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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.
Norfolk, VA 23510
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
St. Paul's Boulevard
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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 email@example.com.
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.
Adjacent to building
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Private Party Contact:
Phillip Craig Thomason: (757) 625-3370
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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!
Help is needed here- this is amateur hour.
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.
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
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.
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.
We had dinner on New Year's Eve. We've been to Vintage Kitchen several times prior and always liked the food. But we drifted away because of a relatively static menu (always good, but not much change). We received a note regarding the NYE dinner...new food choices along with some standards and a good selection. We were DELIGHTED. Philip reenergized the restaurant with superb food and a great presentation. Service was also perfect, not rushed, not pushing tables, just a wonderful dining experience. In short, we went back because of earlier reputation and we'll go back again!
The menu seems not to have changed in years-if ever-and is very difficult to read/decipher because of mixed fonts and a confusing format. That said, the chef is talented and some of the menu items will be your "favorites". The flounder is especially good! One dessert, a coffee ice cream parfait, would have been really tasty with fudge sauce, but without, it was just okay. The warm cookies would probably have been a better choice.
One other thing: the new system for parking tickets is problematic. Our validated tickets would not scan. After about 10-12 minutes of unsuccessful attempts, we were fortunate that an attendant miraculously appeared so that we didn't miss our show.
Upon arrival we were surprised to find only one table occupied as all reviews were so positive. It seemed a bit awkward; however, our server put us at ease and brought delicious cocktails made with herbs she handpicked in the restaurant's outdoor garden (at night with her phone as a light). The food was delicious. We had the Chesapeake Bay Flounder and the Beef Tenderloin with Whiskey Sauce. We decided the reason the Kitchen was not full was due to the wine festival that day.
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