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Vintage Kitchen
Vintage Kitchen

Vintage Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vintage-kitchen.com
  • Phone: (757) 625-3370
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Monday - Wednesday evenings available by Appointment or Invitation Only
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Phillip Craig Thomason
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We will work within any budget and look forward to helping you plan your next event. Please contact us at 757.625.3370 or by email at info@vintage-kitchen.com.
  • Private Party Facilities: "When Hampton Roads movers and shakers want to celebrate in style, they turn to celebrity Chef/Owner Phillip Craig Thomason of VINTAGE kitchen, one of the hottest restaurants and special event destinations in the area." -Vow Magazine. We specialize in on-site and off-site events including: Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners, Bridal Luncheons, Cocktail Receptions, Corporate Events and Catering, Pharmaceutical Programs, Office Parties, and Digital Audio Visual Web Conferencing. Featuring sweeping waterfront views of Virginia"s most famous harbor / Located conveniently within walking distance of downtown Norfolk's major hotels / 5000 sq. ft. marble lobby and tented outdoor lawn on the Elizabeth River for events of all sizes / Several private rooms offer the ability to host multiple functions simultaneously / FREE PARKING. We will work within any budget and look forward to helping you plan your next event. Please contact us at 757.625.3370 or by email at info@vintage-kitchen.com.
  • Private Party Contact: Phillip Craig Thomason (757) 625-3370

Getting there

  • Cross Street: St. Paul's Boulevard
  • Public Transit: Adjacent to building
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer FREE validated parking in an attached private garage, noted as one of Norfolk's most easily recognizable landmarks, famous for the large outdoor mural gracing the exterior of the building. Painted by the acclaimed internationally renowned artist Wyland and dedicated on August 23, 1993, the "Whaling Wall" is one of only 100 in the world. Additionally, valet services are available upon request during events.
A word from Vintage Kitchen
Featuring sweeping views of the Elizabeth River from the waterfront ballroom, terrace, and herb garden, VINTAGE KITCHEN has quickly become a community favorite. Burled wood floors, black leather benches, and the patina of a copper bar provide a relaxing and elegant setting for award-winning modern cuisine, simply prepared and stylishly presented, using the freshest local and regional produce in season, with a focus on artisan-crafted Virginia wines, cheeses, and micro-brewed beers. The area’s most discriminating clientele dine in an exclusive private library and digital theater with a backstage look into the kitchen, by appointment or invitation only, where daily 7-course bespoke tasting menus are offered graciously by hometown Chef/Owner Phillip Craig Thomason.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "On 7/3/14 I took my best friend here for her fourth "24th" birthday lol as soon as we walked in we saw how beautiful the place was the hostess sat us right away with us being 15 minutes early for our reservation. She took us to a quiet take on the window side of the room where we over looked the beautiful scenery of Norfolk. We received amazing service. Our drinks and food were amazing. Her and I both will most definitely go back again."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We loved our dining experience at Vintage Kitchen. The views are gorgeous and the menu is fantastic. Localvore delight! Great Virginia based meals and ingredients with a beautiful view. This place has taken over as my parents favorite when they come to visit. Wish their days were a little more open so we could enjoy it more often, as we don't always do weekend dining. Due to the windows and huge open area (which I wouldn't change for the world!) it can get a little chilly in winter, so we usually wear another layer (sweater etc.)"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Best restaurant we've tried in Norfolk! It has an absolutely gorgeous view of sunset over the river and one of the best crabcakes I've ever eaten in my life! Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My wife and I ordered from the appetizers menu and found even that to be a little pricey. $32.00 for 2 crab cakes! The crab was very very good as was the special of the house,mashed potatoes. Mushroom pot pie thick but not much more than soup. Querky layout to area and bar ,dark bathroom. On a very busy night on the waterfront (fireworks) we arrived at our appointed time and we were the only people in the resturant@ 7:00PM. I would hesitate to recomend but I also think this place has a lot going for it. I may need to stick to less expensive resturants but all in all the experience was a C+ to a B-."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This is a great place for special occasions and romantic evenings. They have an excellent local wine selection and the food is great the portions an acquit and it has an ok view of the river with an acceptation of sunset but what gives the restaurant the romantic seen is being there right at sunset it just makes the hole place shine and with a nice quite atmosphere its a very romantic place to bring your special someone but be prepared to pay for it in my opinion it is very over priced for the quality of food and the view can be found else ware for a lot cheaper and the staff will be a lot friendlier. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Great experience overall. Definitely will go back. Would like to see more extensive wine list (by the glass)."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Great restaurant with a local focus. Most of the menu is sourced from within the commonwealth, and does an excellent job showcasing the wonderful produce of our great state."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Exquisite dishes from Virginia's bounty. We got to enjoy the sunset over the Elizabeth River while enjoying a leisurely dinner,"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We LOVED the on-line reservation option and I can't say enough about the waitstaff, accommodations, and dinner experience!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We came on a really busy night when there was apparently a large wedding group who had rented the entire dining room on the waterfront - lucky couple! Regardless, our server did a great job and the food was wonderful! We will be back. . . very soon! ps. yummy mac' and cheese - thanks for the recommendation!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "I've been several times now and have never had a less than stellar experience! The staff is really friendly and even the Chef came out to say hi during dinner! This is without a doubt my go-to restaurant in downtown Norfolk!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "This restaurant has a nice ambience for a romantic dinner. While the building itself is in an awkward location, the restaurant's interior is inviting and might have included a nice view if we weren't seated behind a pillar. My husband and I were underwhelmed by the entree choices so we ordered small plates instead. I love that the chef highlights local products and ingredients but our dishes were not memorable aside from the fabulous pumpkin soup. The servers were friendly but I had hoped for a little bit more attention to details (menus were upside down, glasses were dirty) during a special occasion dinner."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "I was looking for a quiet place for a romantic Valentine Dinner . My son recommended this place. I am very glad we tried it. The only thing that detracted from the evening was we had to wait a few minutes longer than I would have expected to be waited on. Once the waitress came out to greet us it was excellent from that point through the night. I am sure it was just a minor glitch. The menu had a few interesting selections. I opted for the pork which was outstanding. A lean pork chop with bacon, sausage and pulled pork. The pork chop was tender and with the sauce a delicious meal was had. The atmosphere was relaxing, low lights, soft music all of this overlooking the Elizabeth River from the 1st floor of Dominion Towers."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I want to start by making it known that I've had lunch at this restaurant multiple times and have been pleased with the food and service. I've never had dinner there, so my wife and I chose Vintage Kitchen to celebrate Valentine's Day. We knew that there would be a "restaurant week-style" limited menu. However, we were disappointed that it was a VERY limited menu with only two options. We would have been okay if the limited options were splendid, but our food was only fair. In addition, service was slow (restaurant was only at about 30% capacity at most) and the wait staff were not very knowledgeable about the menu (um... the two options on the menu). We did enjoy the views of the Elizabeth River and Berkley Bridge, but that's about it."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This restaurant is way over price. The food quality is average at best. To be honest I've had better food at less expensive restaurants. I have been here three times and each time I regret that I did. If you want to impress a date with a high tab this is a good restaurant. Both my wife and I were hungry $100 dollars later we found ourselves looking for something additional to eat. Trust me I don't mind paying for $100 dollar plates but I do expect a higher quality meal and great service."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Hosted a large party of 14 for Restaurant Week on 24 January 2014 and they were so nice to give us the private room. Impression from my friends was that it was overall "good." Their pumpkin soup with the cinnamon croutons was probably the best pumpkin soup I've ever had. Pretty happy with the flounder in viognier butter with root vegetables. They have Virginia wine choices, which is an important factor for me. Was not impressed with the dessert, which was a key lime custard with pieces of too chewy meringue. The meringue should have melted in my mouth with a soft crunch. Overall, it was just wonderful to get together with my friends and eat some good food."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Between the elaborate menu and the freshest ingredients, this was hands down the best meal we've had in Norfolk. All four of us dining were amazed! The truffle mac and cheese was to die for; the ahi appetizer melts in your mouth; even the salad was noteworthy... And don't get me started on the pumpkin soup with cinnamon croutons--- incredible. Unbelievable meal!!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Went for Restaurant Week. I will be going back. A bit on the fancy side, and a bit pricey. But it would be great find if you are trying to impress your significant other (wife). Nice view of Waterside Harbor also. Dim lighting makes it romantic outing."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We ate at Vintage Kitchen during Norfolk's restaurant week. The restaurant offered a 3-course meal for $30. My husband and I are vegetarians and were a little disappointed that there wasn't a vegetarian option (other than the mac-n-cheese optional add-on) on the special menu, although we love the truffle mac-n-cheese. Would have been nice to have a vegetarian option so we could have shared and tried multiple items. Through the first and second courses, I thought the portions were really small and I was still actually quite hungry when dessert was served. But never fear, the dessert course was so robust and delightful, that we were both quite satisfied at the end of the dinner. The two wines (glasses) were not bad, but not great."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I had never heard of Vintage Kitchen until I was browsing the Restaurant Week menu, but I was enticed by the idea of Pumpkin Pie Soup and Kobe Beef Cottage Pie. They were even better than I imagined. Really great food and wonderful service. I highly recommend."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "My husband and I found out about Vintage Kitchen during Norfolk's Restuarant Week and the menu looked interesting and different. He got the pumpkin soup and pork confit and both were excellent. I got the caesar salad with mint and the kobe cottage pie. Both were really good - the cottage pie was really rich- but my husband's menu choices definitely won. Also, we ordered a bottle of Virginia wine that was excellent and reasonably priced, which was nice considering the wine menu had some ridiculously expensive options. The ambience is also really nice - the restaurant is small and intimate, with large windows overlooking the river and bridge so you have a lovely view throughout dinner. Overall, a great restaurant week find! Will visit again!"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "I had wanted to eat here for a long time but could never afford it. Restaurant week came around so I jumped on the opportunity. We went for dinner. The place was busy but not packed, and yet it took 30 min to seat us, so we had a drink at the bar. The girls behind the bar were not being extremely professional with their discussion topics, but we just tried to ignore them. Finally got seated and man, what a view! Right in the water, it was great. Our waitress was very nice and attentive. The food was excellent, as was the wine. However, I want to congratulate the chef on their Kobe beef cottage pie! I could not get over how delicious it was! We still spent just over $100 here during restaurant week, so just make sure your wallet is prepared!"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Vintage Kitchen has been my favorite restaurant since moving to Norfolk 4 years ago. Every time, even during busy Restaurant Week, their food and service is top notch. They serve something for everyone and utilize local products. I love this place!"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Always a favorite of ours, we returned for the Restaurant Week special. Phillip did a great job with the food and his wait staff is always spot-on. Vintage Kitchen remains one of the better restaurants in the area."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "We visited this site for the first time during restaurant week. The menu was compelling and vibrant with unique dishes such as sweet pie pumpkin soup and a cottage pie with Kobe style beef and Gouda mashed potatoes. Its comfort food with a contemporary twist."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "During Restaurant Week in Norfolk. We were early, but seated immediately. The view out over the water was beautiful. The staff was attentive and extremely professional. Enjoyed some excellent twists on classic cocktails. The truffled mac and cheese was unbelievable. Our party each ordered something different as a main, and we tasted around...every dish was perfect. Make sure you're hungry, because the portions on everything from the appetizer to dessert are huge! Great view, great service, wonderful food, delicious craft cocktails....simply the best dining experience in Norfolk. Highly, Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "We had dinner there for NYE with 2 other couples. I was unaware of the set menu/price. It was a but pricey but the food was amazing, we plan on going back soon!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The Vintage Kitchen was to be the romantic "icing" on the cake to our proposal evening. Unfortunately, we were left waiting for over an hour with empty wine glasses and no food before having to "flag" down our waitress from a nearby table. When our food finally arrived, our waitress that the delay was due to two holiday parties that had backed up the kitchen. My finance and I decided to share an entrée and a couple of appetizers for our meal. Although the appetizers were excellent, the fish entrée was dry and overcooked. We relayed our dissatisfaction with the entrée to our waitress, but it seemed to fall on deaf ears."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Perfect spot for lunch overlooking the water! The food was very good and the view was better!"
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "This was my second time visiting Vintage Kitchen, with my girlfriend on a special occasion. When we arrived, to our surprise we were the only ones in the restaurant. We were seated beside the fireplace, Sinatra was singing in the background, and to top it off we had a perfect view of the Elizabeth River. Our server walked us through the menu and made excellent recommendations based on what we liked. Everything is made and baked fresh when ordered, right down to the appetizer bread. The Black and White Mac & Cheese is wonderful. I had the duck, my girlfriend had the flounder, and we ended the experience with apple tart. From start to finish this restaurant is perfect. This place is pricey, but well worth it."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "I was in town for a conference and was excited to try Vintage Kitchen. The menu sounded amazing. Unfortunately, the descriptions were much better than the food. It's sad when the best thing you ate was the wedge salad. None of the other appetizers were good. The loaded mashed potatoes side dish was a hit, but the truffle mac and cheese was so overwhelmed by the truffle oil it was inedible. Service was great and the Eastern and Asian cocktail I had was the one reason that I would return. But only for drinks at the bar, not dinner."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "Great special occasion place. Truly a find. The pumpkin soup (seasonal) is brilliant. The chef knows how to cook! Nice ambiance overlooking the Elizabeth River. Will go again."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Best restaurant in town! Food is consistently great, and the waitresses there are really sweet - seems like there are lots of regulars which is always a good sign. Tried a couple cocktails from their new menu and can't get over the fact that the mint juleps were only five bucks - double pours of bourbon - serious drink!!! Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "We went for lunch and liked everything we had; good food and always great service. After many years of operation, the menu needs some refreshing. There's nothing that is not good, but after several visits, we are running out of options to try something different. Still one of the better restaurants in Norfolk for lunch or dinner."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "Very good experience for us, as French newcomers to Norfolk. We were treated to very tasty food and wine, with a perfect service (advices, smile and effectiveness)."
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "Only one negative comment – before dinner, as we were watching the beautiful skyline – including planes and helicopters – one of the restaurant personnel set up a huge orange umbrella which blocked the view. If there were a sun issue, I’d understand, but, at least, then there was no sun and the few times it popped out, it was not coming through ‘our’ window. Just seemed strange and spoiled the view."
    Dined on 8/15/2013
  • "My girlfriend and I went for our anniversary and very much enjoyed the service, location, view and especially the food. This was a great experience and recommend for almost any occasion especially a romantic setting. Sunset dining was excellent."
    Dined on 8/2/2013
  • "Great selection of local wines and beers - will definitely recommend! Five star food and service!"
    Dined on 7/13/2013
  • "We stumble upon the Vintage Kitchen as my the best romantic dinner spot. My husband talked to the Chef prior to our dinner. The ambience was lovely. Our server was the Chefs wife and it was such a special treat for us to get to know them. If you are looking for something romantic or a great birthday idea, have dinner here and take the water ferry around the Elizabeth River after. I a looking forward to gong back and trying the mac & cheese this fall."
    Dined on 6/29/2013
  • "Unique in it's location and ambience! We took my husband's secretary to the Vintage Kitchen for lunch. It was perfect -elegant while being user- friendly for the limited time frame if you work in downtown Norfolk."
    Dined on 6/28/2013