Norfolk Seafood Company & Big Easy Oyster Bar

4.6
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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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.3
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SB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

KC
Richmond
17 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
2 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
131 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
17 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!!

RT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, good place to have dinner. Would recommend to friends and family.

DS
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The seafood is excellent -- in particular seafood platter - blue crab, lobster, scallops are a must and price is reasonable. Make sure you leave room for dessert as the Beignet's and Bread Pudding are exceptional. Our waiter was attentive and prompt. Eating in the downstairs bar area is great if you aren't dressed business casual. Could improve the draft beer choices -- Blue Moon on tap would have been a bonus.

BL
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, everything here was great!! My friends and I had a wonderful time, I’ll definitely make a return visit to this establishment.

JD
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will definitely be returning. Loved it. The atmosphere and food were great!

AD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Visited during restaurant week. No issues getting the reservation. Seated quickly in the upstairs dining area. And then the waitress came and everything went downhill. She was young and overwhelmed by waiting 3 whole tables at the same time. Forgot our wine chiller and had to be reminded twice. Didn’t refill our water until we got the check. Food was good and was a good value. Would recommend but with a different waitress.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambience, but the kitchen was a bit too slow, it took an hour to have our food ready for us. Food was good but a bit too heavy. Highly reccomend the crab legs! They were excellent!!

CR
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Food service is too slow. Great oysters BUT fruity salad, fried seafood appetizer, cornbread muffins were bland & lukewarm. Sea bass & bed of rice were over cooked but the collards were tasty. Jambalaya was overly moist, chicken undercooked & dumped in a bowl with no garnish. I did not enjoy the food...I sent the jambalaya back & refused dessert. No thanks, Big Easy!

RJ
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

What's annoying about Restaurant week is what business' and owners do with their normal menus. This place likely would have made and extra $30 off of just us if they'd kept their usual HH prices on oysters. It really doesn't make sense to move them and then not make $ on them.
Secondly, the deserts - why not have Beignet as your primary desert. It's what you do. It is likely the reason that people order from your desert menu. Quite odd.

Food was tasty just some subtleties to consider.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best scallops that I have ever had. The lemon butter sauce was phenomenal.

OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Ok for the money

EC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Had eaten there previously, but disapointed this visit. Food only average. Service poor - waitreee only perfuntotry - not a real interst in serving. Will not return nor recommend

SN
Richmond
49 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was a quiet night at the restaurant, midweek before 4th of July. We sat in the upstairs dining room. An attractive space. The waiter was also the bartender which slowed the service greatly. He was knowledgeable about the menu. It took quite some time to get the raw oysters we ordered. Dinner was delicious. My husband had the flat iron steak. He said the crab topping and sauce were outstanding. I had lobster, scallop and shrimp in garlic sauce. Very fresh and tasty. Located in the middle of downtown Norfolk. Would definitely recommend this restaurant