Saltine

4.6
1097 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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4.6
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4.6
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vipoceanpark
Richmond
37 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a great lunch of blackened tuna tacos and she crab soup. Mark our waiter and bartender was excellent. Friendly and fun.

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wayne
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service Weak

We had a food complaint that was met with an I'm sorry, but that's the way it is manner.

No one associated our table with Open Table

We needed change for a parking meter, and received slow and tolerant help.

I will not return,

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Awesome
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and great ambiance. The restaurant was too loud for my liking. Requested that the doors be closed for a subtle conversation between my date and I.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Really disappointed in the food and the service at Saltine when we went on 26 Feb. I specifically noted when I made the reservation that the dinner was setup to celebrate a special occasion for my 15 year old son. They ended up seating us in the bar at a high top rather than in the main dining room even though there was plenty of seating available. I ordered the crab cake dinner for $29 which was more cake than crab and it was served with a side of corn and butter beans that appeared to have been from the previous week - sad and mushy. In addition to the sad veggies there was a clump of tasteless mashed potatoes. In all, it looked and tasted like a dish you’d get at a cafeteria rather than a $29 meal at what is supposed to be a “nice” restaurant. I also requested a wine list to Oder a glass of wine to have WITH MY DINNER. The wine list was dropped off, but then the waiter didn’t return for 15 minutes! I finally went to the bar to order the wine, but didn’t receive until I finished my meal. Then my son ordered the carrot cake for dessert which was a piece of dried out cake that tasted like it was made when my mushy vegetables were made and it had a glob of icing on top that was double the size of the cake. I suspect it was added to hide the taste of the dried out cake. In summary, I spent $160 on a dinner for 2 that was subpar and no one even acknowledged it was for a special occasion. You have lost my patronage Saltine. Please clean up your act.

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Tessa
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every aspect of our eating experience was sheer perfection. From the service to the food to the ambiance, all were impeccable! My husband is an essential medical person & it was so wonderful to get out in a social distance respecting environment and relax & not worry about safety. We will be returning to Saltine many times in the future.

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LindaM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Claire service was superb, very friendly & timing with service was perfect

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AndrewR
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal. Was surprised when the snapper was head on but the taste was amazing.

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BillW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my wife out for seafood last Friday and it was a great event. Had the Crab cakes and Rockfish, service was excellent and so was the food.

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vippositivejoe
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was friendly and great both of our dishes were awesome the coconut curry mussels were great

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Raven was amazing

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DONQUE
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

FOOD WAS GREAT, SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT, BUT THE MENU CHANGED WITHOUT US KNOWING. THEY RAN OUT OF TUNA, BUT THE SALMON WAS JUST AS GOOD.

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WilliamB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clean, friendly service, good food. I would go back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was AWESOME, we haven’t really been to a seafood restaurant that had all of the categories on point like Saltine. Our server Doug was EXCELLENT, he gave great recommendations and kept everything just right through the whole dining experience. The food was VERY good, everything we had was on point!

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DannyT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most amazing seafood restaurants I have ever eaten at! Saltine has a great selection of seafood and the rockfish chowder is to die for.

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AndrewR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Server was great. Atmosphere was nice. The food? No. Ribeye steak was cooked very poorly, as though the temperature was too low and no maillard reaction was achieved whatsoever. Truffle fries had no truffle except in a condiment mayo. The oysters in the appetizer were cut in half or perhaps even quarters. The cup of soup was 2oz, enough for 4 spoonfuls. No bread, no ice in the water. Overall just the hotel chain watching its restaurant margins.

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ChristopherB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place. Food is outstanding as well as the service. Perfect place to have a nice relaxing dinner with your special someone.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Brunch

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ginnya
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

I ordered the crab Benedict and asked for a ‘slice of Smithfield Ham’ to be added. There is ‘Smithfield Ham Benedict’ on the menu. I got a small slice of generic ham under the eggs. Not Smithfield Ham. Small amount of crab, but good quality. Not a lot of Hollandaise sauce. Nice overall presentation but food quality was almost ‘poor’.
Ladies room had over flowing trash can and missing toilet paper.
The Shrimp&Grits also presented well. Until you realized there was a Huge Amount of grits, 4 or maybe 6 shrimp and good amount of andouille sausage. Sauce was pretty much missing.
Both meals were average at best.
Our waitress was fine.
I received a phone call @ 12:45/1:00 saying: “Could you come in earlier than your 2:45 reservation as we close at 3:00 and all orders, alcohol and food have to be entered by 2:45? I had at least 3 texts verifying that we would keep our reservation, which I had to pay $25.00 to make! Pay to make a reservation?!?! There were 3 tables with customers!!! Don’t think we will be back much less recommend to our neighbors/friends here in Norfolk. The closed chain link fence we had to slide through to leave certainly did nothing to help any ‘warm and friendly’ feeling.
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DonnaD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Our waitress never asked what we wanted to drink. She asked if we wanted an appetizer my husband ordered soup she brought the soup and set it down while we looked at menu to figure out what we wanted. She crab soup was good. She took our order we had the calamari which was so chewy was not great. Had to remind here we didn’t have drinks. I got the lobster roll and the lobster was OK very little taste had three little teeny pieces of celery in it I don’t know why the roll was not toasted it was cold the french fries were ice cold couldn’t even eat them. Husband ordered shrimp and grits more like gumbo over grits. He left most of his food I have never seen that. Don’t wast money.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great!! Such a classy place! Loved our visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Valentines Day brunch. Our waiter was just ok. He didn't seem busy but forgot a lot to come back with refills, clearing dishes, etc. He didn't write down our order so I attribute that to forgetting. Food was delicious but a bit overpriced. My husband loved the "waffles & chicken."

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MikeM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was Alright or now Bad! Going to give Dinner a try in the future, as we did breakfast. One thing to note, for me at least, the name was reflected in the food, Salty...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was great, with a etiquette atmosphere. Noise levels wasn’t loud. Lighting was great. I did not wait long for my food. The food was absolutely delicious! Will recommend to fellow colleagues.

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PaulS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was great, and the food was even better.
Next time I’m in town I would like to try Saltine for dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cozy and relaxed environment and food is awesome!

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RASHADJ
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was amazing . I will definitely come again.

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Designerderek
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

It was ok. Over priced for what you get. My steak wasn’t flavored at all but cooked perfectly. But to be honest I cook steaks just as good at home for half the price and it’s seasoned better. $40 for a steak it should taste great. Ruth Chris has much better steaks. Also their cocktails aren’t that great. Too strong with little flavor. Maybe it was just a bad night but for $150 the meal should be decent. I will prob try another spot unless the up the food quality

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BrettM
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Valentine's Day dinner. Bronzed Salmon is fantastic, just the right mix of spices and brown sugar. Wait staff was attentive without being bothersome. Overall great experience.

Our only complaint was at one point someone turned the music sound way up and then went room to room to see what volume sounded like, would think by now they would have those controls marked so not to disturb the guests.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very romantic in power booth and food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Our server was not very personable and she didn’t seem to understand our keto diet so the info she gave me didn’t make ordering easy or accurate. Portions were small especially the appetizer: $19 for 4 shrimp!? The menu was more pedestrian than what we saw online. We were expecting a fine dining experience and were underwhelmed. We wouldn’t go back.

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BruceJ
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, excellent food, nice presentation for everything we ordered. Will definitely be back, had dinner and then breakfast the next day.

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vipswmona
Richmond
68 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect lunch place. Delicious food, excellent service, comfortable seating. I had the fish sandwich and it was very tasty and light. My friend had the fresh grilled salmon and we shared the carrot cake for dessert (it's rich so sharing was perfect). Highly recommend.

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Henrydbs
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was extremely attentive (even with several other parties) without being cloying.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Made a reservation through Open table. When we arrived, the hostess and another employee acted like they couldn’t find the reservation. We waited about 10 minutes for something to be resolved. Then we were set in the bar area. Like we didn’t have a reservation and were being added in. This was disappointing considering the reservation was made and confirmed. When I asked the hostess about why we were seated in the bar, we were eventually moved to the dining room. Not a stellar reception or smooth experience at all.

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alohaluck
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a most enjoyable dining experience. Food and service with Autumn was wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Mussels were great oysters were garbage.. 15 bucks for 6 the were the size of maybe my pinky nail. Scallops were ok but the veggies were burnt to a crisp and they thought it was ok to serve it to us. Bartender was great though

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Chunu oysters here are amazing! The food is consistently delicious! The vodka martinis are usually well done. Overall a great date and dinner place. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a great date night spot. Heads up Valet service is not available with COVID restrictions in place. The parking garage is not too far.

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Debora
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was very good. Nichole did an excellent job with the recommendations. This place was very nice.

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MonicaA
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurant in Norfolk. Great food, service and ambiance.

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Funrod
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went vehicle shopping with my wife and it was late and a hour drive back home I realized I had a Open Table account and sought its recommendation for dinner 🍽 after 9 and found Saltines as a recommendation plus I had seen them featured on WTKR being highlighted that very same morning. The Wait staff was attentive and pleasant. The food was very good and we plan to return.

FAQs

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

Saltine is rated 4.6 stars by 1097 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.