7 Norfolk Restaurants Worth Trying
The River Point is proud of the unique restaurants Downtown Norfolk has to offer. Whether you are downtown for an event or festival, shopping with friends or relaxing at home in your upstairs apartment, there are plenty of Norfolk restaurants to choose from within walking distance.
If you like BBQ, steaks, wine, craft beers and a classy atmosphere, this is your place. Located at 7th and Norfolk Avenue, this restaurant and pub is ideal for date night, girls’ night, business lunches and anything in between. For groups, Black Cow has a smaller meeting room as well as a banquet room for larger groups and private parties. The spacious outdoor patio offers a relaxing vibe and live music. Speaking of live music, this Norfolk restaurant hosts various popular events from beer tastings to painting parties. Check the River Point Events page regularly to plan your next “we’re gonna need a babysitter” night.
For coffee lovers, lunch-ers, and laptop-ers alike, this coffee shop and bistro is perfect. Located in the heart of Downtown Norfolk on 3rd and Norfolk Avenue, this newly remodeled Norfolk restaurant caters to those working/studying, meeting a friend, or in need of coffee or lunch a la fresco. You can order a large variety of lattes, cappuccinos, breves and smoothies from the delightful baristas, or take whole or ground coffee beans to go. The lunch menu offers delicious soups, salads and sandwiches, not to mention this downtown Norfolk restaurant offers free delivery to anyone within the River Point district!
Date night just got better for all those in need of a great glass of wine, delicious pasta and an Italian dessert not even Pinterest can touch. Napoli’s ambiance is relaxing, and the restaurant’s owners are welcoming and always appreciative of your business. The authentic Italian menu offers pasta, seafood, pizza, calzones, salads, and desserts, like tiramisu. This Norfolk restaurant also offers catering and has a large banquet room, both perfect for private parties and large groups.
For authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex food and drinks, Leon is the place to be. The Leon staff makes this downtown Norfolk restaurant a fun atmosphere, especially if you are celebrating a birthday! Leon proudly offers authentic Mexican food, including freshly made chips, salsas, taco shells, desserts and more. Stop in for lunch or dinner by yourself, with a friend or a whole group.
Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Norfolk, El Rodeo is known as a secret gem in the Norfolk community. Authentic Mexican food, large portions, good prices and a friendly staff make this Norfolk restaurant a regular lunch and dinner spot. Located on the South side of the laundromat near 1st and Norfolk Avenue, this is a must stop for dine in or carry out!
This “Mom and Pop BBQ Shack” is locally owned and specializes in smoked meats. Located on 2nd and Madison Avenue, the owners of this downtown Norfolk restaurant are friendly and welcome you with a smile. They offer ribs, brisket, pulled pork and much more! Stop in for rockin’ specials like Meatloaf Mondays or Rib-Tip Tuesdays (click here to see more specials). Smokin’ Stans offers dine in, carry out, catering and food truck services.
Unfortunately, this restaurant has closed since this article was posted. Visit La Macarena for groceries, clothing, household items and more.
All 7 of these restaurants get rave reviews and offer something unique to Downtown Norfolk, and the Norfolk area. Next time you decide to go out for dinner, think of all that the River Point in Downtown Norfolk has to offer. Take advantage of late night shopping and special sales every Thursday night before heading to dinner. Also, check the Events page frequently for fun things happening both in the stores and in the streets!
Posted on: Monday, October 3, 2016
Last modified on: Sunday, September 10, 2017