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Vintage Kitchen

390 reviews
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$30 and under
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Featuring sweeping views of the Elizabeth River from the waterfront ballroom, terrace, and herb garden, VINTAGE KITCHEN has quickly become a community favorite. Burled wood floors, black leather benches, and the patina of a copper bar provide a relaxing and elegant setting for award-winning modern cuisine, simply prepared and stylishly presented, using the freshest local and regional produce in season, with a focus on artisan-crafted Virginia wines, cheeses, and micro-brewed beers. The area’s most discriminating clientele dine in an exclusive private library and digital theater with a backstage look into the kitchen, by appointment or invitation only, where daily 7-course bespoke tasting menus are offered graciously by hometown Chef/Owner Phillip Craig Thomason.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Southern
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Monday - Wednesday evenings available by Appointment or Invitation Only
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Phone number
(757) 625-3370
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Phillip Craig Thomason
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Private party facilities
"When Hampton Roads movers and shakers want to celebrate in style, they turn to celebrity Chef/Owner Phillip Craig Thomason of VINTAGE kitchen, one of the hottest restaurants and special event destinations in the area." -Vow Magazine. We specialize in on-site and off-site events including: Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners, Bridal Luncheons, Cocktail Receptions, Corporate Events and Catering, Pharmaceutical Programs, Office Parties, and Digital Audio Visual Web Conferencing. Featuring sweeping waterfront views of Virginia"s most famous harbor / Located conveniently within walking distance of downtown Norfolk's major hotels / 5000 sq. ft. marble lobby and tented outdoor lawn on the Elizabeth River for events of all sizes / Several private rooms offer the ability to host multiple functions simultaneously / FREE PARKING. We will work within any budget and look forward to helping you plan your next event. Please contact us at 757.625.3370 or by email at
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Private party contact
Phillip Craig Thomason: (757) 625-3370
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We will work within any budget and look forward to helping you plan your next event. Please contact us at 757.625.3370 or by email at
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Cross street
St. Paul's Boulevard
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Parking details
We offer FREE validated parking in an attached private garage, noted as one of Norfolk's most easily recognizable landmarks, famous for the large outdoor mural gracing the exterior of the building. Painted by the acclaimed internationally renowned artist Wyland and dedicated on August 23, 1993, the "Whaling Wall" is one of only 100 in the world. Additionally, valet services are available upon request during events.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 390 People Are Saying
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3.9  based on recent ratings
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PKopper (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Wow! Excellent & beyond our expectations for an impromptu date night! Quiet & romantic dining area with a great view of the river. Service was attentive and spot on starting with the handcrafted and very spirited Mint Juleps to the amazing Truffle Mac & Cheese and the James Beard slider. A+++ from beginning to the very end. Already recommended to friends. Can't wait to return!!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Been coming here for several years however havent been there for 3. It was still just as fantastic as I remembered it. Wonderful experience. A must try if you havent been there.

Gigimcdc (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

I will not return to Vintage kitchen. Had time to wait for our table but couldn't get a drink at the bar. Bartender never even acknowledged us. The hamburger was an extremely small patty and only 2 shrimp were given with the shrimp and grits. Two. Really unfortunate. The waitress added menu items to my bill although it was restaurant week so it was just one price.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
2.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Disappointed in food this time. Could have been restaurant week! Creme brûlée was discusting. Also slow there at 5:30 and we were late for 7:30 play!

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
2.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Sloth like service from the bar or kitchen, if you're not going to feed me at least keep the drinks coming. The appetizer round was great- Spicy Caesar salad and Shecrab soup were phenomenal even though the soup was cold on top. The Burger for taste was delicious, exceptional flavors, but served on a cold raw bun. Who wants soggy cold bread with such a great burger? The Shrimp and grits were alright but the sauce was better on the sweet potato fries. (Feel free to make that a dish- you're welcome) I would say this restaurant falls short when compared to so many places with the same or better view in Norfolk or Portsmouth.
It was definitely disappointing because I gave this place another chance after having been let down a few years ago with two similar experiences. I was really hoping things had changed but they have not.

MJT78 (Richmond)
2.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Went with friends for Restaurant Week. Slow, terrible service--waited 1.25hr for appetizer and 40-50 min for entrée, then dessert. Seemed to be enough wait staff, our waiter was great, apologetic. Food was good, creative but slow service killed any possibility of us returning there. Also, dining area temp was cold, uncomfortable.

swmona (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Lunch for a business meeting. Excellent service and delicious food. Perfect, quiet location downtown Norfolk. My friend had the blended burger that won the James Beard competition. He's had lots of burgers and says this is the best. I had salad with fried chicken added; the chicken was perfectly cooked, moist and tender. Highly recommend!!!

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
1.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

The service was awful & extremely slow. We went for restaurant week. Food was just ok, surprised, as yelp reviews praised the chef. Never again.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
1.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

I have been here many times over the years and came here for the first time with my new husband for restaurant week. This was one of the worst dinning experiences ever. My husband ordered the "famous" burger and it was thin as paper and the bun was tasteless and store-bought. I had the shrimp and grits which was cold. The wait was ridiculous and the service was incredibly slow and inattentive. We were so disappointed.

Monique (Richmond)
3.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

They opened 45 minutes late and they weren’t prepared to start putting in orders till after 5:30.

WNP3 (Richmond)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Normally a satisfying place to dine, New Year's Eve was a surprising disappointment. We knew the menu was prix fixe but the food was bland and over-cooked. The salad lettuce was soggy most likely because it was sitting in the dressing in the kitchen. The poor girl assigned to be bartender had obviously never made a martini in her life - she had to read the recipe but still served an unpalatable concoction, equal parts gin and vermouth! Sending it back, I ordered a Gibson instead, emphasizing that I wanted it very dry; she served it with olives. When I pointed out that a Gibson comes with onions, she apologetically took it back only to return with the news that they were out of onions. She was obviously embarrassed because she was so out of her element and we felt bad for her. Although the food was not up to par, our server, Brianna, was wonderful. This was New Year's Eve, we understand, but if a restaurant entices diners to celebrate a special event, a better foot should be put forward. We will give Vintage Kitchen another chance and dine from their regular menu but will probably try someplace else next New Year's.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Philip does an outstanding job creating delicious entrees. The duck and potatoes for two are our favorite selections. New Year's Eve had a special 4 course menu. The Hopping John's were succulent. The salad with fried cheese was a lovely surprise. The deconstructed Beef Wellington was cooked to perfection. The bread pudding was an excellent way to end 2017.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

Great comfort food and hidden gem! Service was impeccable!

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

This is becoming our go to restaurant for a nice meal with friends. Food is great, ambiance is quiet with great view of Elizabeth River and service is superb.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

Amazing food as always. Friendly staff.