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A hip, and laid back decor put you right as ease when you first enter. Soon you'll see that Big Easy Grill & Oyster Bar gives Norfolk a big heaping taste of New Orleans. The southern styled servings attract a crowd, so be sure to make reservations. The cajun/ creole is some of the finest in downtown Norfolk
Although Chef Phillip Craig Thomason has traveled to numerous places as a consultant and executive chef, he began the Vintage Kitchen in his hometown. His work and dedication is obvious to those that patronize the Vintage Kitchen due to it's exquisite quality in regards to freshness and flavor and the decor is absolutely breathtaking with unbeatable sweeping views of the river. Many publications are singing the praises of Vintage Kitchen for its slow food movement style and its flawless execution. For those that are really lucky (and have some extra money to spend), you can dine in the private library on the weekends when the restaurant is shut to guests. Reservations are needed in advance for the private tastings as well as recommended for weekly dining.
Todd Jurich's Bistro offers a sophisticated dining experience. The bistro has a charming ambiance with wood paneling and even a Norfolk Mermaid. The bistro focuses on simple dishes prepared elegantly with fresh ingredients. Try the Wild Columbia River Salmon or Crispy Cherry Duck. The restaurant also has a wide selection of wine and you find perfect drink to be paired with your meal.
Established in 2006, Terrapin Restaurant offers tantalizing American fare blended with contemporary flavors. Coming from a family of restaurateurs, the chef proprietor Rodney Einhorn ensures that all the ingredients are fresh and locally sourced, thus offering the best quality food. Enjoy a dinner of Bouilabaisse, beef tenderloin or grouper and accompany it with a cheese or charcuterie. Complement your food with a glass of wine or cocktail from their list. Located within the Pinewood Square shopping center, this restaurant offers a great break from your shopping spree.