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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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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 58
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  • 8
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  • 5
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Consistently Okay

Empire was better before the price hike. Still, the tapas dishes are varied and flavorful, and there is a wide selection of wines and beers. It is not as crowded as days past, but still worth a visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 17, 2015
Lynn1950
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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298 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 509 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Empire was better before the price hike. Still, the tapas dishes are varied and flavorful, and there is a wide selection of wines and beers. It is not as crowded as days past, but still worth a visit.

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015 via mobile

We really enjoy the Empire. The tapas menu is the most varied and inventive of all the tapas places I have been to. Really like the ginger potstickers. The specials are always worth trying. The drink menu is Extensive, if you don't see what you want, describe it and they will make it for you. Service is friendly. Can get... More 

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2 Thank dcb4scuba
St.Louis, MO
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Friends always say "give me a little place, good atmosphere and an innovative menu". Well, here you go Norfolk. Dining in the evening I like tapas (small plates) so Empire is always a favorite. The bonus here is that Empire is always surprising me with a new dish that's really fantastic. My last visit I had a wonderful salad plate... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 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.

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Thank JimCarroll3
Ambler, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 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 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank mariediaz7
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015 via mobile

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015 via mobile

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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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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Thank Elizabeth G
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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!

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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: Spanish

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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