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Freemason Abbey Restaurant

Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings

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Located in a 140 year-old renovated church, Freemason Abbey Restaurant has been a local's favorite in the heart of downtown Norfolk for 23 years. Freemason Abbey is closed New Years Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
US$15 - US$35
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
American, Seafood
Television, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
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Reviewed yesterday

Went for lunch during restaurant week. Crowded but seated immediately (without reservations). Food very well prepared and very tasty. Service very good, cheerful, attentive, even though very busy. Apricot bread pudding a must-try!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank deh99
Reviewed 6 days ago

Finding good food and meeting family dietary requirements (a couple of GF folks with celiac) can be difficult. The variety of choices and the quality of preparation was outstanding. Enjoyed the broiled seafood platter and finished with the chocolate torte. In addition the staff was...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Mark T
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were meeting friends from our hometown in this restaurant, so scouted it out earlier in the day to be sure of its location. Parking looked like a challenge, but it turns out that it is in the lot next door during the evening, so...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank MrsKerren18
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Exceptional cuisine, stellar service. Delicious food, quaint atmosphere, reasonable prices. This place is amazing. Expertly prepared meals. My palate was delighted!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank davidwL722YW
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a cold December day on the water our family was in need of a great hot meal. We found it here by chance. Really good local seafood and a steak for our son-in-law. Service on a busy Saturday night was first rate. It was...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank horizonseeker2016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We met our best friends at Freemason Abbey for dinner on a Tuesday night before walking over to Chrysler Hall. It was “Comfort Foods” night and we ordered their country fried steaks specials and two seafood dishes. Everything was delicious...definitely returning!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank GrannyJenn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I went based on the reviews of the locals. The restaurant is amazing and had a great atmosphere. The service was great. The she-crab soup was the best I’ve ever had, up until the last bite; that’s when I got a mouthful...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank joegreenejag
Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

Awesome atmosphere and the food was phenomenal. 1st class service. If you are looking for a date night or just a night out, this is a must try!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 273wesh
Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

The food was wonderful, the atmosphere was fantastic, waiter was awesome. Definitely worth going. We loved it!

Date of visit: January 2017
2  Thank jasone380
Reviewed 4 December 2018

My wife and I were in Norfolk for vacation and she found The Freemason Abbey and thought it would be an interesting place to dine due to it's history. The space is great and nicely laid out but that is where it ends. The service...More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Annette B
26 January 2018|
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Response from docholiday174 | Reviewed this property |
Second floor maybe not. But the first floor is for sure.
Serge D
1 April 2017|
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Response from Lori M | Property representative |
Yes! We can accommodate almost all allergies, we always ask that you let your server know of your specific allergies so they can communicate to the kitchen and we can ensure every precaution is taken on your meals.
25 March 2017|
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Response from Lori M | Property representative |
We at Freemason Abbey always recommend reservations, just to be on the safe side! And we are about a 7-10 minute drive from Douglas Wilder Performing Arts center
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