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Permanently Closed - Bodega on Granby

4.2
112 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - A Spanish/ Mediterranean influenced eatery specializing in tapas style dinning.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Closed.
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Phone number
(757) 622-8527
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Russell Sawyer
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
E. Charlotte St.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
4.2
ambience
3.6
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on May 27, 2017

I had a group of friends join me at Bodegas because my wife and I really enjoyed it in the past. I regretted taking them there after 15 minutes. There was only one waitress and it took her 45 minutes to bring our drinks. And that's only because I came and got her. I told her we wanted to cancel the order and she said the drinks were ready. She then proceeded to tell me that she can bring them immediately. Then why did we have to wait so long if they were ready? It's water for crying out loud! Half of the alcohol we ordered came from a can. There were maybe 20 people in there and only one group was eating. They were a larger table and they got there after we did. Super annoying. Wish I had left. I felt very disrespected and embarrassed for bringing my guests there. It's really disappointing because in the past we really enjoyed the place.

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2017

We went with visitors from Germany before the opera. Out table was waiting for us. The server came immediately and was helpful and attentive throughout. Out guest looked at the menu online and wanted the small plates- particularly the fried calamari. That wasn't available so they had the ceviche which they really enjoyed. I had the tuna rare and served just right. The roasted beet salad was tasty. It the greens were too big to be mesclun and a little tough. All in all it was a pleasant meal with good food and excellent service.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2017

We brought my wife for tapas on her birthday and are glad we tried it. This is a very neat place with an interesting and really classy interior. Our server was really helpful and enthusiastic, no issues there. The food was pretty good, cannot say the most flavorful, some of the tapas even being a bit bland. But bad again, just a bit bland although the lettuce wraps were awesome. A little bummed no military discount because tapas is not cheap but not the end of the world. We would not run right back out from Hampton but would give it a second shot if nearby.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2017

Great little eatery in central downtown Norfolk. Excellent variety of tapas small plates as well as Southern European-style dishes. Great place to eat before going to the nearby theater and show locations.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2017

A little quaint dining experience in the heart of downtown Norfolk. Good food, great drinks, and the smoked Ahi Tuni was amazing!!!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2017

First time to eat there. We were in town visiting our son. He had Ben there before and recommended this place. Enjoyed it very much and will return.

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2017

Table service was poor and food extremely over cook for seafood.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2017

Menu was slightly different than past visits. Food was good but preferred the previous menu items.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2017

Good place to eat or have drinks before going to Chrysler Hall or the Scope

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2017

Great atmosphere for a date . Upscale design with out going to classy. The food was delicious, leaving us wanting to come back to try more selections on the menu

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2017

Excellent food and service! Ramen and empanadas were fantastic

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2.0Dined on February 23, 2017

This is the second time here. the portions seemed even smaller than the first go around. Food, service was good but for $10 a small plate seemed a little exorbitant since the portions were so small. Empanada dish had 3 small empanadas and the tortellini was about 4 in a 3" round bowl. I had 3 small plates my partner had 2 and the bill came to $65. Not terrible except I left still hungry. Not going back.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2017

2-17-17. Great food, and service.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2017

would recommend land, duck, and paella croquetas, they call it on Italian "aranchetti" instead . Service is so so

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2017

Too small portions for the price of the tapas. Service was slow.

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2.0Dined on January 27, 2017

Food was seriously underseasoned. Paella had no flavor and was dry, falafel special was flavorless. Waiter was okay although once we said that the food wasn't very good he pretty much vanished even though we didn't blame him for the kitchen's lack. The space is nice but we won't come back to eat again.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2017

My husband and I ate at Bodega after seeing the Virginia Symphony at Chrysler Hall. It is in walking distance to the venue which meant that we were able to leave our car in the Bank Street parking garage while we ate dinner. Because the symphony did not end until 10 p.m., Bodega is a good choice as we were not able to get to the restaurant until very late. Although only the late night menu was available at that time, the food was terrific. The staff was also excellent. We will definitely go back to Bodega so that we can experience the full menu.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2017

Friendly staff. A little pricey
My 9 yo son thinks that food is great.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2017

Have always like this restaurant. The food is good quality and delicious. Not a fan of the restaurant week menu but the regular menu is good. Nice place to hang out with friends and talk quietly.

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4.0Dined on January 17, 2017

We visited during restaurant week and it was very crowded and noisy. The food was delicious but service was slow. I'll go back to try more of the appetizers - best part of the meal.

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4.0Dined on January 17, 2017

good food, good friends good times for before an event at the Chrysler!

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2016

Amazing as always. Bodega never lets us down. Can't wait until the next visit.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2016

I thought the seafood paella was fabulous. We had a wonderful dining experience!

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2016

Great find for dinner next to Chrysler theater in that cute little Norfolk neighborhood. Excellent service and delicious food. Get the empanadas, garlic shrimp and the seafood paella. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2016

Delicious food, cozy ambiance, great service and easy parking.
My favorite place!

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4.0Dined on November 30, 2016

Food was excellent but very small portions for some options and price was high. For example crab cake was 12.99 and we had a party of 3, so each of us had one bite and the baked Brie was a 1.5 inch square that we each had a bite of for 8.99. Probably best for a party of two.

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2.0Dined on October 22, 2016

Bodega is always changing the staff and the menu. Both are unfortunate and lessen the experience. The latest menu, assumingely due to the latest chef, as well is a huge disappointment. There is no hostess on a Saturday night and you have to wait for a waiter to notice you to be seated. No longer enjoyable and won't return, used to be a favorite restaurant.

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3.0Dined on October 21, 2016

Wil was awesome greeting us and seating us. He was also our waiter. Reason for my friend and I coming was to enjoy dinner before a concert. It's a great location close to the Scope. Being that it was. It's our first time at Bodega, we didn't know what to expect but I found the spot to be intimate and cozy. Food-wise, it was just ok for me. I had the Cubanini dinner special that came with shoestring fries. The carnitas used for the sandwich was tender and easy to eat, however the sandwich needed some kind of seasoning or something. It was a bit dry for me. I also ordered for the first time in my life, a Moscow mule, however I wasn't feeling the apple cinnamon flavor they offered so I asked if they can make it with pineapple. Interesting drink. They asked if we used the valet, which we didn't, but I'm assuming it's because they will come get your car, and if so, that's pretty cool.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2016

Absolutely amazing!!! Was a surprise find, and worth every minute and penny. Definitely recommend

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3.0Dined on September 17, 2016

Bodega is an attractive, warm place; the servers were courteous, but a bit slow on a night when they said they were understaffed. We went for a pre-concert snack and drink; for convenience and closeness to Chrysler Hall, you can't beat the location. The tapas were only OK, however; when compared to some really good tapas places like Jaleo in DC, nothing stood out. Our major disappointment was the sangria. We love a rich red sangria, fortified with brandy and brandy-soaked fruit -- but this tasted like Kool-Aid. (Truth in reviewing: my dad liked it, so we got him seconds.) We want to find the go-to pretheater downtown restaurant; unless and until there's a new sangria recipe, we'll keep looking.

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2016

Very quiet for a Friday night. Great food and wine and a very relaxed atmosphere.

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2.0Dined on August 5, 2016

This was our second visit to Bodega as we visited during restaurant week previously and really enjoyed it. This visit not so much. The Seafood paella was watery and tasteless. Not worth the $18 we spent on it. The poached pear salad had frozen raspberries on top and when I told the server she just brushed it off saying oh I guess we need to thaw those more. No apology. She never bothered to even ask how our meal was. I had to tell her myself. We will not be returning to the Bodega.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2016

Met some former colleagues for tapas and drinks and we sampled the entire Happy Hour menu. Each item was only $5 so that was an easy decision. We continued with several other small plates which were okay, but not as great of a value. Our server, Tara, although new was outstanding and seemed to know a lot about the menu and was also spot-on with service.

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2016

We love Tapas and when our friends recommended we meet at Bodegas we were quite excited. We ordered several items off of the tapas section of the menu and all 4 of us split each dish. All tasted good. One odd note was that the cheese platter was not served with any crackers or bread or item to put the cheeses onto. The second note was that the beer was WAY overpriced. $7 a glass is crazy.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2016

Excellent food and atmosphere! One of the best gems in Norfolk!

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3.0Dined on June 4, 2016

Poor service.

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3.0Dined on June 4, 2016

We went to dinner before a concert, and chose Bodega because it is half a mile from the venue and perhaps less likely to be packed. We were mistaken, but the staff was working very hard to serve in a timely manner. The kitchen must have been backed up, but the food was well prepared and we enjoyed our meals. The only real problem was the noise level. It was hard to carry on a conversation. I would return and I would encourage others to dine there, but at a quieter time.

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2016

We were in town for a show at Chrysler Hall and located this spot on tripadvisor. We all had high hopes after reviewing the menu. The atmosphere is good. Location is terrific.

While we were pleased overall, We did have a couple of issues, our server was not very well versed in the pricing or what items were on the menu. (She told us $18 for a pitcher of sangria but, it was $28, and didn't know what a chorizo was when we asked if it was a traditional Spanish chorizo or the softer type you get here in the States.)
The manager seemed on the ball and we were able to get our waitress over to the table by asking him (she didn't check on us or ask for our order) . I try not to judge a restaurant solely on the server but, she made it very hard NOT to be negative.

The tapas arrived individually at the table instead of all at one time and contrary to what other reviews said it is NOT enough for three people to share (unless each of you has ONE bite of each item) So, technically NOT Tapas. They were pretty good overall, flavorful, and interesting. We had cheese platter, Garlic shrimp and country bread, Spanish Country Bread, Serrano Ham and Manchego grilled cheese, fried oysters, sangria, and martinis. Prices were decent and I would try this restaurant again if we had a different server.

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3.0Dined on May 7, 2016

The food was really delisius but the service es very slow and don't are familiar with de Menu , and how you have a spanish restaurante in town and you don't have nobody who speak spanish????

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2016

Very enjoyable. fourth visit, never been disappointed. Relaxed atmosphere, tasty diverse small dish menu items that are great to share. True treat in store with the chocolate sphere desert, I won't spoil with detail, but it is a recommended surprise.

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