When you think of Norfolk, Virginia the first thing that comes to mind of most people is the world’s largest military base. But it’s also becoming one of the best foodie destinations in the country.

We recently featured 5 restaurants in downtown Norfolk that are simply outstanding on our Destination Virginia show. If you’d like to remind yourself just how good these restaurants are before checking out the list, CLICK HERE!

Considered the core of the Hampton Roads/Coastal Virginia area,  the city is bordered to the west by the Elizabeth River and to the north by the Chesapeake Bay so seafood would understandably come to mind first……but there is such a wide variety of types of great food here in Norfolk, that we had felt it important to list of the top 10 places to eat in this bustling city.

So we’ve partnered up with Yelp Hampton Roads to bring you this curated list, based on Yelp reviews from the past year.

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1.Maymar Poke & Grill (Norfolk)

Family-owned restaurant serving Filipino food and fresh made to order Poke bowls.

2. Sam’s Texas Sub Shop (Norfolk)

These folks claim to have the best subs in Norfolk!

3. A World of Good (Norfolk)

Family owned and operated business by husband and wife team Greg and Sara Barnhill.

With three decades of 4 and 5 star experience brings high quality ingredients paired with classic cooking techniques to a quick service environment. With cuisine focused on the amazing street foods found in four major regions of the world — Latin America, North America, Southeast Asia, and the Mediterranean, their mission is to serve quick and tasty high quality meals to hungry & thirsty folks at a great price in a chill setting. Great food, awesome drinks, good music and good friends.

4. Chartreuse Bistro (Norfolk)

Chartreuse Bistro is a husband & wife owned and operated organic farm to table bistro located in the historic district in downtown Norfolk, Virginia.

Ideas & inspiration include time spent in Europe, made from scratch & nose to tail cuisine, biodynamic agriculture, recycling, vinegar, organic farming & backyard gardens, prix fix menus, old World wine, fine dining service, modern & contemporary design along with family & friends.

Chartreuse Bistro offers a daily changing menu everyday for lunch & dinner. Featuring organic homemade bread, pasta, soup, terrines, dessert & soda. Chartreuse Bistro serves natural wine, craft beer and handcrafted cocktails.

5. LeGrand Kitchen (Norfolk)

A small, 28-seat “finer diner,” located in Norfolk’s Highland Park.

They’re a friendly neighborhood restaurant that works directly with farmers, foragers, and purveyors, and their menu changes frequently based on seasonal availability.

6. Codex (Norfolk)

A small restaurant inside a butcher shop, Codex serves rare beer and creative farm-local plates.

7. Blanca (Norfolk)

A convivial restaurant with a fun, old world focused wine list and thoughtful plates inspired by the rustic cooking of France, Spain, and Italy.

8. Luce (Norfolk)

Introduce your tastebuds to an infusion of the different regions of Italy. A little from the north, some south–from Sicily to Sardinia–Italy has an incredible variety of regions and ingredients.

9. Handsome Biscuit (Norfolk)

Conquering food boredom and serving out-of-this-world sandwiches Since 2013

10. Clementine’s at Riverview (Norfolk)

New American Restaurant in Norfolk, Virginia. People talk about braised beef short rib, housemade potato gnocchi and pan seared scallops.

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