Franco's By the Bay

★★★★★
  • 169 W Ocean View Ave

    Norfolk, VA 23503

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  • 757-531-8100

About Franco's By the Bay

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Hours
Mon. CLOSED;Tue. - Thu. 11am - 9pm;Fri. - Sat. 11am - 10pm;Sun. 3pm - 9pm

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We usually eat at Francos By the Bay at least 2-3 times a week. The food is delicious. Francos By the Bay has it all...not only is the food is amazing, but it has some of the friendliest service in town. Also, on Thursday nights they have a pianist that plays. It's really enjoyable to relax, dine and enjoy the music. You can't go wrong with Francos;)

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We usually eat at Francos By the Bay at least 2-3 times a week. The food is delicious. Francos By the Bay has it all...not only is the food is amazing, but it has some of the friendliest service in town. Also, on Thursday nights they have a pianist that plays. It's really enjoyable to relax, dine and enjoy the music. You can't go wrong with Francos;)

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We tried them on what should have been their best night serving food. We went as a party of four on a Friday night at 715pm.

I had heard good things about this place, so I wanted to put them to the test on a busy night.

An appetizer, and entree's for 4 people drinking water ran a bill of $55 including the tip.

HIGH VALUE at this restaurant, however our food was very bland. Dishes we ordererd was the Baked Ziti, Spaghetti w/marinara, Calzone, and Chicken Francese (sp?). Everything except the chicken dish was well worth the $. The Chicken dish had a $14 price tag on it, but was much less of a portion to any of the other dishes.

Our waitress was nice and I enjoyed the complementary fresh hot loafs of bread. NO OIL or VINEGAR to go along with the bread however, just whipped butter.

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★★★☆☆

We tried them on what should have been their best night serving food. We went as a party of four on a Friday night at 715pm.

I had heard good things about this place, so I wanted to put them to the test on a busy night.

An appetizer, and entree's for 4 people drinking water ran a bill of $55 including the tip.

HIGH VALUE at this restaurant, however our food was very bland. Dishes we ordererd was the Baked Ziti, Spaghetti w/marinara, Calzone, and Chicken Francese (sp?). Everything except the chicken dish was well worth the $. The Chicken dish had a $14 price tag on it, but was much less of a portion to any of the other dishes.

Our waitress was nice and I enjoyed the complementary fresh hot loafs of bread. NO OIL or VINEGAR to go along with the bread however, just whipped butter.

Pros: Ambient, local atmosphere.

Cons: No waiting area, not enough waiting staff.

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Me and my family have been going to Franco's for years. The food is always perfect! The service is excellent and it's a great atmosphere inside. The only restaurant around that I could eat at everyday.

2
★★★★★

Me and my family have been going to Franco's for years. The food is always perfect! The service is excellent and it's a great atmosphere inside. The only restaurant around that I could eat at everyday.

Pros: Everything on the menu

Cons: None

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My wife and I were old customers of the "original" Franco's on Azalea Garden and when we saw the "Franco's by the Bay" we had to ask if it was part and parcel of the orginal? Turns out it is Franco's son, and he has learned well! The food is spectacular, the prices are so reasonable you would almost ask if the bil was correct? We go there every Sunday for the veal parm and ensalata antipasto. I combination hard to beat. The service is excellent. It could only be better by staffing a one on one for each table! Definitely, and highly recommended! You can not go wrong. Their meatball subs for lunch will tie you over till breakfast the next day! Their pizzas are excellent and authentic too!

2
★★★★★

My wife and I were old customers of the "original" Franco's on Azalea Garden and when we saw the "Franco's by the Bay" we had to ask if it was part and parcel of the orginal? Turns out it is Franco's son, and he has learned well! The food is spectacular, the prices are so reasonable you would almost ask if the bil was correct? We go there every Sunday for the veal parm and ensalata antipasto. I combination hard to beat. The service is excellent. It could only be better by staffing a one on one for each table! Definitely, and highly recommended! You can not go wrong. Their meatball subs for lunch will tie you over till breakfast the next day! Their pizzas are excellent and authentic too!

Pros: Everything!

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This place takes you from Virginia to Italy when you walk through the door. It's small relaxing setting has a nice feeling to it. You can see the cooks making the great authenic Italian cuisine from where ever you sit. The portions are huge and the price is right. I would recommend Franco's to anyone who likes to get away from the franchise Itallian resturants and experience authentic Itallian food.

2
★★★★★

This place takes you from Virginia to Italy when you walk through the door. It's small relaxing setting has a nice feeling to it. You can see the cooks making the great authenic Italian cuisine from where ever you sit. The portions are huge and the price is right. I would recommend Franco's to anyone who likes to get away from the franchise Itallian resturants and experience authentic Itallian food.

Pros: The food and atmosphere

Cons: It's a little small inside but that doesn't bother me

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Every Thursday, there is a pianist who comes from 6pm to 9pm... He plays European songs.... This is very relaxing to eat at Franco's and listen to the pianist: Marc Marique.

5
★★★★★

Every Thursday, there is a pianist who comes from 6pm to 9pm... He plays European songs.... This is very relaxing to eat at Franco's and listen to the pianist: Marc Marique.

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Franco?s By the Bay is true to the Franco?s tradition and serves up the same great food as the original Franco?s! The chef at Franco?s By the Bay is the son of the Chef at Franco?s and once you try the food you can tell that the secrets were passed down. Franco?s by the bay offers a little more room inside the restaurant and a few more tables. But the best part about Franco?s By the Bay is that it kept the open kitchen, so you can watch as your food is made! If you love real Italian food then I suggest you check out Franco?s By the Bay!

PROS: excellent chef!
CONS:

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★★★★★

Franco?s By the Bay is true to the Franco?s tradition and serves up the same great food as the original Franco?s! The chef at Franco?s By the Bay is the son of the Chef at Franco?s and once you try the food you can tell that the secrets were passed down. Franco?s by the bay offers a little more room inside the restaurant and a few more tables. But the best part about Franco?s By the Bay is that it kept the open kitchen, so you can watch as your food is made! If you love real Italian food then I suggest you check out Franco?s By the Bay!

PROS: excellent chef!
CONS:

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