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Monastery Restaurant

German, International, European
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443 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23510-1913
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9:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Wed 9:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Thu - Fri 12:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
A Very Different Restaurant

I have been to The Monastery Restaurant twice in the past year. Both times, we had an excellent meal and excellent service. I have had the Serbian Goulash and the Brochettes. Both meals were very flavorful, just enough food, not too much. We also tried the Hot Apple Strudel and the Fruit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Julie W
Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

VERY small, quaint, quiet restaurant. Great place to enjoy European comfort food and be able to enjoy the company you are with. Our server was VERY attentive, very polite and quick to answer our questions about the bar drinks and wine selections. The food was delicious and the variety is nice. We loved the bread, cheese and spread that came... More 

Thank Nancy G
Norfolk, VA
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent food with a wide variety of entries. Old world cooking makes it rather a unique restaurant

Thank Ann G G
Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been to The Monastery Restaurant twice in the past year. Both times, we had an excellent meal and excellent service. I have had the Serbian Goulash and the Brochettes. Both meals were very flavorful, just enough food, not too much. We also tried the Hot Apple Strudel and the Fruit Dumplings. Very tasty, not too sweet. I would... More 

Thank Julie W
Smithfield, VA
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180 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've lived in the general area for 20 years, and never heard of this restaurant until a few weeks ago. They may want to up their marketing game. It's my job to select the place for New Years Eve for ourselves and our friends. They say - do a job well and it's yours. I've been doing this for nearly... More 

1 Thank Big-Deeee
Norfolk VA
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95 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We usually come here around the Holidays for a nice dinner. The food and service is always excellent and this outing was no exception. I had the Goose and it was amazing. My wife did the holiday soup and some apps to include the cheese tray and escargot. All was excellent, the owner/chef came out twice to ensure everything was... More 

Thank Josiah H
Norfolk, Virginia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

After 1 1/2 hr wait, meal did not come so paid for the wine and left. The first food we ordered was not available. We were told this 1 hr after we ordered. They told us that it was a computer glitch. We waited for another 1/2 hr for the second order which never arrived.

Thank Joe T
Smithfield, Virginia
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

We have been here several times. If you want to enjoy an authentic European Dinner, then this is the place. Look at their menu on their website to get a true feeling of their authenticity. We have travelled several times to the old country and this place is the real deal. The owners come from the region and have years... More 

Thank deanwirsching
Manteo, North Carolina
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

It is the real thing. The owners arrived from Czechoslovakia in the 1960s. The Monastery on Granby Street in downtown Norfolk is, without doubt, the best Eastern European Restaurant anywhere around. It is the oldest restaurant downtown...more than three decades. Authentic, delicious, and memorable. Wiener schnitzel, homemade crusty bread, homemade smoked sausage, red cabbage and the best thinly sliced potatoes... More 

Thank 197JohnW
Yorktown, Virginia
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015 via mobile

What a treat to find a hole-in-the-wall gem. I have driven past this place for years. Finally a Groupon got me to try this place. Excellent ambiance, service, and food. Save room for dessert. The homemade fruit dumpling is to die for....it is that good! This place is a must-try. A little pricey, but delicious.

Thank Mike H
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 via mobile

Quiet atmosphere with old European ambiance, perfect for special occasions. Service is friendly and professional. Every plate brought out, from the bread plate appetizer to the Serbian Goulash with dumplings entree to the fruit crepe flambay, was delicious! Will certainly be back for the next special occasion!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 443 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23510-1913
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Norfolk
  • Phone Number: 757-625-8193

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
  • Cuisine: German, International, European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
9:30 pm - 5:00 pm
9:30 pm - 5:00 pm
9:30 pm - 5:00 pm
12:00 am - 5:00 pm
12:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?