Where to Eat in Richmond Va

Richmond has been named one of the best cities for foodies, and we know why. Our city boasts a diverse array of restaurants, catering to a wide range of tastes and preferences. From upscale establishments to cozy eateries, Richmond’s culinary landscape offers something for everyone. Wondering where to eat in Richmond, Va? Being foodies ourselves, we are so happy that Richmond offers so many choices.  

Emphasizing the use of locally-sourced ingredients, chefs prioritize freshness and quality in their dishes. Contributing to a vibrant and dynamic dining experience.  Here are a few places you must check out when in Richmond! 

Shagbark (4901 Libbie Mill East Blvd, Suite 175) A unique dining experience rooted in showcasing locally-sourced ingredients and sustainable practices. The restaurant crafts dishes that celebrate the bounty of Virginia’s farms and waters thanks to Chef Walter Bundy. From its cozy yet elegant ambiance to its innovative menu featuring Southern-inspired flavors with a contemporary twist, Shagbark is an unforgettable dining experience that embodies the essence of Southern hospitality.

Chez Foushee (2 E Grace St) Offers a delightful fusion of French-inspired cuisine crafted by the talented Chef Whitney Cardozo. Each dish at Chez Foushee is a masterpiece, meticulously prepared with a blend of traditional French techniques and locally sourced ingredients. Showcasing the richness of Virginia’s culinary landscape. Even if you are not eating, come in to enjoy cocktails and a very lively bar scene. They have live piano music every Friday during happy hour at Chez Foushee!

The Lobby Bar (201 W Broad St) At the lobby bar at Quirk Hotel, culinary delights complement the stylish ambiance, offering a tempting menu of fun cocktails and delicious food. Their ever changing menu offers small plates and meals with the corresponding season. The drinks are amazing and the food divine, personally this is one of my favorite brunch spots!

Lemaire (101 W Franklin St) Located in The Jefferson Hotel. Lamaire is the definition of refined dining with a touch of Southern charm. Led by Executive Chef Patrick Willis, the restaurant offers a culinary journey showcasing the region’s finest ingredients with a modern twist. From succulent seafood to expertly grilled meats, each dish at Lemaire is a work of art, bursting with flavor and creativity. The elegant ambiance, adorned with timeless décor and warm lighting, sets the stage for an unforgettable dining experience. Whether you’re enjoying a romantic dinner for two or gathering with a larger group.

Acacia Midtown (2363 Roux St, Suite 5) is a neighborhood restaurant with a coastal vibe nestled in the Libbie Mill community. Acacia midtown’s commitment to excellence extends to its seafood offerings, showcasing the freshest catches from both local waters and beyond. Under Dale and Aline Reitzer’s skilled direction, the restaurant’s seafood dishes are a true celebration of flavor and texture. From their delicious crab cakes to the perfectly cooked steak, each creation at Acacia is a testament to the kitchen’s dedication to quality and craftsmanship and the drinks are yummy too.  

Lost Letter (2939 W Clay St) An Italian restaurant with a thoughtfully curated menu, is located in the lively Scott’s Addition neighborhood. Lost Letter offers a variety of antipasti dishes, hand-cut pasta courses, and some heartier dishes as well. A memorable dining experience that will leave you wanting it again and again!

Odyssey (6919 Patterson Ave) Odyssey is another neighborhood restaurant in the near west end with a casual eatery feel but with food that is elevated, creative, and exciting.    Odyssey is a sustainable seafood gem in the Richmond area. With a focus on locally sourced and environmentally friendly ingredients, Odyssey offers a menu that celebrates the region’s coastal catch. From Chesapeake Bay oysters to Atlantic scallops, each dish is a flavorful homage to the sea. It is one of the best restaurants to sit at the bar and watch the food being cooked right in front of you while noshing on the warm butter rolls with sour butter and trout roe, utterly delicious.  

Birdie’s (305 W Broad St) Birdie’s is a cafe, oyster bar, and wine cellar. Known for their craft cocktails, East Coast oysters, homemade pastries, and shareable plates, Birdie’s is a hidden gem and has some of the best coffee in the morning! Coffee by day and a lively restaurant and oyster bar at night.  Treat yourself to a seafood tower and some delicious drinks. And don’t forget to get reservations for their wildly popular Christmas Pop Up Bar, Evergreen.  It’s a hot spot in December!!   

Edo Squid (411 N Harrison St) A Richmond Italian staple. This iconic Richmond spot charms guests with its cozy ambiance and delectable offerings. You truly can’t go wrong with anything you order here, but the penne gorgonzola is my favorite! Edo Squid’s inviting atmosphere creates the perfect setting for an intimate dining experience, where guests can savor each bite while surrounded by rustic charm. You can count on Edo’s longtime menu rarely changing and locals consistently vote this upstairs eatery as their FAVE!  

Metzger Bar & Butchery (801 N 23rd St) Chef Brittany Anderson’s contemporary, German inspired restaurant offers delicious European cuisine and is known for locally sourced and butchered meats. Metzger Bar & Butchery is located in Union Hill and has the perfect rustic-chic vibe. Along with their fabulous dinners, they are also an amazing brunch spot!