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Franco's By The Bay

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169 W Ocean View Ave, Norfolk, VA 23503-1502
+1 757-531-8100
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good35%
  • Average12%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible3%
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“pizza bread” (2 reviews)
“flounder” (3 reviews)
“puttanesca” (2 reviews)
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$$ - $$$
169 W Ocean View Ave, Norfolk, VA 23503-1502
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Reviewed August 7, 2017

We ate there twice while vacationing on Willoughby Spit. The service was terrific--very attentive, quick, and friendly. The food is excellent and the portions are generous. If they were located near our home in Maryland we would be frequent customers!

Thank AlanViv
Reviewed August 3, 2017 via mobile

Dinner for two after a long day of driving. Our server was fantastic and helpful. The food is very flavorful and made to order. The wine is poured generously and is good. Will return when back in the area!

Thank Nicole H
Reviewed July 13, 2017

this location has been one of our friday night favorites for many many years and one of our regulars wanted to have his birthday here tonight, so 6 of our group sail in at 7pm with a reservation......a good thing.......our first time on Thursday.......live piano...More

Thank Tuffy B
Reviewed April 7, 2017

tonight our gang of only 5 sailed back to one of our favorite friday nite spots and we enjoyed a great dinner. Sam our food server got us a nice large antipasto salad and some “Pizza Bread” to get us started and two bottles of...More

1  Thank Tuffy B
Reviewed April 7, 2017

Went on a Thursday night as they have a piano player. Was told he started at 6pm but he did not start until 6:30pm. We were told that we could not make reservations so we arrived at 5:30pm to make sure we got a seat....More

1  Thank msm1990
Reviewed March 4, 2017

This is a great little family run italian style restaurant. Not too big so seating may be a little tight on a weekend night, but they are open for lunch and weekday dinners. Fantastic homemade dishes, pasta, bread, subs/hoagies, salads are incredible. The prices, especially...More

Thank Yankee06360
Reviewed January 21, 2017

for many many years we ate here at least twice or three times a month, but the last 45 days or so, we have eaten out at other locations in the tidewater area. man oh man was it great to return. new floors, new paint,...More

1  Thank Tuffy B
Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

There is Italian food, which is faithful to the recipes of Italy. And, then there is Italian-American food which has been compromised to suit American palates. Franco's falls into the latter category. The food was better than that to be found in the other Italian-American...More

Thank Russell C
Reviewed September 27, 2016

I have been going to the original Francos by the airport for 30 years. Decided to try the Ocean view location. The food is fresh, piping hot, had the chicken marsala and this past Sunday the Chicken Parm. The two young ladies waiting the tables...More

Thank T B
Reviewed July 26, 2016

The food was great, but I wouldn't call it the best family place. Its a little more formal. The menu doesn't have descriptions of the dishes. So if you're not extremely familiar with classic Italian dishes, its tricky.

Thank MBurke07
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 169 W Ocean View Ave, Norfolk, VA 23503-1502
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Norfolk
  • Phone Number: +1 757-531-8100
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