was rocking like a weekend night. Definitely check it out for yourself.
Reviewer: David F. from Virginia Beach

 Five Stars August 20, 2006
The mid-week party is on at Hot Tuna ;Wed. nights rock!
Reviewer: Hughe Jardon from Va. beach

 Five Stars June 04, 2006
The food was excellent, the sevice was phenominal! We stayed late on a Wednesday night, and had one of the best time we have had in awhile! We had gone back on a thursday night because we heard they had a band there. It was very relaxing. They seem to always be doing something different there, so its definitely something to continue checking out!
Reviewer: . from

 Five Stars February 25, 2006
I havent been here in awhile, and they have this new thing on Wednesday nights. Its called "Red Hot Wednesday's". The place looks completely different! The Dj they had was awesome. My Friends and I stayed there all night long! Ladies, there are always good looking guys there, guys there are HOT ladies that go there and work there! If you havent been there in awhile, check it out! You wont regret it!
Reviewer: Andrade W. from Virginia Beach

 Five Stars November 23, 2005
Me and some of my friends went here and had a great time. There are tons of locals that go here. The bands were good. Wednesday nights are better. They have a dj and there were tons of ladies. They also have an outside deck that is closed in, in case you want to sit outside. The bartenders are hot. The food was great. Call ahead on a Friday or Saturday night, there is alittle wait.
Reviewer: Sean W. from Va beach

 Five Stars November 11, 2005
I was there on Wednesday and ate a late dinner at about 9:30 , The food and service was great! After my meal The bar looked like fun and My date and I stayed all night and danced. Great expierience! Great Food, Great Music. Wednesdays ladies Night was the best!
Reviewer: Jacque R. from Virginia Beach

 Three Stars November 08, 2005
It could be better, for me and the people I go out with the smoke is to much. We were sitting at a table and looked up and just saw smoke. I know people like to smoke, but some of us keep our lungs smoke free! We like to go and have a good time too. Place is to small for all the smoking, and not enough room. Bands are ok.
Reviewer: Barb J. from Virginia beach

 Four Stars February 21, 2005
The zesty cuisine is impetuous and the servers are too. Around 9 or 10 things pick up and if you get there after that your waiting on the super slab. It gets loud in the bar with local rock. During the summer the outside patio offers a tight squeeze and a cool breeze.
Reviewer: Andy M. from VA Beach

 Five Stars January 01, 2005
The food is excellent. The atmosphere after 9 is awesome. The staff is really nice and HOT!
Reviewer: Adriana A. from Va bch

 Five Stars December 04, 2004
Good Food & Great Service. The bar is fun too. I love this place. The staff is nice and the crowd is really fun. My Girlfriends and I love eating & then checking out the bands.
Reviewer: Kim C. from Vb

 One Star November 08, 2004
too packed in there...the guy to girl ratio is very upsetting, and poor service. it would be better in there if theye didnt let a million people in at once.
Reviewer: Aaron P. from Portsmouth

 Five Stars October 06, 2004
I love this place! I've been going here ever since I moved to this area about 2 years ago. The second time I went, I met my now "significant other". Best thing that ever happened to me- The atmosphere is great! Must be doing something right- the place gets packed out!
Reviewer: Leah D. from Virginia Beach

 Four Stars October 02, 2004
Great food at reasonable prices. Excellent service.
Reviewer: . from

 Four Stars July 31, 2004
I have never eaten dinner at Hot Tuna, however, their late night atmosphere is hot! We always have a good time with the live bands on the weekends and great service from the bartenders. What a fun place to go after Duck Inn on Fridays.
Reviewer: Amy R. from Virginia Beach

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