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 the first three Sundays in December, Easter Sunday, Mother's Day, Father's Day and Private Parties for groups of 30-150 guests throughout the year.

    OPEN HOLIDAY LUNCHEONS! December 9th-December 19th, Monday 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, 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
We will be open on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day 2014. Please visit our website to view our special prix-fixe menus for these two holidays. Open for holiday lunch, December 9th-December 19th, Monday-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 Food
Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (70)romantic (57)notable wine list (39)good for groups (34)fit for foodies (30)neighborhood gem (22)hot spot (6)great for outdoor dining (5)great for lunch (5)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    AndrewVIP
    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
    • Food
    • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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.