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What to Eat in Richmond

Foodies in the know already have Richmond on their radar. But with neighboring culinary meccas like Washington, D.C., and Charleston, South Carolina, often overshadowing Virginia's capital, it's easy to see why many travelers arrive in Richmond with low expectations. What they find on arrival, however, is a city bursting with American favorites and international cuisine.

Richmond's Black community has made an indelible mark on the city's culinary scene. Croaker's Spot, named for beloved Richmond local and food connoisseur Mr. Croaker, is a local institution serving up hearty seafood helpings enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Shrimps and Jackie's Restaurant are two other favorites for Southern cooking and soul food. Addis, an Ethiopian restaurant, is another favorite. It wins rave reviews for both authentic cuisine and a variety of vegetarian options. On a gluten-free diet? Stop by 521 Biscuits & Waffles. The eatery supplies patrons with decadent waffles and biscuits that are all made without gluten. For a full list of Black-owned restaurants, check out BLK RVA's dining page.

Other must-try spots include Rappahannock (try the Chesapeake Bay oysters), Heritage (indulge in the pork fries) and The Roosevelt (be prepared to share the pork rind nachos). To save on meals at some of the city's best restaurants, consider visiting during its biannual restaurant week, which usually takes place in April and October.

Eating isn't all you'll do here. Richmond is home to a burgeoning brewery scene. You'll want to start your beer journey in Scott's Addition, a neighborhood northwest of the city's center. In this area, you'll find several breweries within walking distance of one another, including The Veil Brewing Co. and Väsen Brewing. Luckily for those on a gluten-free diet, Scott's Addition also boasts Blue Bee Cider and Buskey Cider.

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  • #1
    Gelati Celesti Heavenly Handmade Ice Cream
    #1 of 1,606 Places to Eat in Richmond
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 466 reviewsTripadvisor (466)
    $ - $$ |
    8906 W Broad St Ste A, Richmond, VA 23294-5827
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  • #2
    L'Opossum
    #2 of 1,606 Places to Eat in Richmond
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 309 reviewsTripadvisor (309)
    $$ | French, American, International
    626 China St, Richmond, VA 23220-6217
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  • #3
    Country Style Donuts
    #3 of 1,606 Places to Eat in Richmond
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 687 reviewsTripadvisor (687)
    $ | American
    8900 W Broad St between Gogi BibimBap and Nora Taste of Lebanon, Richmond, VA 23294-5815
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  • #4
    Lemaire Restaurant
    #4 of 1,606 Places to Eat in Richmond
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 752 reviewsTripadvisor (752)
    $$ | American, Contemporary
    101 W Franklin St, Richmond, VA 23220-5009
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  • #5
    Proper Pie Co.
    #5 of 1,606 Places to Eat in Richmond
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 225 reviewsTripadvisor (225)
    $ | American, Cafe
    2505 E Broad St #100, Richmond, VA 23223-7269
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  • #6
    The Grapevine Greek & Italian Restaurant
    #6 of 1,606 Places to Eat in Richmond
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 267 reviewsTripadvisor (267)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, Greek
    11055 Three Chopt Rd, Richmond, VA 23233-2023
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  • #7
    Lunch Supper
    #7 of 1,606 Places to Eat in Richmond
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 509 reviewsTripadvisor (509)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    1213 Summit Ave # 1215, Richmond, VA 23230-4707
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  • #8
    Stella's
    #8 of 1,606 Places to Eat in Richmond
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 501 reviewsTripadvisor (501)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Greek, Asian
    1012 Lafayette St, Richmond, VA 23221-1142
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  • #9
    Perly's
    #9 of 1,606 Places to Eat in Richmond
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 616 reviewsTripadvisor (616)
    $ - $$ | American, Deli
    111 E Grace St, Richmond, VA 23219-1741
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  • #10
    Mama J's Kitchen
    #10 of 1,606 Places to Eat in Richmond
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 869 reviewsTripadvisor (869)
    $ - $$ | American
    415 N 1st St, Richmond, VA 23219-1701
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  • #11
    Millie's
    #11 of 1,606 Places to Eat in Richmond
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 426 reviewsTripadvisor (426)
    $ - $$ | American, Contemporary
    2603 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23223-7849
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  • #12
    HogsHead Cafe
    #12 of 1,606 Places to Eat in Richmond
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 529 reviewsTripadvisor (529)
    $ - $$ | Barbecue, American
    9503 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23294-5350
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  • #13
    Lucy's Restaurant
    #13 of 1,606 Places to Eat in Richmond
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 141 reviewsTripadvisor (141)
    $ - $$ | American
    404 N 2nd St, Richmond, VA 23219-1704
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  • #14
    Bookbinder's Seafood & Steakhouse
    #14 of 1,606 Places to Eat in Richmond
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 291 reviewsTripadvisor (291)
    $$ | American, Seafood, Steakhouse
    2306 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23223-7822
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  • #15
    MISSION BBQ
    #15 of 1,606 Places to Eat in Richmond
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 294 reviewsTripadvisor (294)
    $ - $$ | American
    5440 Glenside Dr, Richmond, VA 23228-3915
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  • #16
    Amuse Restaurant VMFA
    #16 of 1,606 Places to Eat in Richmond
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 286 reviewsTripadvisor (286)
    $ - $$ | American
    200 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220-4007
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  • #17
    Texas de Brazil
    #17 of 1,606 Places to Eat in Richmond
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 349 reviewsTripadvisor (349)
    $$ | Steakhouse, Brazilian, Latin, Spanish
    11800 W Broad St Suite 1092, Richmond, VA 23233
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  • #18
    Croaker's Spot Restaurants
    #18 of 1,606 Places to Eat in Richmond
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 359 reviewsTripadvisor (359)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood
    1020 Hull St, Richmond, VA 23224-4072
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  • #19
    Tarrant's Cafe
    #19 of 1,606 Places to Eat in Richmond
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1486 reviewsTripadvisor (1486)
    $ - $$ | Steakhouse, Pizza, American
    1 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220-4212
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  • #20
    The Roosevelt
    #20 of 1,606 Places to Eat in Richmond
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 232 reviewsTripadvisor (232)
    $ - $$ | American
    623 N 25th St, Richmond, VA 23223-6537
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