999 Waterside Drive
Norfolk, VA 23510Neighborhood:
AmericanPrice: $30 and under
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.com.
- Private Party Contact: Phillip Craig Thomason 7576253370
- 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 WinnerFit for Foodies
- Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
- Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
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Vintage Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since July 29, 2014
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fit for foodies (21)scenic view (18)romantic (17)special occasion (15)notable wine list (12)neighborhood gem (7)great for lunch (5)good for groups (4)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
- Superb food!wannabefoodieVIPDined on 11/21/2014We actually were trying the restaurant for the first time upon a colleague's recommendation. And to my surprise, the owner and chef served us! He is so accomplished, yet so personable......the food is both exceptionally prepared AND eclectic-- exactly to my liking! All were high end recipes but with a twist-- Ahi tuna is a sweet savory crunchy cone, to die for flounder sauteed in butter with hazelnuts atop...yum! We will be back for sure! Thank you Chef for a wonderful, memorable evening.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delightful menu and Wine ListDinerVIPDined on 11/15/2014Enjoyed a Saturday evening dinner here sharing tapas style choices with my dining partner. The menu was nicely put together with varied seasonal choices for seafood and veggies. Anything with mushrooms is my choice and the dishes here do not disappoint. Nice wine list with some hard to find bottles which are well priced. Service is professional and offers advice to enhance the experience. CertInly worth coming back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pretty restaurant in quiet areaKellyVIPDined on 11/8/2014When we were looking for the restaurant on a Saturday night I might have thought we were lost except for the gps in my phone. This is located on the first floor of an office building overlooking the harbor. It was very quiet when we dined here. The restaurant is lovely and the food was good. Not as many wines by the glass as I would have liked but overall very nice. I would recommend it.Special Features:
- Great Food, Perfectly CookedSullyvanFamilyDined on 11/8/2014Nothing bad to say about this place. Third time we've been, gotten something different each time and have yet to be dissapointed.Special Features:
- Creative food uninspiring servicereservedDined on 11/1/2014This is not a town known for cuisine but this little place makes a run for it. Our experience suggests that less than stellar service will only hamper its reputation. A great night out requires the combination of creative food and passionate service. We certainly did not experience the latter.Special Features:
- PeteVIPDined on 10/16/2014Vintage Kitchen remains as one of the top restaurants in the area. We went for lunch and enjoyed every morsel.Special Features:
- Empty RestaurantOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 10/11/2014There was no one here, does this say something about the restaurant. Food tasted like a salt shaker, service adequate
- disgustedDined on 9/20/2014Salty, salty, salty and oversalted. We read the reviews prior to going to the restaurant and they were rave reviews. While the restaurant was clean, the atmosphere was quiet the food was over the top salted and ... I love salt so for me to say that is pretty severe!Special Features:
- Really good mealVT93Dined on 9/20/2014We went for our anniversary dinner and enjoyed it very much. We started with the mac and cheese. It was rich and delightful with the truffle adding a complexity that we both liked more than anticipated. We both ordered from the app menu and added the "mashed potatoes for two" side to make a very filling meal. I had the crab cake and my wife the shrimp and grits. The crab cake was on a bed of sweet corn and very tasty and my wife liked the grits so much she was willing to forgo the last shrimp to eat more grits. So I had the last shrimp which was seared just right ad had a nice spice to it. Creme brulee to finish it off, other desserts looked great but there was no room by then, and we ruled the experience excellent.Special Features:
- Outstanding in every waySimplyExcellentDined on 9/11/2014We had dinner here with fellow Flag officers one night and decided to come back a second night during a recent conference. The food was outstanding. The fresh catch of the day is served with a special French preparation that has a great story shared by the Chef and was so good we had it both nights. Two others, very worldy travelers, had the Duck and both said it was the best Duck dish they had ever had. It's a little hard to find as it doesn't have a store front (in an office building), but sits right on the waterside with a great view and ambiance. The service was outstanding both nights. Highly recommended.Special Features:
- green tomatoesBurgladyVIPDined on 9/4/2014Overall it was a nice view and decent food... but don't serve green tomatoes in season!!
- Great food but sleepy ambianceFoodJediDined on 8/30/2014My wife and I wanted to try Vintage Kitchen since it always gets ranked as one of the top ten in tidewater. The food and service were great but the dark boring walls, piano music over the speakers, and the fact that we were two of the 12 total people in the restaurant at 8 p.m. on a Saturday were surefire signs that the ambiance needs some tweaking. If this is your thing, I would recommend it for the food and service but if you like a more eclectic and upbeat dining experience, I would keep it moving!Special Features:
- Great place to eat.SWD1Dined on 8/23/2014Great place to eat. Clean & spacious. Great atmosphere. Great Food. Great Drinks. Great staff. Parking validated.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT!OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 8/1/2014LOVE the view, LOVE the cocktails, LOVE the crab cake, the mac' and cheese, and the filet with whiskey sauce, LOVE our server, LOVE the speakeasy feel of the place (you'd never know it was here if you weren't looking for it), LOVE! Unique for Norfolk - amazing find!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Exceptional Lunch!!csanVIPDined on 7/29/2014I couldn't find any prices online for this restaurant, only lots of dollar signs on Opentable, Yelp & Urbanspoon. We decided to go for it anyway since it was lunch. Great decision. The Mac & Cheese was amazing -I'd say top 3 - and I would consider myself an expert on the subject. We had salads and sandwiches and they were all phenomenal. Drink menu was great as well. AND the prices were very reasonable!! I highly recommend Vintage Kitchen!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 230 reviews are from the Vintage Kitchen reviews archive.
- Good eats on the waterMoniqueVIPDined on 7/25/2014Just went to this place Friday night before a concert and really enjoyed it. The meal/dinner was absolutely delicious and a nice sized portion. We got the cheese plate prior and that was just ok due to them only giving you one kind of bread/cracker to eat the cheese with, and there just wasn't alot of "extras" on the plate. The wine list was great, and we opted to try a local Virginia wine, never having had a wine from Virginia before. It didn't wow me, but very reasonably priced and easy to gulp. That's not a negative for the restaurant at all...in fact, I love it that they promoted local wines. All together, I'd go back for sure.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great foodLadieslunchDined on 7/23/2014The food is excellent, I'd recommend a reservation.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- De-lishDianaVIPDined on 7/19/2014We went for Norfolk's Restaurant Week - 3 courses for $30. We each had the Caesar salad. It had a hint of hot pepper spice shredded cheese, melted bits of sharp cheddar and great croutons. For our entree, we had the shrimp creole. For a change, it came with a yellow rice that resembled couscous. The sauce had tiny bursts of dried lemon. For dessert, I had the lemon cake with a hint of lavender. It was presented in a Ball jar with layers of fresh fruit and whipped cream. Hubby had something with chocolate. Everything was great! Every table in the main dining area has a view of the Elizabeth River.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Food just okayCyndyBDined on 7/17/2014Most dishes not as described. Starters: tomato-basil soup & grilled goat cheese sandwich, okay & a crabcake, just okay. 24 hr confit pork w/ maple-glazed sweet potatoes: Okay not tender pork, pureed unremarkable sweet potatoes. Shrimp & grits w/ griddle cake & sausage gravy: a big plate smothered in green sauce with large bits of ham (NOT sausage), a few popcorn size shrimp. Ham overwhelmed. No griddle cake, big pile of wet grits. Desserts:"Summer berry shortcake with lavender genoise & orange whipped cream" (but genoise IS shortcake): a parfait of plain shortcake, berries, plain cream. Chocolate "parfait" with salted caramel and peanut brittle: Pudding in a dish with the brittle--few peanuts--NO salted caramel, and whipped cream.Special Features:
- Disappointing!thecaptdinesDined on 7/17/2014Not a good way to celebrate Norfolk Restaurant Week. Of the appetizers, the salad was good, the crab cake overpriced, and the soup mediocre and barely warm. The Kobe Beef Pot Pie was different and interesting, but the Shrimp and Grits were awful. They had to be returned to the kitchen for reheating, and the shrimp size couldn't have been smaller. The fruit and shortcake dessert was fine, but the chocolate parfait was more like chocolate pudding. This was out third visit to the Vintage Kitchen, and we were very surprised!Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 7/15/2014Looking forward to eating there not during resturant week so we can try the menu food. Great placeSpecial Features:
- Consistently...TheFermentedSoulDined on 7/14/2014...Wonderful! I've been to Vintage Kitchen several times now and it's been a real treat each time. It's intimate, quiet, has a lovely view of the Elizabeth River, the Staff are attentive without hovering, and the food is outstanding. If you haven't been, Restaurant Week is a great time to try it. I suspect you won't be disappointed. Enjoy!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not worth the viewdisappointedDined on 7/11/2014Very expensive for lousy , odd menu and bad food. Service pathetic, took 1and 1/2 hour to serve us and there were only 12 people in the restaurant
- simply elegantsnashleyDined on 7/3/2014On 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- NORFOLK'S FINEST!JT99Dined on 6/20/2014Best 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!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Harborfest2014OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 6/7/2014My 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-.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 4/19/2014Great experience overall. Definitely will go back. Would like to see more extensive wine list (by the glass).Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice quite eveningKnoweyesDined on 4/18/2014This 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.Special Features:
- Great restaurant with a localPhamiDined on 3/28/2014Great 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- High class "Eat Local"AlkatomaDined on 3/15/2014Exquisite dishes from Virginia's bounty. We got to enjoy the sunset over the Elizabeth River while enjoying a leisurely dinner,Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Group Dinner MeetingOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 3/7/2014We LOVED the on-line reservation option and I can't say enough about the waitstaff, accommodations, and dinner experience!Special Features:
- NEVER FAILS TO IMPRESS!JT99Dined on 2/20/2014I'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!Special Features:
- My favorite place downtown!OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 2/20/2014We 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!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Day after ValentineArthurEGDined on 2/15/2014I 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.Special Features:
- Good for show but not practical.VAFOODLOVERDined on 2/14/2014This 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.
- Valentine's dinnerOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 2/14/2014I 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.Special Features:
- This restaurant has a niceOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 2/13/2014This 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.Special Features:
- Best meal in NorfolkYummoDined on 1/31/2014Between 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!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food!!TonioDined on 1/24/2014Went 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Norfolk Restaurant WeekLisaDined on 1/24/2014We 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.