Saltine

4.4
1451 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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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Dec 31, 2021

Hello and thank you for choosing Saltine to celebrate the New Year! Our Chefs have prepared a 4-course prix fixe menu at $95/per person (No other menu will be available). Your reservation also includes access to our Main Ballroom Bash and Grain's NYE party (valued at $75/per person).

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Dec 25, 2021

#SaltineChristmas We are featuring Chef Specials, warm winter beverages, and dinner menu (only) all day. 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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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fish was fantastic. Service was great.

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ThaJonnyT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Brunch was good but nothing insanely exciting about it. Usual fare. The breakfast bowl was good and the dressing was fantastic. Service was impeccable I will say. Never worried about empty drinks and never waited longer than a minute at all. Cool location, beautiful bar, great ambiance. Love old buildings like this.

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Justin
Charleston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and presentation. I order the Red Snapper and was amazed to see it come to the table. I didn’t realize it was the whole fish standing up on my plate fried…..Totally Awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Could not believe how overpriced the “market priced” items were. $85 for a fish entree!?

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Cold booth, had to wear a coat (inside). Blackened Mahi was not spicy at all, desserts were horrible, almost like the chef was experimenting and failed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience4

The food was below standards for the 3rd consecutive time, the calamari was chewy, the cheeseburger was salty and under cooked. The service was fine but kitchen was less than stellar. I only enjoyed the soup for a 100.00 ticket
Post Pandemic Saltine has been a disappointment from an execution perspective,

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MClark
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 4th time there for Thanksgiving and it is always a great experience! Our waiter Mike was exceptional even though he was new to the restaurant, he was very knowledgeable and kind and funny. If you ever need plans for Thanksgiving dinner, Saltine is the way to go!

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ChadY
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks were good! Food was good! Oysters were clean and main courses excellent. Only criticism was the creamed spinach was over salted.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience1

My salad was salty and my boyfriend’s chicken was burnt.

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LauraC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cameron was great and the filet was incredible!

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vipTsvec
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a lovely evening with old friends. Our food was delicious and delivered in a timely fashion. The wait staff was courteous and efficient, but gave us plenty of space for conversation. My only regret is that I’d didn’t have room for dessert.

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GraysonF
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Great looking place. Staff was overwhelmed and needed support. Food was decent but not worth what they charged for it. Beer menu was lacking.

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dvita
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saltine delivered a wonderful dining experience. I reserved w/ a credit card on a busy Friday night. I was promptly seated. My server was very pleasant and enthusiastic. I ordered a cup of She-Crab soup, Rockfish w/lumped crab meat and a side of roasted root vegetables (which were heirloom carrots) w/ a savory yogurt sauce. The Rockfish was a fresh, catch of the day, choice which can be blackened or bronzed. The bronzed preperation is what chose. The fish was seasoned w/ savory (not spicy hit) cajun spices that were well-balanced in terms of prominence.
My Rockfish came on a bed of hominy succotash.
The whole entrée was delicious! The heirloom carrots were very flavorful and a nice addition to my meal. My server checked on me periodically and in an appreciably subtle way.
Admittedly, the meal was more expensive than I will usually pay. It was, however, an outstanding meal and dining experience!

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davidM
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Service was fantastic but our server was not the cook. flavor in most of the food.
Food was missing character

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vipruss
Wilmington
103 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Saltine is a very original restaurant in found in the center of a vibrant emerging city. The food was excellent, and the fact that they had 5 selections for their fresh catch of the day (including cobia) was not expected. The drink selection was as creative as any we've seen on the East Coast, and the oysters are as expected, very fresh and come in an excellent array of choices. Our server was very professional but also warm and friendly.

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MaridaleJ
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was perfect, the crab soup, the bronzino, the rockfish... and our waitress very nice, and help us when the wind proved our chose table was not the right option...
I think her name was Ana..
We'll come back for sure in our next trip to Norfolk

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DevonS
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our date nite at Saltine as we stayed at the Hilton. The lobster was great! But expensive. Be prepared to spend over $220.00. The short rib was seasoned to perfection, but came out more on the Luke warm side. They need to work on their timing in the kitchen.

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WmsbgCav
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Waited 2 hours to get some truly awful food. Cool looking place but this was one of the worst restaurant experiences I've ever had.

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vipPhilipo
New England
35 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Expensive and mediocre food with limited lemur

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Mike
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

One of the worst dining experiences I (we) have had in years. We tried Saltine about 5 years back and were disappointed then. Thought given their reviews, they must have improved. No. They are worse now than before. The noise level was much too high. The restaurant was cold. The meals (scallops and snapper) were just a mix of flavors that overwhelmed the seafood. The service was absolutely lousy. And the desert was terrible - which after we tried it (only took one bite each), our server informed us it was a trial item. I guess we were the guinea pigs.
Never again.

MB
MishaBeograd
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service from Marco was first rate. He answered all of our questions and provided samples of the draft beers which aided in my guest's selections. The food was magnificent especially the 24 hour short ribs which were the best I've ever had. We could tell that there was quite a bit of attention to detail paid to both the preparation and presentation from appetizer to entrees. My friends from Baltimore noted that the ultimate crab cake was as good as what they get at home and the raw oysters (Havens and James River) made the meal very special indeed. Yet another outstanding dining experience at Saltine!

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RalphW
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding. Service was really exceptional. Food was fresh, prepared well, delicious, presented perfectly. Will definitely go again when the occasion arises.

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Bass
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the time that we were able to spend together.

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vipStweis
Richmond
34 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience!

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AndrewF
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great first visit. Food was great but getting the food was extremely slow. New menu had a great selection.

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vipCraigM
Naples
11 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome dessert great meal can't wait to return

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for Sunday brunch. Good variety, including options from the oyster bar. We had chicken & waffles and crab benny. Both delicious. $2 mimosas and bloody marys.

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JenR
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and an incredibly attentive and accommodating wait staff. We were tight on time and had someone with an onion allergy. Our server made sure to attend to both without being put-off and the food and wine were outstanding! Will definitely return to this restaurant.

MB
MalcolmB
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Both our meals were cold except for the french fries

KB
KeithB
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated quickly and it was a very pleasant experience. Our food arrived in good order and was very tasty.

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FarzinD
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Service was ok, appetizer was fine, but main dish and dessert were pretty low quality. It seemed the meal were frozen food from grocessary store. Our first and last time there.

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susang
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, delicious food. Very noisy inside but calmer outside.

CJ
CarlaJ
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like always the experienced was wonderful. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.

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vipMarty
Richmond
32 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service, food was very good, ambiance is also very good.

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Auston
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience1

Asked a waiter for a straw; he succinctly ignored me after acknowledging my request. Later, he was murmuring to himself - I'm assuming some mental health issue...not the type of individual I'd see myself hiring to be in the presence of food consumption.

The seating was awkward at best. No privacy. Enjoyed listening to a couples quarrel for about an hour before they retired.

Excellent food portions. Food definitely came out less than room temperature; delicious nonetheless.

Overall, especially since "reservations" seem mandatory, this establishment presents itself with all the priciness and pretention of a New York fine dining establishment, but retains the ubiquitous faux, high quality dining experience found on this swampy peninsula.

Guess I better plan on leaving...

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KellieR
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Service was disappointing. We had to ask our waitress 3 times to please bring the bread and everything took sooo long. Even our drinks! The noise level on the streets was horrible! We left after our appetizers which were not great. The shrimp was disappointing and the Brussels sprouts were over cooked.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Service attended was kind and knowledgeable.
But his service was to stretched out, maybe because lack of help. So everything was delayed.

Calamari was something found at your local fast food restaurants.
Small and mostly crumbs.

After attended took our calamari back and we orders 8 count butterfly shrimp x3 orders. No apologies for delay discount of any sort.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good service not the best food.

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vipJoshuaL
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Atmosphere was great. Service was good. Food was average and overpriced in my opinion.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

food was not flavorful at all. multiple meals where sent back

FAQs

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

Saltine is rated 4.4 stars by 1451 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.