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Empire Little Bar Bistro

257 Granby Street, Hawthorne Suites, Norfolk, VA 23510-1813
(757) 626-3100
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Ranked #11 of 600 restaurants in Norfolk
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Tapas
Good for: Romance, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night
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English first
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW via mobile

We were in Norfolk unexpectedly and picked this place based on recommendations. It was nearly empty on a weeknight and service was slow and not very friendly. The food is good, but nothing spectacular. Some dishes were virtually tasteless (polenta cakes, crab rolled in zucchini with tomato sauce) others good but not very aggressively spiced (shrimp with garlic). I don't... More

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Norfolk, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This is a modern day, American pub for tapas... I went last night, and the food was excellent. Beer selection is tremendous. People were nice, and the ambiance is really good. A bit pricy for the food, but it was excellent food!

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Roanoke, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

From my time living there to coming back and vacationing, I always make a stop at Empire! Drinks are always spot on as is the food. Trendy, fun, energetic.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I had dinner here the other evening. It was an absolute pleasure! Fantastic food that was perfectly prepared and a server who could not have been better. For appetizers my wife had a lobster salad while I enjoyed a delicious curry chicken salad with pears and baguettes. We shared an order of pot stickers and a fillet... More

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Fruitland, Maryland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

My husband and I stopped here after a concert and were looking for some late night food. We loved being able to sample several plates for our meal. Each plate was not a disappointment. We had everything from a goat cheese, roasted garlic and peppers, and olive tapenade spread to clams to tuna sashimi to boursin and artichoke mac &... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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129 reviews 129 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013 via mobile

This is a great Tapas Bar. Great selection of Belgian and German beers, including Augustiner Edelstoff. Food is really excellent and reasonably priced. A great place to meet with friends after work.

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North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

My boyfriend and I recently went to a concert at the Norva in Norfolk. We were walking around trying to find a good place to eat when we stumbled upon Empire Little Bar Bistro. We shared 5 tapas but really LOVED the Buffalo Fried Oysters with Blue Cheese Gnocchi and the Bacon Wrapped Dates with a Balsamic Reduction. Liz, our... More

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Chania, Greece
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Buffalo fried oysters with blue cheese gnocchi! Amazing. Like a party in my mouth. Bacon wrapped dates. Thai pot stickers. All terrific with a tasty beer selection.

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USA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Wanted to stop into "Empire Little Bar Bistro" for a bite and a beverage before heading to the airport. Unfortunately they did not open until 5 PM. So I went into the Bistro next door, "Havana." What a mistake. Havana was completely empty at 4:45 PM. No happy hour discounts whatsoever. Premium vodka martini $11. Cheapest appetizer $12! I passed... More

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Norfolk, Virginia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Twice this week I have brought work colleagues to dinner here. Both times the food was impeccable. The service was responsive, but a little attitude heavy. It appears, their management staff is a little inconsistent.

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