Grain

4.5
194 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Welcome to Grain Rooftop Beer Garden!

Enjoy Cold Brews & Rooftop Views in Downtown Norfolk - Grain is downtown Norfolk's scene-setting destination to unwind. With one of the best selections of craft beer in Norfolk, our rooftop bar offers a terraced patio with spectacular views of the Elizabeth River. Surrounded by the patio's landscaped trees and atmospheric lighting, sip a hand-crafted cocktail or craft beer socializing with guests and locals around the fire pit.

In the spirit of authentic camaraderie, we will now offer our guest the convenience of open seating. We do not accept reservations. We invite you to stop in an explore Norfolk’s only rooftop beer garden at your leisure. Thank you for choosing Grain as your dining destination!
We look forward to your visit!
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Starting Nov 26, 2020

Hello and thank you for choosing Grain for your holiday. For all holidays, we do require a credit card to hold your reservation. A fee of $50 per person will be charged for all no shows and cancellations within 24 hours of your reservations.

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Starting Dec 31, 2020

Hello and thank you for choosing Saltine for your holiday. For all holidays, we do require a credit card to hold your reservation. A fee of $50 per person will be charged for all no shows and cancellations within 24 hours of your reservations.

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Starting Dec 25, 2020

Hello and thank you for choosing Grain for your holiday. For all holidays, we do require a credit card to hold your reservation. A fee of $50 per person will be charged for all no shows and cancellations within 24 hours of your reservations.

What 194 people are saying
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KileyK
Richmond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Love this place! Great service, great food, and such a fun time. Can't wait to go back!

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NyzierM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I was in a date and I could barely hear the girl that was talking next to me. I did not know it was going to be live music there.

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Leanna
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All food items on the menu sounded great, the food tasted even better. Our server was amazing, genuine and very helpful, as it was our first time at grain. The atmosphere is very relaxing and this place can be a dressy or more casual stop for your occasional outing.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great last dinner during our visit to Norfolk!

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KendallG
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Overall grain was awesome for brunch the service however was terrible. Couldn’t get him to do his job..!

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BrianT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Atmosphere and decor is great. Friendly staff and good service. The food can be better for the price. I asked for a rare Waygu burger but got a medium done, it was barely red. There is little imagination go into dish, no sauce or spice, just bacon and caramelized onions and medium done meat. A bit disappointed.

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KellieF
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience2

I was a little thrown off because I reserved a table for outdoors and even showed up early. However, I was not given an outside table. When I tried to let the host know he told me there were no tables outside and then put the people who came in AFTER us at a table outdoors. He moved us after we enjoyed our meal but at that point it was pointless because we had already eaten. I would expect to have a table outdoors if that’s what I have reserved.

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Craft
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Outdoor deck on a clear comfortable day is the perfect covid escape. The only drawback was that the online menu did not match actual menu, which had even smaller selection than online, but the craft beers on draft made up for it

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great girls day out on the balcony! Great scenery and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I think the Grain only changed due to COVID. The Grain was one of my favorite places to go in Downtown Norfolk. I noticed the menu is smaller, the drinks were poorly made, and our food came out 30 minutes apart. So some of us had food and some didn't. Our waitress was super nice but I could tell she was struggling. I was disappointed in the menu and portion size however I think because of COVID the menu had to downsize.
A random band started playing out of nowhere...

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Onemomo2
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the view and the delicious bang bang shrimp tacos! Can't wait to share it with my husband next time!

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Elizabeth
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We went for the all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, which is $25/person. Frankly, the food was not good — it was largely cold and had clearly been sitting out for a while. It also wasn’t an especially exciting variety: bacon, sausage, omelettes, tacos, and also a raw bar. I did appreciate the $2 mimosa special, but my husband’s Guinness was $8. Service was just okay — there’s not much a server can do with a buffet. We asked if we could sit outside and were told somewhat rudely no, and that “everyone wants to sit out there”. I will say the space is really nice, but the food doesn’t make up for it. At the end of our meal the tab was almost $90 — $50 for the buffet, $22 for the drinks, and $15 for the tip. Definitely not worth it for a super mediocre brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food and great beer!

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Shan
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Very nice atmosphere, our server wasn't that great

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ShanetteJ
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was great and the service. The scenery was elegant and we would come back again

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RicA
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Since gratuity is automatically added to your bill the staff has no incentive to provide good service. Our waiter actually spilled beer when serving our table and handed me napkins to clean up the spill. Then he refused to remove the dirty napkins for 26 minutes.

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AndreasU
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Booked a table for a party of 9 to celebrate my daughter's 16th birthday. No specific table reserved for us, we moved from one dirty table to another. Tables were only wiped when we we're standing in front of them, waiting for this to happen. Some chairs were dirty as well, but not wiped. They were simply exchanges against others, less dirty ones. Obviously Covid precautions have only little meaning to staff. Staff was uninspiring and really not up to the challenge of providing anything but the minimum. Waiting times for food felt long and food arrived not really hot at the table. At least the views and the sunset were spectacular....

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view the food the service all outstanding ! Nicky was amazing!

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DestinyE
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grain is really nice and modern. It was raining when we went so we sat inside and I feel like it was just as beautiful as outside. The staff are great and friendly. Bathrooms are extremely clean and private as well.

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PaulaC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The ambiance and appetizers were great. Down side was the fact that my husband and I waited over an hour for our entrees. We couldn’t wait any longer and asked for the check. The waitress proceeded to check to see what was taking so long and they were still waiting on my curry chicken. I was disappointed because I really wanted to try the food. Maybe next time.

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Yaz13
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience3

Seems like it just wasn’t a good night here. Got sat at 3 different dirty tables. Unacceptable. I Enjoy the vibe and typically hadn’t had a bad experience before so as of now I would still recommend

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ElizabethR
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Hello,

So much about this restaurant was wonderful. We had a beautiful table overlooking the harbor, our waiter was attentive, the food was delicious, however, the glasses of wine were terrible! The glasses were so small and they were hardly filled - for $10.00! That was disappointing. My family lives near Norfolk so I'm sure we'll be there again but please, do something about the wine!

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KyreeH
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall good experience. Recommend making a reservation. Buffett style brunch. But the food was a tad bit cold.

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ShayP
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, with a nice vibe. My friends and I enjoyed the happy hour selections and well as our friendly waitress.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious. Music a little loud right in front of the stage. Server did a good job.

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JW110
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Nice location, rooftop dining.
Fairly typical buffet, food very decent. Taco bar stood out.
Service mixed. No server for first 10 minutes. Then Josh, a waiter, noticed us and got us water and said would send our server Kristen over. Another 5 minutes and no Kristen, so Josh took our drink orders. Kristen finally showed up 5 minutes later with our drinks. Semi-attentive after that, so we split the tip between Kristen and Josh.
Will be back for dinner, but probably not so much for the brunch.

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BritneyL
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places we have eaten at. The chicken tacos were to die for. Alot of beers to choose from. The environment was so relaxing yet upbeat. Fast service. Friendly staff. Will definitely be going back.

Grain
Responded on October 21, 2020

We appreciate your positive feedback regarding your experience! I am pleased to hear that our staff had a positive impact on your stay, your comments will be shared. We look forward to welcoming you back to Grain again soon!

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JehissonGil
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

I don’t like the brunch buffet, they should have a couple menu options.

Grain
Responded on October 21, 2020

Jehisson, I am sorry to hear you didn't enjoy the buffet. Our sister restaurant downstairs, Saltine, offers a menu brunch as well on Saturday & Sunday. Mitchell Phipps

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GayleC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely date night eight my hubby of 28 years

Grain
Responded on October 21, 2020

Thank you for your review!

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vipMauraLangston
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

We didn’t know it was only the brunch buffet, but it looked good, so we decided to stay. So with that being said, it wasn’t what we wanted from the start.

Everything that was supposed to be hot was cold or room temp, cold items were room temp, the raw bar seemed cold, but with the question temps on the food I didn’t want to risk it.

The $2 Bloody Mary was a great value. The Bellini with sorbet was delicious. The $2 mimosa was warm, but easily fixed with adding some ice.

I’m not sure about the regular menu and quality at that time, we were visiting from out of town, so we wouldn’t likely be back anyways.

Grain
Responded on October 21, 2020

Maura, I am so sorry to hear that your brunch experience did not meet your expectations. I was pleased to read you enjoyed the Brunch beverages. Again, we're so sorry we didn't meet your expectations today, but we're very grateful for your feedback and we look forward to making it up to you next time you are in the area. Mitchell Phipps

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it ! Need crab cakes on menu lol

Grain
Responded on October 21, 2020

Thank you for your review!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and amazing food and drinks! Highly recommend the brunch buffet!!

Grain
Responded on October 21, 2020

Thank you for your review!

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ShanicaP
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Curry chicken was charred in some spots and uncooked in others. Not enough latterns on the patio.

Grain
Responded on October 21, 2020

Shanica, I am so sorry to hear you were disappointed with your meal. We would love the opportunity to make it up to you! Mitchell Phipps | 757-763-6259

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside on the patio, overall great service food and ambiance

Grain
Responded on October 21, 2020

Thank you for your review!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Experience was beautiful. Live music was amazing food was amazing

Grain
Responded on October 21, 2020

Thank you for your review!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mitchell and the entire staff is great there!

Grain
Responded on October 21, 2020

Thank you for your review and kind words! We hope to see you again soon! Mitchell Phipps

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Kattttt
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time ! Very nice and we enjoyed our meal and experience.

Grain
Responded on October 21, 2020

Thank you for your review and kind words!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We enjoyed the rooftop atmosphere.

Grain
Responded on October 21, 2020

Thank you for your review!

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Tried making a reservation on the Open Table App. Abs though it showed a restaurant for two at 7pm, this wasn’t so.

Therefore we have to put our names on a waitlist. This should be clear upfront. The app wasn’t clear about this at all.

We waiting over on hour to get in.


The view on the outdoor seating area is relaxing and welcoming.

The service was a bit slow. The portion size a bit small. But the food is. tasty.

Overall the evening was well spent with my husband celebrating his birthday

Grain
Responded on October 21, 2020

We apologize for the confusion when trying to make a reservation, and thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure serving you and your husband and thank you for choosing Grain to celebrate such a momentous occasion. Mitchell Phipps

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Unfortunately, not good. Went day before to make reservation for 6 next day Hostess said must use Open Table after 4 next day to make reservation.Also , wanted outside and she said to just request on reserve and would be no problem

Next day. Checked Open Tables at 3 .... first availability reservation was 6 30 .... frustrating..... requested outside.

Went to Grain Unable to go outside .... too loud inside. Got happy hour drinks. Charged full price. Waitress agreed Did not change.

FAQs

Grain offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (757) 763-6280.

Grain is rated 4.5 stars by 194 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.