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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
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.
Up stairs was having a private party. So my family had dinner down stairs next to the bar. It was a little dark. Not the best for a family with kids. The waiter lacked personality. He was polite and attentive but lacked conversation. I ordered the special, which was blacked mahi. The portion was very small. Luckily I had the crab salad before. When I asked for the wifi, no one knew how to access it.
The Big Easy and Oyster Bar was a nice experience food wise. The Mother's Day Buffet was very good with nice selections for variety. The prime rib was prepared perfectly for your taste. The disappoint was in the ambiance. My husband and I were given the impression by friends that the Big Easy was a jazz spot and good place to have a nice meal while listening. Not so much. My mother's day plan to listen to some jazz at dinner fell short!
We made reservations based off the website , we were expecting to have seafood. But they were doing a buffet instead. The food was good. But it was not worth $29.99 per person. There could have been more choices. Also charging children $29.99 is not appropriate in my eyes. I am not sure if we will come back again, I was looking to get the seafood and I felt the website did not advertise that they were doing a buffet for the day. So were came expecting one thing and received something else. All in all my mothers day was ok, even though my husband was disappointed that it wasn't what we thought.
going forward let people know on the website if you are doing something special on a holiday, also letting people know there tip is already included would be nice to know as well. This could be a nice place for a couple once these issues are addressed. I am not sure if its kid friendly did not seem that way to me on Mothers day.
We attended the Norfolk Seafood Company for my cousin's graduation.
I was unfamiliar with Norfolk so I found the restaurant from a seafood search on OpenTable.
I was surprised that with all the college graduations in the area we were still able to get a reservation. The staff was courteous, and our food came within a reasonable amount of time.
Our most memorable part of the meal was the cornbread and honey butter. We ordered 2 additional servings of it! The bread pudding was served warm and quickly became our family's favorite! The brownie sundae, however, was a disappointment (it wasn't warm) and it's only served with whipped cream - no chocolate sauce. The Key Lime Pie also left a lot to be desired.
Lastly, the iced tea liquor which was the special on the menu that day wasn't strong at all.
The experience itself was pleasant and the dimly lit lights made it quite comfortable. Both the staff and guests were quite friendly. My family, especially the graduate, enjoyed the restaurant very much. We'd definitely go back!
My love and I went to this restaurant for Valentine's day last night and it was a nightmare. It took 30 mins for someone to come to our table to wait on us after I flagged down a server. It took over an hour after that to get our food which was awful! We returned the food and cut our losses. The tables were too close and the couple beside us were high and crazy to say the least. It was the worst dining experience I have ever had in downtown Norfolk.
The restaurant seems very relaxing, we enjoyed our seats. A very large party came in and apparently it through the kitchen into overload. A few tables left and a few stuck it out with us. It took over an hour to get our soups, and 1.5 hours to get our food. The service lady was very nice and tried to keep us up on what was happening. Once the food did arrive, it was fabulous! Hot, delicious and made you feel like the wait was worth it, the Chef did a great job! The owner did come by and apologized and adjusted our bill for the inconvenience. Things do happen and they all did a good job trying to absorb the impact of this overload in the kitchen. We will try this again because of how nice everything was handled, the place was very clean, had a pretty nice feeling atmosphere and the food really was fantastic, the bread pudding topped off the meal very nicely. thank you.
We ordered She-Crab Soup, Jambalaya, Shrimp, Grits and fries. Everything was very filling portions, served hot, we had a great view and the food was delicious. Our reservation had us seated across from the fireplace which was perfect for a chilly day in the teens. Would go again and again and again. I cannot stress enough how amazing the she crab soup is.
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