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Restaurants

Italian Restaurant

Restaurants

3rd
Angela’s Ristorante and Pizzeria
Address:
Henrico
Phone Number:
804-288-7483

Italian Restaurant

Restaurants

2nd
Azzurro Ristorante
Address:
Henrico
Phone Number:
804-282-1509

Italian Restaurant

Restaurants

1st
Edo’s Squid
Edo’s Squid’s authentic, homemade Italian dishes have developed legions of foodie fans. A less-than-grand entrance—up a creaky, old staircase—belies the profound culinary experience waiting inside. Food is consistently delicious, with squid served every which way, and delectable pasta dishes (like broccoli rabe and puttanesca) and flavorful mains like hanger steak and rockfish among customer favorites. But order anything—you can rarely go wrong.  
Address:
411 N. Harrison St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-864-5488

Indian Restaurant

Restaurants

2nd
Anokha Restaurant
Address:
Henrico
Phone Number:
804-360-8686

Indian Restaurant

Restaurants

1st
Lehja
With a menu offering a modern approach to the classics, Lehja has developed a solid following. Washingtonian magazine claimed it to be the “best Indian restaurant outside of Washington D.C.’s Rasika in the Region,” and for Rasika fans, that’s quite an accolade. Popular dishes include a deconstructed butter chicken and duck Salli Boti. An extensive wine list won praise from Wine Spectator. 
Address:
11800 W. Broad St., Suite 910, Richmond
Phone Number:
804-364-1111

Indian Restaurant

Restaurants

3rd
Lemon Cuisine of India
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-204-1800

Barbecue Restaurant

Restaurants

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

Barbecue Restaurant

Restaurants

2nd
Buz & Ned’s Real BBQ
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-355-6055

Barbecue Restaurant

Restaurants

1st
ZZQ
ZZQ Texas Craft Barbecue began as a pop up and catering operation. As business grew, it officially opened as a restaurant in 2018. Boasting the only authentic Texas-style barbecue in the Commonwealth, ZZQ uses all-wood cooking methods to create its popular sliced brisket, specialty meat sandwiches, spicy sides, and more.
Address:
3201 W. Moore St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-528-5648

Pizzeria

Restaurants

2nd
Belmont Pizzeria
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-888-9861

Pizzeria

Restaurants

1st
Bottoms Up Pizza
Bottoms Up is a staple of Richmond’s historic Shockoe Bottom district and has specialized in gourmet pizzas for more than 30 years. Surviving floods, hurricanes, and a pandemic, this family-owned business is here to stay, providing Richmond with quality, delicious pizzas, savory sauces, generous pasta portions, and even a selection of juicy burgers. 
Address:
1700 Dock St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-644-4400

Pizzeria

Restaurants

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

Ice Cream Shop

Restaurants

2nd
Bev’s Homemade Ice Cream
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-204-2387

Ice Cream Shop

Restaurants

3rd
Carl’s Frozen Custard
Address:
Fredericksburg
Phone Number:

Ice Cream Shop

Restaurants

1st
Gelati Celesti
In 1984, Peter and John Edmonds opened Gelati Celesti in Richmond. Each batch of ice cream is handmade and the flavors are churned in small batches using special Italian equipment. Gelati Celesti now boasts seven locations in Richmond (and two in Virginia Beach). With 24 house flavors and 85 others rotating throughout the year, these ice cream experts also offer made-to-order ice cream pies and cakes for any occasion.
Address:
7 locations in the Richmond area
Phone Number:
804-346-0038

Coffee Shop or Roaster

Restaurants

2nd
Black Hand Coffee Company
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-855-0800

Coffee Shop or Roaster

Restaurants

1st
Blanchard’s Coffee Roasting Co.
David Blanchard founded Blanchard’s Coffee Roasting Co. in January 2005, and it wasn’t long before grocery store chains started selling his beans locally, transforming the company into a favorite wholesale coffee brand. With three cafe locations in Richmond—on West Broad Street, Morris Street in the Fan, and on Forest Hill Avenue on the Southside, Blanchard’s mission continues: Good work in the service of great coffee.
Address:
3 locations in Richmond
Phone Number:
804-687-9443

Coffee Shop or Roaster

Restaurants

3rd
Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-231-2030

or Gluten-Free Fare

Restaurants

3rd
Blue Atlas
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-554-0258

or Gluten-Free Fare

Restaurants

2nd
Cobra Cabana
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-303-3577

or Gluten-Free Fare

Restaurants

1st
Goatocado
Once a simple food truck, Goatocado now has two restaurants and five trucks. A “conscious kitchen,” Goatocado is dedicated to sustainability and sourcing the freshest ingredients possible. The menu includes wraps, bowls, and ramen, with choices of bases and add-ons—like quinoa or mac and cheese, and organic tofu or garlic ginger mushrooms.
Address:
1823 W. Main St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-464-8226

Outdoor Dining

Restaurants

1st
Blue Mountain Brewery
Blue Mountain Brewery opened in 2007 as the first rural-brewery model in Virginia. Blue Mountain exists solely to be a destination for carefully crafted beer in a beautiful place, complemented by excellent food and service. Popular brews include a noble-hop-laced Pre-Prohibition Lager, a cold-aged German Ale, an Orange Infused IPA, an aromatic DIPA, and a Pale Ale.
Address:
9519 Critzers Shop Rd., Afton
Phone Number:
540-456-8020

Outdoor Dining

Restaurants

2nd
Portico Restaurant & Bar
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-784-4800

Outdoor Dining

Restaurants

3rd
The Boathouse
Address:
4 locations in the Richmond area
Phone Number:
804-404-9194

Breakfast/Brunch Restaurant

Restaurants

1st
Bodo’s Bagels
You don’t need to leave the state to get authentically crafted, freshly baked New York bagels. Locally owned and operated since 1988, Bodo’s Bagels serves traditional bagels and cream cheese, along with affordable sandwiches and salads at three locations in Charlottesville, satisfying locals, visitors, and the college community alike.
Address:
3 locations in Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-293-5224

Breakfast/Brunch Restaurant

Restaurants

2nd
Boychik’s Deli
Address:
Glen Allen
Phone Number:
804-747-1030

Breakfast/Brunch Restaurant

Restaurants

3rd
Brick House Diner
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-794-8798

Sandwich Shop

Restaurants

2nd
Bodo’s Bagels
Address:
3 locations in Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-293-5224

Sandwich Shop

Restaurants

1st
Boychik’s Deli
A family-owned and operated company, Boychik’s Deli has been in business since 1990. While the restaurant boasts a large and diverse menu, including burgers and omelets, it’s most famous for its authentic New York-style sandwiches. Taking a bite of Boychik’s classic Reuben is guaranteed to transport right to the streets of New York City.
Address:
4024 Cox Rd., B, Glen Allen
Phone Number:
804-747-1030

Sandwich Shop

Restaurants

3rd
Secret Sandwich Society
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-644-4777

Food Truck

Restaurants

2nd
Boka Tako
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-928-2652

Food Truck

Restaurants

3rd
Christopher’s Runaway Gourmay
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-399-7197

Food Truck

Restaurants

1st
Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen
Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen is a family-owned and operated doughnut truck known for its unique sourdough donuts made fresh while you wait with original or chocolate-glaze. You can stay up to date with the changing schedule posted on Facebook each week.
Address:
Greater Richmond area
Phone Number:
540-395-5213

Steakhouse

Restaurants

1st
Buckhead’s Chop House
Held to the highest standard of excellence, Buckhead’s Chop House has been a Richmond tradition since 1994, featuring succulent Braveheart Beef and fresh seafood. A passion for culinary perfection is evident in every bite. As an added bonus, Buckhead’s bar proudly highlights one of the largest selections of single malt scotches and bourbons in the area. 
Address:
8510 Patterson Ave., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-750-2000

Steakhouse

Restaurants

3rd
Hondos Steak House
Address:
Glen Allen
Phone Number:
804-968-4323

Steakhouse

Restaurants

2nd
The Tobacco Company Restaurant
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-782-9555

Burger Joint

Restaurants

1st
Burger Bach
This New Zealand-inspired gastropub is known for its award-winning gourmet burgers and signature cocktails. Silver Fern Farms in New Zealand is the exclusive supplier of the restaurant’s pasture-raised, 100 percent grass-fed Black Angus beef, ensuring only the best quality, all-natural ingredients. A choice of 16 signature sauces can accompany Burger Bach’s sizzling fresh-cut fries.
Address:
Multiple locations
Phone Number:
804-359-1305

Burger Joint

Restaurants

2nd
Five Guys
Address:
Multiple locations
Phone Number:
866-345-4897

Burger Joint

Restaurants

3rd
Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint
Address:
Locations in Charlottesville, Richmond
Phone Number:
804-285-1758

Fine Dining

Restaurants

2nd
Can Can Brasserie
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-7274

Fine Dining

Restaurants

3rd
Old Original Bookbinders Seafood & Steakhouse
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-643-6900

Fine Dining

Restaurants

1st
Stella’s
Established in 1983, Stella’s honors rustic and modern Greek cuisine. The charming and romantic space is a tribute to Stella herself, who, for many years, crafted her famed Greek recipes for all who walked through her doors. You’ll have a hard time choosing what to order from the authentic and thoughtfully crafted menu.
Address:
1012 Lafayette St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-2011

Mexican Restaurant

Restaurants

2nd
Casa Del Barco
Address:
3 locations in Richmond
Phone Number:
804-775-2628

Mexican Restaurant

Restaurants

3rd
El Caporal Mexican Restaurant
Address:
4 locations in the Richmond area
Phone Number:
804-673-1090

Mexican Restaurant

Restaurants

1st
Mexico Restaurant
Mexico Restaurant opened in 1990 and has since expanded to seven locations throughout the Richmond area. Serving fresh Mexican food of the highest quality in a casual atmosphere, Mexico is perfect for a family dinner, birthday party, or casual night out. They pride themselves not only for their food and service, but also their involvement with the community. 
Address:
6 locations in the Richmond area
Phone Number:
804-559-8126

Seafood Restaurant

Restaurants

1st
Croaker’s Spot
Croakers Spot, with roots in the Harlem Renaissance, was reimagined in Richmond as the “soul of seafood.” Tasty menu items like Oysters Rockefeller, crab stuffed salmon, and seafood by the count along with its down-home vibe have secured its place in the city’s impressive food scene. As the original Mr. Croaker was known to say: “Let me tell you…ain’t nuthin’ like good food, good people, at a good spot!”
Address:
Locations in Petersburg, Richmond
Phone Number:
804-269-0464

Seafood Restaurant

Restaurants

3rd
East Coast Provisions
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-353-3411

Seafood Restaurant

Restaurants

2nd
Edo’s Squid
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-864-5488

Asian Restaurant

Restaurants

2nd
Fat Dragon Chinese Restaurant
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-354-9888

Asian Restaurant

Restaurants

3rd
Osaka
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-288-8801

Asian Restaurant

Restaurants

1st
Peter Chang
An award-winning chef, Peter Chang is considered one of the greatest in Chinese cuisine today. Chang takes authentic Szechuan cooking to a whole new level at his restaurants, offering a broad menu that showcases his mastery of peppers and spices, and has garnered a massive following of loyal customers.
Address:
Multiple locations
Phone Number:
804-728-1820

FOOD SHOPPING

Farmers Market

FOOD SHOPPING

3rd
Ashland Farmers’ Market
Address:
Ashland
Phone Number:
804-798-9219

Farmers Market

FOOD SHOPPING

2nd
Charlottesville City Market
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-970-3371

Farmers Market

FOOD SHOPPING

1st
South of the James Market
This open-air, producer-only market is the ideal spot for farmers and artisans to sell locally grown and handmade items. Open year-round, rain or shine, South of the James has an impressively extensive vendor list—from soaps to sausage, donuts to dog treats, and fruits to flowers. Its home is in Forest Hill Park on Richmond’s Southside. Sunday hours are from 10:00-1:00. 
Address:
Forest Hill Park, Richmond
Phone Number:
804-814-2373

Specialty/Gourmet Food Shop

FOOD SHOPPING

3rd
Belmont Butchery
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-422-8519

Specialty/Gourmet Food Shop

FOOD SHOPPING

1st
Ellwood Thompson’s
Ellwood Thompson’s is Richmond’s premier natural foods market. This small (but much bigger than it used to be), local, organic market focuses on minimally processed, responsibly sourced, and sustainable foods. Its admirable core values and pledge for transparency and social responsibility make it a corporate standout. With hot foods to go, a coffee and juice bar, and an in-house bakery. Ellwood Thompson is a consistent Best of Virginia winner. 
Address:
4 N. Thompson St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-359-7525

Specialty/Gourmet Food Shop

FOOD SHOPPING

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

Chocolatier

FOOD SHOPPING

3rd
Cocoa and Spice
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-326-5978

Chocolatier

FOOD SHOPPING

1st
For the Love of Chocolate
After seeing fine chocolatiers on a trip to Europe, For the Love of Chocolate’s original owner wanted to bring that same luxurious experience to Richmond. This business is a haven for chocolate lovers, with gourmet and international items, Virginia-made options, rare retro candies, kosher and vegan treats, and much more. 
Address:
3136 W. Cary St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-359-5645

Chocolatier

FOOD SHOPPING

2nd
Gearharts Fine Chocolate
Address:
Locations in Charlottesville, Richmond
Phone Number:
800-625-0595

Bakery

FOOD SHOPPING

2nd
Pearl’s Bake Shoppe
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-285-2253

Bakery

FOOD SHOPPING

1st
Shyndigz
Famous for its substantial slices of cake, Shyndigz has a deliciously sweet selection of goodies. Cobblers, oatmeal cream pies, and crème brûlée are also on the menu, along with vegan desserts like banana brulée. A savory selection of small plates and charcuterie is a recent menu addition. Be sure to follow along on their social media for updates on daily specials.
Address:
1903 W. Cary St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-938-3449

Bakery

FOOD SHOPPING

3rd
Sub Rosa Bakery
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-788-7672

DRINK

Specialty Cocktails

DRINK

1st
Bang!
Bang! is an Asian-inspired tapas restaurant, which also includes a large and creative cocktail menu. “Key Lime Tini” is a vodka martini that comes with key lime pie in the glass, complete with a graham cracker rim. Or try something more tropical, like “Paradise Island,” a mix of Malibu rum, pineapple, and butterscotch. Whatever your tastes, Bang! has you covered.
Address:
213 Second St. SW, Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-984-2264

Specialty Cocktails

DRINK

2nd
Fahrenheit 132
Address:
Fredericksburg
Phone Number:
540-940-2614

Specialty Cocktails

DRINK

3rd
The Jasper
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:

Winery

DRINK

1st
Barboursville Vineyards
Barboursville Winery was originally a landmark 18th-century estate designed by Thomas Jefferson for his friend James Barbour, another Virginia statesman. In 1976, the estate was acquired by Gianni Zonin, already heir to a family wine enterprise in Veneto, Italy. Today, guests can experience world-class wine and the renaissance of European viticulture in the rolling hills of Virginia.  
Address:
1765 Winery Rd., Barboursville
Phone Number:
540-832-3824

Winery

DRINK

2nd
King Family Vineyards
Address:
Crozet
Phone Number:
434-823-7800

Winery

DRINK

3rd
Trump Winery
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-266-9909

Wine Shop

DRINK

1st
Barrel Thief Wine Shop and Cafe
Barrel Thief offers a wide variety of wines, wine classes, and even some beer and cider. A carefully curated inventory comes from all over the world. Provisions like chocolates and peanuts are in stock to pair with whatever wine you choose. Wine classes can be unguided, virtually guided, or in-person tastings exploring a specific region or topic.
Address:
5805 Patterson Ave., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-612-9232

Wine Shop

DRINK

3rd
Corks & Kegs
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-288-0816

Wine Shop

DRINK

2nd
Once Upon a Vine
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-726-9463

Distillery

DRINK

1st
Belle Isle Craft Spirits
Belle Isle Craft Spirits is all about moonshine. Twelve flavors like Lemon Lavender and Aged Honey Habanero are available in 750 ml bottles and a selection of 12 oz. canned cocktails in six flavors are sold ready-to-drink in four or 12-packs. These moonshine makers consistently rack up five-star reviews.
Address:
615 Maury St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-723-1030

Distillery

DRINK

2nd
Cirrus Vodka
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
844-724-7787

Distillery

DRINK

3rd
Three Crosses Distilling Co.
Address:
Powhatan
Phone Number:
804-818-6330

Cidery

DRINK

2nd
Blue Bee Cider
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-231-0280

Cidery

DRINK

1st
Bold Rock Hard Cider
After opening its Nellysford Cider Barn a decade ago, Bold Rock Hard Cider has become a regional favorite as the nation’s largest independently-owned cider company, racking up more than 100 awards. Experience sweet ciders in-person at the tranquil Nellysford or Carter Mountain locations or purchase hard seltzers and canned cocktails to take home from regional grocery stores. 
Address:
Locations in Charlottesville, Nellysford
Phone Number:
434-361-1030

Cidery

DRINK

3rd
Buskey Cider
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-355-0100

Brewery

DRINK

2nd
Blue Mountain Brewery
Address:
Afton
Phone Number:
540-456-8020

Brewery

DRINK

3rd
Buggs Island Brewing Company
Address:
Clarksville
Phone Number:
434-265-3343

Brewery

DRINK

1st
Hardywood
Founded in 2011, Hardywood’s mission includes a sharp focus on brewing quality, sourcing locally, environmental stewardship, and community engagement. With 12 total variants, Hardywood is well known for its Gingerbread Stout. Its Ownby Lane location in Richmond’s Scott’s Addition includes a pizza kitchen and an outdoor patio with fire pits and a performance stage.
Address:
2 locations in Richmond
Phone Number:
804-420-2420
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