Glass Light

4.7
95 Reviews
$31 to $50
French American
Traditional hotel dining is completely redefined at the Glass Light Hotel & Gallery. Focused on serving the highest quality ingredients, including seasonal and locally sourced produce and herbs, our restaurant, bar, and communal dining program are a standout among the dining scene of Norfolk on Granby Street. Indulge your senses in artistic, open spaces enhanced by beautifully prepared and presented dishes. Experience an elevated take on casual dining at the Glass Light Hotel!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 95 people are saying
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HowardB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Good Service, hip and artsy atmosphere. worthy of high praise.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very nice. Wonderful setting and great addition to Norfolk dining. Don’t miss fabulous glass gallery!

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MikeK
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For us middle class folks, it was an expensive meal, but overall they have great food, great service and a great experience.

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BethL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The appetizer and main course for the special Thanksgiving dinner were outstanding. Table of 5 and we had three different desserts and they were all very pretty but did not taste good. Style over taste. For the price, a bit of a dissapointment.

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MzDisco
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the perfect way to spend Thanksgiving. The team was amazing and attentive to any requests. They even accommodated a last minute birthday request. The food was exquisite, and well plated. I would highly recommend Glass Light for a special dinner occasion.

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Toni
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious. The service from everyone was so nice that we switched hotels and stayed at Glass Light instead.

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EricH
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and atmosphere! From business to family to a date, spectacular choice! Finish with the Pink Bunny drink.

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JoeG
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Masterfully prepared and exceptional quality! Nothing short of amazing!

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Andy
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Lovely atmosphere. Wonderful evening dinner.

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SusanM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a place like no other in Hampton Roads!!!! I felt like I was in NYC..........

The food was over-the-top, the service great (although I was quite dismayed to see our server wearing JEANS in such a classy place), and the art was jaw-droppingly beautiful.

Just fix the jeans thing and I'd give you a perfect score when telling my friends.

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LindyN
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance is lovely, the service was quick and attentive. Food was delish. I would absolutely recommend GL.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing service from Sara on both occasions. Been there twice in the last 3 weeks and brought more family members the second time around.

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viptvrs388
Richmond
60 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great space, excellent service, stellar cocktails, good food. Slightly small portions for the price but otherwise good.

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Chris
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Glass Light was nice. The food was outstanding in both presentation and taste. Service was outstanding. Dining area is open to the hotel lobby, but the noise was not an issue. One online menu item was not available on site, otherwise 5 stars across the board.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambience and the food is outstanding.

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vipBeauxdy
Richmond
39 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was for our daughters birthday. Food,service and ambiance was wonderful. Sara was our attentive server.

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alfred
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this elegant, artful hotel, with unique decorations and an excellent restaurant.

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JillW
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and exceptional service. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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DennisT
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely amazing and the drinks were fantastic. The service could not have been any better. We had the chef’s table and did the chef’s tasting. Chef Zack Close was absolutely astonishing and the food not only was excellent they all looked like works of art. Definitely recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

The food was ok. Halibut was cold and not very flavorful. Duck was undercooked and sent back. Wine pours were lean.

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MatthewB
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience from start to finish. Edouard - the F&B manager - was very helpful and generous in some pre-visit communication regarding some special arrangements for our anniversary dinner at GL. Our table was a terrific setting for a romantic dinner, and our server, Sara, was responsive and patient with us from start to finish. The food was top-notch: my duck was tender, and my wife couldn't stop talking about the burger. It's difficult to find a bar that knows how to make a good sidecar, but here, too, the GL was on point. Overall, a first-class dining experience. With the addition of the art gallery in the near future off the lobby, this space has the potential to be a one-of-a-kind bar/restaurant experience. Highly, highly recommended.

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vipMarkG
Richmond
40 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second dining event at Glass Light— we left with the same impression that this is Norfolk‘s finest downtown restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome anniversary dinner!

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JohnP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for an leisurely evening out. Food was fine and service spot on. The decor is quirky- glam.

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vipEiesha
Charlotte
109 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Nice restaurant. Food was delicious. Was not impressed with service. Staff was not very friendly seemed a little irritated and as if they were overwhelmed. Was a little disappointed with staff and felt inconvenienced to ask for anything. Our table beside us felt the same.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The burger was extremely tasty. The duck breast needed a little sweetness, I actually added some honey and it made the dish. Carpaccio was just as good as the burger! The views of the art while we ate was quite an experience too!

Glass Light
Responded on September 5, 2021

Thank You, we are so glad that you enjoyed dinner and the art! Be sure to come back and visit when our art gallery opens next door. You'll be able to walk from the restaurant into the gallery and enjoy our cocktails while you tour the two stories of new art! Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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vipJeffreyB
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very happy for Hotel guests that the restaurant is back open.
Great food and great service.

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abbym
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely anniversary dinner here at the glass light. We shared the curried corn veloute and the green salad, both of which were excellent, for appetizers. Then for dinner I had the halibut and my husband had the chicken, both of which were cooked perfectly! The cocktails were also fabulous. We will definitely be returning next time we are in Norfolk.

Glass Light
Responded on September 5, 2021

We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed everything! Thank You for the review and Happy Anniversary! Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
21 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful service. Fantastic food I’m so glad glass light has reopened

Glass Light
Responded on August 16, 2021

And we are so happy to be back! Thank You for the kind review! Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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vipYorktownFoodies
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful experience!

Glass Light
Responded on August 13, 2021

Thank You, we are so glad that you enjoyed dinner! Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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vipFoodiewithtraining
Richmond
40 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

First off, the staff was very friendly. However, my visit reminded me why I am not a fan of corporate-owned boutique hotels. They want fine dining to a point. When it comes down to it, it is another hotel restaurant and, for me, not a destination especially with all of the local choices up and down Granby.
While it was quiet during my visit, I could easily see it being very loud if it was crowded, The ceilings are high, the bar/waiting area (by design) might create a very loud atmosphere. If that is the vibe you want, it's perfect. If you want to have a conversation with your friends, not so much.
I won't go over the details I saw that needing improving outside of the kitchen in this review. I'll focus mainly on the food.
Technically, there were some flaws that really floored me. While the flavor was good, it didn't remind me of a place opened by a Michelin starred chef. What do I mean? #1 I had the duck. Nice crust on the outside but the temperature was uneven. It ranged from mid rare to high side of medium on two pieces. #2 Those two pieces of duck should have been three. One piece was twice as big as the other. Even cuts for cooking and presentation is culinary school 101. Makes me wonder if the duck breast was first cut and then placed under the salamander to finish. #3 the peach cobbler ($12) was between cold and luke warm. The vision I have of cobbler is fruity and hot with filling coming out the crock and the ice cream melts with it. Enjoy the contrast of fancy and rustic with cobbler - don't make it "uppity". #4 nothing was fork ready. I had to cut everything on the plate including the vegetables. The small carrots I get but the beans, etc were all kept to size.

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Lelia
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I definitely would return to have to same dish and try others. I ordered the Joyce Farms Chicken Breast with asparagus, black trumpet mushrooms, and two crispy thigh squares served with sauce perigueux. All amazingly prepared and served. The others ordered the flounder and raved about it. The service was well-timed and friendly.

Glass Light
Responded on July 30, 2021

Thank You for the wonderful review! We are really proud of our menu and are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed excellent service, as well! Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great dining experience overall. The food was just ok, nothing too memorable.

Glass Light
Responded on July 30, 2021

Thank You for the 5 star review! Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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vipChris
Raleigh
29 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal with French influence. Service and quality outstanding

Glass Light
Responded on July 30, 2021

Thank You for the kind review. We appreciate the positive feedback! Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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Victoria
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Worth it! Lots of personalized touches with great ambiance. Supreme selection of food and beverages!

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vipluvfud
Atlanta
38 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Two had the rib-eye. One looked beautiful the other looked like a Waffle House steak. Unacceptable for the price. The salad was quite good. Server was a little rushed to get us out. After dinner coffee was lukewarm at best.

Glass Light
Responded on July 16, 2021

We are so sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the food and service to it's full potential. Please let us know if you return for dinner again, so that we can make it up to you! We will use your feedback to improve our service going forward and hope to see you again soon. Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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TaniaS
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at the Glasslight for our anniversary. Our servers Sara and trainee Amanda were attentive and friendly as well as knowledgeable with awesome recommendations. Although the menu was limited - the choices were interesting. The crispy octopus was delicious as well as the rabbit and scallops. We will definitely dine there again!

Glass Light
Responded on July 16, 2021

Thank You so much for your kind words! The octopus is our most popular dish and we are glad to hear that you enjoyed everything! We will be sure to pass along the compliments to Sara and Amanda. Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing chef Zack is the best!

Glass Light
Responded on July 9, 2021

We all agree! Thank You for the excellent review! Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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vipBee1234
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Amazing decor. Most of the food was delicious.
Scallops tasted old and very fishy. Plate was kinda messy . Overall, it was a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the Chef’s Table and had the most amazing dinner.

Glass Light
Responded on June 29, 2021

Thank You for taking advantage of our Chef's Table and for the kind review! Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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Glass Light is rated 4.7 stars by 95 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.