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“Probably won't be back.”

Monastery Restaurant
Ranked #64 of 722 Restaurants in Norfolk
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$18 - US$30
Cuisines: European, International
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 8 April 2013

This was our 1st visit to the Monastery Restaurant. We bought a Groupon about a month ago and thought we would give it try! Reservations were required in order to use the groupon. I made my reservation the week before but then called that day to say we would be late. No problem! Great!!! When we arrived we were the only customers. The workers were all sitting at the back table. It smelled like were smoking. It smelled like fresh cig smoke not stale or old smoke. That was our first experience. Our server Ian was excellent. Super nice and very attentive. He brought fresh bread, apples and havarti cheese to our table. It was delish! He answered all of our questions and then we ordered. Although our food was very good, the portions were extremely small in relation to the price. Even with the Groupon, we felt that we paid too much. The bathrooms needed a little attention also. So it wasn't that the food was bad, it was quite good. It just was overpriced and the cig smoke didn't help matters either. While we were there two other couples arrived also. I overheard one of the other couples say 'that would would prefer more food and not dessert" when asked if they wanted to order dessert.

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Reviewed 25 March 2013

The Monastery was a very nice dining experience for four of us; the restaurant has been around since the early to mid 90's but we had not experienced it until last weekend. A somewhat unusual entry door leads directly into the main dining room, which has the feel of a European restaurant. Wait staff formally/professionally dressed, very good selection of wines and beers and a good menu, featuring what we would describe as German/Hungarian/central European foods. Schnitzel was done well as was the goulash (several kinds, using different spices to emphasize their origins). Our server (Zuzana) was very knowledgeable about ingredients used and gave us good recommendations. This is a restaurant which is kind of a throw-back to the days when dining out was an evening on the town, and you spent time savoring the food, the ambiance, and enjoying the service. We like the entire experience.

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1  Thank PenguinInk
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Reviewed 10 March 2013

A group of six went to the Monastery for my birthday celebration dinner. We also had a Groupon. We entered through two wooden swinging doors directly into the dining room, a little surprising. We had reservations and we were seated right away. Our table was fairly close to the doorway, which worked in our favor, because it was extremely warm in the restaurant. The tables were entirely too close and it was difficult to move around. We were brought bread and cheese, which everyone could not stop eating. We ordered escargot, the shrimp cocktail and a tomato with feta cheese salad as appetizers. It was the first try for escargot; they were delicious and tasted just as described. The Riesling and Zinfandel wines were both enoyable. We ordered a variety of dishes as entrees. Two people had the pork special, one had the serbian goulash, another the chicken cordon bleu, another the montebeliaro sausage dish and another the roasted duckling. Everyone tasted each others dishes. All dishes were delicious although a little small in portion size. I was given a free slice of black forest cake for my birthday and a fried apple dumpling was ordered. The fried apple dumpling was great. The traditional European food was very good. The building also reminded you of being in an old European building.

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3  Thank Mel B
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Reviewed 7 March 2013

I enjoy this place , not the cleanest place in town but I enjoy their Peking Duck .
Bathrooms need a lot of work

1  Thank Rob A
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Reviewed 27 February 2013

We were a first time Groupon visitor. Excited about the family going to eat an authentic meal filled with Character. The service from the onset was Fantastic. The meal selections with the exception of one were ethnically described. Very sweet location and one I would recommend for desert and coffee/tea but nothing more. First meal was described as large cuts of venison(being hunters expecting something the size of a pork chop) in a cream sauce. What came to the table looked like military SOS but had a pleasing flavor. Second meal was stuffed cabbage that by itself was very tasty but the sauce as described as a sweet tomato sauce tasted like Tomato Soup from a can. Third meal was Pasta Florentine with Chicken added that was a hit. My meal was a Sirloin with a red wine reduction med well (ordered med rare) with the no hint of wine and tasted like a deep rue gravy. The Sirloin was over 1/2 gristle. When pointing it out to the waiter and stating this meal was very disappointing and he could physically see there was a problem, I believe he was met with embarrassment. We spent 30 dollars for a 60 dollar Groupon. No desert this time. our bill came to 102 + dip minus the 60. The add on's were a cup of hot tea and a side salad served on a 6 inch plate that consisted of a fist full of romaine lettuce and two tomato wedges...price-$4.95. While there were some pluses with this restaurant, I would never recommend it as anything but for desert and coffee. We did sense the ethnic taste or the unique taste we were looking for especially with a steak dinner that was 24.95. The ticket was not compensated for the poor quality sirloin cut nor even suggested. Sad. We were looking for a truly wonderful experience.

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1  Thank Andi L
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