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Located in a 147 year-old renovated church, Freemason Abbey Restaurant has been a local's favorite in the heart of downtown Norfolk for 31 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, 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, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We never miss an opportunity to enjoy this wonderful place anytime we are in Norfolk. The ambiance is so inviting, the service always excellent & accommodating, and never a bad meal. Great menu, generous portions, and Sunday Brunch is a special treat. If you go...for Brunch, don't miss out on the bread pudding which can be added for a very nominal charge. I don't normally eat dessert, but just can't pass it up. The best ever!More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On prior trips to Norfolk, we’ve regularly enjoyed eating dinner at Freemason Abbey Restaurant and look forward to eating there again on our current trip. The food is of exceptional quality, and the service was impeccable. This evening we walked by the Abbey and saw...another award banner. Is it any surprise? This place is magical!More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 22 May 2021

We celebrated our 19th anniversary there. Great food and good--not great service. Normally, the restaurants we have chosen to celebrate our anniversary have given us dessert or something as a gift. I know it's not a requirement, but it would have been nice. I do...recommend this restaurant for celebrations.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 3 May 2021

We were looking for a late lunch after a sightseeing cruise and before heading off on a 5 hour drive home. This restaurant was recommended. And we are very pleased we followed the recommendation. The food and service were top notch and they have on-site...parking. We had the Crab Bennie (think Benedict) and She Crab Soup. The soup was thick, creamy, with just the right amount of spiciest. It was very good although different from what the tomato base with veggies I anticipated. Give it a try!More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 1 May 2021

The Abbey is an old church turned into a great place to eat. Lots of hand carved wood and a little bit of stained glass. Food was good and service was ok too.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 12 April 2021 via mobile

Food was great! Calamari was good. Fresh Dip was really food! Fast and friendly service. Such a Quant place!

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 1 April 2021

The lunch special on Wednesdays is a three course meal for $16. It was fantastic! I had salad and salmon. My husband had she crab soup and salmon. We both had the bread pudding for dessert. She crab soup was our favorite. Salmon came with...asparagus and rice. Good size portions and all delicious. Cheese and crackers for dinner tonight. Kyle was excellent server. Will definitely go back.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 29 March 2021 via mobile

Found this restaurant with good reviews. We found the restaurant peaceful with great service. Check out the daily spec

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 24 March 2021 via mobile

First off you really can't tell it used to be a church if you are seated in front of the restaurant, which we were. The booth was cozy and the ball light globe was cool. The food was good, but not good enough to go...back. Service was really good and menu had good variety. My husband thought it was pricey but I thought it was about like any other. Crab cakes were my fav!More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 16 March 2021

What a fun place to eat in. The food was beyond fabulous. Wait staff was great. It was fun to see all the cutouts of celebrities at the tables not in use due to COVID. We will definitely be back!

Date of visit: March 2021
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Response from HPCBarnabas | Reviewed this property |
Yes kid friendly but I can't recall if I saw any high chairs. I would call.
19 February 2019|
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Response from davidwL722YW | Reviewed this property |
Yes, quite cozy
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Response from docholiday174 | Reviewed this property |
Second floor maybe not. But the first floor is for sure.
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Freemason Abbey Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5