About Cobalt Grille

1624 Laskin Road
Suite 762
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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Treat yourself to a wonderful dining experience. Delicious food, great cocktails, extensive wine list and first class service at this locals favorite established in 2000.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
First Colonial

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(757) 333-3334

Website:
http://www.cobaltgrille.com/

Catering:
We cater all special occasions and pharmaceutical programs on and off site.

Parking Details:
Directly next to the restaurant.

Public Transit:
HRT stops in the Hilltop Shopping Center.

Executive Chef:
Alvin Williams

Private Party Facilities:
We will prepare intimate dinner parties or lavish cocktail parties at Cobalt or in your home.

Private Party Contact:
Edda Barthold: 757-333-3334x

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Cobalt Grille Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

fit for foodies (37)
special occasion (33)
good for groups (26)
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romantic (26)
neighborhood gem (25)
notable wine list (16)
great for lunch (15)
hot spot (8)
late-night find (7)
vibrant bar scene (6)
great for outdoor dining (5)
great for brunch (3)
kid-friendly (2)
scenic view (1)
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Our waiter, he was outstanding....very c ...

vip
Dined 6 days ago

Our waiter, he was outstanding....very cool guy.

food5
ambience5
service4
value4

Delicious as Always

Dined on April 22, 2016

My Wife and I got a much needed date night and chose one of our local favorites in the Cobalt Grill. We have eaten there many times but this time was the best we have had so far. The beef wellington with foi gras was outstanding. Never had foi gras before and it added a delicious touch to the beef. Everything was superbly cooked all the way down to the spinach saute`d in a red wine reduction. Wife had the duck breast that was perfect as always. Our waiter was proffessional and upbeat and provided good suggestion from the wine list. We would highly recomend Cobalt to anyone!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Above Expectations

Dined on April 16, 2016

Have heard positive things about Cobalt but have not gotten there. Was wonderful. We were early in the evening but service was as impeccable as the dishes excellent. Rack of lamb perfectly prepared to request and shrimp/scallop dish awesome. Wine list excellent with something for broad range of tastes. Definitely coming back to enjoy Cobalt Grille.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Best burgers in Virginia Beach.

Dined on April 12, 2016

Best burgers in Virginia Beach.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Nice spin on things..

vip
Dined on March 26, 2016

I really enjoyed the dining experience. Had their own take on every dish so it was not like eating at any other local eatery. Everything was very flavorful. I will surely be back... Service was outstanding

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Lunch

vip
Dined on March 25, 2016

As always, great service, nice lunch selection from the specials. the wine list is excellent and an excellent value. It's a great and intimate spot for a lunch or dinner. The ravioli was excellent and my guest enjoyed their hamburger. Yes, hamburger, Cabalt has done a change from their original menu mean t=years ago, but this typical bar food is well done.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch
food1
ambience5
service5
value2

Burger nite

Dined on March 15, 2016

Burger and thick cut fries under cooked. I think they would have been good if cooked as I ordered.

Tags: good for groups
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

Nice happening spot

Dined on February 28, 2016

Enjoyable meal at neighborhood spot. Good hangout. Will look forward to warmer weather for outdoor smoke. nice artwork inside...

Tags: fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Six of us went there for a birthday cele ...

Dined on February 27, 2016

Six of us went there for a birthday celebration during Restaurant Week. It was the first time for four of us and we all had a delicious meal (4 off the restaurant week menu and 2 off the regular dinner menu) . The pan roasted salmon was cooked perfectly, flounder with crabmeat topping and a pork dish were winners. The waitress that took care of us was very attentive considering it was a busy night. We will try it again on a different evening as it was clear many there were locals & weren't there for Restaurant Week.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Best Welcome to Virginia Beach!

Dined on February 15, 2016

This place was amazing! I took my wife for Valentines Day and we loved everything about it !

Tags: romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Great food and atmosphere.

Dined on February 15, 2016

A great place with excellent food. A little noisy but worth overlooking this for the food. Staff were also excellent, definitely worth trying

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Valentine Special

Dined on February 14, 2016

My wife and I had a wonderfully romantic evening on Valentine's Day. Our gorgonzola salads were excellent, the fish specials were outstanding, and our desserts topped off a perfect evening. Thank you Cobalt Grille.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food3
ambience5
service2
value3

The food did not live up to the hype

Dined on February 14, 2016

The food was not as good as expected. The service was not that great either from our waitress. We didn't even know her name until the check came with it on there. She seemed like she didn't want to be there at first, like we were bothering her . I don't know maybe she just had a long day. I will give it one more try though before I say it is not a good place to eat.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Delicious!

Dined on February 13, 2016

Based on the previous reviews, I was not disappointed! Food was outstanding, service was prompt and friendly and the atmosphere was as expected. Noise level may be above the norm of fine dining, but my wife and I agreed that the level was not uncomfortable and most of it was from happy and content customers. Very good wine list at moderate pricing. A must dine when in Virginia Beach!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great for romantic dates

Dined on February 13, 2016

Hubby and I have gone to Cobalt twice, once just for dinner and once for valentine's day. There menu changes often and they have daily specials. There food is delicious all the time though. They have incredible creme brulé. Something to look for when you go: portobello fries!!! Great service, and friendly staff. We will definitely go back there again!!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

I love the food here! Top notch chef!

Dined on February 13, 2016

I have eaten at this restaurant several times and am always pleased with their service but most of all their food.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

yum

Dined on February 10, 2016

Cobalt Grille is an excellent place for dinner. The service is always impeccable, the ambiance is fun and the food is perfection.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Tuesday is burger night. Half price for ...

vip
Dined on February 10, 2016

Tuesday is burger night. Half price for regular menu burgers, and reduced prices on specials. Great burgers with fresh ingredients. Excellent service, well paced.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Enjoyable evening.

Dined on February 10, 2016

Cobalt is always a good time and delicious. Alvin runs a wonderful kitchen. The staff is attentive and kind. Don't miss out on Tuesdays burger night. They have the best burgers in town.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Delicious food and excellent service as ...

Dined on February 9, 2016

Delicious food and excellent service as usual. There is a reason for us coming back. 😊

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Lunch

Dined on February 9, 2016

We come here all the time for the great food and friendly staff.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food3
ambience3
service4
value3

Special Dinner

Dined on January 23, 2016

Enjoyed a Saturday night out at Cobalt. Great wines , good friend & food . The house special filet shrimp scampi ordered medium rare came rare. Usually cooked to perfection missed the mark . We enjoyed the evening and will definitely go back . Can get loud if you are looking for a quiet romantic dinner though.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Perfect night out for our group celebration!

Dined on January 8, 2016

The food was delicious as always! The filet mignon was cooked to perfection. Everybody in the group liked their entrée and would order it again.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Delicious midweek dinner!

Dined on January 7, 2016

My Mom and I shared a delightful evening at Cobalt Grill. We were seated at a cozy booth that was just right for conversation. Our server was helpful, prompt, and well trained. I ordered salmon with crabmeant and lobster on top with a lemon beurre blanc, served with roasted asperagus and mashers. It was delicious, perfectly cooked and beautiful on the plate. Mom had shrimp risotto that she said was also wonderful, the shrimp large and the risotto creamy and well seasoned. I look forward to going to Cobalt Grill again!

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience4
service5
value3

Burger night

vip
Dined on January 5, 2016

Went for burgers. Tasted great. Good service. Will go again.

Tags: great for lunch
food4
ambience1
service5
value3

Good food - Impossible to hear

Dined on January 5, 2016

Our waitress was lovely and the food was really good, but the noise made conversation impossible. We even moved tables to try to find quiet. It's a shame because it's a nice local hangout with food we like, but we would not go back.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

New Year's Eve

Dined on January 1, 2016

First of all, service was excellent. The restaurant was packed and our server never missed a beat. She made recommendations that turned out great. The wine was reasonably priced. The food for each of our party of four was spot on. We had Flounder, Duck, Scallops, and Salmon for entrees, Oysters on the half shell and Fried Mushrooms for appetizers and the Lava Cake and Dim Sum donuts for desert. A good time was had by all. We will be back.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Not your ordinary hamburger joint!

Dined on December 30, 2015

We told our out of town visitor that we were just going to grab a burger for dinner. Being polite she did not defer from our choice. Wow! Was she surprised by the Tuesday night special burgers cooked to perfection exactly as ordered. Another hit was the goat cheese appetizer (my favorite).

Tags: special occasion
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Great night!

Dined on December 14, 2015

Went there on a week night. Staff was on point the whole night. Scallop appetizer was delicious with the perfect sear. Wife and daughter had the scallop and shrimp with risotto and I had the lamb chops. Seafood dishes had plentiful portions and the shellfish was cooked perfectly. Lamb was cooked perfectly to mid rare, although portion seemed a bit skimpy for the price. Risotto on all entrees were under seasoned but well cooked.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service5

Great find

Dined on November 26, 2015

The Thanksgiving menu was fabulous! It was a set four-course meal with wine pairing. Each course had multiple options. All the food was great! Pricing was unexpectedly reasonable. I highly recommend this for both date night and a nice, family dinner (perhaps only older children).

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

Our third Cobalt Thanksgiving - it's a tradition!

Dined on November 26, 2015

Our family is small, and we enjoy eating out with strangers, reflecting the first Thanksgiving. We don't like the wretched excess of buffet dinners, and Cobalt Grille fits our needs perfectly - an unpretentious ambiance, pleasant waitstaff who seem genuinely to enjoy their work, and a Thanksgiving prix fixe menu that offers just enough choices to please everyone and feel a bit more special than just ordering off a standard menu. Options are a memorable she-crab soup for a starter (or tomato basil), choice of mesclun or caesar salad, and entrée of traditional turkey dinner, duck breast, pork, or salmon - with dessert choice of apple or pumpkin pie or chocolate cake. Same price for any option, and I think it was $27 per person, very thrifty. There are drink specials (pumpkintini and others) or patrons can order from the full drink menu (I had a kir royale that would have been perfect with Thanksgiving turkey.) My salmon was perfectly cooked, moist and delicious, with a nice dill cream sauce and asparagus and mashed potatoes. Other entrées also pleased, and the salads were crisp and fresh. What merited the 4 rather than 5 stars? The desserts are clearly not housemade and are mediocre at best. I would love to see the kitchen offer a very simple housemade dessert - maybe an apple crumble - with something like a scoop of pumpkin ice cream for those who need that pumpkin fix. The regular coffees arrived hot, but the decaf and expresso were barely tepid. My expresso arrived with a cute little rock sugar stirring stick. Had the expresso been hot, it would have dissolved and been delightful. The asparagus had not had its woody ends broken off, as I discovered when the fibers caught between my teeth. I would like to give 4 1/2 stars, but the small things made a 5 inappropriate. Overall, a very satisfactory meal, and we are definitely Cobalt fans. Very nice wine list, too!

food2
ambience3
service1

15 Years of Inconsistency

vip
Dined on November 8, 2015

My wife and I recently relearned what all Hampton Roads area foodies already know about Cobalt Grille during its decade and a half existence. When Chef/Owner Alvin Williams is present at his restaurant, he provides a superb and eclectic dining experience. However, when he is away the presentation, food, and service is mediocre at best. On 11/7/15, my wife and I took a first-time couple to Cobalt Grille and suffered through cold Scallops Rockefeller, cool Duck, over-priced and cold rack of lamb, and an over-cooked Filet Napoleon (the house specialty). We also endured an over-friendly and sarcastic waiter who was too busy cracking jokes and telling us his resume (only at Cobalt for 3 weeks) to be attentive to our table. The only salvation was dessert which was up to the high standard inspired by Mr. Williams. If you plan to visit Cobalt Grille, call ahead and make sure Alvin Williams will be present for your visit.

food2
ambience3
service2

Unimpressive and underwhelming

Dined on October 30, 2015

For a $100 + dinner for two, it was unimpressive. Food presentation was nice but quality was mediocre. Service was adequate but not great. Place was noisy but it was a bar/restaurant. Ambiance was modern and adequate for a higher priced restaurant.

food5
ambience5
service5

Wonderful!

Dined on October 27, 2015

This is my favorite restaurant in VA Beach. My duck was a little over cooked this last time I went but I think it was because they were slammed. It was $8 burger night and the wait was pretty long. I have had their duck & lamb on other nights and it was perfection. We had an amazing appetizer special, clans in a parmasian blue cheese cream sauce, I really hope they add it to the menu! !!!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food3
ambience4
service2

Recent Business Dinner

Dined on October 27, 2015

I dine for business dinners often, and love the food and service. However, this recent dinner didn't go as well. The service was quite slow, and the risotto wasn't very good. I know it was an anomaly, and I will go back again with customers soon.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service4

Never disappoints

Dined on October 26, 2015

Our meal was wonderful, as always. We're never disappointed with regular menu items or chef's specials.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

We have yet to find, in Hampton Roads, a ...

Dined on October 24, 2015

We have yet to find, in Hampton Roads, a better restaurant than Cobalt Grille.

food5
ambience4
service4

This was our first time eating here and ...

Dined on October 24, 2015

This was our first time eating here and we really enjoyed it and will return. My wife had the duck and it was delicious. I had the shrimp and scallops and it was very good. The calamari appetizer was done just right.

food5
ambience5
service5

Love this restaurant! Always great food ...

vip
Dined on October 20, 2015

Love this restaurant! Always great food and service.

food5
ambience5
service5

Delightful surprise!

Dined on October 14, 2015

I bought this group on because we were planning to visit the beach. It was so much more than the "grill" I expected. Got my favorite dish(duck) and can't wait to go back!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list

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