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Anne Sutton

Milford, VA

#1 Dec 17, 2008
My family went for salad and pizza. The salad was nothing special...just iceberg lettuce and a few other veggies...a little overpriced for what you got. The pizza was very good. It had a great crust and was topped nicely. We had spinach and pepperoni. We would definitely return for more pizza.

Hampton, VA

#2 Jan 7, 2009
Pizza?? Pizza?? WHEN is poquoson going to a a real seafood place to eat?? I mean c'mon the crab cake house uses imitation crab in there "she crab soup"!! Get it..... Crab Cake House Rest. uses IMITATION CRAB in there Crab soup!! Now if they are not going to use the real thing WHO IS??? Im hungery for some real crab and caught and bought locally would be even better!!

Help our waterman of P-town

Hampton, VA

#3 Jan 19, 2009
any recent reviews?
Barbara and Mike

Gloucester, VA

#4 May 6, 2009
We went to The Happy Belly this past week for dinner and the food was absolutely wonderful. We both had pizza. The pizza itself looked like it had come from a pizzeria in italy. Just wonderful. As far as our service, it was mediocre to say the least. The restaurant was fairly busy, but I expect good service no matter what. Our waitresses name was Shea and its hard to say we would go back in risk of getting her for a waitress again. She was rude and slow with our drinks and food. It was as if she forgot we were even there. We were extremely disappointed. For pizza that tasted so gret, its sad that the waitress was so horrible. We would have to seriously consider going back.

Poquoson, VA

#5 May 15, 2009
It's a shame Barbara and Mike are so quick to judge. Shea is one of the best waitresses you will find anywhere. To call her rude is beyond belief. She has been at this restaurant through at least the last 3 owners and has always been someone you could count on for a friendly smile and good service. She was the senior waitress when the last 2 owners came in and had to schedule wait staff shifts as well as wait tables and keep everything else moving. Anybody can have a bad day so for somebody to come in one time and blast the waitress on the internet is ridiculous. To call Shea horrible is grossly unfair to her and to waitresses in general. Fortunately, for Happy Belly and Shea, it's the regular customers like myself that eat there 2 or 3 times a week that can give an honest evaluation and keep the restaurant in business.

Poquoson, VA

#6 May 15, 2009
Barbara and Mike I think that you might be too quick to make assumptions and to judge. My husband and I visit Happy Belly on a regular basis, in fact, we have done so through the last 3 ownership changes. I have to say that your response about Shea is not at all accurate! Shea has always been a great server! She has multiple responsiblities, and in my opinion does them all very well, especially the friendliness and helpfulness to the customer. I am sure there were some other things going on that you were not aware of...To put negative feedback specifically naming someone for your dissatisfaction out here on the internet is a shame and you might want to consider the damage you could do to someone as competent and thoughtful as Shea. Happy Belly is a good place to eat...SPECIFICALLY because of the great service you get from Shea, Kelly, Ellen and Nikki is more accurate. I do agree with Holy Crabcake that they do need more seafood, they are listening to us all adding more a little at a time!
Barbara and Mike

Hayes, VA

#7 May 25, 2009
As for Jimmy and Cheri, we had nothing bad to say about the food, and I think that is what matters in the restaurant buisness. As far as Shea goes, we may not eat there on a regular basis, but we know how the service was. She was very rude and if Im going to write a review it is going to be about our experience, good and bad. The point was that the food was great and the waitress was very unprofessional. I dont think the reviews that my husband and I write are up for discussion between customers at Happy Belly. I think the the owners would be quite appreciative for bad reviews as well as good so that they know who to weed out when necessary. I would say Happy Belly needs to weed her out.

Since: Jul 08

Poquoson, VA

#8 May 29, 2009
My family and I recently "discovered" Happy Belly, and it is our new favorite restaurant in town. We have eaten in a couple of times, and the food and service were wonderful...and we have ordered pizza for take out and we love it! I am a pizza snob, and I think this is the closest to NY style pizza in this area.

Poquoson, VA

#9 May 29, 2009
Note to Barbara. Your reviews are up for discussion when you get on the Internet and blast someone who has a proven track record of professionalism and courtesy and constantly has customers come in and ask for her. It's quite obvious even to the casual observer that you have an ax to grind that has nothing to do with the service you received. If you don't think your reviews are up for discussion in a free country, I suggest you don't write them.
no name

Yorktown, VA

#10 Jun 1, 2009
I have a comment for Barb and Mike,if it was so horrible then why not complain to the owners...they are there every night(since you think they would appreciate good and bad comments) cant miss them, he always looks like hes ready to rip someones head off! The food is ok, but without seeing the last 3 familar faces(Shea, Kelly, and Ellen) we wouldnt set foot in the place! Have you seen the other servers, or had the pleasure of one of them waiting on you? Ha! What a joke. We've been regulars for a long time..since days of the Seafood House, but since the change in owners again and the same menu every other place in Poquoson has..its probaly time to move on....maybe Hampton has a good seafood restaurant somewhere
Saras Dad

Yorktown, VA

#11 Jun 17, 2009
We ate at Happy Belly tonight and were very pleased with the service, the food, and everything else. We used to eat at Vancosta's in Hampton all the time and were extremely happy to find out the owners had relocated to Poquoson with the same great food. We'll definately be regulars!


#12 Jul 30, 2009
I am VERY familiar with the Happy Belly Resturant, as I have followed it from the City of Hampton to Poquoson." he always looks like hes ready to rip someones head off!" The owner was in a near fatal auto crash many months ago resulting in multipal skull fractures and is in constant pain. The gentleman was born and raised in Athens. He has served 2 years in the Marines and served as the exclusive caterer to the United States White House staff for over 10 years. The statement made by the party"it's the same old menu as every other place in Poguoson" has never opened the mind and tried the special boards menu, because you are missing something great by not trying the Greek food. Lastly but not the least, You will find that the owner is MORE than willing to set and talk to any customer about any matter you wish, IF you take the time you will find a guy that is more than willing to add to the menu. YOU WILL NEVER!!! get seafood from a can from this guy, he only uses the freshest products he can get his hands on. PARTY AND EAT AS IF IT IS YOUR LAST!
Come happy leave Sick

Williamsburg, VA

#13 Aug 29, 2009
I recently visited "happy belly" and all i got was a sick one that made a trip to the restroom for 30 minutes thanks to the over cooked pizza and brown lettuce..I shall run at the sight of this business.
Mike McMahon

Williamsburg, VA

#14 Nov 7, 2009
All I can say is WOW. This place is the worst food I have ever tasted in my LIFE!. My server had an attitude her shirt was wrinkled. It looked like she rolled out of bed and came to work. On top of that the "CHEF" was yelling in the restaurant in some language. Im guessing it was Arabic from the sounds of it. After I got my food, I know why he was yelling, my salad was not fresh at all, brown Iceberg lettuce, Cucumbers where bad, server could care less when I complained. There Greek food tastes like it was bought frozen, NO TASTE AT ALL!!! I wouldnt even let me dog eat this crap. I will never go back to this place again. It should be called Happy Hospital, because thats the only place you need to go after you eat there.
Doc Robin

Newport News, VA

#15 Jan 6, 2010
Holy CRABCAKE wrote:
Pizza?? Pizza?? WHEN is poquoson going to a a real seafood place to eat?? I mean c'mon the crab cake house uses imitation crab in there "she crab soup"!! Get it..... Crab Cake House Rest. uses IMITATION CRAB in there Crab soup!! Now if they are not going to use the real thing WHO IS??? Im hungery for some real crab and caught and bought locally would be even better!!
Help our waterman of P-town
I've been eating at the Crab Cake house for many years, and the Bull Island Soup is one of the best soups I've ever eaten anywhere in the world. Their fresh seafood is wonderful. Hopefully they will be able to reopen after the lastest flooding.

The Crab Cake House is a gem.

Hampton, VA

#16 Mar 3, 2010
I love the greek salad(I eat it about 4 times a week) and I add grilled chicken.Also we get the Wednesday Special 16" pizza 7.99.
George Thorogood

Gloucester, VA

#17 Mar 5, 2010
The crab cake house is a poor excuse for a restaurant and should never be compared to happy bellys cuisine. The last time i ate at the crab cake house i ordered the crab cake sandwich. It was the smallest thing i have ever seen, it was all breading and falling apart. It probably only weighed like 2 or 3 ounces. Im a big fan of crab cakes and i especially enjoy the ones at happy belly.
Claire Hannigan

Gloucester, VA

#18 Mar 27, 2010
I have to say, I am not very familiar in the Greek food area, but what I did have, I was not happy with. I ordered the greek salad and what I got was bad lettuce, one or two olives and bad service. My friend and I came in to share a pizza and we both got salads. The pizza was okay, but forgettable. The salads were just pitiful. When I asked the server if there was any way I could get better lettuce and more olives, she explained to me that that was the only lettuce that they had, and the greek salads only come with one or two olives. My impression was that either the server (Shay) was lazy or youre getting a bad deal by paying for a pretty pricey salad that only comes with one or two olives.

Poquoson, VA

#19 May 21, 2010
Happy Belly in Poquoson is one of the best restaurants for the price we have found anywhere. My wife and I go there regularly and take friends with us. Their daily specials are great and we will continue to eat there. We have literally never had a bad meal nor bad service. My congratulations to the owners, chefs and staff.

Newport News, VA

#21 Jun 14, 2010
I have eaten at the Happy Belly several times and each time Shea was very rude and didn't really care about the customers. She was slow with our drinks and had a very snotty attitude. The food was very good when I went but I wouldn't go back because of the rude, uncaring service.

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