Glass Light

4.8
70 Reviews
$31 to $50
French American

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Traditional hotel dining is completely redefined at the Glass Light Hotel & Gallery. Focused on serving the highest quality ingredients, including seasonal and locally sourced produce and herbs, our restaurant, bar, and communal dining program are a standout among the dining scene of Norfolk on Granby Street. Indulge your senses in artistic, open spaces enhanced by beautifully prepared and presented dishes. Experience an elevated take on casual dining at the Glass Light Hotel!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 70 people are saying
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JohnP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for an leisurely evening out. Food was fine and service spot on. The decor is quirky- glam.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The burger was extremely tasty. The duck breast needed a little sweetness, I actually added some honey and it made the dish. Carpaccio was just as good as the burger! The views of the art while we ate was quite an experience too!

Glass Light
Responded on September 5, 2021

Thank You, we are so glad that you enjoyed dinner and the art! Be sure to come back and visit when our art gallery opens next door. You'll be able to walk from the restaurant into the gallery and enjoy our cocktails while you tour the two stories of new art! Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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vipJeffreyB
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very happy for Hotel guests that the restaurant is back open.
Great food and great service.

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abbym
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely anniversary dinner here at the glass light. We shared the curried corn veloute and the green salad, both of which were excellent, for appetizers. Then for dinner I had the halibut and my husband had the chicken, both of which were cooked perfectly! The cocktails were also fabulous. We will definitely be returning next time we are in Norfolk.

Glass Light
Responded on September 5, 2021

We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed everything! Thank You for the review and Happy Anniversary! Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
18 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful service. Fantastic food I’m so glad glass light has reopened

Glass Light
Responded on August 16, 2021

And we are so happy to be back! Thank You for the kind review! Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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vipYorktownFoodies
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful experience!

Glass Light
Responded on August 13, 2021

Thank You, we are so glad that you enjoyed dinner! Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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vipFoodiewithtraining
Richmond
40 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

First off, the staff was very friendly. However, my visit reminded me why I am not a fan of corporate-owned boutique hotels. They want fine dining to a point. When it comes down to it, it is another hotel restaurant and, for me, not a destination especially with all of the local choices up and down Granby.
While it was quiet during my visit, I could easily see it being very loud if it was crowded, The ceilings are high, the bar/waiting area (by design) might create a very loud atmosphere. If that is the vibe you want, it's perfect. If you want to have a conversation with your friends, not so much.
I won't go over the details I saw that needing improving outside of the kitchen in this review. I'll focus mainly on the food.
Technically, there were some flaws that really floored me. While the flavor was good, it didn't remind me of a place opened by a Michelin starred chef. What do I mean? #1 I had the duck. Nice crust on the outside but the temperature was uneven. It ranged from mid rare to high side of medium on two pieces. #2 Those two pieces of duck should have been three. One piece was twice as big as the other. Even cuts for cooking and presentation is culinary school 101. Makes me wonder if the duck breast was first cut and then placed under the salamander to finish. #3 the peach cobbler ($12) was between cold and luke warm. The vision I have of cobbler is fruity and hot with filling coming out the crock and the ice cream melts with it. Enjoy the contrast of fancy and rustic with cobbler - don't make it "uppity". #4 nothing was fork ready. I had to cut everything on the plate including the vegetables. The small carrots I get but the beans, etc were all kept to size.

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Lelia
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I definitely would return to have to same dish and try others. I ordered the Joyce Farms Chicken Breast with asparagus, black trumpet mushrooms, and two crispy thigh squares served with sauce perigueux. All amazingly prepared and served. The others ordered the flounder and raved about it. The service was well-timed and friendly.

Glass Light
Responded on July 30, 2021

Thank You for the wonderful review! We are really proud of our menu and are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed excellent service, as well! Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great dining experience overall. The food was just ok, nothing too memorable.

Glass Light
Responded on July 30, 2021

Thank You for the 5 star review! Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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vipChris
Raleigh
29 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal with French influence. Service and quality outstanding

Glass Light
Responded on July 30, 2021

Thank You for the kind review. We appreciate the positive feedback! Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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Victoria
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Worth it! Lots of personalized touches with great ambiance. Supreme selection of food and beverages!

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vipluvfud
Atlanta
36 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Two had the rib-eye. One looked beautiful the other looked like a Waffle House steak. Unacceptable for the price. The salad was quite good. Server was a little rushed to get us out. After dinner coffee was lukewarm at best.

Glass Light
Responded on July 16, 2021

We are so sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the food and service to it's full potential. Please let us know if you return for dinner again, so that we can make it up to you! We will use your feedback to improve our service going forward and hope to see you again soon. Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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TaniaS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at the Glasslight for our anniversary. Our servers Sara and trainee Amanda were attentive and friendly as well as knowledgeable with awesome recommendations. Although the menu was limited - the choices were interesting. The crispy octopus was delicious as well as the rabbit and scallops. We will definitely dine there again!

Glass Light
Responded on July 16, 2021

Thank You so much for your kind words! The octopus is our most popular dish and we are glad to hear that you enjoyed everything! We will be sure to pass along the compliments to Sara and Amanda. Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing chef Zack is the best!

Glass Light
Responded on July 9, 2021

We all agree! Thank You for the excellent review! Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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vipBee1234
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Amazing decor. Most of the food was delicious.
Scallops tasted old and very fishy. Plate was kinda messy . Overall, it was a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the Chef’s Table and had the most amazing dinner.

Glass Light
Responded on June 29, 2021

Thank You for taking advantage of our Chef's Table and for the kind review! Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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VictoriaJ
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely date night at the Glass Light! Food and drink, delicious!

Glass Light
Responded on June 29, 2021

Please come and visit again! We will be featuring additional dishes each weekend that are not on the menu and we begin opening Tuesday through Saturdays, as of June 6th! Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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TinaH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place, love the decor,food great especially the desserts

Glass Light
Responded on June 29, 2021

We are so glad you enjoyed everything! Please visit again! Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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BrittanyC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG, another stellar dinning experience!!! Absolutely love the space, art, ambiance, food, and cocktails/wine list. Approachable yet classic execution of French cuisine with a local spin. The hostess who greeted us was so professional and welcoming, Sarah our server was also excellent! She was knowledgeable and offered great cocktail and wine suggestions. Could not be happier with the entire experience from start to finish.

Glass Light
Responded on June 29, 2021

Thank You for the informative review and for letting us know that our staff are doing a great job! We will pass along the nice comments to Sara and our Hostess and hope to see you again soon! Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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Foodie
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, ambiance - all OUTSTANDING!

Glass Light
Responded on June 4, 2021

Thank You for the fantastic review. This is great to hear! Our goal is to source and serve only the best ingredients, the majority of them from local vendors, and to give 5 star service and we are thrilled to hear that you had a great experience. Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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BrittanyC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal, great service, our server Rachel excellent. Can’t wait to go back!

Glass Light
Responded on June 4, 2021

Thank You for the great review and for mentioning Rachel by name. We strive to give five star service and are always thrilled to hear positive feedback on our staff. We can't wait to have you back again soon! Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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vipMarkG
Richmond
35 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our dinner meal was superb! My wife had the Pork-Chop "Special"; I had the Halibut--and we shared the beef carpaccio small-plate. Our server (Sarah) was attentive but non-intrusive. She could not have been more pleasant and friendly. We have dined frequently over the years at the finest restaurants of Norfolk/Suffolk/Newport News...as well as Williamsburg, Virginia Beach and Richmond. This restaurant ranks among the finest.

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4scuba
Richmond
24 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. I had the special, which was a plum glazed bone in pork chops. It was perfect. My companion has the scallops and loved every bite. Tender and done just right. This could become a new favorite.

Glass Light
Responded on June 4, 2021

The Pork Chop special was a big hit! We do use locally sourced ingredients from surrounding farms and vendors in the Hampton Roads area and often have special additions to the menu, to highlight ingredients that just came in! Please visit again soon! Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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StevenR
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

we heard so many good things about this resturant but we found our experience to be disappointing. cocktails were good but the food was in my opinion us over priced and salty.

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vipBrianH
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad to see it back open and just as good as it was when it closed for COV-19.

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EveD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hotel is overall amazing and so my style coupled by fine dining is just an overall masterpiece from reservations to paying the check. Not a meat eater, no problem! The chef will create a vegetarian dish just for you! Viola! Magnifico!

Glass Light
Responded on May 14, 2021

We are so happy to hear that we were able to accommodate your diet and that you enjoyed your time with us. Thank You so much for the wonderful review! Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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vipSFJosh
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate by"The Pass" and were able to watch the chef (Zach Close) and cooks working their magic. The duck was delicious and the kohlrabi enhanced the flavors of the duck. The panna cotta desert with rhubarb was light and flavorful. Our server, Sarah, was able to recommend excellent wines to go with our selections. Tables were well-spaced so we felt comfortable dining indoors.

Glass Light
Responded on May 14, 2021

We are thrilled to know that you enjoyed dinner with us. Soon, we will also be opening up the Chef's Counter for parties of 5 or less, which provides a fun and up close experience with our kitchen team! We hope to see you again soon! Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was exceptional. One of the best meals I’ve ever had!

Glass Light
Responded on May 7, 2021

That is great to hear. Thank You, and please visit us again soon! Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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JerryK
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the experience thoroughly. We were greeted by friendly staff and treated with respect the whole time. The food was worthy of a 5-Star restaurant in both presentation and flavor. The octopus appetizer and beef carpaccio with toasted brioche slices were a treat with multiple flavors coming through to delight. The seared scallops were large and full of just the right amount of seasoning -- melting in your mouth. We tried 3 different desserts and couldn't believe that we ate them all. The were excellent.

Glass Light
Responded on April 30, 2021

Thank You for taking the time to write such a wonderful and descriptive review. We have passed this along to our culinary team to share your appreciation of their talents and hard work! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. -Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite Norfolk restaurant!!

Glass Light
Responded on June 4, 2021

We love to hear that! We are now open Wednesday through Saturday nights for dinner and look forward to your next visit! Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best hotel and best restaurant, the food is always fresh and amazing 10 star service!

Glass Light
Responded on April 22, 2021

We are so happy that you enjoyed your dinner with us and hope that you'll visit us again soon. Thank You for the kind review! -Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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KathyP
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at the Glass Light was superb in every way! Innovative cuisine and attentive staff.

Glass Light
Responded on April 22, 2021

Kathy, We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your dinner in our restaurant. We are excited to be open again and appreciate the positive feedback. Please visit again soon! Valerie Ringer Food & Beverage Manager Glass Light

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Caro79
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The waitress was kind & responsive. The champagne (by the glass) was flat. The oysters were tasty but come without horseradish or hot sauce. My burger was delish & the fries were fresh. We still don’t know what the foam in the middle of my husband’s scallops was..? The scallops were OK according to him & the plating was sad with just a few sad little brussel sprouts. It was his birthday & they served him house made birthday chocolates, which was a nice touch.

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vipCrissie
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

really great Friday evening out. It was a solo getaway to read and have a (very yummy) cocktail or two. Great environment and the food was incredible!

Glass Light
Responded on October 19, 2020

Dear Crissie, Thank you so much for choosing us for your Friday evening out. We are thrilled that you enjoyed the food as well as cocktails. We thank you for taking the time to leave a review and hope to see you again soon for your next getaway! Alice, Hotel Operations Coordinator

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CamillaH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it! The food the service the drinks everything was perfect! We will be back! And the glass bunnies makes it so much more interesting.

Glass Light
Responded on October 19, 2020

Dear CamillaH, Thank you so much for the review and 5 star rating! We are delighted that you loved your evening with us. Our glass bunnies are our signature mark and we hope that you had time to enjoy the rest of our exquisite glass collection! We hope to see you again soon! Alice, Hotel Operations Coordinator

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DLilly
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and well presented. My wife and I nearly had the place to ourselves. The staff was courteous and attentive but not distracting. And they even brought out some complimentary macaroons that were perfect with our post dinner coffee. It was a wonderful night. Thank you Glass Light!

Glass Light
Responded on October 19, 2020

Dear DLilly, Thank you so much for the review! We passed along your compliments to our culinary team as well as serving staff. Our macarons are to die for and a perfect way to end a meal. We are so glad that you had a wonderful night and hope to see you again soon! Alice, Hotel Operations Coordinator

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TomB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Glass Light was a fantastic spot for a quiet date night or romantic celebration. Great food, drink and service!

Glass Light
Responded on October 19, 2020

Dear TomB, Thank you for choosing us for your date night. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your evening with us! Looking forward to welcoming you again soon! Alice, Hotel Operations Coordinator

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The flavor combinations were outstanding. I have a lot of food sensitivities and the server and kitchen staff worked with me to get it correct and serve me a beautifully presented meal that was delicious. It was honestly the best meal I have had out at a restaurant in Hampton Roads.
Well done Glass Light! Thanks Zak Mayo for the excellent scallops. We can’t wait to enjoy our next meal there.

Glass Light
Responded on October 19, 2020

Dear Anonymous, Woah! Thank you so much for the review and 5 star rating! We are delighted that you enjoyed your dinner with us. Both our serving team as well as culinary team take great pride in providing attentive service and making sure our guests have outstanding experiences. We shared your review with Zak, he is a true gem in the kitchen! Thank you again and we look forward to welcoming you again soon! Alice, Hotel Operations Coordinator

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gem of a spot. Top to bottom this is one of the best restaurants in Tidewater. Excellent service, food and atmosphere.

Glass Light
Responded on October 19, 2020

Dear Anonymous, Thank you so much for the compliments! We are honored that you place us among the best restaurants in Hampton Roads. We appreciate you taking the time to write a review and would love to welcome you again soon! Alice Hotel Operations Coordinator

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vipBrianH
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food again. This is our 4th time at Glass Light and it is now our favorite restaurant.

Glass Light
Responded on October 19, 2020

Dear BrianH, Thank you for visiting us again! We are so glad that you are enjoying dining with us and are honored to be your favorite restaurant! We appreciate the review and 5 star rating. We hope to see you again soon! Alice, Hotel Operations Coordinator

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Glass Light is rated 4.8 stars by 70 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.