Norfolk Seafood Company & Big Easy Oyster Bar

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$30 and under
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Seafood
Norfolk Seafood Co & Big Easy Oyster Bar features fresh local seafood with a Cajun creole twist. The restaurant is centrally located in downtown Norfolk. The mission of the Norfolk Seafood Company is to bring tasty seafood to locals and tourists, minus the trip to the Oceanfront. The menu features everything a good seafood restaurant should offer, plus all the sides. A cold beer, wine or a specialty drink from the bar rounds off any meal.
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KI
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good food and service. The ettoufe was well prepared and cocktails were spot on. The atmosphere was lacking.

LW
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Waitress disappeared wasn’t attentive beer served in a wine glass that was less than 12 ounces had to asked another waitress to bring us bread

OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great ambiance

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience3

We never got our food after waiting over an hour. They said they only had one cook working... on a Saturday and the people next to us at the bar got three apps in the time we waited. We asked three times nicely. Last time we walked out and got pizza around the corner. Will never go back (and we’ve been a few times before).

f
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Terrible food except for the salad which was good. Fried oysters and shrimp were NOT good to eat and was very disappointing. Wine was very good and service was nice. We were alone in the restaurant. Would NOT return

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was Wonderful. Our Server Noah was Pleasant he showed concern about our dining experience and didn’t come to the table more than necessary; glasses stayed full and food was on time. The food was Great because Noah was knowledgeable and specific. Food was Well Portioned and Delicious. Definitely making this one of our regular date night locations.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall1food5service5ambience5

The waitress was amazing! However the wait time for our food was not. We ordered food at 6:15. At 7:20 we received our entrees . My wife and I have eaten here more than 5 or 6 times. The wait time has never been so bad for food. Not sure what was happening in the kitchen, but the waitress seemed to be over apologetic for it. We will be back, hopefully with less wait time.

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our dining experience here was fantastic!

N
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. The Christmas decorations and blazing fireplace brought beauty and cosy warmth on a chilly December evening. Our server was cordial and attentive to every detail, and the food, as usual, was delicious and arranged very appealingly. We didn't need valet parking that evening but it was available and sometimes comes in very handy. My glass of house wine, discounted for happy hour, was quite tasty, and, all in all, it was a good experience.

OT
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Restaurant wasnt very busy but we were put close to the bar that had a few noisy people. The dinner menus were paper and stained in places. The drink menu was extensive. Appetizers were tasty. The Chicken New Orleans was incredibly salty but the seafood trio was delicious with the lemon garlic butter. We will consider this spot again, but we arent in a hurry.

DL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We dined at the Norfolk Seafood Co prior to a theater performance on a Wednesday evening. We couldn't have been more pleased with the ambiance and the service. We were not rushed at all and the drinks, dinner and dessert blended beautifully into our evening. 2 members of our party had the deliocious jumbalaya which wee couldhave easily split because the portion was so large! Another had the pasta crab special (AMAZING!) and the 4th had a generous portion of rockfish.
Go, Eat, ENJOY!!!

SB
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Great service! Only complaints are my drink I got cost $14 and I don't believe is had a drop of alcohol in it parking is very limited and valet is a expensive but outside of that everything else was outstanding!

RL
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was quick, attentive, and able to offer good recommendations. Crab cake and bread pudding were delicious, wine selection was good.

OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everytime we come to Norfolk we come here, love it!

KC
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time dining here before a show - was just as good this time as the first time. They give a discount if you’re attending a show or event - nice bonus.

S
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

SD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The waitress was really nice and accommodating. We sat in the upstairs dining room with was empty. But they sat us (2 people) at this L-shaped seating table which was a little awkward when trying communicate.
The dish was OK, my shrimp were overcooked and I felt like I was chewing on a rubber ball. I asked to make the dish spicy, but it was just salty.

OT
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

1st time we had a good experience. 2nd time we went, we had horrible service. Waitress initially didn’t go over the specials. She told us in a quick manner “it’s right there on the pamphlet”. We asked for her to explain in more detail. She finally explained the special, so we decided to order it. What she told us and what we got was totally different. The part that upset us was she didn’t care we didn’t get what we expected. She just said “Ok”. Really bad attitude. Not sure why the bad service. Like I said before, the 1st time we went we had great service. 2nd time, just a waste of money.

OT
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

excellent service. very good food. Snapper was great. Scallop appetizer was nice. The only issue we had was the seating was a little awkward. The table we had was a L shaped cushion seating. We did move to a more comfortable table.

MA
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktail was a great opening, while the main dish of lobster tail, scallops and shrimps in garlic butter was fresh and exquisitely prepared. We skipped the appetizers, each expecting a large main dish. My wife's dish was comparably well executed. The decor and atmosphere were inviting and hushed. We will go there again.

The valet parking should have change on hand. I don't want to have to go back into the restaurant for change, while my car clogs up traffic, just because his Highness feels entitled to a $4 tip from a $6 valet fee.

KT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Wanted somewhere nice to eat that was not located within one of the hotels at the waterside district. This restaurant came with great reviews and we were excited for a nice night out. However it took two hours to get our meal to the table with only three other tables filled in the entire restaurant. They did offer a complementary cocktail however the only explanation given was that the kitchen was behind. I am not sure how you could be behind for a 630 dinner reservation with only three other tables seated

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Experience! Loved our server Diann!

T
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bread pudding was to die for!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very average, nothing wrong, no excitement to the presentation.

m
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a lovely time. We went to celebrate my 14 yo birthday as her favorite meal is surf and turf-- whose is not--The food is always amazing. Her steak was perfectly done, my husbands salmon was delicious and my other children had the stuffed shrimp. Personally the best deal in town is the salad with avocado and crab meat . It is on the salad menu but is large enough for an entire meal and is just wonderful.

D
New York Area
132 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service and good food. We dined on a slow Monday but neither the kitchen nor the front was lacking in effort or creativity. Everything from the bread to appetizer to mains and dessert were well presented, delicious and plentiful. The server was most courteous and prompt. Great cocktails and wine by the glass. Highly recommended. Located across from museums and the waterfront.

PW
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Attending play @ Wells Theayer

f
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Extremely slow service

NN
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was great, but I think it might have been a little overpriced. The wait staff was friendly, really nice, but they left us waiting for far too long while there was very few other people in the restaurant. All in all, good experience and I would still recommend this place

C
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience2

My steak was overcooked but edible. Our server was attentive. I would go there again. It is too loud and that was annoying.

RG
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything and I mean everything was great from the first time when we stepped the door until we left everything was fantastic. Don't live in Virginia Beach area can down from White Plains Maryland. Found a dining spot that I always come back to told alot of my friends about your wonderful establishment.

Roy and Olivia Gaither

OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I’ve had in a long time! Everything was fresh, perfectly seasoned and delicious! The service was excellent. Our hostess and server were friendly and attentive. Bartender made a delicious sidecar cocktail and wine selection was good.

Don’t live in the area but can’t wait to go back!

GA
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exquisite, and the service excellent!

OT
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, even better drinks. Definitely try the butterfly effect it was amazing.

RW
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My first time visiting and I was not disappointed. I ordered the seafood combination, lobster tail, scallops, shrimp, and collards. It was delicious, but the lobster tail was heavily seasoned and a bit salty. Besides that, everything else was yummy.

RW
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time eating at this restaurant. We made reservations for 6. They were very accommodating. The service was excellent as was the food and drinks. Pricey meal for two but it included the drinks as well. I plan to go back again.

SH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant, phenomenal service food was extremely good.

TJ
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and great cocktails. My date had the Lump Crab Stuffed Flounder - done perfectly and I am not a flounder fan. I had the combo etouffee - nice and spicy. Scallop appetizer was the size of a main course (first world problem 😁). Very good Sazerac also. Highly recommended.

F
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Not bad but I might try another Oyster Bar next time. Our server was excellent.

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service.... Fabulous!!