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Pagoda & Oriental Garden

265 W Tazwell Street, Norfolk, VA 23510-1234
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Ranked #22 of 25 Attractions in Norfolk
Type: Outdoors
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Calgary, Alberta
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192 reviews 192 reviews
56 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This is an attraction with some food service at times, so the focus is not on the culinary part. As the website said, this should be enjoyed as a nice walk, and appreciating the architecture. I feel it has met the mission statement outlined on the website. When we were there, it was quiet, peaceful, and the sunset was lovely.... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

I was surprised at the quality of the food at such a great location. Great views of the harbor and very scenic gardens. The food was poor and the service was slow. They staff was very pleasant. I wouldn't go again.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Don’t be fooled by the name. The food is American food. There’s no better view than the Pagoda for a Sunday brunch. Definitely grab a seat outside and enjoy the ambiance. There’s also live musicians for your listening pleasure on some days. The food is good and the staff is efficient and polite.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Terribly Disappointed. My wife bought a living social coupon for this place. Called in advance for a reservation. Phone rang and rang and went to voicemail. Should have been a hint of things to come. Called again about an hour later, they took the reservation. I can't comment on the gardens. Our reservation was for 6:15 and it was pitch... More 

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Portsmouth, Virginia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I enjoy coming here with the family for a walk around the gardens. Great photo opportunities and just plan enjoyable. The restaurant however I recommend skipping, way to many better places to eat.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
33 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

On the waterfront is a beautiful oriental garden complete with pagoda that is open to the public and can visit the garden without eating/drinking to enjoy. While the Pagoda does serve as a restaurant within the park, you can still go up in the pagoda for a 360 degree view of the garden and fountain below. We did have a... More 

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Virginia Beach, VA
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The outside is gorgeous. After calling last Saturday and being told that we did not need reservations, we arrived only to find the restaurant closed for a private function. Gave it a try again last night and what a disappointment!! Staff was very aloof and our waitress never updated us as to why things were taking so long - I... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The food was just ok! It's sad because this place is in a great location and should be more busy then what it was. The place was honestly empty, they had a love band with a total of 4-5 couples. My husbands drink was strong which for him was good. The menu didn't have much on it but we got... More 

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Virginia Beach
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The Pagoda and Oriental Garden is actually a small park open to the public where the oriental trees, plants, etc. are maintained by the VA Agricultural Society. The restaurant isn't really a restaurant, it's a bar with very scarce indoor and outdoor seating. That is probably why the menu is also limited. The place is nestled on the waterfront in-between... More 

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Hurricane, West Virginia
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79 reviews 79 reviews
17 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

What a wonderful garden to walk through and just take in the peace and quiet, not to mention the breathtaking water view. Something to see if in the downtown Norfolk area and is close to Nauticus.

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