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Gershwin's

4.3
4.3
149 Reviews
$50 and over
American
Gershwin's is an upscale, slightly sophisticated bistro with music nightly and live entertainment Wednesday - Saturday, featuring classic American standards like Sinatra

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Bistro, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am Happy Hour Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–6:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (757) 226-0814

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Claude Barnett

  • Catering

    Contact us with your catering needs

  • Private party facilities

    Every Second Monday: Wine or Cocktail Pairing Dinners Every Third Monday: Drag Burlesque Available for other private events.

  • Neighborhood

    Norfolk

  • Cross street

    Freemason

  • Parking details

    Street parking, meter enforced.Freemason Parking Garage

  • Public transit

    Monticello Tide Station

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 149 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Virginia

    Hot spot

  • Virginia

    Lively

  • Norfolk / Virginia Beach

    Hot spot

  • Norfolk / Virginia Beach

    Lively

  • Norfolk / Virginia Beach

    American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best drinks in town. Great food, perfect ambience, and great service.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Themed ambiance, live music, craft cocktails, service was great. Appetizer & dessert was delicious. Salad and entrees were disappointing.
  3. TS

    TateS

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Possibly the best food I've had in Norfolk. Love the variety of classic cocktails on the menu as well as the delicious food options. The clams and oysters were delicious and there was quiet a bit of them too! The duck was delectable and the lemon cake was a great way to finish the night! Overall fantastic experience and I will be coming again. Drinks: Sazerac, Mint Julep Food: Clams/Oysters, Duck Breast Entree, Lemon Cake
  4. LM

    LaurenceM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect date night as usual. We always enjoy the first rate service and excellent food.
  5. U

    Urbancowboy1212

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    My name is Paul fraki , I had a reservation for two with a table upstairs. There where no tables at all up there . But we ended up just sitting at the ones on the first floor. Service was sub par , un organized, ambitious but not helping. Slight attitude from some. The party was all right, food was good. But if I am paying 200 for a table upstairs reservation for two, then that’s exactly what I expect. Not showing up to stand all night.we did find a table down stairs and just sat at it. But if I had to choose to 1. Pay for the party which consisted of four drink tickets some hand food, a place to stand and a bag with some party stuff. Or a three course meal with drinks and a place to sit for the same price id most certainly take the later. We have been trying to get to this place for a couple months now. But you close at 11 and we don’t get off work until 10. Only days off are on monday and Tuesday . But you guys are closed. I know that’s my problem but I was a bit disappointed when I finally made it there.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Years dinner was absolutely wonderful! Great food and atmosphere, and will be going back very soon.
  7. SY

    SteveY

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Light portions but enough. Had poached pears for dessert. They were cold, uncooked, unripe pear slices. Not what we expected. Cool place though and attentive, non intrusive service.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was fun with great service and good. Definitely returning often.
  9. MM

    MaryM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My third visit to Gershwins. All things are wonderful at this great place.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place. They immediately remembered I put there was an onion allergy for one of our family members and let them know exactly what they could and couldn’t have. They have something for everyone even the pickiest of eaters. We went for live music and was not disappointed. The pianist had a wide range of different songs he played so there was something for everyone.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had Xmas Eve dinner here for 6. Dinners were very tasty. Drinks were exceptional, crafted from a long list of classic cocktails that matched the ambiance The entertainment was entertaining. Overall, a great experience.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    This was my first time at Gershwin’s for dinner. My wife and her girlfriends had gone here a few times for drinks and suggested we give it a shot for dinner. The service was great. Greeted right away once we got in from the rain outside. Seated within 45 seconds. Our server, Debbie, was completely on top of everything. Water refilled quickly, drink orders and dinner orders placed. She checked on us throughout the meal. She was fantastic. The food was subpar, especially considering the amount spent here. Both of our entrees (steak au poivre and pork Milanese) were beyond over cooked. The chef either fell asleep mid-cooking or their speciality is drying out meat products. Our Caesar salad was underdressed and even my old fashioned lacked taste. Again, for how much you spend on a meal here, it just wasn’t worth it. Granby has numerous offerings within walking distance. 219 Bistro, Luce, Leone’s, etc. Each of these would have been a better option. We had tickets to a play otherwise I would have asked for the food to be sent back, something I never do. Go for the service and the ambiance but save your money and food cravings for anything, literally anything else on Granby.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    We never knew this place existed, we tried it out for a drag show, and the show was amazing! We really enjoyed the food and the ambience however, our server was terrible. She forgot multiple items multiple times. When we reminded her of our appetizers or drinks she seemed annoyed. Even though there were only 4 of us, We were charged gratuity for six or more people… we asked her why, and rudely answered. After we left, we realize we’d never even received an appetizer of shrimp. we would definitely give this place another chance, as long as we got a different server.
  14. Z

    Zachcar

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Drinks were spectacular, appetizers were fantastic, venue is gorgeous, the sauce on our pasta entrees had a really weird aftertaste to them that made them inedible but the pasta was cooked perfectly.
  15. BH

    BeverlyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great food selections. Food quality and portion very good. Ambience very good, waiter service on point. I will visit again and tell others to go!
  16. k

    keith

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Atmosphere, food, and drinks were excellent! Really felt like I was dining back in the roaring 20's. The dessert refrigerator was down so there wasn't anything available besides cookies -- would have capped the night off to share some dessert. But tiny issue overshadowed by an otherwise amazing dining experience! We will be coming back again!
  17. RO

    RyanO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Great atmosphere, Small portions, no bread. Will go back!
  18. D

    Doug

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Food was ok. No substitutions are allowed. If you don't want mussels on your dish, they still charge you for them and won't substitute something else in its stead. Nice ambiance, friendly service.
  19. DD

    DeborahD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The restaurant was lovely. The atmosphere from the moment you walked in the door said Welcome. However, the Duck à l'Orange was only fair. The wine was adequate but not outstanding. The service was slow. It took almost 45 minutes for us to get our meals.
  20. AP

    AshP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The music, service, cleanliness, and the steak were amazing. Took awhile for I food to come and was given a complimentary appetizer for our wait. Would definitely recommend.
  21. C

    Chltbny

    Richmond

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed my 47th birthday with these ladies
  22. KT

    KTVick

    Richmond

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gershwin's in a main-stay in downtown Norfolk's portfolio of fine dining establishments. It's very popular thanks to the quality of service, entertainment, delicious food, and craft cocktails.
  23. d

    dinnerfortwo

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've dined here before and then brought friends from out of town. Rave reviews all around. Duck was excellent and cooked to perfection. Filet mignon, cooked exactly to her liking (and she orders Filet Mignon all the time!). Even though it was an early reservation (had theater tickets), service was attentive and gracious.
  24. g

    goodtogo

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I was underwhelmed.
  25. JS

    JeffS

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Overall always great however this time it took forever for our food to come out. Will return love Gershwins
  26. AW

    AndrewW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience4
    I love this place, but it was an off night. Our food very long time and overall the food was just ok considering the price and even the Manhattan wasn’t great. It was loud, but we didn’t mind the energy. The manager apologized and did come over and give us a two glasses of champagne, which was nice…but the hour long wait for the main course was very surprising and unfortunate…a place of this caliber should have done more in my opinion. Will return, but not for some time.
  27. O

    Outoftowner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Long wait for appetizers and food. Might be short staffed? Food was very good.
  28. AB

    AmandaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gershwin’s has always been my favorite place for the best quality food and drinks. Everything they serve is art. There is so much skill and love in everything they do. The staff are always so friendly and the atmosphere is unlike any other in the area. Whether sitting at the bar or dining at a table, it’s a wonderful experience every single time.
  29. RT

    RobT

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Time spent at Gershwin's is wonderful. Whether a drink and a snack while listening to music, or a long meal with friends, the experience transports you from today's petty stresses and distractions to a time when "time" mattered. This time, we were grabbing a lite dinner before a show at Chrysler Hall. Nate was our waiter and took terrific care of us. My wife had the Scallops appetizer and the Onion gratinee, and I had the Escargot and the same soup. all perfectly prepared and served as requested. We were tempted by the entrees, but the show was to be rather long, and we worried about getting sleepy. Generally, we regret eating here prior to a show, because the music starts before we leave, and we are tempted to forget the show a stay. However, we always come here because the upscale, Gershwin's, experience prepares our minds and souls to enjoy a similar time at a Broadway production. We will be back soon and have no need to leave. Thanks again.
  30. RL

    RobertoL

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing staff, elegant ambience and a decor. A must when visiting Norfolk or date night. Love this place!
  31. AW

    AnthonyW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    Went there for a date food was ok . My chicken was a little burns with chard ends . Felt rude when the waiter told us that “I’ll give you a minute to look over the drink menu i know it can be a bit pricey” just because someone doesn’t dress in a suit and tie Doesn’t mean that can’t afford the menu.
  32. PH

    PtrckH

    Richmond

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Go! Great cocktails! Great food! “Our love is here to stay!”Piano and pizazz, Gershwin’s is a night divine. Our server was personable and made for a great experience. “Someone to watch over us…”The atmosphere was glittering and buzzing and we loved it. The food, overall, was excellent. The classic escargot -perfect and French onion (Huge portion) were both above par. Chef, bar, team: “embraceable you” all! Perfect. The cocktails are a star, but so was the food, the decor, and the team. Was s’wonderful!
  33. v

    vbmommy

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The food at Gershwin was delicious and the drink menu (along with an extensive non alcoholic drink menu too) was thoughtful and fun. Having three vegan options was also very much appreciated. We enjoyed the meal, but the portions are ridiculously small. You can literally eat your meal in three to four bites (with the exception of the steak that was ordered by one of us). We ordered the broccolini as it was the market vegetable and we got ONE small stalk. ONE. And it wasn’t just one of us who ordered it, we all ordered it and the amount on each plate was the same. Everything was tasty, and the piano player/vocalist was awesome, but there is a problem with the value of the food. We enjoyed it, but not sure we will come back since the bill was very expensive and most of us did not feel full when we left. Also, when I made the reservation, I mentioned that it was my husband’s birthday but it wasn’t even acknowledged. Not sure why I was asked if it was a special occasion for it to not be mentioned. I think you’d be better off going for drinks and the music and maybe order an appetizer or two and unless they up their game with the portions, we will think twice about a next time.
  34. RR

    RayR

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great place. We popped in for dinner and had a bottle of wine, fried shrimp, filet mignons, and pumpkin pie for dessert, all were excellent. The waiter was outstanding and the live music delightful. The area we were at, right next to the piano, is a little tight with 3 small tables side by side, only about a foot apart. That was not too bad, either. We plan to go back.
  35. T

    Turtle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The atmosphere and service were great. Our fried shrimp appetizer was really good. My wife’s dish was really good as well, she had the mushroom ravioli. I got the fried chicken and it was not edible. It was way over cooked reminded me of the movie vacation when Clark cut into the Turkey and it deflated. It looked great when it came out but as soon as I cut into it it crunched apart to reveal a overcooked dried piece of chicken. They took it back and didn’t charge me. Liked the place itself might try it again we’ll see.
  36. ZO

    ZOSO

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gershwin's never disappoints. Soft music and an elegant ambiance combine with great food and a cocktail menu that never ends to produce an uplifting dining and entertainment experience. And that's not even the best part. The servers and bartenders, and management all perform impeccably.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed. Debbie was excellent.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was great, although the duck was a little light on what you were paying and a little plain. It still tasted great, escargot was amazing, and I love the ambiance and mood of this place. Definitely will be back again!
  39. ZO

    ZOSO

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charles and the server/bar staff are fantastic (including my favorite lady, Serene). Gershwin's has become a favorite for us, and we are spreading the word. The live performances are excellent, including Carlin Field on the keys. Food is excellent, and the cocktail menu is never-ending.
  40. SS

    SueS

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the tart and duck. Both were scrumptious! My husband had the scallops and jambalaya. He would have licked his plate, if it were acceptable. Great meal, fabulous drinks and service. Cannot wait to go back.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Gershwin's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (757) 226-0814.

Gershwin's is rated 4.3 stars by 149 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Gershwin's

332 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23510-1931

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Freemason

  • Neighborhood

    Norfolk

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am Happy Hour Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–6:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Bistro, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking, meter enforced.Freemason Parking Garage

  • Public transit

    Monticello Tide Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Claude Barnett

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (757) 226-0814

  • Catering

    Contact us with your catering needs

  • Private party facilities

    Every Second Monday: Wine or Cocktail Pairing Dinners Every Third Monday: Drag Burlesque Available for other private events.

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