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Willoughby by the Bay

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1534 W Ocean View Ave, Norfolk, VA 23503-1017
+1 757-480-0226
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good25%
  • Average33%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible8%
22 May 2017
“Hidden gem”
1 week ago
“Still Improved But Needs More”
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Bar, Grill, Pub, American, Seafood
€€ - €€€
1534 W Ocean View Ave, Norfolk, VA 23503-1017
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The dining room is a lovely peach color and the cook is still hardworking but food still needs refinements. Seafood is their specialty and love the waitress but the food was slow in getting out of the kitchen. Grilled Salmon was okay tonight but could...More

Thank Robert B
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Reviewed 23 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 23 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 1 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 22 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 29 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 15 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
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Bar, Grill, Pub, American, Seafood
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Seating, Waitstaff
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  • 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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