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Empire Little Bar Bistro

257 Granby Street, Hawthorne Suites, Norfolk, VA 23510-1813
(757) 626-3100
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Edenton, North Carolina
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173 reviews 173 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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50 reviews 50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

A very nice experience with a warm and friendly staff. The waiter even warned us off a dish that we wanted to order. Try the Herb goat cheese stuffed romas, Pork & ginger potstickers, Spicy tuna sashimi (very yummy), and Watermelon & prosciutto lollipops. Parking isn't that bad as there is a garage a block or so away.

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Hollins, Virginia
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112 reviews 112 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We dining here as a family outing while in Norfolk. We enjoyed our meal, although it was pricey (as expected for a la-carte tapas dining). The menu seemed a little short compared to other tapas places that I've visited. I would have preferred to see a few more "traditional" tapas items, such as a Serrano ham and cheese. Service was... More 

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Chesapeake, Virginia
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

Lovely little restaurant and excellent food. Great variety and portions. Great wait staff. Highly recommend. We visit at least once a mont - we are locals. Parking is a little tough - some street parking but there are garages. Be careful of taxi parking - they will tow.

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71 reviews 71 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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Additional Information about Empire Little Bar Bistro

Address: 257 Granby Street, Hawthorne Suites, Norfolk, VA 23510-1813
Phone Number: (757) 626-3100
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Norfolk
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
Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
Cuisine: Tapas

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