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Norfolk Seafood Company & Big Easy Oyster Bar

137 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
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Norfolk Seafood Company is a place where seafood lovers can find a traditional plate of flounder, scallops or crab but without the fancy ingredients and inflated prices. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Seafood, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 4p(Lounge), 5p-9:30p(Dinner)
Wednesday: 4p(Lounge), 5p-9:30p(Dinner)
Thursday: 4p(Lounge), 5p-9:30p(Dinner)
Friday: 4p(Lounge), 5p-10:30p(Dinner)
Saturday: 4p(Lounge), 5p-10:30p(Dinner)
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Phone number
(757) 227-6222
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Sean Olds
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Private party contact
Rachel Morgan: (757) 227-6222
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Cross street
Granby St.
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Parking details
Valet after 5:30pm
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 137 People Are Saying
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4.1  based on recent ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PinkyL (Columbus)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

Options were broiled or fried.

NathanE (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Had family in town and took them here. The food and service were great. We had to ask for the music to be turned down but everything else was great!

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great place for an intimate evening. Food was delicious , service we great!

Mikkima0203 (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Very nice restaurant. Went for Valentines Day. Food was excellent. Only concern was the extra long wait for each course. I could tell the food sat a little while so it may have been my servers delay. Overall, good night- I will try again to see it was just the crowd size causing the delay. Every table was full.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The service was TERRIBLE. The waiter was nonchalant and didn’t accommodate to any of the issues we had. We ordered the crab bisque and it had WAY too much butter in it. You could literally dip your spoon in it and pull it out and it would be covered in butter. When we told her we couldn’t eat it because of the amount of butter, she just said okay and didn’t offer any other options. Since this is a “fancy” and “high end” restaurant, I was expecting the service to be A1. The waiter was rude when it came to our issues and questions. The price was WAY too high for the food amount. It wasn’t worth the price at all. I won’t be coming back here again. I wish I knew the waiters name so that I could tell the manager about her.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine date with my wife. Seated in the bar without an option for dining room seating. Heating inadequate for dining and lacking in any intimacy for event. Food quality poor. Wait service good. Value marginal for expense. Disappointing!

Sushi4days (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Nice restaurant. Will be back.

EnjoyableEvening (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Great Evening with attention to detail from everyone involved. Diane was an accomplished server and communicated with the table flawlessly. Our meals were wonderfully prepared by the kitchen and suitably portioned. Very tasty and fresh. Cocktails were smooth and on point. Will certainly return for another favorable evening dinning out. Only gig was the loud dinner party arriving half way through our evening and sitting on the same level that drowned out our evenings conversations at our table from time to time.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was great and the service was perfect, thanks for a wonderful night out!!

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was spectacular. Well presented and very tasty. My only issue was with an old fashioned cocktail i had ordered. It was not at all what I asked for. It didn’t even have ice?? I would’ve tried another one but didn’t want to risk it.

Kantscholar (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The seafood was good and the presentation was nice. It is simple, straight-forward seafood-fare. The oyster selection is very good for the area and everything was well-prepared. The server was friendly even though he had been over-seated for a busy theater Saturday. The wine selection was adequate, the bar could have been a bit more comprehensive.

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

We went on Friday during Restaurant Week and you would think they would have been more prepared for a large crowd. We arrived on time but still had to wait almost 15 minutes. There is no place to wait at the door, we were always having to move because people were leaving or the wait staff was coming from downstairs. Service was extremely slow. Our dinner took 2.5 hours. My companions ordered the salmon dish and the tuna dish and they got huge portions. I ordered Crab Norfolk and I got a very paltry serving that was not very tasty and overcooked. My appetizer portion was bigger than my main dish. Of course, my order was from the cheaper menu. Get what you pay for. The staff were friendly and helpful, just rushing around and a little frenzied. I had been here on other time to the bar downstairs and was not impressed with the service then either. I will give dinner one more chance.

CyndyB (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

So we really really want to love this place again... It's been through a number of changes since it first opened over a decade ago; each time we tried it after the first turnover, there was no reason to return. The ambiance is lovely, a mix of contemporary and "loft"--exposed brick, etc, warm woods and curving lines; decor departs from the previous New Orleans vibe to a theme of sailboats and nautical flags. The menu has returned to a somewhat Louisiana core, with gumbo, crawfish beignets, etc., but seafood in general. We went during restaurant week. The staff is the BEST EVER: very congenial & efficient, everyone helping out, no "that's not my job/let me find your server". Cornbread was WAY too sweet and sticky (a problem since day one). The 5 fried oysters were fabulous, huge & sweet with a spicy, crisp just-right crust(not hard & thick). Raw oysters were good but a little surprised to only get 3 on the small side, on the $35 menu. Surf & turf (steak and scallops) was delicious & well-prepared in every way. Crab Norfolk, a classic dish invented in the 1930s, is comprised of lump crabmeat and butter. Not this version! Quite disappointing: scrap ends of crabmeat, not well seasoned--but overloaded with DRIED parsley!--and little to no liquid, especially no butter. And there was shell/cartilage every bite. Desserts: brownie sundae had very little ice cream and a dried out brownie. The bread pudding was flat-out awful, tough and dry layers of bread--with no discernable egg holding it together at all--in a puddle of plain white sugar glaze creating a soggy bottom layer. We've eaten 4 exquisite, different versions of New Orleans pudding (Commander's Palace, Brennan's, Palace Cafe and NOLA). Even among the "regular" recipes, it's a hard dish to mess up! They used to have a "beignet sundae" that was far preferable... So the jury's still out. We may return for some judicious choices from the regular menu.

vipJwacga (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

First time--very good. May be noisy when full. Restaurant week menu great.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
3.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

We loved the fried oysters, Cajun pasta and sorbet, but the three other entrees on the $25 Downtown Restaurant Week options (fried bass, shrimp, and tuna) were just o.k. Exceptional service!

Mike (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

My wife and I had a very enjoyable and relaxing dinner before a show at Chrysler Hall.
Both the food and service were very good. Will will return for another visit.

CrosswordKathy (Birmingham)
4.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

The food was excellent, ambiance was great, and our server was friendly and helpful. However, the service was quite slow. Our server took are drink order promptly, but we didn’t receive them until about 20 minutes later. I only saw one server for the 35 people in the dining room. Liked the food and atmosphere a lot though.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

We came he for dinner prior to seeing a play at Wells Theater being it is only a block from the theater. We have visited The Big Easy on another occasion also. We had our anniversary dinner here. We love the downstairs. For our anniversary, they had a man playing the saxophone and it was wonderful!

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

Was great all of us had specials and they were en-pointe.

vipBonAppetit (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on October 19, 2017

Not as flavorful as we expected. Based on reviews, we thought we would give this restaurant a try. We stopped by on a Thursday early evening and we were among only a few guests present. We both ordered the lobster, shrimp and scallops seafood combination. The quality and quantity of seafood was decent, but even with the extra charge lemon/garlic butter, we both found that the meal did not have a lot of flavor, pretty bland tasting. My cocktail was pretty weak, while Mrs.’s red sangria was sweet, just as she likes it. The service was good.