We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Empire Little Bar Bistro

$$
Spanish, Tapas
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
257 Granby Street, Hawthorne Suites, Norfolk, VA 23510-1813
(757) 626-3100
Website
Improve this listing
Today
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 93 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 56
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 8
    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
Never Ceases to Amaze

This gem of a restaurant on Granby Street in Norfolk should be on everyone's "can't miss" list. Great food, service and atmosphere...the small plates are perfect for sharing and sampling and the chalkboard specials are quite delicious. Definitely worth a visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
JimCarroll3
,
Norfolk, Virginia
credit card Amex Card Member Review
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
Add Photo Write a Review

93 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Norfolk, Virginia
Level Contributor
167 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This gem of a restaurant on Granby Street in Norfolk should be on everyone's "can't miss" list. Great food, service and atmosphere...the small plates are perfect for sharing and sampling and the chalkboard specials are quite delicious. Definitely worth a visit.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ambler, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
167 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We were at another bar and had been there a while so we asked the bartender where there was another good bar and were told "Empire", even though it was right next door. We were 3 of the only 6 customers in the entire place (it was mid-week). The beer selection is good and the bartender was friendly and helpful,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Level Contributor
27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Level Contributor
35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Level Contributor
21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tennessee
Level Contributor
26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Edenton, North Carolina
Level Contributor
185 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 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!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Norfolk, Virginia
Level Contributor
57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 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

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Empire Little Bar Bistro also viewed

 
Virginia Beach, VA
Norfolk, VA
 

Been to Empire Little Bar Bistro? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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: Spanish, Tapas

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Bar scene
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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Empire Little Bar Bistro and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Empire Little Bar Bistro staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?