Norfolk Journals

Fun in Norfolk

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A travel journal to Norfolk by kosvp

Quote: Norfolk is a wonderful day trip from Virginia Beach. It has some amazing restaurants, nice nightlife, and cultural events. If you are interested in taking a day out from the sun, visit Norfolk. There is something for everyone; from the amazing views to the opera, you will find Norfolk enjoyable.

Bodega

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Restaurant

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I highly recommend Bodega; it is an amazing tapas restaurant. The food was fantastic, the service wonderful, and the Sangria memorable. It is a small, intimate restaurant with wonderful decor and great ambience. I went on a Friday night, and there was everyone from first dates to families there. I don’t know if they take reservations, but we only waited 20 minutes for our table. The dishes were amazing; I would highly suggest the Portabella Gratine and the fried goat cheese, and the filet mignon tips were wonderful, as well. In addition, we also had one of the specials of the evening, lobster-stuffed artichokes--they were divine. There wasn’t anything I saw that I wouldn’t want to try at one po...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 21, 2005

Bodega
442 N Granby St
Norfolk 23510
(757) 622-8527

Fellini's

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Restaurant

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When you walk into Fellini's, you will be amazed. The decor here is amazing. Try to snag one of the booths on the right-hand side. They are each decorated individually and add to your dining experience. The rest of the restaurant is decorated nicely as well; the bar does a nice job of separating the two dining areas. The food here is mostly Italian, but they have a little bit of everything on the menu. I have been here several times and would recommend everything I have eaten. Their specialty pizzas were very good. I had the Mediterrean one, and between the goat cheese, garlic, and olives, I was in heaven. In addition, they have wonderful lunch specials, most notably a half-sandwich, half-salad...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 21, 2005

Fellini's
3910 Colley Ave
Norfolk 23508
(757) 625-3000

Cora

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Restaurant

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I went to this restaurant on a whim and will definitely be going back. The food is Southern cooking, but with a nouveau twist. The portions are good-sized, each entrée coming with two sides. I had the chicken-fried steak, and it was as good as I have eaten anywhere else. The food was light, not greasy, and filling. In addition, we had the appetizer of fried green tomatoes, and they were amazing. They were drizzled in balsamic vinaigrette and layered with goat cheese--highly recommended. There is a nice wine list with something for every price range, as well as a full bar. But the specialty at this restaurant would be the martinis. There is an extensive list, and I would suggest you try one. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 21, 2005

Cora
723 W 21st St
Norfolk 23517
(757) 625-6100

The Wild Monkey

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Restaurant

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The Wild Monkey is a great dining experience. It doesn’t look like too much from the outside, but the food is amazing. The room is small, so you may have to wait at the bar before you get seated. During the warmer months, they have an enclosed outdoor patio where you can also dine or just indulge in drinks. The decor is pretty unique. The two long walls are covered with blackboards, one with their entire extensive menu and the other with their wine list. The small bar looks out over the kitchen (so the food coming out can tempt you). The tables seem to be placed with no rhyme or reason, but the entire atmosphere just lends to the dining experience. We started off the dinner with a glance...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 18, 2005

The Wild Monkey
809 Brandon Ave
Norfolk 23517
(757) 627-6462

Kelly's Tavern

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Restaurant

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Kelly’s Tavern is a good place to grab a burger or their chicken sandwich. The place is divided into two rooms so that the smoke from the bar isn’t too offensive if you are a nonsmoker. The time to really come to Kelly’s is when the weather is nice. Like a lot of the restaurants on Granby, they have an outdoor patio where you can sit and enjoy a beer and sandwich with friends. The patio is nicely done, fits in with the rest of the place, and is done with a lot more class than other places on the street. Kelly’s Tavern is a pub with classic pub food. Their burgers are pretty good – they are a nice size and come with a load of different options. The chicken specialty sandwich was the best-looking i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 18, 2005

Kelly's Tavern
1408 Colley Ave.
Norfolk 23517
(757) 623-3216

O'Sullivan's Wharf

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Restaurant

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O’Sullivan’s Wharf is definitely where the locals go for fresh seafood at good prices. The restaurant is located on the Lafayette River and has a beautiful view of the water. The best palace to sit is either on the outside deck or under the roof in the wall-less room (attached to the deck). I would strongly suggest waiting as long as you need to get a table in one of these places. Grab a drink and sit for awhile, talking to the locals (they are very friendly) or just enjoying the view. If you come early enough, you get happy-hour prices (from 3 to 6pm) and free munchies while you wait for your table. I love seafood and this is the place to go for lunch or dinner. I would suggest a platter for ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 22, 2005

O'Sullivan's Wharf
4300 Colley Ave.
Norfolk, Virginia 23508
(757) 423-3746

Colley Cantina

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Restaurant

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A friend and myself went here because we had a two-for-one coupon and it looks kind if cute from the outside. The place is always packed with an after-work crowd downing their margaritas, so we figured it couldn’t be too bad. Inside, the place is a festival of colors. The walls and ceiling are painted a bright blue, with a mural of under the sea. Everything is painted really bold, and I kind of wonder if the place glows in the dark at night. I wasn’t too entirely sure what the motif had to do with Mexican food, but hey, whatever floats your boat. The place is pretty small, with only a dozen tables and a tiny bar. It was pretty full when we got there (it was a Saturday night). Yet, th...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 27, 2005

Colley Cantina
1316 Colley Ave.
Norfolk, Virginia
(757) 622-0033

Cogan's Pizza

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Restaurant

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When you first go to Cogan’s Pizza, you will be a little taken back by the decor. The walls are deep red and ragged. With a maroon color on them, the light fixtures are like those you would see in a banquet hall of years past (or more likely, some country place). They are huge, wooden, and circular and have about 50 light bulbs coming out from on top of them. There are interesting picture, murals, portraits, and signs all over the place. The whole length of one wall is given to the takeout area and the bar. There are about 15 tables inside (of various sizes), and then probably eight more on their outdoor patio. They have a wonderful happy hour here, with all domestic beers (bottles and drafts) ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 28, 2005

Cogan's Pizza
1901 Colonial Avenue
Norfolk 23517
(757) 627-6428

Towne Point Virginia Wine Festival

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Attraction

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I went to the wine festival for the first time this past year and was pleasantly surprised. All the wineries that come are from Virginia, and they range from dry red wines to sweet dessert wines. The tickets are very reasonably priced (at $20) and include around 70 vendors, some showcasing more than eight wines each. In addition, you don’t have to worry about the tacky plastic glasses that you sometimes have at wine tastings. Included in your ticket, you receive a real wine glass (meaning it is glass) that you just take from booth to booth. There are several water stations set up around the festival so you don’t have to worry about your white wine suddenly becoming a rose. In addition to the am...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 21, 2005

Towne Point Virginia Wine Festival
120 W. Main St.
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
(757) 441-2345

Havana

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Attraction

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Norfolk has one strip of bars and clubs that you should frequent if you are interested in a drink or two, dancing, finding a date, or just looking for a good time. Granby Street is the name of the street, and most of the better places are located here. Havana is one of the places located on Granby. It is a restaurant as well, but I have never been there for a meal, so I can’t comment on that part. The decor here is very interesting and adds to the feel of the place. It is a two-story bar/restaurant, and you can enjoy yourself on either level. It is a pretty small place, though, and very narrow. The walls are muted beige with a pattern in them, while the light fixtures are funky and m...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 21, 2005

Havana
255 Granby Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
(757) 627-5800

Jack Quinn's Restaurant & Irish Pub

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Attraction | "Jack Quinn's"

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Jack Quinn’s is a traditional Irish pub in the middle of Norfolk, VA. It has hardwood floors that slope (they really do - it’s not the alcohol), a dark interior, lots of wood, and an extensive bar. This bar is two stories, and you can find just about anyone to talk to, from the college kid to the businessman. The bar is quite narrow (as many of them are on Granby Street). There are booths along the one wall right as you walk in, and then a small stage and more tables farther down. The bar takes up almost one entire wall, and the stairs to the upstairs are a little farther down. The bar itself stocks a nice selection of liquors; beers; and surprisingly enough, wines, everything from a shiraz to ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 22, 2005

Jack Quinn's Restaurant & Irish Pub
241 Granby St.
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
(757) 274-0024

Crackers

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Attraction

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Crackers is one of the smallest places I have ever been to. It has about five tables and a small bar, yet it manages to have a loyal following. It is a tapas restaurant, but I have to had dinner here yet, but after the last time I went, we will definitely be coming back. There is artwork from local artists on the wall, and the lights are all blue, which gives the room a different sort of haze to it. In addition, there is a large blackboard that proclaims the day's specialties - everything from the salad of the day to the butter of the day! I believe that the wall colors are purple, but they aren’t offensive in color, and everything is very muted here, so you don’t have to worry about being blow...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 25, 2005

Crackers
821 W 21st St
Norfolk, Virginia 23517
(757) 640-0200