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“Not so great” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Norma Jean's

Norma Jean's
243 8th St. E., Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 1L2, Canada
+1 519-376-2232
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Ranked #10 of 90 Restaurants in Owen Sound
Price range: $4 - $24
Cuisines: Delicatessen, Café, Gastropub, Fusion
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Norma Jean's opened it's doors in 1984 and has been a local favourite for 30 years. Offering a wide range of food and brews/spirits for every walk of life. Drawing inspiration from many cultures and culinary styles. Norma Jean's also includes daily lunch and dinner features created by the amazing team of chefs dwelling in the closet... Uh hum, I mean kitchen!
Toronto
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Not so great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Norma Jean's was recommended to us as one of the better places to eat in Owen Sound. Well, the food and service were only so-so. Especially the meal could have been much better. This really is only an average restaurant that pretends to be higher end.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Kitchener, Canada
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Fabulous food, friendly service, perfect downtown location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

For an appetizer, we ordered the evening's special tapas plate, which included homemade hummus, roasted vegetables, and pitas. The hummus was INCREDIBLE. If available when you dine at Norma Jean's, we highly recommend it...as long as you don't mind smelling a little garlicky. :) The service was perfectly timed and super friendly. The nostalgic Marilyn Monroe menu, etc. was cute. Live music was beginning just as we were wrapping up and if we didn't have a movie to catch, we would have happily stayed for another round of local Kilannen brews. When we asked a couple locals about Norma Jean's, they didn't seem too enthusiastic, so maybe there's a story there, but as out-of-towners with no preconceived notions, we loved it!

Visited August 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Warm, cozy, little restaurant.

The food was great, the staff was friendly, and the prices were fair. Their clientele seems to be in the older age group, so it was a pretty quiet meal, which we quite enjoyed.

The only complaint I have is that it's a little too dark in there, made it kind of hard to read the menu. Other than that, no real complains.

Yes, we would return. :)

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Ontario, Canada
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83 reviews 83 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
“Consistently the best in OS!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

We have eaten at Norma Jean's many times and have even written a review before (see below).
Having had yet another simply outstanding evening there last week, we thought it was time to write again. First, understand that Norma Jean's is NOT a fast-food restaurant - if you are in a hurry and don't want a relaxing evening, then go to another restaurant. In reference to the anniversary review below, what's the rush? Aren't you out for an enjoyable evening? This isn't MacDonald's. Our latest masterpiece from Carter, the young talented chef, was a scrumptious Pork Roast marinated in cider with herbs and roasted pears on the side, on top of a delicious potato/squash mash. Along with yummy Gazpacho to start, and a pint of our local Kilannan beer, it was the perfect meal. The service at Norma Jean's is warm and impeccable, and if you wait a little longer than normal for your meal, what's the problem? Enjoy the company of the person or people with whom you are dining, and understand that good food takes time and care to prepare, and get over the fact that you think you have a trump card by writing a nasty review to Trip Advisor. Norma Jean's is packed every night of the week - with good reason!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Waterloo, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Still making great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

This is a must visit restaurant. The staff are amazing and the food is always a great taste experience.

Visited July 2013
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