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“Isn't Restaurant Week supposed to be about putting best foot forward?” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Omar's Carriage House

Omar's Carriage House
Ranked #11 of 695 Restaurants in Norfolk
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $26
Cuisines: American, International
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Located in the historic Freemason neighborhood of downtown Norfolk, Omar's offers lunch, dinner and brunch in the charming atmosphere of an old, original Carriage House. Specializing in homemade salads, desserts, offering a wide range of meats and seafood and always offering specials on food and wine, Omar's is a must-visit in Norfolk!
Norfolk, Virginia
Level Contributor
67 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Isn't Restaurant Week supposed to be about putting best foot forward?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2012

It was more like "swill it out there." Overpriced and just not that good.
Backstory: I had 2 $30 coupons for Restaurant Week. My date got called away on family medical emergency. I arrived for our 5:00 reservation at 4:45. Door locked and person watering plants just smiled at me, walked away, left the door locked. Door finally unlocked at 5:15 (sign on door says open at 5); I was outside in the cold all that time. I told them that my friend wasn't coming, that I'd give up the table and sit at the bar instead, leaving the table for someone else. Not even a "thank you."
One would expect that Restaurant Week was about "showing your stuff" to encourage people to come back. Omar's failed miserably on this count. The food is barely tolerable, with some of it inedible.
My dine-in menu choice:
1st course: Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad (quite nice, but for the wilted parts and insect marks. The presentation was interesting - a 1/2 head with shaved parm and toast points on top. The dressing was good and just-right amount.
Entree: Flat Iron Steak with horseradish twice-baked potatoes and brussels sprouts. The best part was the brussels sprouts, tender but not overcooked. I ordered my steak "medium" and got most of it rare. It was smothered in some brown sauce that tasted like A-1... scraped that off. The twice-baked were more like twice-burned. Only parts of mine actually had burn marks, but the entire mess was dry, bitter and burned tasting.
Dessert: Chocolate Mousse. Pretty good, but served with a round soup spoon.
My take out menu choice (what would've been my date's meal) - jury's still out on this, I've not eaten it yet:
1st course: Seafood shell - shrimp, crab & scallops "mixed in a savory sage and bread stuff." Presentaiton is kind of nice - served on an actual seashell.
Entree: Brie & pear stuffed airline chicken breast. You know the "keel" from KFC? That's the size of that breast. Also smothered in some gooey sauce - scraped that off too.
Dessert: the Chocolate mousse again.
I keep hearing about how good this restaurant is. NOT! $30 is way more than these meals are worth, even if they were prepared properly. Portions are small and chef doesn't seem to mind serving the mistakes.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Perdido Key, Florida
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94 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Love the ambiance, food was pretty good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2012

We LOVE local, tucked away restaurants, so Omar's was right up our alley. The overall atmosphere was pretty laid back (we had just finished working out and walked in - didn't feel out of place). Sunday brunch was pretty good, not as extensive as we may have liked, but we both enjoyed what we ordered. The service was prompt and courteous. We will go back, perhaps for Morroccan night.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank tk101chic
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norfolk
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Excellent food in a very casual atmosphere.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2011

Excellent food at very reasonable prices. Good specials. Portions are generous. Service is always outstanding. The restaurant occupies an old carriage house. It is on two levels with stairs being the only option for the second floor. The restaurant is located on a residential street so it is not very visible to traffic. However, it is well known because it is almost always crowded. Reservations are taken. Occasionally, the restaurant features special priced menu weeks where all entrees are $10. Portions are regular sized. Also, wine specials are at times featured. The owner owns several restaurants and his experience in the trade is obvious. Overall, a wonderful dining experience.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank poroke
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Ignored the negative reviews and was glad I did!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2011

1st tip, reservations. While we didn't need them given the weather, I could see it would be a good thing just in case. Very nice ambience in a historic building in Norfolk. Parking on premise but not a lot of spaces. Waitress was friendly, prompt, and attentive. Food was absolutely delish! Mussels Provencale were great, Ginger Lime Tuna was awesome, and the Shrimp and Scallop Linguini was money! Very good portion size for the price. Will go back!

  • Visited September 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank campbellsoup1
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norfolk
2 reviews
“COOL”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2011

Nice surprise near the Ymca. Just sat at the bar and had drinks and a dessert. Can't wait to go back for dinner.

Visited September 2011
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Thank Willobee s
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