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Vintage Kitchen

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396 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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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Cuisines
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 info@vintage-kitchen.com.
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Private party contact
Phillip Craig Thomason: (757) 625-3370
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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.
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Neighborhood
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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 396 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful food and great service

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

I went hear with my husband, his Grandfather, and my mother in law. My MIL has a lot of allergy restrictions so when I spoke with the server ahead of time he assured me that all allergies would be avoided. When we were there the server REMEMBERED all of the allergies that I had told him over the phone days before and was kind enough to give her options and tell her every ingredient in each meal. The Duck entree that I had was by far the best duck I have ever tasted (I’ve eaten a lot, it’s my favorite) and the bread pudding I had was amazing. At the end my MIL had hot tea and was telling us how much she liked it and before we left the server brought her another tea bag to take home because he had overheard her. Pros: food was sensational, ambiance was warm and inviting, service was thoughtful and helpful. Cons: limited menu and slow service for so few diners. However it is all made to order and was very artistically presented which takes more time.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Very nice dinner, great service. The menu could change a little more from year to year, but I like the small plate options. Really appreciated the quiet (one of our group was hard of hearing) and the attentive service. Will return soon for a more romantic dinner.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

The Beard Burger (grass fed beef and mushrooms) is delicious. I had the salad with fried chicken which was also tasty. Great service and they validate parking!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

What an exceptionally beautiful restaurant in the heart of the Norfolk waterfront. The food is excellent with a wide variety of choices. The service is warm and efficient. In all, it was a wonderful meal to finish a trip to Norfolk.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

The award-winning hamburger was great. My wife had it this time and I will definitely have it next time. The French onion soup was the best I have ever tasted - better than any I have had in France! The kir royale was excellent. The waitress was very attentive and friendly. The view across the river was lovely. We especially enjoyed the quiet dining room.

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5.0Dined 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!!

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5.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined on January 20, 2018

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

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2.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!!!

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1.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Great comfort food and hidden gem! Service was impeccable!

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Amazing food as always. Friendly staff.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Wife and I were in town on business

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3.0Dined on November 3, 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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5.0Dined on October 26, 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.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on August 15, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

Incredible food and service. Will happily return soon!

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1.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2017

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

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1.0Dined 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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