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“Charming atmosphere - the best She Crab Soup I ever had!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Freemason Abbey Restaurant

Freemason Abbey Restaurant
209 W Freemason St, Norfolk, VA 23510-1213
757-622-3966
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Ranked #13 of 613 Restaurants in Norfolk
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Located in a 140 year-old renovated church, Freemason Abbey Restaurant has been a local's favorite in the heart of downtown Norfolk for 23 years.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Charming atmosphere - the best She Crab Soup I ever had!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2009

Nice food, great atmosphere!

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English first
Portland, Oregon
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127 reviews 127 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 65 cities Reviews in 65 cities
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“Don't miss the She-Crab soup”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2009

This is a charming restaurant in the Freemason district near the waterfront. The She-Crab soup was absolutely fabulous. The steak special was a bit tough. Good local beers. There was an unexpected crowd on this Sunday evening and the service was slow.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Ottawa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere, inedible vegetables”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2009

Like other reviewers, I found the atmosphere pleasant. I ordered a scallop appetizer, the filet mignon, medium, with french fries and the standard vegetables.

The bacon-wrapped scallops were overdone, howevver, the satay sauce with them was delicious!

The steak was excellent, however the potatoes were cold. The broccoli tasted like it had been previously frozen, was overcoooked beyond the point of edibilitiy, and still managed to be cold on the plate. A discreet word with the server did not fix the problem, and I was charged the full price for the meal until i asked to speak to the manager.

I got the impression that neither the server or the manager cared about the quality of the food - which is unfortunate considering that the average bill for the party was about $50 per person.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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norfolk
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35 reviews 35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“worth a try”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2009

this restaurant has a very strange, dated atmosphere but the food is pretty good. I went there a couple of years ago and was unimpressed, but went over the summer and was surprised by how much better it was. I was pleased with my meal.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“been here several times...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2009

been here several times and never been disappointed...the staff is very friendly and attentive. the History of the place is very interesting

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