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Saltine, Norfolk, VA

Saltine

4.3
4.3
1658 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 p.m.


Booked 36 times today
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–1:00 am Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (757) 763-6280

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Fabio Caparelli

  • 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: (855) 671-5066

  • Neighbourhood

    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, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,658 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Norfolk / Virginia Beach

    Seafood

  • Norfolk / Virginia Beach

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Anniversary brunch!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    Food not as expected
  3. SB

    SammieB

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our server, Traisa was great! The food was delicious, but she provided us with excellent recommendations.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    We usually love Saltine but they recently changed the menu and it wasn’t our favorite. Still an awesome ambiance but the food options weren’t as good.
  5. L

    Lovetoeat

    Greensboro

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A great brunch choice!! Decor very old world/rich money! (LOL). Server was lovely and the food delicious!! The hostess a bit frazzled and talking about other employees and their poor attitudes but our particular server was as nice as she could be. A really nice way to start the day!
  6. LN

    LitoN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day dinner
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    Nothing had flavor except for the main dish which was the trout. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. Never again.
  8. JF

    JudiF

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    The food was terrible. The menu lacked balance and price value was poor. We have been coming here annually and this was by far our worst experience. The waitress was good and nothing was her fault. The flavor is just lackluster. Very disappointed and will not be coming back.
  9. Z

    Zee2004

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    We have been to Saltine on more than several occasions and this was the worst experience ever, out of all the restaurants in hampton roads we decided to go here and I regret it . I understand that things happen do to short staff and Everyone has a bad day , our reservation was at 6:30 and didn’t leave until after 8:00 . It took forever to get out food and the waitress forgot about us more than once , if our glasses are empty and 15min go bye it’s pathetic. And she walked bye more thank once . The last slap in the face was she asked me and my wife if it was separate checks ? Are you serious? I guess a white man can’t be married to a black woman in this day in age ? It’s sad we’ve been married 12 years and never been asked that question? Makes me wonder if the poor service was intentional?
  10. GG

    GlamGirl

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Service was outstanding. Friendly atmosphere. Wine was delicious
  11. TA

    TAAJ

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in town for a football camp and decided give Saltines a try. It was definitely worth the splurge! Great service and ambiance. Casual dress so it was perfect for our teen son.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    To celebrate our daughters graduation, we chose Saltine. Our server, Anna, was excellent! All of our orders were correct, hot, and delicious. We enjoyed our table, it was a very cozy rounded booth with nice ambience. The seafood was fresh and perfectly cooked. The cheesy tots were amazing! They are rectangular tater tot/cheddar wedges that have been deep-fried. Totally yummy! For fresh seafood or a special occasion, go to Saltine!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Overpriced! The food took an extremely long time to come out. I ordered the red snapper and it was tasteless. It had absolutely no seasoning… The she crab soup was excellent. Beautiful restaurant, good atmosphere and staff was very friendly. I will not be returning.
  14. HE

    HappyEpicure

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I enjoyed my meal here. Very straight ahead seafood, nice quality. They have a very delicious toffee bread pudding on the dessert menu. I suggested to my server that it would be even more delicious served warm She promised to pass my suggestion along.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I went for our 10yr anniversary. We have been to Saltine numerous times and have never had a bad experience. The food is superb. Wait staff was amazing and very helpful.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Terrible service. Waited over 20 minutes for sever to acknowledge table initially.
  17. JC

    JCool

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very expensive meal for two people. Otherwise, all was very nice!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Patriotic Festival
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great dinner! Our food was excellent and came out quickly, and our server was kind, courteous, and accurate. All in all a great place we will come to again for a special occasion.
  20. PE

    PETEA

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    I total let down is the best I can say. Had a meeting with Clients so we selected Saltine. Looking over the menu, it looked really appealing. We all met up in the seating area. We had reservations and were still made to wait almost 25 minutes even though there was not a sole in the place I mean Not one person was seated. They sat four adult big men in a booth. Again in the reservation notes asked for a table. Was told only booth were available at the time. I have to admit the fresh seafood looked amazing behind the Glass very fresh. now with the said, the have limited menu on fish for lunch. Our choices were rockfish or salmon. I ordered the salmon. It was served on a bed of succotash made with hominy corn, the fish was great, The succotash was hit or miss you would get one bite that's fully cooked and another that had almost raw veggies. It appears they mixed new and old trying to expand. Service was Lack Luster and not attentive at all. This isn't the quality I expected or was even promised based on wed site. I don't mind spend the money on good food, however the exorbitant amount I spend should have been much better.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came for my husband‘s birthday. Our server was fabulous, the food was great, they gave us a quiet table just like we asked so my seven-year-old daughter wouldn’t disrupt other diners. We will definitely be back.
  22. CG

    ChristieG

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The salmon (bronzed) was perfectly cooked and the flavor was excellent!
  23. S

    Sarah

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We stopped in late on Saturday night after a show. Despite being short-staffed and extremely busy, the service here was impeccable. Staff members were kind, responsive, and courteous. They truly were the spirit of hospitality. The host, the server (Eric), and the bartender all went out of their way to make this a lovely meal. The food was incredible. Those fried artichoke hearts are a revelation. The steaks were amazing, the vegetables perfect (even the mashed potatoes). Cocktails were delicious. It was a surprisingly special end to an evening that was already fun (seeing John Mulaney at the Scope). We had anticipated getting a quick bite at the restaurant in the hotel after the show. Instead, we had a fantastic meal and drinks and service that turned out after-show meal into a romantic date. We will remember this for a long time. Thank you.
  24. A

    Ak234

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice setting and good menu options for brunch. Staff is friendly
  25. RM

    RobertM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Drinks were overpriced. The service was good but the menu selection was limited and overpriced.
  26. AC

    AndieC

    New England

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Booked brunch reservations for 10 AM, but the place was inexplicably not opened until about 10:30. Service was very slow and the food was just okay. They did have $2 mimosas, though.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    For my graduation dinner I saw this restaurant had the best reviews so I was really excited to book. From the time we sat down, our waitress had a TERRIBLE attitude, like she didn't want to be there. Elaine G was the absolute worst. When my mother asked her about the oysters, her response was snippy and said it's in the menu right there. She didn't have any desire to help us whatsoever. Parts of our order were cold, last round of drinks ordered weren't brought to us until the very end, the manager (we didn't summon) came over to rectify some of the errors that we experienced, and excused ELAINEs behavior by saying "oh her birthday is at midnight". I wish I understood why someone having a birthday at midnight gives them the right to be disgusting. The manager applied discounts due to the errors and when we watched her walk over to Elaine to inform her, Elaine rolled her eyes and had a bigger attitude. I suppose she thought we wouldn't leave a tip, which we would never ever do... and although it's customary to only add gratuity on parties of six or more our table of five had gratuity placed on the bill. The drinks were good, the lobster was good, the service was frankly horrible and ruined the night for me. This was an incredibly disappointing encounter, and we should've requested a different server from the beginning of the night. If you're ever here, make sure she doesn't wait on your table.
  28. W

    Walt

    Richmond

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    It had been a year or two since we were last at this restaurant. The menu had changed and I found fewer options to choose from. The vegetable selection was limited to ‘root’ vegetables except for one or two other items. I thought this was a bit unusual. When I asked to substitute the vegetables served with my entree, I was informed there was an additional $5 charge. I thought this was excessive on a $35 entree. Note: this was not stated on the menu. Unfortunately, the only other vegetable to choose from was potatoes which I rarely choose and would have preferred something else, if available. To be fair, my husband enjoyed his meal of she-crab soup and whole branzino ($46). Had we not had a $50 gift certificate, he likely would not have chosen that item. Even with the gift certificate, with only one drink and no desserts, the bill was still $100 which I thought was on the high side for the meal and, in general, for the area.
  29. JO

    JulianO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an awesome time for our Anniversary. We had a big booth to ourselves.
  30. K

    Kimmy914

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Three ladies shared fried shrimp appetizer that was delicious. Added cocktail sauce in addition to the sauce served with. The 3 lb lobster was so good but very expensive. The rockfish dish was ok. Not our favorite. Drinks and server Nichole were great!
  31. s

    swmona

    Richmond

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and excellent service. I had the crabcake sandwich and my buddy had the rockfish which was perfectly cooked. Highly recommend.
  32. PS

    PaigeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Saltines a beautiful restaurant. Our server was very nice and knowledgeable. The prices are expensive. We did know that going there. Looks like they have a pretty good happy hour that we missed. The food we ordered was really fresh and very delicious. Really enjoyed the bronze rockfish. Not really a huge complaint but the side items were not very hot. The place was full by the time we left and I would highly suggest a reservation. They do validate for two hours in the parking garage which was really nice. We would go back for a special occasion.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service great oysters
  34. M

    Mika

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Pretty good place, but need better side options. The salmon as great and the snapper!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time being here for our anniversary. It was. Wonderful experience.
  36. TS

    TomS

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time! Highly recommend! Everything was great!
  37. JW

    JoeW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh seafood. Great service. Very nice atmosphere. Will go there again for dinner.
  38. SL

    SteveL

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Mother’s Day brunch at as delicious. A very beautiful restaurant and courteous service. Would definitely go here again.
  39. JP

    JP757

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We reserved reservations for 3 on Mothers Day and we were seated in the upper level area for brunch. Service and meal was outstanding!
  40. EA

    EnjoysAlot

    St. Louis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Bloody Mary was a basic V8 with Tabasco sauce. Hamburger was flavorless. Shrimp & Grits were flavorful, although more grits would have been welcomed. Bread Pudding French Toast was yummy. Next time you include your 20% tip on a party of 3, at least inform the patron ilo attempting to hide it.

FAQs

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

Saltine is rated 4.3 stars by 1658 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 p.m.


Booked 36 times today
Google Map for Saltine

100 E Main St Norfolk, VA 23510

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    Norfolk

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–1:00 am Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • 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

    Fabio Caparelli

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, 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: (855) 671-5066

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