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Franco's By The Bay

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169 W Ocean View Ave, Norfolk, VA 23503-1502
+1 757-531-8100
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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43 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

tonight our gang of only 5 sailed back to one of our favorite friday nite spots and we enjoyed a great dinner. Sam our food server got us a nice large antipasto salad and some “Pizza Bread” to get us started and two bottles of red wine - Milbrandt. some went with their stand friday night favorite: Flounder Frances and... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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151 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went on a Thursday night as they have a piano player. Was told he started at 6pm but he did not start until 6:30pm. We were told that we could not make reservations so we arrived at 5:30pm to make sure we got a seat. Salads arrived quickly, very fresh, lovely dressing but way to many onions. The veal Marsala... More 

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Thank msm1990
Norfolk, Virginia
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

This is a great little family run italian style restaurant. Not too big so seating may be a little tight on a weekend night, but they are open for lunch and weekday dinners. Fantastic homemade dishes, pasta, bread, subs/hoagies, salads are incredible. The prices, especially during lunch are extremely reasonable for the fresh and oversized portions. The wait staff are... More 

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Thank Yankee06360
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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43 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017

for many many years we ate here at least twice or three times a month, but the last 45 days or so, we have eaten out at other locations in the tidewater area. man oh man was it great to return. new floors, new paint, new lights - wow we all were impressed. friday night we had our favorites from... More 

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Thank Tuffy B
Norfolk
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49 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

There is Italian food, which is faithful to the recipes of Italy. And, then there is Italian-American food which has been compromised to suit American palates. Franco's falls into the latter category. The food was better than that to be found in the other Italian-American restaurants in the Tidewater area. It is certainly better than that to be had at... More 

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Thank Russell C
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 reviews
Reviewed 28 September 2016

I have been going to the original Francos by the airport for 30 years. Decided to try the Ocean view location. The food is fresh, piping hot, had the chicken marsala and this past Sunday the Chicken Parm. The two young ladies waiting the tables did a great job. I love the salad with the home made vinagrette dressing. Not... More 

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Thank T B
Mechanicsville, Virginia
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2016

The food was great, but I wouldn't call it the best family place. Its a little more formal. The menu doesn't have descriptions of the dishes. So if you're not extremely familiar with classic Italian dishes, its tricky.

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Thank MBurke07
Norfolk, Virginia
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76 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2015

Met a friend here for lunch. We had great service, and a decent lunch, but I didn't see much that was really special.

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Thank David P
West Sand Lake, New York
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 August 2015 via mobile

We had spent the day at the beach and taking a dolphin tour near by (highly recommend) and were severely sunburnt and dehydrated. We went around 3 because it's the first thing we found. The place was empty for the most part but our waitress and food was amazing. I think she could see how tired we were so she... More 

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Thank Shelby137
Dupont, Washington
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 July 2015 via mobile

Just arrived in town and this is a must visit based on word of mouth, reviews, and first hand experience. Great meal and first rate service.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?