Best of Virginia Winners

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Best Distillery

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A. Smith Bowman Distillery
Address:
Fredericksburg
Phone Number:
540-373-4555

Best Distillery

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1st
Reservoir Distillery
Partners Dave Cuttino and Jay Carpenter produce three pure whiskeys—100 percent corn, 100 percent wheat and 100 percent rye—allowing for endless combinations and custom bottlings. All are created using grains sourced from within 40 miles of Richmond, in barrels made from Virginia trees, resulting in a true “top-to-bottom” Virginia whiskey.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-912-2621

Best Distillery

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Virginia Distillery Company
Address:
Lovingston
Phone Number:
434-285-2900

Best Local Craft Brewery

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2nd
Ardent Craft Ales
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-359-1605

Best Local Craft Brewery

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Beale’s
Address:
Bedford
Phone Number:
540-583-5113

Best Local Craft Brewery

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Hardywood
In April, the brewery opened its newest location: Hardywood West Creek. Located 20 minutes from downtown Richmond, the 55,000-square-foot taproom features a stage, an outdoor beer garden, bocce courts, a food truck plaza and a natural amphitheater. A window in the taproom offers visitors a glimpse into the 60-barrel brewhouse.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-420-2420

Best Italian Restaurant

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2nd
Azzurro
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-282-1509

Best Italian Restaurant

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1st
Edo’s Squid
Hidden at the top of a narrow staircase in an older building in the Fan, the cozy, brick-walled restaurant serves a handful of authentic dishes done well. Start off with a plate of squid, Belgian endive and wild mushrooms, and then move on to the pasta—penne or spaghetti finished with one of a slew of sauces, from carbonara to fra diavolo.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-864-5488

Best Italian Restaurant

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3rd
Orofino
Address:
Fredericksburg,
Phone Number:
540-373-2953

Best Winery

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1st
Barboursville Winery
Winemaker Luca Paschina’s signature wine, the award-winning Octagon, is an expression of the land, blending a prominent presence of Merlot and Cabernet Franc with subtle elements of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Growing Italian varieties in Virginia’s Piedmont, the winery also produces a distinguished Nebbiolo, robust with notes of tobacco and dark berries.
Address:
Barboursville
Phone Number:
540-832-3824

Best Winery

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2nd
DuCard Vineyards
Address:
Etlan
Phone Number:
540-923-4206

Best Winery

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3rd
King Family Vineyards
Address:
Crozet
Phone Number:
434-823-7800

Best Dessert Menu

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2nd
Basilico New York Deli
Address:
Fredericksburg
Phone Number:
540-370-0355

Best Dessert Menu

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3rd
Main St. Eatery
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-847-2526

Best Dessert Menu

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Shyndigz
In addition to glamorous cakes, the menu features two sundaes—both with a base of vanilla ice cream, peanut butter, caramel sauce and roasted peanuts. The King is finished with sliced bananas and candied bacon, while the Crispy Queen is garnished with a sprinkle of fleur de sel and kettle cooked potato chips.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-938-3449

Best Barbecue Restaurant

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3rd
BBQ Exchange
Address:
Gordonsville
Phone Number:
540-832-0227

Best Barbecue Restaurant

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2nd
Beale’s
Address:
Bedford
Phone Number:
540-583-5113

Best Barbecue Restaurant

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1st
Buz and Ned’s
If you’re up for a challenge, try the brisket mountain—a cast iron skillet heated with one pound of mashed potatoes, piled high with a peak of hand-sliced brisket and melted shredded cheese, then finished with chopped scallions. Additional favorites include whole smoked chicken wings completed with a Cajun dry rub or Buz’s signature glaze.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-346-4227

Best Bar

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2nd
Beer Hound Brewery
Address:
Culpeper
Phone Number:
540-317-5327

Best Bar

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3rd
F.W. Sullivan’s
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-308-8576

Best Bar

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Shoemakers
Alongside classic cocktails like the Sazerac or Boulevardier, Shoemaker’s featuress an extensive wine list—more than 100 bottles, including Virginia Petit Verdot and Viognier as well as Napa Valley Chardonnay and Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. International selections include reds from St. Emilion, France and Ribera del Duero, Spain, as well as whites from Marlborough, New Zealand and Trentino, Italy.
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-455-1510

Best Local Gourmet Food Store

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Belmont Butchery
Sourcing around 60 percent of its meat from local farms within 100 miles, with select cuts coming from Japan and France, butcher and owner Tanya Cauthen focuses on matching each product to the customer’s individual tastes and needs. Dry-aged bavette and house-made bacon are favorites, along with charcuterie and complementary cheeses.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-422-8519

Best Local Gourmet Food Store

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Libbie Market
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-285-6414

Best Local Gourmet Food Store

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2nd
Stella’s Grocery
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-0020

Best Locally Owned Coffee Shop

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3rd
Black Hand Coffee Co.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-855-0800

Best Locally Owned Coffee Shop

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1st
Lamplighter Coffee Roasters
Try your hand as a barista with classes such as the What’s in a Cup seminar covering the history, production and terroir of coffee, and the hands-on Barista Fundamentals lab on how to properly handle an espresso machine and build a drink. The coffee roasting company also offers an Intro to Latte Art class covering methods for simple designs.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-728-2292

Best Locally Owned Coffee Shop

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2nd
Stir Crazy Café
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-864-0264

Best Food Truck

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1st
Boka Tako Truck
The market fresh taco uses seasonal ingredients—resulting in combinations like sweet potato with goat cheese sage crema in the winter and agave lime marinated grilled fish with watermelon in the summer. The shrimp and grits taco provides a glimpse into the Southern comfort cuisine available at owner Patrick Harris’ newest food truck, Momma’s Barbecue.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-928-2652

Best Food Truck

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3rd
Goatocado
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-464-8226

Best Food Truck

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2nd
Mama Crockett’s Cider Donuts
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
540-460-5048

Best Pizzeria

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2nd
Bottoms Up
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-644-4400

Best Pizzeria

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3rd
Mary Angela’s Pizzeria
Address:
Richmomd
Phone Number:
804-353-2333

Best Pizzeria

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1st
Waterstone
Rustic fire-roasted pizzas incorporating seasonal produce include the chicken Asiago topped with pistachio pesto, spinach, bacon, and sundried tomatoes, and the wild mushroom covered in crimini, portobello and shiitake mushrooms, pistachio pesto, goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes.
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-455-1515

Best Local Ice Cream Shop

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3rd
Boyer’s Ice Cream & Desserts
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-288-4088

Best Local Ice Cream Shop

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2nd
Carl’s
Address:
Fredericksburg
Phone Number:

Best Local Ice Cream Shop

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1st
Gelati Celesti
In March, the four locations around Richmond held a competition to develop a new flavor for the shop’s regular rotation. Voted by customers, the winner was Date Night—Amaretto ice cream swirled with fudge, chocolate chunks and cherries. Other favorites on the menu include Dark as Dark, an espresso ice cream made in collaboration with another local maker, Blanchard’s Coffee Company.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-364-0038

Best Steakhouse

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1st
Buckhead’s
Cuts range from an 8-ounce filet mignon to a 20-ounce cowboy cut bone-in ribeye, all aged for a minimum of 30 days. The steak au poivre is encrusted with cracked pepper and finished with vermouth demi-glace, while the steak fromage is dressed in melted Gorgonzola and sprinkled with toasted walnuts.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-750-2000

Best Steakhouse

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2nd
Ruth’s Chris
Address:
Midlothian
Phone Number:
804-378-0600

Best Steakhouse

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3rd
Shoemakers
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-455-1510

Best Burger Joint

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1st
Burger Bach
Burgers are made from 100 percent grass-fed beef sourced from New Zealand—or, try the lamb, chicken or vegetarian options. Pair the Auklander—a beef patty topped with guacamole, free-range mayonnaise, uncured bacon, mixed greens, tomato, Dijonnaise and organic New Zealand Egmont cheese—with a wine from the Southern hemisphere.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-359-1305

Best Burger Joint

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3rd
Carytown Burgers & Fries
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-5225

Best Burger Joint

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2nd
Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-285-1758

Best Mexican Restaurant

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2nd
Casa del Barco
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-775-23219

Best Mexican Restaurant

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3rd
La Carreta
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-239-9701

Best Mexican Restaurant

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1st
Plaza Azteca
The Tex Mex menu features colorful dishes such as Piña Loka, a grilled pineapple stuffed with chicken, steak, peppers and onions, topped with al pastor sauce, and Camarones al Mojo de Ajo, shrimp sautéed in garlic mojo sauce with onions, tomato and fresh avocado.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-888-9984

Best Caterer

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1st
Cater 2 Events
Owners Lona and Gill Crittenden started catering 15 years ago for friends’ parties and charity fundraisers in Goochland. Now, Lona makes her famous sweet potato biscuits with country ham for weddings, corporate events, baby showers and more. Popular hors d’oeuvres include baked buffalo chicken cups and mini black bean sliders with mango aioli.
Address:
Henrico
Phone Number:
804-269-0359

Best Caterer

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3rd
Harvest Moon Catering
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-296-9091

Best Caterer

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2nd
MOSAIC Catering + Events
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-525-2190

Best Farmers’ Market

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3rd
Charlottesville City Market
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-970-3371

Best Farmers’ Market

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South of the James
Marking its 11th year this summer, the market is open every Saturday year-round with more than 100 vendors selling farm-fresh eggs, meat and produce—including staples like beef from Goin Family Farm, bread from Norwood Cottage Bakery and poultry from Earth’s Echo Farm.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-814-2373

Best Farmers’ Market

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2nd
The Farmers’ Market at St. Stephen’s
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-288-2867

Best Chocolatier

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3rd
Chocolates by Kelly
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-814-5496

Best Chocolatier

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1st
For the Love of Chocolate
From the candy counter featuring handmade truffles, turtles and caramels to the walls brimming with self-serve jars of bulk candy, the options at this Carytown favorite are overwhelming. The shelves are stocked with rare vintage sweets as well as items from all over the world. At the holidays, you can order custom molded chocolates to give as personalized treat gifts.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-359-5645

Best Chocolatier

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2nd
Gearhart’s
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-972-9100

Best Local Sandwich Shop

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3rd
Coppola’s
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-359-6969

Best Local Sandwich Shop

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2nd
Secret Sandwich Society
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-644-4777

Best Local Sandwich Shop

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1st
Sprelly
The shop dedicated to all things PB&J features one-of-a-kind pairings of gourmet nut butters and jellies made by owner Adrian Silversmith. The Mowi Wowi is a lightly toasted sandwich spread with Triple Blend Nut Butter Spread (almonds, cashews and coconut), Aloha Jam (pineapple and coconut), smoked Virginia ham and provolone cheese.
Address:
Fredericksburg
Phone Number:
540-445-0405

Best Grocery Store

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1st
Ellwood Thompson’s
The locally owned and independently operated grocer sources produce, meat and dairy from within 100 miles of the store—one grower, Tricycle Urban Ag, is located only four miles away. Much of the wine and beer selection is similarly sourced from local and regional makers, and many of the wines are also organic.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-359-7525

Best Grocery Store

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3rd
Publix
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-226-1915

Best Grocery Store

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2nd
Wegmans
Address:
Fredericksburg
Phone Number:
540-322-4800

Best Wine Shop

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2nd
J. Emerson
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-285-8011

Best Wine Shop

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1st
Once Upon a Vine
In addition to an extensive collection of Virginia wines—one of the largest in the Commonwealth—bottles from all over the world, including selections from Slovakia and Chile, enrich the 14-year-old shop’s stock. Wine tastings are held every Friday 5-8 p.m., and beginning last April, movies are screened Friday nights in the parking lot.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-726-9463

Best Wine Shop

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3rd
Vino Market
Address:
Midlothian
Phone Number:
804-594-0044

Best Asian Restaurant

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3rd
King’s Island
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-384-0066

Best Asian Restaurant

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2nd
Mekong
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-288-8929

Best Asian Restaurant

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1st
Peter Chang
Known for his growing collection of authentic Chinese restaurants around the state, which now number eight, Chef Peter Chang’s signature dishes include a hotpot featuring slices of duck stewed with mixed vegetables, tofu skin and leeks in Ma La—“hot and numbing sauce,” as well as dry-fried eggplant sticks with scallion, cilantro, dried chili pepper and Szechuan peppercorn.
Address:
Glen Allen
Phone Number:
804-364-1688

Best Oysters

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2nd
Lady N’awlins Cajun Café
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-355-4746

Best Oysters

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1st
Rappahannock
Owned and operated by Ryan and Travis Croxton—the cousins largely credited with helping to revive native Eastern oyster populations, the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem and the Virginia oyster industry—Rappahannock serves its bivalves raw on the half shell with charred blood orange, mezcal granita and trout caviar, or baked with country ham.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-545-0565

Best Oysters

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3rd
The Water Dog
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-333-4681

Best Breakfast Restaurant

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1st
Market at Main
Don’t let the hour limit your cravings—Market at Main serves breakfast all day long. Eggs Benedict variations rule the menu, with an eggs Chesapeake featuring crab cakes and eggs Rebecca with a fried green tomato. Other favorites include the fried green tomato BLT with pimento cheese.
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-847-9040

Best Breakfast Restaurant

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2nd
Metro Diner
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-510-0780

Best Breakfast Restaurant

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3rd
Perly’s Delicatessen & Restaurant
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-912-1560

Best Place For Brunch

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3rd
Mason-Dixon Café
Address:
Fredericksburg
Phone Number:
540-371-1950

Best Place For Brunch

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1st
Millie’s Diner
Soothe the heat of huevos rancheros—tortillas layered with two fried eggs and black beans, drizzled with spicy tomato Ranchero sauce, salsa and sour cream, topped with melted white cheddar cheese—with the Eevil Keevil, a rum punch cocktail with Cruzan white and Malibu coconut rums, pineapple, orange and cranberry juice with fresh-squeezed lime.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-643-5512

Best Place For Brunch

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2nd
The Jefferson Hotel
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-649-4609

Best Bakery

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3rd
Paul’s Bakery
Address:
Fredericksburg
Phone Number:
540-898-2173

Best Bakery

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2nd
Sub Rosa
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-788-7672

Best Bakery

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1st
Westhampton Pastry Shop
A familiar sight in Richmond since 1952, the bakery’s signature doughnuts are available glazed or chocolate frosted—fresh, fluffy and made by hand each morning. For an afternoon pick-me-up, grab an iced-over cupcake, an upside-down yellow cake base with chocolate fondant poured over the top.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-282-4413

Best Outdoor Dining

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3rd
Portico Restaurant & Bar
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-784-4800

Best Outdoor Dining

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2nd
Shoemakers
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-455-1510

Best Outdoor Dining

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The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing
Enjoy the Boathouse’s newest spring cocktail, Victoria’s Secret Crush—blueberry vodka, house-made simple syrup, fresh-squeezed lime juice, a splash of soda and a garnish of whole blueberries—on the patio, which seats more than 30 and features views of the James River, Rocketts Landing Marina and the Richmond city skyline.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-622-2628

Best Seafood Restaurant

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1st
Rappahannock
Wood-grilled seafood is a staple on this farm-to-table menu, including octopus with arugula pesto and braised fennel, scallops with brown butter vinaigrette and Romanesco, and monkfish with Brussels sprouts and pickled cherries, all served alongside creative cocktails crafted with fresh ingredients.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-545-0565

Best Seafood Restaurant

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2nd
Shoemakers
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-455-1510

Best Seafood Restaurant

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3rd
The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-622-2628

Most Creative Cocktail Menu

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2nd
Rogue
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-477-3456

Most Creative Cocktail Menu

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Shoemakers
After enjoying classics with a twist during dinner—try the Negroni with a splash of Chardonnay—order a cocktail for dessert. The Smooth Suede Shoe mixes Patrón XO Café with Godiva white chocolate liqueur, crème de cacao and fresh cream, and the Nutty Shoemakers combines Frangelico with Baileys Irish Cream, Kahlúa and cinnamon.
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-455-1510

Most Creative Cocktail Menu

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3rd
The Roosevelt
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-658-1935

Best Restaurant

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3rd
Shagbark
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-7424

Best Restaurant

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1st
Shoemakers
Silver dollar mushrooms stuffed with goat cheese and country ham make an earthy starter for herbed halibut or a filet topped with a crab cake or blue cheese fromage sauce. For dessert, try the homemade New York style cheesecake baked with orange zest and a pecan graham cracker crust.
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-455-1510

Best Restaurant

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2nd
Vintage at the Inn at Willow Grove
Address:
Orange
Phone Number:
540-317-1206
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