Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse
Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse

Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.bookbindersrichmond.com/
  • Phone: 804-643-6900x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 5:00PM-8:45PM*
    Friday-Saturday: 5:00PM-9:15PM*
    * Please make a reservation if you would like to dine after 8:30PM

    CLOSED SUNDAYS with the exception of December Sundays and Private Parties for groups of 30-150 guests throughout the year.

    OPEN HOLIDAY LUNCHEONS! December 11th-December 23rd, Monday through Friday from 11:30AM until 1:30PM.

    Closed: Friday, July 4th, Labor Day Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Sundays with the exception of private parties.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Christopher Booth
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Private Rooms are available for up to 70 guests. Please contact our General Manager, Lynne Cohen at 804-908-9544, Monday-Friday from 9:00AM until Noon or vist our website for a complete banquet packet downloadable file.
  • Private Party Facilities: Bookbinder's is known for their outstanding guest service along with their food, which is consistent, fresh and of the utmost quality. Ninety percent of their staff have been employed 5-14 years and are the uppermost professionals in Richmond, earning consistent Open Table awards, five years running
  • Private Party Contact: Lynne Cohen 8777816571

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 24th and East Cary Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: ******IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION*******
    Please visit our website for important parking information at www.BookbindersRichmond.com and click on the "Parking and Directions" tab at the top of our homepage. Please share this information with all of the guests in your party. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon!
A word from Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse
Locally family owned and unique to Richmond, Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse offers the perfect combination of rich history and atmosphere. Close to the James River in historic Tobacco Row, steak and seafood lovers will enjoy the ambiance of exposed beams and brick walls in this refurbished tobacco warehouse. From steak to lobster to seafood, each dish is intricately prepared and beautifully presented for a fine dining experience that will leave nothing to be desired.
Bookbinder's Seafood & Steakhouse is the perfect location for your special occasion with five private dining rooms that will seat 6-70 guests. The entire restaurant is available for rental for up to 200 guests. Please visit our website for more information.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse reviews from OpenTable diners
85 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (73)romantic (53)notable wine list (35)good for groups (32)fit for foodies (25)neighborhood gem (22)great for outdoor dining (11)scenic view (7)great for lunch (6)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (2)Show More
  • Visitor from Houston
    PaulS
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Interesting interior design, low light and pleasant. Good table spacing. We had an excellent waitress and unhurried service. All food was prepared exactly as requested. The ownew came by after dinner and we had a friendly chat. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place
    Jfknva
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Provides great food service and parking nice location
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Great food! Great service! Couldn't be better! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous meal and service
    Flatravelers
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We were visiting Richmond on a brief vacation and chose Bookbinder's because the menu looked great and reviews were positive. It did not disappoint. The service was quick, friendly and unobtrusive. My husband's fresh tuna was delicious and my special requests were simply no issue (restricted diet). My mahi mahi was outstanding. The ambiance was quiet and elegant, but not stuffy. You can't go wrong here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful
    hungry
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We love Bookbinders!! We have been celebrating our anniversary there for 12 years now and look forward to every year!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Luv2doWIneVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Enjoyed a romantic dinner here with my husband on a Saturday night. They gave us a quiet table but our only complaint was that there was a baby within the restaurant around 8PM that was fussy....We felt that it wasn't the restaurants fault to have them but the parents should of taken the child home when it became late. Food was delicious and service was excellent. Not a cheap meal but well worth it.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bookbinders Richmind
    Dennis
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was my second or third visit and by far the best. Service at the bar and dinner table was perfect as was the food selection and quality. Wife had prosciutto wrapped sea bass and said it was better than last time. I had the wasabi crusted salmon topped with jumbo lump crab... Perfect as well. I should mention we split 3 apps before the main course; stuffed mushrooms with goat cheese, jumbo lump crab cake with literally no filler bread crumbs and the jumbo lump crab cocktail with traditional red cocktail sauce with horseradish. Server was a delightful guy from central England and took good care of us. We also had a bottle of 2010 Freemark Abby Cab ($78).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Make our anniversary special
    JerseyFoodie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    On Open Table under comments we were celebrating our anniversary. they presented us with menus that had happy anniversary with wishes and our name inside to take home. A nice surprise nice touch to an evening of good food and good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of the best!
    Laura
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Wonderful experience as always - can't wait to go back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    An excellent experience!!! We look forward to dining at Bookbinders again very soon!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Very pleasant dining experience. The salmon preparation was especially delicious.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Doesn't disappoint
    Hanoverian
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    This place just delivers year after year. Good food. Good service. Always a good experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful birthday dinner
    Weekendfoodie
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I would have to say that dining here was a wonderful experience from beginning to end. I notified the restaurant that it was my boyfriend's birthday and wanted to make it an extra special experience. Since I never received a call to go over my ideas, initially I was a bit worried. Boy was I surprised! The restaurant did a great job and our waitress was amazing. We will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent experience
    MikeJVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    A great meal and excellent service from Jeanette! She made the entire experience even better. I had the seared tuna over a corn medley and my wife had sea scallops and both were prepared perfectly. The other members in our party had the fillet mignon and they were also prepared as requested and tasted as good as the looked. Highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elegant dining, lovely experience
    ladyjeff
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    When making the reservation, I informed the restaurant that it was a birthday celebration, and they printed special menus that read "Happy Birthday" at the top of the page which we were allowed to keep and take home as a souvenir. All of the staff were aware of the birthday and were making birthday greetings as soon as we checked in at the reservation desk. The food was delicious, and the ambiance was elegant. The waitstaff was very knowledgable, prompt and professional. It was pricey, but you're paying for quality.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We are never disappointed with the service or food here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than I could have expected!
    SnoSkiur
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Food and service was amazing! Some of the best food I've had. They even made special birthday menus for us! A bit pricey, but well worth it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent food and great service
    Hanoverian
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    One of my favorite restaurants in Richmond. Crab cakes are excellent and the steaks always taste sumptuous.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steak + Crabcake = Amazing
    Andrew
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Went rather late on Saturday, got a great window seat. Opted for the steak and Crabcake which was great, with a side of lobster mac and cheese, creamed corn and asparagus. Ended with key lime pie, chocolate cake and cheesecake. Everything was awesome. Our server Joe did a great job, was attentive but never intrusive. The owner and his daughter also came around to say hello, which was a nice touch. Will definitely go back, looks like a really festive place during the Christmas season.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Engagement Night
    Rockster1
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I had a stupendous time at Bookbinders. This was a very special occasion for my fiancé and I because I proposed to her. I called ahead to their staff to make this a momentous night for us. Andrew (our waiter) was wonderful and very attentive to my every need before popping the question. This was a very romantic restaurant and the ambiance was perfect. I would definitely recommend dining there on special occasions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good find
    Ashok
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    A good place to dine if you want to spend some time talking to your companion. Good food, service is excellent and the wait staff anticipate well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrific Evening Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We have been coming to Bookbinder's for special occasions. They do a great job and the food is spectacular. It is pricey but it is worth it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too much for too little.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Let me be clear, this was not a bad restaurant. The service was below average, true. The first course was mediocre. The entrees were actually quite good, not spectacular but good. Here's the problem... This is one of the most expensive restaurants in town. When you charge that kind of price for a meal you can't get by with being mediocre. I would not recommend this to anyone, and I would not go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rustic Patio and Courtyard
    ColinH31
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The interior dining room and patio in the courtyard are both very cozy. The wait staff was attentive and friendly. The food was very good. We split the filet and crab cake entree. The filet was cooked exactly to the temperature we requested. The cut was tender and tasty. The crab cake contained lump crab meat, only, and tasted great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • bookbinderFan
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Bookbinders remains our favorite restaurant in Richmond. My husband and I love the food and ambience; we can even hear ourselves talk!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Our experience at Bookbinder's was excellent. However, we were disappointed in our Waiter who didn't seem that attentive to us and didn't show any enthusiasm or excitement in "taking care of us" and not even wanting to make our evening a night to remember. However, the food was delicious and we made our own evening a night to remember.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion
    LB777
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We had our 7th anniversary dinner here and they made it a wonderful experience. Food was great, service was attentive but unintrusive. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great evening
    Action
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Excellent food, excellent service. Our party had both Steak and seafood. All the entrees were perfectly prepared and of curse the snapper soup is famous. It is a great spot and we will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hutch
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The atmosphere and quality of food surpasses many "fine" seafood and steakhouses that i have been to. The wait staff is knowledgable and polite. My wife had the Sea Bass, which was excellently prepared. I had the cowboy ribye which was perhaps one of teh best steaks that i have ever eaten. The appetizer and side dish prices were very reasonable (this restaurant is an A-La-Carte establishment much like a Mortons) however the entre's were a bit pricey, but worth it. A definate go to for a romantic eveneing dinner or special occassion!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Hidden Treasure
    tablefor2
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We loved the romantic atmosphere of Bookbinders. Our waiter was top-notch! The filet mignon was delicious and we would rate it a 10+. Will certainly recommend this "hidden treasure" to our friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great overall experience
    RVAGrtEats
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had the opportunity to celebrate a special occasion with family and Bookbinder's made it even more special. They welcomed our special guest at the door and had special menu's printed out to highlight the occasion. The service was (as always) excellent and our waiter freely offered his favorites and highlights of the menu. Timing was spot-on and every dish was delicious. We all tried something different, and each of us thoroughly enjoyed our choice. Don't miss the desserts as well. I have been to Bookbinder's many times, and they have never let me down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous experience!
    PatB
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Food was outstanding, lovely environment, excellent quality of service & the owner even came over to make sure we were satisfied!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • surf and turf was wonderful
    OpenTablenewbies
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We had an absolutely wonderful meal at Bookbinders! Our party enjoyed oysters, clams, shrimp bisque for appetizers before steak filet with either lobster tail or crab cake. Delicious! Jeannette (if I remember correctly) gave us outstanding service! And - a classy touch - the owner came around to each table to greet his guests. Highly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion - its not inexpensive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • grateful
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The food is always good. Love the comfortable and peaceful setting. Thats why we always come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    21stann
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Outstanding service and food. The staff was friendly and the food was served timely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    This is a great place for fine dining. Special occasions of business, this is great place to go. Food was great, and the service great as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The dinner was outstanding, the staff was professional and the food was great. It was a great birthday celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good restaurant
    Emille
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Bookbinder's is always good and service was great. Excellent lobster and corn au gratin. Shrimp and fries a little too greasy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 995 reviews are from the Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse reviews archive.
  • Great restaurant/fantastic location
    David
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Good drinks and tasty appetizer in the bar before dinner. I had the pepper crusted Ahi Tuna & my wife had the Salmon and both were very good. The service was great both in the bar & restaurant. The old mill style architecture of this and surrounding buildings provide great atmosphere. Visit the great ship lock up the street for a historical perspective of the area.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time
    1stTimer
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    As you would expect the food is terrific, the service was sufficient, the price was hefty. If you go in with these expectations, you will be pleased.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.