Rooftop season is here! What better way to see Norfolk than from above?  


The bird's eye view from Grain is accompanied with cozy couches, oversized selfie worthy chairs, fire pits to cheers around and over 80 beers on draft. Grain is located downtown and is Norfolk’s only rooftop bier garden offering bountiful Sunday brunches, an abundance of live music performances and an everyday happy hour! Cityscape views at Grain are available year-round. The warmer months invite you to throw on your tank top and head to the rooftop deck where life-sized lawn games await. While the colder months force you to layer up and sip a brew cuddled around the fire.

Local Tip: Order a Jumbo Bloody Mary on Sundays! 


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The inescapable truth: city views are better when freshly stuffed cannoli’s are involved. Overlooking Norfolk’s famous Granby Street sits one of the most beloved Italian restaurants in the city, Leone’s. Cocktails offered are classics with an Italian twist: Mojito Italiano with muddled basil, lemon, & strawberries, rum & limoncello; Margarita Italiano with Tequila, Amaretto di Saronno, Gran Gala orange liqueur, & fresh Lime.

Lil' Bit Nola

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Just as the name sounds, when you dine at this rooftop haven, you're getting a little taste of New Orleans in Norfolk. Authenticity runs deep here. Their menu not only offers all the tastes and smells of a New Orleans restaurant, but they fly in their crawfish and French Baguette bread for those Po’boy fanatics. Their menu consists of classics like fried oysters, crawfish nuggets and gator bites, gumbo, étouffée, a variety of Po’boys, boils with corn sausage and potatoes, jambalaya, shrimp ’n' grits, bread pudding and beignets. Then to show your true Dixie roots, sip on the famous New Orleans cocktail - the Hurricane, or try their Bourbon Street Sunrise - brown sugar bourbon, bourbon syrup and orange juice Luxardo tart cherry syrup. If you have never ventured to New Orleans, let this be your culinary introduction.

Ocean View Fishing Pier Restaurant

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As much as we love our cityscape views we can’t compare it to the sights of the sea. The Ocean View Fishing Pier Restaurant sits high in the air offering views for miles. Adirondack high top seats that parallel the Chesapeake Bay invites you to sip on some sweet tea, slurp down she crab soup and relish in the fact you just saw a dolphin!