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Monastery Restaurant

443 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23510-1913
757-625-8193
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Ranked #42 of 592 restaurants in Norfolk
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: European, Eclectic, International
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Virginia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

A few years ago, we used to come here often before heading to the symphony. The restaurant was always packed; the food, hot and delicious. My husband and I recently came for a date night at eight o'clock on a Friday night. The place was deserted. It was a bit weird. One couple came in, sat down, took a look... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

Romantic little spot. Great for a date. Good food, desserts and wine.Nice decor and atmosphere.Try the chicken paprikash.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

My wife and I had dinner at the Monastery last night as part of Restaurant week in Norfolk Virginia. We have dined here occasionally over the years and most of our visits have been enjoyable. On this occasion our dining experience was mixed at best. As requested we made a reservation for dinner and arrived on time and were seated... More

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Norfolk, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

One of my favorites. Eastern European (Hungarian and Czech) dishes are not standard fare so this place is a nice change. Everything is freshly prepared and the staff and owners always make you feel like you are family.

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Austin, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

I stopped by here for dinner while on a business trip, based on previous Trip Advisor reviews. I'm glad I paid these guys a visit; had no idea the owner would actually be in the kitchen preparing my meal from scratch (or that the guy actually bakes his own bread, too). It felt less like a restaurant and more like... More

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Virginia Beach, VA
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112 reviews 112 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

If you like visiting with and getting to know the owners, chefs and waitstaff at a restaurant you visit, Monastery's for you. If you favor a small, cosy, warm and comfortable decor --- albeit maybe a little bit dated --- you'll love Monastery. And if you get excited about wonderful regional dishes, authentically prepared by first-generation Americans who immigrated from... More

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Southern Shores, North Carolina
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49 reviews 49 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Alice and I enjoyed dinner here with dear friends, Jane and Gary, both foodies, and I'm still thanking them for the introduction - now I'm paying-it-forward and introducing it to others. Not only are the food and service great, the owners are a real treat, it is so obvious that food and hospitality are in their blood. I will go... More

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virginia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Quality authentic food. Menu descriptions, portions, and pricing are out of whack. I'm not all about larger portions. I do however want to have an idea of what to expect, and in general an entree should be constructed with sides that consider the plate as a whole. I ordered the bratwurst which came with a vegetable, potatoes and Slavic kraut.... More

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Yorktown, Virginia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This was our 1st visit to the Monastery Restaurant. We bought a Groupon about a month ago and thought we would give it try! Reservations were required in order to use the groupon. I made my reservation the week before but then called that day to say we would be late. No problem! Great!!! When we arrived we were the... More

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Edenton, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

The Monastery was a very nice dining experience for four of us; the restaurant has been around since the early to mid 90's but we had not experienced it until last weekend. A somewhat unusual entry door leads directly into the main dining room, which has the feel of a European restaurant. Wait staff formally/professionally dressed, very good selection of... More

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