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“NORFOLK IS FORTUNATE” 5 of 5 stars
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Vintage Kitchen
999 Waterside Dr, Norfolk, VA 23510-3300
757-625-3370
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Ranked #120 of 613 Restaurants in Norfolk
Price range: $0 - $25
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: St. Paul's Boulevard
Transit: Adjacent to building
Description: 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.
Reno, Nevada
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“NORFOLK IS FORTUNATE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

We visited the Vintage Kitchen for a late lunch on our only day in town. I wanted a water view & was told the Chef was exceptional. After reading all of the other reviews, i concur with the starkness of the dining room and the slow service, however, we thoroughly enjoyed the jazz music. As far as the water view, I'm still laughing. I'm spoiled by the fabulous water views in restaurants throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Barbara and San Diego. We both ordered the half & half and I must say the soups, mine pumpkin and his corn & chicken chowder, were five-star soups. Unbelievable blends of flavors & delicious! Our sandwiches, mine a baked cordon bleu and his a reuben, were delicious! Overall a very positive experience.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Arlington, Virginia
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Virginia cuisine prepared well”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

Love: the use of local and Virginia sourced ingredients, and the Virginia wine list! The waterfront location with views of the ships and bridges. Loved the truffle mac and cheese, the shrimp and grits, and the cheeses!
Less crazy about the office building location, but hey, whatever works!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Maryland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Foodie's delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012 via mobile

Four diners. Four small plates shared. Four small plates not shared. Every dish was special and not just "the usual" restaurant fare. Excellent flavors. Service was above and beyond. Seen other varied reviews, but our evening was exceptional in ever way.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Washington, DC
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Very Nice Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

I kept seeing Vintage Kitchen mentioned as a good place to dine while in the Virginia Beach area. In spite of the criticisms about the service (speed, or lack thereof), my wife and I made a reservation after reviewing the menu.

We arrived around 8 pm on a Saturday night, and were promptly seated in the dining room, which over looks a causeway, with large ships in the background. It was really pretty a night to see the ships dimly lit in the distance, and tug boats scuttling by every now and then.

We were not incredibly hungry, because of a late lunch, so we decided to order a few small plates and share an entree. We started with

*Buttermilk Fried Popcorn Chicken w/ Five Alarm Honey Lacquer & Creamy Cole Slaw
*Shrimp And Grits - Grilled Shrimp & Byrd Mill Griddle Cake w/ Smoked Chili Hollandaise
*Black And White Mac’ & Cheese w/ Truffle, Nutmeg & Marshall Farms Cheddar

All of these small plate dishes were very tasty. We appreciated that the seasoning was just right, and not overblown; especially with the mac & cheese. The use of truffles is very popular these days, but the taste can be overpowering of not well executed. Vintage Kitchen really did a nice job.

For the entree, my wife and I shared the Pig Pickin’, which is a bone In pork chop w/ Charles Henry Gray Ham, Gryffon’s Aerie Pulled Pork, Edwards Smoked Surry Sausage, & Gwaltney Bacon, served with a freshly pressed cider reduction. The pork chop was cooked perfectly. It was juicy and tender. Simply delicious.

We finished the night with bread pudding and a chocolate parfait.

Our server was attentive, and the chef and owner, Phillip Craig Thomason, made his way through the dining room. Vintage Kitchen is not a huge restaurant, so it may simply be that they try to handle service with a small staff. Even if the service was slower than what we experienced, we still would have been happy.

Kudos to Chef Thomason and his staff.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“First Class Updated Southern Cuisine in Norfolk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

Located in a nondescript office tower next door to the Sheraton Waterside is a surprising example of first class Southern inflected contemporary cuisine. The dining room is stylish and minimalist with white wooden tables, flickering sconces and floor to ceiling windows with a view of the harbor. At night it is dark and romantic. There is outdoor seating available on a patio.

Philip Craig Thomason, the chef and owner, a Virginia native, brings his experience from training at Le Cordon Bleu , cooking with Jeremiah Tower and Wolfgang Puck to his hometown. The menu reflects his commitment to local producers which are identified in the item descriptions. Reservations are recommended, and a tasting menu can be pre-ordered as well.

We, however, walked in on a Saturday night and were served by Mr. Thomason. We turned over our menu choices to him which he paired with an impressive array of Virginia wines and beer. Each course was carefully described, prepared and presented. The vegetarian squash soup had layers of flavor from carrots and sweet potatoes. Next came a Caesar salad of such refinement as to rectify all the past bland versions of this dish: roasted cloves of garlic, finely chopped romaine, tiny croutons were paired with a locally sourced beer. Next came a rarefied iteration of macaroni and cheese that was neither orange nor gooey. It tasted of cheese enhanced by white truffles. This was followed by a perfectly prepared Chateaubriand medallion that had a gorgeous brown exterior with a deep rose interior. Portions were reasonably sized and well pace so that we were able to enjoy what was described as the ultimate peanut butter cup for dessert.

Kudos to Philip Craig Thomason! He is running a first class restaurant. This is worth a detour if you are within an hour or two of Norfolk.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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