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About Vintage Kitchen

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.

999 Waterside Drive
Norfolk, VA 23510
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Southern

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

Cross Street:
St. Paul's Boulevard

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(757) 625-3370

Website:
http://www.vintage-kitchen.com/

Catering:
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 info@vintage-kitchen.com.

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.

Public Transit:
Adjacent to building

Executive Chef:
Phillip Craig Thomason

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 info@vintage-kitchen.com.

Private Party Contact:
Phillip Craig Thomason: (757) 625-3370

Additional:
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

Vintage Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.3

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4.1

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3.8

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83% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 16, 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.

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 (Richmond)·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.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

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 (Richmond)·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.

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 (Richmond)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great comfort food and hidden gem! Service was impeccable!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Amazing food as always. Friendly staff.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 18, 2017

One of my favorite spots in Norfolk. Food is amazing, you won’t be disappointed!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Wife and I were in town on business

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I really want to be able to recommend this restaurant. The meal was delicious! However, the overall experience left much to be desired. There were 8 people in our party; we were celebrating a 40th birthday. Our reservation was for 8:30 on a Friday evening. We arrived at the restaurant just in time right on time and walked in. There was NO ONE in the front of the restaurant, and my no one, I mean a host/hostess or customers. We watched clear a moment and then we’re escorted toward the waterside seating area and there was 1 other couple in the entire restaurant. Seemed so deserted for a Friday night. The emptiness really just left a lot to be desired. The hostess/waitress seemed a little bothered to wait on us, while we couldn’t really understand why seeing as how it wasn’t at all busy.

Basically, we quickly ordered food (which really was delicious), so that we could eat and move on to somewhere a little more engaging.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 27, 2017

My wife and I had our anniversary dinner here, and the food was great. Instead of each picking an entree, we got 4 small plates to share, and they were all delicious (especially the cheese plate, and the mac & cheese). We each tried one of their specialty cocktails, and I really enjoyed their take on a moscow mule, but my wife got some smoky margarita and it was overwhelmingly smoky. All in all, I'd say they're definitely worth a visit.

Tags: Scenic View, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was great (as always), staff could not have been more accommodating, great view, great ambience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

This place was great! Local ingredients expertly and creatively prepared by a staff who clearly care about food. It's worth a 3 minute walk from the lesser restaurants at Waterside. Great view of the river. An all-Virginia wine list. It's a culinary celebration of the Old Dominion.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Very impressed. The James Beard Burger is not to be missed!

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Disabled Access, Healthy
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Expected a quaint place w river view. This is located in an office building. We walked on 10 min after our reservation (1:10 pm). With the exception of two other people in the restaurant, we were the only diners. No one in bar. Too bad. They seemed to have a good reputation. We wondered what was wrong. Our waitress, Brenda, was great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Incredible food and service. Will happily return soon!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Just the worst.

Food was alright but took FOREVER to come out. We were literally chastised for not ordering our entrees at the same time as starters. (I get why now- the kitchen takes their sweet time making burgers.) We asked for a burger with no mayo but it came out doused in it. When we asked for a new one, our server was almost combative, telling us it was aioli. Aioli is mayonnaise....I don't think the server OR the chef knew that.

Horrible experience. Never going back.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Eating here was an amazing experience. The staff was very friendly and attentive, and the food and drinks were out of this world.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Ok. Great service. But the menu is overhyped. Purported local but the catch of the day in the height of wild Alaskan salmon season AND at a restaurant literally on the eastern seaboard was a Norwegian salmon. Come on. The burger was good but served on a cafeteria lunch tray when everything else was on plates. Just overall inconsistent. But the mac and cheese and Madeira was delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Nice view, poor wine selections, only Virginia wines by the glass and they were not good. Food was mediocre and that is a stretch. Martini was warm, had to ask for ice which ruined it. I was really excited to eat here and it was disappointing, I don't think we'll go back.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 19, 2017

My wife and I enjoyed a terrific meal here. The salmon and pork tenderloin were both outstanding. Our server, Annie, was great.
Good wine list. Nice setting with views of Waterfront.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Our dinner at Vintage Kitchen was a lovely occasion, very good service and excellent food. You can always count on excellent food at Vintage Kitchen. The river view outside was enjoyable. The dining room is elegant, simple, with soft music playing in the background. Thank you for not drowning out conversation! We'll be back, and recommend Vintage Kitchen to friends.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Always fabulous. The chef blends new and old to create amazingly delicious choices. I like how they have a wine list featuring Virginia wines and source their ingredients locally.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on March 23, 2017

I enjoyed my evening meal at this restaurant. The food was delicious. The service was good. The menu was not overly expansive, but had a very good selection from which to choose. The bottle of wine we had was very good but very expensive. The Virginia wines offered were $35 a bottle. All other wines were high priced - mostly in the $60 or $75 dollar range, as I recall. The food is fairly expensive as well, but was good.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Great food, great service and wonderful dining experience for my wife and I!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 18, 2017

This was by far the worst dining experience I've had in 22 years of living in Norfolk! There was absolutely no reason for the quality of the food, length of time it took to get service or for the hour wait to get a simple dish. BTW, there was 7 people total dining or at the bar. Unacceptable!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 14, 2017

It was a nice place with good food , but the service was a bit lacking it wasn't very packed and we still had a hard time getting things like silverware or refills . I found it over priced for what it was . The food was good , but I personally wouldn't go back, I expected it to be more of a see and be seen place , instead it has the feel of a upscale snobby quiet place ..... good for some people. It not my personal style

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Our favorite Norfolk restaurant. Perfect for Valentine's Day, with a festive and fun special menu.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 14, 2017

I took my wife out for Valentine's Day. The Kitchen had a special menu that evening. We had a delightful time. The food and the service were excellent, from the warm greeting to the farewell at evening's end. We enjoyed a lovely view of the river and the warmth of the fireplace. Highly recommended.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 21, 2017

We didn't know how / what door to come into. We called and the first person said come threw the door. We asked the front doors of the building? She said she was not sure the would get a manager. Were told come to the garage and take elevator.

We were seated at a wonderful table but it took forever for the server to come.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 21, 2017

This was a true disappointment from start to finish.
We arrived on time for our reservation 7:00 pm and waited at least 5 minutes at the hostess stand before anyone approached us. When that finally happened we received an apology and then we were asked to wait to be seated.
We were seated and told we would receive water with lemon by the host and then he never came back. At 7:25 a waitress approached and said she would bring water. We asked if we could order a glass of wine she said she would bring that with the water.
She brought the water- then the wine then the glasses all separated service.
We ordered dinner at 7:30
At 7:50 we received the appetizer
At 8:30 dinner which was cold and the waitress apologized and said here is an extra glass of wine because it took so long.
We asked her to give us the check and dessert to go because it had taken so long. That was not even packaged right!
Seriously !
Help is needed here- this is amateur hour.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 20, 2017

This was a very disappointing experience. The food was really not as described (brisket tasted like pot roast), very salty, common looking dishes; Caesar salad was a chopped iceberg lettuce concoction. Dessert was decent. Grossly overpriced wine list.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 20, 2017

We came for dinner during Restaurant Week so the menu was offering only a few choices. The pumpkin soup was presented beautifully and really delicious. There was a nice cocktail and wine selection. The pork was cooked beautifully and the crab was perfect. The dishes were creative without being hard to decipher. The service was spot-on. The only drawback is that the restaurant is very dark. The lone bathroom was in dire need of an update and expansion if possible. All in all, a great meal and we will definitely return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Naples)·Dined on January 19, 2017

For Restaurant week I would have thought the menu would be the best the chef could offer. The salad tasted like it had been put together earlier. Lettuce limp. Sweet potato fries heavy on the salt. The 3 of us did't care for the dessert. It would have been nice to have a waitress that could smile rather than feel like we were just one more table to serve. Very little sauce on the ganache

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 19, 2017

Went for restaurant week and the food was incredible! Portion sizes were perfect and the wait staff was friendly and attentive. Looking forward to our next visit!

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 19, 2017

It was our first experience. Server was very inexperienced and was new to the restaurant. I eventually took my bill to the bar, after 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Tags: Seasonal, Notable Wine List
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 18, 2017

Some friends and I went here for restaurant week. The menu sounded phenomenal and we wanted to check it out. The staff seemed unprepared when we walked in as there was no hostess, although the bartender did greet us. Our waitress did a great job of explaining the menu and pointing out a few popular dishes that we should try. I had the award winning spicy Caesar salad and was not impressed. I believe the dressing had a bit too many anchovies because the dish had a fishy after taste. The other dishes my friends and I had were the pumpkin soup (very sweet and dessert-like), chicken and waffles (my friend said the jalapeño syrup had an earthy taste to it), Malbec beef brisket (you can't go wrong with something braised in Malbec wine), pork three ways (porkchop was slightly undercooked), pineapple tart( a nice rendition of pineapple upside down cake), and coffee creme brûlée. We also had a bottle of the local Syrah which was great. Overall I felt like the $35 was just slightly overpriced for the experience, but glad we got to check it out.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 18, 2017

Vintage Kitchen does not disappoint. We appreciated that the Restaurant Week menu did not require numerous items at additional charge. A few of the other restaurants do this during Restaurant Week, and we do not patronize them, because they fail to adhere to the spirit of the occasion.
The food was outstanding particularly the pumpkin soup, beef and pork entrees. Only the pineapple "torte" tasted OK but was not attractively presented. Our server was in training and trying very hard.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 17, 2017

We were there during restaurant week. Excellent menu and quality food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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