Norfolk Seafood Company & Big Easy Oyster Bar

4.5
437 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 437 people are saying
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4.7
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4.5
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4.2
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipncfoodie
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service but overpriced for this market.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I fell in love with the Oyster Rockefeller and the other entrees we had were great as well. Not a long wait and drinks were good

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LouP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was awesome! Hostess were very friendly. Service was good. Food was incredible! I will definitely dine here again!

Norfolk Seafood Company & Big Easy Oyster Bar
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for your review. We are happy to be of service and grateful for your patronage. We will see you next time!

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vipJavy
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We enjoyed our meal. Our server was nice and attentive.

I think the only drawback was the price of the food. I have traveled and dime all over the country and overseas, so I have well trained pallet. I found that this nice restaurant has good food but prices it too high. While the food tasted food I know I will not be returning to this restaurant. Thank you for a good service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, staff was friendly.

Norfolk Seafood Company & Big Easy Oyster Bar
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for your kind words. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit. Come back and see us on Tuesday for oyster night!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
37 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

What a wonderful night out!!! We all enjoyed everything about the evening there. The server was fantastic, the drinks were perfect, the food was excellent. It took a while for the food but that was okay! It felt like being in Europe, where there is no rush on the evening! We had oysters, steak bites, seafood platter, chefs pasta, and it was all super!!! Really glad they have survived and thrived through all of this.

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Lovers
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a pleasure dine here. My wife was delighted to have her birthday dinner here.

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JessicaW
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our waiter Corey was OUTSTANDING! We'd come back just for his service. The food was fine, but I expected a higher level to match the high prices. The oysters Rockefeller was great, the calamari not so much. Wish the food overall was a bit fresher. The drinks were great! I'd definitely recommend for happy hour and a tour of appetizers.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Had better for less, had worse for more. It was what I expected it to be.

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Eric
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

If you ever wonder why you never get anyone to fill out your surveys it’s because you make people use a minimum of 50 characters, if you want me to fill something out for you then don’t make requirements to do it, this is being done on my time not yours.

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EdwardW
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried BigEasy for the first time, was definitely a memorable experience. Everything on the menu we sampled was fantastic! Frog legs, to the fresh Sea Food combination was so delicious. We made reservations early requesting the romantic downstairs atmosphere and had a fine dining experience. Val our waitress was well versed with all the items on the menu as well as friendly and attentive to our needs and we felt at ease the entire night. Very pleasant experience. Would highly recommend.

Norfolk Seafood Company & Big Easy Oyster Bar
Responded 7 days ago

We greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us. We strive everyday to provide fresh, quality food that will keep you coming back for more. Our staff is happy to be of service to you and we hope to see you again very soon!

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JohnL
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was excellent. I travel from Washington, DC annually just to eat at the Big Easy.

Norfolk Seafood Company & Big Easy Oyster Bar
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for your patronage! We appreciate you taking the time to give us a review and we cannot wait for your next visit. Remember Tuesday is Half Priced Oyster Night!

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AndersonsEat
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This experience was amazing. The drinks were amazing. J was our server and she was great. The food was excellent and the ambiance was for the grown and sexy. We will be back!

Norfolk Seafood Company & Big Easy Oyster Bar
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope to see you again soon!

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BobbyT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit to the restaurant. Both times were outstanding, with fantastic service from the staff. The only reason I rated this visit lower was they had virtually no beer choices, and the bar had no drafts available available. There was literally, Miller lite, Yengling and Corona. The waitstaff apologized for this issue which has been going on for a bit now. Hope they get this resolved with local vendors. Look forward to next visit.

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MrsW
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The ambiance was great until a couple entered with TWO extremely large dogs the size of pony’s. They sat them next to us and I completely lost my appetite. We spent over $300 for dinner and to have to share our space with these ginormous animals was simply unacceptable and unsanitary! The hostess made a point to ask my father to remove his hat for dining but yet allow two horse sized dogs to dine with us. The food was just mediocre. I will not return.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my husband’s birthday and we thoroughly enjoyed it! He couldn’t stop raving about the food and service! He even ordered Gator Bites to bring home for the next day. He truly loved the jambalaya! John, our server, was awesome! I think I’ll be able to get me husband to go there again!

Norfolk Seafood Company & Big Easy Oyster Bar
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for your review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit with us. We always aim to please here in the Big Easy. We will see you both next time!

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RickR
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was attentive and the food was fresh and delicious.

Norfolk Seafood Company & Big Easy Oyster Bar
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for your review! We hope to see you again soon. Remember Tuesdays are Half Priced Oyster Night, come on in for more of that fresh seafood!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exquisite, the service was fantastic and our party loved the ambiance!

Norfolk Seafood Company & Big Easy Oyster Bar
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for your kind review. We hope to be of service to you again in the near future!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was a birthday celebration for my husband

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting the Norfolk area and looking for a place to eat, I took the advice of the Open Table reviews. I was very happy I did. My friend and I shared the fried seafood platter and the jambalaya. Both dishes were excellent. The fried seafood was lightly battered, well seasoned, fried perfectly and was not greasy neither were the french fries and the cole slaw was crisp and fresh. The jambalaya was very tasty with just enough kick to it. The staff and service was exceptional.

Norfolk Seafood Company & Big Easy Oyster Bar
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your dinner. We strive to provide an exceptional and memorable experience for our patrons and we are happy we could be of service to you! We hope you will tell your friends and come again.

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KaylaW
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Ian was amazing! Great experience and he made excellent recommendations. Will be back.

Norfolk Seafood Company & Big Easy Oyster Bar
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit with us. We will see you next time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First visit was back in 2018...the place hasn't changed. It's as delicious today as it was back then.

Norfolk Seafood Company & Big Easy Oyster Bar
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for your patronage and your review!!

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vipLNaeY
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

This place is awful! My mom and I went this past Tuesday, and the food tastes old. My crab cake had a weird smell, and the fish was just plain with no taste or seasoning. When I told the waitress, she told me to put the crabcake on the plate so she could have them smell it in the back. I have never been to any restaurant that would do that. Awful! She came back and said he made them up this morning we can fry you more shrimp. While waiting for my mom to return to the table, someone peaked around the corner and went back to the kitchen. We paid our bill, and a couple of seconds later, I overheard them talking in the kitchen because our booth was right by the hall, saying we just wanted a free meal, and our waitress said they tipped well. Obviously, they were talking about us because we were the only people dining in that area at the time. I have never been to a restaurant that showed so much disrespect. Please don't talk about your customers until they leave. I would never recommend this restaurant to anyone.

Norfolk Seafood Company & Big Easy Oyster Bar
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for communicating your concerns. We apologize that you did not have a positive dining experience. We will take the necessary steps to rectify this in the future.

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GeraldL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent service and food was properly prepared.

Norfolk Seafood Company & Big Easy Oyster Bar
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you so much for you review. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Service was fabulous but we wanted to sit upstairs and instead was sent to the basement

Norfolk Seafood Company & Big Easy Oyster Bar
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for your review. Please come back and see us again soon. We are happy to honor seating requests that are marked on your Open Table reservation. We will have a table upstairs waiting for you next time!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great a little salty and the service and the drinks were good. They called to remind me of the dress code and even turned a black family around that was just probably visiting and stopped in but i saw a white lady with a sweat shirt and pants on. She wasnt properly in dress code. We had another reservation to go sailing so we didnt get dinner. But maybe maybe next time. Cant wait to try the lobster and crab

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TonnetteB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was wonderful and the food was magnificent. I will definitely be returning soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for special occasions or just a girls night out.

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JasmineW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very impressed with the service and the food. Our waitress was awesome and super attentive. I will definitely be coming back. I wasn't aware of a dress code, so glad I came in the proper attire. Definitely a nice date night spot

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice ambiance.

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dinner42
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We enjoyed our food and service , however the table was too small and the table legs wobbled.

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MDSinVB
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time dining at Norfolk Seafood Company. The Oysters Rockefeller was excellent, and we are picky. The Crab Claw “Scoobies” served with an awesome broth of white wine, garlic, olive oil, parsley and crushed red pepper, were fantastic, and had a wonderful flavor. Was a great start to our dinner. Entrees were also perfect. I had blackened Halibut with pan seared Brussel sprouts and roasted potatoes. Everything was seasoned perfectly and tasted delicious. My wife has the broiled crab cake with asparagus and roasted potatoes, and was also very, very good. We took dessert to go and can’t want to sample those! beignets with raspberry sauce, and bread pudding. Yum 😊. Last but not least was superb service from our server, “Mi”. She made our experience delightful, and had a great personality. We will back again soon, and highly recommend you also try the Norfolk Seafood Company. You won’t be disappointed.

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MelissaH
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

While I understand places are struggling with hiring staff, the service we received was very slow and we waited 20 minutes at points to have water filled and utensils brought to us. One of us waited 20 minutes for her food after everyone else had already been brought their meals.

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BobbyT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been talking about trying this place for ages. It was totally worth the visit. The staff, atmosphere and food were great. Our waitress was AMAZING!!!! And super interactive with us to make the experience even better. Can’t wait to revisit soon.
Thank you for a great experience!

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Bill
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Both main dishes were very dry, overcooked, and lukewarm.

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Alohadawn
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Great Oysters, Crab Cake and Creme Brulee!!

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SammieL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great! Food is delicious!!! Better than expected

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NancyB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Evening. Excellent all the way around. We will return.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, service, food and customer service. A great place for date night.

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Brittany
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The mussels were amazing. All of the seafood I got was good. I would dine here again. Nice vibes

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 4.5 stars by 437 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.