Norfolk Seafood Company & Big Easy Oyster Bar

4.5
234 reviews
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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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Richmond
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The meal was good. The "upstairs " experience was over rated. The close seating did not make for a romantic experience.

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MH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service, Great Food and a relaxing atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and environment was great when there for mother's day so srrvice was a little slow but overall had a great experience would highly recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible. We had a reservation and we were seated later. We never got our good. We waited 1hour and 30 mins for food on Mother’s Day while everyone else in the restaurant had their food. Ridiculous. We will never be back.

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PA
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambience, exquisite service. The food was exceptionally good. I do recommend this restaurant to my family and friends. I will continue to come back to this restaurant. Thank you for making my dining experience one to remember!

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G
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Everything was ok. I think this place is highly overrated and overpriced. The meal was mostly good but all of my guest had at least one thing they did like.

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LD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I will be returning when I'm in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area again. The food was DELICIOUS!

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MA
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The ambience was very nice with beautiful chandeliers, fireplace and comfortable booths. The service was friendly and competent. We had clams on the half shell, salmon and seafood pasta. It was very fresh and and well presented. Wine was great and was reasonably priced. Trendy bar was located downstairs and seemed popular.Good experience.

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LP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Megan was our server. She took time to talk to us, tell us about the specials, made sure we were satisfied with our food and drinks. We had an early reservation, background volume was low and the food was fantastic. Well worth your time. Just go.

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CS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance-a basement in Norfolk! Oh and it also has excellent ettoufee and gumbo. Beignets too!

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TB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious! I had the grilled salmon with red chili hollandaise sauce (daily special). Literally the best salmon I’ve ever had. We shared the bread pudding dessert, which was amazing as well. All the food had such a great mix of flavors. We will definitely be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and service was great...will try to come back for Happy Hours...

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CE
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

First time eating there … the food was not anything special. We ate downstairs where the younger crowd was.

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KC
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to Norfolk Seafood Company and it certainly won't be my last. It was a pleasant surprise. This was dinner before a show at the Virginia Stage Company and it couldn't have been more convenient, just a block from the theater. A nice added surprise was the 10% discount in addition to happy hour pricing on a Friday night!
We ordered the Rock fish special for our meal and it was absolutely delicious, cooked perfectly. The sauteed spinach and fingerling potatoes were also tasty and added nicely to the dish. I have to say that the corn bread that came with the meal was probably the best corn bread I've tasted, more like dessert!
We asked our server a few questions prior to ordering, she informed us she was new and would have to check on the answer to one of our questions. She came right back with the answer and you would never have guessed she was new by the service we received from her.
Thank you for a very nice evening - I have already recommended you to several friends who will be heading to the Wells Theater in the next couple of weeks.

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K
Philadelphia
66 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Menu is great with many options to choose from. I had a seafood etoufee which was a big portion with a lot of crab and shrimp, a little spicy but nice. My son enjoyed his catfish. The porkchop was excellent. The cup of soup and tuna appetizer that my husband order in lieu of a whole meal were very generous in size. I think what disappointed us was the amateur service.

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MM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quaint Gem with excellent food, ambiance and service.

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DP
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar upstairs and sampled the most wonderful dishes. Drinks were ex ellen's as well as the oysters, scallops, tacos, calamari....we will return!

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DG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous location, food, service, and knowledge about new awlins drink and food. Highly recommend. We parked a blocked away in front of the Wells Theater, and saw the show afterwards. Great experience.

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JR
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great experience! celebrated our 23rd anniversary and it was not a disappointment. The drinks and the patience with out server was really amazing. all questions were answered regarding the food and the drinks! would definitely recommend to friends.

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N
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were great. We will definitely be going back sometime.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a very goid experience. Server was great, food was fresh and of good quality, and the atmosphere was relaxed. Only thing preventing me from scoring a 5th star is our food took awhile coming out; but definitely will go back again.

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J
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second experience at Norfolk seafood company. It was amazing. My service was excellent, the food was outstanding, and we were seated immediately. I would highly recommended anyone to experience Norfolk seafood company, and they will always have me as a customer.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. The cajun chicken was outstanding. The oysters Rockefeller was perfect. Growing up on the gulf coast I couldn't tell a difference between being in Norfolk or down south on the coast a high end Cajun restaurant. The beignets were absolutely delicious.

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BL
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We have lived in Norfolk/Virginia Beach our whole lives. I don't know why we never discovered this gem. The ambiance is classy, and the food is exceptional!!!! Unfortunately, we were seated near a group of 6 women who were exceptionally loud. When we go to a nicer, classy restaurant, it's annoyed when you can't even hear each other. This of course is of no fault of the restaurant. Some people just don't know how to behave in an upscale establishment. We would come back. The food was that good!!!

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Wonderful place to go if your going out with friends for the weekend. Horrible place to go if your attempting to have a date night with your significant other.

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SL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

I would recommend because the food was great and the drinks were delicious as well. The service was not very good. The manager told me that she was extremely sorry because she had a new kitchen manager which caused a jam in the kitchen. However, she provided a discount and tried to make the remainder of my experience good. I have been here before and will go again because of the great food and ambiance. I just hope the issues with the kitchen staff is being resolved. I guess everyone has an off night.

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RR
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Too slow in service. A few of the tables had people not eating for a long time.

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BD
Raleigh
27 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All was great as usual on our annual MEAC Saturday evening. Server was on point and food was exceptional!

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great and the food was delicious. Management even checked on us. Wonderful smaller dining atmosphere upstairs.

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Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing! I was very pleased that the hostess acknowledged my note and gave me

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A
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent I will be back again

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HW
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was great, but the Alligator for the Taco's was to salty everything else was great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I went back to restaurant in a week time because the meal I received was above and beyond excellent. This time it was disappointing because of a new chef and my date told me I shouldn’t have bragged so much.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Not what I expected

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MH
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come here all the time for restaurant week. I love it each time. Last week, I came for a birthday dinner for my boyfriend and he enjoyed thing !

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JD
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our first visit to the NSC. The weather was bad, pouring rain. We arrived early for dinner, before 6pm. We were seated at a great table near the back of the room. We had a good view of everything going on, but didn't feel crowded, and conversation was easy. Our drinks were good. the food was very good, both in presentation and in taste. Overall, this was a positive experience, and we look forward to dining here again.

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T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We chose to eat downstairs where it’s a bit more of a casual vibe since we both had jeans on . I’m a Vegetarian and there were only two options on the menu, I went with the vegetable jambalaya and it came in a huge portion but lacked flavor so I didn’t eat much of it . It is a pricy place but the wine was good and the service was good . I think for their prices they should add a little bit more to their menu but it was still a good experience

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BW
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Sat in the cellar bar area for the first time. Interesting venue but very noisy due to the bar being in the enclosed basement area. Food and service were outstanding. The crab, Shrimp and Lobster combination were Great!!

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S
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu and atmosphere, conveniently located. We had dinner then walked to Chrysler Hall for a Musical. Food and portions were perfect. We had the Lobster Shrimp and Crab combo.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Atmosphere was great they weren't firm about the dress code. We were dressed business casual, there were many people in jeans, button-down shirt and sneakers. The waiter Jason was terrific! He has a great personality and was attentive and over all made our 1st experience here that much better. The food was perfectly cooked and seasoned. I had broiled lobster, scallops and shrimp with garlic spinach. My husband had the chicken Andouille pasta and calamari. The menu on open table is outdated so use the menu on the actual website. Enjoy!

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