Eating authentically prepared food lets you taste the very essence of a country and draws far fewer angry glares than chewing on its national flag. Flag down a satisfying meal with today's Groupon to Monastery Restaurant in Norfolk. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of European cuisine
- For $30, you get $60 worth of European cuisine for parties of four or more
Monastery Restaurant's culinary team harnesses the power of Old World recipes to construct a menu of German, French, and Czech specialty dishes, served in a candlelit setting replete with stained-glass windows and a brick façade. Commence noshing with an appetizer of escargot ($10.95 for a half-dozen), tucked neatly in their shells. Wiener schnitzel ($20.95) arrives garbed in an overcoat of crisp breading, and steak tartare ($22.95) lavishes tongues with the distinct smokeless flavor derived from the unlit stove over which it was not cooked. Postmeal cooldowns begin with fondue au chocolat ($12.95), portioned to tickle the sweet teeth of two diners or an infinite number of imaginary friends.
Wall sconces cast warm light across the exposed brick walls at Monastery Restaurant, where guests dine on European cuisine at small, candle-lit tables. Owners Anna and Adolf Jerabek first opened a restaurant in New York City after leaving their native Czechoslovakia in 1967, and later journeyed to Virginia to open their Old World eatery at the current downtown Norfolk locale. There, they serve breaded port cutlet with Lyonnaise potatoes and steamed broccoli, and veal-stuffed cabbage with dumplings. A painting of a portly monk with a half-finished beer hangs behind the bar, where visitors can enjoy selections from the drink list—wine, beer, champagne, and cocktails—or jump up on the wall to act like the portly monk.
443 Granby St.
Norfolk, Virginia 23510