Your Guide to Dining in Richmond

by Patricia Keppel | Posted: Aug 23, 2018

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Richmond’s culinary scene is one of the most impressive in the Commonwealth, with dozens of nationally-recognized restaurants that serve every type of cuisine imaginable and multiple James Beard award-winning chefs bringing unique dishes to the table. With new restaurants opening weekly, there is always somewhere new to eat in the capital city, but we have compiled a list that blends the tried and true dining destinations with the hottest new Richmond restaurants. Next time you’re having trouble deciding where to eat in Richmond, use this restaurant guide to help point you in the right direction.

 

—FOR BREAKFAST—the fancy biscuit richmond

The Fancy BiscuitHomemade biscuits topped with classic Southern fare, like thick sausage gravy, country ham, and fried chicken.

Perly’s Delicatessen & RestaurantDeli and restaurant in Downtown Richmond that puts a modern spin on traditional Jewish cuisine.

Sugar Shack DonutsTo-go donut shop with several Richmond locations, voted as one of the “Top 10 Tastiest Donuts in America” by USA Today.

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—FOR BRUNCH—Millie's Diner

Millie’s DinerRichmond staple that has garnered international fame for their innovative menus, open on Saturday & Sunday for brunch. Be ready for a wait, as the diner is one of the most popular brunch spots in the city.

LuLu’sVoted the #1 brunch spot in Richmond by OpenTable 2015-2017. Serves French-inspired cuisine with seasonal ingredients.

Helen’sA Richmond landmark since 1935, recognized by Bon Appetit Magazine at one of “America’s Best Neighborhood Restaurants”. Saturday and Sunday brunch.

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—FOR LUNCH—Pasture pimento cheese photo credit Kevin Clay

Photo Credit: Kevin Clay

PastureSouthern restaurant with a menu comprised of small plates, shareable dishes, and perfect portions. Sources ingredients from local farmers and producers, and all craft beers from east of the Mississippi, with the majority coming from Virginia brewers.

ZZQTexas-style barbecue joint in Scott’s Addition, named “Best BBQ in Virginia” by Food & Wine in 2018. Go early in the day, as they close when their made-daily barbecue runs out.

Mama J’s KitchenSoul food restaurant in Historic Jackson Ward serving Southern-style comfort cuisine.

ComfortSouthern restaurant that focuses on locally sourced ingredients and from-scratch dishes, has been donating all profits to fighting hunger in the community since March 2018.

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—FOR DINNER—Shagbark

ShagbarkChef & Owner Walter Bundy celebrates the natural bounty of Virginia in his seasonally-focused menus. Sample one of their incredible craft cocktails or choose from the extensive wine list, which has selections from many Virginia vineyards.

Lunch. And Supper!Side-by-side modern eateries in Scott’s Addition neighborhood, serves classic Southern smokehouse dishes.

The RooseveltHearty Southern fare and a drink menu featuring all Virginia wines, a large selection of local craft beers, and seasonal cocktails.

L’opossumModern French restaurant led by James Beard semifinalist David Shannon, L’opossum was called “The South’s Best Restaurant in 2018” by Southern Living.

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—FOR SEAFOODIES—east coast provisions carytown richmond

East Coast ProvisionsEast Coast-style seafood restaurant with an oyster bar, sushi, and hand-cut steaks.

RappahannockFarm-to-table seafood menu serving oysters harvested straight from the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean, and other notable oyster regions.

The Boathouse at Rocketts LandingWaterfront restaurant in Downtown Richmond that provides a scenic dining experience on the James River and an award-winning menu that features upscale seafood dishes.

Fighting FishSushi restaurant in Richmond’s historic Jackson Ward neighborhood.

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—FOR DESSERT—charm school ice cream richmond

Charm School Social ClubIce cream shop with unique flavors and toppings. Offers vegan and gluten-free options.

ShyndigzServes fresh-baked cakes, pies, and sweet treats.

Gelati CelestiHandmade small-batch ice cream shop with 24 house favorite flavors and more than 85 seasonally-rotating flavors.

Proper Pie Co.Pie shop that specializes in both savory and sweet pies. Celebrity Chef Alton Brown hailed their pumpkin pie as, “…the best pumpkin pie I’ve ever had in my life.”

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—FOR COCKTAILS—Heritage Bitter About My Hot Friend cocktail

HeritageCrafts cocktails with house-made infusions and rare ingredients to create elaborate and delicious drinks.

Can Can BrasserieFrench bistro restaurant and cocktail bar with an impressive array of wines, craft beers, aperitifs, and specialty seasonal cocktails.

RogueConsistently voted as one of the best cocktail spots in Richmond, offers seasonal specialties and creative cocktails tailored to individual tastes.

The JasperCarytown cocktail lounge from two of Richmond’s most renowned (and award-winning) bartenders, Matthias Hägglund and Thomas Leggett. Also carry a wide array of craft beers and wines at all price points.

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—FOR LOCAL CRAFT BREWS—Legends Brewing Co. Brewery

Legend Brewing CompanyRichmond’s oldest craft brewery, producing a wide variety of craft beers, including both lagers and ales. A large patio affords sweeping views of the city skyline from the south side of the James River.

Hardywood Park Craft BreweryOne of Virginia’s fastest-growing breweries, Hardywood has three locations around the Commonwealth, with two in Richmond. Have earned international acclaim, winning awards at the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup.

The Veil Brewing Co.Craft brewery in Richmond’s Scott’s Addition neighborhood, known for their award-winning IPAs.

Circuit Arcade BarScott’s Addition arcade-bar featuring over 50 craft beers, wines, and ciders on draft for self-pour.

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—FOR WINE LOVERS—Secco Wine Bar Photo Credit Ansel Olsen

Photo Credit: Ansel Olsen

Secco Wine BarArtisanal wine bar with over 30 by-the-glass offerings and small bites built to pair with current wine list.

Acacia MidtownRegional American restaurant in Richmond’s Fan neighborhood that carries an extensive selection of wines from around the world.

Richmond Wine StationSelf-serve wine bar on the edge of Scott’s Addition with over 60 wines available to try. Charged by the ounce so you can sample wines without paying for a full pour, then try your favorites by the glass.

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Visit these Richmond restaurants and find more awesome food experiences around the Commonwealth to eat & drink what you love in Virginia!

 

 

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All these places are awesome, especially 1 North Steakhouse as its food menu cover all my favorite dishes.