Norfolk Seafood Company & Big Easy Oyster Bar

4.3
487 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 487 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The food was not that great and overall disappointing based on the last two times we went. This was our anniversary as well.

My gf’s ribeye was definitely not a ribeye; looked like a general sirloin and it was two thin steaks stacked on each other.

The scooby Crab claws did not taste fresh; very fishy.

The burnt roasted potatoes which seemed like they were deep fried.

My crab cake was one crab cake. For the price of it being an entree, I was surprised. This also didn’t taste fresh and was mushy.

Neither myself nor my gf finished our entrees, maybe ate half and then just gave up.

The one thing that was phenomenal was the corn bread. We enjoyed those.

Overall I’m very disappointed. We had been there last year for our anniversary and then earlier this year for valentines, and both time everything was amazing.

Not sure if there was the B team this time, or new chef, or cost cutting, but I won’t be returning again.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for date night. Server was great

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RPIHockeyFan
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere, our server, the music, and most importantly the food.

KG
KennyG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Reservation was for 8:15 & was still waiting at the bar for our seats at 8:45. I asked about & 10 more minutes was the simple answer. We ate our $100 meal at the bar! Bartender & the food were GREAT!

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LisaM
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! Great vibe, was playing some of my favorite songs & the food was amazing.

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Russ
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

I can tell you what not to eat/get...the crawfish beignets. It's more like crawfish balls that were a bit overcooked.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meals were wonderful and the service outstanding. Will definitely go back next visit to Norfolk!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great vibe and ambiance- excellent food - oysters Rockefeller are amazing as was the she crab soup !
Creative and delicious cocktails- would definitely return when in the area again !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time and it was AMAZING. The service was GREAT! The food was DELICIOUS. Just the overall experience was AWESOME. We will be returning for sure.

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AlexB
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, as always! Staff was friendly and the service was on point!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was my moms birthday. I noted it on the reservation and the hostess called me the day before to ask if I had any special requests , but they didn’t remember once we were actually there. I had to ask the server for the birthday dessert. It kinda took away the moment. I’ve been before and the food is always great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

The food (oysters Rockefeller, collard greens, side of potatoes, lobster, scallops and shrimp dish) was overpriced and everything was very salty! When I tell the waitress about the untouched side of potatoes I was told that the manager needed to come over to remove a $5 charge from $142 bill. When the manager/owner came over, she was unfriendly and made up excuses why she could not quickly remove a five dollar charge and swipe my credit card a second time. She offered me a replacement side which was completely ridiculous because we had already finished our dinner. I requested a dessert instead, to which she responded that I would have to pay the $3.00 difference for the bread pudding. Although she was standing near the front as we exited the restaurant, she did not wish us a goodnight and her demeanor was sullen and childish.

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LexiL
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful dinner. Our server was great. We were there for my birthday so it was a special night. Will definitely be back again

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vipStweis
Richmond
34 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overall the food was good; nothing extraordinary. Being a Saturday night it was busy, food came out in a timely fashion and the service was good.

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Grumpytime
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My boys and I eat here every time I come to visit. The oysters and drinks are amazing!!! Would recommend anyone who likes sea food who doesn't care about price. The meal out weighs the price :)

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vipNYCLVR
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We had a 7 PM RESERVATION IN A LARGELY EMPTY RESTAURANT. After being seated by the hostess, we waited 10 minutes for a waitress to approach our table. We requested water which arrived 10 min later. After approx. 25 min of wasted time we told the waitress it was taking too long…..there was no apology or attempt to serve us. No restaurant can treat people this way and expect to survive, regardless of any staffing issues. This was just rude, and non- customer oriented. Owners be aware….

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JefferyH
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, but the oysters Rockefeller was out of this world.

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Janai
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Loved my drinks. Sat at the bar and the bartender was everything 10/10

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vipBobbieq
Dallas
29 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We couldn’t find parking and got lost! The hostess was gracious and our dinner was delicious. The oyster selection was outstanding! Our server was charming and service was spot on.

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KiaL
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A good experience. The vibe was awesome! The food was amazing. The service could’ve been better and the up and down glance I received as I entered was not appreciated. I honored the dress code but miss lady at the front looked a mess (her attire looked a mess). She should save her judgement on others and look in the mirror before she gives my group any stank looks.

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OliverL
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined to celebrate our anniversary. It was a great atmosphere, the service was outstanding and the food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal…..we had oysters Rockefeller, and the blackened steak.

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vipCornellB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The food here is fairly generic and mediocre. They seem to sell themselves as a first-rate seafood restaurant while in reality the food and ambiance is better at Red Lobster. The bar failed to properly pull off some of the most basic of things – if you can’t even make a gin and tonic properly you probably shouldn’t have a liquor license. The entire experience was a fail.

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MoeW
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

To much salt in the frog leg dish. I expressed that to the manager and was told that "we do not take food back, but this time we will, but next time we will not". This was told to me rudely by the manager. The other dishes that my wife and I order were okay, but not worth the price.

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vipOnlygirl
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Made reservations after a concert, we decided to share a meal. Ordered crab, lobster & shrimp in garlic butter sauce which was salty to me because I don’t eat salt in my food. My friend enjoyed

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambiance, great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome date night dinner. Our server, John was friendly, professional and knowledgeable. The food and drinks we delicious. The front desk staff were friendly and welcoming.

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shermaw
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

This was my first time dinning at this restaurant and was highly disappointed. The restaurant called ahead of time to remind me of their dress policy which we were happy to comply with, therefore it was disappointing to get there and see several dinners wearing athletic wear and sneakers. wait time for the food was extremely long, sat down and 8pm but did not get our food until 9:20. the grits was cold, frog legs was cold. spent $240 for a party of 4 and still had to stop at another restaurant on the way back to the hotel.

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StaceyH
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was outstanding. The food was very good. The atmosphere was very nice as well

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ShaquitaA
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was a little salty but other than that everything was great

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a last minute reservation and when I go to the restaurant they claimed it never went through but they sat us down anyway. Service was great and food was fresh

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Charance
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding!! The food was amazing! I highly recommend this establishment for fine dining and a great experience!

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TonnetteB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place for its entirety!!! The food the staff the vibes are great here... those Rockefeller oysters are a must.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience5

mashed potatoes was cold but lobster and fried shrimp was good and hot. but appetizers and sides came out cold like they were sitting out. and beignets were not good. service was excellent though.

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ChristopherG
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Nice ambience. I read the dress code and we all followed to a tee. When the restaurant called me to confirm the reservation, they reminded of the dress code. However, while we were dining, patrons who attended the restaurant definitely were not in dress code. I understand it was a slow night, but the dress code should be strictly enforced.

My sister had the scoobies but they were too garlicky. The Jambalaya had very little shrimp and scallops and was a touch sweet..

The Oyster Rockefellers were excellent catfish was very good as well the crab cakes.

My only suggestion is that if the restaurant is called "The Norfolk Seafood Restaurant" you should at least raw clams, I believe they are abundant in Virginia Beach.

I wish you all the best.

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AliciaD
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Tonight was my first time visiting this restaurant. The menu was a bit small. The prices were ok. I felt like in their downstairs dining room I was sitting in someone’s attic. I was definitely taken by the phone call yesterday regarding restaurant dress code, yet I saw people with clothes on they didn’t approve on their website. I probably wouldn’t come back.

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KellyH
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here and we had family in from out of town. We had a great time!! Shout out to Michelle who was our server she was amazing!!! We will be back the food was great and the wools were great!

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vipMauliesP
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was good. Should of gotten the frog legs!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really happy our plans changed and we ended up here.
-friendly service from all staff members (especially with a 2.5 YO late in the evening)
-had a kids menu despite not being on the website (no kids cups or changing table)
-delicious lump crab soup
-wonderful cornbread before meal
-really enjoyed my lemon butter scallops, shrimp and crab: not too heavy so I could have dessert but packed with flavor
-my husband was stuffed and could not finish the seafood platter (generous portions)
-daughter was satisfied with chicken fingers (3) and fries
-finished it off with warm bread pudding and light as air whip cream (daughter loved it!! Must love cinnamon)

Thanks to the waitstaff for turning our rough travel day around! Hope many others enjoy this spot!

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Kyle
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good we had the best desert I think we’ve ever had at a restaurant our server was very great and you get your food so quick we had to see a move at 8 and got there at 6:15 and were done with both appetizers and meals by 7:30 and made it in time for our movie overall such a great experience I will definitely be back when I’m in the area

FAQs

Norfolk Seafood Company & Big Easy Oyster Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (757) 227-6222.

Norfolk Seafood Company & Big Easy Oyster Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 487 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.