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Gershwin's

4.5
4.5
130 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

7:00 PM


Booked 6 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 130 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia

    Hot Spot

  • Norfolk / Virginia Beach

    Hot Spot

  • Norfolk / Virginia Beach

    Romantic

  • Norfolk / Virginia Beach

    Special Occasion

  • Norfolk / Virginia Beach

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Norfolk / Virginia Beach

    American

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  1. 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.
  2. C

    Chltbny

    Richmond

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

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

    KTVick

    Richmond

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 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.
  4. d

    dinnerfortwo

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 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.
  5. g

    goodtogo

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I was underwhelmed.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. RT

    RobT

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. ZO

    ZOSO

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 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.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed. Debbie was excellent.
  19. 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!
  20. ZO

    ZOSO

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    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.
  21. 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.
  22. PR

    PhilR

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience5
    I hate to write this but want them to know. I usually love this restaurant but or visit was poor. Took over an hour to get our meal. Luckily we arrived early for Our evening. Gershwin was told we had show tickets. Saw several others leave without food or barley touched meals. The quality of food was sub standard too. Once again we have been here many time before and it’s always been first rate. Just glad this was your first time. We will give you one more try but another repeat of this experience will be the last. Hopefully a return to better times will be coming
  23. LM

    LaurenceM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect drinks, meal coupled with fantastic service
  24. LM

    LaurenceM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic venue to celebrate a special occasion or just a perfect spot for a date night
  25. TJ

    TJAZZ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Gershwin's menu had a nice variety of selections for a smaller menu. The food was cooked perfectly and tasted spectacular. The service was prompt, friendly and efficient. The atmosphere was perfect with the addition of a pianist playing classic jazz standards. The decor, employees style of dress, and throwback cocktail menu were the ideal touches to encompass the feel of a 1920's style jazz club.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time visiting. The service was fantastic. The ambiance was awesome. And the food was outstanding. We were very happy! Thank you!!
  27. H

    Happycelebrators44

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My mom and I really enjoyed our dinner. Debbie was an excellent server and was prepared to provide options for my mom who has a allergic reaction to lemons and limes. Too often I not that in the reservation but the restaurant don’t seem to be aware. The main course was good but not fantastic. The music and ambience made the evening wonderful!!! Listening to classic Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Nancy Wilson and Frank Sinatra to name a few was just lovely.
  28. N

    Neil

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice atmosphere, was quiet when we went (Tuesday night). Waitress was very helpful with the wife's food allergies (gluten and lactose) and there was a decent selection of food she could eat (even cheesecake).
  29. SB

    SherryB

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely Fabulous!!!! A local recommended this spot and I’m so glad we took him up on it!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was wonderful as usual! We will return soon!
  31. CW

    CarolW

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Bad service and food. Called for the manager and still no returned call. This has been since August.
  32. TC

    TonyC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and staff was delightful. I actually love their attire.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent the ambiance was stellar will definitely go back
  34. AP

    AlexisP

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went here for my father in laws birthday and everything was phenomenal. The staff even gave him a signed birthday card. The food was amazing especially the hummus. The band played Summertime from Porgy and bess which was my husband's favorite song and it was beautiful. 10000/10 recommend
  35. P

    Paul

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    What a gem! Friendly service, great decor, terrific food. It can be casual or fancy...whatever you like. Everyone seems welcome, and the bar was the most popular destination the night I was there.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    We went for our 23rd wedding anniversary. The service was a little slow on what seemed to be a slow Sunday. But the food was amazing. I would recommend this place.
  37. S

    Suzy

    Richmond

    54 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The food from the kitchen came VERY slowly. When we arrived only one table in the dining area was in use. It took 45 minutes for our food to be served even though we ordered our entrees when our drinks were served. One salmon was room temperature and the other was hot. There should be a warning on the menu about the French onion soup in that it is not traditional. There was not a layer of cheese on the top! All in all it was not a good dinner and we probably will not be returning. Our waiter did his very best for us! Also, great wine pour!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was very friendly and professional. Their cocktail menu is impressive and my wife and I very much enjoyed the food and drinks we ordered.
  39. TA

    ThomasA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I brought my lady in to dine for her birthday and everything was all you could ask for I can't recall ever being as satisfied after leaving a restaurant
  40. PS

    PhilipS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    Service and ambiance was fantastic. Our waitress was spectacular and the e vibe of the restaurant was incredible, giving you that great gatsby-esque nostalgia. Only complaint I have is the food, the dessert and drinks were fantastic, I can’t say the same for the food though. The fried chicken was bland and soggy after sitting underneath the bearnaise and the chicken in my ravioli was dry and burnt. All in all, if you’re looking for a fun place to have drinks and get some appetizers this place is perfect, the food just didn’t deliver equally.

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 4.5 stars by 130 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 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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