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Willoughby by the Bay

$$ - $$$, ,
1534 W Ocean View Ave, Norfolk, VA 23503-1017
+1 757-480-0226
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good27%
  • Average27%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible9%
22 May 2017
“Hidden gem”
23 Aug 2017
“Best steamed shrimp ever”
Restaurant Hours
Bar, Grill, Pub, American, Seafood
$$ - $$$
1534 W Ocean View Ave, Norfolk, VA 23503-1017
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

I had the loaded baked potato that was amazing with cheese sauce and spiced shrimp and scallops while my daughter had the steamed shrimp that was out of this world.. combined with a friendly staff and great friends it was fabulous!! Cute little hole in...More

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Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

This is a lovely old restaurant that's been around for many years. Their seafood fare is AMAZING!! I've seriously never had steamed shrimp as tasty and tender as they make it here. Their creamy crab dip is equally incredible and their baked potato stuffed with...More

Thank Jonathan P
Reviewed 16 August 2017

The night prior we'd had a soft shell crab at another restaurant and wanted to try one some place else. We showed up at lunch and were the only ones there initially so service was fast. We both ordered a sauteed soft shell sandwich and...More

Thank Tim G
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

It's not the dark and dingy place at the very tip of Willoughby. It's brighter with more tables but still with a visceral connection to this unique section of Norfolk. There is a variety of seating and tables and friendly wait staff. The title emphasizes...More

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Always looking for locally owned neighborhood restaurants. Not disappointed with this little hidden gem at the end of Willoughby Spit. Awesome home cooking. I had fried oysters and onion rings. The batter was light and delicious.

Thank MLF333
Reviewed 30 March 2016

Great seafood. Always been there even 40-50 years ago. Good then too. She crab soup, salads, and super fried shrimp and hush puppies. I ate at the bar which was pleasant and different. Nice dining room with great service at either one. Pick this if...More

Thank Frank S
Reviewed 26 March 2016

The Willoughby Inn Seafood Restaurant is a tiny little place at the end of Willoughby Spit. It's an unassuming place, more pub, than restaurant, but the new owners have been making improvements to the building, and it's really coming along nicely. The food is really...More

Thank Stacey V
Reviewed 16 February 2016

this restaurant was advertised in the neighbourhood community so we wanted to try it. we entered the dining area, table cloth and serviettes: promissing. the waitress noted our order and reread everything pretty slacky. we ordered surf and turf and fish platters plus sides. the...More

Thank Uwe K
Reviewed 13 June 2015

Make no mistake....this place is a dive, but that doesn't mean it's not great. Good food, fair prices, local haunt. Give it a try.

Thank Carrie W
Reviewed 1 May 2014

Not many places around like this anymore, wasn't the best food I have ever eaten but is was good and the atmosphere is worth the visit. Hushpuppies are outstanding and our server was attentive and very nice, good ole southern hospitality. The bar was adjacent...More

Thank nancysteen
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Average prices
USD 20
Bar, Grill, Pub, American, Seafood
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1534 W Ocean View Ave, Norfolk, VA 23503-1017 (Formerly Willoughby Inn Seafood Restaurant)
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Norfolk
  • Phone Number: +1 757-480-0226
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