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“The Best of Norfolk”
Review of Chartreuse Bistro

Chartreuse Bistro
Ranked #15 of 704 Restaurants in Norfolk
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Norfolk, Virginia
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“The Best of Norfolk”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

This is by far our favorite restaurant in Norfolk. We have come here at least once a week for the past two months, there are even some weeks when we come twice. The menu changes daily, though there are some reoccurring trends. The food is local and organic when available, but everything is fresh and delicious.

The restaurant is small, there are only about 8 tables. The waitresses are incredibly friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. On numerous occasions they have been able to recommend a wine to complement our meal, or explain the unique qualities of an ingredient.

Appetizers generally include a salad, cheese plate, soup, and then something unique like salmon tartar or beef carpaccio. Main courses include a fish, a vegetarian (usually some type of Gnocchi or other pasta), and meat or poultry. Desserts almost always consist of a creme brulee and a baked dish. The food has always been excellent, we have never had to send anything back or complain. My husband has a very adventurous palate, and Chartreuse manages to excite him, while keeping me happy with classics.

Trip Advisor doesn't specify price range, but dinner for two with appetizers, entrees, a shared dessert and drinks usually costs $100. Also, whenever we make a reservation they always ask if it is special occasion, for instance when we came for a friend's birthday the menu's all included a birthday wish at the top.

If you care about food or consider yourself a foodie, you have to eat at Chartreuse.

  • Visited June 2014
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4 Thank KristinGit
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English first
North Carolina, United States
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Exceptional. Food done right.”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

As a chef I am constantly disappointed and finding something I would change about food. We were in town for a Modest Mouse show on my birthday and I heard some great things about this place. Everything was delicious. Well seasoned and prepared with love. Great healthy food. You can tell when somewhere is driven by their love for food and this place has it!

They also printed personalized menus for us with a happy birthday to me at the top. Very accomodating and great service.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Micah F
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Wonderful place in Norfolk”
Reviewed 3 April 2014 via mobile

I have been looking forward to eating here after hearing great things and was not disappointed!
The concept is farm to table which is why the menu is different everyday.
I had Rock Fish and it was delicious . The service,atmosphere,decor were all excellent and I cannot wait to go back.
Great job to all the staff there!

Visited April 2014
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Thank Irene F
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Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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68 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Eclectic Bistro”
Reviewed 8 February 2014

Chartreuse is a small venue with about 10 or so tables - some of which had a prior life as school desks! The food is lovingly prepared and little is bought from other vendors. They make their own bread, for example. Service is well honed, and they are prepared to accommodate small groups - ours was a seating of 11. They have a limited wine by the glass offering and a wide selection of by the bottle choices. Wine pricing is a bit high, however. Our dinner was well plated and generously portioned. My only ding would be the bottom line price.

  • Visited February 2014
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2 Thank Carl S
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Norfolk, Virginia
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64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Welcome treat in Norfolk”
Reviewed 14 January 2014 via mobile

This restaurant offers a distinctive and different fare. Seasonal menu with wonderful options. Everything cooked perfectly. The happy hour is very popular.

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Thank Jennifer S
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