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) 643-6900
  • 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

    OPEN: Sunday, December 7th, 14th and 21st from 5:00-7:45PM.

    OPEN HOLIDAY LUNCHEONS! December 9th-December 19th, Tuesday through Friday from 11:30AM until 1:30PM.

    Closed: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day and Sundays with the exception of private parties and the dates listed above.
  • 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, six 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
We will be open on Christmas Day 2014! Please visit our website to view our special four-course prix-fixe menu for Christmas Day. We will also be open for Holiday Lunch, December 9th-December 19th, Tuesday-Friday from 11:30AM-1:30PM. Five private dining rooms are available for 8-70 guests.

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse reviews from OpenTable diners
92 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (73)romantic (60)notable wine list (39)good for groups (33)fit for foodies (32)neighborhood gem (23)hot spot (8)scenic view (5)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • lamplugh
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Good place. Overpriced for the quality of the food and ordinary atmosphere
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Fussy2palates
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    The steaks were cooked perfectly and tasted great.... The service was spot on.... This is my favorite steak house.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Guest
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This place is a hidden gem. We found it through a AAA book. The food is amazing! The owner walked around and would greet his guests. The service was excellent. The food was pricy, however it is well worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Service was very good, but food was very average for a pricey entree. Escargot was very subpar. Dinner for two with one appetizer and 1 drink each at $120 is too much for the quality of food that was offered
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Made Reservations on Open Table. Arrived at 6:00 PM on a Saturday night. Pulled right into a great parking space and went in for great atmosphere, food and service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Celebration
    ARichmondFan
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Bookbinders was the perfect restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. We chose them because they have gluten-free options. I'm also lactose-free. Our waiter was knowledgeable about my options. He gave focused and helpful but not pushy attention. Several days later we are still talking about the meal. We both ordered the special of the evening - three filet medallions. They were prepared to perfection. We will return for another anniversary.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    You always know what you are going to get at Bookbinder's. Consistency in food, service and experience make this a go to place for fine dining.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Oysters Rockefeller
    Ellen
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Three of us ordered appetizers; two were delicious but one was dreadful. It was Oysters Rockefeller. The oysters were totally overcooked and smothered with spinach and globs of cheese. The waiter asked if he could take it back but since I had already consumed half, I thought it was too late. Unfortunately, it was the Oysters Rockefeller that I remember most. We were somewhat surprised that draft beer was not offered. The three entrees were delicious and perfectly cooked.
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  • frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The Wasabi encrusted salmon is my favorite and always delicious. My husband got the pork and apple dish and was equally happy with his selection. We love the unique venue of this restaurant in an old building with exposed brick walls. The dining rooms are arranged so that large parties can be present and sufficiently closed so that other diners are barely aware of their presence. We agreed as we were leaving that it was an excellent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXQUISITE EXPERIENCE
    Steve
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    This was not our first visit to Bookbinders, so we were not surprised at the excellence of service, food, thoughtfulness, and general overall quality of the experience. We cannot recommend Bookbinders highly enough. And we have recommended Bookbinders to all our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traditional
    ChicagoRichmond
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Old traditional feel. Very good food. At this price point would expect to be more "wowed" though.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming
    jsmiles
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We came for a birthday celebration with another couple. We enjoy ourselves with a friendly and helpful waiter. We also asked to speak with the owner as we are originally from Philadelphia. He graciously came and talk with us!! We have many happy memories of the Old Original Bookbinders on Delaware Avenue in Philadelphia. We know we will be back to celebrate other happy occasions here in Richmond.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • organizer
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Our group gathered to celebrate a birthday, and our server was excellent. She used the "birthday girl's" name, and really tried to make sure everything was perfect for her. We never had to wonder where she was - she was always close by and checking with us to see if we needed anything. The "Happy Birthday" on the menu was a great touch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dutchyun
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Everthing was perfect as always!! Food, wine, service and ambiance was wonderful! Had filet and lobster and of course lobster mac and cheese - second to none!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pricey
    TheOccasionalDiner
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We visited on beautiful fall evening and found the restaurant a bit on the dark side, especially coming in from a bright sunset over the river. The service was excellent as was the lobster bisque. The crabcake, though tasty and reasonably priced given what crab meat costs these days, lacked zest. The accompanying mash potatoes were bland. The scallops, on the other hand, were exceptional. The biggest disappointment was the bread pudding. though quite enough for two to share, the pudding carried a strong sourdough bread taste suggesting that it was made from the leftover bread served with the meal. With but one glass of wine (hers) and one cup of coffee (mine), the bill came to $110 before the 10% tax and tip.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Apex Cooking
    jboy
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    My meal was a Valhalla of meat and potatoes. Service was what it should be in a top restaurant. It was the kind of meal where you linger over every bite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always outstanding!
    JCT2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We made a reservation at Bookbinders to celebrate a special occasion based on our last visit there. Everything was just as we remembered. We would love to make it a regular place but the price prevents us from visiting too often. However, everything about the evening was perfect! Thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice
    Schurg
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My visit was very nice. The restaurant itself was inviting and the staff seemed knowledgable and friendly. The owner came around asking people how they were doing as well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our Birthday Party
    markieva
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The staff at Bookbinder's was terrific. This was a party for my granddaughter, who turned 16. They printed up menus that wished her a happy birthday at the top and gave them to us upon our leaving. The waiter was very attentive without being obvious. The kids had a great time. The food was so good. Everyone enjoyed their experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great all around
    AndrewVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Melissa gave excellent service from start to finish, she wasn't intrusive but wasn't absent either. We got the crab cocktail and shrimp cocktail to start with. They probably have the best cocktail sauce I've ever had. The wasabi crusted salmon was so good. I've never had a better salmon. It wasn't too heavy despite the breading. We normally get lobster Mac as a side but opted for creamed corn and mashed potatoes. Dessert was finished with the chocolate pudding cake which is served cold. I mention it bring served cold because I feel like that makes tge cake taste that much better vs room temp. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit
    mlowry
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My husband and I made reservations at this restaurant because I had several gift cards that needed to be used due to us not usually coming to this area. After many positive reviews from friends and family - we were excited to try it out. Our server, Joe was excellent and very informative! The food was delicious and the setting was romantic and sweet. It was a little dark at one point due to the sun going down, but overall did not put a damper on our dinner. It was a wonderful evening for us and we will come back again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful!
    Lucy
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I booked this for my husband's birthday. It was perfect. We went to Fleming's last year. As I love Fleming's, Bookbinder's was better, in my opinion. My husband loved his filet and crab cake. Said the steak cut like butter, it was so tender. Oysters and Lobster Mac were outstanding. We will absolutely go back and recommend. We thought it was very sweet to meet the owner and his daughter, as well. We couldn't have been more pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal, excellent service
    Kathy
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had 9 family members for a special birthday dinner for my niece. The filet was cooked perfectly and so tender and the scallops with risotto and asparagus were perfect. The wine list was extensive, there was something for everyone. I highly recommend this restaurant. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dining Experience
    miser592
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We ate a romantic anniversary dinner at Bookbinder's and it was spectacular. The wine list is fairly comprehensive and the food is fabulous. The entire wait staff were awesome, as well. Great place for a special occasion as the prices are very expensive but well worth it!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The best restaurant in Richmond
    Fantastic
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Jeanette the waitress was the best waitress I have ever encountered and I have traveled everywhere. The food was beyond a five star as well as the service. Very classy place with an over the top atmosphere. I definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary dinner
    Anniversary
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed Bookbinder's. The ambiance, service and food were excellent. The customized menu was a nice treat!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We did ask for appetizer but did not get it. We were not charged. I felt like we were rushed did not even have time to drink our wine. It was not crowded at all. It needs more lighting at the booths. Over all the food was good
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bookbinder's
    John
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Bookbinder's is a good place for business or special occasion. Food is very good, but is a bit pricey, as you would expect. Service was great, a good balancing of being there without being intrusive. A good reliable place to entertain guests.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Courtney
    Courtney
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Absolutely one of our favorite places to eat..Food is wonderful and the staff is very attentive
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place
    Jfknva
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Provides great food service and parking nice location
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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.
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    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
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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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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.