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Saltine, Norfolk, VA

Saltine

4.3
4.3
2181 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 34 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–12:00 am Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (757) 763-6280
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Keith Nickerson
  • 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: (757) 763-6203
  • 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, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Chef's Table: South American Cocktail Dinner

    $75.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Apr 23, 2024 only
    Join us for an evening of victuals and libations at Saltine with an in-person demonstration by our Mixologist and Executive Sous Chef. Guests will be guided through the construction of drinks and food pairings during an evening of fun and food. Tickets are limited, so purchase yours today! 1st Scallop Aqua Chile Finger Lime Caviar | Starfruit | Guava Guava Pop Lillet-infused Guava Ice Pop | Prosecco 2nd Sea Bass Arepa Pickled Green Papaya Slaw | Green Mole Diablo Salado Olmeca Altos Tequila | Lime | Jalapeno | Salt Air 3rd Caldo Verde Portuguese Sausage | Corvina | Potatoes | Kale Oaxacan Martini Reposado Tequila | Mezcal | Pineapple | Mint | Lime 4th Tres’ Leches Peach Liqueur Durazno de Brazil Singani | Cachaca | Lime | Honey | Pêche
    Chef's Table: South American Cocktail Dinner Photo
  • Mother's Day Brunch at Saltine

    May 12, 2024 only
    Looking for a place to take your mom out for a special Mother's Day Brunch? Look no further than Saltine! This Mother's Day, we're offering a delightful Brunch Special for just $14. Indulge in our Nutella Stuffed French Toast with a Wild Berry Compote, Shaved Chocolate, and a drizzle of Caramel Sauce. The meal is perfectly complemented with sides of crispy Applewood Bacon and savory Sausage Links. So come join us at Saltine for a truly memorable celebration!

What 2,181 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
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Norfolk / Virginia Beach

    Good for business meals

  • Norfolk / Virginia Beach

    Seafood

2,181 Reviews
  1. foodie

    Detroit

    205 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    205 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fish wings you say? Well they are actually fish collars and they were stunning. Not only the flavors, but the presentation was beautiful. The sauce was lacquered on and we couldn’t get enough. So creative! Thank you chef! We went back for breakfast the next morning and were NOT disappointed. The corned beef hash and the smoked salmon toast were both amazingly delicious dishes! Well done

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  2. LizL

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was good. I recommend the bronzed rockfish.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Saltine is usually one of my favorite places to go for brunch and I’m very disappointed this time around. The prices have increased while the service and quality of food have declined drastically. I do not see myself returning here after years of visits.

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  4. neev

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great friendly service. Food was excellent and drinks were nice. We tried the baked Alaska because neither of us had tried it before; it wasn’t our favorite dessert.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great dining experience. Exceptional service.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Saltine’s is one of our favorite places to dine. Normally I enjoy everything I order there. I had the Chesapeake Hot Round & She Crab Soup today. The potato was thick & tasteless and there was very little crab in the dish and the soup. Our server, Sam, provided great service.

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  7. BetD

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed our recent visit for brunch. Their menu selections were very good and the wait staff was attentive and accommodating.

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  8. WindsorFoodie

    Richmond

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience. Brian was attentive and helpful. Food was fantastic.

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  9. carrda1013

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meal was delicious and service was on point! Will definitely return.

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  10. DeboraG

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Near conference facilities and other tourist attractions.

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  11. RayD

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife had the lobster pasta and loved it. I had the Maine lobster with rapini as a side. Both were very good. Service was excellent.

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  12. RoxxyBlues

    New York City

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it! Good food, immaculately clean. Professional staff

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    53 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We went to Saltine because we were craving steaks and oysters. When we arrived we were informed steak is only served for dinner. The oysters on the half shell arrived without any brine, completely dried out and unappetizing. The clam chowder was an off-putting grayish brown color and was salty without any depth of flavor. At that point we decided to leave.

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  14. Pete

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Grilled salmon was excellently prepared and well done, completely cooked. Dessert was perfect. Chocolate tart with Kumquats. Service was even better. Server Maddy was attentive and very pleasant. A very enjoyable experience.

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  15. JanB

    Richmond

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I didn’t care for the shrimp and grits. Every place makes them different, but these by far were my least favorite anywhere the grid themselves were tasty, but so full of lumps in the brown gravy, they use not to my liking.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Halibut special was great as were the shrimp and crabcakes. A few of the half shell oysters were very small.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing atmosphere! Don’t let the bar area steer you away. It’s quite loud when you first arrive at the restaurant, but the actual dining area is quieter with great ambience.

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  18. Derek

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and food was great. The food taste and presentation was perfect. I will definitely go back.

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  19. Cndqt

    Richmond

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We arrived on time and were seated immediately. A lot of empty tables as it was still early. We were seated all the way in the back corner which I didn’t care for. Our server, Nikkia greeted us and asked if we wanted to order a drink from the bar. After looking at the bar menu on an iPad we chose to order drinks from happy hour menu. She then proceeded to tell us we had to be sitting at the bar for the special drink menu. That is an absurd rule in my opinion. Next time we’ll order from bar and then walk to our table! Our server had very poor timing. Salads were brought out then 5 minutes later our entrees were brought to our table. Then while we were still eating she asked if we would like dessert! I think she was just very inexperienced plus she was wearing a lot of perfume which detracted from the dining experience. The food overall was great! Everyone enjoyed their meals but for the price point, the server needed more training.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The server was delightful and our overall experience was great. Caesar salad was limp due to old lettuce. Wine is expensive. They wouldn’t let us buy the less expensive sparkling wine by the bottle. The mussels are delicious and the baked Alaska was terrific.

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  21. JulioT

    Fort Lauderdale

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The restaurant is themed as a seafood restaurant. Perhaps we should have been alerted by the mostly empty lobster tank and the scant display of a couple fish on ice in a glassed-off room. We all ordered fish. The fish all three of us had was very dry (all were listed as the day's selection; perhaps we should have asked which day). The food was over-spiced and peppery. I usually find that to be a way to mask inferior protein. The fries were skinny industrial fries, which came greasy, lukewarm and soggy. The succotash was, as mentioned, heavy on pepper. The Caesar salad with anchovies should be advertised as "with anchovy," and the dressing was insipid. A very disappointing meal. The service was bubbly but only superficially interested in how the meal went. Very few table-visits. Overall, avoid.

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  22. augustb

    Milwaukee

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Went with coworkers. Really great seafood. Try it "bronzed"

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  23. BillD

    Greensboro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent raw bar. Some of the best she-crab soup I've had. Systems of service were a little casual for the setting; but overall a great experience.

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  24. MJwrites4u

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a wonderful time at Saltine. The food was delicious and the menu was very creative.

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  25. bobc

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great seafood, expensive wines, some wines lacked description in menu, others had good tasting notes to help with selection.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience overall! The food and live music was a beautiful combination.

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  27. RoseH

    Richmond

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is delicious! Very fresh… just terrific. Service was good- the only bartender was working self to death bless his heart. Consistently good food & drinks :)

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  28. ReginaS

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Middle Neck Clams in beer and fennel broth with chorizo, white beans, kale and garlicy grill bread was over the top delicious!

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  29. JamalB

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome time at Saltine, had the whole Bronzino, wife had the 8oz filet. Calamari and mussels were absolutely delicious. Everything came out in a timely fashion and was hot.

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  30. Gary

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food! Good service. Server could have been better trained in wine or drinks. Maybe he was new. But overall a great experience and we would go back for a special occasion!

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  31. AprilG

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a great place, I will definitely return in the future.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The atmosphere and service was great! Our server Brain really made our experience. He had great recommendations and was the perfect amount of attentiveness. The portion sizes were good for the price. We got the mussels as an appetizer and it was very large for two people so we took over half home. I got the scallops and my partner got the trout, it was good but a bit overly complicated. Each dish came with wild grain mushroom risotto and those flavors alone were very demanding, then adding the main ingredient with it just didn’t fit. It seems they are attempting to be “up scale” by throwing too many ingredients together. Overall we are willing to give them another try, but it may be just for drinks and appetizers.

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  33. Callie4A

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food, as always, was delicious. Unfortunately our experience this time was very rushed, despite the restaurant not being very busy. Our appetizers came out in a decent amount of time, our entrees were served to us as we were still enjoying our first course, and dessert was being offered by our server as we were still eating our main course. We were seated, served, and handed the check within an hour. Definitely not the best dining experience this time around.

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  34. NeilB

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Muscles as an appetizer were fantastic, and a great value. The seafood that we ordered for our main course was extremely under seasoned. Scallops and Blackened Rockfish.

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  35. mrsP

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed Valentine’s Day . Thank you so much for the great customer service and the food was amazing! I love their oysters

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  36. Sierra

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    For $70 and a final bill of 93.80… this food was terrible. I would have rather went to olive garden for cheaper and better food. There is no way that others have not also complained about the price for the quality of the meals offered for Valentines Day. I will let the photos speak for themselves.

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  37. Olive

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Paige was an exceptional server, she knew her way around the menu to easily assist my boyfriend and I with making a decision, even with her mentioning she was fairly new to the restaurant. The food was amazing and all of the staff were great. Paige definitely left a mark with her kind spirit as she was sure to continue checking on us to ensure we enjoyed our Valentine’s Day.

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  38. swmona

    Richmond

    102 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved the house salad with grilled salmon added. One of the best ever. Great service and lovely space. Highly recommend

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  39. Virginian

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Best halibut I've had in a very, very long time. Wait staff are fantastic.

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  40. Anastasia

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Seated at a super small table against the wall and the register, this was a date. I’ve requested a booth during booking an upon arriving, we were told they could not accommodate, even though they had empty booths available.

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FAQs

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

Saltine is rated 4.3 stars by 2181 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 34 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Saltine

100 E Main St, Norfolk, VA 23510

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Norfolk
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–12:00 am Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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
    Keith Nickerson
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, 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: (757) 763-6203
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