Saltine

4.6
1007 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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Nov 26, 2020

Hello and thank you for choosing Saltine for your holiday. For all holidays, we do require a credit card to hold your reservation. A fee of $50 per person will be charged for all no shows and cancellations within 24 hours of your reservations.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Dec 31, 2020

Hello and thank you for choosing Saltine for your holiday. For all holidays, we do require a credit card to hold your reservation. A fee of $50 per person will be charged for all no shows and cancellations within 24 hours of your reservations.

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Starting Dec 25, 2020

Hello and thank you for choosing Saltine for your holiday. For all holidays, we do require a credit card to hold your reservation. A fee of $50 per person will be charged for all no shows and cancellations within 24 hours of your reservations.

What 1007 people are saying
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4.6
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vipKImd
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and friendly service!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dining experience. Service was spectacular. Food was delicious. Three of us started with the She-Crab soup, and the other with clams and oysters. It was all wonderful and the best She-Crab I have had in awhile. Two diners had the Diver Scallops ( sweet and tender) one had a 2 pound lobster (need I say anything else) and I had the Filet Mignon (tender and seasoned well, love the lava plate to seared it before eating). Had the carrot cake for take out which was devine. Food bill was under $200 but dont come thirsty or to get your drink on. Drinks ran almost $300, total bill with tax and tip $660. In otherwords come to eat you will love it.

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brunchluv3r
Norfolk
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had brunch at Saltine and it was absolutely fantastic. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. I can't wait to go back and try it for dinner!

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QuelD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our bartender/waiter Cameron was amazing! The snapper was to die for. We’ll definitely be back.

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Impeccable
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Saltine and would highly recommend dining there.

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StephfromNJ
Richmond
49 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I didn’t know what to expect . Were the reviews all hype. We were meeting friends for drinks before dinner. Because of Covid restrictions they allowed us to sit at a table . The waitress was attentive but not over bearing. Drinks are on the expensive side. Once our friends left we had dinner. My husband loves shrimp and grits . His dinner did not disappoint . It wasn’t overly creamy and had a good spice. I had the soup and it was absolutely fabulous. The salmon salad was perfectly cooked. It was a great birthday
Look forward to our next visit

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AlanaK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

One of the best lobster rolls I have ever had! Great seafood all around!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience4

It was a special occasion birthday for 2. I thought the food was very expensive for the quality and the drinks are ridiculous expensive. The waitress asked for the birthday people and we didn’t get even a cupcake with candle on it. Table for 6 cost $500 at least we would get 2 small pieces of cake with candle on them for the birthday people. I would guess the restaurant could afford 2 small pieces of cake. It’s not about getting free dessert it’s about the principle. We would be happy just couple cookies with 2 candles on them. I would never go back to this restaurant again unless they improve the service a little bit. Very disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my husbands birthday for the first time...it was excellent! He had the swordfish and I had the snapper, both were delicious. The service was top notch and it was a beautiful outdoor patio with heaters to have our special occasion. We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service, we will definitely be back.

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Teetee
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and dining experience, I can't wait to go back again.

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vipDmann
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great day for a wedding dinner!!

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BillB
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, waitress was very helpful with recommending what to eat. Great experience

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I came in for brunch today and it was amazing!! Madeleine was our server she was fantastic! We were greeted by Bruce the manager and Amanda the hostesss, they sat us outside on their patio. Every staff member was wearing their mask properly and their tables are socially distanced. I enjoyed the waffles they were a great recommendation by Madeleine!! The sorbet mimosas were my favorite! We will definitely come back again to try the dinner menu

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TLamont
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love The Main Hotel and all the restaurants. Saltine was very nice for our group to sit and fellowship and enjoy great food and drinks

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NickW
Norfolk
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour menu changed to drinks only. Oysters are over priced. Food/service were excellence.

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EJE5509
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Oysters-on-the-half shell were excellent. Kudos to our waiter for his suggestion.
(Matthew D.)

Only place in town for a whole lobster. Need to ask for freshest next time. Was a little tough but still good.

Also need to lose the truffle oil on the fries. Way too soggy.

Fried shrimp need to drain after cooking. Again a soggy, off-tasting dish.

Service was outstanding. Truly the bright spot of the evening. (Matthew D.)

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MikeB
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We only had one evening to spend in Norfolk and are so happy we had dinner at Saltine. Elle was so nice, helpful and attentive.

Food and service was great.

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AuroraW
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Both host were nice, our waitress was very nice and attentive! The food was delicious and came out faster than we thought it would. I would definitely recommend this place and bring my family here again...

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience5

Our server was fantastic and the only reason we paid without speaking to a manager. The calamari appetizer had the saltiest, almost inedible remoulade. Capers would not make it taste like the bottom of a potato chip bag. The cup of she crab soup was about 1/3 of a measuring cup. The soup’s base was a broken sauce. The Caesar salad was completely underwhelming. The Malbec was mediocre and overpriced. We were surprised at the poor quality of the food given the hype surrounding the restaurant. Will not likely return.

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GuyW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food, service, drinks all very good. Ordered the Rockfish and was a good portion and very tasty. Pricing was very reasonable. Enjoyed the upstairs space. Whole staff very much up to speed on COVID protocol. Did not feel at all uncomfortable sitting inside the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a food blogger and was curious to what they had to offer. The Cinnabon French Toast was amazing. Follow us on Instagram at @LiveGreatEatGreater

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the wonderful food and ambiance!!! So classy!! Our server, Autumn was sooo sweet and accommodating! She told us about the daily specials and was very knowledgeable about the menu selections! My husband and I will be back!

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WickH
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted to enjoy a great prime rib special at Saltine and it did not disappoint. The portion was generous, food was cooked perfectly, and our server was very attentive. We also enjoyed great cocktails and a delicious dessert. We will definitely be back to try other menu items in the future.

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vipMarkG
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, drink and service with great ambience. We were perhaps seated too close to one of the stereo speakers--but the distraction was a mild one. Entertaining people-watching as well!

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vipChrisP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we were in from out of town and found this place...glad we did. our server was very good and knowledgeable. Great Wine Selection. Staff was very accommodating and food was wonderful!

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AdrienneT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our 25th anniversary here. Our first time here and it will not be our last. Very pleased.

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KhadeejahE
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My saltine experience was expensive, I did not expect the food to be so much but it was so tasty . I'd definitely come back again the staff , Madeline i think her name was was very friendly and knowledgeable about the food options. Everyone was friendly and helpful when i came in the building.

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DENISES
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience5

This was supposed to be a celebration for my sons christening. The waitress was lackluster & unenthusiastic at best. We had to attempt to catch her attention several times, vs the normal checking in on your party. There was almost an infestation of flies & gnats. I understand the setting and while no flies or insects at all would be nice, I know it isn't reality. However, neither is an infestation. I brought this to the attention of the front staff and she simply said " really?" and went back to her conversation.

I've dined here several times for dinner and never had an issue. This occasion however, was a brunch.

I don't know that I'll be back anytime soon. I was heavily disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eric was amazing and recommend the perfect wine, we really enjoyed our evening out.

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CamillaH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food1service5ambience3

Awful food and drinks. Lime in the Mojito was obviously old, mint leaves were brown, most sour drink ever. Mojito has cane sugar in it and this bartender did not remember that. Shrimp and Grits was so salty I could not eat it. My husbands catch of the day was a mini portion. The only saving grace was the very nice young waiter, I wish I would have written down his name. He was the only reason we had somewhat of a great time. But never again.

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MattR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service! Cameron was the best server I’ve had in months at any restaurant! Highly recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saltine is a wonderful way to enjoy a special time together with friends or loved ones...

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vipscottf
Las Vegas
42 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice establishment. Our server was trying hard. But service was a bit uneven. I had shrimp and grits. Grits were lumpy and caked Otherwise flavors were good. Wife had rockfish. She didn’t care for the Bronze sauce, but fish was well cooked. Veggies were good. Atmosphere was nice.

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WesM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Over priced and not that much to pick from on that menu

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King
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food were amazing. The seafood was so fresh! Gotta love a mimosa deal during brunch :D

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BirthdayCelebration
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience...dined their for our anniversary, which I advised them when I made the reservation. Initially they tried to seat us at a table in a busy aisle, when we asked for a more private table, we were taken upstairs to a very nice room where there were only three other tables, properly distanced. My wife had the red snapper, expertly plated, with a crispy skin, which was cooked to perfection, garnished with sweet chili pepper sauce and accompanied by plantains and pickled vegetables. I had blackened Mahi-mahi, with plantains and succotash. Both dishes were delicious, we ate every bite! For dessert we had the carrot cake, topped with candied pecans, also quite good. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable. Deserving of their high marks, a must do if you’re in the Norfolk area.

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kimberlyw
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I are regulars at this restaurant and they never disappoint. The food, the service, the friendliness of the staff... everything is amazing!

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Blcarn
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ask for specials. They aren't on menu. Pork chop with apple glaze & sweet potatoe succotash was amazing.

JT
vipJamesT
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience3

The pork chop was awful

FAQs

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

Saltine is rated 4.6 stars by 1007 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.