8 Great Seafood Restaurants in Downtown Norfolk, VA
Water, water everywhere: Norfolk is home to so many gorgeous public beaches, and Downtown Norfolk has such beautiful waterfront views of the Elizabeth River. And so, of course, it won't be long before you are craving some seafood. Lucky for you, Downtown Norfolk has some great restaurants specializing in seafood, and we've rounded up 8 of them for you here.
Must-order Dishes: We love the Shellfish Platter from the Raw Bar, with a dozen oysters, a dozen clams, 6 chilled shrimp, and lump crab. With it's Cajun & Creole influences, Big Easy/Norfolk Seafood Company is also a great place to try something you won't find just anywhere: why not try some Alligator Tacos or Crawfish Beignets?
Restaurant Highlights: Norfolk Seafood Company & Big Easy Oyster Bar is a unique bi-level restaurant: the downstairs has a more casual, speakeasy feel, while the upstairs has a more elegant dining room for a more intimate meal.
Amazing waterfront views and an extensive menu to fit every budget.
Must-order Dishes: The Scallop Risotto with white truffle oil is amazing and not something you see on every menu. We also love the Stripers Seafood Bowl, a tomato seafood broth filled with mussels, mahi-mahi, and shrimp, served with toasted dipping bread and rice.
Restaurant Highlights: The natural light combined with light grey, bright interiors inside Stripers is amazing, as is watching a beautiful sunset from the outdoor seating area.
Casual fine-dining in a beautiful corner bistro with a focus on seafood.
Must-order Dishes: The Crab Stuffed Flounder is a fan-favorite, but we also love the Seafood Pasta, with fresh shrump and scallops in a white wine sauce. Mama's Crab Spring Rolls, filled with delicious crab meat and served with a sweet dipping sauce, is a great way to kick off your meal.
Restaurant Highlights: 456's beautiful dark wood interior and fun waterfall wall makes for a very romantic atmosphere.
The street-level restaurant in Hilton Norfolk The Main with a chic and airy modern vibe and a giant raw bar running through it.
Must-order Dishes: We are all about tableside preparation. The Tableside Ceviche is not only delicious, but so fun to watch being made. And a showstopping beautiful selection from the Signature Whole Fish menu, we love the Salt Baked Rockfish. See how it's made here.
Restaurant Highlights: Saltine is also home to Apothecary Bar, a beautiful cocktail and raw bar running through the middle of the restaurant. The mixologists here are known for whipping up incredible hand-crafted cocktails, focusing on flavor and using high quality ingredients.
Located in the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, southern-inspired seafood dishes with sweeping views of the Elizabeth River.
Must-order dishes: The Waterside's Signature Fried Seafood Platter is quite a feast with fried flounder, shrimp, a crab cake, hush puppies, and house remoulade. For something handheld, the Louisiana Shrimp Po Boy is our go-to: a toasted hoagie roll stuffed with cracker meal crusted fried jumbo shrimp, lettuce, tomto, and house remoulade.
Restaurant Highlights: The views of the Elizabeth River from the patio are breathtaking, making it a great place to enjoy one of Waterside Seafood Company's signature cocktails or wonderful desserts.
Fresh seafood and hearty steaks located inside Norfolk Waterside Marriott.
Must-order Dishes: Start the meal off with Rhode Island Calamari, served with banana peppers and either a spicy tomato sauce or remoulade. We love the Shrimp & Grits, with red pepper, bacon, scallion, lemon, and shrimp reduction over cheddar grits; but you also can't go wrong with the Salmon, served either grilled or with a maple mustard glaze, with pomme puree and broccoli.
Restaurant Highlights: Fun fact:Shula's 347 Grill was named in honor of NFL Coach Don Shula's record 347 career victories. They also have a signature dessert: the Key Lime Pie, which is a great ending to any meal!
7. Yama Sushi
401 Granby Street
Maybe you prefer your seafood raw. Fresh, generous portions of sushi in a unique and warm atmosphere.
Must-order Dishes: We love the Christmas Tree Roll, a spicy tuna roll topped with tuna tataki and seaweed salad. The Shrimp Yaki Soba, stir fried shrimp, veggies, and noodles, is also so savory and delicious, and a great addition to any sushi feast.
Restaurant Highlights:Yama is so unique and welcoming, with beautiful and intricate wooden interior decor, that each trip feels like a tiny opportunity to relax and recharge your battery while enjoying fresh and delicious sushi!
Creative Italian restaurant with fresh and unique seafood offerings.
Must-order Dishes: For a meal that feels a little extra special, get the Lobster and Prosecco Gnocchi with Maine lobster, Prosecco, and sage butter tossed with potato gnocchi. The Seafood Cioppino is also fantastic and chock full of seafood, with scallops, clams, chef's fish, and calamari with celery and fennel seed simmered in a buttery saffron broth.
Restaurant Highlights: Luce is an absolute gem. It is an intimate, sophisticated place where you feel immensely cooler just having set foot inside. We suggest making reservations ahead of time, as Luce is a small restaurant that fills up fast.