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Empire Little Bar Bistro

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257 Granby Street, Hawthorne Suites, Norfolk, VA 23510-1813
(757) 626-3100
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5:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night

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  • 55
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Delightful but inconsistent

It was not the first visit for me and my friends to this nice little tapas place in Norfolk. We like to stop by for a drink and some food before we go see a show. Usually, the food is good and the service is excellent. The menu could be priced better, but tasty drinks mostly make up for the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 9, 2015
KryskaTNK
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
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English first
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I was looking forward to a night out with friends and Empire came highly recommended. Our server greeted us promptly and even though we had a large group (13) we were seated immediately. After placing orders for drinks and food the wait started. It took awhile for the food to arrive. The food itself was okay. However the service needs... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Last night a group of 12 wanted to get together for our monthly meeting for a glass of wine and some eats. Thought that instead of chain restaurant at MacArthur Mall we would try a Granby eatery. Called ahead, they don't take reservations. There was a table set aside for us when we got there though. Restaurant was pretty empty.... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

It was not the first visit for me and my friends to this nice little tapas place in Norfolk. We like to stop by for a drink and some food before we go see a show. Usually, the food is good and the service is excellent. The menu could be priced better, but tasty drinks mostly make up for the... More 

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Tennessee
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Late evening last-minute dinner. Walked up from Marriott Waterside. Excellent tapas selection and truly expansive bar selection. We tried multiple items from the menu but my favorite by far was the Braised Pork Tenderloin with Collard Greens. It was worth 3 times what it costs. I would travel to Norfolk again just to eat here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Went for a late night dessert and found a tapas treasure trove. Reasonably priced hot and cold tapas and a fun DIY smores dessert. Smaller place and later in the evening it can get a little crowded. Will definitely go back when in town again!

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Edenton, North Carolina
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172 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Really like this place! The salmon was our favorite and the Brussels sprouts!! The drinks are good and fair prices. The lobster rolls were okay, a bit much celery for one of the members of our party. We will all come back!!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I visited on a Sunday night before a movie. Very low key and they had Duvel on tap - which is very rare. Nice atmosphere, good food, and attentive staff.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

The tapas style menu is eclectic and delicious. The beer choices are plenty and geared towards people with a taste for good ones...That's me. Awesome location to grab some food and drinks before hitting a show at The Norva

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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25 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The food portions were smaller than we thought, but the food was tasty. The music was a bit loud sadly. The tables were covered with brown paper rather than a table cloth. A different way to dine.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

My wife and I stopped for a few courses of tapas before seeing a touring broadway show at Chrysler Hall. My wife must eat gluten-free, and, since the menu changes frequently, the chef made a gluten-free menu on the spot for us. Everything we had was fabulous (steak, brie, duck, tuna, edamame). We will definitely be back.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 257 Granby Street, Hawthorne Suites, Norfolk, VA 23510-1813
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Norfolk
  • Phone Number: (757) 626-3100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Tapas

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Monday
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thursday
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Friday
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 2:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?