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About Norfolk Seafood Company & Big Easy Oyster Bar
Norfolk Seafood Company is a place where seafood lovers can find a traditional plate of flounder, scallops or crab but without the fancy ingredients and inflated prices. The restaurant is centrally located in downtown Norfolk. The mission of the Norfolk Seafood Company is to bring tasty seafood to locals and tourists, minus the trip to the Oceanfront. The menu features everything a good seafood restaurant should offer, plus all the sides. A cold beer, wine or a specialty drink from the bar rounds off any meal.
Norfolk, VA 23510
Seafood, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - close
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet after 5:30pm
Private Party Contact:
Rachel Morgan: (757) 227-6222
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Norfolk Seafood Company & Big Easy Oyster Bar Ratings and Reviews
Overall it was a good experience. I mostly went because I wanted some beignets and this was the only restaurant that sold them. The beignets were decent; however I wish had more than just 2 per order because if I'm paying $8.99 for the dessert I should get at least 5 of those beignets.
It took a little bit for the server to get us water and introduce himself. The moment the food came, I completely forgot about that cause it was so delicious. I would recommend this place to anyone. The atmosphere was cozy and quaint. Perfect for a date or small group.
While the overall review is one of excellence, my husband was not very pleased with his shrimp and crab scampi. Very few shrimp, small pieces of crab and mostly pasta. The flavor was good, just not enough of the shrimp and crab. My scallop risotto was a very good meal. The scallops could have used a couple of more seconds on the grill/pan, but the risotto was wonderful. Thank you.
We had looked forward to a quiet dinner and top-quality seafood. We got neither. The hostess seated us next to a family group of about 16 who were so noisy we had trouble conversing. When our food arrived -- 40 minutes after we had ordered -- my flounder stuffed with crab meat was almost tasteless, smothered in a thick, bland sauce atop very dense mashed potatoes with a few spears of tough asparagus. It was difficult to tell the crab from the flounder or the potatoes. My wife's crab cakes were acceptable but certainly not exceptionable. We were never offered coffee or tea, only a glass of wine. We had expected to pay a fairly high price for quality seafood, but what we were served was outrageously overpriced. We are unlikely to be in the Norfolk area again, but even if we were, we certainly would not return to that restaurant.
Megan our waitress was very informative and attentive. She told us in advance that there maybe a little wait in food due to a huge party just placing their order and she brought corn muffins to the table when we asked. She explain the were a little over cooked. If she had never said anything we would have not known. They were delicious and golden.
The overall the food was very tasty.
The quality of the oysters and rest of the seafood was top notch. The service while very friendly was extremely slow. I would base this on the service staff and not the kitchen as the server would disappear for long periods of time. My wine glass sat empty for more than 20 minutes before I was asked if I wanted a refill. Our wait for a dozen raw oysters was 40 minutes. With no bread or food on the table that can seem like a very long time. Over two hours and 15 minutes for a dinner for two is pushing it. The value on some items seems to be a little off. Oysters were priced fairly but $26.99 for 3 scallops and 4 shrimp with a side of cole slaw is steep. Overall pretty disappointed.
My husband and I were very excited to try this restaurant based on its wonderful reviews. We really appreciated the valet parking and the great menu. What soured our experience was the seating of a very large group of extremely loud women right next to us after we had let the hostess know that we were looking for a quieter table. Not 5 minutes into our experience did she sit this group and we had a pecifically chose the upstairs dining for the more formal experience. These women should have, clearly, been seated in the pub.
We arrived for an early seating due to afterwards heading over the the theatre for a play and were seated immediately. The timing was because other reviews said the service was slow which was not what we found to be true on this evening but it was not busy at this early time (6pm) so it was also quiet. We shared the app on the specials list of oysters bienville and they were fantastic as well as the complimentary muffins/soft butter. Since we had used the valet (which they let us keep the car there until after the play which is a nice touch) , we did't have anywhere to put leftovers and if we had both ordered entrees they would have gone to waste so we ordered the crab bisque which was tremendous as well as the crab and avocado salad and shared. Both dishes were over abundant with lump succulent crab meat. The avocado could have used another day of ripening but overall it was good. My Kettle One slightly dirty martini was delicious. There server, while pleasant seemed almost to have turned to walk away barely even having put the plates on the table. She didn't appear to be that busy. Good array of craft beers. This isn't our first visit and we've ran the gastro gambit and it can get quite pricey but the food is always good and for us, worth it.
Our steaks were both over cooked and bland. Lobster was over cooked and rubbery as well.
We waited outside for over 10 minutes for the valet to show up just to get our keys. We would never go back to this establishment again nor recommend it to anyone. It was a waste of time and money.
I had to give the restaurant two opportunities to do a review. The service the first time was good but our bill was really done incorrectly. It took them over week to correct it, but they did. The first time the food was truly over shadowed by the billing process
The second was great and the food was just as good.
My wife and I enjoyed beautifully prepared meals while sitting by the warm fireplace before attending a Virginia Symphony Concert. We topped off the meal with a slice of key lime pie that was out of this world! The atmosphere was quite, romantic and perfect for both the young and young in heart. A good choice for a Valentines Day dinner with your sweet heart!
Food was beyond incredible. Scallop Risotto was life changing.
Valet parking was ideal.
I think trouble was brewing with their wait staff. One young man was learning the ropes of being a server and had the smiley, happy, friendly vibe down. While our server was perfectly attentive, he barely spoke a word, seemed extremely annoyed to be working that shift, and interacted with us as if we insulted his very existence. It was a Tuesday night though, so we didn't expect greatness.
Wasn't pleased with overall food during this visit :
- Oysters came with no condiments
- Coke was flat, long wait for sweet tea
- Shrimp were small (only 2 with steak and shrimp meal)
- Steak wasn't good
Service was ok. Waitress/staff were friendly and apologetic.
Waitress was somewhat inattentive throughout the whole meal. Many different people ended up serving us during the meal to include the hostess who had seated us. Staff was friendly. Maybe they got swamped by number of customers? Had to wait an inordinate amount of time before our dinner check came at the end of the meal causing us to be delayed in arriving at the theater in a timely manner. Food was okay. We have mixed feelings about returning. Maybe the downstairs raw bar would be a better experience overall.
We made a reservation through Open Table for 6:30 on a Tuesday evening, and the reservation was confirmed. We promptly arrived at 6:20. We were told our table was not yet ready. We waited, and the time of our reservation passed. At 7:00 pm, the restaurant was still unable to provide us our table for 2. At 7:15, we had to give up on a table, because we had obligations later that evening and the time constraints would no longer allow us time to have dinner. We did not end up eating dinner at the restaurant due to their failure to have a table available for us even 45 minutes after our scheduled reservation.
You must like seafood if you come here because the menu is almost all seafood. They had a few other types of dishes on their specials. We got a small raw platter as an appetizer and everything was tasty. My husband got a fried seafood platter and I got a grill seafood combo. All the seafood tasted fresh. My husband's dish was fresh from the deep fryer. The sweet mashed potatoes were delicious. We finished it off with a brownie sundae, also excellent. The bread was excellent too.
This is my 4th trip to Norfolk Seafood Co. since last year so I figured I knew what to expect. I haven't been on a weekday or since Valentine's Day so I was unaware that the valet would be unavailable on this night. Upon arrival we received the sparkling water (which I didn't know I would be charged for). We ordered our regular she crab soup and full oysters rockefeller. Our reservation was at 7, we ordered around 7:30 but did not receive either until around 8:15. This seemed a bit excessive for an empty restaurant on a rainy Thursday night. Our Oysters were a bit overcooked, the she-crab soup was excellent as always. I can't rave enough about the soup its an excellent blend of quality with the pepper being spicy but not overbearing as well as good sized pieces of crab meat. Seafood jambalaya as well is a perfect blend of quality and quantity, the lump crab is not in short supply in this dish. A couple concerns notwithstanding, this restaurant is great and I plan on making future reservations.
I had made reservations at the restaurant for a special night out with my husband. When we arrived, we were seated in the bar downstairs, rather than the restaurant, which had plenty of seats available.
The bar had a nice vibe and would have been OK, except a large party arrived and it got very noisy, very quickly. I was never able to determine why we were not seated in the restaurant.
We ordered Oysters Rockefeller for an appetizer and they were wonderful!
My husband had the creole pasta and liked it very much. I had the gumbo and found it to be very salty and spicy for spicy's sake, rather than for taste. I like spicy, but this too spicy, and did not enhance the flavor.
The Catch of the Day was Salmon, which is not a fish local to Virginia, so I found it an unusual choice.
A comment card was handed out with the receipt which I don't feel is appropriate in a nice restaurant. This wasn't McDonald's.
So, overall, I don't plan to go back
This was our first time dining here. We had reservations and were seated downstairs. The service was very good and friendly. We were expecting a bit more upscale ambiance. The oysters Rockefeller were superb! The blackened tuna bites were cooked too long and were accompanied by a very salty dip. The broiled seafood platter was overpriced at $30 and over cooked. The crab cake was good with plenty of crab but the two small shrimp, two small scallops, and small piece of fish were overcooked. We will not be returning for dinner but maybe for the Oyster Rockefeller.
Here's the thing, if you say you are a seafood restaurant, I think you should offer more than one fish. (e.g. Legal Seafood in Boston) Don’t get me wrong, I like Salmon but I was expecting more options. We sat in the (below) bar area, which was cool but a bit noisy and understaffed. Apparently there was a private party upstairs and that could have affected the food and service, I suspect. I had to go to the bar to get my guest a drink b/c the waiter was a bit covered up with the 3-4 tables he was handling. Oh well....back to LA. for more of a real variety of seafood.
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