Norfolk continues to maintain its reputation as a sizzling culinary destination. The city’s restaurants highlight everything from traditional seafood dishes to a wide range of international offerings—many of which are whipped up by award-winning chefs. Norfolk’s chefs pride themselves on buying only the freshest seafood, caught right out of our own backyard in the Chesapeake Bay. Local eateries serve up everything from the Lynnhaven oyster, she crab soup, fish, scallops, mussels, and, of course, the Bay’s star crustacean, blue crabs.
Local restaurants take advantage of the resources on land too, such as produce from sustainable farms throughout coastal Virginia. Depending on the season, many menus will change to reflect the current crop of choice, from fall’s bounty of apples and pumpkin to summer’s sweet harvest of strawberries, cherries, blueberries and blackberries.
So where to go to satisfy your taste buds? Downtown Granby Street’s “restaurant row” offers plenty of dining hot spots to satisfy your hunger with a full spectrum of culinary experiences. Dine alfresco on Colley Avenue in Ghent, where the sidewalks are lined with restaurants offering unique dishes. You’ll find some of the locals’ favorite spots for seafood fresh from the Bay in Ocean View, a neighborhood with a spectacular water view!