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Saltine, Norfolk, VA

Saltine

4.3
4.3
1961 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–12:00 am Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (757) 763-6280

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Keith Nickerson

  • Private party facilities

    A street level seafood restaurant in the heart of Norfolk, Saltine offers three sophisticated private dining spaces and seasonal shellfish, fresh seafood and crafted spirits.

  • Private party contact

    Sara Wagner: (757) 763-6203

  • Neighborhood

    Norfolk

  • Parking details

    Patrons are welcomed to utilize the public parking garage attached to Hilton The Main. Parking validation, available upon request, will deduce 2 hours of charges from your ticket. Valet service is available for an additional $6.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Chefs Table: 4-Course Cocktail Dinner

    $75.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Jun 27, 2023 only
    Join us for an evening of victuals and libations at Saltine with an in-person demonstration by our Mixologist and Executive Sous Chef. Guests will be guided through the construction of drinks and food pairings during an evening of fun and food. First Course Yellow Fin Tuna Carpaccio Smoked Watermelon, Citrus Granita Pairing: Watermelon Ginger Fizz Second Course Beef Tartar Smoked Bone Marrow Custard, Grill Bread, Paddle Fish Caviar Pairing: Hotel Palomita Third Course BBQ Grouper Cheeks Corn Fritters, Pair A Dice Acre Heirloom Tomato Sauce Vierge Pairing: EQUIPOSE Fourth Course Lemon Posset Raspberry, Short Bread Cookie Pairing: Summer Solstice
  • Chefs Table: 4-course Cocktail Dinner

    $75.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Jul 25, 2023 only
    Join us for an evening of victuals and libations at Saltine with an in-person demonstration by our Mixologist and Executive Sous Chef. Guests will be guided through the construction of drinks and food pairings during an evening of fun and food. First Course Charred Salmon Collar Pickled Cucumber Salad Pairing: Spritz Second Course Insalata de Bacalao Summer Peas, Castelvetrano Olive, Marinated Pineapple Pairing: Mojito Charred Pineapple, Mezcal, Mint Third Course Whole Roasted Tuna Pastrami Spice Mole Mustard, Savory Churro Pairing: Blood & Chocolate Anejo Tequila, Ancho Reyes, Chocolate Fourth Course Saint Honore Puff Pastry, Pate A Choux, Coconut, Pineapple, Lime Pairing: Red White & Blue Coconut, Rum, Cotton Candy
  • Father's Day Dinner

    Jun 18, 2023 only
    Join us at Saltine, the number one restaurant in Norfolk, as we celebrate Father's Day in style! We are thrilled to present an exquisite dining experience featuring our traditional dinner menu and an enticing à la carte prix fixe menu. Treat your father to an exceptional dining experience at Saltine. Our team is dedicated to providing you and your family with an unforgettable Father's Day celebration. We look forward to serving you and creating cherished memories together! Prix Fixe Menu: Crispy Pork Porchetta, comforting Warm Potato Salad, and refreshing Brussels Sprout Slaw. Sweet finale: Summer Berry Trifle, a delightful blend of fresh berries and Chantilly cream. Join us for an exquisite Father's Day dining experience at Saltine!

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What 1,961 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Norfolk / Virginia Beach

    Seafood

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  1. MissLis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lori and Chelsea were great! I took my daughter there for lunch to celebrate her 21st birthday and we both fell in love! Will definitely be going back! The decor, ambiance, food and service were stellar!
  2. DesireeA

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, oysters, fish dip and grain salad, and scallops - it was a lot but a perfect meal - and it was split between two. Our server was knowledgable and helpful. Our first drink was not great, it as a new lavender drink but the margaritas after were great. I will say it is pricey - 2 people, 4 rounds of drinks and the food mentioned - but we knew it wasnt going to be cheap going it :)
  3. Coralee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food1service4ambience2
    My husband and I each ordered a fish dish. The plate arrived and you could not even see the fish. I expected it to be on one side of the plate with the other stuff around it. All the other stuff completely covered the taste of the fish. The sauce and whatever the remaining accents were did not allow the flavor of the fish to come out. We normally go there at lunch time and have been happy with items such as the lobster rolls, etc. We both like fish and really wanted to savor it as fish. I had eaten rock fish elsewhere or some we caught. For a restaurant that specializes in fish, I was most surprised and disappointed.
  4. OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing as always. Our server Brian was great! We got the mussels, oysters, the yard bird and scallops! All delish.
  5. Smiles

    Wilmington

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Saltines is always consistently good but nothing outstanding. Service is always good.
  6. FoodieVB

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great mussels! Nice outside dining ambience. Food well prepared.
  7. Jayhawk

    Washington DC

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a good family celebration of our daughter's 21st birthday. Keighly's service was great. We enjoyed brunch, especially the oysters.
  8. Ndsisve1976

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent but plan to spend money. Best margaritas!
  9. RobertK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time at Saltine. What a place! We had a business dinner and the setting far exceeded expectations. Food, service and atmosphere were all outstanding! Highly recommend!
  10. NYCKaizen

    Miami

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    A great place in Norfolk to meet with clients or friends. The food is solid and not fussy. Perhaps, on future visits I will try the daily specials for something memorable.
  11. YuliyaR

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    I really liked the restaurant overall, but waitress was very forgetful though gracious. Our drink orders took forever to come. One of my friends ordered virgin MaiTai, but what she got was fancy lemonade.
  12. SarahK

    Coastal Georgia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Noelle, was fantastic and the food was exceptional. The rockfish over succotash and the crab cakes were spot on. Thanks for a great meal for Mother's Day with my Navy kid and his roommate!
  13. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Saltine seems to have gone down in recent years. When it first opened we loved it and have been there several times. Over the years it seems that the menu is stagnant and the service has declined. A very blah dinner was ended with a stale tasting pound cake and coffee that was slopped onto the table by the server and then topped of with an already included 20% tip when there were just two of us. The highlight was the the drinks which are always the best at that bar.
  14. Localfoodfanatic

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The wait time for the food is too long. We waited over 30 minutes for the salmon dish and the scallop dish with fries. Also, this particular time the gratuity was included. We're not sure if it was because of Mother's day. Overall the food is really good, but pricey.
  15. BertH

    Norfolk

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Have been here many times. Good food and great service. No valet parking at the time we went and the music was too loud but they turned it down.
  16. micheles

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The steak was amazing however, the sides were meh. Recommend reinventing your sides. (A baked potato and regular non-bitter salad would have been perfect.) Mussels were superb! Our waitress was lovely and she took great care to make our visit enjoyable. Thank you!
  17. RondiaW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Took my wife for Sunday brunch to disappointing meal. Waited over 30 minutes after we put our order in. Tables that were sat after us were served before us. Food was mediocre at best. Entrees were cold and tasteless. Cocktails i.e. bloody mary tasted like V8. Ordered a burbon on the rocks and was charged 3.00 for ice. Wil not be back.
  18. ChristinaJ

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Reservation was seated late and the food took an hour and 15 minutes to arrive and had to be sent back because part of it was cold/hard.
  19. JoshC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The restaurant looks nice but that was the only thing really to write home about. Took over 45 minutes to get our food while multiple customers that came in after got there’s and finished before we got ours. The cocktails were good but that’s about it. I don’t think I will be giving it another chance.
  20. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner experience! Everything was cooked to perfection.
  21. ShanteaF

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    Great time celebrating day before Mother’s Day with my son, saltine the only place I’ve loved a good oyster but this night the oyster option were pretty smaller than normal but still delicious, service was a little slow but I could tell my waitress was trying her best and it seemed everyone else was getting their food a little slow so I get it. I love saltine so I would go back for a better experience but the food is always good so that what’s get me back everytime
  22. Molly

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We had to wait for over an hour and 15 minutes for our meal. Our waitress was pleasant, but was slow and we often had to wait on refills and basic items such as napkins. The food was just ok. We had oysters which were very small and lacked taste. For the price that we paid I was highly disappointed.
  23. LennyMacBenny

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Not worth the price tag. Food was inconsistent, drinks were overpriced.
  24. SGuernsey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    It was a great experience! The service was excellent with a great atmosphere and excellent food. The menu is very refined with a main focus on seafood that was done perfectly.
  25. CatM

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Angelina was awesome- none of our concerns (keeping this from a 5 star) related to her service. First issue was that I waited 25 minutes for a bottle of wine that ended up not being available. It was on the menu so she looked for it, to no avail. I had to select another option which added another 10 minutes to get a beverage. 35 minutes is long time to wait for wine. Second issue was that they served a few really dinky oysters and they’re pricey compared to other local restaurants. REALLY dinky, and they’re shucked so they have an opportunity to catch that. Bronzed tilefish and rockfish were beautifully prepared and delicious.
  26. HaythamA

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great catch of the day fish options and their oyster selection was excellent. On the pricey side but if you want to enjoy a good seafood meal then it's perfect. The ambiance is a little Capital Grille.
  27. RoseH

    Richmond

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is delicious! And our server Peyton was awesome 😀
  28. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Miguel and Payton was awesome, good service and they have attended to my needs right away, Mussels and salmon are phenomenal plus the cocktail which prompted me to get a room at Hilton where it’s located then crashed in my room after lunch before my interview.
  29. JeffG

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Our service was outstanding. All food was good but lynnhaven oysters very marginal.
  30. Sara

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food was amazing. The service was okay, but not super friendly.
  31. skinneemonkey

    Los Angeles

    87 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Their brunch menu is a well balanced offering of breakfast and lunch. Just what you need on a weekend out.
  32. PatriciaP

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The host allowed our group of eight to have individual checks per couple this allowed us to dine together at Saltine. We had wonderful wait staff and timely service. The my blue crab with house succotash was a generous portion. The crab was is large chunks and succotash flavorful. My husband had the lobster- though pricey was tender and a generous size.
  33. JimV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Ellie was our server. She was knowledgeable, courteous, and a joy to deal with. the menu was exceptional. Steaks were cooked perfectly. Local seafood was unparalleled. A must if you are in Norfolk.
  34. Sild

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    I ordered a vodka martini and asked it to be a bit dirty, but it tasted preponderantly like brine. For dinner I had the filet mignon and it tasted very salty. This is unacceptable for fine dining.
  35. Jess

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was delicious. Only down side was the restaurant is darkly lit, which made it hard to interact (work dinner), and the restrooms needed some attention.
  36. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great!!! I can’t wait to go back! Fabulous place and service
  37. BellaM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Appetizers were great, everyone’s dinner (except mine) was fabulous. I had a 1.5 pound steamed lobster that was so over cooked the meat didn’t even come out, which by the way I was charged $125 for, yup you didn’t misread that $125.00, INSANE. Dessert was inedible - banana pudding, I believe I was charged $18 for. The fresh fish, mussels excellent. Our server was fantastic (Nicole). Still not over the $125, should be illegal.
  38. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Way overpriced for e quality of the food and beverage. One glass of wine was $28. Seriously?
  39. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Saltine! 3rd visit, always a great atmosphere, amazing food and drinks with superior customer service!
  40. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and service. Rockfish Oscar is the bomb!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings

FAQs

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

Saltine is rated 4.3 stars by 1961 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Saltine

100 E Main St, Norfolk, VA 23510

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Norfolk

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–12:00 am Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Patrons are welcomed to utilize the public parking garage attached to Hilton The Main. Parking validation, available upon request, will deduce 2 hours of charges from your ticket. Valet service is available for an additional $6.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Keith Nickerson

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (757) 763-6280

  • Private party facilities

    A street level seafood restaurant in the heart of Norfolk, Saltine offers three sophisticated private dining spaces and seasonal shellfish, fresh seafood and crafted spirits.

  • Private party contact

    Sara Wagner: (757) 763-6203

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