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Franco's By The Bay

€€ - €€€Italian, Pizza
169 W Ocean View Ave, Norfolk, VA 23503-1502
+1 757-531-8100
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“pizza bread” (3 reviews)
“spaghetti” (3 reviews)
“stromboli” (2 reviews)
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Italian, Pizza
€€ - €€€
169 W Ocean View Ave, Norfolk, VA 23503-1502
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Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

We were a group of 14. Service was great. No one had other than a very good meal. Parm was also very good.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank bstreep
Reviewed 9 August 2018

We visit here for a work lunch every week or two. We enjoy the quick food, fast service, and comfortable atmosphere. Service is fast and friendly.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank MargaritaDoug
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Went on a Thursday night, they have a piano player who has been there for years. All we wanted was a pizza and a glass of wine. The waitress was fairly quick to stop by and took our order. She said she would bring a...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank TheOz-Of-VB
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

My family of 5 (3 boys are 11, 14, 16) gave this restaurant a shot based on the reviews while staying in Norfolk. This was definitely a “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” situation when considering it’s scrappy looking location. My husband enjoyed the...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Dawn M
Reviewed 16 May 2018

This restaurant is in a small plaza, easy to locate. Very clean. Excellent waitress. I had salmon, which I often choose wherever I go, but this was by far the very best grilled salmon I ever ate!!! My friend chose spaghetti with a salad, a...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Martha S
Reviewed 6 May 2018

This restaurant was recommended by a friend. On arrival we were seated quickly by a very courteous waitress. She was the only one waiting on about ten tables but was efficient, pleasant and attentive. We had a salad and fried mozzarella sticks for appetizers. The...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank vbtourist2004
Reviewed 1 April 2018

last few months we have been going the other location, but our party of 8 could only be seated at 5:30 or 7:30 - neither time worked for us, so we all sailed back to this location where we went for many years on friday...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank maxtheknife2012
Reviewed 9 January 2018

A local took me here this week and it was fabulous. Small with great decor and huge flavor and service. A locals favorite and well deserved. Usual Italian fare exceptionally well done. Great service and even the house Burgundy was wine very good. I'll certainly...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank Rusty B
Reviewed 7 August 2017

We ate there twice while vacationing on Willoughby Spit. The service was terrific--very attentive, quick, and friendly. The food is excellent and the portions are generous. If they were located near our home in Maryland we would be frequent customers!

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank AlanViv
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Dinner for two after a long day of driving. Our server was fantastic and helpful. The food is very flavorful and made to order. The wine is poured generously and is good. Will return when back in the area!

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank Nicole H
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 169 W Ocean View Ave, Norfolk, VA 23503-1502
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Norfolk
  • Phone Number: +1 757-531-8100
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