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Saltine, Norfolk, VA

Saltine

4.3
4.3
1698 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Enjoy the region's finest fresh seafood in the sophistication of Saltine. A street level seafood restaurant in Downtown Norfolk, Saltine offers a chic, airy space for diners to savor seasonal shellfish, seafood and spirits. Enhancing the locally-sourced menu, the restaurant's black distressed millwork, old-world detailing, and mosaic tile floors blend historical authenticity with modern elegance that flows from the dining space to the bar. Exposed brick hints of the historic Decker building and large globe lighting offers an ambient vibe.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today
Experiences are available.
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–1:00 am Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (757) 763-6280

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Fabio Caparelli

  • Private party facilities

    A street level seafood restaurant in the heart of Norfolk, Saltine offers three sophisticated private dining spaces and seasonal shellfish, fresh seafood and crafted spirits.

  • Private party contact

    Sara Wagner: (855) 671-5066

  • Neighborhood

    Norfolk

  • Parking details

    Patrons are welcomed to utilize the public parking garage attached to Hilton The Main. Parking validation, available upon request, will deduce 2 hours of charges from your ticket. Valet service is available for an additional $6.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Early Bird Special - 10% off 5pm - 6pm Reservation

    Aug 12 - Sep 30, 2022
    Guests dining between 5pm and 6pm can enjoy 10% off their check with the purchase of two entrees. So hurry in and enjoy a delicious meal with us! Late arrivals do not qualify.
  • 3-Course Cocktail Tasting Dinner

    $75.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Sep 15, 2022 only
    Join us for an evening of victuals and libations at Saltine with an in-person demonstration by our Chief Mixologist. With a Three-course tasting menu, we will guide the guest through the construction of drinks and pairings during an evening of fun and food.

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What 1,698 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Norfolk / Virginia Beach

    Seafood

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  1. EB

    EllenB

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were in Norfolk for a concert, and I booked Saltine for an early supper based on reviews and location. In a word: Superb. From the cocktails to the dessert, everything knocked our socks off. Our server, Chris, was fabulous. Our party of four feasted on oysters from the raw bar, smoked fish dip, calamari, pork chops, bronzed rockfish, seared scallops, and truffle fries. For dessert, we shared a deconstructed strawberry pie with lemon ice cream. Further, the ambience is wonderful and comfortable and not overly loud. We were sated and happy when we left, and I bet you will be, too.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food2service4ambience5
    Salty shrimp.
  3. EJ

    EddieJ

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent as was our server. Menu options were detailed from server with recommendations being spot on.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I love the atmosphere of the restaurant. We were unfortunately seated at probably the worst table in the place. Very back corner with a view of the side walk. I’m not super picky so I didn’t mind but keep in mind that’s a possibility. Cheapest thing on the menu is a cup of soup for $9. Pretty typical pricing for the area and type of food. Everything we had besides the fries was really good and we left full. Our waiter was very nice and attentive with great recommendations. Great option for a special date night.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience as always! Best restaurant in Norfolk!
  6. T

    Tina

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and the service was amazing. It was a great experience for my clients .
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and staff were amazing
  8. TC

    TeresaC

    Richmond

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely perfection. Great table, great server Ana, great food and thanks to Leeann!!!!
  9. JM

    JohnM

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Arrived 20 minutes early and sent to bar even though many tables open. Barmaid ignored us for 10 minutia days we finally made eye contact with another waiter. Drinks were simple but still took long. Dinner waitress was fine but brought main course about 5 minutes after bringing appetizers. Underwhelmed . Staff seemed to wander .
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as ALWAYS… this is our favorite restaurant when we are in Norfolk. Everything was PERFECT Server Marco was fantastic
  11. M

    Mariak

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    everything was perfect. only food was so salty. fish, vegetables, ribs everything
  12. KJ

    KirkJ

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome server. The avocado toast with poached eggs was very good. $2 Bloody Mary that was good.
  13. t

    toniv

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fabulous. A must if you are in Norfolk!
  14. DB

    DaniellaB

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    The food was over salted and the risotto was hard and over cooked. The drinks were watered down and left much to be wanted
  15. T

    Travelers

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Saltine is spectacular. No joke. The food is some of the best we have ever had and we have traveled all over the world. Adding to this, the service by Anna was also as close to perfect as possible. She was attentive without being overbearing, and when we asked for a cocktail they did not have (Hugo) - she arranged for them to look it up and make it for us. We are actually going to alter travel plans in the future to be able to return. Outstanding service, food, and environment.
  16. PB

    PaigeB

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always love coming to Saltine, whether it’s to hang out with friends or sit with my laptop and work. This was my first visit back to Norfolk/Saltine in a couple of yrs, and I was delighted to see that my old friends Patrick and Shane are running things fabulously! Lindsey, my server, was a new face (to me) and she was wonderful as well- super sweet and attentive! 11/10 highly recommend!!
  17. KT

    KTVick

    Richmond

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chris was an excellent server. He’s very kind and welcoming. Thanks for making this lunch reservation a delightful experience.
  18. AP

    AmicaP

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I came here for our anniversary. The restaurant is nice the service was unlike I’ve ever had before and the food was amazing. Our server I believe was “ Natalia” I may have misspelled the name however, I will never forget her face. She was very knowledgeable of everything on the menu… she described the food as it she was the chef was enthusiasm and passion for the product. I will be going back really soon because I have made this restaurant my go to spot for seafood.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter was amazing they changed menu slightly and took away one of my favorite sides. Pricey but delicious
  20. MG

    MichaelG

    Dallas

    19 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience2
    The restaurant smelled like car exhaust! The food was not good and very overpriced!!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Food wasn’t as expected, waiter was absent for majority of meal and drinks.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and wait staff!!!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Dining experience!
  24. RP

    RachelP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot for a girls night! We had Nichole last night as our server and everything was fantastic!
  25. J

    James

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Shane was our waiter, and he was fantastic. He made it an enjoyable experience.
  26. MC

    MaribethC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Would not return. Ordered scallops the dish was weird and awful. Oniony grits with kernel corn. Only 5 scallops. Then totally topped with some sort of pickled yellow squash and some chewy maybe bacon on the sides. What a strange combination. Your place is way to pricey for a terrible dish like this. My partner enjoyed his fish. Tell the chef the scallop dinner should be simple with more scallops and less other stuff on it.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Party of 5. 3 in the party had eaten at this restaurant before and were disappointed in the quality of the meal. The restaurant is a high end charge for a just above average product. 2 meals had raw, crunchy potatoes served.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Went for my birthday last week! Food and service was outstanding. We will definitely be back.
  29. MB

    MerlotBlack

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Decided to enjoy Restaraunt week and dine at Saltine. The meal was absolutely not Restaraunt week worthy. The she crab soup was good but literally had ZERO crab in it. The chicken sandwich was not worth eating. The breast was well cooked but poorly seasoned. The tomato jam tasted like canned tomato paste. And the cheese fondue was not paired well at all with this meal. The poorly constructed chicken sandwich following the she crab soup was a not in line with the flavor profile that preceded the main course-what’s so ever. The menu options seem like an afterthought to restaurant week. The meal options Just seems unprepared to truly participate in Restaraunt. Myself and my business partner was very dissatisfied with the food and only ate the soup and the fries. The sandwich simply was not good and we didn’t not eat it ( nor did the senior couple sitting beside us.) I was disappointed that I skipped breakfast solely for their lunch. Spent $34 on soup and fries. Will not make this mistake again. I ALWAYS recommend friends and family to Saltine. I was truly shocked at this experience and it truly has me second guessing future visits.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    We drove for a nice lunch from Williamsburg during restaurant week (50 mikes) - when visiting from California. Not only did our server not come to the table for 10 minutes after we sat down, we were not told about the restaurant week menu items, I had to ask where my alcoholic beverage was, it came watered down, the oysters weee late to arrive, the ceviche was presented terribly and the lobster roll had no flavor…waste of a drive and money. Very sad.
  31. EX

    EXPRESSIONS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Evan was great We made reservations for 7 We arrived on time Order drinks all good Next food Came out on time, except the steak was over cooked Not once but twice Had to then reorder fish as a make up dish
  32. MD

    MilesD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Loved to ambiance and food was amazing, dessert and coffee were disappointing
  33. E

    Eyana

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Saltine was very accommodating when our reservation for 6 grew to 10 on the day of. They made accommodations to allow for all of our party sit together. The waiter was also very nice and attentive. However the food was inconsistent. Some of us had great food. Some of us had just ok food or small portion sizes given the price. Everyone's food did not arrive at the same time resulting in some of us being done with our food when others had started. The room service was awful, they never picked up when we tried to get room service and didn't return our call when it went to voicemail. Overall I would probably try another seafood spot in Norfolk before reserving here again.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to relax and get quality seafood
  35. e

    epc1

    Pittsburgh

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening for business dinner. International customers raved about the quality and preparation of the fish. Our server was exceptional. Sommelier was excellent as well!
  36. LM

    LisaM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Ordered the lunch special lobster roll and she crab soup. Also ordered 3 oysters as an app. They brought food first but assured me the 3 oysters were getting made. 20 mins later after I had finished my meal and no longer desired the app, they assured me they were cracking them open "at that very moment." So I said I would wait since they had already started to open them. 10 minutes later I went to the hostess and asked for the check. The soup was delicious. The Lobster was bland and mostly bread. I chalked the poor service up to short staffing and still left a 20% tip. The hostess was very apologetic.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Anchorage

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We both had the swordfish, she had it grilled and I had it blackened. Both were excellent. The raw oysters were very good and a nice selection of locally harvested ones. The wine list was fine. The mussels as an appetizer were very good as well. Our server did an excellent job with a smiling face and very attentive.
  38. L

    Lambchops

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our overall experience was great! From our reservation request being fulfilled with detail, then our hostess being courteous and personable, to our server being attentive and nice, to our meals being perfectly prepared! This was our first time dining at Saltine, but we will definitely return and highly recommend to others. Thank you for a great dining experience!
  39. SM

    SMRG

    New York Area

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Service was stellar; loved Kennedy! Mains could have used a bit more seasoning.
  40. RS

    RSTER

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience3
    It took about an hour from when we ordered to get our appetizers. Waitress explained that she did something wrong with how she put order in. We were willing to give benefit of the doubt for an honest mistake, but then had to wait between 30-45 minutes for entrees. Drinks however came out immediately as did the request to purchase more during all the time we were waiting. In response they initially offered us dessert on the house but having already been there for 2 plus hours told them no thanks. They took off the 2 appetizers and gave us a 20% discount on the remainder, but that didn't really make up for the spoiled evening. The manager was very apologetic, but that didn't help getting our food out any faster. It's really a shame as the food itself was delicious. Not sure I would risk returning.

FAQs

Saltine offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (757) 763-6280.

Saltine is rated 4.3 stars by 1698 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Saltine

100 E Main St, Norfolk, VA 23510

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Norfolk

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–1:00 am Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Patrons are welcomed to utilize the public parking garage attached to Hilton The Main. Parking validation, available upon request, will deduce 2 hours of charges from your ticket. Valet service is available for an additional $6.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Fabio Caparelli

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (757) 763-6280

  • Private party facilities

    A street level seafood restaurant in the heart of Norfolk, Saltine offers three sophisticated private dining spaces and seasonal shellfish, fresh seafood and crafted spirits.

  • Private party contact

    Sara Wagner: (855) 671-5066

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